The Value of Sex
Actress and author Lisa Rinna joins The Doctors to reveal some of her homemade beauty treatments and to discuss tips from her new book, The Big, Fun, Sexy Sex Book, co-authored by sexuality counselor Ian Kerner, Ph.D.
“I grew up with [sex] not being okay to talk about and I really learned over the years how important [sex] really is. We need to talk about it and we need to be able to ask questions,” Lisa says.
“[The book has] really important information so that you can feel confident and comfortable having sex.”
Lisa and Dr. Kerner provide two married couples with sex advice to reignite the flame in their relationships.
“Something simple that everybody can do is [to] give your partner a 30-second hug,” Dr. Kerner adds. “It’s been shown that if you just hug your partner for 30 seconds, especially in women, it raises oxytocin levels, which increases that sense of trust. Having a great sex life really starts outside of the bedroom."
Erin, 34, and her husband, Dale, have been together for 14 years and have found that their sex life has diminished after having kids.
“I’m not having [orgasms] as frequently, so it makes me not want to have sex as much,” Erin says.
Erin visit reproductive endocrinologist Dr. Samuel Wood, M.D. for an O-Shot® procedure, which takes platelet-derived growth factors from the patient’s own blood and injects it into the upper wall of the vagina and clitoris.
The injection promotes collagen and elastin growth inside the vagina and around the clitoris, causing expansion and easier stimulation.
“It’s absolutely amazing,” Dale says. “I had no idea [the procedure] would work so quickly and it’s definitely given us back a part of our relationship that’s been missing since we started having children.”
The O-Shot is currently being tested in clinical trials. “We want to do this right,” Dr. Wood says. “A lot of sexual medicine isn’t done very well [and] there [are] very little [medicinal options] for women. We’re going to make sure that this really works,” he adds.
Beating Breast Cancer
Despite exercising regularly, eating organically and not having a family history of breast cancer, singer/songwriter Margo Rey was diagnosed with the disease. She first appeared on The Doctors in 2010 along with her fiancé, comedian Ron White, who found the lump on Margo’s breast. Margo, Ron and oncologist Dr. Lawrence Piro, M.D. rejoin The Doctors two-and-a-half years after Margo underwent an innovative nipple-sparing mastectomy to report on how she is doing since the operation.
Margo has been cancer-free since her surgery but remains on tamoxifen, a medicine prescribed to keep cancerous cells from recurring.
“Margo turned out to be in the early stage – stage 1 – but there is still a group of [cancer patients] who will relapse after [the surgery],” Dr. Piro explains. “One of the things we do is to put people who are estrogen-receptor positive onto a blocker for estrogen, which is tamoxifen.
“We usually do that for about five years, in hopes that we kill any microscopic cells that might still be undetected and prevent a relapse,” he adds.
Tamoxifen is not prescribed for every breast cancer patient, as the drug is only effective for patients with tumors that are estrogen-responsive, or who have tumors of a certain size and stage. Since tamoxifen blocks the hormone estrogen, side effects of the drug can be similar to menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes, night sweats and weight gain.
“I have a little bit of insomnia,” Margo says. “That’s probably the worst [side effect] of [tamoxifen], and there is a thickening of the endometrial lining in the uterus. You monitor that with uterine screenings every six months, which we’ve been doing.”
Dr. Piro explains the importance of early cancer detection and having your partner know your body as well as you do. “A lot of people are actually uncomfortable examining themselves,” he says. “Your partner can not only be a great mate but [he or she] can also be a great health prevention tool for you.”
An Aspirin a Day Keeps Cancer at Bay?
Dr. Piro discusses three studies that were published in The Lancet and The Lancet Oncology, showing that a daily dose of aspirin can be highly-effective in reducing the risk of cancer.
“We now understand that body inflammation is something that is important in the causation of a lot of diseases – Alzheimer’s, cardiovascular disease and cancer,” Dr. Piro explains. “So, a small dose of aspirin, which inhibits platelets and other inflammatory factors, seems to reduce your inflammation in a way that can actually change the course of cancer in your body. That’s a pretty amazing discovery.
“Knowing the exact dose [of aspirin] is unclear and one of the precautions is that aspirin isn’t a benign kind of pill,” Dr. Piro adds. “It can cause bleeding in your stomach, it can interact with other medicines [and] it can interact with other blood thinners. You should really talk with your doctor about it because it could be deleterious to [your health].
“While this is important in a pill form, we can control our own lifestyles. We can reduce inflammation by exercising everyday, by eating the proper kind of diet and keeping your body fat low. So, don’t wait for the results on a pill. Start taking control of your own life,” Dr. Piro says.