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Chronic pelvic pain doesn’t mean the end of your sex life. Brynna Arens, recently diagnosed with IC shares her story and tips.

Chronic Pelvic Pain and Sex: 5 Tips for Acceptance

In summer 2020, I was diagnosed with Interstitial Cystitis (IC), an incurable condition that directly affects the bladder but can also cause generalized chronic pelvic pain and tension in the pelvic floor. IC can be triggered by stress (thanks 2020!), diet (goodbye alcohol, coffee, and spicy food), and sex (cue dramatic music). I’m by no …

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5 Ways Our Sexual Health and Mental Health Are Related

When you understand how your mental health, relationships, and sexual health intersect, you can create an intentional life that you want, not a life someone else thinks you should have.  Do you know that feeling? Butterflies fluttering around your tummy when you are excited to see someone? Maybe you have felt that deep pit in …

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How to End the Sexual Shame Cycle: A New Outlook on Sex Education

The bottom drawer of our bed stand  A box in our closet Discreet shipping What could these three things possibly have in common? If you guessed that they’re all ways we humans hide our sex toys mostly due to the sexual shame cycle, great! If not, that’s okay!  I didn’t realize how these things correlated …

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Introducing Team RW: Flo Oliveira

Flo Oliveira (they/them) is a caring, motivated sex-therapist-to-be whose passion for changing the world impacts everything they do. They continuously exude love and compassion.  Flo is a student-athlete at the University of California Davis, graduating this spring as a track-and-field star and they’re in the process of getting a sex education certificate and is Rachel …

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So You Want to Open Up? 3 Things NOT To Do From a Divorceé

Howdy! How’s it going? What’s that I hear? You wanna open up? You and your spouse/partner are thinking about “opening up” your monogamous relationship? Congratulations! What an exciting journey you are about to embark on.  My ex-husband and I were once like you – so excited, so innocent, so wildly unprepared for what we were …

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6 Ways To Celebrate a Sex-Positive Women’s History Month

Since 1988, U.S. presidents have issued annual proclamations declaring the month of March as Women’s History Month. This month is a time to celebrate women’s contributions throughout our history. Additionally, it’s a month in which women’s issues are at the forefront of the conversation. Learning about issues that affect women in a meaningful way to …

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