12 Most Embarrassing Questions Women Ask
Can I catch something nasty from sitting on a public toilet seat?
Not likely. There are actually more germs on the floor in a public bathroom (hang up your purse!) than on the toilet seat. If the bathroom seems especially gross, cover the seat with toilet paper.
But don’t worry too much about contracting a séxually transmitted disease from your pit stops. If you have a healthy immune system, you’ll be able to resist whatever germs you’re exposed to while on the john.
If you’re really worried, look for stalls that have toilet paper covers. When a toilet is flushed, it can spray germs into the air. If the toilet paper is protected by a cover, you’re less likely to get germs when you wipe.
Sometimes I wear my jeans several times before washing them. Is that sanitary?
Have a pair of jeans you love above all others? No worries, as long as you’re wearing underwéar. Going commando? Wash your jeans after each wéaring. Otherwise bacteria growing on your denim could cause an infection.
Are big-bréasted women more likely to get bréast cancer?
Being well-endowed doesn’t increase your cancer risk. That said, being overweight does. So if your curves are from added weight, you’re at a higher risk than a woman who is slim.
Big bréasts can make feeling lumps or detecting tumors more difficult. The more tissue there is, the more you have to feel and inspect. That’s why women with larger bréasts should visit their doctor annually.
How much bréast sagging is normal?
As women get older, the ligaments that hold up the bréasts lose their elasticity. Plus, bréast tissue becomes more fatty, which leads to more sag.
Weight gain or loss, pregnancy, and bréastfeeding all contribute to sagging, because when the bréasts grow and then shrink, the skin doesn’t snap back.
Exercise improves skin and ligament elasticity. But you might benefit from a super-supportive bra. Look for one that has a thick back with at least three hooks.
Can I get HIV from oral séx?
Yes. Although the risk is less than with anál or vaginál séx, there have been cases in which HIV was transmitted to women who received oral séx. Infected blood from the mouth can enter your body through the vaginál lining.
You can also get HIV by performing oral séx because semen and seminal fluid contain the virus. Your risk goes up if you have sores or cuts in your mouth (which you may have without even realizing it) and if he éjaculates in your mouth.
Use condoms or dental dams and make sure your partner gets tested.
Why do I get a headache after séx?
Your body may be reacting to the fact that séx is a strenuous activity. Or it could be from the increased muscle activity and dilation of blood vessels around your neck and brain.
If you’re bothered by coital headaches, ask you doctor about taking an anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen or a prescription migraine medication 30 minutes before hitting the sheets. If the headaches worsen, or if you start having them at other times, tell your doctor.
Why does my gynecologist press down on my stomach?
She’s feeling the size, shape and mobility of your uterus, and checking for the presence of cysts, fibroids, or tumors of your ovaries, uterus, or fallopian tubes. Since many of these organs are deep inside the abdomen, she may have to press hard.
Your gyno might also insert two fingers into your vágina as she presses on your abdomen. She’s checking for any tenderness in your internal orgáns. If it’s more than a little painful, let her know. She might want to feel around more or run tests to see if there’s something causing you to yowl.
My bréasts are lumpy. How can I tell what’s normal?
Lumpy, or fibrocystic bréasts, are very common. The lumps are usually benign, but they can make it hard to find bréast tumors.
Women like you have more dense areas of tissue in their bréasts than others, so mammograms aren’t as effective a screen for bréast cancer. Your doctor may recommend an ultrasound.
Women’s bréasts tend to get lumpier right before the ménstrual period, so do your self-exams (and schedule a mammo or ob/gyn appointment), right after your period.
If you notice a new lump that lasts one ménstrual cycle, or if it feels different than others (hard or closer to the surface of your skin), get it checked out. But don’t panic: 80 percent of bréasts lumps are benign.
Bottom line: Get to know your bréasts. Schedule yearly checkups and annual screenings after age 40, or earlier if you have a family history of bréast cancer. Do monthly self-exams, so that if something new pops up, you’ll know.
What’s the worst thing I can catch at the gym?
The staph bacterium MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) can cause a very aggressive and difficult-to-treat skin infection, which can invade the blood.
This bug, which is resistant to most kinds of antibiotics, can survive on gym machines between users. Clean the equipment with an antibacterial wipe before using it.
If you have open sores or wounds or skin irritation, stay away from the machines. Broken skin will make you more vulnerable.
One bréast is bigger than the other. Is that normal?
Yes. Most women have slight differences in the shape and size of their bréasts (one nipplé points north, while the other points south, for example). It’s normal to have one bréast larger than the other – sometimes even by a cup size or two.
As long as this size difference isn’t new, you’re probably okay. But if one bréast gets bigger or feels different (thicker, fuller, or lumpy), consult your doctor. A change in one bréast could be a sign of a cyst or tumor.
Is it true certain séx positions give you a boy or a girl?
No, it’s the luck of the draw.
Countless studies have looked for a relationship between séx positions and a baby’s gender – and have come up empty. Same goes for methods of timing séx around specific days in your cycle.
So no need to twist yourself into a pretzel – unless you want to, of course!
Why do women’s feet grow after having a baby?
A pregnant body produces the hormone relaxing, which causes your pelvic ligaments and joints to loosen to make room for the baby’s exit. That same hormone relaxes ligaments in your feet, allowing the bones to separate.
Your increased weight also puts more pressure on your feet, causing your arches to fall a bit. On average, you’ll go up half a shoe size.