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Vaginal Dryness 911: An Emergency Can Start the Conversation

By on May 6th, 2015 Categories: Sex Matters

“I’m really suffering here. How do I have that awkward conversation… you know… about dryness… with my doctor about getting help?”

I often hear this complaint from many of my brave patients who have sought help from numerous healthcare providers. Vaginal dryness in the midst of breast cancer treatment is a serious emergency, often made worse when no one is talking about it in the …

Sex Matters: Mindfulness Meditation and Sexuality: Mindful or Mind Full?

By on April 1st, 2015 Categories: Sex Matters

There has been considerable public dialogue about the practice of mindfulness, described by experts as “nonjudgmental, present-moment awareness.” Although traditionally associated with Buddhist philosophy, anyone can incorporate mindfulness techniques into their daily activities or in their expression of sexuality.

Mindfulness has been used for a variety of different conditions including depression, anxiety, pain, and eating disorders. Scientific research shows that mindfulness causes brain waves to …

Sex Matters: NOJO in Your MOJO? Dealing With Sexual Predictability and Boredom

By on March 4th, 2015 Categories: Sex Matters

We have had a few columns about sexual desire and some of the problems that may lead to the changes in sexual interest. Sexual boredom is another very common problem for many couples. Predictability in the bedroom breeds dullness, and for many couples it is important to add some novelty into your relationship.

Lack of sexual energy leads to boredom and the feeling of being …

Sex Matters: Managing Your Mojo, Part 2

By on February 4th, 2015 Categories: Sex Matters

In Part 1 of this column, we talked about some of the factors healthcare providers look for to determine a diagnosis of Female Sexual Interest/Arousal Disorder.

If you’re struggling with symptoms that suggest this diagnosis, it’s important to see a specialist to find out for sure and learn about treatments that may help. Your specialist will take detailed cancer and medical history to look at …

Sex Matters: Managing Your Mojo, Part 1

By on January 7th, 2015 Categories: Sex Matters

In last month’s blog posting, we saw that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has considered lowered sexual interest or lowered libido an unmet medical need. Many women who have breast cancer feel like their libido has vanished — gone and doomed never to return.

With the recent newly published Diagnostic and Statistical Manual V (DSMV), Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder and Sexual Arousal Disorder …

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