Sexual Health, Pain

Is It A Yeast Infection? Everything You Need to Know About Yeast Infections and Vaginitis

Michelle couldn't believe it. It was 11 pm Thursday night and she was feeling itching and burning in her vagina. She started feeling symptoms yesterday and to ward off the yeast infection Michelle had eaten three yogurts and for good measure drank one-half gallon of cranberry juice. Didn't help. Now she felt like she was really on fire. The timing couldn't be worse. She was planning to leave on Friday afternoon for a romantic weekend she and her husband, Scott, have been looking toward. Michelle was frantic with indecision. Didn't know what to do. Should she call her gynecologist? Would her gynecologist even see her tomorrow - even if she begged? Should she go to an all-night pharmacy and get a yeast cream? What!!!!

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Challenges Faced by Healthcare Providers in the Obstetrical Care and Management of Circumcised Women

By Crista E. Johnson, MD, Jennifer R. Berman, MD, Rasha Ebeid, MD, Linda  H. Hewes, CNM, Kimmie L. Bui, MD, Fred E. Mecklenburg, MD, FACOG:  Female Genital Cutting (FGC), also known as Female Circumcision or Female Genital Mutilation, has existed for more than 2000 years.  It describes ritual surgical procedures performed on girls and young women as a ?rite of passage? to womanhood and marriage. FGC is practiced over than 28 African countries with prevalence rates from less than 5% to 100%. It is estimated that over 130 million females have been circumcised with 2 million more at risk annually for the procedure.

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Painful Intercourse: A Physical Therapy Approach to Treatment

Painful Intercourse is known by the term" dyspareunia" (pronounced dis pa roo ne a). Every woman has probably experienced it once or twice in her life, either due to a yeast infection, perhaps after childbirth, or due to vaginal dryness. When intercourse is always painful, even sometimes impossible, and there is no clear identifiable medical cause, women are often made to feel that perhaps the problem is "psychological". This feeling is even further strengthened by the fact that dyspareunia is considered a mental health, rather than medical diagnosis, as evidenced by the fact that it is listed in the DSM IV psychiatric diagnosis manual.

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Effect of Hysterectomy on Female Sexual Function

By Jacqueline N. Murrell, MD, Jennifer R. Berman, MD Robert Weiss, MD, Laura Berman, PhD, Sheila R. Keane, MA, Mary Christina Zierack MA, Trudy Van Hooten, PhD, Irwin Goldstien, MD, and Phillip Stubblefield, MD: Sexuality is a crucial component of the general health and well being of women. It is a central part of their body image, self-esteem, relationship satisfaction and success. Female sexual dysfunction is a significant problem that affects the quality of life of many women.

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