When Sex Hurts

Painful sex (the unintentional kind) can make life and relationships less satisfying. Sex is not a necessity–it is not like oxygen, food, or shelter–but it is important to many women. “Dyspareunia” is the medical term for painful sex, and it is a common problem. Many women are embarrassed to discuss this with their healthcare providers. […]

Herpes: It’s Not the Plague

I was a teen in the 80s, and I remember a Time Magazine cover from 1982 that referred to herpes as the modern “Scarlet Letter.” Many of my younger patients don’t recall the intense stigma associated with herpes. Heck, they don’t recall that HIV used to be a death sentence. Times have changed, thank God! […]