It’s Not All In Your Head, It’s In Your Brain! (Literally)

Testosterone Testosterone, the hormone of desire, has mistakenly been called “the male hormone”. Women’s ovaries and adrenal glands make lots of testosterone, we just have a lot less of it than men. Testosterone is the fuel that gets “the brain’s sexual engine” revving. When there’s a sufficient amount of testosterone, it accelerates the hypothalamus, activating …

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Under Pressure During Sex

Anxiety. Makes me anxious just to type the word. And I’m not the only one, by a long shot. The National Institute of Mental Health reported that in 2018: An estimated 19.1% of U.S. adults had any anxiety disorder in the past year. Past year prevalence of any anxiety disorder was higher for females (23.4%) …

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Herpes 101

Let’s talk about a largely misunderstood virus.  No, not THAT virus.  I am talking about the Herpes Virus.  As a clinician in Women’s Health, I often get many questions about sexually transmitted diseases and infections.  There is a lot of misinformation and false assumptions about herpes that I would like to clarify. Let’s bust some …

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Cancer’s Effects on Sexual Health

How Hormones Impact Libido If you are a cancer survivor, chances are you are not alone in feeling that intimacy has been impacted.  Many women who suffer with, and have undergone treatment for breast, uterine, cervical and/or ovarian cancer often feel alone and isolated as they try to navigate sex and intimacy in their relationships.  …

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The Grocery List

Not a week goes by when we don’t hear a familiar refrain: “when I’m having sex, I just can’t focus. My mind goes to the grocery list, etc.”. Now, if women were talking about aphrodisiacs such as oysters and chocolate and the like, I’d be the first to applaud. But we know that the problem …

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Keeping things clean, down there

Okay, okay. Let’s get to the bottom of this. If you are a woman living in 2020 and you walk through the Feminine Care aisle of your local drugstore, you may be under the impression that your lady parts are dirty and need some serious attention. This is because the aisles are filled with products …

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Meet Phexxi, Your New Best Friend

Introducing Phexxi: An FDA-Approved, non-hormonal, birth control option If you’ve been looking for a non-hormonal birth control option, Phexxi may be one to consider. Available as of September 2020, this FDA-approved vaginal gel contraceptive is significantly more effective than spermicides, the other topical (cream and gel) options. Phexxi is 93% Effective Phexxi is a cream …

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Do I need an annual Pelvic Exam?

What if I’m not due for my pap, do I still need an annual exam? While you may not need a pap test done every year, it’s still recommended to visit your gynecologic provider yearly for an annual ‘well woman exam.’ At this visit, your clinician will check your blood pressure and weight, screen you …

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The Clitoris: Small but Mighty

The clitoris. It’s a part of woman’s anatomy that has been both vilified and revered. But in the world of medicine, it’s been mainly just ignored. I probably don’t have to tell you that the penis has most certainly *not* been overlooked in medicine (or anywhere else for that matter!). The clitoris has likely been …

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When Was the Last Time You Went to Your Corner?

Musical theatre fans might be familiar with song titles such as “Corner of the Sky” from Pippin and “In My Own Little Corner” from Cinderella (the tele-staged musical version – not the Disney-fied one). And of course, we’re well-acquainted with the boxing corner, where fighters go to rehydrate and catch their breath. Whether you prefer …

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