ENCORE: Female Sexual Dysfunction, Part 1


Dr. Madeleine Castellanos joins us for a discussion of integrative treatment of female sexual dysfunction. Dr. Castellanos is a chapter co-author with Dr. Hoffman of "Integrative Sexual Health," part of a Dr. Andrew Weil series of textbooks about integrative medicine. She offers a deep-dive on women’s sexual responses which involve a complex interplay between physical and psychological factors. What health benefits does sex confer? What are common roadblocks to sexual enjoyment among women? Why was “female Viagra” a bust? What roles for testosterone, DHEA, pregnenolone, oxytocin, estrogen, progesterone? Why are birth control pills and antidepressants sexual downers? Can a woman’s thyroid get in the way of her sexual enjoyment? Do diet and supplements make a difference? Are nutraceuticals like Maca, ginseng and soy isoflavones helpful? What does “Mindfulness” have to do with sex? Click HERE for part 2.

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