New Treatment for Provoked Vestibulodynia (PVD)

I am so excited to share with you a new treatment for Provoked Vestibulodynia (PVD) called low level laser therapy. PVD is defined as chronic, unexplained, vulvar pain in response to or pressure. This pain may be in response to non-sexual activities such as tampon insertion, or gynecologic examination. Most patients with PVD present …

More

Exercise and Sex

On the subject of exercise, one of my favorite lines is from the movie “Legally Blond”.  Elle Woods, played by Reese Witherspoon, declares: “I just don’t think that Brooke could’ve done this [murder]. Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands”.  While the logic is a little um, stretched, she definitely has a …

More

Vulvodynia – Do I really need surgery??

There is a certain type of vulvar pain which until now was basically untreatable without surgery. The good news, we always told patients, was that with the right surgery there is a 98% chance that you will be pain free. The bad news, unfortunately, was that the surgery is pretty miserable. You’re out of work …

More

Intrarosa- Treatment for Post-Menopausal Pain

There is a new drug out there for the treatment of post-menopausal pain with intercourse called Intrarosa. It was recently approved by the FDA and adds yet another treatment option for women that are experiencing the painful effects of postmenopausal vaginal atrophy. It is a daily use vaginal insert. This new treatment would be for …

More

Did You Know?

In our center, we often discuss—with our patients and amongst the staff– the myths and misconceptions people have around relationships and sexuality.  But it’s hard to be aware of it, because you don’t know what you don’t know. And with the abundance of inaccurate sexual information all over the place, it’s difficult to get the …

More

On Kissing

Why we kiss. How we kiss. When we kiss. You never knew that kissing could be so complicated. But it really is! Whether kissing is a prelude to sex, a way to assess your potential partner or not connected to sex but merely a way to stay intimate has been studied for years. And honestly, …

More

Rethinking ERT to Ease Menopause Symptoms

The New York Times wrote a blog about rethinking the use of hormones to ease menopause symptoms. The biggest debate over Estrogen Replacement Therapy or ERT is whether the risks outweigh the benefits. Such risks include breast cancer, heart disease, stroke and blood clots. The Women’s Health Initiative was a large randomized study that showed …

More

You May Not Need Surgery for Your Vestibulodynia!!

If you have been suffering with vestibulodynia, or chronic vulvar pain at the entrance of the vagina, we feel for you. It’s a condition about which little was known until recently and we’ve seen patients who have spent years going from doctor to doctor, trying treatment after treatment and getting little to no relief. But …

More

Foods that can actually increase your libido

Who doesn’t love a romantic, home cooked dinner featuring some foods that can actually increase your libido? According to Jennifer R Berman MD, the director the Bermans Women’s Wellness Center in Beverly Hills California “there is a growing body of evidence that some of the vitamins and components in food can enhance sexual function and …

More