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The Embarrassing Sexual Health Questions Latinos Are Often Too Shy To Ask

BERLIN, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 05:  A doctor checks a patient's blood pressure on September 5, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. Doctors in the country are demanding higher payments from health insurance companies (Krankenkassen). Over 20 doctors' associations are expected to hold a vote this week over possible strikes and temporary closings of their practices if assurances that a requested additional annual increase of 3.5 billion euros (4,390,475,550 USD) in payments are not provided. The Kassenaerztlichen Bundesvereinigung (KBV), the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians, unexpectedly broke off talks with the health insurance companies on Monday.  (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)

BERLIN, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 05: A doctor checks a patient's blood pressure on September 5, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. Doctors in the country are demanding higher payments from health insurance companies (Krankenkassen). Over 20 doctors' associations are expected to hold a vote this week over possible strikes and temporary closings of their practices if assurances that a requested additional annual increase of 3.5 billion euros (4,390,475,550 USD) in payments are not provided. The Kassenaerztlichen Bundesvereinigung (KBV), the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians, unexpectedly broke off talks with the health insurance companies on Monday. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)  (2012 Getty Images)

Afraid to speak up about sex and personal hygiene at the doctor’s office? You’re not alone.

“We just weren’t raised to talk about these issues, especially in the Hispanic community,” says Nancy Aguirre de Baker, a Mexican American ob-gyn at Fort HealthCare Center for Women’s Health in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin.

Below are some of the sexual health questions Latinos are often too shy to bring up themselves:

How often do people typically have sex?

“Everybody is different,” Dr. Aguirre de Baker says. “Normal is whatever feels comfortable for you and your partner.” And that usually slows down over time, she says. In many cases, a lowered libido is due to stress or a change in medication or diet — a physical problem is rarely the cause. However, it’s best to rule that out at your annual exam with your ob-gyn. Men also experience this, Dr. Aguirre de Baker says. Up to 40 percent of women may find that they have a higher libido than their male partner. “Communication is important,” she says. “Talk to your partner and let him know he’s very important to you.”

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