Ask the Gynecologist

5 Things Women May Be Afraid to Ask Their Doctor

Allison Bush Jul 23rd, 2014 (updated Jun 10th, 2015)
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Always wash new underwear
Always wash new underwear

The most obvious reason is that the underwear you buy might have been previously tried on by somebody else. You should also wash to dilute the potentially thousands of chemicals used in the textile manufacturing process. Cotton is sprayed with pesticides and once the pieces are complete, they may be sprayed with fungicides to keep fungus from growing on them in transport.

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Why your period may be so heavy
Why your period may be so heavy

It could be polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS. PCOS changes the balance of hormones in your body necessary for ovulation, and the immature eggs get left behind as cysts on the ovaries instead of releasing into the fallopian tubes. Symptoms include, heavier or irregular periods, increased facial hair, acne, and infertility. 

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Sex phobia?
Sex phobia?

In 2011, vaginismus was defined as “the recurrent or persistent involuntary contraction of the perineal muscles surrounding the outer third of the vagina when vaginal penetration with penis, finger, tampon, or speculum is attempted...even the anticipation of vaginal insertion may result in muscle spasm."  Some studies show that phobia — a fear of vaginal penetration and pain — is what causes the involuntary spasm. 

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The difference between STD and STI
The difference between STD and STI

There isn't really a difference. STI stands for "sexually transmitted infection," and STD stands for "sexually transmitted disease," and the only difference is “infection” more accurately describes the way STIs operate than “disease.” 

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No, diet pills are not safe
No, diet pills are not safe

A new (old?) diet pill called DNP is making the rounds again. Originally developed in a lab in 1930 for use in making explosives, the chemical gained popularity as a weight-loss supplement. By 1938, DNP was banned in the U.S. due to the drug's side effects; however, it's widely available on the Internet, where bodybuilders and those suffering from eating disorders are reportedly ordering in bulk.