Area Physicians to Study Female Sexual Dysfunction

Arkansas City - South Central Kansas Medical Center will host medical expert, Dr. Sharon Parish on Friday, January 21st as she provides area physicians with an opportunity to learn more about sexual health problems in women.

Dr. Parish is the Director of Psychosocial and Behavioral Medicine Training at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, New York. She has authored numerous book chapters and review articles on sexual health. Dr. Parish has also created several web-based educational programs on hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD).

"We are privileged and excited to have an educator of this caliber present within our hospital," said Steve Perkins, SCKMC CEO.

Dr. Parish's current program is titled, "Illuminating Cases on Female Sexual Dysfunction" and focuses primarily on HSDD. The nationally recognized training is jointly sponsored by the American Academy of CME, Inc. and Spire Learning through an educational grant from Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. The session is considered continuing education for physicians and will focus on three primary areas.

First, Dr. Parish will provide an overview on female sexual dysfunction, including sexual arousal disorders, orgasmic disorders, pain disorders, and the different subtypes of HSDD. HSDD is defined as diminished feelings of sexual interest or desire, absent sexual thoughts or fantasies, and lack of responsive desire that causes a woman to experience distress or interpersonal difficulties. HSDD is estimated to affect up to 46% of women in the United States.

The second learning objective of the program will discuss various methods to assist clinicians in broaching this subject with patients while learning to integrate detailed sexual history-taking skills into clinical practice. According to program coordinators, open communication is critical for physicians to identify and evaluate women with sexual health problems.

"Patients may be reluctant to mention or discuss their sexual health concerns and no clinical guidelines are currently available," declared Dr. Parish in a written statement.

The final area to be addressed during the program is disorder management strategies that take into account the contributing biological, psychological, social, and relationship factors. In addition clinical data on emerging pharmacologic options will be discussed.

The class is targeted toward primary care physicians, OB/GYNs, and other healthcare providers positioned to identify women with sexual dysfunction. Physicians from Cowley, Sumner, and Kay Counties have been invited to participate.

"This is a great opportunity for physicians from this region to gather, gain new knowledge, and sharpen their skills so we may all better serve our patients," Perkins said.