A Woman’s Sexual Health: Ready for Prime Time?

By Brittany | February 21, 2012 | Category: Sexuality
A Woman’s Sexual Health: Ready for Prime Time?

 

By Michael L. Krychman, MDCM
Medical Director The Sexual Medicine Center, Executive Director Southern California Center of Sexual Health and Survivorship Medicine Newport Beach, CA, Faculty Member University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA.

As a health care professional I see that many women are now becoming more active in their own sexual satisfaction and discussing issues of sexual health concerns; however, it is remarkably amazing how different the media sees the difference between male and female sexuality. It is not uncommon to pick up a lay magazine or watch a prime time television show and see an advertisement for a male erectile medication. The media has essentially embraced male erectile dysfunction and even use the word erection. But when was the last time we saw an ad about vaginal dryness or female sexual pain or a woman’s loss of sexual interest?

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"Take Two Prozac and Call Me in the Morning"

By Brittany | February 10, 2012 | Category: Depression, Mood disorders, Pharmacotherapy
"Take Two Prozac and Call Me in the Morning"
By Ralph Tarantino, PhD
Pharmaceutical Consultant and Principal, SteriTech Solutions, LLC
Middletown, NJ
 

A recent analysis of the CDC’s National Ambulatory Medical Care Surveys (Health Aff. 2011;30:1434) showed that 4 out of 5 prescribers of antidepressants are not psychiatrists. Alarmed? You should be.

White, female patients over the age of 50 with some form of health coverage are the usual recipients of this treatment. Frequently, they have other chronic illnesses, and for many no true diagnosis of depression exists. As a culture we have been bombarded with the warning that “depression is a serious medical condition”; it’s a warning that should be heeded. The costs of depression with regard to human life, the health care system, and the economy in general are enormous.

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