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Ask the Sexual Health Specialist

 

Do you have a question that you are afraid to ask anyone? You've come to right place. Here, you can submit an anonymous question to our sexual health specialist and get a response. Here's how it works. Post your question below and we will post a response here on this page within a few days. You can also check Twitter @TTURISE, where we regularly post questions and answers that we get from students.

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Recently Submitted Questions and Answers

Q: "I have a painless bump on my area. It doesn't bother me. I've had unprotected sex, about two months ago. Can this be related? What should I do?"

A: Not all sexually transmitted infections cause painful symptoms, so you may be infected. This could also be an ingrown hair, pimple, or a multitude of options.  We recommend getting tested and openly discussing your symptoms with your nurse or doctor.  For a list of some local resources visit our resource page

Q: "How do I know if my vagina looks normal? It looks different lately. I used to be able to see the opening but now it seems like there is a fleshy mess covering the opening. Should I be worried about this?"

A: There is a thin fleshy tissue which covers the opening of the vagina called the hymen. Hymens are a little different for everyone though, however the hymen is not known to grow back or cover the vagina more than before, it can only be stretched open. Please set up an appointment with your gynecologist to openly discuss and review your concerns!

Q: "I want to get an IUD, but I don't know where to start. How would I go about this?"

A: An IUD must be put in by a doctor, nurse, or other health care provider.  We recommend setting up an appointment with your gynecologist or primary care physician to discuss your options. 

Q:"How effective is combined use of condoms and spermicide at preventing pregnancy?"

A: For pregnancy prevention, the use of both condoms and spermicide would reduce the chance of pregnancy and be more effective than just using only one form of contraception. Please know, many individuals are known to be sensitive and even allergic to spermicide, which may be why most condoms are no longer coated with spermicide. Also please know, spermicide does not prevent the transmission of STIs.