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Program for Sexual Medicine
Roughly 40% of women have a physical, medical, hormonal or emotional issue that interferes with intercourse or other sexual activities.
This is a topic that is rarely broached in a physician’s office. Even when it is discussed, many times women are not offered solutions, even though sex is an important part of physical and emotional well-being.
While cultural factors, religious beliefs, social issues, general health and age all influence the frequency and ability to have sexual activity and a normal sexual response, medical conditions such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease or neurologic problems are often the precipitating problem or complicate an existing problem.
If you’re looking to regain your sex life, start with the Northwestern Medicine Program for Sexual Medicine. Top experts in sexual health, including physicians, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants, certified sex psychotherapists and pelvic floor physical therapists will collaborate to address your individual and comprehensive sexual health needs.
Our clinicians will evaluate your needs and individualize a program to help get you back to peak sexual health and pleasure. We treat people of all gender identities, expression and sexual orientation.
Conditions and Procedures
Conditions and procedures include (but are not limited to) the following:
Treatments may include:
To request an appointment, fill out our online form on the Contact Us page. A coordinator will contact you to schedule an appointment and send you a questionnaire. This questionnaire must be filled out and returned before your first visit so that it may be reviewed by our clinical staff. If you are arriving from out of town, our coordinator can also connect you to the hospital concierge for information about hotel accommodations.
For more information, please call 312.694.9676.
Lauren Streicher, MD, is the medical director of the Center for Sexual Medicine and Menopause at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and oversees all center clinical, research and educational activities. She is an associate clinical professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine; a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; a Diplomat of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology; and a member of the Sexual Medicine Society of North America, Inc., The International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health, and The Scientific Network on Female Sexual Health and Cancer. She is also a Certified Menopause Practitioner of The North American Menopause Society.
Dr. Streicher is the author of Slip Sliding Away: Turning Back the Clock on Your Vagina, a gynecologist’s guide to eliminating postmenopausal dryness and pain; Sex Rx: Hormones, Health, and Your Best Sex Ever, a comprehensive sexual and hormone health book; and The Essential Guide to Hysterectomy.
In addition to her role as medical director of the Northwestern Medicine Center for Sexual Medicine and Menopause, Dr. Streicher sees patients as part of her Extended Personal Care Program.
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Request an Appointment
To request an appointment, fill out the form on the Contact Us page or call 312.694.9676 for more information.