09.28.2011 - 9/28/2011 Our Sexual Selves: biology and the...

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9/28/2011 1 Our Sexual Selves: biology and the social construction of women’s sexuality Individual Does not necessarily involve partner Presumed heterosexual intercourse…. We become sexual in utero and remain orgasmic well into our 90’s Sexual expression Know your vagina How it looks How it feels How it smells How it changes
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9/28/2011 2 Discharge Normal discharge: clear or white, watery and/or mucous, no foul odor Vaginal balance of bacterial flora Acidic, many lactobacilli May be disrupted by douching, strong soaps, perfumes The Normal Vagina Normal pH is 3.4-4.4 ACIDIC environment = good defense vs. pathogenic bacteria, fungi, and protozoa Primary way to discern “normal” from “abnormal” vaginal DC is through microscopic examination Knowing what is an individual’s normal and how that changes over the menstrual cycle is extremely helpful. An aspect of sexuality Self awareness Guides when to seek professional help Very common!! 1/5 people in US have sti 2/3 of all stis in <25 years old 15% of infertility associated with hx of sti
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9/28/2011 3 Changes in Discharge Vulvovaginal Candidiasis: Yeast Curdy white discharge, vaginal and vulvar burning Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) Discharge is thin and grey Fishy smelling Trichomoniasis Yellow frothy discharge Sexually transmitted between partners Treated with antibiotics Sexually transmitted infections often without symptoms Bacteria infects the cervical os Chlamydia: most frequent curable infection routine testing on sexually active women <25 years old Gonorrhea: second most frequent infection
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09.28.2011 - 9/28/2011 Our Sexual Selves: biology and the...

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