Adult women of any age can enjoy fulfilling sexual health, but many women neglect this area of their lives. Dr. Sharan Abdul-Rahman, OB/GYN and founder of Today's Woman, a unique boutique gynecological practice in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is an expert in this area and ready to answer all your questions.
Most women need to have yearly pelvic exams, but healthy women may need exams less often. Women who suffer from reproductive or sexual problems may need to have exams more than once a year.
During a pelvic exam, Dr. Rahman will not only check on your reproductive system wellness but will also provide help in several other ways. A pelvic exam may include a Pap smear and an HPV test. If needed,
Dr. Rahman can provide contraception and family planning guidance.
Tests for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) can be done at this time if needed. If you're sexually active or have been sexually active in the past several years, it's best to have screenings for sexually transmitted diseases on a regular schedule. The earlier that a sexually transmitted disease is identified, the better your chances for effective treatment.
There are many different options in contraception today. Dr. Rahman is happy to review the options with you to determine what works for you best. It's important to remember that none of the contraception methods guard against disease; they are designed to prevent pregnancy. Contraception options include:
When used as directed, all of these forms of contraception are extremely effective.
The female body undergoes significant changes moving into and through the menopause years. Many women experience menopause symptoms like vaginal dryness and lack of libido. However, these symptoms are very manageable and treatable.
It's especially important that you don't neglect your health — including your sexual health — during menopause. Hormone replacement therapy, lifestyle changes, and other types of treatment can combine to help you maintain your sexual vitality and overall health and wellness at every stage of life.