As I return to Boston for the start of the largest international MS meeting of the year, my thoughts have turned to the many wonderful resources that were and still are available to patients and their families in this area. From the many comprehensive MS Centers to the outstanding universities and research labs, Boston is truly an amazing place for people with MS. But one additional Boston area resource that is available in very few other locations around the country and often helpful to the many women with MS is a store in Brookline called Good Vibrations.
As the name suggests, some may call this a sex shop but it is unique among enterprises of this nature with it’s attention to the needs of women (as well as LGST couples) and it’s focus on education. The staff are provided with extensive training and I’ve never heard of customers feeling uncomfortable with either the location or the store atmosphere. I’ve even heard of mothers and daughters visiting the shop together. Their emphasis on education is remarkable with a staff sexologist, Carol Queen PhD, available. In a world where the management of sexual dysfunction seems confined to improving erections in men, and medical doctors are still of little help to women with sexual dysfunction, it is good to know that there are resources available to women with these problem.
There are Good Vibration stores also available in San Francisco, California although I have no personal knowledge of these stores. If you know of similar resources available in your community, please comment so we can post this information for other patients and families.
So with the ECTRIMS meeting now underway, take some time out to visit Good Vibrations if you live in the area and you think this may help. After all, a healthy sex life has been shown to benefit fatigue, pain, sleep disruption, mood and well being.
I will now return to the meeting and provide updates later this week or next week on new management strategies that may be of benefit to you now or in the near future.
308 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446
-Rip Kinkel, MD