May is Now Pelvic Pain Awareness Month

In an effort to spread awareness and education about pelvic pain, May has been designated “Pelvic Pain Awareness Month” by the International Pelvic Pain Society.  This means a lot to us at Maze because we see Pelvic Pain on a daily basis, and are always frustrated at how little is known about it in the …

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Will Routine Pelvic Exams Continue To Be Routine?

I recently read an article in NYTimes.com by Roni Caryn Rubin, entitled “Pelvic Exams May Not Be Needed”. I have always embraced the belief that less is more, but not necessarily when it comes to health and disease prevention. This article analyzes the pros and cons of pelvic exams. It is currently standard that gyn …

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Being unavailable: The burden of vaginismus.

Like other types of sexual dysfunction, vaginismus can be like an ugly octopus that has multiple legs extending into various areas of a woman’s life. The effects can be pervasive and show up in her confidence, in her relationships, in her body image, in her sexuality, and her overall sense of well-being. Many patients have …

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Botulinum toxin treatment for vaginismus.

We have been receiving more inquiries lately about our botulinum toxin treatment for vaginismus. I wrote a case study article about one of our patient’s experience with the botulinum toxin procedure that was published by the Journal of Women’s Health Care in February 2014. If you are curious about the procedure and want more information …

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What it’s like to have severe vaginismus.

Our associate medical director, Melissa Ferrara, NP was recently interviewed for an article detailing what it’s like to have severe vaginismus. I recommend this article to anyone suffering from fear/pain with penetration. As always, you are not alone and complete resolution of your symptoms is possible. Please do not hesitate to call us for more …

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Vaginismus on TV – Masters of Sex.

I was intrigued to find out that the Showtime series, “Masters of Sex”, included vaginismus in the story line of their most recent episode (Season 2, Episode 9). Since I treat patients with vaginismus on a daily basis I felt compelled to watch the program. Although the show is steeped in melodrama, I felt the …

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Kegels for the next generation!

kGoal is a new device that has been designed to make kegel exercises easier and more fun. According to this article 30% of women are doing kegel exercises the wrong way. The device which is made of soft silicone sends feedback to an app so you can track your progress. As a bonus, if you …

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YES! Hormonal contraception can cause painful intercourse.

I see many patients that come to the office complaining of painful intercourse and one of my first questions is: Are you taking birth control pills or any other form of hormonal contraception? And if so, for how long? Now, the information I’m about to provide includes all hormonal contraception like the nuvaring, patch, injections …

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What I have learned about chronic pain.

As a medical professional, treating chronic pain can be very difficult. We are always looking for new treatment options for vaginal/vulvar pain since one treatment option doesn’t always work for all patients. What I have noticed is the longer a patient has pain, that once pain has advanced from acute to chronic, the more complicated …

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