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Love gyno exam?

21 Apr 2009 Posted by womentc in Vaginismus Blog

Who loves going to the doctor for a gynecologic (pelvic) exam? Nobody really, just like not loving going to the dentist and having all that work done in the mouth.   But, we do them all for health reasons, for preventive or corrective medical intervention. Gyno exams...

Toxic Shock Syndrome

27 Dec 2008 Posted by womentc in Vaginismus Blog

Every time we teach a patient how to use tampons, the question comes up: "Are tampons safe? And what about Toxic Shock Syndrome?" Staphylococcal toxic shock syndrome (TSS) is an acute infection caused by S aureus strains and can be found in a variety of clinical...

Tampon expanding?

25 Oct 2008 Posted by womentc in Vaginismus Blog

Many women are hesitant to use tampons in fear that as the tampon absorbs blood it expands to the point of causing vaginal discomfort/pain. If you share this worry, we would like to reassure you that you have nothing to fear: even a fully-absorbed tampon will...

Vaginal orgasm?!

30 Sep 2008 Posted by womentc in Vaginismus Blog

Can you have an orgasm during intercourse? Fact #1: most women cannot, so consider yourself in normal, healthy company! Fact #2: the vagina is not an erogenous structure but a passageway.  If it were capable of sexual arousal, then tampons would have been a delight as would...

The speculum

30 Jul 2008 Posted by womentc in Vaginismus Blog

The speculum is a 'duckbill-like' instrument that is used at time of a gynecologic exam to hold the vaginal walls open so that the 'inside' can be visualized. Sort of like you putting your hand into a sock and spreading your fingers to hold it...

Sleeping with a tampon?

25 Jun 2008 Posted by womentc in Vaginismus Blog, Women's Health

Contrary to widely circulating myths, it is perfectly safe to use a tampon overnight = tampons are 'safe' inside the vagina for many hours. You may not know this but, gynecological surgeries will often end with a gauze packing in the vagina for 24 hours to...