Chicago Doctor Helps Women Overcome Sexual Health Challenges

Northwestern Medicine
Women's Health April 08, 2014
Dr. Lauren StreicherDr. Lauren Streicher launches a national conversation on sexual health with women’s event at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Heart disease can impact a women’s sexual health. So can diabetes, cancer, pregnancy or menopause.

On April 16, Lauren Streicher, MD, a gynecologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, will host an event aimed at helping women achieve and maintain peak sexual health regardless of any other health challenges they may face.

“Sex is rarely discussed as a women’s health issue – that’s something we need to change,” said Streicher, who is also an associate professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. “Often there are real, physical issues getting in the way of optimal sexual health, not simply issues with relationships or stress.”

The lunch event includes a discussion led by Streicher, activities, prizes and a gift bag filled with products related to women’s sexual health for every attendee. Attendees can also visit informative booths, including women’s health information from Northwestern Medicine.

“After more than two decades of working as a gynecologist, I’ve had a unique view of women’s health from the other side of the stirrups,” Streicher said. “Women who attend this event will get the information they need to navigate their bodies’ unique challenges so they can enjoy sex again, or maybe, for some women, for the first time.”

On April 16, Streicher, author of the new book “Love Sex Again: A Gynecologist Finally Fixes The Issues That Are Sabotaging Your Sex Life,”* will address some of the following topics at the event:
  • Heart disease, or how to gauge if you have the physical strength and respiratory capacity to engage in a sexual workout
  • Diabetes, including neuropathy’s impact on sexual organs and
  • How commonly prescribed drugs including anti-hypertensives, anticoagulants, SSRIs and others can impact libido and sexual function.
“As a gynecologist I’ve made it a priority to give my patients a safe place to talk about any issue impacting different facets of their health,” she said. “This event is designed to kick off a national conversation about women’s sexual health. I want to help women discover, or rediscover, healthy, satisfying sex lives by dealing with physical, hormonal and medical challenges.”

The event, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 16 at the Feinberg Event Center, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, costs $10. The fee will be donated to The Alberto Culver Health Learning Center at Northwestern Memorial for the purchase of sexual health educational materials.
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