Travis Sky Ingersoll, PH.D., MSW, M.ED. - Social Work & Sexual Health Education/Consulting/Research
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Useful Educational Models to Help Cancer Patients Address Sexuality Concerns

The information below will soon be added to Chapter 11 (Special Topics: Illness, Disability and Sexuality) in my textbook "Sexuality Concepts for Social Workers." 

Cancer patients and their significant others would undeniably benefit from counseling and comprehensive discourse pertaining to the challenges facing their sexuality. To meet these important needs, there exists a variety of curriculum available for social workers and health care professionals to utilize. The ALARM, PLEASURE, PLISSIT, and BETTER educational models can all be extremely useful to health care providers when confronted with the sexual health concerns of their patients.

Sexuality Concepts for Social Workers

It's finally available! If you found the information in my sexuality blog posts interesting and informative, you'll love having access to all the important and relevant sexuality research and information contained in my textbook!
Here's the link that will show you how to get a free preview of our textbook. You can also order a copy for yourself, or adopt it for a class you teach:
This is how Cognella describes our book:
 
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A Comprehensive Framework for Understanding Human Sexuality

A comprehensive framework for understanding human sexuality
 
 
 
Sexualityis an essential aspect of being human and contributes to the development of our identity throughout our lives.  As a construct, sexuality is not easily defined.  What do you think when you hearthe word sex?  If “intercourse” is the first thing you think of, congratulations, you’re among the norm.  Human sexuality, however, is far more than simply a physical thing.  Although it canbe physical, it is also mental, emotional, relational, biological, spiritual,cultural, and psychological.

Why It's Important to Create Sexuality Policies within Residential Facilities for Older Adults

A good sexuality policy for retirement and assisted living facilities espouses the ideal that all people, of all ages, deserve and are entitled to a superior quality of life.  Creation of a sexuality policy which gives sanction to sexual expression, while taking into consideration the realities of residents with different levels of cognitive and physical impairment, would achieve such an ideal.  In our society sex and desire are falsely believed to be solely the realm of the young and able.

What exactly is PMS? And why do women taking the pill still have to deal with it?

What exactly is premenstrual syndrome?A syndrome is a group of symptoms that
occur together, and in the case of PMS those symptoms are in relation to the female
menstrual cycle. With PMS, physical symptoms may include cramps, dizziness,
backache, fatigue, nausea, a tingling in the extremities, abdominal bloating, breast
tenderness, breast swelling, change in appetite, thirst, edema, and increased body weight.
Psychoemotional symptoms may include anxiety, tension, irritability, depression, mood
swings, crying spells, decreased interest, insomnia, feeling out of control, and an

Is frigidity for real?

Question: Is Frigidity Real?
 
A little background about the word “FRIGID”
Before I get into whether the condition of frigidity is real or not, it’s important to inform that the word “frigidity” is an outdated, sexist term.  There was a time in most world societies (not that long ago to be honest) that women were more likely to be seen as domestic livestock, as being voiceless, powerless and inherently inferior to men.  Their husbands and boyfriends expected them to demonstrate their appreciation for everything a man provided for them, by enthusiastically, passionately having sex with them whenever it was required.

Q: What are hormones, and what do they do?

Q:  What are hormones? 

A:   Although there are a variety of hormones pumping through the veins of males and females at any given time, let’s keep it simple and focus on the major classifications of the hormones involved in sexual differentiation: Androgens and estrogens. Androgensis the generic term for the hormones that promote the development and functioning of the male reproductive system. Estrogensis the generic term for the hormones that stimulate functioning and maturation of the female reproductive system.

Q: What symptoms of sexually transmitted infections can appear around people’s mouths?

It is important to know that in most cases, STIs (sexually transmitted infections) do not cause any outwardly noticeable symptoms.  It is common for a STI to go unnoticed for years before exhibiting any noticeable symptoms; whereas internally, it may be wreaking havoc on one’s reproductive system and/or other organs.  Infections are only called diseases when they cause symptoms.  This is why STDs are also referred to as “sexually transmitted infections.”  

Nearly half of all sexually active people will be infected with some kind of STI during their lifetime.
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