Sexual health expert and urologist Dr. Jennifer Berman, dermatologist Dr. Jessica Wu and surgical breast specialist Dr. Kristi Funk join OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson for an all-female show.
The Male G-Spot
The male G-spot is actually the prostate gland; a small, chestnut-sized bump located approximately two inches inside a man’s rectum, and when massaged or stimulated, can bring him to orgasm.
Another alternative is to rub the area between the scrotum and the anus, which can provide a similar sensation. Dr. Berman demonstrates how to find the male G-spot.
Circumcision: To Cut or Not to Cut
Although circumcision, the removal of the foreskin from a man’s penis, is an elective surgical procedure, it remains a controversial topic. Research has shown that women who have intercourse with uncircumcised men have a higher risk of human papillomavirus (HPV) infection and cervical cancer. Aside from the health risks, whether a circumcised or uncircumcised penis will provide more sexual pleasure to a woman appears to be a matter of personal preference.
“Most American men are circumcised,” Dr. Berman says. “Although, they do say that their sensation is diminished after circumcision.”
Eggs for Sale
Tough economic times are driving many young women to donate their eggs for cash, as fertility centers report a 40 percent increase in donations. One donation can yield $5,000 to $7,500.
Dr. Lisa points out that many of the women donating eggs are college-aged, require medications to stimulate their ovaries, and must undergo anesthesia for the harvest.
“They actually put their health at risk. Aren’t we exploiting women to some extent?” she asks.
Dr. Berman says, “There should be some controls or limitations where the benefits outweigh the risks.”
Surrogacy, when a woman carries another couple’s child in her womb, is a personal and complicated choice for families, fraught with potential emotional entanglements and legal ramifications.
Kim, in her late 30s, provided her surrogacy services several times and says that she didn’t become attached to the babies she carried the same way she did to her biological children. “When you’re carrying someone else’s child, you don’t create that bond,” she explains. “Therefore, it was a lot easier to detach.”
Do you suffer from a lack of libido? Certain medications or medical conditions can contribute to low sex drive, so make sure to see your doctor to rule out those factors.
However, simply adding certain foods and supplements to your diet can improve your sex drive and get your engines revved in the bedroom again. Adequate sleep, regular exercise and a healthy diet are critical to boosting libido.
“I cannot say enough about omega fatty acids,” Dr. Berman says. “Not only are they extremely important to health and wellness, but sexual health. They improve libido and have been shown in placebo-controlled trials to improve mood.”
• Omega fatty acids
• Leafy greens
• Fruits such as blueberries, cranberries and raspberries (also high in anti-oxidants)
• B-complex vitamins
Dr. Berman adds that physicians are prescribing testosterone drops to some of their female patients, but the drops are not FDA approved yet for women, nor are they available over the counter.
“You have to go to a doctor that knows about compounding hormones and knows how to prescribe it; the drops can be given in the form of a cream, lozenge, or liquid,” the urologist explains.
Breast Cancer Statistics
Ten to 20 percent of women with breast cancer have a family history of the disease.
Eighty to 90 percent of women with breast cancer do not have a family history of breast cancer.
“So, never ignore a lump or a breast change thinking, ‘It’s not in my family,’” Dr. Funk advises.
Test for Premature Birth
Premature labor, or premature birth, is the leading cause of infant mortality in the United States.
Premature birth is defined as an infant born at 37 weeks of gestation or earlier (a full gestation lasts 40 weeks), and afflicts approximately one in eight babies. A new product called FullTerm Fetal Fibronectin test, is FDA approved and can predict whether a mother is at risk for premature labor.