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:
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.
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:
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.
Occasional fashion disasters notwithstanding, we take pride in our originality. Nonetheless, we find that an old adage still rings true once in a while, and “you’re only as old as you think you are” is a phrase we find ourselves throwing around on a daily basis. Our bodies and minds are on a feedback loop—if you give in to feeling old then your body is quickly going to follow suit. But if you adopt the “50 is the new 40” (even better, 30!) way of thinking, then you’re likely to find your physique complying.
Kristy Lin Billuni3/13/17
Of course couple’s therapy can help your sex life. Anything you do to improve communication with your sex partner will make the sex better. And couple’s therapy is all about improving communication.
When I was a new mom, I dreaded the first time that my daughter said she hated me. I was sure it would break my heart and strip all of my maternal confidence away. Inevitably, it happened. She was coloring on a wall (as young kids do) and I told her to stop. In her little 4-year-old voice, she looked me dead in the eye and said it: I hate you.