Unfortunately, I often hear women tell me they have tried to talk to their doctor about pelvic or sexual pain, but are dismissed or are told that the pain is normal. In fact, in a 2001 study by Harlow, Wise, & Stewart found that 40% of women who sought treatment for pelvic or sexual pain never even received a diagnosis. If you are having pelvic or sexual pain, you should consult your treating … [Read more...] about How to Talk to Your Medical Provider About Pelvic or Sexual Pain
Is Your Sexual Behavior Compulsive or Out-of-Control?
Currently there is no DSM-5 diagnosis for “sex addiction.” However, sexual behaviors may be compulsive or out-of-control, leading to various problems in your life. Review the following signs to determine if your sexual behavior may be compulsive or out-of-control: You spend an inordinate amount of time seeking out sexual experiences: You spend so much time on these activities it takes away … [Read more...] about Is Your Sexual Behavior Compulsive or Out-of-Control?
10 Need to Know Facts about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
A range of experiences can be considered traumatic but do not necessarily meet the criteria for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Big “T” trauma refers to events in which you thought yourself, or a loved one was going to be seriously harmed or die. Examples of Big “T” trauma include sexual assault, rape, combat trauma, serious vehicular accidents, serious medical events, surviving a physical … [Read more...] about 10 Need to Know Facts about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
What to do if Sex is a Trigger: Identifying Your Triggers
A trigger refers to a person, place or situation that causes PTSD symptoms. If you have experienced sexual violence, you may find that sex is a trigger. If sex is a trigger you may find yourself avoiding sex completely, or you may avoid certain sexual acts or aspects of sex. Having sex become a trigger can be extremely upsetting. Identifying your triggers is the first step to healing sexually from … [Read more...] about What to do if Sex is a Trigger: Identifying Your Triggers
Men & Infertility
Several factors are related to male infertility. First, older age is correlated with low sperm count and less healthy sperm. Other factors that are known to reduce sperm count or create less healthy sperm include drug or alcohol abuse, anabolic steroid use, poor diet, being overweight, smoking, toxin exposure from pesticides and lead, and exposure from endocrine disrupting chemicals. Medical … [Read more...] about Men & Infertility
Women and Infertility
It is estimated that 10% of women will experience infertility. These numbers may be increasing as women are having children later in life. A woman is considered to be infertile if she has activity been trying to get pregnant for a year without success. Infertility in women can be caused by various medical conditions including endometriosis, uterine fibroids, primary ovarian insufficiency, … [Read more...] about Women and Infertility