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Endometriosis, vibrators, and sex education, oh my!  Chicago Reader

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Painful sex affects millions of women every year. The exact numbers are unaccounted for because doctors don't always believe women's pain and other women feel shame or guilt about their experience and don't come forward. I struggled with vaginismus, an involuntary muscle spasm, for eight years and found solace at Spectrum Boutique (a Detriot-based sex shop), where I purchased my first dilators. Soon I was on my way to a happy, healthy sex life. It came with successes, a lot of failures, and immense stress. It wasn't easy by any means—it was alienating, terrifying, and exhausting. So that's why when I heard about the comedy short 8,000, I was thrilled that women, specifically queer women, are talking about a topic so terribly ignored.

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