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Talli Rosenbaum, MSc,
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Am I still a woman if I have vaginismus? A review of "Tightly Wound"
Author: Talli Rosenbaum, MSc,
September 13th, 2018

Tightly Wound is a film by Shelby Hadden and Sebastian Bisbal that tells Shelby's story of dealing with vaginismus and her path to finding treatment.   There is a great deal of raw vulnerability in Shelby’s story, which reflects the experience of many women with vaginismus and other forms of pelvic and vaginal pain syndromes. They feel isolated and alone, they are offered treatment solutions that are painful and embarrassing, and …
When your spouse loses religion
Author: Talli Rosenbaum, MSc,
October 16th, 2017

The decision to abandon a religious lifestyle can involve a combination of factors ranging from teenage rebellion, alienation from religious life, inability to reconcile sexual identity with religious restrictions, amongst other reasons. Many may opt for a secular lifestyle as a conscious decision, resulting from a process of reflection and rational decision-making, as opposed to an act of rebellion.  Regardless of the motivating factors, &l …
Post-traumatic sex disorder
Author: Talli Rosenbaum, MSc,
May 18th, 2017

First published in Times of Israel Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a serious condition that can affect individuals after being directly or indirectly exposed to a traumatic, life-threatening event. The symptoms of PTSD are intrusive. They include flashbacks and nightmares and difficulties with concentration and sleep. People with PTSD tend to easily get anxious and irritated. Because they become easily triggered, they may avoid crowds …
From Mom and Dad with Love–Ten Marriage Tips to our Engaged Child
Author: Talli Rosenbaum, MSc,
February 9th, 2017

First appeared in The Eden Center blog Congratulations! Your child is engaged and amidst the hustle and bustle of choosing gowns, wedding hall, flowers and caterer, you want to be able to talk to your son or daughter about the upcoming marriage – not just the wedding. If the topics of relationships, intimacy and sexuality have been part of the overall dialogue in your home, then speaking freely and openly with your children as they embark u …
In Sickness and in Health
Author: Talli Rosenbaum, MSc,
January 30th, 2017

In the course of a couple’s lifecycle, medical conditions, chronic illnesses or diseases can become a reality for one or both partners. While medical practitioners offer guidance and treatment for the purpose of improving health and quality of life, questions regarding the effect of illness, medications and other treatments on sexual health and functioning often remain unaddressed. The reasons for this are many, and include the fact that pa …
Can a pill make her desire me?
Author: Talli Rosenbaum, MSc,
January 30th, 2017

Couples seeking sex therapy, often indicate that a lack of sexual desire by one of the partners, more often than not, the woman, is the presenting problem. They often look for a behavioral solution, perhaps hormone treatments, exercises, bedroom gadgets or a libido-boosting pill can ‘fix’ the problem for the low-desire partner Certainly many factors can contribute to low desire in women. Hormonal changes, particularly after childbirth …
Intimacy during pregnancy and the postpartum period
Author: Talli Rosenbaum, MSc,
January 23rd, 2017

Sex can be an expression of passion, creativity, and love. It involves holding on to yourself, while letting go, feeling secure while taking risks, being in the moment with all your senses while trusting, accepting and sharing.

Normative sexual functioning implies that there is motivation and desire to engage in sex, an experience of pleasurable arousal and orgasm, and the ability to comfortably engage in and enjoy inter …