Dr. Sherry A. Ross doesn't blush when she uses the word vagina. But the gynecologist, who treats everyone from Reese Witherspoon to Gigi, Bella, and Yolanda Hadid, knows many of the rest of us do. "Sixty percent of women use code names for their vaginas," she says incredulously. "If we can't talk about it, then how can we take care of it?" Ross's mission is to change the dialogue women have about their bodies, to usher in more honesty and dispel the stigma we feel when we talk about female sexual health. "Women are so curious about the vagina, but it's like a separate part of our bodies." Ross says, explaining the hesitation of many of her patients to voice questions they have about their health and sexuality. Her forthcoming book, She-ology, out this spring, covers all the information women need to know.
If you've been holding back from asking your doctor anything about your body, Dr. Sherry has shared her answers to the most commonly unasked questions. There's nothing to be bashful about. Next time you see your gynecologist ask your own questions in person. No matter what you say, it won't be the first time they've heard it!