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Program for Vulvar and Vaginal Health
Vulvar and vaginal disorders causing pain, dryness, itching, discharge, burning or discomfort can greatly diminish your quality of life. These conditions may be a result of menopause, hormonal contraception, cancer, infections, pelvic radiation and chemotherapy, but in some cases, there is no known cause. Often these disorders are not properly diagnosed or treated.
At the Northwestern Medicine Comprehensive Program for Vulvar and Vaginal Health, you will no longer have to suffer in silence. Our expert clinicians will work with you to help treat your symptoms and improve your quality of life.
The Northwestern Medicine Comprehensive Program for Vulvar and Vaginal Health offers an evaluation and treatment plan designed to meet your needs. The expertise of gynecologists, dermatologists and pelvic floor physical therapists is drawn from all specialty programs, including Menopause and Sexual Medicine. These specialists treat sexual pain disorders, vulvodynia, infections and dermatologic conditions that affect the vulva (external genitalia) and the vagina.
Conditions and Symptoms We Treat
If your condition or symptoms are not listed, please contact us and we will let you know if an appointment or referral is appropriate.
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.
LISTEN NOW: VULVAR AND VAGINAL DISORDERS
Dr. Streicher and Dr. Patel talk to WGN Radio about the importance of vulvar and vaginal health, an area that isn’t always properly diagnosed or treated.
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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.