Vaginismus Success Story: A Patient’s Perspective

After working with women with vaginismus for almost 15 years, I have learned how isolating and alone this condition can make one feel.  Women struggle with this secret and it takes tremendous courage to reach out and seek treatment.  I’d like to share a recent success story of a patient of mine who faced her …

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Maintaining cervical health.

We happened upon this easy-to-read article on maintaining cervical health and found it to be a reasonable answer to the question of how often should a woman get a Pap smear. This is particularly relevant given the report in the September 2009 Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology suggesting some women can wait three years in …

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In sex, pain is a four-letter word.

Intercourse should not hurt. I am surprised at how many patients I see who have been suffering for years with painful intercourse of some kind. There are many reasons why someone might be suffering from painful intercourse. For example, lack of lubrication, vaginal muscle tension, endometriosis, vaginal infections, and structural abnormalities are all possible reasons …

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HPV vaccine.

The HPV vaccine was first recommended in June 2006. The vaccine, Gardasil, protects against four types of HPV, which together cause 70% of cervical cancers and 90% of genital warts. The vaccine is for girls and young women age 9-26, however the recommended age to start the vacination series is 11-12 years old. Gardasil is …

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Erotic reading.

I just recently read a really great erotic book titled Aqua Erotica: 18 Stories for a Steamy Bath, by Mary Anne Mohanraj. It has sexy stories all centered around water. The book is waterproof and intended to be read in the bath tub, but can be read at any time. The stories are short and …

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“Just do it?”

I was recently having a conversation with an OB/GYN about low sexual desire in women. We were discussing treatment options, when he said; “I tell my patients to do it the Nike way, you know, Just do it.” I didn’t know what to say. I stood there in total silence, somewhat horrified and offended. Shocked …

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Article on female sexual dysfunction.

Here is a thoroughly written article from the Washington Post about female sexual dysfunction. It gives great information on current treatments and research. However, I find it discouraging that there are professionals out there that still believe FSD is not a “real” medical condition. My patients are so relieved when they hear from us that …

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Birth control pills and low libido.

Did you know that your birth control pills could be the cause of your low libido? Ironic as it may seem, the little pills you started because you were having sex, are now what could be the reason you don’t want to anymore. Birth control pills suppress hormones in your body to prevent you from …

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