Pregnancy and Vaginismus

Women with un-treated vaginismus wonder if it is possible for them to get pregnant if they are unable to have intercourse. If they do get pregnant, they then wonder if natural childbirth will cure their pre-existing vaginismus by stretching the vaginal opening. The truth is that some women with primary vaginismus have been able to conceive …

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Sex during pregnancy.

For the most part, sex during pregnancy really shouldn’t be all that different from sex at other times. Sex is safe, fun and a great way to celebrate this special time in your life with your partner. However, here are some things to keep in mind: If your doctor gives you specific instructions, it’s important …

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The sex “drive”.

It was our first session of Driver’s Ed, and there we were sitting in the nerdy Driver’s Ed car. At last, it was my friend’s turn to drive and she joyously made her way to the front seat. With excitement on her face and eagerness to get moving, she simultaneously placed her right foot on …

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Condom mania.

I am often asked about my recommendation for condoms, so I figured I’d do some research and let you know what’s out there. Condoms are made from different materials — latex, polyurethane, polyisoprene, and lambskin. There are certain things you must consider when choosing a condom: Are you or your partner allergic to latex? Are …

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Mirena.

What is it? Mirena is a hormonal intrauterine device (IUD) that’s inserted into the uterus for long-term birth control. It can be left in the uterus for up to 5 years. It’s a small T-shaped plastic frame that releases a type of progestin hormone called levonorgestrel into the uterus. Most of the hormone stays locally …

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Birth control recall.

Pfizer announced the recent recall of Lo/Ovral-28 (norgestrel and ethinyl estradiol) 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 …

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Newlywed’s guide to intimacy.

In my work at the Center I frequently see “Torah observant” women who are struggling with sexual and relationship issues in a new marriage. They are from a community where certain rules and rituals must be observed. A new book called The Newlywed’s Guide to Physical Intimacy has just come out by Jennie Rosenfeld, PhD …

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On condoms…

There was an interesting conversation the other day on a local radio station, Z100, where they were discussing condoms and the double standard that people apparently still seem to subscribe to. The double standard I am referring to is when men carry condoms, it is acceptable. In fact, it is usually expected that they will …

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