Emotionally Focused Therapy.

Often when we see a woman for treatment at the Center, we find that part of what she may be struggling with is her relationship. When that is a part of what is going on we may refer the patient for couples therapy. This is partly why our treatment is so effective. We can increase …

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Vaginal moisturizers.

Vaginal moisturizers are an excellent alternative to hormone treatment for vaginal dryness. There are several types of moisturizers on the market today. Moisturizers are typically inserted into the vagina every 3 days and hydrate the vaginal tissue to deliver moisture for days supplementing the body’s natural lubrication. Regular moisturizing can help prevent dryness from recurring …

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A need to live.

Last week, a Florida woman afflicted with a rare sexual disorder committed suicide. Gretchen Molannen, 39, suffered for 16 years from Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder, which is characterized by spontaneous, unwanted genital sensation and arousal in the absence of sexual stimulation or emotion, and the sensations can be unrelenting to sufferers. (For more information on …

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Teaching about vibrators.

One of the parts of my job that I think is the most fun is teaching women about vibrators. As part of our treatment protocol, particularly for women who are having difficulty having orgasms, we introduce women to vibrators. Many women have tried one or two over the course of their lives. Some women try …

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World AIDS Day.

Since 1987, December 1 is recognized globally as World AIDS Day, and December is AIDS Awareness Month in the United States. The purpose is to raise awareness of the HIV/AIDS pandemic and prevention. According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): About 1.2 million persons in the United States are infected with …

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Embracing your inner girl.

Eve Ensler gave a talk at the TED conference in 2009 about embracing one’s inner girl, which she has written a book about. One of my amazing patients recently brought it to my attention. I have always known about and respected Eve Ensler so it was fun to see what her latest work has been …

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Mirror, mirror on the wall.

Ever notice the facial expressions of little girls dressing up as princesses? Pure confidence. You won’t hear self-deprecating talk about whether they have the right figure to be a princess. Or if they need hair extensions to pull off the look. Or if they look royal despite missing a few teeth. What matters is that …

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Sexless marriage.

Sexless marriage is something that is rarely discussed. I have found that the most vocal people are the ones who are having sex and those that are not tend to keep quiet. This is horrible because myths about how effortless sex can be continue to be perpetuated. I find that in general once couples are …

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Diaphragmatic breathing.

Vaginal dilation for the treatment of vaginimus in women can evoke all kinds fears including the fear of tearing, breaking, and permanently injuring their vaginas. Some of the fears are rational (mild tearing/irritation is possible) however most of the fears are not. These fears are extremely powerful and can cause high levels of anxiety. Anxiety …

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Weathering the storm of sexual dysfunction.

Throughout Hurricane Sandy, it was fascinating to watch social media activity and see how people were coping with disruption in their routines and their fears of the unknown. Facebook statuses were anything from “No electricity or water” and “A tree fell on our house!!” to “Anyone else annoyed about missing Monday night football??” and “Whew, …

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