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What We Do and Don't Know About Vaginal Dilators

Leslie R. Schover, PhD       Vaginal dilators have been around in one form or another for at least 50 years. When I first worked as a psychologist/sex therapist in a major cancer center in the early 1980s, women getting pelvic radiation therapy got a dilator that looked like a hard plastic candle. The nurses told them to put surgical jelly on the dilator, and to put it in their vagina several times a week to prevent damage from scar tissue. Before that, I’d worked with dilators in sex therapy for women who had severe anxiety about vaginal penetration,...

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Pre-order your copy of Dr. Seibel's new book, The Estrogen Window

Our friend and colleague Dr. Mache Seibel is one of the leading experts in the country on menopause and he’s just launching his new book called The Estrogen Window.        In The Estrogen Window, Dr. Seibel explains how every woman has an "estrogen window" of opportunity.  Not only can women safely take estrogen during this window, but also taking the hormone in the estrogen window provides a wide range of health benefits that can protect women from breast cancer, heart disease, dementia, and more.   When you pre-order the book before April 15th, Dr. Seibel has put together some...

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Estrogen Safety Acceptable For Breast Cancer Patients

When Jane asked me to write a blog for Soul Source I knew right away I had the perfect one for her subscribers. So many of you are having challenges due to treatment for breast cancer and have found that without estrogen, vaginal dryness and narrowing of the vagina is an all too familiar problem.   As a result of having virtually no estrogen, women with breast cancer often suffer from the symptoms of menopause and one of the worst is vaginal dryness, thinning of the vaginal and bladder tissues called atrophic vaginitis or more recently Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause (GSM). ...

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Physical Therapy and Vaginal Dilators: What’s the Connection?

Most people think of physical therapy in terms of therapeutic treatment for orthopedic or neurological conditions – things such as back pain, knee pain, and strokes. Did you know, though, that there are pelvic health specialty-trained physical therapists who help women and men with very private conditions? The terms often used are: pelvic health physical therapists, women’s health physical therapists, or pelvic PTs. So, how are vaginal dilators utilized for pelvic physical therapy? Vaginal dilators are most effective when used for conditions that prevent the patient from having a desired body part (finger or penis) or object (tampon, speculum for GYN...

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The New Name for Vulvovaginal Atrophy is Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause

Menopause comes with so many symptoms women need to deal with. From physical to psychological ones, most of the symptoms aren’t visible, but some of them are definitely embarrassing to talk about. This is the case of vulvovaginal atrophy and of atrophic vaginitis, a condition involving both the genitals and urinary tract (see all signs and symptoms below). Mentioning “vulva” and “vagina”, and also including the term “atrophy”, which generally has negative connotations, these names are not comfortably used in general discussions and tend to be excluded. So the Board of Directors of the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual...

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