For many, sexuality is a very important and natural part of life. Throughout the life stages, women may experience physical changes, symptoms, and sexual pain. Many individuals are uncomfortable talking about their sexual health with their provider, or they are unaware that treatment is available to address and improve sexual health.
Today is different, and now there is finally a dedicated place where you can go with a variety of treatments available. This is a place where patients can openly talk about their sexual health and understand options that can improve and enhance their quality of life. Swedish continues the longstanding commitment to women’s health and maintains a patient- tailored approach for each individual woman based on her symptoms, needs, and risks. Some women may require a simple treatment, and others may require more complex care and benefit from an interdisciplinary approach. Working with a sexual health specialist can help balance immediate needs and long-term goals to wellness and optimal sexual health. Our Swedish physicians are highly trained specialists in gynecology and here to help patient’s sexual health and wellness.
Sexual Health Conditions Treated
Decreased interest in sexual activity.
Many women have painful intercourse at some point in their lives. The medical term for painful intercourse is dyspareunia. It is defined as persistent or recurrent genital pain that occurs just before, during or after intercourse.
This is chronic pain or discomfort around the opening of your vagina (vulva) for which there's no identifiable cause and which lasts at least three months. The vulva is the external female genital area. The burning, irritation or pain associated with vulvodynia can make it very uncomfortable to sit for long periods and having sex can seem unimaginable.
Lichen sclerosus- is a chronic, inflammatory skin disease that creates patchy, white skin that appears thinner than normal. It usually affects the genital and anal areas. Although anyone can get lichen sclerosus, postmenopausal women are at higher risk. Lichen sclerosus is not contagious.
When the vaginal muscles involuntarily or persistently contract when they attempt vaginal penetration this is called vaginismus. These contractions can prevent sexual intercourse or make it very painful. Some individuals develop vaginismus after menopause. When estrogen levels drop, a lack of vaginal lubrication and elasticity makes intercourse painful, stressful, or impossible. This can lead to vaginismus in some women.
Vaginitis refers to any inflammation of the vagina. Inflammation may be infectious or noninfectious. This is a common condition in women of all ages. Approximately one-third of women have at least one form of vaginitis at some time during their lives.