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Article on VAGINIMUS

"When Sex is A Pain"

By Sex Therapist Matty Silver


Some months ago an article on this page called Virginity's Unwitting Casualties, author Luke Malone quoted my statement that saving oneself for marriage can bring on an unexpected condition called "vaginismus". This syndrome drew a lot of interest and some confusion. In today's column I will explain exactly what vaginismus is and how it can be treated.

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Bare Necessity

Public Health Implications of Removing Public Hair
Dr Spring Cooper and Dr Anthony SantElla 

Shaving. Waxing. Sugaring. Creams. Laser. Threading. Electrolysis. When it comes to pubic hair, there’s certainly more than one way to skin the [cat]! But more important than the exact method are the health implications of pubic hair and the risks associated with its removal.

What’s “normal” in the pubic hair landscape has changed considerably over the last 20 years. Research suggests that pubic hair removal is increasingly the norm in Australia, the United States, and the United Kingdom; but has been documented as early as Ancient Egypt.


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Rewire Your Brain

Book Review By Alison Richardson

Marsha Lucas, PhD (Hay House Inc., 2012)

In Rewire Your Brain for Love Marsha Lucas combines the age-old search for love with cutting-edge brain science. Presented as user-friendly guide to harnessing the power of neuroplasticity – the ability of the mind to change the structure of the brain – Lucas teaches us how, through the technique of mindfulness meditation, we can achieve better relationships and greater happiness and even better sex!

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