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Show 1137: What Should You Know About Women’s Sexual Health?

There is no Viagra for women, but there are many ways that women's sexual health could be bolstered. Find out what an integrative approach would look like.
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What Should You Know About Women’s Sexual Health?

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Viagra became a household name almost as soon as the drug was introduced. Before that, though, few men were willing to talk about erectile dysfunction. When it comes to women’s sexual health, we seem to still be in the whispering stage. The only drug to have been approved for women’s sexual function, Addyi, is largely unknown. What could account for a lack of sexual desire? How can low libido be addressed?

Is Testosterone Important for Women’s Sexual Health?

We usually think of testosterone as a male hormone. However, women also make testosterone and require it for healthy libido and sexual function. Are testosterone supplements safe? What are the risks?

Root Cause Analysis:

To address complicated problems like sexual dysfunction, you need to find out what is at the root of the problem. A root cause analysis can help. Find out about cases where this approach made a difference.

Trouble with Antidepressants:

Even though drugs for mood disorders can be lifesavers in some situations, people should know that these medicines can also have a powerful impact on sexual interest and performance. What are the sexual side effects of SSRI drugs like Prozac? How can they be addressed?

Vaginal Discomfort:

After menopause, many women complain of vaginal dryness that can make intercourse extremely uncomfortable. Some premenopausal women also suffer from this problem as a side effect of oral contraceptives. Vaginal estrogen, lubricants and moisturizers can all help. Yes, Virginia, there is sex after menopause–if you choose it. Individual preference is very important when it comes to women’s sexual health.

This Week’s Guest:

Sara Gottfried, MD, is a Harvard-educated board-certified gynecologist who takes an integrative approach. A wife and mother to two teenaged daughters, she says that, as a woman she knows what it’s like to constantly feel tired, cranky, chunky, and sometimes overwhelmed. Dr. Gottfried’s books include The Hormone Cure, The Hormone Reset Diet and Younger.

Her website is: https://www.saragottfriedmd.com/

Photo credit: Lesley Bohm

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About the Author
Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies..
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