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  • Mobile app reduces stress incontinence episodes in small trial

    Mobile app reduces stress incontinence episodes in small trial

    Research we’re watching Pelvic floor training by physical therapists can help women reduce stress incontinence—leakage of urine when they exercise, laughs, cough, or sneeze. Swedish researchers wanted to determine whether such training works when it’s delivered through Tät, a smartphone app developed for that purpose. The researchers studied 123 women who had at least one […]

  • Ask the doctor: Is placing an IUD immediately after delivery safe?

    Ask the doctor Image: PrimeTime_Productions/iStock Q. My daughter’s first baby is due soon, and she doesn’t plan to have another child for several years. Her doctor recommended placing an IUD immediately after she delivers her baby. I’ve never heard of this. Is it safe? A. Her doctor is up to date! I counsel all of […]

  • What is vaginal steaming?

    What is vaginal steaming?

    Ask the doctor Q. When I was having coffee the other day, I overheard two young women talking about having their vaginas steamed. What is this procedure, and what is it designed to do? A. In vaginal steaming—often described as a “facial” for the vagina—a woman sits over a bowl of steaming water infused with […]

  • Screening tests you probably don’t need

    Some tests that are widely offered for screening aren’t advised for generally healthy people and may lead to unnecessary procedures. Image: alptv/Thinkstock You’ve probably had more than a few screening tests—blood pressure and cholesterol checks, mammograms, Pap smears, and colonoscopies. However, health fairs and clinics often promote screening tests you might not have had. If […]

  • How does the new vaginal product alleviate pain during intercourse?

    How does the new vaginal product alleviate pain during intercourse?

    Ask the doctor Q. I’ve heard that there is a new vaginal product to reduce pain during intercourse. What is it and how does it work? A. You must be referring to a new daily vaginal insert that was approved by the FDA in November 2016 for treating moderate to severe pain during intercourse. The […]

  • Yes, you can have better sex in midlife and in the years beyond

    If sustaining intimacy is becoming more difficult, there are many approaches that can help. Image: © Ridofranz /Thinkstock Even if, as the saying goes, the brain is a woman’s most important sex organ, we can’t deny the role our bodies play—especially as we get older. Satisfying sex depends on several things: presence of desire, arousal, […]

  • Nonhormonal treatments for menopause

    Lifestyle changes, mind-body approaches, and nonhormonal prescription medications may help relieve menopause symptoms Menopause—medically defined as the absence of a menstrual period for a year—is due to a decline in estrogen and progesterone production by the ovaries. About 60% to 80% of women experience menopause symptoms, most commonly hot flashes and vaginal dryness. Studies indicate […]

  • When an SSRI medication impacts your sex life

    Coping with this common side effect from antidepressants The popular medications known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or SSRIs (see box) can help lift people out from under a dark cloud of depression. But there are some side effects from antidepressants, including those that can affect your sex life. In addition to reducing interest in […]

  • Should you have an annual pelvic exam?

    By Hope Ricciotti, M.D., Editor in Chief If you’ve come to expect a pelvic exam as a routine part of your annual well-woman physical, you may be surprised to learn that health experts disagree over whether it is necessary. The exam — in which the clinician inserts gloved fingers into the vagina to examine the […]

  • What is female sexual dysfunction?

    What is female sexual dysfunction?

    A woman’s sexual responsiveness is not the same as a man’s. Ignoring its complexity can make difference look like dysfunction. The more things change, the more they remain the same. Just when it began to seem as though gender-specific medicine was here to stay, medical research in males is once again being applied to women. […]

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