Coronavirus Stressing You Out?

There has been much written over the last few weeks about coping with COVID 19’s special and insidious brand of anxiety. We are all experiencing it, individually and collectively, locally with our families and neighbors and of course with our fellow human beings around the globe. Stress is a natural function of the human condition …

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Can you be sedated for a Pap smear?

Let’s be honest.  No one enjoys getting a Pap smear.  Or a pelvic exam.  They can be uncomfortable at best, and at worst resemble a form of torture.  Many women experience intense pelvic pain with any kind of penetration, and for this group of gals – just the thought of a speculum can ignite a …

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Can anti-depressants cause low sex drive?

It is estimated that approximately 1 in 6 women in the United States is taking an anti-depressant. Unfortunately, a substantial proportion of these women will experience unwanted side effects that impact their sex lives. Not surprisingly, depression itself is a major risk factor for sexual dysfunction; many women who are struggling with depression have very …

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Are you Clitorate?

If so, then you’re familiar with the following facts: The clitoris has over 8,000 nerve endings (comparatively, the penis has 4,000). The clitoris was only identified as an anatomical body part in 1998. The clitoris is the only part of the body that is designed solely for pleasure. When you consider this superhero of the …

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Treating Patients with Respect

We ask all of our patients at their initial appointments if they’ve sought prior treatment for their sexual pain/dysfunction symptoms. The answer is frequently “yes,” a reply that is all too often followed by stories about negative treatment they’ve received.    Here’s a mere sample of what women report hearing from previous appointments: “Just have …

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Weighing in on Addyi

When taking medication there is generally a cost/benefit factor to consider as medications tend to have side effects. At Maze Women’s Health one of the most common questions women ask about a medication is “will I gain weight?” Interestingly, there are some medications, such as Flibanserin, aka Addyi, that can actually cause weight loss! Addyi …

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Army of Women

It’s pretty safe to say that most of us recognize October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM). But how did the designation come to be and what does it all really mean? NBCAM was established in 1985 as a collaboration between pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca’s Healthcare Foundation and public health, government, and professional medical organizations. …

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Let’s Talk About Impotence

My friends and I talk a lot about sex. We talk about the sex we’re having, how to make sex better, and occasionally about awkward interactions we’ve had in the bedroom (or sofa, or shower). But there was something we’d never spoken about until recently: impotence. I always thought of impotence as something that older …

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