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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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seven questions for a sex educator

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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Pelvic Floor Health woman in yoga pose

Pelvic Floors - Too short, too long or just right?

Q. I keep hearing people talk about pelvic floor health. What does that mean? Does that mean I need to do more kegel exercises or does pelvic floor health mean something else? A. Pelvic floor health is an important part of women’s health and has an impact on sexual health, sexual pleasure and function. It can impact bowel and urinary function as well. In order to address the question what is pelvic floor health, we spoke to Sami Cattach from Body and Birth Physio to find out more. This article explains how the muscles in the pelvic floor work and...

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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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Sex without pain is a basic human right!

Sex without pain is a basic human right!

Sex is meant to be about pleasure and not pain, right? The American survey, the ‘National Survey of Sexual Health and Behaviour’ described as the ‘the largest national sex survey ever published’, found that one in three American women experienced some pain the last time they had sex. 75 percent of women have experienced pain during sex at some point in their lives, according to the American College of Gynecologists and Obstetricians. Painful sex happens for a whole range of reasons, including endometriosis, adenomyosis, pelvic floor issues, and the list goes on.   Does this concern anyone else? It is one of the reasons...

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