Women's Therapy Center https://www.womentc.com Treatment For Vaginismus, Vulvodynia & Painful Sex Wed, 01 Apr 2020 16:04:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4 We are here for you during this COVID-19 pandemic https://www.womentc.com/blog/we-are-here-for-you-during-this-covid-19-pandemic/ https://www.womentc.com/blog/we-are-here-for-you-during-this-covid-19-pandemic/#respond Sun, 22 Mar 2020 23:07:21 +0000 https://www.womentc.com/?p=5195 Hello everyone,

We wanted to check in and see how you are doing during these trying times.  

It is no secret that COVID-19 has thrusted us into uncertain and unsettling times; more so for anyone with an underlying anxiety condition.

At Women’s Therapy Center, we are committed to supporting you in any virtual way possible so do not hesitate to reach out.  We are checking email regularly, and can set up other means, as needed.

We firmly believe that with time, social distancing, and remaining positive – this too shall pass and we will all live to tell about it.

In the meantime, workout to keep your body/mind/spirits in tip-top shape, and utilize this quarantine time to take personal inventory of your life, your family, your relationship, your social circle, your closets, your vagina, etc…  

We are all in it together!

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Vaginismus – a Psychosomatic Condition, Treatment and Cure. https://www.womentc.com/blog/vaginismus-a-psychosomatic-condition-treatment-and-cure/ https://www.womentc.com/blog/vaginismus-a-psychosomatic-condition-treatment-and-cure/#respond Tue, 11 Feb 2020 21:11:11 +0000 https://www.womentc.com/?p=5114 Here are a couple of updates from this past week:

  1. One of our patient, Stephanie, has become an advocate for vaginismus. She was recently featured in an article in DailyMail.com online magazine titled, Christian Woman who Waited Until Marriage to Have Sex is Devastated to Discover She Suffers From Vaginismus, a Condition That Leaves her in AGONY Every Time She Has Sex. If you prefer, a pdf version of this article can be found here.
  2. We just recorded and uploaded a new video, What is Vaginismus? This 6-minute video describes the psychosomatic nature of this condition.

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Painful Sex – 8 Couples Explain What it’s Like When Sex is Painful for One Person https://www.womentc.com/blog/painful-sex-8-couples-explain-what-its-like-when-sex-is-painful-for-one-person/ https://www.womentc.com/blog/painful-sex-8-couples-explain-what-its-like-when-sex-is-painful-for-one-person/#respond Tue, 30 Jul 2019 20:04:33 +0000 https://www.womentc.com/?p=4789 This online article was posted July 26, 2019 on HelloGiggles.com and includes interviews of us, and contributions by former patients of ours.

Thank you, Megan, Wyatt, Marilena, Frank, Charlene and Logan for opening a window to your intimate world. We know your stories will help others. Much appreciated!

A pdf copy of the article can be found here.

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A Female Sex Condition That is Largely Unknown – and Very Treatable https://www.womentc.com/blog/a-female-sex-condition-that-is-largely-unknown-and-very-treatable/ https://www.womentc.com/blog/a-female-sex-condition-that-is-largely-unknown-and-very-treatable/#respond Tue, 11 Jun 2019 22:15:15 +0000 https://www.womentc.com/?p=4772 An article about vaginismus that was just posted by the online magazine Verily, featuring interviews with two former patients of ours.

Thank You, Marni and Carrie, for your testimonials and your openness about vaginismus – your commitment to helping others is greatly appreciated!

And Thank You, Verily, for shedding a light on this unknown yet common and treatable condition.

If you prefer, click here for a pdf of the article.

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HPV and cancer, his and hers https://www.womentc.com/blog/hpv-and-cancer-his-and-hers/ https://www.womentc.com/blog/hpv-and-cancer-his-and-hers/#respond Mon, 03 Jun 2019 20:48:44 +0000 https://www.womentc.com/?p=4764 The Human PapillomaVirus (HPV) has become the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI), affecting both males and females.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), some HPV facts include:

  • There are many different types of HPV. Some types can cause health problems including genital warts and cancers;
  • It is most commonly spread during vaginal or anal sex;
  • HPV can be passed even when an infected person has no signs or symptoms;
  • Anyone who is sexually active can get HPV, even if you have had sex with only one person. You also can develop symptoms years after you have sex with someone who is infected. This makes it hard to know when you first became infected;
  • In most cases, HPV goes away on its own and does not cause any health problems. But when HPV does not go away, it can cause health problems;
  • To lower the chance of getting HPV, get vaccinated, get screened, and ALWAYS exercise safe sex (condoms);
  • About the HPV vaccine: it used to be recommended for individuals through age 26 but recent recommendations by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) raised that limit to ages 27-45 as cancer prevention.

What kind of cancer can HPV cause? In women, it may develop into cervical cancer, while in men it will develop in oropharangeal (mouth/tongue, back of throat) cancer. HPV may also develop into anal and other genital cancers.

Women have been quite knowledgeable about HPV-related cervical cancer, and most are familiar with the need for a colposcopy when such abnormal cells are suspected via a positive Pap smear. WebMD has a fine explanation.

