Dr. Parish discusses the sexual dysfunction symptoms women can experience.
Well, it may be a change in any phase of the sexual response cycle, low desire, arousal or orgasm. In women it tends to be multidimensional, so women don’t just tend to have one problem. They may also have sexual pain and that maybe leading to a low desire or decrease in arousal. Sexual pain is yet another aspect of this. And so the symptoms are a complaint about one of these aspects of the sexual response.
Also the important thing in women is that there’s a lot of emphasis in criterion on personal distress and whether the patient in fact is concerned, distressed or interested in seeking therapy. It seems that only about half of individuals with sexual problems actually want to have them addressed and seek treatment. So we have to be careful to say that prevalence rates are the same as those who actually want treatment.
About Dr. Sharon Parish, M.D.:
Dr. Sharon Parish, M.D., is Associate Professor of Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University in New York. She is also the Director of Psychosocial Training at Montefiore Medical Center, The University Hospital for the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Dr. Parish has developed an array of curricula addressing fundamental areas in psychosocial medicine, such as interviewing and empathy skills, psychiatric diagnosis and management, and patient education and compliance, as well as specialized areas such as motivational interviewing, substance abuse disorders, and women’s mental health.