How you look “down there”
Many patients are too nervous to ask embarrassing questions about their vaginas, but rest assured, they are completely normal. “Women often come in asking whether they are ‘normal’—are their labia too big, too small, crooked, or different? Women do not understand the large anatomical variation in our bodies, beyond weight, eye color, and hair color. Our genitalia are no different, and there is no ‘good’ or ‘bad’ or abnormal. This has given rise to a number of cosmetic surgical practices that ignore the normal variation and try to create the illusion of an ideal anatomy. I will even share “The Great Wall of Vagina,” a website that shows pictures of many different vaginas so women can understand variation is normal.” —Jeanne A. Conry, MD, PhD, Co-Chair of The National Preconception Health and Health Care Initiative.
The truth about sensitive nipples
“There are thousands of nerve endings in the nipple. Many women find they can be more sensitive just before their period starts, but some women just have ultra sensitive nipples all the time. Either way is completely normal and not a sign anything is wrong.” —Allison Hill, MD, an ob-gyn at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles and co-author of The Mommy Docs’ Ultimate Guide to Pregnancy and Birth. These are the 9 things gynecologists wish patients would stop doing.