The rise of arousal.

And the media buzz term of the week is…….female arousal. With the news about clinical trials in the advancement of Lybrido, a new drug being tested that purports to increase sexual arousal in women, the discussion around women’s sexuality has shifted from a whisper to a shout. The idea that a female arousal drug may …

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A pill for low libido?

There was a recent article in The New York Times Magazine that has generated some buzz in the field of human sexuality. The article was written by Daniel Bergner, a contributing writer for the NY Times magazine and is an adaptation from his new book, What Do Women Want?: Adventures in the Science of Female …

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Daniel Bergner: He’s done it again!

One of my very favorite authors on sex, Daniel Bergner, has come out with a new book, What Do Women Want? Adventures in the Science of Female Desire. What differentiates Bergner’s books from the other seemingly endless stream of “new” books about sex is… believe it or not… that he has something new to say! You …

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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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