Health & Lifestyle

Ask Lue: November 1, 2018

Luena Maillard is a junior who is passionate about holistic health and education. In high school, she was employed by Planned Parenthood as a Peer Health Educator to teach sex ed classes to high school health classes. She is currently working as a PHE here on campus, and you can find her during her office hours at Tiernan Field House for one-on-one conversations!

Dear Lue,
I squirted when I was with my regular hook-up a couple days ago, I’ve heard of squirting before im just not sure what exactly it is.
Thanks,
Anonymous

Hey Anonymous!
So squirting is a bit of a controversial subject, there have only a couple studies published in the last ten years, and the results differ. One thing that is certain is that it is completely normal and it really varies from person to person. Some people squirt every time they have sex, and some people have never squirted in their life. Squirting starts in the G-spot – which is less of a spot and more of an area. It is composed of the back of the pubic bone, the apex of the clitoris, the Skene’s gland, and the urethral sponge, it’s also not very well understood but it is basically all over that area, which can be confusing.There is back and forth about what makes up the fluid released when you squirt, and some people believe it’s actually just pee, which is an understandable myth considering female ejaculate is expelled from the urethra and also contains uric acid, which is one of the components of urine. However female ejaculate is not urine. Trust me, you’re not peeing yourself during sex, squirting is actually a clear fluid that is released from the urethral sponge when a woman has a g-spot orgasm. Bottom line, we don’t fully understand the concept of ejacujaltion or even the g-spot yet, bodies are strange and everyone is different, but this is completely normal and not something to be worried about at all!

Dear Lue,
I’ve been thinking about getting an IUD, but one of my friends mentioned she had one that didn’t have hormones? Is that better?
Anonymous

Dear Anonymous,
So there are actually two types of IUDs, non-hormonal (Paragard) and hormonal (Mirena, Skyla, etc.). The hormonal ones work by releasing a hormone similar to progesterone for 3 (Skyla) to 5 (Mirena) years, which can thicken your cervical mucus plug or stop your body from releasing an egg altogether . The non-hormonal Paragard is wrapped in a copper wiring that is a natural spermicide. Both types also have the added benefit of being physically in the uterus, which adds another layer of protection against pregnancy because it creates a less-than-ideal situation for fetus to develop, and your body knows that. In terms of if one is better than another, birth control is subjective, and what is better for one person could be different than for another. The Paragard can come with the side effects of heavier periods or worse menstrual cramps, which is definitely something to keep in mind. I would definitely talk to a physician about what is best for you personally; they would be able to go into detail with you for how your body might react. On a personal note, I have an IUD and I think they’re awesome, hope you figure out what will work best for you and your body!

How do I shave down there for the first time? Without having itchiness or irritation? And on a budget?
-Anonymous

Hey Anonymous!
I got you. So, start by getting a FRESH razor (the more blades the better) and either some sort of oil (some people swear by coconut oil and others love baby oil) or an unscented gentle cream/gel. You basically want some sort of lubrication (SO IMPORTANT) without disturbing the sensitive skin or getting an allergic reaction, so if your skin is particularly sensitive I would suggest testing a patch first. Once you get in the shower, don’t shave first thing- wait 5-10 min to let the follicles soften. Then, exfoliate the area *gently* with a loofah or something similar, and lather on your lubricant. Wet the razor and make long smooth strokes along the direction of the hair growth, rinsing the razor frequently. If you find that is not getting enough of the hair, you can try shaving in a sideways direction, towards your center, however be gentle as the more times you go over an area the more irritated it could become. Exfoliate gently again, pat dry, and then either apply something unscented like aloe vera or baby oil, or this super amazing budget friendly product called Tendskin (you can find it at any drugstore or on Amazon) which reduces ingrown hairs and bumps.

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