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How Can You Get Herpes?

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20 million American women suffer from pain with sex, and as an OB/GYN physician and someone who overcame painful sex, a lot of these women find their way to me. Sometimes, especially when the problem is new, it turns out that the reason a woman is having pain with sex is because she has the new onset of herpes. Too often, I’ve had to be the bearer of bad news. This doesn’t go over well.

The first question women ask me is “How did I get herpes?”

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Why Does Sex Hurt Sometimes?

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FAQ’s About Painful Sex

What are some less serious, common causes of pain with sex?

If you’re trying to have intercourse when you’re not aroused, lack of lubrication can cause friction and lead to pain. Even if you are aroused, decreased lubrication caused by hormonal deficiencies (such as atrophic vaginitis, which can occur when estrogen levels are low after menopause or while breastfeeding) can lead to pain.

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Oral Sex Causes Oral Cancer—But Don’t Wig Out

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Wouldn’t it be nice if we could blame all oral cancers on smoking ciggies and boozing it up? At least we already know we’re better off ditching those vices. But are we supposed to have NO fun? I mean, seriously.

For the most part, oral sex is pretty dang safe. You can’t get knocked up. It’s much harder to contract most sexually transmitted diseases. And it feels oh-oh-oh so good. But it seems all good things come at a price.

NPR & CBS News just reported new data showing that 64% of all cancers of the oral cavity, head, and neck are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), which is usually spread to the mouth and surrounding areas via oral sex. Turns out that anyone with six or more lifetime oral sex partners has an eight-fold higher risk of these kinds of cancers than someone who has never had oral sex before.

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Bring Back the Bush!

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Should I Shave My Pubic Hair?

When I was on tour with Lissa Rankin, a question came up at our first college chat event -- a question about pubic hair. Lissa had just explained that not all STDs are prevented with condom use. Pubic lice is one of those. A young woman then asked if she should just shave all of her pubic hair in order to avoid exposure. 

I am sure there had to have been a time when shaving (or waxing) your pubic hair was akin to shaving you head. When I was a little girl in the early '80s "the bush" was symbolic of this incredible, mysterious world of womanhood that I'd one day enter. Getting to sneak a peak at this part of a woman's body -- whether in an R-rated movie or the Playboy magazines under my friend's brother's bed -- absolutely fascinated me. I thought "the bush" was beautiful and I couldn't wait to have one.

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A Case Against Circumcision

When I was an intern, just starting my OB/GYN residency, someone handed me a list with a dozen names on it and said, “Go. It’s your job to circumcise these babies.” My mouth flung open. Say what?

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