You might not think of your gynecologist as a source of tips for better sex. You go to a gyno for Pap smears and birth control consultations — not to talk about your Saturday night, right? Well, more and more gynecologists and patients are finally thinking of sexual health as inclusive of, you know, sex. And, they're recognizing that medically supported advice can and should play a role in the pursuit of pleasure. (We're all for it!)
To bring this advice to your screen, Yahoo Health consulted Lauren Streicher, MD, associate professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Streicher created a list of the sexual aids gynecologists most often recommend to their patients. First up is lube, which can make all the difference in both partnered sex and masturbation. Water-based lubricant will usually do the trick for minor vaginal dryness — look for a glycerin-free product to avoid irritation — while silicone lube can ease more serious cases. Gynecologists are also increasingly suggesting that their patients explore the wonderful world of sex toys. The Hitachi Magic Wand, for example, is a tried-and-true classic, ideal for vibrator beginners.