Ask Our Doctors: Embarrassing Questions III

Do you ever ask yourself: Am I normal? Today, nothing is off limits as The Doctors answer your most embarrassing, outrageous and downright shocking questions!

Crazy ER Stories

Dr. Travis recalls a patient who used a coat hanger to relieve an anal itch and ended up perforating his rectum. Not to be outdone, Dr. Ordon recalls a penis that arrived in his office on ice … without its owner attached! The plastic surgeon also remembers being in the emergency room when a naked man streaked by with six security guards in hot pursuit.

Bad Hygiene

Less than 15 percent of Americans wash their hands properly after using the restroom. Dr. Travis suggests that prior to washing your hands, get a paper towel ready, wash with warm soapy water for 20 to 30 seconds, and use the towel instead of your bare hands to shut off the faucet and open the restroom door. Dr. Jim says he advises his young patients to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice as they lather up.

Ask Our Doctors: Is This Normal?

Whether you’re 7 or 70, incontinence can occur during the most inopportune times -- when you laugh or cough. Dr. Travis says that urine leakage can occur when abdominal pressure is increased. Dr. Lisa says this is a common problem among women. Some may even avoid intercourse because they’re afraid they’ll urinate during the act.

The OB-GYN says that stress incontinence occurs as we age; it can also be the result of a compromised layer of supportive muscles that weaken during pregnancy and after giving birth. Talk to your gynecologist to determine if this is a nerve, estrogen or pelvic floor problem; it can be corrected. Dr. Jim says one-third of men and women over 30 will have some form of incontinence. If you’re experiencing significant issues, visit your doctor.

Cold Sores

Diana from Montreal, Canada, says this pesky problem is ruining her relationship with her fiancé. She joins the show via telephone and says she’s tried everything to eliminate her cold sores, including anti-viral agents and garlic pills. Although there is no known cure for the condition, which is caused by the herpes symplex virus type 1, The Doctors suggest that Diana try amino acids, particularly lysine. Dr. Lisa adds that if an outbreak coincides with a woman’s menstrual cycle, birth control pills could be effective in treating it. She says if Diana has an active lesion, she should avoid having oral sex, because she could transmit the virus to her partner.

A Hairy Situation

Jay McGraw, executive producer of The Doctors, wonders if he is at greater risk for hair loss since baldness runs in his family -- on his dad’s side! Hair specialist Dr. Craig Zeiring says that male pattern baldness is polygenic, which means it’s caused by the genes on both the mother’s and father’s side. Dr. Zeiring says Hair DX can test for a high-risk gene that causes baldness and adds that early intervention is key; both oral and topical treatments can help.  

Dr. Phil surprises The Doctors with a cameo appearance on set. The elder McGraw says being bald works for him, and proudly flaunts his chrome dome. Then, Jay is shown a computer-generated image of what he will look like bald. “Take that down! That’s not even funny!” feigning horror. Dr. Phil agrees, “That’s not a good look for you.”

Don’t miss the funny computer-generated image of what Dr. Phil would look like with hair! Even the New York Post had something to say about it!

A Manscaping Project

On the other side of the spectrum, another man is suffering from a case of too much hair … on his derriere. Andrea from Tampa, Florida writes that her husband Richard’s bottom is extremely hairy … and it’s getting thicker. The couple joins The Doctors onstage, and Cindy from Pink Cheeks salon gives the hairy hubby a treatment behind a frosted screen. She uses refined spun honey beeswax and Egyptian cotton muslin to remove Richard’s butt fuzz. The wax lasts about six to eight weeks, and Dr. Travis says that professional waxing is preferable to home kits, which can be dangerous.  

Pleasure Me

Sabrina, from Los Angeles, California, wonders if masturbating will desensitize her to having sex with her partner. Dr. Lisa encourages women to discover what erogenous zones give them the most pleasure, so they can communicate this with their lover during sex. Self-stimulation won’t cause desensitization -- a woman’s threshold for pleasure will increase, so her mate may have to work a bit harder!

Rear Entry

Nancy from Manhattan writes that she has never tried anal sex, but her husband wants to experiment. She worries that she will suffer long-term health risks. Dr. Lisa says it’s fine if Nancy wants to spice up her sex life, but to use plenty of lubrication so she doesn’t traumatize her rectum. She adds that women should not switch from anal to vaginal intercourse, because they could get an infection. She explains that the concept behind that is similar to the concept of wiping from front to back; if you wipe from back to front then you will carry bacteria from the rectum to the urethral opening, which causes infection. The same adage goes for intercourse.

Breast Milk on Tap?

“Anne” calls in to ask if it’s healthy for her husband to consume breast milk. The OB-GYN says it’s fine for a woman to be intimate while lactating, and it won’t hurt if Anne’s spouse consumes her milk.

Skin Tags

Forty-six percent of the population suffers from benign skin growths called skin tags, and obese people tend to have them more. Dr. Ordon says skin growths are easy to remove. “They can be cauterized, frozen or excised,” he explains. Vito says he’s ready to say goodbye to a skin tag underneath his arm that he’s had for over 10 years. Dermatologist Dr. Will Kirby excises the growth and then cauterizes the base to destroy any residual tissue. He cautions against removing skin tags at home because the area could easily become infected.

The Female Orgasm

Travis from Long Beach, California, wants to know the difference between an orgasm and female ejaculation. Dr. Lisa explains that a female ejaculation only happens to about 35 percent of women; it’s a fluid that is omitted from the skein’s gland. An orgasm is the plateau of sexual pleasure, and is usually accompanied by contractions in the vagina, clitoris and uterus. “And it’s what every woman wants,” she says with a grin.

Tearing Up From Number 2

Debbie from Beaver Creek, Ohio, wants to know why her eyes water when she has a bowel movement. Dr. Jim asks her if it only happens if she passes a huge, painful poop, but Debbie says it happens during every bowel movement. The pediatrician says it’s probably a quirky reflex, similar to someone sneezing when he or she goes out into the sun. Dr. Lisa says there may be an allergen in Debbie’s bathroom. Dr. Travis adds that although they don’t have a definitely answer, her condition doesn’t sound serious.

Jumping for Joy?

Sherry calls in to say her workout routine can bring her to her knees. She says that she can achieve orgasm during jumping jacks. Dr. Jim jokes that it sounds like a great way to stay in shape. Dr. Lisa says many women may experience a spontaneous orgasm, which is a different form of self-stimulation by contracting the muscles in different ways. She says it’s healthy as long as Debbie isn’t in pain.