Joan Vernikos is the retired Director of Life Sciences for NASA, where she studied the stress on astronauts during space launches and under zero gravity. As she studied stress in a scientific context, she also experienced it personally, raising children, pursuing a career, caring for family members, and navigating decisions about retirement. She recognizes, too, that stress can be a positive force: The same chemical reactions can energize us for achieving the unexpected.
A definition of stress provides a foundation of understanding. The book goes on to offer many practical tactics and strategies for diffusing, avoiding, and managing stress. There are breathing techniques you can immediately put into practice, and suggestions for things you might think through now to avoid predictable stress in the future.
Anyone who's feeling stress, or has a growing awareness of the number of changes and challenges we as women face at midlife and beyond.
The MiddlesexMD team met Joan Vernikos when Dr. Barb interviewed her for the podcast, The Fullness of Midlife, on the importance of physical movement throughout our days. When we learned she'd published a new book on stress, we knew we should add it to our shop.
You don't know if you're doing the exercise correctly or if your efforts are making a difference. The Elvie Trainer is a Kegel device that uses an app, so you can track your progress. The app provides real-time feedback for tracking, so you can perfect your technique; when the pelvic muscles are contracting, a "gem" inside the device lifts, helping you visualize what you're doing via the app.
The small, pebble-shaped pod is placed in the vagina, like a tampon. It's comfortable to use and is programmed with fun five-minute workouts designed to tone the muscles of the pelvic floor. There are four levels of exercise, with six exercises tailored for each level. With use, the Elvie reduces leaks, increases blood flow to boost arousal, and strengthens orgasms.
The Elvie Trainer and app are compatible with iPhones 4S and newer and Android phones or tablets 4.3 and newer, which support Bluetooth Low Energy. You can also use the Elvie Trainer with iPad 3 and newer, including iPad Air and Mini.
Anyone with a desire to tone and strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor and a moderate level of comfort with technology.
The Elvie Trainer has been recommended by over 800 health professionals. And it's "smart"! We know Kegel exercises can be tricky to get right.
The Elvie Trainer is completely covered in medical-grade silicone, with no exposed parts.
Consult the included instruction for complete details. The trainer is placed in the vagina, with the "tail" outside. When you use Elvie, it sends data to your mobile device through that tail. Data is stored on encrypted servers so confidentiality is preserved but your device capacity is protected. The Elvie is easy to clean with soap and water.
Infused with a touch of lemon and vanilla, Good Clean Love Almost Naked Personal Lubricant is organic, aloe-based, and lightly scented to enhance your love life naturally. It's recommended by medical professionals across the nation, who know they can trust Good Clean Love to deliver a 100-percent vegan, petrochemical-free, glycerin-free, and paraben-free product. It's made with 95-percent organic ingredients.
Women (and men) who want an organic personal lubricant. Rated 91 by SkinSAFE; contains fragrance.
It's aloe-based, which makes it especially good for those with sensitive skin.
Organic aloe barbadensis leaf juice, xanthan gum, agar, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, sodium lactate, lactic acid, natural flavors
Apply lubricant generously to both partners. Reactivate with a few drops of water (or a wet kiss).
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As well as having a pleasant, silky, light feel and no "sticky factor," Chiavare Oil is fragrance-free, hormone-free, and all natural. It doesn't stain clothing or bedding. The oils and formulation were selected for nourishment and hydration, and for their anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-fungal, and antioxident properties.
Made from natural oils and vitamin E, Chiavare Oil can be used for more than sexual health; some women have benefited from using it for skin conditions, chafing, and brittle nails.
The oil is packaged in a UV-protective black glass bottle to maintain product purity over time.
Women looking for a silky feel for moisturizing during and between intimacy, especially if they're seeking simple, natural ingredients. In addition to countering vaginal dryness, it may alleviate or mitigate itching or burning.
Chiavare has received positive reviews for its holistic approach to sexual health. Like us at MiddlesexMD, they're woman-powered and have a mission of making sexual health about health and not about X-rated sex merchandise.
Sunflower seed oil, grapeseed oil, evening primrose oil, coconut oil, almond oil, and vitamin E
Use before and during intimacy as a lubricant or daily as a personal moisturizer. (Confer with your health care provider before using for skin conditions beyond dryness.)