Who wants to talk about sexual health? We know for one reason or another many of you out there hesitant to engage in such a discussion. So Better is bringing the discussion to you.
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Audra Lowe: Today we are talking about sex. Yup, you heard me right, Better's Whitney Casey is at More Magazine - Reinvention Convention for some interesting information. Whitney Casey: Hi there, we are at the Reinvention Convention. Of course here sex is a very important topic. So joining us now is Sexual Health Expert Dr. Kellogg-Spadt, thanks for being here. Now earlier we took some questions from the women here. Are you ready for your first one? Dr. Susan Kellogg-Spadt: Absolutely! Whitney Casey: Okay. Wendy: Sometimes I think my level of desire is lower than most women, is that normal? Dr. Susan Kellogg-Spadt: Well a woman sexual desire is complex. There is no one right normal. What's normal is what's normal for you. A woman's sexual desire can be affected by a number of factors. Some of these include the stress, medication, drug and alcohol use, pregnancy, recent child birth or menopausal symptoms. Desire can also be impacated by relationship issues. Additionally, mental health, things like depression and anxiety. So you see there is a lot of things that affect sexual desire. My best advice, talk openly with your healthcare provider about your sexual health. Whitney Casey: But aren't some women often times embarrassed or uncomfortable to talk to their healthcare providers about sexual health issues? Dr. Susan Kellogg-Spadt: They are actually, but communication is key when we are talking about sexual health. To make it easier to get that conversation started, there is a website sexandahealthieryou.org has a lot of material to help women to get that conversation started. Whitney Casey: We'll definitely check out that website, but let's take one more question. Joy: I am nervous to talk to my healthcare provider about my sexual health issue. I still haven't made an appointment, any advice? Dr. Susan Kellogg-Spadt: Well, the first thing I would tell her is that she is not alone. In a recent survey at 1200 women of those that had a sexual health issue only 18% had spoken to their healthcare provider, 18%. Sexual health is an important part of an overall health, and we deserve to have attention paid to that part of our health. So if you have a sexual health problem, it's important to make an appointment with your healthcare provider. You want to make that appointment with the healthcare provider that you feel most comfortable with talking about sexual health issues. For many women that's OB-GYN, for others it's their gynecologic nurse practitioner or their midwife. The important key here is that take this seriously. Sexual health is an important aspect of a woman's life and it deserves to be addressed. Whitney Casey: Thank you so much, Dr. Kellogg, great advice. That's it. From the More Magazine - Reinvention Convention, I am Whitney Casey.
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