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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 â€ś24 yo, routine pap.â€ť 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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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?Â
Guest post fromÂ Evelyn Resh,Â a certified sexuality counselor and a certified nurse-midwife with over 20 years of experience as an integrative health and sexuality practitioner.Â
Despite all the time I spend thinking, studying, and talking about sex I still canâ€™t fully understand why people often talk about their sex lives as if theyâ€™re talking about going in to hospice. Grave and sullen voices whisper feelings and facts - both good and bad - in hushed and secretive tones. Itâ€™s as if the person I am talking to is disclosing something unlawful or horrific like; â€śIâ€™m counter-fitting twenties in my basementâ€ť, or â€śI know itâ€™s hard to believe but I love dealing crystal meth. at the elementary school.â€ť