Dr. Neil Baum has been a friend of "An Open Mind" ever since we started last fall, helping us understand medical issues that can affect our sex lives.
He spent a whole hour talking to WWL listeners today and pointed out that oftentimes, when it comes to sexual problems, women are suffering in silence, even though sexual dysfunction is more common in women than it is in men.
So what are the problems women are facing, and why can't we speak out about it? It seems like every time you turn on the television or radio you hear an ad for a product that helps men with erectile dysfunction. Where is the help for women? Products to help women are just now starting to crack through, but haven't gone mainstream yet.
So many men are having an open and honest dialogue with each other and their doctors, it is easy for them to speak out on these topics, but the lack of dialogue concercing female sexual dysfunction is holding women back. But it doesn't have to be that way!
"Women who have problems with enjoyment, who have problems with dryness, who have problems with decreased libido are afraid to bring it up with their physicians. There are things that can be done for these women, and they should be encouraged to talk to their doctors," Dr. Baum said. "Women have to understand that help is available for them, and they don't have to suffer in silence."
Is there Viagra for women?
"Right now, there is not. But there are things that can be done for decrease in drive for women, those whose interest is waning. It is primarily hormone-driven."
Could hormone replacement therapy help your sex life? It's not for everyone, but no matter what stage of life you are in, it's imperative that you talk to your doctor, because there are options that can help you restore your love life.
One woman calls in to talk about her experience at "The Vagina Clinic," where she found good medical advice from professionals tailored to her needs. Another man calls in with a question about testicular pain, and another with a question about fertility treatments
Everyone should take a moment to listen to the full interview - hear from men and women who have problems that may mirror those in your own life, or in the lives of your loved ones.
Bottom line? Talk to your Doctor!
FULL AUDIO: Angela talks to Dr. Neil Baum about sexual dysfunction and wellness
Thank you for listening and good luck!