Sexual Health

Sexual Health Specialist
Every woman and her partner deserve to enjoy and embrace their sexuality throughout life’s stages. At Turner Medical Arts, a leading OB/GYN practice in Santa Barbara, California, patients can explore every opportunity for their best sexual health with thorough, gentle exams, years of expertise, and a warm and caring staff. If you have questions about your sexual health, call or book an appointment online today.

Sexual Health Q & A

What are some common problems that can interfere with a woman’s sexual health?

A healthy sex life is a key part of everyone’s overall health. But sometimes medical or emotional issues can interfere. 

Examples of problems women can experience include a lack of sensation, pain, low libido and trouble reaching orgasm. Medications may also interfere with sexual pleasure and function. 

If your sex life has diminished or isn't all you wish it could be, it’s time to start talking about it. The specialists at Turner Medical Arts can help you with any of these issues and turn sexual problems into solutions and pleasure. 

A thorough exam can help determine if an infection or another medical issue may be causing the sexual health issue. 

The specialists at Turner Medical Arts will review your health history, including medications and supplements that can interfere with sexual health. They can discuss stress and emotional issues, and offer recommendations, including relaxation and stress reduction strategies, to help improve your sex life. 

What is the treatment for women who are unable to have sexual intercourse?

If you can't have physically comfortable sexual intercourse with your partner, you may have atrophic vaginitis, some other form of vaginal inflammation or vaginismus, all treatable conditions.  These situations can also cause problems when inserting a tampon or having a pelvic exam.

Treatments at Turner Medical Arts can include easy exercises which you can do at home, use of medications or nonsurgical vaginal rejuvenation procedures -- that ease the discomfort and help you have a fulfilling sexual relationship. 

How are pain, burning, and dryness during sex treated?

The specialists at Turner Medical Arts can help women who experience pain, burning, and dryness during sex. Pain can be the result of an infection and is easily treated with medication. Other strategies for you and your partner to relieve discomfort during sex include the addition of more lubrication:

  • Increasing foreplay
  • Using a lubricant product
  • With relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing  

What causes bleeding during and after sex?

Close to 10% of women experience bleeding after sex. If this has happened to you, don’t panic, but do call the specialists at Turner Medical Arts. Friction can cause the bleeding or it might occur at the start or end of your period. Other reasons for bleeding during and after sex can include: 

  • A cervical or vaginal infection
  • A sexually transmitted disease 
  • Cervical polyps 
  • Cancer 

It’s important to make an appointment to check the source of the bleeding so that your doctor can treat you if the cause is a medical condition. Discussing a non-medical reason can also lead to dramatic improvements.  

If you have experienced bleeding during or after sex, call or book an appointment online today, so that the Turner Medical Arts team can guide you to better sexual health.

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