My Female Partner is Worried About Painful Sex: What do I do?!

By |2023-09-20T11:13:09-07:00May 28, 2023|

  It is more common than you might think for women to experience painful sex. Approximately 75 percent of women experience pain during or after sex at some point in their lives1. Because of the stigma around this issue, your partner might be hesitant to approach you about this.   Painful sex may be related to a condition called vaginismus, which is the involuntary tightening of vaginal muscles. While the tightening of the muscles itself might not be painful, ...

Vaginal Dilators: What’s the Scoop?

By |2023-09-20T11:13:03-07:00May 15, 2023|

Vaginal dilators can be a great option when it comes to your journey to wellness. By gradually stretching your pelvic floor muscles, dilators help relieve the symptoms of vaginismus pain with sex, insertion of tampons, pelvic exams, or any other kind of wanted penetration. Pain with sex or any vaginal penetration can be difficult, but there are options. Practices in relaxation and expansion of the vaginal and pelvic muscles may help ease the symptoms. Vaginal dilators can be beneficial ...

Vaginismus Overview

By |2023-09-20T11:12:00-07:00March 27, 2023|

Do you dread going to the gynecologist because of traumatic pap smears? Does painful sex prevent you from achieving healthy intimacy with your partner? Do you find it impossible to insert a tampon? Or maybe you’ve been told you have an “overactive” or “tight” pelvic floor.  If any of this resonates, you may be suffering from a condition called vaginismus, and you are not alone.  Vaginismus is a common condition and can affect women of all ages, including trans ...

How to Relax Your Pelvic Floor

By |2023-09-20T11:09:11-07:00February 21, 2023|

If anyone’s ever told you, “Just relax!” in response to stress, you know how, well, stressful those instructions can be. Indeed, figuring out how to “relax” when we are in a tense state can feel impossible, unless explicit instructions are given. Now, imagine you are told to relax muscles you didn’t even know existed. This is the reality for approximately 1 in 3 women in the US who will experience some form of pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD) in their ...

Dismissed Symptoms: When Your Doctor Isn’t Listening

By |2023-09-20T11:08:37-07:00February 21, 2023|

If you think it’s all in your head that your doctor isn’t listening to you when you ask for help with symptoms and health issues, it’s not. Three years ago, TODAY did a study about how women felt doctors didn’t truly hear them or listen to them in office visits and emergency rooms.     The survey’s findings included many personal stories from women who had had their serious conditions dismissed by doctors, but also some shocking statistics. Twenty ...

Misunderstanding Women’s Pain

By |2023-09-20T11:04:19-07:00February 21, 2023|

It seems ironic that while we have access to more information than ever before, some doctors seem to listen to us less and dismiss us more. Even though it was many years ago, I have strong memories of doctors dismissing my pain. My first ovarian cyst ruptured when I was just 14 years old. The unbearable pain landed me and my parents in an emergency room where a doctor gave me a rather uncomfortable exam, then misdiagnosed me with ...


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