Top Health Taboos Women Are Afraid to Talk About

Some health topics are so embarrassing, you don’t even want to talk about them with your best friend! The Doctors answer the questions you’re too uncomfortable to ask, and nothing is off limits.

Mental Orgasm
More than 50 percent of women would rather fake an orgasm than talk about it with their partner. But what if you could have an orgasm just by thinking about it? Strange Sex on TLC profiles a sex educator who learned to do just that and now teaches the skill to others.

Jamye, 31, took the class featured on Strange Sex and explains, “It’s so much about breathing, and pelvic floor muscles and really focusing all the sensation in your body.”

“Our brain is our biggest sex organ,” OB-GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson adds.

ER physician Dr. Travis Stork demonstrates how MRIs reflect that brain activity is the same whether a person is physically or mentally stimulated.

Learn why some people shake after an orgasm.

Ask Dr. Lisa: Taboo Edition
Can women have orgasms during their sleep?
What are the risks of anal sex?
How can a hysterectomy affect sex drive?

Vaginal Discharge
The vagina is constantly cleaning itself, and vaginal discharge is normal and healthy. The viscosity and color indicates the state of a woman’s health and where she is in her menstrual cycle.

  • White: Indicates the beginning/ end of ovulation cycle. If itchy, could indicate a yeast infection.
  • Clear: Common after heavy exercise.
  • Yellow/green: Indicates infection, especially if accompanied by a foul odor.
  • Brown: Indicates old blood at the end of menstruation.
  • Gooey: Indicates ovulation, the peak of fertility.

Going Gray "Down There"
Is it safe to dye your pubic hair? Dr. Lisa says yes, as long as the dye is ammonia-free. Products such as The Betty, which is ammonia and paraben-free, are safe to use. They are designed specifically for the groin area, and the color lasts approximately six weeks.

“You’ve got to keep that area healthy,” Dr. Lisa says.

As a woman ages, her vagina ages as well. It can dry out, lose tone and fat, and change color. To rejuvenate the skin, try the Vagacial, a special facial for down there!

Everyday Health: E = Exercise

Plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon explains the many physiological and psychological benefits of exercise.

Is the G-Spot Real?
The G-spot, also known as the Grafenburg spot, is an erogenous zone located about 2 inches inside the entrance to the vagina.

“Every woman has a different place on our body that’s erogenous,” Dr. Lisa says. “A lot of women don’t have an orgasm from vaginal penetration. You have to find what does it for you.”

Try a fitness routine that promises a coregasm, a workout-induced orgasm!

Urinary Tract and Bladder Infections
Most urinary tract infections (UTIs) are bladder infections, and 75 percent of women will suffer one at least once in their lifetime. Women are 25 times more likely to develop a UTI than men, mainly due to their anatomy. Sexual intercourse is a common cause of UTIs.

“Honeymoon cystitis is real!” Dr. Lisa says. “As a doctor, I give a little honeymoon package [prophylactic medication], because frequent intercourse -- and you want to be having frequent intercourse, especially on your honeymoon -- can cause bladder infections because of all the friction and the bacteria going from the skin into the urethra and into the bladder.”

Receding Hairline Solution for Women

Facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Gal Aharonov illustrates how a surgical solution for a receding hairline is performed.

The kidneys filter blood and send urine down to the bladder via two ureters that run parallel to one another. Urine pools in the bladder and travels down the urethra to leave the body.

A urinary tract infection occurs when bacteria enter the urethra and travel backward up the urethra and into the bladder. If left untreated, the bladder infection can then travel up the ureters, into the kidneys and cause serious damage.

Frequent urination, a sense of urgency to urinate or burning during urination are common symptoms of a UTI. At-home urinary tract and bladder infection tests are similar to those used in the doctor's office and are considered accurate. The test detects nitrates and protein in the urine, both of which are signs of infection. "[The test] has to be followed up with your doctor, but it is helpful information," Dr. Lisa notes.

Taking acidophilus supplements and drinking cranberry extracts can help prevent the adherence of bacteria to the bladder wall and prevent infections.

When Kids Start Touching Themselves
Pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears says that most children will touch their genitals and expose themselves as they develop and grow.

“Just remember, to them, it’s not sexual,” Dr. Sears says. “To them, it’s not taboo, so you don’t want to make them feel ashamed about it, and you don’t want to get mad at them.”

He advises polite distraction, such as suggesting a game or an activity that requires both hands.

“If they get a little older, and it’s still a thing, then start talking to them about, ‘Hey, this is a thing you can do in private, so if you’re going to do it, you’ve got to do it in your bedroom or the bathroom but not out in public,’” he adds.