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“Hot pants! DIY Gynecology” is a Hot Mess

A few weeks ago someone suggested I take a look at the book Hot Pants! Do It Yourself Gynecology and Herbal Remedies. After reading all 95 pages a more apt title would be From Camelot to the Clap, Ancient Gynecology for a Modern Woman. A Herbalist and a Radio Activist turn Fables into Feminism. Because that, … Continue reading

Scented latex underwear to improve “freshness” for oral sex? It’s a vagina, not a Yankee Candle.

Lorals is trying to raise money on Indiegogo for latex underwear for women to wear during oral sex. My first impression was this could be an alternative to dental dams or cut up condoms! A hands free approach that does not require scissors would be great. And then I watched the video. Lorals isn’t going … Continue reading

Removing pubic hair may increase your risk of herpes and genital warts

Anyone who is a regular reader of mine, either here on Twitter, knows I have long been skeptical of the safety of pubic hair removal. We evolved to have pubic hair and we have no data to say that we have outgrown that need as we have wisdom teeth. The current thinking is that pubic … Continue reading

Condoms: a strategy for recurrent bacterial vaginosis

Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a condition in which the normal hydrogen peroxide producing lactobacilli in the vagina are depleted, resulting in an overgrowth of anaerobic bacteria, Gardnerella, and Mycoplasma. In other words, the good bacteria (which are the gate keepers and control the vaginal ecosystem) are replaced by the bad bacteria. BV causes an annoying, … Continue reading

IgM blood test for herpes. Just say no.

Routine screening blood tests for herpes are not recommended by the Centers for Disease Control. When I say routine screening I mean a scenario such as, “I want to get checked for everything, ok?” Blood tests for herpes do have a place in specific clinical situations, but that’s for another post. But say you did … Continue reading

I’ve already had HPV, should I still get the vaccine?

Thanks to Michael Douglas human papilloma virus (HPV), and HPV prevention, has been a topic of conversation. One great tool for prevention is the vaccine, which has the possibility to dramatically reduce (if not eliminate) infection with the major pathogenic types of HPV. A question that I am often asked is, “Should I get the HPV vaccine … Continue reading

What Michael Douglas neglected to mention about oral sex and cancer

Michael Douglas, who is now three years post diagnosis for head and neck cancer, blamed oral sex with women for his disease. Apparently, he also says cunnilingus is the cure, but we’ll tackle that nugget another day. Douglas revealed his tumor was HPV positive while doing his press tour for Behind the Candelabra (which is … Continue reading

HPV vaccine almost eliminates genital warts for young women, new study

While the HPV vaccine is an important weapon against cervical cancer, one of the vaccines (Gardasil) also provides coverage against HPV types 6 and 11, which cause genital warts. As this vaccine targets 4 types of HPV (16 and 18, which cause cervical cancer as well as 6 and 11) it is called a quadrivalent … Continue reading

What to tell a partner who wants you to remove your pubic hair

A divorced friend of mine who recently started dating was shocked to find that the complete absence of female pubic hair seemed to be an expectation among her potential partners. I’m not surprised, when I was in the dating pool a couple of years back there were men who actually listed full clamscaping required among … Continue reading

Understanding blood tests for herpes

There is a lot of misinformation about herpes, both among health providers and the general public. When I lecture at a medical conferences about herpes I hear, “I didn’t know that,” all the time. I know people want more information, because I posted a piece in 2011 on the difference between type 1 and type … Continue reading

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