Caring for you every step of the way
Whole Health Includes Sexual Health
Your entire health is important to us, and that includes your sexual health. Evidence suggests that sexual health satisfaction is positively associated with improved health outcomes in later life. We believe that healing and maintaining your health requires focusing on the entire body, and that includes sexual health.
Women commonly experience sexual and vaginal health changes during and after cancer treatment. Baptist MD Anderson is now accepting referrals for women’s sexual health to support women as they adjust to these changes during and after cancer treatment by providing education, strategies, and treatment that supports each individual’s sexual well-being.
How We Can Help
The following conditions are often seen and successfully treated in this clinic:
- Pain with intercourse
- Bleeding after intercourse
- Low libido
- Vulvar and vaginal dryness
- Lack of pleasure
- Difficulty reaching orgasm
- Changes in body image
- Vaginal scarring (stenosis)
- Anxiety, depression or fear related to intimacy
Sexual Health at Baptist MD Anderson
Who Can Participate In Our Program
We want you to understand that you are not alone in this. Our Women’s Sexual Health clinic provides a safe space to discuss any sexual health issues you are experiencing or questions you may have regarding achieving a satisfying sex life.
Any woman affected by cancer is welcome. This includes women who:
- Are in cancer treatment
- Have had cancer treatment
- Have had surgery to reduce the risk of cancer
- Are recently diagnosed and want to know what to expect
- Have recently completed pelvic or vaginal radiation therapy which can lead to vaginal scarring (stenosis) for vaginal dilator education and measurement
With a specialized team trained in treating men with sexual health dysfunction from both malignant and non-malignant causes, we will design a customized treatment plan to meet your individual needs and goals.
Meet Our Team
Our team is made of providers from multiple specialties including gynecologic oncology survivorship, urology and pelvic floor physical therapy.
Heather Augustyniak, APRN
Survivorship, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
What to Expect
Any female patient age 18 or older is welcome to come for a consultation. You do not need to have a cancer diagnosis to be seen at Baptist MD Anderson’s Women’s Sexual Health Program.
Women can also be seen before undergoing a surgery or radiation treatment plan if they would like to understand the potential sexual side effects.
As part of our program, we also offer the following resources.
Pelvic Floor Therapy
Cancer symptoms, treatments, and surgeries often impact the pelvic floor, resulting in secondary symptoms and pain. Therapy can help.
We believe that healing and maintaining your health requires focusing on the
entire body, and that includes sexual health.
Dr. Lael Stieglitz