Medications

Sexual Problems in Women

A woman’s sexuality encompasses physical, emotional, and psychological factors, the causes of sexual problems are often complex and interrelated. Woman issues usually occur after child birth and after menopause. At times Medicines used in treating certain conditions will contribute to sexual problems.
If you are taking medicine for another conditions, such as depression, diabetes, or high blood pressure, and you notice that you are having sexual problems, we need talk so we can help get to the bottom of the problem.

Medication Choices

Lidocaine Gel -  For women who have pain in the area around the opening to the vagina (vulvodynia), putting on lidocaine gel shortly before sexual intercourse may be helpful.

Estrogen (for post-menopausal women) -
 If you only have vaginal dryness and irritation (and not other symptoms such as hot flashes), you can use a limited amount of estrogen in a cream, tablet, or ring in the vagina. Many women find that using a cream or tablet twice a week is enough. This may increase vaginal tone and lubrication, which will decrease vulvar dryness, irritation, and shrinkage (atrophy). If you are experiencing these issue we can help.
If you also have other menopausal symptoms that affect physical and mental well-being, Estrogen can increase the blood flow in the vagina and reduce hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause.

Testosterone - This hormone may play a part in a woman’s sex drive and satisfaction. The ovaries make testosterone throughout a woman’s lifetime. Women have the most testosterone in early adulthood. Testosterone levels drop by half between the early 20s and the early 40s.