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How to Advocate for Your Sexual Health with Your Doctor or Healthcare Provider

Discussions about sexual needs and desires are often silenced due to societal norms and personal inhibitions. This silence extends to the doctor’s office, where patients might hesitate to discuss sex concerns with their healthcare team. Various factors, like societal stigma, personal discomfort, shame, or fear of judgment from healthcare providers can cause this reluctance.  However, …

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Sexuality and Body Changes as We Age

Sexuality and the Changing Body with Age: Redefining Pleasure

Conversations about sex and aging are too often pushed to the sidelines. People often experience the isolation of trying to navigate a changing body and shifting desires as they grow older. If this resonates with you, you’re not alone. In our society, this is a glaring lack of space to redefine the notions of sex …

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Embracing Playfulness in Sex

Embracing Playfulness in Sex: The Key to Fulfilling Intimacy

Play is as important for adults as it is for children. It can help relieve stress, improve mood, and boost creativity. Adults can incorporate play into their sexual lives to gain the same benefits it offers kids: enjoyment and fulfillment. Moreover, it can be incorporated into adults’ sexual lives to gain the same benefits it …

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How A Vacation Enhances Sexual Expression Among Couples

When nurturing a healthy and fulfilling sex life within a long-term relationship, the interplay between stability and novelty plays a crucial role. Esteemed relationship therapist Esther Perel highlights that couples need predictability and adventure to maintain a passionate connection. While predictability offers safety, adventure kindles curiosity and excitement.  Interestingly, vacations are a powerful catalyst for …

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Being Present in the Moment: The Value of Mindfulness in Sex

According to a study published in the National Library of Medicine, 43% of women and 31% of men are affected by sexual dysfunctions, some of which can be attributed to mental and psychological concerns. Distraction during sex is a common experience for many people. Whether it stems from work-related concerns, worries about what your partner …

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Childbirth influences sexual desire and fantasy

Intimacy Amid Parenthood: How Childbirth Influences Sexual Desire and Frequency

Imagine a couple embarking on parenthood after welcoming their beautiful baby. However, they soon realize their sexual desire and frequency have significantly declined since becoming parents. They quickly discover this is a common experience among couples as they adjust to their new roles. This article explores factors influencing sexual desire and frequency in parents and …

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Sex, Pleasure, and Self-Exploration in Seattle

Sex and Pleasure as a Vehicle for Self-Exploration

In the US, the stigma surrounding sexual and reproductive health can profoundly impact laws, policies, people’s perceptions, and society. These social norms can negatively impact an individual’s view of their sexuality and their relationship with themselves. We often forget that our sexuality is more than just an act of physical gratification—it can be used to …

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Overcoming Sexual Shame

How Shame Impacts Sexual Desire: Understanding the Link and Overcoming Shame

Have you ever felt ashamed of your sexual desires or experiences? Maybe you’ve struggled with feeling like you’re not “normal” or that there’s something wrong with you. If so, you’re not alone. Shame around sexuality is incredibly common, yet it’s a topic that is often shrouded in secrecy and silence. The Link Between Shame and …

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Exploring Sexual Desires and Fantasies: A Journey of Self-Discovery and Trust

Sexual desires, fantasies, and kinks are a normal part of human sexuality. These are things that everyone has experienced at some point in their life, whether they’re comfortable talking about it or not. According to a 2019 survey, the most common sexual fantasies are linked to multi-partner sex, BDSM, novelty-centered fantasies, and taboo sex. Imagine …

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Navigating Conflict Skillfully in Relationships

Navigating conflict in relationships is an essential skill that can make or break your relationship. Conflicts are a normal part of a romantic relationship, but most of the time, these are never resolved. According to Dr. John Gottman, 69% of relationship problems are unsolvable. Sometimes, we get so caught up in proving we’re right that …

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