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Center For Women's Sexual Health

Provide Sensitive and Discreet Treatment

Sexual satisfaction is an integral aspect of quality of life and happiness in relationships. Nevertheless, sexual concerns are common, with over 40 percent of women reporting a sexual problem across the lifespan. Anxiety, fear and shame often keep women from seeking help.

Clinicians at the Center for Women's Sexual Health - including physicians, nurse practitioners and mental health specialists - work with each patient individually, and, when appropriate, with her partner, to provide sensitive and discreet evaluation and treatment for a broad spectrum of sexual concerns.

Physiological Problems

  • Low sexual desire
  • Difficulty getting aroused
  • Persistent sexual arousal
  • Difficulty achieving orgasm
  • Never having had an orgasm
  • Pain during sexual activities
  • Aversion to sexual activities

Personal/Relationship Issues

  • Body image
  • Self-worth/self esteem
  • Communication with partner
  • Negotiating safer sex
  • Fear of intimacy
  • Fear of inadequacy
  • Sexual trauma history

Common Sexual Problems

Sexual problems in women are especially common during major life transitions or illness including:

  • During pregnancy, after childbirth, while breastfeeding, during menopause and post menopause
  • After treatment for cancer - especially breast, ovarian and uterine cancer
  • After pelvic trauma or surgery - including childbirth injury and hysterectomy
  • Neurological impairment due to illness (multiple sclerosis) or trauma (spinal cord injury)
  • Vascular problems - often associated with diabetes and heart disease
  • Mental health problems - including depression and anxiety
  • Numerous medications - including oral contraceptives and antidepressants

Services

Services offered at the Center for Women's Sexual Health include:

  • Comprehensive medical and psychological evaluation
  • Diagnostic testing such as blood tests, sensation and blood flow testing
  • Mental health counseling for individuals, couples and groups
  • Guided referral to specialists such as physical therapists and sex therapists, as needed

In addition to providing comprehensive care for women, the center maintains close affiliations with experts at BIDMC and the Joslin Clinic who provide evaluation and treatment for male partners who are experiencing sexual problems.

Contact Information

Center For Women's Sexual Health
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Boston, MA 02215
617-667-6400