I feel like a woman.

“I do not feel any less of a woman. I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity.” These were the words of Angelina Jolie, as she recently openly discussed her choice to have a double-mastectomy to reduce her chance of getting breast cancer. Media outlets have been …

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Box Docs!

I have been called many things during my career: The Vagina Whisperer, Dr. Ruth, Sex Guru, even a Sex Rabbi! Yesterday, I heard a new one. A patient told us, “I couldn’t wait to see you…I’ve been telling all of my girlfriends that I’m going to see my “box docs!” Yup, that’s right: BOX DOCS! …

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What you should know about ovarian cancer.

Angelina Jolie’s disclosure about having her breasts and ovaries removed to prevent cancer has stimulated a lot of discussion on ovarian cancer. Most women know the importance of routine screening for breast cancer with mammograms/thermography as well as self-examinations but what about ovarian cancer? What kind of screening is available for ovarian cancer and when …

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Condom contest — $100,000 to the winner!

The Bill and Linda Gates Foundation is offering a $100,000 prize to anyone that can come up with a condom that will not diminish pleasure. The catalyst for this contest was the Foundation’s struggle to stop the spread of AIDS in Africa. The Gates Foundation research shows that, Africans, like most Americans, don’t wear condoms …

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Minding your sex life.

When it comes to being present for your sex life, what you believe about sexuality can affect your sexual satisfaction and your ability to enjoy connecting with a partner. Everyone grows up with different social, familial and religious norms. For those who grew up in environments where sexuality was a taboo subject and discussion about …

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Hitting a wall.

It happened again today! A prospective patient called the center to make an appointment because she could not manage to have vaginal penetration. She felt that all she needed was a therapist because she had already been seen by her OB/GYN who said “everything was fine.” She was insistent that she did not need a …

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Sex education.

After reading an article about how sex education is taught in this country, I started to think about what I would teach if I were given the opportunity. There are so many conflicting ideas about what should and should not be taught to teens. Some people feel that if you expose teens to more information …

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43% of women suffer from sexual dysfunction.

When you hear the words “sexual dysfunction” do you think of it as a male or female problem? The vast majority of people think that only men suffer from sexual dysfunction. They think of erectile dysfunction. They think of Viagra. They may snicker at the thought that women can also suffer from sexual dysfunction. Most …

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HRT reduces risk of heart failure and heart attack.

A paper published in the BMJ Group’s Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Healthcare cast doubt on the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) and the Million Women Study, which associated hormone replacement therapy (HRT) with an increased risk of breast cancer. As years go by it is becoming more evident that the Million Women Study is …

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Emotional affairs.

I recently had a friend ask me if I thought an emotional affair was dangerous. She asked me this question because she has been having some difficulty in her marriage and she found herself being drawn to a close family friend. They had a lot of shared history and she felt comfortable talking to him. …

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