I can’t let Vicky’s post yesterday, “So…what about lubrication?”, slide by (oh, wow…unintentional pun, but intentionally not deleted…) without some follow-up: So…what do we do after we lube it up?
Enough interactions and related bits of info have come my way lately, that sharing and commenting on a few is a logical next step. Particularly regarding (deep breath…I can do this…) masturbation.
May 7, 2013:
Walking through the expo hall at ACOG’s Annual Scientific Meeting, I notice (as do many, many others) that the Intimina booth is the most popular girl at the dance. With global intimate women’s health in their sights, their full line includes a vaginal moisturizer, menstruation cups, Kegel Exercisers, and bright pink “personal massagers”
May 13, 2013:
In which Mary Jane Minkin, MD, FACOG and author of The Yale Guide to Women’s Reproductive Health states:
“When a patient is not particularly sexually active, I encourage her to consider a vibrator to help protect the pelvic floor by increasing the blood flow to that area of her body.”
“Therapeutically, vibrator use can ward off conditions such as vaginal atrophy— vaginal dryness or a weakening of the muscle tone in the pelvic area that can lead to sexual dysfunction and painful sex.”
Undisclosed date in May:
I am asked by a postmenopausal patient (being treated in open gym space for an orthopedic issue at the moment) how she can “get some of the FemGlide that you have in the other clinic.” Well, here is one place: click for FemGlide info.
May 22, 2013:
Offline comment from a Share MayFlowers fan, “How do I share with people about the health benefits of masturbation, particularly after menopause? I know that even if sexual stimulation and arousal isn’t the main goal, that it just is helpful for the tissue, and I know that acting on this would have helped my mom (with her gynecologic issues).”
May 22, 2013:
I received an email from one of our PTs inquiring about a product, The Intensity Quadruple Action Vibrator and Kegel Exerciser, about which she had in turn been asked when someone learned about it and that it was endorsed by an Obstetrician/Gynecologist.
So, here is a bit of additional info I can add:
In one large study of US women, over 50% of those surveyed reported vibrator use.1
Vibrator use was “associated with health-promoting behaviors and positive sexual function, and rarely associated with side effects.”1
“Pain during sexual intercourse increases and sexual desire decreases over the menopausal transition. Masturbation increases during the early [menopausal] transition, but then declines in postmenopause.”2
Interesting to note, however, that vibration therapies have shown benefit when globally used for treatment of low back pain3 and specifically for vulvodynia4, a pelvic pain condition that typically is associated with pain during sexual intercourse and stimulation.
If you find yourself more curious now – or if you are curious “on behalf of a friend” – you can check out any of the product links here, as well as Good Vibrations (their online and in store teams are a wealth of info!).
So lube it up, power it up, what-evs….just take care of your pelvic health.
And we’ll simmer down & take break from the sex talk…starting tomorrow,
- Avis NE, et al. “Longitudinal changes in sexual functioning as women transition through menopause: results from the Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation.” Menopause 2009; 16(3): 442-52.
- Herbenick D, et al. “Prevalence and charachteristics of vibrator use by women in the United States: results from a nationally representative study.” J Sex Med 2009; 6(7):1857-66.
- Pozo-Cruz B et al. Effects of Whole Body Vibration Therapy on Main Outcome Measures for Chronic Non-specific Low Back Pain: A Single-blind Randomized Controlled Trial. J Rehabil Med 2011; 43: 689–694
- Zolnoun D, Lamvu G, Steege Patient perceptions of vulvar vibration therapy for refractory vulvar pain. J. Sex Relation Ther. 2008 November 1; 23(4): 345–353.