Sexual Health

It's often a difficult topic to discuss, but most sexual health problems can be treated. Our team of specialists offers help to treat sexual complaints such as diminished sexual desire, pain with intercourse and lack of orgasms. This team includes physicians, midwives, nurse practitioners, physical therapists, certified sex counselors and therapists, along with nurses.

When to talk with your doctor

It is not uncommon to experience occasional sexual health problems. The general rule of thumb is you should seek help if the issue causing you distress or is a source of conflict in your relationship. Other concerns that warrant a visit with your provider are:

  • Pain or burning with intercourse
  • Vaginal itching, burning and/or unusual discharge
  • Severe dryness
  • Loss of sensation
  • Sudden inability to achieve an orgasm
  • With treatment, your symptoms persist or get worse
  • General questions about sex, intimacy, and relationships
  • Questions and concerns about the impact of past abuse or other sexual history issues

It's important you don't blame yourself or your partner for sexual health problems because they may result from any number of factors. The first step with helping you is a comprehensive examination. By treating the cause of the pain, problems with sexual function and intimacy usually improve as well.

Treatment options

  • Vaginal lubricants
  • Changing medications or dosage
  • Exercises and physical therapy for muscle spasms or weak pelvic floor muscles.
  • Planning and consideration prior to intercourse (positioning aides, "warm-up" activities, etc.)
  • Medications
  • Vibrators and sexual aids
  • Local estrogen options
  • Individual and couples counseling to address intimacy or performance problems that may remain even after pain has been resolved.
  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • Surgery

Don't assume something can't be done and don't be embarrassed: we want to help with any questions or concerns you have about your sexual health. Sharing them is the first step to improving your quality of life...and likely your relationship. Schedule a consultation today.

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Every day, Gundersen Health System delivers great medicine plus a little something extra—we call it Love + Medicine.

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