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May 02 2012

Megan Andelloux On Sex & DisabilityThis Sunday in LA!

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by thepleasurechest

  • Are you or someone you love living with a disability?
  • Do you have a chronic illness that’s affecting your sex life?
  • Do you experience challenges like pelvic pain, erectile dysfunction or limited mobility?

As we go through life, it’s normal to experience changes within our bodies and our sexual functioning. Many of us get stuck longing for times past, when our bodies were more free and responsive.

This Sunday at 4pm at our West Hollywood store, we offer a unique opportunity for those living with disability or chronic illness to explore solutions for achieving and maintaining a happy sex life.

The Pleasure Chest is pleased to welcome sex educator Megan Andelloux for Sexy Times with (dis)Abilities & Chronic Illnesses, a free workshop open to individuals, partners and couples.

In this class, she’ll examine the sexual challenges often faced when dealing with disability or illness, while gaining tools to enhance the changes our bodies have made. Through discussion and demonstration, we’ll learn how to create exciting new sexual possibilities and explore ways of being sexual despite the difficulties that may confront us. This session will touch on many issues, but will focus specifically on cancer, diabetes, pelvic pain, and problems of limited mobility. The workshop is totally free of charge and open to all adults.

Megan Andelloux is the founder and director of The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health. She is certified as a sexuality educator through The American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists and works as a board-certified sexologist through The American College of Sexologists. She has worked full-time in the field of sexuality education for more than fourteen years.

 

Jun 16 2011

1, 2 & 3! Working Out with Ami

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by thepleasurechest

Liz from our NY store gave her PC muscles a workout with the Ami Vaginal Exerciser Kit. Here’s a progress report…

While I can’t claim that after a month of using these that my PC muscles are strong enough to break glass, I can say that they’re a lot of fun. I love that this is a system. Although I scoffed at the cute little Ami 1, (ahem, I am NOT a beginner) I gave it a whirl. If you bounce and jiggle around, or are just a general spazz like me, you can definitely feel the little rumbling of this toy inside you. It’s subtle, but enough to add a fun twist to your day. I also did some of the recommended exercises in the manual. I’ve never actually done Kegel exercises with a toy to intentionally add resistance so that experience was… interesting.

"You can definitely feel the little rumbling of this toy inside of you."

Slightly smaller and heavier, Ami 2 is my new best friend. I wore this around for close to three weeks. The experience was essentially the same as the Ami 1– a little rumbly, a little fun, but nothing too crazy. I did the recommended exercises with this one, too. It was slightly more difficult but I could see how this might be fun for someone who is concerned with their PC muscles being uber-toned.

On to Ami 3. OK, this little fucker kicked my ass. Ami 3 is totally heavy and much smaller; it practically fell out when I jumped up and down to test it. It also doesn’t have the same “rumble effect” as the other two Ami weights do. I tried to do the exercises with Ami 3 and couldn’t; it pulled right out. I wore this for a couple of days but then my paranoia kicked in and thoughts of it falling out on the train sent me back to Ami 2. Sigh. I guess I have some work to do.

Finally, I’m a sucker for the little inserts that come with the toys we carry. To my delight, the Ami manual is full of little tidbits of info. Not only does it have product knowledge about the toy, but also about the female body, Dr. Kegel, the benefits of strong PC muscles and how to find and exercise them. All in all, I think this is a great product.

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