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by Eva Hersh, MD

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?

Pre-Op

Thursday, September 14, 2017

The Rashes of Summer-Part 2

Because of the warm weather and spending more time outside, people get more skin rashes in summer than any other time of year. Some rashes are easy to recognize; identifying others takes some detective work. Any skin infection that comes with a fever, headache, shortness of breath, or abdominal pain should be evaluated by a medical professional. This column – the second of two – covers scabies, Lyme disease rash, and impetigo.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

The Rashes of Summer

Part 1 of 2–more colorful rashes next issue!

Because of the warm weather and spending more time outside, people get more skin rashes in summer than any other time of year. Some rashes are easy to recognize; identifying others takes some detective work. Any skin infection that comes with a fever, headache, shortness of breath, or abdominal pain should be evaluated by a medical professional. This series of articles will cover seven summer rashes: heat rash, jock itch, poison ivy, chiggers, scabies, Lyme disease rash, and impetigo.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Safe Eclipse Viewing

By now, just about everyone in the US knows that a total eclipse of the sun will be visible over 14 states in the early afternoon of Monday, August 21st. Unfortunately, too few people know how to observe the eclipse safely or understand how important it is to protect their vision. And to make matters worse, the market has been flooded with dangerous fake “eclipse glasses.”

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Mosquito Season

Dear Dr. Eva,

The mosquito season is already exploding in my back yard. After a couple of hours of gardening, my wrists and ankles have so many bites they are swollen. I put on mosquito repellent, but is there anything else I can do? I’m thinking of hiring a mosquito spraying service, but I wonder if the spray is dangerous and also won’t it interfere with the ecosystem?

Bitten

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