Dr. Sklar introduces herself and explains if oral contraceptives can affect a woman's sexual desire.
I am Dr. Susan Sklar. I have a practice called the Sklar Center for Women’s Wellness in Los Alamitos, California and I am on the board of ISSWSH and I specialize in my practice in sexual medicine and hormonal issues of women.
Oral contraceptives can affect a woman’s sexual interest and sexual pleasure in a number of ways. For one thing some women have changes around the vaginal opening that make that area drier and more painful during sex. We also know that oral contraceptives have hormonal changes so that there is less free testosterone circulating, and we also know that oral contraceptives have some changes in some of the emotional and sexual normal variations that happen during a menstrual cycle and that can affect sexual interest.
About Dr. Sklar, M.D.:
Dr. Susan E. Sklar, M.D., is a board certified obstetrician-gynecologist with extensive training and experience in sexual medicine, menopause, osteoporosis, and other female health issues. Since stopping the practice of obstetrics in 1989, Dr. Sklar has become especially interested in the health issues of mid-life and menopausal women. This includes the controversies about hormone use and questions about the changes that occur during this transition, including the sexual issues. In 2005 she launched her newest project, the Sklar Center for Women's Wellness, a center for the evaluation and treatment of female sexual dysfunction and complex menopause problems.
Dr. Sklar completed her undergraduate work in Chicago and received a medical degree from Boston University. This was followed by specialty training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, a Harvard University teaching affiliate.