Health Secrets Every Woman Should Know

two women doing yoga poses on rocks( — On average, you get less than 10 minutes of actual face-to-face time with your doctor. So naturally, during that time, the doc can’t tell you every single last need-to-know detail. Unfortunately.

But since many women rely on their gynecologist for a large portion of their health care, there’s still some must-know women’s health info that your doctor might not have gotten around to sharing with you.

Below are some must-know things your gyne may not tell you (but still wants you to know):

Pee before sex. While you’ve probably heard that it’s a good idea to pee after sex, it turns out that you should actually hit the potty before as well. Turns out, when your bladder is full, there’s more room for bacteria to find their way in.

Wash your hands often to prevent birth defects. Eighty-six percent of women have never heard of cytomegalovirus, or CMV. If a mommy-to-be picks up this extremely common virus (you likely come in contact with it on a daily basis) while pregnant, she can pass it along to the fetus. This can cause blindness, deafness, severe disabilities, and death. 1 in 150 children are born with CMV – more than Down syndrome, fetal alcohol syndrome, spina bifida and pediatric HIV/AIDS. The good news? So many illnesses can be prevented by simply washing your hands well and often –especially if you are around kids.