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The Q-tip test inefficacy for vaginismus, vulvodynia, vulvar vestibulitis

27 May 2014 Posted by Ditza Katz in Vaginismus Blog, Vulvodynia & Vulvar Vestibulitis

Vaginismus (vaginal penetration pain disorder) and vulvodynia/vulvar vestibulitis (irritation disorders) are often intertwined, making a differential diagnosis a daunting task for most medical professionals.  The Q-tip test is a commonly-used diagnostic tool for these conditions: the clinician touches the vulva and vestibule in a clockwise...

Bamboo Massage by Laura (Spa Week)

22 Apr 2014 Posted by Ditza Katz in Women's Health

Laura, our fine massage therapist, is participating in Spa Week by offering heated bamboo massage Swedish massage Stress Melter The special price per a 55-minute session is $50 (regular price: $95) The heated bamboo massage is a unique treatment modality that attracted the attention of Newsday and...

Vaginismus, dilators, and Lidocaine

22 Dec 2013 Posted by womentc in Vaginismus Blog

A 09/09/2020 updated version of this post is available here. Women with vaginismus will often try vaginal dilators for self-cure. While this is a good first step, not all women are successful, and many won't even be able to use the littlest of the set as...

Gynecologic health

16 Sep 2013 Posted by womentc in Vaginismus Blog

The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists recommends undergoing annual pelvic examinations starting at age 21.  Screening for cervical cancer is also recommended starting at that age, irrespective of sexual activity.  Pelvic examination of women younger than 21 is recommended only when indicated by medical...

About conception – what? When? How?

15 Jul 2013 Posted by womentc in Women's Health

Conception is the process of becoming pregnant, which starts with the sperm penetrating an egg.  You can view a fascinating video of this amazing journey on WebMD.  Once conception occurs, there are further developments before a pregnancy is confirmed.  Assisted reproduction is medical intervention for...

Lubrication vs. moisturizer vs. vaginal Estrogen?

04 Jul 2013 Posted by womentc in Menopause & Painful Sex, Painful Sex (Dyspareunia), Sexual Dysfunction, Vaginismus Blog, Vulvodynia & Vulvar Vestibulitis

Lubrication vs. moisturizer vs. vaginal Estrogen? These different vaginal preparations can be confusing, and women don't always know when to use which one.  So, let's sort it out. Vaginal moisturizers are the parallel to body/hand lotion, which add moisture to a dry skin, typically by mimicking the chemical...