How long is too long?

I am referring to how long penetration should optimally last. Many women I see at the Center have pain with intercourse. Pain during intercourse can come from many things: dryness, low hormone levels, vaginismus and/or vulvodynia. Sometimes pain is simply the result of intercourse lasting too long. So when I see a patient who is …

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College orgasms — he said, she said.

I gave a lecture on Female Sexuality and Empowerment to a group of college students the other day. To my surprise, there were more men than women in the group. As the group was smaller in size than expected, we were able to have a more interactive discussion. The group was enthusiastic about learning about …

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It isn’t your fault.

I received a (not so unusual) call today from a woman trying to figure out if she should come in as a patient. During our 10 minute phone call she basically told me that: She was interested in sex but her husband seemed totally disinterested. He maybe wanted to have sex once a month — usually …

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Bat Sheva Marcus on CBS — Sex and Aging.

(CBS) — Forty years of research is turning conventional wisdom on its head when it comes to the issue of women and sex. The experts say it gets better with age. “Your husband wants it and you kind of go along with it,” said Susan Courtney, who is 56-years-old. Sex was never really at the top …

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Low libido while you’re nursing.

Yes, I know…you had a baby months ago and sex is still the last thing on your mind. Will it ever change? I get the questions a lot from nursing moms and they are often so confused as to whether their low libido is something that needs to be addressed or if they should wait …

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Better sex: How do you choose a mate?

“Females use kissing to provide information about the level of commitment of their partner if they happen to be in a continuing relationship”, Gallup told the BBC in September. “Locking lips is thus a kind of emotional barometer: the more enthusiastic it is the healthier the relationship. Because women need to invest more energy in …

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Natural family planning.

We have long known that hormonal birth control (pill, ring, or patch) can have an adverse effect on sexual functioning for some women. Hormonal birth control can decrease testosterone levels and increase a protein (SHBG) that binds to testosterone, inhibiting its function. Having sub-optimal testosterone levels can negatively affect sexual functioning. Therefore, we often recommend …

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What IS a girl to do?

I found Caitlin Flanagan’s January 22, 2012 essay, “What’s A Girl To Do”, both intriguing and moving, and although my initial reaction was enthusiastic because what she wrote aligned so well with my personal values , I found I was challenging myself on her very thesis. Basically, she made the case that the book Forever …

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Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder (PGAD).

In my opinion, persistent genital arousal disorder is one of the most frustrating syndromes that I’ve faced while practicing at MCFS. Typically, a patient complaining of PGAD symptoms presents to us after some time of suffering. Since this syndrome affects each woman differently, a careful history must be taken. Although more research is being dedicated …

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Birth control recall.

Pfizer announced the recent recall of birth control pills.  28 lots of the brand name and generic tablets were recalled in total.  Apparently, there was a mix up at the processing plant and some of the packs have tablets that are out of sequence and contain an inexact count of inert or active ingredient tablets …

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