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Dr. Georgiou & Dr. Hutcherson Discuss Low Libido

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Dr. Archelle Georgiou talks with Dr. Hilda Hutcherson at the Women's Conference about which lubricant to use and how women with low libido can advocate for their sexual health.

Dr. Archelle Georgiou:
This is EmpowHER Live at the Women’s Conference, 2010. I am Dr. Archelle Georgiou and I am joined here today with Dr. Hilda Hutcherson who is a clinical professor of OB/GYN at Columbia University, but she is also here representing and working with the K-Y® jelly manufacturers who are in the booth right across the hall from us.

Thank you for joining us today.

Dr. Hilda Hutcherson:
Thank you for inviting me.

Dr. Archelle Georgiou:
Well, you know, I have been standing in our booth starring at your booth because I wanted to ask you a lot of questions. So I get to do it on camera. So let’s start with, actually not have the problem that I personally havem but one that so many women have which is vaginal dryness. It’s very common. How common is it?

Dr. Hilda Hutcherson:
Oh absolutely. I mean every woman at one point or another will have problems with vaginal moisture. It’s not just a problem of menopausal women; young women can also have problems with lubrication, and fortunately there are so many products on the market now that are very natural feeling and wonderful and make sex pleasurable.

You know, when you have vaginal dryness you have a greater chance of having painful sex and just by using a product like K-Y® Intrigue, which is a wonderful lubricant, especially for menopausal women because it’s silicon-based and it’s a water-based product and it lasts for a very long time. Just a few drops of this can change painful sex back into pleasurable sex.

Dr. Archelle Georgiou:
One of the things that I know a lot of people probably struggle with is that you don’t want to admit that you are buying lubricant jelly when you are in the drug store; you quickly want to get it and grab it. What are you really looking for when you are shopping? You know, how do you know whether you get this kind or this kind, it looks really sexy in the box, the arousal gel for her, how do you know what’s right for you?

Dr. Hilda Hutcherson:
Well, if you read the packaging, and one of the things I tell women to do is go online. You can go online and you can read about the products. You can do your research. You can even read about what other people’s experiences have been with the products, and I also think it’s a great idea to try a little bit of everything.

It makes sex more exciting and more interesting. It keeps your desire and your arousal up, but by reading the products when you are in your local pharmacy that will give you some indication of what you should buy. But certainly, if you feel uncomfortable because your neighbor might be behind the counter or in the line at the local pharmacy, it’s perfectly fine to go online and order these products.

And in fact, today we have coupons where you can get five dollars off and you can order it online and get free shipping.

Dr. Archelle Georgiou:
Now that’s a great idea. So let’s shift to a tougher topic, and that’s libido. So there are some women that don’t experience vaginal dryness but they just don’t have sexual desire and for some women that’s problematic because they would like to have it but they don’t, or maybe their partners want it, but for some women maybe they just don’t even care that they don’t have it. It’s just out of sight out of mind, can you respond to that? How common is that and what should one do about it?

Dr. Hilda Hutcherson:
It is extremely common. It’s the most common question that I get in my practice from women who just don’t feel the desire, and it’s something that you need to talk to your doctor about because it may be a medical problem that’s causing it, sometimes it’s a medication that you are taking like even birth control pills can decrease your desire.

Antidepressants is one of those medications that can decrease your desire and also take away your ability to experience orgasm. So having that conversation with your doctor would be the first point, and then the other thing that I see in my practice in couples who have been together for a while, is it just gets boring. And sometimes just by increasing the excitement, bringing a little something new into the bedroom increases your desire. Novelty increases desire.

So one of my favorite products is K-Y® Intense, which comes in this bottle. This is an arousal gel and you rub a few drops on to the clitoris or have your partner rubbing on the clitoris and it increases blood flow, increases arousal.

Dr. Archelle Georgiou:
Well, as you can tell, we have some overheads down here. It sounds like in the main auditorium Ann Sweeney has joined the, gotten to the podium and so I think we are going to take a little break and thank you for joining us. We learned a lot. I learned a lot about just how to help this whole issue both from the arousing standpoint and the vaginal dryness. Thank you so much for joining us.

Dr. Hilda Hutcherson:
Thank you.

Dr. Archelle Georgiou:
This is Dr. Archelle Georgiou, EmpowHER Live, at the Women’s Conference, 2010.

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