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Painful Pap

By  Merissa Nathan Gerson

May 20, 2010 | 7:54 am

Pain is often a big red siren directing us towards a repressed truth.

Dear Yenta,

At my pap smear last week it was a horrible, failed attempt. Not uncomfortable, not awkward, but excruciatingly painful. The doctor kept telling me to relax, and I was trying... read on

  • Sayonara, Don Juan!

    By  Merissa Nathan Gerson

    May 17, 2010 | 7:47 am

    Dear Yenta,

    I started dating/sleeping with a guy I recently met in my social group. After a short time I realized he’s an egomaniac, and the sex isn’t as good as I thought. How do I end it and still make it feel okay to see him socially?

    -Doing a Narcissist

    Dear DAN,

    Gross,... read on

  • Bedside STD Whispers

    By  Merissa Nathan Gerson

    May 13, 2010 | 7:32 am

    Dear Yenta,

    I enjoyed your recent guidance regarding avoiding STD’s, but I’m
    struggling with the practical implementation of some of your advice.
    Specifically, how exactly does one politely ask a potential sexual
    partner if he or she is presently infected with a venereal... read on

  • What Will I Be When I Grow Up?

    By  Merissa Nathan Gerson

    May 10, 2010 | 7:28 am

    Dear Yenta,

    Will I be happy with the career I choose, and for that matter, which
    will I choose?

    -Couched

    Dear Couched,

    While I am not a psychic, I do love Martin Buber, a famous Jewish philosopher who wrote a number of books addressing, on a basic level, how to live and breathe... read on

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  • New Year’s STD No-No

    By  Merissa Nathan Gerson

    May 6, 2010 | 7:25 am

    Dear Yenta,

    On New Year’s Eve I got a little stupid. I hate the holidays because I lost my sister to an accident a few year’s back and things get emotionally ugly around Christmas. This year I got wasted and slept with someone who I knew had genital warts. I was drunk and not... read on

  • Denial. D.E.N.I.A.L.

    By  Merissa Nathan Gerson

    May 3, 2010 | 7:21 am

    Hey Bubby,

    So a close female friend of mine told me a couple of months
    ago that a friend of hers had just moved here and suggested we hang
    out. I met her friend for drinks and we ended up making out at the end
    of the night. I told my friend about it a couple of days later -... read on

  • Long-Distance Love

    By  Merissa Nathan Gerson

    April 29, 2010 | 7:20 am

    Dear Yenta,

    I am curious if it is healthy to desire having relationships across the world and yet not have one that is in my home area?

    -Long-Distance

    Dear LD,

    What is “healthy?” Oye. The relationships we choose today aren’t necessarily our relationships forever. If right... read on

  • Freeze My Eggs?

    By  Merissa Nathan Gerson

    April 26, 2010 | 7:15 am

    Dear Yenta,

    I’m 27, I’m single, and I’m really busy with my career. Should I freeze my eggs now? If so, how much does it cost and how do I do it?

    -Impatient

    Dear Impatient,

    According to a number of sources online, you are too young to be freaking. I do, however, like your... read on

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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With more than 10 years of talk therapy under her belt, Merissa has waded through life’s dilemmas with a constant reflective therapeutic bird on her shoulder. Add a few...

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