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Vaginismus

Both sexually experienced and inexperienced women can develop vaginismus. Primary vaginismus occurs when a woman has never, at any time, been able to have pain-free intercourse. They often are unable to insert anything: the doctor's finger or speculum, when they need a Pap smear or vaginal examination; their own or partner's finger; or even a tampon. Secondary vaginismus occurs when a woman who previously has enjoyed intercourse without pain, develops the condition later. It can be triggered by a traumatic experience like a difficult child birth, sexual assault or painful experiences with intercourse due to underlying conditions such endometriosis, pelvic or vaginal infections, low sexual arousal with lack of lubrication, menopausal dryness or other vulval conditions. Vaginismus is treated by...

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A Good Cause

Over the past few years our team have supported a number of causes, through fundraising, volunteering or providing medical supplies.  Below are the organisations The Profile Shop supported during 2018.  You too can get yourself or your workplace involved, just click on the links provided.  Cancer Council Australia To organise the Biggest Morning Tea of your own visit:  http://bit.ly/theprofileshopCCA Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia  If you would like to arrange your own Big Aussie Barbeque visit:  http://bit.ly/theprofileshopPCFA Global Medical Foundation  For over a decade, the Global Medical Foundation has supported many teams of Health Professionals to serve the disadvantaged across the globe. These projects included the displaced persons, refugees and poorest communities. Profile Medical Devices and The Profile Shop proudly support the Foundation and the work...

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Herpes: Getting the Facts

I remember the “Facts Pack” campaign early 00’s aiming to educate newly diagnosed patients on genital herpes. At the time new antiviral treatments became available and large investment by pharmaceutical companies to create resources had influence on how patients perceived their diagnosis. The viruses that are responsible for genital herpes are very common. In fact the “family” of herpes viruses, know asherpesviridae,is prevalent in our population. Most of us would be more familiar with chicken pox or shingles borne of a similar viral behaviour by hiding in the nervous system until a reason to be noxious e.g. stress, delivers a debilitating expression like a blister. Until medications became available two decades ago (or even today) discussions on genital herpes and...

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To Testicular Implant or Not?

  For men who have testicular cancer, where treatment option is the removal of the affected testicle the appearance may look the same from the outside or there may be a noticeable void and a testicular implant could restore the appearance. There are other reasons one may wish to receive an implant including cryptorchidism or anorchism/genetic or birth defect. The search for a substitute implant began in 1941, with the first prosthesis composed of vitallium (a metal alloy).  A couple of years later, an acrylic version using lucite, became popular.  Glass marbles, Gel Foam, Plexiglass, Dacron and Polyethylene prostheses have also been used without much success. All of these versions were deemed hazardous. It was suggested that the ideal testicular...

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