It is official, I am presently working with a selected group of holistic health practitioners and in the spring the Integrative Health Institute of San Diego in the Mission Valley area will open its doors. I will be offering my specialized services as a gynecological consultant on a part time basis – but mostly I want to dedicate my time at the institute to helping women who are dealing with painful sex.
Yes, once again I am reinventing myself. Why you may ask – why not? Those of you who have read my memoir Voodoo In My Blood: A Healer’sJourney from Surgeon to Shaman that came out last fall know that I am one of those lucky one who are on a marvelous journey, growing spiritually, learning more, constantly reinventing myself.
I had a successful holistic private practice as a board-certified Gyn in San Diego from 1982 until 2005. But the traditional medical model became increasingly problematic as she intuitively began to see the source of her patient’s problems as often being due to emotional, rather than physical causes and felt I needed more time with each patient.
I designed and built the Dr. Carolle’s Wellness & Retreat Centerof San Diego Since August 2005 when I made the painful professional decision to close my private practice I decided to continue using my gynecological skills for free in my beloved Haiti and in under-served clinics in San Diego – something that is so much needed for the general population.
Why this turn around? My capability to uncover very quickly why people are suffering during a consult with both male and female and giving them a plan to follow is so precise, so empowering, and lately has been requiring so little time.
When one of my patients presented difficulty with having sexual intercourse because of pain, and not too long afterwards I experienced myself – ouch! I decided to look into the subject and hold and behold, I realized that there were so many myths that women are being told that unknowingly let them neglect their vaginas during perimenopause and after menopause.
The old adage is true: If you don’t use it, you lose it! It is not like riding a bike again after you stop for few years. No amount of lubricant will take the pain and the discomfort away. No amount of estrogen cream will return the vagina to its original status. Prevention is the best medicine could not be more true in this case.
So my new crusade is to educate midlife women on how to keep their vaginas healthy and how to prevent and overcome painful sex.