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Date : 17 December 2013

Take five minutes out of your day and write down on paper or on your tablet, pad or computer your 2013 GRATITUDE list. Be candid with yourself, be global, be generous, and be joyful. If you cannot come up with anything this year, book an appointment with me immediately! We all have so much for which to feel gratitude, such as our amazing bodies, our ravishing energies, our ability to love, our mind-blowing talents, our electric brains and our spirits that soar beyond the confines of time and space. Yes, really!

Here is what I am grateful for this year:

♥   My health and wellness, especially my boundless energy and zest for life

♥   My partner in life

♥   My ability to think, create, nurture, love, play, bond and manifest

♥   My body, mind, emotions and spirit

♥   SEXual energy, which shows up in so many variations

♥   My family, students, trainees, colleagues, friends, clients, fellow sexual health providers and seekers on the path of enlightenment: I am so grateful to share our fellowship and community, including YOU!

Have a blessed festive season no matter what your religion or country of residence

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Sexual Health Tips for the Festive season

In addition to the Vaginal Renewal program, (contact us for more information) in order to maintain the best possible sexual health we recommend you:

Enjoy at least one orgasm per week. Orgasms bring blood flow to your pelvis, which helps keep your tissues strong and thick and your pelvic muscles strong and flexible. It also utilizes your circulatory system and your nervous system, and helps keep everything running smoothly. If you are not as orgasmic as you used to be, the Vaginal Renewal program may help your orgasms become stronger again. If you are not able to orgasm now, or have never been able to, contact me for your FREE Orgasm brochure, or get a copy of the book The Elusive Vivienne Cass, PhD.

Eat the Good Sex Diet:. This is the Mediterranean diet which focuses on antioxidant-rich, colourful food. It includes lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, beans, fish and poultry, but no high-fructose corn syrup sweetened products. Organic food has at least 30% more healthy antioxidants than conventionally grown food, so although it’s more expensive, it’s a much better health value. Chocolate, coffee, tea, honey, wine and beer also contain antioxidants. Cheers!

Exercise to a sweat 30 minutes a day, six days a week This is the best thing you can do for your overall health, and is very likely to increase your libido as well. Studies show that women who exercise until they sweat just before being sexual experience higher levels of sexual arousal than those who don’t. So prime your pump, and get moving.

Stop smoking and avoid smoke from others as well as places where people have smoked. Smoke contains chemicals that directly damage your blood vessels. Damaged blood vessels weaken your skin and lengthen the time it takes to heal from injury. So avoiding smoke in all forms is a major step towards protecting your sexual health.

Floss your teeth. We know this seems silly, but reducing inflammation in your gums cuts down on whole body inflammation. Since body inflammation has a direct negative link to healthy sexual arousal, flossing your teeth daily is one of the easiest ways to keep yourself in tip top shape.

The Yeast Beast!


Dear Elna,

I am a 27-year-old married woman who doesn’t use scented soaps, perfumes, or detergents. I don’t eat a lot of processed or refined foods; I exercise and don’t have diabetes. About once a month, for the last seven months, I’ve suffered from bacterial vaginosis. Additionally, for the last seven years, around the same time of the month as my period, I’ve suffered from yeast infections. My doctor prescribes antibiotics and Diflucan, but each month it’s the same thing. My husband and I would like to start a family soon, and I would really love to stop taking these medications. I am frustrated and uncomfortable.

Please help!


Dear Mary

Bacterial vaginosis is very common. It’s caused by an imbalance in the vaginal and  bowel flora. Antibiotics and Diflucan (an antifungal) don’t get to the heart of the problem. They provide symptomatic relief only—if that. And over time, they actually make the problem worse.

What you need to do is re-establish your bacterial balance in both your bowel and vagina—the vaginal flora often get imbalanced from the bowel. You do this by getting on some good probiotics for at least three months and whenever you take antibiotics. A probiotic replenishes bacteria balance as opposed to antibiotics, which kills bacteria. There are many good brands available.

It’s important to follow a diet and adopt lifestyle habits that favour good bacteria balance in the gut and vagina. You said you don’t eat a lot of refined foods, which can definitely be a culprit. This also means avoiding antibiotics whenever possible. Taking one course of antibiotics can lead to a yeast infection. Do you take other medications or over the counter drugs? Birth control pills also disrupt bacterial balance and so do drugs such as Prozac and Zoloft. Over the counter drugs such as ibuprofen and even aspirin can also disrupt the body’s bacterial balance. If you’re taking any of these, you should consider an alternative because they may be contributing to your imbalance.

Best regards,



Please note the clinic will be open for a few hours a day throughout the festive season, but by appointment only.  Please sms, What’s APP or call me on 083 653 6486 should you need any medical attention.

Have a blessed festive season

Best wishes


Prof Elna McIntosh

Clinical Sexologist

011 787 1222


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