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Sex Matters: Managing Your Mojo, Part 1

By on January 7th, 2015 Categories: Sex Matters

In last month’s blog posting, we saw that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has considered lowered sexual interest or lowered libido an unmet medical need. Many women who have breast cancer feel like their libido has vanished — gone and doomed never to return.

With the recent newly published Diagnostic and Statistical Manual V (DSMV), Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder and Sexual Arousal Disorder …

Sex Matters: The Recent FDA Seminar on Female Sexual Dysfunction

By on December 4th, 2014 Categories: Sex Matters

I decided to delay our jump into the topic of libido since I want to update you on a very important meeting that recently took place at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in Washington, DC in late October. On the 27th and 28th, the FDA convened a 2-day seminar to discuss the issues of the unmet medical need for treatment for …

Sex Matters: What About Vaginal Hormones?

By on November 6th, 2014 Categories: Sex Matters

We’ve discussed vaginal and vulvar dryness and some conservative measures that can be used to help treat symptoms, including nonhormonal vaginal moisturizers that help hydrate the tissues and vaginal lubricants that can make intercourse and sex more comfortable. The question that many women diagnosed with breast cancer often ask is, “What about vaginal hormones? Are they safe? Can we use them?” In this month’s column, …

Sex Matters: Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy

By on October 1st, 2014 Categories: Sex Matters

In our previous columns, we’ve discussed several issues related to the vaginal and vulvar changes that can occur as a result of cancer treatment, including vaginal dryness and irritation. Some simple solutions include using vaginal moisturizers and lubricants. In addition, some women may need vaginal dilators to help stretch the tissues that have become less elastic and hardened over time as a result …

Sex Matters: Vaginal Dilators

By on September 3rd, 2014 Categories: Sex Matters

Let’s continue to build on what we’ve already discussed in previous columns with vaginal dryness, moisturizers, and lubricants. As we discussed, vaginal atrophy (thinning and dryness of the vaginal tissues) happens when estrogen levels drop during and after menopause, or as a result of cancer treatment that interferes with estrogen levels.

For some women, vaginal dryness and pain go hand in hand. Some women experience …

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