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Quarantined with an Abuser: 6 Ways to Stay Safe

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This guest post on how to stay safe in quarantine with an abuser is by Sarita Hartz, who worked as a Victim Advocate Counselor at Tu Casa Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Center. She and I are both currently in quarantine in one of the only places in the US to currently have a legal mandate, which is why we are …

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Is My Vaginal Discharge Normal? The Truth About Discharge and Odor

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Can we talk about vaginal discharge for a minute? It’s a fact: many people are still uncomfortable talking about basic female anatomy, including the vagina. And perhaps even more taboo is the topic of vaginal discharge or heaven forbid odor.  While we’ve come a long way from the days of using Lysol or Coca-Cola as a douche, reliable, accurate information …

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Why Does Sex Hurt? 14 Causes of Pain with Sex

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In a perfect world, all sex would be consensual and enjoyable, all parties involved would be in the mood at the same time, and everyone would have a great experience. As a naturopathic physician working in women’s health, I am no stranger to the question, “why does sex hurt?” And neither are a large percentage of women. Research indicates, for …

Bacterial Vaginosis Symptoms & 5 Natural Treatments

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Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a common vaginal infection that affects women in their reproductive years. It is caused by the overgrowth of normal bacteria found in the vagina. While many women don’t have symptoms, others can experience unpleasant symptoms as well, such as unusual discharge, itching and a fishy odor.  In this article, I’ll break down exactly what BV is, …