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Men and women—listen up! The Doctors reveal the naked truth about your private parts in a two-part episode. Ladies first! Clinical sexologist Dr. Rachael Ross joins The Doctors to talk about female anatomy.
Funky or Fresh?
Worried about an unpleasant scent “down there?” OB-GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson says while it can be embarrassing, it could also signal a medical problem.
“It shouldn’t have a smell, if it’s healthy it should smell fresh and clean,” Dr. Lisa says. “If it has an odor to it, you should get it checked out by your doctor.”
Dr. Lisa recommends eating yogurt regularly to balance the pH in the region, which will keep it healthy and smelling fresh.
Varicose Veins "Down There"?
We all dread varicose veins on our legs, but can you get them on your lady parts?
“Varicose veins [in the pubic region] are more common in pregnant woman,” Dr. Lisa explains. “The vulva is very vascular, and when you get pregnant and there’s pressure, it can cause varicose veins and hemorrhoids too.
“Usually this goes away with delivery, but these vessels can dilate and become painful and become clotted. If one of [the veins] gets red, hot and painful, talk to your doctor,” she continues.
Plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon says treatments vary from wearing compression stockings to laser therapy; however, be sure to consult your OB-GYN before moving forward with any type of cosmetic procedure in that area.
Though opinions differ, various research suggests that children who see their parents naked are more accepting of their own bodies. But when does family nudity become inappropriate?
“There’s not really one right answer,” pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears says. “You want your kids to be comfortable with their bodies and nudity in general, but there’s a chance they can get too comfortable and it can become inappropriate.”
“You can end up with a problem for little boys and their moms,” Dr. Ross says.
“Little boys are really into their moms and when you get to the point where little boys grab at mommy and want to touch things and be inappropriate, it's time to pull back and cover up."
But while parents are advised to set boundaries when it comes to family nudity, it’s important not to make your children feel shameful of their bodies in the process.
Be Your Own Breast Friend
As women change and grow, so do their breasts, which is why it’s important to embrace any shifts they make take throughout life.
“When it changes, don’t worry about it! Embrace it!” Dr. Ross says.
You’ve Got Male!
Gentlemen, it’s your turn! Urologist Dr. David Josephson joins The Doctors to share tips for preserving your family jewels. First up: Erectile dysfunction.
A viewer asks:
What’s the best way to prevent from getting erectile dysfunction?
“There are a lot of components involved with erectile dysfunction. A lot of medical components, a lot of psychogenic components,” Dr. Josephson says. “Whatever you do to maintain a heart-healthy lifestyle will help you prevent any erectile dysfunction. It all comes down to blood flow."
Dr. Josephson explains that ED is defined as difficulty maintaining, sustaining and being able to achieve intercourse.
While ED can be caused by non-medical issues such as stress, Dr. Josephson reveals that 25 percent of patients presenting ED symptoms will be found to have undiagnosed heart disease.
“You’re more likely to have ED as a first result of heart disease than an actual heart attack,” Dr. Josephson says.
Is it safe to reverse circumcision? The Doctors and Dr. Josephson explain the methods and risks associated with the procedure.
Cannabis and Testicular Cancer
A viewer asks:
I recently heard that smoking marijuana can cause testicular cancer. My boyfriend smokes a lot of pot, should I be worried about him?
A 2012 study by USC researchers observed an association between marijuana use and the risk of testicular nonseminoma. The study found that men who had testicular germ cell tumors were twice as likely to report having ever used marijuana as compared to men without the tumors.
Testicular cancer develops in one or both of the testicles and is a highly treatable and often curable form of cancer.
"Scientific research shows that cannabis has an impact on hormonal processes in the body, which may alter the pathway, but I’m not sure it’s a direct cause [of testicular cancer],” Dr. Josephson says.
However, marijuana use has shown to decrease sperm motility and production.
“If you notice any abnormalities in your private parts, see a doctor right then and there,” Dr. Travis says. “The longer you wait, the more likely it will become a very big problem."
The Doctors and special guests Dr. Ross and Dr. Josephson each give their own personal words of wisdom to help enhance your private parts.