Sex is an important part of life. For some women, thinking about sex starts early, often before puberty, and lasts until their final days on earth. On one level, sex is just another hormone-driven bodily function designed to perpetuate the species. On another, it's a pleasurable activity. It's also a connection that can help cement the bonds between two people.
Sexuality is a part of every woman's life. All of our bodies have the potential to feel physical excitement and pleasure. Some women choose never to be sexually active, but most women explore their sexual desires in some way, at some point in their lives. Having the freedom to choose how to express yourself sexually or how not to is an important part of a woman's sexual health. Sexual health also means understanding your body and how it works. Women who understand their bodies can make better choices about the sexual activities that they enjoy.
How can I talk about sex with my gynecologist or other health care professional? What should I expect at a health care visit for a sexual problem? What should I expect during treatment of a sexual problem? About 4 in 10 women have problems with sex at some point during their lives.
OHSU is open and providing safe care — in person and through virtual visits. Please call your clinic or see MyChart for details. As a reproductive psychiatrist and certified sexual health therapist, Dr. Cirino helps women who are struggling with emotional or mental health barriers to a healthy sex life.