DOES IT HAVE TO BE ALL OR NOTHING ?

The human brain is inclined toward all or nothing thinking. It’s easier to have every decision be binary: True or False, A or B, Yes or No, Do or Don’t. Can there be anything in between? We are not robots, even though having to grapple with complex decisions makes life infinitely more challenging and confusing. …

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Vibrators and Vaginismus

Besides starting with a V, most people would probably say that vibrators and vaginismus really have nothing to do with each other. But I’m here to tell you otherwise. Usually when we think of vibrators, we think of the models that go inside a vagina and, as a result, we don’t usually think of them …

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Dilation Station

Vaginismus is defined as the involuntary spasm or contraction of the muscles that surround the vagina.  For women with this chronic condition, any kind of vaginal penetration can be painful – especially intercourse.  The key to treatment of vaginismus is what is known as “dilation.” This refers to the introduction of a series of graduated …

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Vaginismus and the Single Girl

Vaginismus is a condition where the pelvic floor muscles surrounding the vagina involuntarily spasm. This makes penetration of any kind painful, difficult or seemingly impossible. There tends to be a fear component as well. Searching for the reason you have vaginismus is usually pointless. What’s not pointless is getting treatment because it’s very treatable. It …

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Why does tensing my body during sex cause pain?

When many people think of sex and intercourse, the assumption is that it should be easy.  For some women (especially those with vaginismus), nothing could be further from the truth.  Anatomy matters.  To briefly review, the pelvic floor in a woman is made up of a web of connective tissue and muscles.  These provide support …

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Painful Sex? It might be Vaginismus

A few months ago, I spent a considerable amount of time this past holiday season with my family.  After a couple of glasses of wine, several of my aunts (who are all in their mid 60’s) began asking me questions about painful sex. One of my aunts relayed her recent experience to me, of being …

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Long-Distance Dilation Program

It should come as no surprise to anyone by now, that COVID-19 had turned life as we know it upside down.  The myriad disruptions to our daily lives have posed unique challenges to individuals, nations, families and businesses alike.  We here at Maze Women’s Health feel it too.  We miss seeing our patients in the …

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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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