May 28th and 29th, 2021: 5-7pm PST|
Pleasure, Play and Safety: Ask a Kink Doctor
TASHRA invites the kink community to a collaborative community health education event. In two evening conversations, respected health & kink physicians, Dr. Erik Wert and Dr. Landi Cranstoun, will answer common health questions that are often asked of their kink friends and in community forums.
Time & Location
May 28th and 29th, 2021: 5-7pm PST
About The Event
TASHRA Pleasure, Play and Safety Webinar
Tickets Available Now
Pleasure, Play and Safety: Ask a Kink Doctor
Live Online Workshop
May 28th and 29th, 5pm - 7pm Pacific Standard Time
First session: Friday, May 28th
Second session: Saturday, May 29th
Being safe is a hallmark of kink, and that means more than thoroughly understanding consent. Whether asking about the risks of certain kink activities or how certain kink activities impact their existing health, many kink-involved people experience difficulty finding answers from competently informed and non-judgmental healthcare providers.
TASHRA invites the kink community to a collaborative community health education event. In two evening conversations, respected health & kink physicians, Dr. Erik Wert and Dr. Landi Cranstoun, will answer common health questions that are often asked of their kink friends and in community forums. We welcome your questions in advance: https://bit.ly/3fitHsD.
FRIDAY May 28
Balancing Pleasure and Prevention
Erik Wert, DO has been serving kink, trans, fetish and LGBTQ+ patients for over 20 years. He is an internist and Associate Professor of Medicine at Michigan State University. Eric brings his expertise in cancer, chronic illness, vaccines, HIV medicine, trans healthcare, and men’s health to this kink health discussion. Examples of kinds of questions we will cover:
· Is scrotal and ball stretching safe when using metal doughnut weights?
· I get badly constipated after I use “big boy” anal dildoes, especially “colon snakes,” and nothing seems to help. Is this causing long term problems to my colon?
· I’m in recovery from substance abuse and tested positive for opiates in a random urine screen after a weekend play party. I didn’t “use”…..now, WTF?
· I want to get on Prep, but I am scared to ask my doctor because I am into BDSM.
SATURDAY May 29
Your Kink and Your Family Doctor
Landi Cranstoun, MD has been providing care to rural and urban kinksters, sexual & gender diverse patients and their families for many years. A family practice physician who recently emigrated from the US to New Zealand. She’ll speak candidly about what kink folks should consider when talking to their doctors about their kink, common health questions about some kink activities in relation to pregnancy, trans healthcare, and women’s health.
· Is it ok to fist during pregnancy? What else do I need to know while I am pregnant?
· Do breast ties or tit torture cause long term damage?
· Should I tell my doctor that I am into BDSM? I live in a really small town and news here travels fast?
· I have a diaper fetish and get frequent fungal infections. They take months to heal after I get medication from the doctor. My doctor is now asking questions about how I keep getting these infections.
Please understand that this event does not constitute medical advice or a doctor-patient relationship. This is not a substitute for medical care, if you are in need of care, please visit your nearest healthcare provider for all emergencies.
Format: This webinar will take the form of a Q&A including one practitioner each day. The event will be live on Zoom. This is a community event open to all; this does not qualify for continuing education credits.
Cost: At TASHRA we work to make our educational opportunities accessible to kink interested people. We will be offering 3 ticket options, on a donation based scale. $5 tickets will be available for low-income participants and students. $10 and $25 tickets are available for individuals who would like to donate to TASHRA’s efforts.
Kink Doctors (Guest instructors):
Landi Cranstoun, MD
Landi (she/her) is a family physician providing primary care to rural and underserved populations. She has a special interest in regionality and rurality as it impacts access to and quality of medical care for already marginalized people. She teaches other primary care physicians how to provide welcoming care to sexually diverse patients who fall outside the LGBTQ+ umbrella (poly, kink, sex work).
She completed her undergraduate education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania, where she was granted membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha honor medical society, won the Pinkus Award for best clinical medical student, and the Clyde F. Barker Prize for surgical research. She then completed residency in family medicine at the Mountain Area Health and Education Center rural track program in Hendersonville, North Carolina before starting practice in rural Madison County, Kentucky. Prior to becoming interested in the primary care of rural dwelling sexually diverse people, her research focused on heart failure and the mitral valve. She has presented at national and international conferences and co-authored 18 papers in peer-reviewed journals.
Erik Wert, DO, MPH, FACOI, AAHIVS
Dr. Wert (He/His/Him) received his Bachelors in Science from Union College, Schenectady NY with a majoring in biology, with a minor in chemistry. He then attended medical school at Michigan State College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM) graduating in 2000. He completed his medical internship and Internal Medicine Residency at Ingham Regional Medical Center/McLaren Greater Lansing in 2005. Dr. Wert is al