Women’s Sexual Health: Sold Out!

Lauren Streicher, MD, explains why more people should be paying attention to women’s sexual health issues.
Last week, to launch my new book, Love Sex Again: A Gynecologist Finally Solves the Issues That Are Sabotaging Your Sex Life, I scheduled a community sexual health seminar. When I rented the biggest venue at the hospital, I was cautioned that it would be difficult to find 330 women to fill the room and to consider combining my talk with an orthopedic surgeon who would talk about hip replacement. Being the eternal optimist, I rented the large room anyway and declined the other speaker. One hour after I announced the seminar on a local TV show, the event was sold out.
There were thousands of women who tried to get tickets to the event. The calls and e-mails started pouring in from desperate women, pouring out their stories of ruined relationships, painful intercourse, and the inability to have an orgasm and pleaded to get bumped up on the wait list. Talk about TMI! But desperate women do desperate things. This of course validated what I knew all along. With approximately 40% of women age 18-80 having some sexual difficulty, and about 60% of the women over the age of 50 having a problem, there are literally millions of women who need help… help that they are not getting. Those that are brave enough to broach the topic with their doctor are rarely given solutions to salvage a waning sex life beyond “try a lubricant” and “have a special date night.”
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Women’s Sexual Health: Sold Out!

Lauren Streicher, MD, explains why more people should be paying attention to women’s sexual health issues.

Last week, to launch my new book, Love Sex Again: A Gynecologist Finally Solves the Issues That Are Sabotaging Your Sex Life, I scheduled a community sexual health seminar. When I rented the biggest venue at the hospital, I was cautioned that it would be difficult to find 330 women to fill the room and to consider combining my talk with an orthopedic surgeon who would talk about hip replacement. Being the eternal optimist, I rented the large room anyway and declined the other speaker. One hour after I announced the seminar on a local TV show, the event was sold out.

There were thousands of women who tried to get tickets to the event. The calls and e-mails started pouring in from desperate women, pouring out their stories of ruined relationships, painful intercourse, and the inability to have an orgasm and pleaded to get bumped up on the wait list. Talk about TMI! But desperate women do desperate things. This of course validated what I knew all along. With approximately 40% of women age 18-80 having some sexual difficulty, and about 60% of the women over the age of 50 having a problem, there are literally millions of women who need help… help that they are not getting. Those that are brave enough to broach the topic with their doctor are rarely given solutions to salvage a waning sex life beyond “try a lubricant” and “have a special date night.”

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