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Ask Stanford Med: Director of Female Sexual Medicine Program taking questions on sexual health

Ask Stanford Med: Director of Female Sexual Medicine Program taking questions on sexual health

woman looking out window b7WWhile sexual dysfunction affects both genders, it is more common in women than men, with past research showing that prevalence of sexual complaints among women is 43 percent. Additional studies have shown that lack of desire is among the top sexual difficulties experienced by women, followed by inability to achieve orgasm and pain during intercourse.

Although discourse on the topic has grown over the past few years, there are still many misconceptions about factors contributing to sexual dissatisfaction or dysfunction. Leah Millheiser, MD, a clinical assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, is working to change that through her clinical work and recently launched blog and Twitter feed.

In an effort to foster a frank discussion of this important and often misunderstood health topic, we’ve asked Millheiser to respond to your questions on female sexual function. As this month’s Ask Stanford Med guest, she’ll address a variety of topics, including diagnosing and treating women’s sexual pain, low sex drive and chronic disorders such as vulvodynia.

You can submit a question by either sending a tweet that includes the hashtag #AskSUMed or posting it in the comments section below. We’ll collect questions until Tuesday (Aug. 13) at 5 PM Pacific Time.

When submitting questions, please abide by the following ground rules:

  • Stay on topic
  • Be respectful to the person answering your questions
  • Be respectful to one another in submitting questions
  • Do not monopolize the conversation or post the same question repeatedly
  • Kindly ignore disrespectful or off topic comments
  • Know that Twitter handles and/or names may be used in the responses
Millheiser will respond to a selection of the questions submitted, but not all of them, in a future entry on Scope.

Finally – and you may have already guessed this – an answer to any question submitted as part of this feature is meant to offer medical information, not medical advice. These answers are not a basis for any action or inaction, and they’re also not meant to replace the evaluation and determination of your doctor, who will address your specific medical needs and can make a diagnosis and give you the appropriate care.

Previously: Shining the spotlight on women’s sexual health and Birth control pill may lead to sexual problems for women
Photo by James Burrell

10 Responses to “ Ask Stanford Med: Director of Female Sexual Medicine Program taking questions on sexual health ”

  1. Heather Says:

    Why are there no FDA appoprved medications for female sexual disorders and several for men? Will there every be a Viagra type drug for women?

  2. Lisa K. Says:

    I’ve read that testosterone therapy can help in treating low sex drive for women. How effective is this treatment?

  3. M. Johnson Says:

    Dr. Millheiser, thanks for taking questions on this important topic.

    I take a lot of spin classes and I was interested to get your perspective on a past study showing the bicycling can affect a women’s sexual health. Is this something bike commuters, or avid spin class takers such as myself, should be concerned about?

  4. Grace Says:

    What is the relationship between body image/low self-esteem and low sex drive in women?

  5. Emily Says:

    Is there any connection between female sexual health disorders and infertility

  6. sandy lore Says:

    cant arithris drugs and anxiety drugs cause less organisms?

  7. Susan A. Says:

    What other medications are available to treat female sexual dysfunction issues related to menopause besides hormone therapies?

  8. Carrie Says:

    Are there any herbal remedies that are effective for treating certain types of female sexual dysfunction, such as low sex drive?

  9. Sara Says:

    Thanks for encouraging discussion around sexual dysfunction. So many people can benefit from this open discourse.

    In our work treating female sexual dysfunction at the Medical Center for Female Sexuality, we often deal with these issues. We see the importance of open conversation on a regular basis.

    Keep up the great work!

  10. TARFAH Says:

    Hi .Thank you for this wonderful answers on a very important hidden problem.
    I am gynecologist from Saudi ARABIA .I started to get interested in female sexual dysfunction and its management recently. I would like your help in advising me on how to do survey on fsd in my country especialy with the newer different definition of fsd in DSM 5 . Which questioner s should be used that include demographic, sexual and medical status and their effect on sexual function in addition to the personal and inter partner’s stress associated with FSD? .This is in order to separate disorder from dysfunction.
    Thank you in advance for your time and efforts.

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