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The HPV Vaccine May Save Your Child’s Life Someday

For many of us, last-minute vacations, school supply shopping, and a visit to the pediatrician herald in the end of our kids' summer. It's also usually around this time when the emails and calls begin to pour in from friends asking whether or not their child should get the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine. Sometimes, I can't believe that I am still asked this question, because to me, it's a no-brainer. Unless there is a contraindication, of course your child should get the HPV vaccine! Why wouldn't you protect your child from the most common sexually transmitted infection in the U.S. that causes genital warts as well as various cancers? Well, here are some of the excuses that I am given:

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Topics: sex, Sex Talk, health, sexual heatlh, HPV

Female Sexual Dysunction is a Medical Issue…Period!

The debate over female sexual response has been raging since Masters and Johnson in the 1960's and shows no sign of abating anytime soon. This was made clear during the FDA-approval process of Addyi, a pill for the treatment of Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD), in 2015. The debate that raged in the media at the time, which included input from political pundits, women's health experts, and HSDD sufferers, both fascinated and infuriated me. For what seemed to be a lifetime, they went back and forth on whether HSDD was a disorder developed by pharmaceutical companies to sell a drug and, even if there was a biological origin, whether it warranted medical therapy. One side of the argument believed that HSDD should only be addressed with cognitive and behavioral therapies rather than drug therapy. The opposing side felt that, due to the multifactorial nature of HSDD, this type of approach wasn't always sufficient and that drug therapy should be one of the tools in a clinician's HSDD treatment arsenal. Unfortunately, the debate in the media took away from the important messages that came out of Addyi's approval - that there was finally an FDA-approved therapy for the most common form of female sexual dysfunction (FSD) and that the FDA pledged to support the development of other safe and effective therapies for FSD.

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Topics: Sex Talk, health, sexual function, sexual dysfunction, sexual heatlh

Postpartum sex

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Topics: sex, couples, Mind & Body, postpartum, Sex & Relationships, desire

Better Sex: It Is All in Your Head

When I was younger there were few things more annoying to me than being told something I was suffering with was "all in my head".  Whether I was in pain or beleaguered with self-doubt, my problems were very real to me, and being told they were imaginary or within my control was maddening. As I age, however, I realize how much of my own experience really is within my control, and a lot of it has to do with the dissipation of that very self-doubt I was once afflicted with. Given the age-related changes to my body I'm now experiencing and that my younger self dreaded, I'm surprised to say this positive self-determination extends to sex.

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Topics: sex, better marriage, couples, aging, Mind & Body, Sex Talk, Sex & Relationships

No More Denial!

 

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Topics: sex, communication, couples, aging, Mind & Body, Sex Talk, Sex & Relationships, Maintaining the Spark, desire, intimacy

Don’t Neglect Your Vulva and Vagina This Summer

Vaginal health concerns always seem to peak during the summer months. There are many reasons for this, including longer periods of time spent in a wet bathing suit, exercising in warm weather, and increased sexual activity. Along with these behaviors, we see an increase in various gynecologic conditions, including vulvar eczema/psoriasis, yeast infections, and bacterial vaginosis. There are several preventative measures that a woman can take to try and avoid these pesky annoyances of summer:

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Topics: lubricant, health, vulvodynia, beauty, education

5 Ways to Work on Your Libido

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Topics: sex, arousal, better marriage, couples, aging, Mind & Body, libido, Sex Talk, Sex & Relationships, Maintaining the Spark, desire

Men Are From Mars and Women Are From Venus When It Comes to Sexual Response

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Topics: sex, arousal, relationship, libido, Sex & Relationships, desire

Do Your Kegels!

I recently had a conversation with a friend who was experiencing some urine loss during exercise, following the birth of her child. Putting on my gynecology hat, I asked her if she'd tried kegel exercises yet. Her response was classic—“I hate working out, so why would my vagina be any different”? Her response intrigued me. As a clinician, recommending a treatment as simple as a kegel squeeze is a no-brainer.

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Topics: aging, Fiera Experts, kegels

Showing up for Yourself: Accessing Your own Desire

When was the last time you took a vacation? Yes, a vacation! Remember those? When you had time to read and swim, maybe take in a little sun, explore, have long dinners with a few too many glasses of wine...

How did you feel? Relaxed? Thought so!

It's interesting to notice how much our desire increases when we are on vacation. Be it the salty air or a crackling wood fire or the fact you actually have time to sit down and enjoy some breathing room, holidays are a great indicator that it is possible to feel that way.

And then we come home to our regular lives. 

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Topics: Mind & Body, health, mindfulness, desire
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