clinical blindspots

Clinical BlindspotsTM: Sexual Health Toys Part 2 (Types, Clinical Applications, Cases)

Alex Papale and Heather Edwards discuss sexual health toys and their use in clinical sexual health treatment plans.

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How can sexual health toys aid in patients' goals of sexual satisfaction?

In this course, Heather and Alex discuss some scenarios in which sexual health toys might be good options to discuss with your patient. We discuss:
  • Types of toys available
  • Ways that toys can help with overactive pelvic floors
  • Ways that toys can help with underactive pelvic floorsPositioning for oral sex
  • Timing/pacing of activities with options of variety
  • Toys to enhance partner interactions
  • Toys to enhance self-pleasure
  • Toys for dexterity limitationsIdeas on making sexual function rehab "less medical" for clients
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Alex Papale, PT, DPT, Sex Educator (them/they)

Alex Papale PT, DPT (they/them) is a pelvic health physical therapist and sex educator based in Boston, MA. They treat patients at Flourish Physical Therapy, as well as develop and teach trainings and continuing education courses on sexual and pelvic health, BDSM, and LGBTQ+ healthcare. Alex began their professional career as an inclusivity consultant for a major medical institution in Boston, while co-creating and teaching one of the first national con-ed courses on pelvic health PT for the trans and gender non-conforming population. Since then, they’ve lead over 20 workshops and trainings to audiences ranging from a handful of people to national conferences on sex toys, kink, pelvic health, and gender, and they continue to expand their specialized training as a sex educator. Their pandemic hobbies include hanging out with Honey their 4ft snake, reading about kink and queer history and being an overbearing plant parent.
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Tell me about the course: 

  • Objectives: 
    • Participants will be able to counsel patients on how to choose the type of stimulation that might be helpful for them as well as ways of applying that stimulation and tips for modification if needed.
    • Participants will be able to explain the difference in sexual health toys to patients for a wider variety of options
    • Participants will have 2 treatment ideas for how sexual health toys can assist patients with overactive pelvic floors. 
    • Participants will have 2 treatment ideas for how sexual health toys can assist patients with underactive pelvic floors.
    • Participants will be able to counsel patients on modifications for using toys as well as for how to use toys with partner(s) to improve comfort and function.

Who is this for?

Clinical Blindspots is a course series for professionals (medical and mental health) who work with pelvic and sexual health. 

About Clinical BlindspotsTM

This series focuses on the psychosocial aspects of caring for other humans in all of their glorious complexity. 

Clinical Blindspots is set of short courses that dive into topics that aren't usually part of the discussions in pelvic health. Some of them talk about bigger concepts of communication and clinical reasoning, while some offer specific instructions for kink and sex acts that can help clinicians navigate advising clients who enjoy doing these things. All of these courses are sex-positive, pleasure-positive, and trans-inclusive. 
Meet the Host!

Heather Edwards, PT, Sex Counselor & Educator, Founder of Clinical BlindspotsTM (she/they)

Heather Edwards, PT, CSC has been a pelvic physical therapist for 18 years and is an AASECT certified Sexuality Counselor as well as a Sex Educator. They achieved their dual certificate at the University of Michigan Sexual Health Certificate Program. They founded Vino & Vulvas in 2015 and it quickly became their favorite thing to do. They have presented at APTA and AASECT conferences and teaches for Pelvic Guru Academy on the topic of Trans-Inclusive Sexual & Pelvic Health. In addition to education and clinical work, Heather is an artist and illustrator of the coloring book series "Coloring Books for the Crotch Enthusiast". To connect with Heather, email H
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