Less known is the impact of HPV on males, despite rapidly rising prevalence of HPV-positive oropharyngeal cancer in the United States and other Western countries, up to 70% of oral cancers! This type of male oral cancer is often associated with a greater number of sex partners, and a history of oral sex. With this new understanding, medical diagnostics and intervention have been developing to include males in HPV management and to provide timely intervention – this cancer has an 85-90% survival rate.

If the male in your life has symptoms that include hoarseness, pain or difficulty swallowing, pain while chewing, a lump in the neck, a feeling of a persistent lump in the throat, change in voice, or non-healing sores on the neck, urge them to speak with their doctor right away. Of course, such symptoms can be caused by other health issues but timely vigilance is essential.

You may surely say that HPV is none discriminatory – it can touch anyone. Consider getting vaccinated, be attentive, practice safe ses, and share the knowledge with others.

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Podcast: female sexuality, mind-over-genitals, vaginismus https://www.womentc.com/blog/podcast-female-sexuality-mind-over-genitals-vaginismus/ https://www.womentc.com/blog/podcast-female-sexuality-mind-over-genitals-vaginismus/#respond Tue, 21 May 2019 20:35:37 +0000 https://www.womentc.com/?p=4757 The newest addition to our YouTube channel is a podcast interview of us from two weeks ago, discussing female sexuality, the differences between male and female sexual templates, the power of the mind over the genitals, and a bit about vaginismus (a subject we always raise awareness about).

You can listen to it here.

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Vaginismus: support for men https://www.womentc.com/blog/vaginismus-support-for-men/ https://www.womentc.com/blog/vaginismus-support-for-men/#respond Thu, 02 May 2019 20:24:07 +0000 https://www.womentc.com/?p=4742 We are excited to share that we are now offering support for men whose female partner/wife struggles with vaginismus. We do so because it is never just the woman’s journey — the partner and the relationship suffer as well!

View our new YouTube video of two husbands who met in our waiting room while their wives were undergoing treatment, and who were inspired to share their intimate and painful journey with vaginismus.

Visit our new (May 2019) group on Facebook titled, Vaginismus – A Support Group For Men, where partners/husbands can share feelings and exchange information about living with vaginismus and about treatment options.

Help us spread the word and shine a light on this common yet elusive medical condition. Thank you.

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Vaginismus, and the secret of the socks… https://www.womentc.com/blog/vaginismus-and-the-secret-of-the-socks/ https://www.womentc.com/blog/vaginismus-and-the-secret-of-the-socks/#respond Tue, 23 Apr 2019 22:19:42 +0000 https://www.womentc.com/?p=4713 An impromptu video shot in our waiting room last week. Enjoy!

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Achieving Sex Equality in the Bedroom https://www.womentc.com/blog/achieving-sex-equality-in-the-bedroom/ https://www.womentc.com/blog/achieving-sex-equality-in-the-bedroom/#respond Tue, 02 Apr 2019 19:57:40 +0000 https://www.womentc.com/?p=4693 A podcast on YouTube – Achieving Sex Equality in the Bedroom – interviewing us about female sex and sexuality, and a bit about vaginismus.

Thank you, Dr. Kopelman (MedChatMonday.com), for shedding light on this sensitive topic!

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Female anatomy lets only strong sperm swimmers reach the egg https://www.womentc.com/blog/female-anatomy-lets-only-strong-sperm-swimmers-reach-the-egg/ https://www.womentc.com/blog/female-anatomy-lets-only-strong-sperm-swimmers-reach-the-egg/#respond Fri, 15 Mar 2019 21:36:33 +0000 https://www.womentc.com/?p=4683 A recent research article that sheds light on the role of sperm’s swimming ability on conception. We thought you would want to know.

Strictures of a microchannel impose fierce competition to select for highly motile sperm.

Snippets:

  • In the race to conception, the female body is set up to separate weak sperm from strong, researchers report.
  • A woman’s reproductive system presents a veritable obstacle course that stress-tests sperm, making sure that only the strongest swimmers have a chance of reaching a woman’s egg, according to a new study.
  • Narrow gate-like passages within the female reproductive tract force competing sperm to barge their way through, ensuring that weak and less viable sperm are left behind, the researchers explained.
  • Doctors evaluating sperm look at concentration (the number of sperm), morphology (the shape of the sperm), and motility (the percentage of sperm that are swimming). To aid conception, doctors first focused on sperm concentration, counting the number of sperm in a man’s ejaculate.
  • The new study indicates that doctors have not placed enough emphasis on sperm motility.
  • Tests with sperm from men and bulls revealed that the strongest swimmers were most likely to make it through the tight spots, known as “strictures”, while weaker ones were caught in oncoming currents that propelled them backwards when they got too close.
  • This new knowledge will help couples struggling to conceive a baby, either by giving natural conception a boost or by improving the process of in vitro fertilization.
  • “In nature, when you start off in a normal setting of 60 to 100 million sperm trying to achieve fertilization with one egg, millions of years of evolution have fine-tuned a system that seems to give us the most optimal outcomes,” said Dr. Natan Bar-Chama, director of the Center of Male Reproductive Health at Reproductive Medicine Associates of New York. He’s also an associate professor with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.


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