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Crowning Achievement

Jul 29, 2014 | Reproductive health |Cervical cancer |HPV |Women's Health | Comments (0)
Spurred by an abnormal PAP test in 2013, Rachel Dyckman is using her year of service as the reigning Miss Tucson Desert Rose to educate, motivate, and support women to protect their health.

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Is Pornography Addictive?

Jan 30, 2014 | Sexual Health |General |Women's Health |Men's Health | Comments (0)

When I was growing up in small towns, porn (at least of the variety offered to heterosexual men) wasn’t that hard to find. There was always an X-rated theater not far away, Playboy and Penthouse were in most of the convenience stores, and so on. The selection was limited though, and acquiring or viewing it usually involved some degree of embarrassment or inconvenience, perhaps even a trip to a drive-in or an aging urban theater whose manager hoped to find fiscal solvency by swapping Mary Poppins for Debbie Does Dallas.


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Mind-Body Connections: Vaginismus in Real Life

Jan 8, 2014 | Reproductive health |Women's Health |Sexual Health | Comments (0)

By the time I had sex for the first time, I was really looking forward to it. My boyfriend and I had planned a getaway weekend in London for the occasion, interrupting the long-distance-ness of our relationship for a few short days. I could just imagine it: typical British rain tapping romantically against the window of our little hotel, while I left virginhood forever in the arms of someone I loved. Perfect, right?

 Not so much. Here’s the thing: it hurt. A lot.


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Under The Microscope, A Pathologist Sees Beauty — And Danger

Oct 16, 2013 | Women's Health |HPV |Cervical cancer | Comments (0)

This post originally ran on WBUR’s CommonHealth. We appreciate WBUR for giving us permission to reprint this article.

It was a typical busy morning. A flurry of people in and out of my office along with a growing stack of slides. I picked up the next slide, a pap smear.

The requisition stated “24 yo, routine pap.” She had no prior history of any abnormalities. As I studied the slide, the normal cervical cells sparkled in shades of blue and pink. Together with their small uniform nuclei, this created an evenness to the slide, like a calm pond.


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Vaginal Lubrication and Penis Girth

Sep 26, 2013 | Relationships |Women's Health |Sexual Health | Comments (0)

This podcast comes from sexual health expert Debby Herbenick, PhD, MPH

QUESTION: My partner and I recently started having sexual intercourse, and neither one of us are virgins. He has a lot of girth, or circumference, to his penis. Another problem is that I'm on a low-estrogen birth control and have difficulties with vaginal lubrication, but he doesn't like to use lube. Is there anything I can do to make it easier for us, and easier for me to get lubricated vaginally? 


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