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:
Leah Millheiser, MD7/12/17
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.
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.
Our lives are busier than ever. With technology everywhere we go, it's easy to be constantly multitasking—reading documents on your tablet while you wait to pick up the kids from carpool, or sending emails from your smartphone while you jog on the treadmill. While being constantly connected is convenient, it has its downsides. Leading consistently busy lives is not only stressful, but it removes you from the present moment.
One helpful way to experience and enjoy more of your life is by practicing mindfulness. Not sure how to start being mindful? A great way is to practice. The following 10 exercises can help you ground yourself in the present and make your life both more manageable and more gratifying.
If the sitter’s not available, we typically figure we’ll try again next week. But why should date night require leaving the house? We’re seizing the day these days and setting our own tables for two.
It’s completely normal for a woman’s level of sexual desire and arousal to fluctuate throughout her life due to many factors, including hormonal changes (e.g. breastfeeding, menopause) and life stressors. In healthy relationships, women with low sexual desire describe that while that initial “spark” that drives them to want sex isn’t always around when they want it to be, they typically enjoy sex once they get going. Fiera® arouser was developed for just this reason.
My biggest pet peeve is feeling ignored. My partner’s greatest weakness is not paying attention. I’m sure you can see how that makes for some annoying moments in our relationship. Actually, annoying is an understatement. It drives me crazy when I say something and get no response.