Even if you live too far away to see us on a regular basis, there are many aspects of sexual health we can help you with. Maze is a specialty medical practice focusing on women’s sexual health, and although we cannot diagnose or treat medical conditions over the phone, our practice does have three helpful programs for people who contact us from out of our local area.
Traditional sex therapists work with individuals or couples on improving sexual functioning and satisfaction. We now understand that sexual problems are often the result of both physical obstacles and emotional issues. At Maze, sex therapy is a unique, cutting edge, collaborative model that integrates the medical, emotional, and behavioral components of treating sexual dysfunction — all under one roof. We get the whole picture of what’s going on, and we work with you to develop a treatment plan that not only brings you relief, but pleasure and excitement in your sex life.
We’re not the first to tell you this, but Kegel exercises are really important. A Kegel is the name of a pelvic floor exercise, named after Dr. Arthur Kegel who created the exercise. Muscles attached to the pelvic bone, called PC muscles (for pubococcygeus) act like a hammock, holding in your pelvic organs. When these muscles are strong, everything inside is where it’s supposed to be. And strong internal muscles help with incontinence, sexual activity and general urological and sexual well-being.
The Sexual Desire Quiz asks you about your level of sexual desire in cognitive terms, as opposed to previous measures that used predominantly behavioral methods. By desire, we mean interest in or wish for sexual activity. Originally published by I. P. Spector, M. P. Carey and L. Steinberg, the Sexual Desire Inventory is a brief 13-item scale with a possible score range from 0 to 101. Your score may indicate you’re suffering from low desire, a condition that may be helped by contacting a practitioner who specializes in the medical diagnosis and treatment of female sexual dysfunction.
The Sexual Health Quiz is a simple questionnaire to help you assess your general sexual health. Your interest in sex, ability to become aroused and incidence of pain during sex are indicators of sexual function and can help you reflect on the quality of your sex life. Obviously problems cannot be diagnosed by one questionnaire, but it might help you think about your sexual situation in a thoughtful way, and flag problems if you are having them.
A list of terms associated with sexual health disorders that cause pain during intercourse.
Vaginismus is a condition characterized by involuntary tightness of the vagina during attempted intercourse. It can can be mild, severe, or anywhere in between. Take the quiz to help figure out where you fall on this spectrum and determine the treatment plan that will be the most successful for you.
A list of terms commonly associated with sex therapy.
A list of general terms associated with sexual health and wellness.
Additional Online Resources
The International Society for the study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH). There may be resources for local help in your area on this site.
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The National Vulvodynia Association (NVA) provides a plethora of information for women suffering from vulvar pain. They focus on improving women’s health through education, research, support and advocacy.
Jean Hailes is a non-profit organization which focuses on women’s healthcare. Their website provides information on a wide range of female health topics.
The American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting understanding of human sexuality and healthy sexual behavior.
Whether you are a man or woman, single or in a relationship, everyone should want to impress the object of their affections. The important thing is to actually want to make an impression and this indicates that you care enough about your lover or partner to make the effort. Therefore even if they aren’t impressed with the new love making technique that you try, they can see that you are trying to please them! This info-graphic from Carvaka aims to highlight some areas where impressions can be made. There are also some tips from experts which might assist in making the right impression.
An aphrodisiac is a food, drink or anything else that stimulates sexual desire. Some foods have psychoactive properties, others arouse because they are psychologically suggestive, and some can actually increase blood flow to the genitals. You may have heard of the enchanting powers of dark chocolate, bananas or chillies, but what about basil or asparagus? Find out more about foods and drinks that delight, as well as those that may send one running.
Since the release of Fifty Shades of Grey, bondage has been introduced to a more mainstream audience. Many people have begun exploring the world of bondage, and now you may be interested in trying it out, but don’t know where to begin. There’s more to bondage than what’s shown in the movies, and this info-graphic helps explain the basics of bondage through expert tips and tools.