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by Eva Hersh, MD

Friday, January 05, 2018

Simple, Healthy Changes for 2018

New year, new you

Dear Readers,

Lots of people make New Year’s resolutions. When a person can’t stick with the changes they planned – which is what usually happens - they may feel like a double failure. Not only are they continuing the behavior they meant to change, they also have been unable to keep their commitment. Considering this, my first thought was that maybe we should swear off the whole idea of New Year’s resolutions. But on second thought, it would be a shame not to make good use of the motivation for positive change that many people feel at the start of a new year.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Piercing Questions Top to Bottom

Dear Dr Eva,

I’ve been thinking for a while about getting my nipples pierced. I like the idea of having them pierced, but at the same time I wonder what will happen if I have a baby and decide to breastfeed. Could the nipples get damaged from piercing in a way that could interfere with feeding a baby?


Friday, December 08, 2017

Sexual Harassment...What Can Be Done?

In the past two months, an unprecedented number of well-known men have been revealed as sexual harassers and fired or forced to resign from high-profile jobs. There has been lots of justified condemnation of the harassers as well as praise for the bravery of the people who reported them.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Could it be Seasonal Affective Disorder?

If your doctor can’t prescribe a beach vacation, then instead you can...

Dear Dr. Eva,

Every year, as the days get shorter in the fall, I have a major loss of energy. I want to sleep longer and eat more. It starts in October or November. After the time change, with sunset now at 5 pm and earlier, it gets harder and harder to get out of bed. I feel unable to deal with people even in minor normal day-to-day interactions. At work, I’m struggling to keep up even with routine stuff. A lot of people I know also seem to be feeling bad and are commenting on the shorter days. Other than migrate South for the winter, which is way beyond me financially, what can people like me who are affected by the short days do to keep our moods from falling in the fall?

Feel like Hibernating

Thursday, October 26, 2017

How Do Women Urinate?

Inquiring minds want to know!

Dear Dr. Eva,

Please don’t laugh at me, this is a serious question. I’m a straight woman. I was in a women’s internet chat room where we were discussing whether women have “one hole or two” – that is, does urine drain through the vagina, or from a separate opening? Some people thought urine comes out through the vagina; others said women have a separate hole to drain urine. I always thought that in women urine drains through the vagina, the same way that sperm and urine come out through the same opening in men. Also, isn’t the bladder connection to the vagina the reason why it’s so common for women to get bladder infections after having sex? Now you may say “just look at yourself” – well, I tried that, but it’s not that easy to see and it’s not all that clear to me. Please help out.

Enquiring Mind

Friday, October 13, 2017

Are Weight-Loss Mints for Real?

Beware diet hucksterism!

Dear Dr. Eva,

I get emails all the time for “amazing” weight loss cures. Somehow the Internet knows I’m overweight. I have tried some of these “cures” with no real success. I wanted to see if you would check this ad out as a doctor and let OUTloud readers know the truth, if it works or if it is BS like I think?

Size 3x

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Surgery and Sexuality

Nerves grow back, but slowly

I am a 70-year-old woman. Obviously I’ve been in menopause for a long time. Because of an enlarging tumor in my uterus, I will soon be having a hysterectomy. When I asked the surgeon how the hysterectomy will affect my ability to have orgasms, he looked so embarrassed he almost blushed. I suppose it didn’t help that he looked younger than my own children. He seemed to think that old people have no sexuality. I didn’t get an answer to my question. Some of my friends who have had a hysterectomy say that they felt it decreased or changed their ability to orgasm. Others say it didn’t make any difference. My question is, does the uterus have a role in female orgasm, and what is the effect of hysterectomy for most women? Does it help if the surgeon does not remove the cervix?



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