The sponge — it’s back!

Remember the Seinfeld episode where Elaine freaked out when she heard her beloved sponge was going off the market? I remember wondering, ‘What the heck is a sponge??” Well, the sponge is back and I’m sure Elaine is dancing somewhere in excitement. (Wait a minute…how old would Elaine be now???) The sponge is a form …

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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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Diaphragm.

When discussing birth control options with my patients, the diaphragm often comes up. The most important thing to know about using a diaphragm is that it’s most effective at preventing pregnancy ONLY when used with a spermicide. If you have a sensitivity or allergy to spermicide; the diaphragm may not be for you. Also, the …

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We are here for you.

In a recent blog post, The Medical Center for Female Sexuality asked to hear from you, the readers. Here is one of the questions we received: Question: I am 19 years old and have been with my boyfriend for over a year. He is 22 and like any normal young man, his sex drive is …

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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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