Reproduction Issues

Why not use spermicidal condoms?

Published: Aug 8 2006
Dear Dr. Myrtle, I would like to know more about the use of spermicidal condoms. What are the health implications of using one, and what are the alternatives? We recommend that people who use condoms for sexual intimacy do not use condoms with spermicide. There are several reasons for this. 1. First, spermicides are chemical detergents....

How can we avoid condom breakage?

Published: May 3 2006
Dear Dr. Myrtle, We like using condoms, but every once in a while they break. Recently, they’ve been breaking every other time we use them, and it’s beginning to scare me. Should we be getting stronger condoms? Is there any way to decrease the chances that our condom will break? First, any intact condom is a good condom. Most condom...

Sex and Pregnancy

Published: Jun 1 2006
Click here for a pdf brochure about Sex & Pregnancy. Dear Dr. Myrtle, I’ve just gotten pregnant again (whew!), and my partner is very worried about sexual activity during this pregnancy. Is sex okay during pregnancy, and is there anything I/we should watch out for? Congratulations! Generally speaking, sexual activity is okay during ...

Conception and Sexual Lubricants

Published: Jun 1 2006
Dr. Myrtle, My partner and I are trying to become pregnant, but we struggle with vaginal dryness. Is one lubricant better than another, or should we use anything at all? Do you know anything about a product called Pre~seed? Help! Infertility (the inability to become pregnant) is due to sperm-related (male) problems about 33% of the time....

Vaginal dryness after delivery

Published: Jun 1 2006
Dear Dr. Myrtle, Since I gave birth, I have been experiencing vaginal dryness with penetration. Is this normal? Vaginal lubrication is often an issue for women postpartum (after delivery), especially for women who have chosen to breastfeed. While not such an issue during pregnancy because of the increased fluids in your body, after delivery...

Pain of the perineum

Published: Sep 17 2008
Dear Dr. Myrtle, Can I heal my perineum damaged during delivery? How long will this take to feel normal again during sex? Many women experience damage to the perineum (the area between the vulva and the anus) as a natural part of delivery because the perineum must stretch 2-4 times its usual size to allow the pregnancy to pass by. Some...

Too loose after delivery?

Published: Jun 1 2006
Dear Dr. Myrtle, I’ve heard rumors about women losing vaginal tone and becoming loose after childbirth. Is that true? Some skin and pelvic floor tone is lost during pregnancy and childbirth because the weight of the pregnancy and the compression of internal organs stretches out the pelvic floor. If the woman does not have good pelvic...