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Sexual Dysfunction

By Carine Nadel

Viagra or Cialis commercials run rampant on television, ads plague magazines and even newspapers, information flashes before our eyes on the front pages of even MSN.com or Yahoo. So if men want to know about sexual dysfunction, they don't even have to go to a doctor. The information is thrust upon men, no research necessary.

Yet sexual dysfunction in women is an entirely different matter. When a woman goes to her yearly appointment at the GYN, she may still be too embarrassed or intimidated to bring it up. There are simply no ads, no medications, no information anywhere to be found.

Most often, many women aren't even aware that this is what they may be living with.

It's not just pelvic pain during sex. Sexual dysfunction may stem from hormone levels running amok-causing vaginal dryness or low/ no libido. It could happen after a physical trauma or serious surgery.

Several Orange County California specialists in the field work as a team to treat women who suffer from sexual dysfunction and address the underlying conditions that exacerbate it: Stephanie Buehler, sex therapist and psychologist and director of the Buehler Institute in Irvine; Dr. Michael Krychman, an ob/gyn and director of sexual wellness at Hoag Memorial in Newport Beach and Robin Christenson, a physical therapist who is the founder of Womanology clinic in Irvine.

Together they work on healing both the physical and emotional aspects of this condition.

Many women do define their biggest problem as severe pelvic pain that either prevents them from sexual intimacies or causes them to quite literally "grin and bear it" for the sake of their relationships.

This can happen after childbirth, gynecological surgery or injury or from medication or disease.

It can also take place after breast cancer and its treatment, as well as from lesions that arise from breast implants.

Often women won't even discuss the problem-felling that nothing can be done. As Beuhler and Christensen put it "She feels this is her lot in life".

The first thing that a woman must realize is that this is just not so-being in pain during something that is supposed to bring pleasure is just not normal and she doesn't have to live with it. It can be cured.

First, the woman must undergo a physical to be sure there is no underlying disease. If there is, this problem must be treated and rectified. Then Christensen feels it takes the team effort to see full recovery.

How long is recovery? That depends on how long the problem has been present, the underlying causes and how motivated the woman and her partner are.

Krychman says it is critical for woman to understand this is not "their fault" and it's nothing to be embarrassed about.

Buehler said it is important to have a supportive partner-"They can't read your mind, and most are very understanding-once they know there's something wrong. They want to help. We need to remove the shame, guilt and anger to work actively to improve the level of communication between the couple, the woman and her doctors."

For more information contact Womanology 

About the Author

Carine Nadel is a contributing writer for Fabulously40.com. Stop by to read Carine's What's Cooking Column on the Fabulously40 home page.


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