Sex toys for Women – The Next Generation

The sex toy industry is booming—and with good reason. There is a huge variety of sex toys available to order online, which allows people to buy them easily, discreetly, and with an abundance of information. TV shows like Sex and the City, Transparent, and Broad City talk about sex toys openly. Sex-positive stores are popping …

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Sex in the Media: The Crown

Beware of spoilers! I was excited about plans to complete my “Mrs. Fletcher” binging and then write a review, because there’s much to discuss on that front. But, something happened last night for which I was ill-prepared. There I was, innocently watching Season 2, Episode 7 of one of my current great escapes, “The Crown” …

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Why Not Use Lube?!

During the initial visit at Maze, I generally ask what lubricant is being used with sex. I get varying responses ranging from “none” (ouch!) to naming a product containing parabens or glycerin (ouch!). Using additional lubrication, even when there’s natural lubrication, helps make sexual activity more comfortable and enjoyable. The trick is creating a balance …

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Reopening Ourselves as We Reopen The Country

In 2020 B.C. (Before Coronavirus), we might have used the word reopening on just a smattering of occasions. As in, “that Dunkin’ Donuts on Main is reopening after the flood” or “the Royale Theatre is reopening after a 5-year, $10,000,000. renovation.” But now that many regions around the country are planning to slowly reopen much …

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Orgasm Goals

Are you in the market for orgasmic improvement? Good for you –you get an A+ in the priorities department! But, let’s take a minute to explore what can sometimes pre-empt your ticket to paradise. Specifically, I’m talking about expectations. The Oxford Dictionary defines “expectation” as: “a strong belief that something will happen or be the …

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Sex In the Media: Sex, Explained on Netflix

Sex, Explained is a docuseries on Netflix that contains 5 episodes: fantasy, attraction, birth control, fertility, and childbirth. The Netflix series, narrated by Janelle Monae, presents both the scientific and psychological perspectives of each topic. Experts are interviewed and we hear about, for instance, why BDSM (Bondage/Discipline, Dominance/ Submission, and Sadism/Masochism) can be a healthy …

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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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We Need To Talk About Sex

Despite being inundated with sexual images and ideas on TV, movies, advertising, fashion, magazines, etc., sex remains a difficult subject to discuss. When a patient at Maze Women’s Health tells me she feels so relieved to have found an open space to talk about her sexual health, I feel gratified…and a bit sad. I’m glad …

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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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