Local women's health specialist answers questions about intimacy during pandemic

Local women's health specialist answers questions about intimacy during pandemic

CINCINNATI (WKRC) – Your women’s health provider might be a good person to reach out to these days, especially when it comes to questions about intimacy when it comes to the coronavirus.

As we continue to have this coronavirus pandemic impact our everyday lives, women’s health specialists say they are getting a lot of questions about sharing intimacy during this time.

“We are getting a lot of questions from patients…about how much contact they should have with their spouses. I had a question the other day about whether a woman needs to have her IUD removed for fear of infection in the uterus. So people are scared and they truly don’t know what’s happening, and they’re looking at their health care professionals for guidance,” said Dr. Somi Javaid. What Dr. Javaid says about isolation during this time:”I don’t think isolation is great for anyone. And I think social media has been a saving grace and having “online dates,” which doesn’t expose them to anything, doesn’t break any of the rules that we have right now about going out to social places and still allows my patients to feel connected and reaching out to others.”
Being concerned about germs and having an IUD:

“Corona does not obviously harbor in the uterus or the vagina, so I told [that patient] at this point, with the knowledge that we have, there is no need to remove the IUD or worrying about spreading in that way.”

Dr. Javaid says she does expect a baby boom in about nine months, so a virtual visit with your OB/GYN is important if you are in need of birth control.

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