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The Intersection of Sexual & Mental Health

 Now, maybe more than ever, we are confronted with expectations to maintain, if not improve our general health and wellbeing. But good health is a lot more than a trip to the gym, the latest food fad, or even the newest mediation app.


Our health goes beyond what people see and almost always more than what people are willing to talk about. 

Where does sexual wellness fit in our journey of a happy and healthy lifestyle? What about mental health? Sexual health, particularly vaginal care, is often cast aside, or not even considered in regard to our overall well being. We know this to be true because there remains a widespread lack of access to reproductive health care like abortion and menstrual products while STI stigma and sex worker prejudice pervades our culture. 


Our health goes beyond what people see and almost always more than what people are willing to talk about. 


Not only do we often lack the physical items and access to help us care for ourselves, but we are not often empowered (let alone encouraged) to prioritize our feelings about our sexual and mental health, which are inherently related. 

Before we started Momotaro Apotheca nearly 7 years ago I NEEDED a solution for the chronic sexual health issues I was experiencing. My journey was not about exploring my sexuality, trying new things, or even “taking control of my body.” I had recurrent infections and found myself at a point where I needed something that made me feel better physically and mentally. 

It was ESSENTIAL, not only for my sexual health, but overall wellbeing. I needed a solution that helped me feel better, get on with my day, and didn’t shame me for having a
yeast infection or general discomfort and vaginal pain after sex. At the precipice of my health issues, the level of frustration and physical discomfort I was experiencing was taking a toll on every aspect of my life. 

Momotaro Apotheca aims to not only help alleviate the physical discomfort we as people with vulvas often deal with on a regular basis, but also calm the myriad of mental health grievances that may come along with recurrent yeast infections, changes in our bodies from puberty to menopause, and even our identities as sexual beings. 

We understand that there’s not a single solution to any of these issues, and these issues keep on changing. But through educating ourselves, connecting with others, and driving the conversation surrounding sexual health forward, we have ultimately found comfort in a community that shares our goals. 

We’ve rounded up a list of some of our favorite websites, apps, and people who have helped us better understand our bodies while discovering innovative and practical ways to reverse the negative connotations we have been taught to associate with our sexuality.


Queer Sex Therapy

Casey Tanner of Queer Sex Therapy ponders "What if, just for today, I don't psychoanalyze myself?"
via @queersextherapy


Casey Tanner
is a queer-identifying, intersectional sex and relationship therapist who specializes in working with the LGBTQIA+ community and now offers therapy
and coaching from home. She’s taken on the role as our virtual big sister who gives great advice when we’re feeling disconnected and overwhelmed and her muted feed will help you recognize that healing doesn’t have to happen alone. 


Sad Girls Club

"Endeavor to become a safe space for yourself first and foremost" by @themindgeek featured on @sadgirlsclub

by @themindgeek featured on @sadgirlsclub

This online and IRL community wants to remove the negative stigma integrated in mental health conversations by providing mental health services to those who do not have access to therapy or other forms of treatment through building real spaces where womxn can come together to know that they are not alone. 


Taking care of yourself sometimes comes in the form of preventative care.


You don’t have to wait for things to get bad before you start showing up for yourself. 

If you find that you’re struggling with your mental health and need someone to talk to, 7 Cups will connect you with caring listeners, and if you need trained mental health support, please visit the Crisis Text Line.


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Further Reading

5 Ways to Practice Self Care for Free

How To Cope With Stress & Live In the Moment words by Griffin Wynne (they/them)

How to Stay Sane When You’re Feeling Overwhelmed

How to Remain Politically Active & Socially Conscious During a Crisis



Momotaro Apotheca and its materials are not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease. 
All material on Momotaro Apotheca is provided for educational purposes only. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider for any questions you have regarding a medical condition.



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