For many women, the area "down there" is a bit of a mystery, and a big reason is that our most personal questions can be hard -- or just too embarrassing -- to ask our doctors. In her new book, Ask Dr. Marie: Straight Talk & Reassuring Answers to Your Most Private Questions, Marie Savard, M.D., ABC News Medical Contributor, explains what’s normal and what’s not when it comes to women's health. Read the excerpt below to see Dr. Marie’s answers to the private questions you've always wanted to ask.
It's holiday time again, which for me means lots of parties to go to ... solo. My first instinct is usually to try to snag a pal to bring with me to party crash, but recently, I was invited to a party where the host explicitly instructed guests not to bring a plus one. I was dreading showing up there, thinking it would be uncomfortable, but once I arrived, I embraced it and ended up having a great time. After I deftly extricated myself from a dull conversation with an awkward woman with a neck twitch, I hit it off with a group of dudes with nerdy glasses who shared my love of stupid dance moves. Needless to say, I have a new appreciation for going to parties alone. Here are some tips for making the best of a stag situation.
I moved in last January. After bopping around between three crappy apartments within eight months I decided it made the most sense to shack up with my beau. I mean I was there 99 percent of the time anyway, it only made sense that I live there, right? However, my boyfriend had never lived with a girl, let alone in an apartment next to his Christian minister mom, who didn't exactly approve of shacking up before tying the knot. But her love for her son (and for his amazing girlfriend) outweighed her traditional values, and, with her blessing, I moved in.
From Katy Perry to Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift to Gaga, there were plenty of love-themed tracks to enjoy in 2010. Here are the songs that have been sending our collective hearts aflutter for the past twelve months, in case you managed to them out of your head in the first place.
As any girl in the dating world will tell you, you can tell pretty much all you need to know about a potential boyfriend from the house he keeps. We're not saying emotional maturity is reflected in one's furniture ... except, yeah, we kinda are. It's not about whether or not the guy has money; it's about whether or not he's learned to make his house a home without Mom's help. So, without further ado, we'd like to present 10 home goods that separate the men from the boys.
Love a strong jawline on a man? Researchers at the University of New South Wales recently found that we're not just looking for signs of virility—we're looking for a badass. A new study shows that a poor, dangerous environment makes bad boy, masculine men attractive. Is this why Denise Richards is dating Nikki Sixx, another in a long slew of bad boys?
Kate Middleton may have waited nine years for her dream wedding, but Emma Collins had to wait that, and then some. But thanks to Facebook, she is now happily married to her fiance of 14 years, Shaun Parsons.
Prenups are a backup plan. Like any other backup plan—the fold-up flats in your purse, tampons in your desk drawer at work, the rape whistle on your keychain—you don't expect to use it, and you really hope not to, but thank God it's there when you need it. For women, divorce is financially dangerous, and you're necessarily subject to a 50 percent chance of suffering from it if you marry.
LA guy makes a viral video love letter for his long-distance girlfriend called "I Hope This Gets To You." How romantic. Or is he promoting a band called The Daylights?
Today, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was named TIME "Person of the Year 2010." If the people at TIME were looking for a game-changer to receive this honor, they found the right man. Zuckerberg has undoubtedly altered the way more than half a billion people connect. He has changed our generation forever, and he definitely deserves the this distinction. However, we would also like to personally note Mark for yet another feat. He's managed to make our dating lives that much more complicated.