The anxiety of being well

Have you heard the parable of the boiling frog? It’s one of those metaphors that everyone seems to know, but don’t know where they know it from. The parable goes that if you drop a frog into boiling water it will just jump out, but if you drop a frog in cold water and heatContinue reading “The anxiety of being well”

The sticky issue of lubrication

Inspiration for this post comes from two sources: 1) a conversation with a friend who admitted that, despite being a nurse and thus educated about the variability of the human body, was too embarrassed to talk to her long term boyfriend about using lubricant. She was experiencing a little vaginal dryness, but rather than talkContinue reading “The sticky issue of lubrication”

Touch-Starved

When it comes to vaginal dryness, conversations pretty much always centre around menopause. As a woman in my early twenties, I couldn’t find any resources for someone like me. The autoimmune condition that I have (lichen planus) affects mucous membranes. This did have a small impact on my mouth and gut (hello irritable bowel syndrome!)Continue reading “Touch-Starved”

Women, Doctors and Pain

There are two main reasons that it took so long for me to get a diagnosis: Pelvic pain in women is very common, and there are lots of things that could cause it. The autoimmune condition at the root of my pain is quite rare. Lichen Planus affects 1 – 2% of the world populationContinue reading “Women, Doctors and Pain”

Have you tried relaxing?

“Have you tried just relaxing?” I stare, dumbfounded, at the middle aged man sitting opposite me. He’s a Sex Therapist, and it’s taken me six months to get this appointment. “I – I don’t think that’s the issue-” I stammer, but he interrupts me with a clammy hand on my knee. “You’re young, you’re healthy,Continue reading “Have you tried relaxing?”

Is sex ‘really’ that important?

If you’ve never had to live with sexual dysfunction, it can be really hard to understand how completely it can affect a person’s life.  It took me years to finally receive CBT for my depression – 5 years in fact. Chronic pain and depression go hand in hand. Something about having to completely reevaluate yourContinue reading “Is sex ‘really’ that important?”

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