women's sexual health

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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Air Date:October 6, 2018

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  1. W. (Bill) D. Richey

    I was married to a beautiful, although obese, wife whose first love was food. Now I am engaged to a beautiful, slim, lady who not only loves herself, but me as well. It really does make a difference.

  2. Ellen

    Too much talk about men when it is supposed to be about women! Please!

    Also, for her to say that it is up to you discounts that some of us cannot afford to pay for a specialist like her.

  3. laura baker

    I would like to know what effect orgasm has on the older female. Does orgasm produce healing benefits? or endorphins? or increase metabolism? effect mood?

  4. marcia

    I read your newsletter as soon as they appear, but I have always wondered why it is necessary to buy a CD to know about the main topic. I don’t even have a CD player any longer. Is it such a complication to write it up as you do on other issues?


  5. Paul

    Brillliant! Sorbitol is on my list now. I want to know her escencial element levels recomendatons.

  6. Marilyn

    Dr. Gottfried was great. Have her back again soon. Yes. Yes. Yes. If only there were local doctors like her.

  7. Robin

    I went thru menopause about age 55. Now at age 64 I had an ovarian cyst. I had surgery and they removed both ovaries and it seems that I am now going thru menopause again. This mostly manifests with hot flashes. The e-ring sort of helps but it really doesn’t feel much different from my first menopause where I used no hormone therapy. Is the estrogen therapy worth it for what seems like little benefit?

  8. Marilyn

    Stop asking her about men’s sexual health. This is about women and you are waisting our time.

  9. Sue

    Hello, I have been listening to this program on women’s sexual health for 20 minutes, and I am struck by how much you are talking (instead) about MEN’s sexuality. I get that they are linked, but it is concerning……

  10. j

    I was hoping to get that “feeling of wanting sex” back so 3 years ago I quit smoking, eat nothing but healthy foods, and NO MEDICATIONS whatsoever. Unfortunately, my problem is that I am in my 60’s and do not feel sexy anymore. I feel like I am an old, wrinkled, flabby woman and it actually grosses me out to see myself naked! How can I have sex if I feel like I am visually repulsive? For some reason I cannot get past this.

  11. Susan

    I don’t listen to your podcasts. I prefer to read the information you provide. It takes too long for the podcast to get going and to the point, and then have to wait duration ng the breaks.

    • Jim

      As a man close to 70 I recognize that it is no longer the sight of a female body that arouses me. Rather it is a mental thing. I enjoy the ride, as much as the destination. It is not the sight of my woman’s body that turns me on; it is the love we share that is the turn on. I’m six feet tall, 170lbs, and in good physical shape. My body disgusts me also. You have to accept it and get over it. Not what you want to hear, I know. Try to enjoy the journey of life. Beauty is inside.

    • NurseG

      Sex is as much about your emotional and psychological health as it is your physical well being. Some issues go beyond diet, healthy living, or meds. If you are repulsed by your body (or your partner’s) and not able to embrace the change in body appearance that life brings, perhaps therapy should be considered.

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