Sexual Health

Every woman needs to be aware of her sexual health and embrace her physical, mental and social well-being as it relates to her sexuality. It requires an ability to understand the need for a positive and respectful approach to sexuality, sexual relationships and the responsibility for safe sexual experiences. Being sexually healthy is an important part of our physical and emotional health.

Our doctors want to ensure that you have access to sexual health information, education and care including preventive care (birth control) and treatment of sexually transmitted disease.

Libido

The libido or sex drive as it is more often referred to, is a person’s overall drive or desire for sexual activity. It is influenced by biological, psychological and social factors. The libido can be affected by many factors such as medical conditions, medications, lifestyle, relationship issues and age.

Sexual desires are an important factor in the formation and maintenance of an intimate relationship in both men and women. If there are changes in your sexual desire it is advised to have a discussion with your physician.

Contraception

For those that would like to prevent pregnancy there are a number of techniques available. The most common forms of contraception are: birth control pills, vaginal rings, Depo-Provera (injection), and intrauterine devices. To determine the best form of contraception depends on a number of factors and are best discussed with your physician.

Painful Sex

If you are having sexual pain don’t dismiss it as something “in your head” as it can be very real. As more than 30% of women reported pain during their last sexual encounter. There are many causes of sexual pain including: lack of lubrication, stress, genital fit, genital infections, irritable bowel syndrome, endometriosis and menopause. It is best to discuss your sexual pain with your doctor so they may provide the treatment options that may help.

Vaginal Dryness

Normally, the walls of the vagina stay lubricated with a thin layer of clear fluid. Estrogen helps to maintain this fluid and keep the lining of the vagina thick and elastic. When there is a drop in the estrogen it reduces the amount of moisture and may also make the vagina thinner and less elastic. It can lead to itching, burning and painful intercourse. This is called vaginal atrophy.

The estrogen level can drop from: menopause, childbirth and breastfeeding, radiation or chemotherapy treatment for cancer, surgical removal of the ovaries, anti-estrogen medications, douching, certain allergy or cold medications and antidepressants. Your doctor will discuss your situation and may do a pelvic exam to rule out other possible causes for your discomfort.

Sexually Transmitted Infections


Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)

Chlamydia

Gonorrhea

HPV

Herpes

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

Hepatitis A

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis C

Syphilis

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