WPATH issues a new Standards of Care

September 27, 2011 · Posted in Health, In the News, Psychotherapy, Resource · Comment 

The World Professional Association of Transgender Health has issues a new version of their Standards of Care for the Health of Transsexual, Transgender, and Gender Nonconforming People.

You can download your own copy here: http://www.wpath.org/documents/Standards%20of%20Care%20V7%20-%202011%20WPATH.pdf

A nice article about it can be found here : http://transgenderequality.wordpress.com/2011/09/26/the-top-10-things-trans-people-should-know-about-the-new-standards-of-care/

Resource: Primary Care Protocol for Transgender Patient Care

April 20, 2011 · Posted in Health, Huffington Post, In the News, Research, Resource · Comment 

This month the Center for Excellence for Transgender Health out of the University of California, San Francisco, released online a new Primary Care Protocol for Transgender Patients.  What makes this both important, and different than other resources, is that it focuses on primary care instead of just transition needs, and it’s designed to be accessible not just to providers, but also to gender variant people themselves.  You can read more about it in this Huffington Post article, A New Tool for Treating Transgender People.

Whose Orgasm is It?

April 14, 2011 · Posted in alternet, by Damon, Health · Comment 

Early this month Alternet.org posted an article about a new movie , ORGASM INC., which portrays one view of big pharma’s attempt to create a “female viagra.”

You might be thinking, do women need a female viagra? Do women experience sexual dysfunction? What IS normal for women?  Do women NEED medical help acheiving a satisfying sex life? If so, you are not the only one.

The New View Campaign was formed in 2000 by a committee of doctors, psychologists, and social workers including Dr. Leonore Tiefer to challenge the pharmaceutical industries oversimplification of women’s sexuality. Their manifest provides an alternative to the DSM categorization of sexual dysfunctions that frequently relies on a male model of sexual response. You can learn more about The New View Campaign through their website, www.newviewcampaign.org or their book, A New View of Women’s Sexual Problems.   Dr. Tiefer’s book, Sex Is Not a Natural Act, also weighs in on the discussion.  Finally, you can learn about the new film ORGASM INC. in the Altnernet.org article, How the Pharmaceutical Industry is Monetizing the Female Orgasm.

Kinsey Confidential: The Joys of Lube! A New Study on Lubricant Use Among Adult Women

January 25, 2011 · Posted in Blogs, Health, Kinsey Confidential, Sex · Comments Off on Kinsey Confidential: The Joys of Lube! A New Study on Lubricant Use Among Adult Women 

The Joys of Lube! A New Study On Lubricant Use Among Adult Women

By Eric Anthony Grollman (M.A.)

Posted January 25, 2011

We all know the old adage, “a little bit of lube goes a long way.”  Okay, so I made that up, but research on the use of lubricant during solo and partnered sexual activity demonstrates the benefits of lube.  In a new study of women, there is a clear benefit for sexual pleasure and sexual satisfaction when using either water- or silicon-based lube.

The Study

In a study of 2,400 women, researchers at Indiana University’s Center for Sexual Health Promotion investigated women’s reports of sexual satisfaction and sexual pleasure when using no lube, water-based lube, or silicon-based lube during solo and partnered sexual activity. Women were randomly assigned one type of lubricant and asked to assess their sexual experiences for two weeks.  The participants reported greater sexual pleasure and satisfaction when using either silicon-based or water-based lubricant during sexual activity compared to activity without any lubricant.  Indeed, this corresponds with the majority who report using lube during vaginal or anal intercourse (70 percent) and masturbation (60 percent) to make sexual activity more pleasurable.

Complete article: http://kinseyconfidential.org/joys-lube-study-lubricant-adult-women/

CNN: Touch Makes You Healthier

January 14, 2011 · Posted in CNN, Health, Psychology · Comment 

Touching makes you healthier

By Norine Dworkin-McDaniel, Health.com
January 5, 2011 8:05 a.m. EST

(Health.com) — Whether it’s a squeeze of the hand, a big bear hug, a kneading massage, even a bedroom romp, touch is shaping up to be the ultimate mind-body medicine.

From lowering blood pressure and heart rate to increasing immune function and relieving pain, getting touched or doing some touching makes you healthier — not to mention happier and less anxious.

How do you tap into these body-boosting benefits? Let us count the ways.

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Get a rubdown

Anyone who’s ever gotten a massage — even a quickie at a mall kiosk — knows that it helps you unwind. That’s not just a mental sensation: Getting massaged causes muscles to unclench, a racing heart rate to slow, heightened blood pressure to fall, and levels of the stress hormone cortisol to drop. In that relaxed state, your body is able to regroup and recharge. One happy result: a more robust immune system.

“Cortisol suppresses the immune response,” explains Roberta Lee, MD, vice chair of the Department of Integrative Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. “Anything that increases the relaxation response triggers the restoration of your immune response.”

Recently, researchers measured immune function in healthy adults who got either a 45-minute Swedish massage or 45 minutes of lighter touch. The massaged group had substantially more white blood cells — including natural killer cells, which help the body fight viruses and other pathogens — and fewer types of inflammatory cytokines associated with autoimmune diseases.

Full story: http://www.cnn.com/2011/HEALTH/01/05/touching.makes.you.healthier.health/index.html