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What Happens at a Black-Tie Sex Soiree for Hollywood Wives

Christine Chiu, wife of Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Gabriel Chiu, wanted to bring her Hollywood friends together for an exclusive night of frank sex talk and female empowerment. What she delivered on the evening of May 3 at Chateau Marmont’s Penthouse 64 was a fascinating and jarring mix of connected guests (George Clooney producing partner Grant Heslov’s wife Lysa Heslov and Aaron Sorkin’s ex-wife Julia Sorkin among them), high elegance (guests wore gowns and the glam decor was courtesy of celebrity florist Jeff Leatham) and a program that offered shocks and thrills, from seminars that discussed how successful women enjoy

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9 Relationship Experts Reveal What They Learned From Their Own Divorces

Ending a marriage is rarely pleasant, but sometimes it’s unavoidable (here are 6 times when divorce really is the best answer). Every rocky relationship can’t be repaired—and even relationship experts aren’t divorce-proof. These pros share what they learned from divorce, how that first-hand experience shaped the way they guide their clients, and what they’ll do differently the next time around. It’s okay to seek help. “Divorce sometimes seems easier than fixing your marriage, but it’s usually not. When my [second] husband and I were about to get married, we were both nervous because of past failures. So we made a deal:

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5 Ways To Build Endurance In Bed

So, you love having sex. You like the ins-and-outs of the whole process and of course, the grand finale. But when you’re going at it, you find yourself getting exhausted, tired, and ready to throw in the towel (long before you actually get to a point of ecstasy). Your ability to maintain energy during sex is a lot like your strength to push through a tough boot camp class: it’s all about endurance. “Endurance is important in bed because it gives us a sense of control and feeling of empowerment. We are able to meet our partner’s sexual needs, and

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Can Smelling This Magic Mushroom Really Make You Orgasm?

It may have more to do with the power of your mind than a fantasy of a fungus. “We would’ve figured it out a long time ago if women’s desire was as simple as smelling a fungus,” laughs Holly Richmond, Ph.D., a somatic psychologist and certified sex therapist. “We can’t even create a women’s version of Viagra—as shown by the recent Addyi debacle—so I doubt this mushroom will do it.” The thing many people don’t understand, Richmond says, is that women’s and men’s orgasms are totally different biological processes. “For men it’s relatively simple—you’re increasing blood flow to get an

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5 Ways To Build Endurance In Bed

“Endurance is important in bed because it gives us a sense of control and feeling of empowerment. We are able to meet our partner’s sexual needs, and feel sexually and erotically fulfilled ourselves,” Dr. Holly Richmond, psychologist and sex therapist tells Bustle. “It lets us know for certain that we are a good lover. If two people’s sexual endurance is equally matched, there will be no reason to ask, ‘Was that good for you?’ Having sexual endurance gives each person a sense of sexual self-efficacy and know-how.” Read the full article by Lindsay Tigar on Bustle here: https://www.bustle.com/articles/180016-5-ways-to-build-endurance-in-bed

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Self-Love Is Standing Up For What You Need

“Tell people what’s important to you, and be authentic when you do so. Love yourself for who you are and don’t try to be someone you’re not,” psychologist and sex therapist, Dr. Holly Richmond tells Bustle. Read the full article by Lindsay Tigar on Bustle here: https://www.bustle.com/articles/183566-what-it-really-means-to-love-yourself-because-how-you-start-the-day-matters

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4 Things That Happen To Your Vagina When You Stop Having Sex

Luckily, even if a woman is a virgin, most vaginal pain is fleeting and can be “cured” with a steady application of patience, foreplay, and lubrication. But in some cases, the vaginal muscles get so contracted that penetration—even from a tampon or finger—is impossible. This condition is called vaginismus, and there are a variety of reasons why it occurs; sometimes it happens after rape or abuse, but it can be random as well. If this happens to you, get help right away. “I recommend seeing a gynecologist to get a diagnosis and a recommendation for a pelvic-floor physical therapist,” says

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Take control of your sexual health with myLAB Box!

Ursula Hessenflow, co-founder and CEO of myLAB, has devised the first online service to accommodate STD testing accurately at home. Hessenflow’s dedication to the idea of easy, accessible sexual health for everyone, combined with her entrepreneurial spirit and extensive marketing experience, make my LAB Box a go-to product. Visit mylabbox.com for more information and to receive a 15% discount off your first order with coupon code HRICHMOND.

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What is the best way to deal with feelings of guilt and disappointment due to infertility?

Q: What is the best way to deal with feelings of guilt and disappointment due to infertility? Dear We Want More, My husband and I both come from big families and both wanted to have a big family of our own. Unfortunately this just wasn’t in the cards as we faced infertility issues throughout our marriage and both struggled with the disappointment. While my husband was supportive and took things in stride I felt constant anxiety over not being to give him children. What would have been the best way to deal with these feelings of guilt and disappointment? –

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The Recovery of Sexual Health After Sexual Assault

People often ask me why I focused the majority of my early experience in the field of psychotherapy to working with survivors of sexual assault and sexual abuse. Then they’ll usually say something like, “That’s a rough job. I could never do it.” For me, working with survivors is never “rough,” and I think more people could do it if they understood the job. It can be challenging, heart-breaking and anger-producing, but at the end of the day it is always hopeful. These strong individuals are in my office–they are looking for help and support. I feel lucky to be

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Holly Richmond, PhD

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