I recently distributed a survey online to find out what questions MEN have regarding women’s health. Below are the top 3 issues that men were curious about, as well as very brief responses. Women – send your guys friends/male partners here for Women’s Health 101! And feel free to add your own answers to their questions as well! Let’s be honest – most of them need all the help they can get.
Question #1: Anatomy
My girlfriend says that when she pushes deeply on her bellybutton she can feel pain in her vagina. Similarly, when I thrust deeply, she feels a twinge in her bellybutton. Is there any relationship between the bellybutton and the vagina?
Answer: Although most diagrams of female sexual organs exclude this detail, there IS tissue connecting the belly button and reproductive organs, left over from our days spent in the uterus. Because fetuses receive nutrients from/expel waste through the umbilical cord during their development, there is a tube that connects our bladder to our bellybutton, (a vestige of the umbilical cord) which doesn’t completely disappear after birth.
In our adult bodies, this tissue helps to make up the bladder wall, feeding directly into the female prostate. This is also known as the G-spot or the Trigone area (or T-spot), a spot between the bladder wall and the vagina with nerves that feed down into the bladder, uterus, vagina, clitoris, labia, etc. (For more explanation and a diagram of this anatomy, visit: http://www.a-womans-touch.com/sex_counselor.php?articleID=3065) Thus, it is possible that pressure on the bellybutton from certain angles may be felt in the vaginal canal, and vice versa – pressure on the bladder wall from the inside may create sensations felt in the belly button.
Question #2: Birth Control
Does the hormonal balance caused by birth control pills sometimes result in the side effect of painful intercourse?
Answer: Yes, any time a woman alters the natural levels of hormones in her body, it is possible that she will also experience side effects, ranging from weight gain to mood swings to nausea to decreased sex drive.