How should I prepare for my appointment?
Write down the sexual concerns and difficulties you are experiencing. Try to be as specific as possible about your symptoms and how long you have been experiencing them. Dr. Horowitz will spend time talking with you about your sexual history as well as your medical history. Make a list of your medical conditions and all prescription and over-the-counter medications you currently take. You will also be asked to fill out a questionnaire that can be downloaded. Once you complete it, mail or fax it back prior to your appointment.
Should I bring my husband/partner to my appointment?
The first visit will focus not only on your sexual health but also on your general health, and may include a physical exam. Since your partner is the other half of the equation, having him or her present for a subsequent visit may be advisable.
Are there medical tests to help diagnose my problem?
There are a wide range of tests that may be indicated depending on your medical history, symptoms and exam. Dr. Horowitz may order blood tests, radiology tests, a physical therapy evaluation as well as other tests.
What if I get embarrassed talking about such intimate issues?
Dr. Horowitz understands that talking about sex can be uncomfortable for many women. She will do her best to set you at ease and reassure you that your discussions are completely confidential. She is here to help.
What kinds of questions will I be asked?
Dr. Horowitz wants to be very thorough to obtain a complete understanding of the sexual difficulties you are experiencing. Questions may focus on whether you are able to achieve orgasm, have pain with intercourse, or can be aroused. She will also discuss your birth control methods, previous surgeries or medical conditions that could be impacting your sexual response and the types of issues these problems are creating for you and/or your partner.
Are there really solutions for sexual problems?
Absolutely! There are many reasons for sexual dysfunction, including our biology, our relationships and our lifestyle, and thus there are many solutions. Patients receive positive results from hormonal medications, changing existing medications, regulating medical conditions (such as thyroid, diabetes and hypertension), physical therapy, surgery and psychological therapy as well as other methods.
I feel so alone. Do lots of women experience sexual problems?
Female sexual dysfunction is actually quite common, which is why Dr. Horowitz decided to open the Center for Sexual Wellness. In fact, many women experience physical sexual problems at some point in their lives. Sexual dysfunction can occur after years of experiencing a healthy, satisfying sex life, for a brief period due to a temporary medical condition or it may be a lifelong situation.