All About Lube

I am not sure where this myth came from, but it is one that we need to constantly address in the field of sexuality.  Using lubrication is not a bad thing.  It does not mean something is wrong with you if your vagina is not always as naturally lubricated as you would like it to …

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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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A New Look for Pelvic Exams

Ever wonder who invented the speculum, the handy tool used during pelvic exams to help open the walls of the vagina?  History tells us that something resembling a speculum was found during an archeological dig in Pompeii. However, in more modern history the first commonly used speculum appeared about 150 years ago and James Marion …

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Vaginismus? Vulvodynia? What?

People ask all the time about the difference between Vulvodynia and Vaginismus, so here’s a brief explanation: Vulvodynia is chronic unexplained pain in the vulva that lasts for over 3 months. The pain can be described as burning, stinging, rawness, or even itching. It can occur with intercourse, but frequently women will have pain with …

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Pelvic-Floor Therapy

As a professional working in the field of women’s sexual health at Congtythamtu, I wondered what impact the abuse perpetrated by Larry Nassar on USA gymnasts would have on individuals in need of pelvic – floor physical therapy and the profession in general. I came across an article online which sets the record straight about pelvic …

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A Shot for Orgasms?

We have recently started a new treatment at Congtythamtu, and are seeing great results. The O-Shot, or “orgasm shot”, works by using your own blood to boost your ability to orgasm. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is extracted from the patient’s blood and injected into an area near the clitoris and inside the vagina. The goal is to stimulate the …

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May is Pelvic Pain Awareness Month

Last year, the International Pelvic Pain Society designated May “Pelvic Pain Awareness Month”. Spreading this awareness and education about pelvic pain means a lot to us at Congtythamtu. We see Pelvic Pain on a daily basis and are always frustrated at how little is known about it in the medical community, and society at large. …

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A Thank You to Our Patients

We have been taught to say thank you since we were able to talk. For some of us it’s not an easy thing to say because the feelings around it can be uncomfortable. Maybe you don’t want to feel indebted to someone or heaven forbid appear needy. Some people simply feel embarrassed expressing appreciation. Saying …

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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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