An Ob gynecologists share these health tips for taking care of women’s body:
1. Go commando anytime you can
- A. Panty-less
“I know women who are never out of their undies—the only time they’re pantiless is in the shower! But when you wear underwear 100 percent of the time, you’re trapping moisture and body heat that can increase the growth of bacteria on the skin of the vulva. If you notice a not-fresh smell, usually the odor isn’t coming from the vagina, it’s coming from bacteria that grow after your vulva has been sitting inside of underwear for hours and hours. It’s even worse in the winter, when people wear tights or nylons and then jeans on top of that. Obviously you don’t want to have a Paris Hilton moment at work, so wear underwear during the day, but as soon as you get home, the panties should come off. And no woman ever needs to wear them to bed.”
- B. Bra-less
Going bra less -around the house .According to the results of a 15-year study in France , bras provide no benefits to women and may actually be harmful to breasts over time.
“Medically, physiologically, anatomically, the breast does not benefit from being deprived of gravity,” Jean-Denis Rouillon, a professor at the University of Franche-Comté in Besançon, told France Info.
Conducting the study at the university’s hospital, Rouillon measured and examined the breasts of more than 300 women, aged 18 and 35, taking note of how the additional support provided by bras affects the body over time. (It should be noted the study does not mention breast size.)
Overall, he found that women who did not use bras benefited in the long term, developing more muscle tissue to provide natural support. As France’s The Local notes, Rouillon also noticed that nipples gained a higher lift, in relation to the shoulders, on women who went braless. When bras are worn, the restrictive material prevents such tissue from growing, which may actually accelerate sagging, the study concluded.
“You’ve probably heard that eating yogurt can be helpful in warding off yeast infections because of the good bacteria it contains. Try it in another way, too. If a woman who’s had a yeast infection or bacterial vaginosis before starts to feel like it’s returning, inserting organic, unflavored yogurt with live cultures into the vagina can help balance things out. I tell women to use about a quarter cup before bed, and to be sure to wear a panty liner the next day because there will be some discharge. Some people are too squeamish for it, but in my experience, it works. And if it doesn’t, of course you should head to the doctor.”
3. Your chances of a natural pregnancy after 42 are basically zilch
“I’ve had to discuss the realities of fertility with a couple of women I care about who are in their 40s. One had just gotten married and told me that she and her husband had tossed the condoms and she couldn’t wait to get pregnant. I had to break the news that her chances were actually really low. She didn’t want to believe me and said, ‘My Aunt Whoever got pregnant when she was 50!’ Sure, once in a great while something like that happens, but the odds are tiny. By the time you’re in your early 40s, the quality of your eggs has declined to the point that even if one does get fertilized, it most likely won’t divide and implant normally. It’s tough—when you look at the media, you see a lot of older stars getting pregnant and having babies. But we doctors know that most of the time, that’s thanks to egg donation, not spontaneous natural conception. Women assume that if they’re still having their period every month that means they’re fertile, but it doesn’t.”
4. Your weight could be ruining your sex life
“You have to be very gentle when talking to patients about weight, said an Ob Gyne. But I found myself leveling with a family member recently. She had put on about 50 pounds, and admitted to me that she hated the way she looked and didn’t want her husband to see her naked anymore. Then later she was talking about how she had lost her libido and it must be her hormones! I told her that testosterone wasn’t going to fix what was going on with her, but that losing weight could. She got mad at first—it wasn’t easy to hear, and she thought I was being mean. But then we really started talking about it and she realized her feelings about her body were the culprit. She decided to lose weight, and went about it in a really smart and gradual way. It took about a year, but she did it. And her libido came right back.”
5. Don’t blame him if you’re not having orgasms
“When my girlfriends complain about not having orgasms, there’s a tendency to blame it on their partners. What I usually say to them is this: It’s up to you to make it happen—climaxing is a learned experience. That means you have to feel comfortable with your own body and know what you like and how you like it in order to help someone else figure it out. If your boyfriend or husband doesn’t have a clue, you’ve got to figure your body out first, and then teach him and guide him.”