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We've come so far in sexual wellness — a concept that intertwines our relationship with sexuality, community, and emotional wellbeing. It’s the understanding that our minds connect with our bodies and influence one another. Sexual wellness is when we integrate our sexual health into our general wellbeing.

As we get older, our bodies go through various changes that affect all areas of our health: sexually, mentally, and socially. Up to 90% of women can experience the flurry of Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause (GSM), which is a mix of vaginal and urinary tract symptoms like vaginal atrophy, dryness, and incontinence. But only 30% of them feel comfortable enough to talk to a doctor about it. 

It's awkward and, in some ways, foreign to think about our sexual health in relation to our daily lives. But with how intertwined our sexual health is to our general health, a sexual wellness routine is paramount to our wellbeing. 

Given our mixed emotions when it comes to this personal part of our lives, we could all brush up on a few common myths around sex and menopause that we 1) believed at one time 2) have heard from friends, family, or people we don’t know or 3) may currently think to be true. 

Myth: Sex hurts when you get older, and that's the way it is. Changes in your body’s natural lubrication can make sex painful but there are ways around that. Lube, for one. Sex, another. “Sex and, more specifically, arousal and orgasm lubricates the vaginal canal and can help keep your pelvic floor muscles in check,” explains Heather Jeffcoat, DPT and founder of Femina Physical Therapy. Sex is more than penetration so it may help to rediscover what your libido feels like and what arousal is for you. According to Jeffcoat, preserving our pelvic health is not only good for keeping our orgasms but for maintaining agency over our bodies.

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    • Testimonial by Jamie M.

      I have been going to see Heather for a while now, and I can't tell you enough how much she has improved my quality of life. Heather specializes in issues like pelvic floor, but I see her for other orthopedic issues. I have a lot of chronic joint pain and dysfunction issues (back, hips, neck) that require that have ongoing physical therapy maintenance. The effects of my problem joints/areas overlap and interconnect with each other in complex ways, so helping me requires really having a complete...

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    • Testimonial by A.B.

      Before I was referred to Heather Jeffcoat I was living in a nightmare. I had been married to my husband for three years and I was suffering from Vaginismus. That all changed when I visited my OBGYN and she said she knew of someone with a great success rate. To be honest I was hesitant at first because my first doctor had already told me that all I needed to do was order dilators from the internet and I should overcome my problem. She was wrong because I had followed the book on how to use the...

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