Women's Sexual Health

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Women often shy away from asking their doctors intimate questions. When the doctor says, “Ok, see you in about six months, do you have any questions for me?,” somehow the answer is frequently, “No, I think that’s it!” This allows important questions to go unanswered doctor visit after doctor visit. And, even when asked, sometimes doctors don’t have the resources or solutions to every woman’s individual concerns. Where do you go to get these questions answered? Some of the answers are right here in this informative webcast.

In this unique program, Andrew is joined by well-known expert, Dr. Hilda Hutcherson, Professor of Clinical Obstetrics-Gynecology, Director of Gynecologic Teaching Associates and Associate Dean of Minority Affairs and Diversity at Columbia University Medical Center College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Hutcherson is also author of the very popular, What Your Mother Never Told You About Sex, a candid, down-to-earth discussion about sex and sexuality. Dr. Hutcherson is also joined by Lisa Martinez, founder and executive director of The Women’s Sexual Health Foundation. In this fascinating program, you’ll hear an unconventional discussion about addressing intimacy issues with your doctor, importance of a healthy sex life, sexual desire after a traumatic experience and understanding sex as a fulfilling part of life.

Join us for an informative program about sex and communicating concerns to your healthcare provider, as we chat with two understanding experts who specialize in answering those embarrassing or specific questions you have not asked your doctor. More importantly, Dr. Hutcherson and Ms. Martinez light the path to the road that leads to resources for women’s health concerns. You won't hear a discussion like this anywhere else!

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Produced in association with PKU Special Edition Series and Columbia University Medical Center

Transcript

Andrew Schorr:

Hello. This is Andrew Schorr. Welcome once again to Patient Power on HealthRadio Network. Thank you so much for being with us. You know, so often we talk about very serious health concerns. They dominate your life. I'm a leukemia survivor so when I was diagnosed with that all I thought about was how am I going to beat the cancer. If you're diagnosed with a chronic condition like multiple sclerosis or rheumatoid arthritis or you're told you have diabetes, you say, Oh, my god, what am I going to do? And you're focused on the treatments and trying to live as well as you can. Well, where was your life before this? You had things you enjoyed. You had hobbies. You had relationships, hopefully, and if you did have relationships part of that relationship that's normal and healthy is having a sex life. And that's very important to all of us. And, you know, it's still important even if you have a health concern. Actually, it's part of healing and enjoying the life you have. So it's about time that Patient Power talks about that, and so we have two experts joining us today where we can do that. There's a conference coming up and it's really something that's essential in our lives, and whether you've had a health concern in the past or there's one you're dealing with now, it still can be part of your life.

So I want you to meet Lisa Martinez. Lisa is executive director of the Women's Sexual Health Foundation. And also Dr. Hilda Hutcherson, who is an obstetrician/gynecologist. She's an educator, author. She's at Columbia University Medical Center. She's a clinical obstetrics and gynecology professor there, and she's also director of Gynecologic Teaching Associates. So first of all, Lisa, thank you for joining us from Ohio today.

Ms. Martinez:

Thank you. It's a pleasure to be on your program.

Andrew Schorr:

Thank you. And Dr. Hutcherson, thanks so much. I saw you on the TODAY show the other day, feel like I know you. Thank you for joining us too.

Dr. Hutcherson:

Oh, it's my pleasure.

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