Is The Mona Lisa Safe?

Recently there was an article in the NY Times which challenged the use of lasers for treating vaginal atrophy and other vaginal changes associated with menopause. The Mona Lisa Touch is an FDA approved device, although the treatment of vaginal atrophy is an off-label use of the laser therapy. The article suggested that the laser …

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What Should Go in the Vagina?

We live in the world of internet health, for good and bad. I admit to turning to the internet for medical advice. A rash on my arm, a strange feeling in my chest, and I turn to Dr. Google. However, in the end, the overwhelming amount of advice and strange ideas usually sends me straight …

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Loving or at Least Liking Your Vagina

I can’t remember the first time I heard the word “vagina,” but I am sure like most girls I made a face, felt uncomfortable and didn’t even want to think that I had one. I  do remember sitting at the lunch table in 6th grade and the boys talking about how vaginas (although I don’t …

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#Happiness

The goals of therapy may include making positive changes in one’s life such as: enhancing interpersonal relationships, learning to speak the language of feelings, and improving at work or school. It is a journey in self-exploration, learning new skills, and making a series of breakthroughs which help deal with life’s challenges. What therapy is not …

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Me, Myself and I

It’s especially inspiring when a single woman comes to Congtythamtu Women’s Health to work on her dynamic with herself. Being “active alone” and carving out a space for pleasure can be rewarding and exciting. Dedicating time to and for ourselves is challenging in our social driven, FOMO culture. “ Masturbation is the subtle art of …

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Update

The old adage “sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me” has gotten an update. In fact names, words, do hurt us. A more recent version reads: “Sticks and stones may break my bones But words can also hurt me Sticks and stones break only skin While words are ghosts …

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Why We Need to Avoid ‘Sexual Risk Avoidance’

What even is “Sexual Risk Avoidance?”  Abstinence-only promoters are getting sneaky.  They have now termed the phrase “Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA)” education, to replace “Abstinence Only” education.  It has taken me a few tries to figure out what exactly SRA is all about. My inbox was filled with some emails promoting the new public health …

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Download A Little Meditation

At Congtythamtu Women’s Sexual Health we often suggest that our patients download the free app “Insight Timer”. It offers guided meditation and progressive relaxation which can relieve muscle tension as well as anxiety. The notion of meditation can feel daunting – sitting silent on pins and needles until you can’t stand it any longer! So, …

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National Happiness Happens Day

August 8 was National Happiness Happens day. Founded in 1999 by the Secret Society of Happy People as Admit you’re Happy Day. Happiness happens was created to spread the joy of being happy and to persuade people to look on the brighter side of life. Seeing the glass as half full not half empty and …

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