Sexual Wellness For Men & Women

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One side effect of the natural decline in hormone production is a change in sexual wellness that both women and men can experience as they get older. At her integrative medicine practice in Irvine, California, Dr. Shirley L. Wang understands the importance of a satisfactory sex life and the role it plays in all aspects of your overall health. If your sexual performance isn’t what it once was, call or click today for an appointment.

Sexual Wellness For Men & Women Q & A

What is sexual wellness?

In 2002, the World Health Organization defined sexual health as the physical, emotional, mental, and social well-being of your sexuality. It’s a holistic approach that considers each of these aspects of your sexuality.

What are some common sexual wellness issues?

For women, sexual wellness problems might include vaginal atrophy, decreased sex drive, or any issue that causes painful intercourse. While these issues can have a number of causes, they are often brought about by a decline in sex hormones.

For men, erectile dysfunction is perhaps the most common sexual wellness issue. A decreased sex drive due to declining testosterone levels is also common as men get older.

Low sex drive

Decline of sex hormones leads to a natural decline in sexual desire. In some people, this may not be noticeable. Although your urge for sex diminishes, you may not have a sense that your sex drive has diminished, since your body and mind adjust together.

In cases of hormone decline, Dr. Wang often recommends testosterone supplementation to restore the sexual desire driven by this hormone.

Erectile dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a common and multifaceted threat to sexual wellness. While in many cases the problem stems from a physical issue, it can be embarrassing and create anxiety about future failures.

Treating ED effectively, whether with medication, hormone supplements, or lifestyle changes, often eliminates the emotional and mental problems that come with it. In many cases, Dr. Wang prescribes tadalafil (CialisⓇ) or sildenafil (ViagraⓇ) for treatment of erectile dysfunction.

How are sexual wellness issues treated?

Because of the scope and importance of sexual wellness, treatment may be multidisciplinary in nature, particularly if emotional, mental, and social issues are central to sexual dysfunction. From an integrative medicine standpoint, however, clearing away any physical restrictions to sexual enjoyment is the first step.

If you’re suffering from an age-related health issue, diet, exercise, and weight loss can often help. Other medications and treatments that Dr. Wang frequently turns to include:

  • Estriol: a topical hormone treatment for vaginal issues
  • Scream Cream: improves blood flow to the genitals, for women
  • Bremelanotide: increases sexual desire, for both genders
  • DHEA: hormone replacement, for both women and men
  • Testosterone: libido enhancement, if natural levels are low, for both women and men
  • Stem cell and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy: aids in natural recovery at various injection sites

Dr. Wang understands that these issues can sometimes be hard to discuss. That’s why she provides a welcoming and comfortable environment to help you address sexual wellness issues and improve your quality of life. Call or book an appointment online today.