We sat down with Dr. Streicher to learn about her new role with Northwestern Medicine and why specialized sexual health care and research is important for patients.
Why is there a need for a comprehensive sexual medicine center?
Dr. Lauren Streicher (LS): Forty three percent of women have at least one sexual health problem. After age 50, the numbers are significantly higher, not only due to menopause, but also because the likelihood of having a medical problem that can sabotage sexuality, such as diabetes or heart disease, increases with age.
Relationship challenges and stress also contribute and must be addressed along with physical and medical challenges. Treatment of these complex issues requires a collaboration of gynecologists, urologists, dermatologists, therapists, pelvic floor experts and other subspecialists.