A woman’s sexuality is a very personal subject. Questions about STIs, libido, and painful sex may be difficult to ask, but Clinic Sofia caregivers give you a safe environment to discuss problems, testing, and preventative healthcare.Read more
Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI)
There are many different types of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). Symptoms of an STI can include itching, vaginal discharge, spotting, redness, swollen lymph nodes or severe pain.Read more
Treating painful sex
According to the Journal of Sexual Medicine, about one-third of women report having pain during sex, which can include discomfort in the vaginal or pelvic muscles, external genitals, bladders or tailbone, however, only about 25 percent will actually talk to their doctor about this issue.Read more
What Exactly is Endometriosis?
While some women have symptom-free endometriosis, where the tissue lining the inside of the uterus grows outside of the uterus, most women struggle with pain – painful periods, pain in the low back, pain during or after sex and/or pain during bowel movements or urination. The pain is caused by the tissue growing outside of the uterus but still acting as it would normally, breaking down and bleeding during your monthly cycle yet lacking a way to leave the body; the endometrial tissue can eventually create cysts or scar tissue.Read more
Ask Sofia: How Do I Know if I Have Vaginitis?
Vaginitis is a broad term that refers to an infection or inflammation of the vagina. If you’re experiencing itching, burning during urination, discharge with unusual odor or discomfort during sex, you may have vaginitis. Yeast infections, for example, are one type of vaginitis. The causes of vaginitis vary, including an imbalance in vaginal bacteria, a viral infection, reduced estrogen levels after menopause, irritation from lotions or clothing, sexual contact or another type of infection.Read more
Ask Sofia: How Do I Know if I Have Fibroids?
“I’ve heard of fibroids and am wondering if I have them…how do I know if I have fibroids?” Benign lumps that grow on the uterus, fibroids can be as small as a seed or as large as a grapefruit. As many as 20 percent of women experience fibroids – typically between the ages of 30 to 50 – which may be caused by hormonal or genetic factors.Read more
Be aware of the symptoms and problems that can arise from uterine fibroids.Read more
Questions You’re Too Embarrassed to Ask Your Doctor
At Clinic Sofia, we hope that there are no questions you’re too embarrassed to ask us—that’s what we’re here for! We are your advocate and are happy to discuss any questions and concerns you have. With that said, following are five questions (and answers) that some women are hesitant to ask. Is painful sex normal? […]Read more