Dr. Sklar discusses if breast feeding can impact a woman's sexual function.
Breastfeeding can influence sexual function in a number of ways. The most common being pain during sexual relations because while breastfeeding, in fact a woman’s estrogen levels are very low and those low estrogen levels cause some thinning and changes of the tissues around the vaginal opening and it make sex more painful.
In addition, women may have some conflict between the breast as a sexual organ and the breast as a nurturing organ, and that can have one of two effects – for some women there is heightened sexuality or sexual feelings while they are nursing which can make a woman feel guilty or uncomfortable, and for some women they see the breast as purely nurturing and no longer want their breast seen as sexual objects or potential erotic erogenous zones.
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.