Orgasms and Porn on the NHS?

We’ve been invited to attend the Royal Society of Medicine’s 6th Annual Pleasure Meeting in February 2013.

The aim of the meeting is to share knowledge and information about female sexual pleasure and health. ‘At the end of the meeting participants will appreciate that sexual health includes the opportunity to experience safe and pleasurable sexual experiences. They will be able to identify that sexual pleasure can be enhanced between consenting adults within a relationship, be aware of the possibilities to educate patients about safe sexual practices and participants will also have a wider recognition of the range of sexual lifestyle options’.

The meeting is being chaired by Dr Kevan Wylie, Consultant in Sexual Medicine at Sheffield University. Attendees include consultants, junior doctors, nurses, AHP, management, patients and carers.

Here’s an outline of the sessions: 

6.05pm: Sex coaching for men, Sue Newsome BA (Hons), PGDip, PST

6.35pm: Bodywork and tantric orgasm in women, Mike Lousada, Psychosexual Somatics Practitioner

7.05pm: Use of erotica in the NHS, Ceri Evans, Senior Sexual Health Advisor, Chelsea & Westminster Hospital

7.35pm: The role of fetish and BDSM in sexual pleasure, Dominic Davies, Founder & Director, Pink Therapy, FBACP

8.05pm: Discussion

Click here to see the Sexual Pleasure Programme and register.

Friday 15th February 2013 at RSM, 1 Wimpole Street, London W1G 0AE.

We’ve agreed to sponsor the event as it’s a fantastic opportunity to share the healing benefits of tantra for men and women with healthcare professionals. I’ve had tantric yoni massage with Kavida Rei as part of my treatment for vaginismus and found it beneficial and healing. It gives women a way to get in touch with their own bodies and experience sexual energy – and potentially orgasm – in a way they may not have done before. Which is vital, in our view, before accepting a diagnosis of ‘Female Sexual Dysfunction’ or ‘Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder’ if you are having difficulties with sex and orgasm. 

There was a report on Radio 4 Woman’s Hour this morning highlighting new research which shows women who have been sexually abused in their youth are less likely to go for cervical smears. They interviewed a woman who had experienced abuse and she said she found smear tests so traumatic that she avoided having them – her fear of the procedure was greater than her fear of developing cancer – which I can understand as when I had vaginismus I avoided having smears too. Thankfully it’s no longer an issue for me but I still find them invasive, impersonal and uncomfortable and get around this by asking the nurse if I can insert the speculum myself. This gives me a degree of control over the procedure and helps me relax. It’s a shame that five minutes in a room with some good porn and a vibrator isn’t an option on the NHS.  If women aren’t coming forward for smears because they have a history of sexual abuse and find it too traumatic then we need to support them with counselling, sex therapy and tantra and look for new ways of making the process easier and more manageable, physically and emotionally.


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