Functions / Body Parts
student from the University of Maine wants to know.....
Can a woman have sex while she
Yes, and many women do. Some women even
prefer intercourse during this time
because they fear pregnancy less (assuming they ovulate
in the middle of their cycle). For others,
having sex/orgasm often makes a women feel particularly
good at this time and can relieve menstrual cramping by
relieving pelvic congestion. While some women feel more
sexual during this period, it should be noted that others
wouldn’t dream of desiring sex at this time. Although
sex during a woman’s period is harmless, one’s
attitude about menstruation can effect how she (or her
feels about participating in sex during this time.
student from Central Florida wants to know.....
I have never seen anything
like this before. My boyfriend has a curved penis, which
makes sexual intercourse uncomfortable. We've tried
different positions, but that hasn't helped. It's
really curved! What should I do?
Unlike women, who tend to have regular gyn exams
where certain conditions are recognized and discussed, males
are not so lucky. Has he ever been to see a family
physician or urologist to discuss this? I would encourage
him to do so. While some degree of curvature is perfectly
normal, men with Peyronie's disease have excessive curvature
that can make erections painful or make it difficult to enjoy
intercourse. This rare condition is caused by buildup
of fibrous tissue and calcium deposits in the penile shaft. Although
some Peyronie's disease appears to clear up on their own,
most require medical attention. Encourage him to talk
to his family doctor for a referral to a urologist. Good
student from SF State wants to know.....
What does it mean to have
a "tipped" uterus? My
doctor told me this and gave me no indication of what this
might mean for me down the road.
Dr. Caron's Response:
The uterus is held in the pelvic area by ligaments - sort of suspended
in place. It
is generally perpendicular to the vagina - tilting toward the bladder. However,
in 1 in every 5 women, the uterus tilts back toward the rectum (hence the term "tipped").
So no need to worry. This poses no serious problems but may cause discomfort
in some positions during intercourse. In the old days, they would tell women
this could lead to difficulty in pregnancy (conceiving, carrying or delivering
a baby) - but this has not proven to be the case. Although I should point out
that some have suggested that rear-entry intercourse position may be more comfortable
and may improve the chances of conception over the man-on-top intercourse position.
student from the University of Maine wants to know....
What should the inside of your vagina look like? and
why would a person have secretions running out of them?
it turns to white stuff sometimes - is this normal?
The inside of the vagina resembles the
inside of your mouth. It is warm, moist, and has folds of
skin. Next time you have your gynecological exam (generally
recommended when you turn 18 or when you become sexually
active -whichever comes first), ask the nurse to offer you
a mirror to take a look. In terms of the moisture and vaginal
secretions you experience: yes, that is normal. It is mucus
from the cervix and it changes throughout a woman's monthly
cycle. If you monitor this closely, you will notice a marked
change in the quantity and consistency of cervical mucus
it changes from being white and sticky right after your menstrual
period to clear and slippery like egg white for a few days
- and then back to white and sticky just before your period.
The easiest way to monitor your cervical mucus is to insert
a finger high up into your vagina each day and note the color
and consistency of your mucus. By the way, when the mucus
is clear and slippery like egg white (usually only lasting
a day or two), this is a signal that you have ovulated. This
is part of the Natural Family Planning method of birth control,
where you monitor cervical mucus, along with your basel body
temperature, to more accurately determine the time of ovulation.
By using this method, you know when to have intercourse if
you want to become pregnant, and when to avoid unprotected
intercourse if you do not want to be pregnant.
A student from Salem State wants to know....
How do I get a larger penis? I think most women look for
I am not aware of any exercise or surgery
that truly works to increase a man's penis size. If I did
know a way to increase a man's penis size, I would not be
a college professor I would be a billionaire, since it appears
so many men have anxieties about the size of their penis.
Dr. Bernie Zilbergeld (author of The New Male Sexuality),
says "penises come in a variety of shapes and sizes….and
about the only thing most penises have in common is that they
are the wrong size or shape as far as their owners are concerned."
The average size of an unerect penis is 3-4 inches; the average
size of an erect penis is 5-7 inches. Frequent intercourse
or masturbation does not cause a penis to get larger. Penis
size is not related to height, weight, or race. I realize
there are a few men who are paying thousands of dollars each
to have their penises made thicker by liposuction, however
all the major medical associations have issued warnings about
the safety of this type of procedure. Wait! Before you go
searching the Internet for this type of service, please think
about this: Most women say penis size is not important to
them in a sexual relationship. They are more concerned about
their male partner taking his time and his total response
to her during sexual intercourse. The quality of the entire
relationship (not the size of the penis) appears to be the
most important factor in sexual enjoyment and satisfaction.
A female, first-year student from Triton College wants to
How a girl can know when she's ovulating? And if the girl
does not have an orgasm during sex, can she get pregnant even
when she's ovulating?
In terms of your first question, it can be really
difficult to know when a girl is ovulating. Many people say
that ovulation takes place about 12-14 days before menstruation.
That means you can figure it out "after-the-fact"
so to speak. For example, if a woman has a 28-day cycle, she
is thought to ovulate around the 14th day. But this clearly
varies from girl to girl. To help determine more precisely
when ovulation takes place, you may want to learn Natural
Family Planning - in which you take your basal body temperature
each day and record it on a chart, along with charting what
your cervical mucous looks like, and the feel of your cervix.
Over time, a girl will be able to determine her ovulation
as that time when her temperature drops, her mucus looks like
egg white, and her cervix feels soft. It takes a bit of practice
and a few months to figure out -there are many good books
that explain it in greater detail. In terms of the second
question, a girl can get pregnant during intercourse if she
is ovulating and there is semen ejaculated into/around the
vagina. The sperm and egg could care less if you enjoy the
act or not. So to answer your question: No, having an orgasm
is not necessary for pregnancy.
from a student at Bowling Green:
is better in a penis: length or width?
may have heard the quote, "It's not the size of the boat,
but the motion of the ocean." The vagina is quite adept at
accommodating to penis size and many women actually prefer
stimulation around the clitoris and vaginal opening to deep
thrusting, which some women may find painful. Pleasant stimulation
doesn't require a large penis (in width or length) and can
be achieved by hand or mouth. The size of a man's penis seems
to be more important in the locker room than in the bedroom.