Evaluating Female Sexual Dysfunction
At the Center for Sexual Function, affiliated with Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, the goal of our initial evaluation is to determine the type of sexual dysfunction you are experiencing and to investigate the possible cause or causes.
Whether it is decreased sexual desire, painful intercourse, or problems with achieving orgasm, our experienced professional s are here to help you.
Lahey’s Center for Sexual Function utilizes a multidisciplinary approach in the diagnosis and treatment of sexual dysfunction in women. We consider all possible underlying causes, especially multiple medical risk factors that may be triggering or contributing to the condition.
Your Appointment: What To Expect
At your first appointment, we will:
- Ask for your detailed medical history, including current medications
- Ask you to describe in detail the sexual problem you are experiencing
- Perform a physical examination
- Talk with you to explore any possible contributing factors that may not be part of your medical record
We also may want you to have blood tests to check your hormone levels and other levels.
In addition to investigating medical issues, we also may consider your relationship with your partner. In fact, partners are encouraged to attend the consultation, if possible. In some cases, we might advise a consultation with a professional sex therapist. At times, there may be both medical and psychological issues that need to be addressed simultaneously.
Female Treatment Options
We know that correcting any existing medical issue is the first line of defense in solving a woman’s sexual dysfunction problem.
Treatments may include:
- Medication adjustment. In some cases, sexual dysfunction can be treated with a change in the medication you may be taking for another condition, or adjusting your dosages.
- Sex therapy. This can be helpful if the sexual dysfunction problem is related to emotional factors such as relationship difficulties or anxiety-related issues.
- Hormone treatment. If your body is deficient in certain hormones, such as estrogen, the physicians at Lahey’s Center for Sexual Function have ways of correcting this.
- Medications. Addyi (flibanserin), also called the “female Viagra,” has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat sexual dysfunction in premenopausal women.
For More Information
The Center for Sexual Function is a service of Lahey’s Department of Endocrinology. All inquiries remain completely confidential:
Center for Sexual Function
Lahey Medical Center, Peabody
One Essex Center Drive
Peabody, MA 01960