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Helping You Regain Healthy Sexual Function

If you are experiencing decreased sexual desire, painful intercourse or other sexual health problems, the experienced professionals at the Center for Sexual Function can help.

We collaborate with specialists in other fields including gynecology and endocrinology to determine any underlying conditions that may be causing your symptoms. We work with you to evaluate every factor that may be affecting your sexual health and offer a personalized treatment plan.

What to Expect at Your First Appointment

During your initial evaluation, our goal is to determine the type of sexual dysfunction you are experiencing and to investigate the possible causes. Your first appointment includes:

  • A detailed medical history, including a list of current medications
  • Blood test, to check hormone levels (in some cases)
  • Conversation about your sexual problems and symptoms
  • Physical examination

Treatment Options

The first step to treating your sexual function problem is correcting any existing medical condition that may be causing your symptoms. In addition to treatment for underlying conditions, other treatments to improve your sexual health may include:

  • Hormone treatment—if your body is deficient in certain hormones, such as estrogen, it can cause symptoms that affect your sexual function. Hormone therapy can help balance your levels and reduce your symptoms.
  • Medications—the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Addyi (flibanserin), also called the female Viagra, to treat sexual dysfunction in premenopausal women.
  • Medication adjustment—if you are taking medication for another condition, it may be causing symptoms that affect your sexual function. Adjusting your dosages or trying a different medication may help.
  • Sex therapy—if your symptoms are related to emotional factors such as relationship difficulties or anxiety-related issues, counseling with a licensed sex therapist can help.