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What is Vaginismus? Bliss Journal

What is Vaginismus?

What some of you may not realise is that our CEO Jodie West is a women’s health advocate having lived with endometriosis and a number of other health conditions that primarily affect women. That the reason she became a sexologist was due to her own health issues that impacted her sex life. At Bliss we fully support her in spreading the word about women’s health issues. This week we want to raise awareness around Vaginismus. Some of you may have heard it before but many others will be thinking Vagi-what?!? To be honest we are not surprised because many women...

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Woman in Pain, pelvic pain, vaginismus, vulvadynia, endometriosis menopause - on the Bliss Journal

Why Buy a Vibrator Instead of a Medical Dilator?

We frequently get customers coming to us referred by Health Care Professionals suggesting people look at using a slim vibrators and personal  lubricants to help overcome some sorts of the sexual issues.  Slim lined vibrators can be used in conjunction with medical dilators and personal lubricants or as an alternative as some women find medical dilators uncomfortable. The combination can be useful in a range of situations including post operative scarring, vaginal tightness, vaginismus, post childbirth, when sex feels painful, decreased sensation, vaginal atrophy and more.  Vaginal tightness may occur as a result of post op scaring following surgery or as a side effect...

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7 Questions I Have Been Asked As A Sex Educator & Women's Health Advocate.

In the time I have been a sexuality educator and women's health advocate I have been asked some interesting questions. Actually even before that while I was studying at uni, as soon as people found out what I was studying I came across curly questions and surprising statements from people. In this blog, I thought I would share 7 of the general questions I get asked frequently and a short answer for each.  Q: “Is it ok to masturbate in a relationship?” A: The simple answer is YES it is ok to masturbate in a relationship. Masturbation is normal and...

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A Frolic Down Memory Lane - The Ohnut

At Ohnut they believe that everyone has the right to feel connected, healthy, and whole. What is The Ohnut I hear you ask? It is an intimate wearable that can help you manage and potentially reduce pain during sex by allowing you to easily customize how deep penetration goes. It is worn externally at the base of a penetrating partner, e.g. on their shaft or on a toy. The Ohnutcompresses down to act as a soft buffer during sex. Each set comes with 4 linking rings that allow you to make simple adjustments, so you and your partner can not...

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Sexual self-care means being mindful during sexual experiences.

Does this sound familiar? 101 things on my to-do list - Fatigued and pained - Too busy, Too tired - My scars are ugly - Hurry up or no that is not right. Who has all this and far more going on in their head? It’s all that distracts us during intimacy & sexual experiences. I make that distinction on purpose. There is an abundance of pleasure, connection & health benefits to be had in non-sexual, consensual touch. Being able to be mindful during those interactions is sexual self-care. It is common during sex to tune out, let thoughts wander. These...

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What to do if you love a position but it hurts.

Whether it is doggy style or you on top, each to their own. I think we can all agree it sucks when something you and your partner enjoyed is disrupted when your favorite position hurts. It is actually very common for women to experience discomfort or pain during sexual intercourse. It is also very common that we try to ignore it, by just doing it without complaining or we avoid sex. Neither does you or your partner any favors. If working out ways to get into your favorite positions and getting back into having sex with your partner appeals to...

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