Seminar Offers Help for Incontinence, Sexual Problems
July 02, 1999
For many couples, health problems may stand in the way of fulfillment in life and sexuality. Information on some common problems and effective treatments will be offered by Strong Health at a free seminar, Intimate Secrets: Sexual Problems and Incontinence, on Thursday, July 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Marriott, 1890 West Ridge Road in Greece.
The seminar will be geared to men and women age 50 and older. Topics will include the association between hormones and sexuality; the impact of incontinence on sexuality; genital pain in women and men; sexual dysfunction; and incontinence and treatment options.
"Though problems related to sexuality are quite common, many couples who encounter them often don't seek help, they just give up," says David C. Foster, M.D., gynecologic specialist for Strong Health. In women surveyed in a recent article in the Journal of the American Medical Association, 43 percent experienced sexual dysfunction including low desire, arousal problems and sexual pain. A separate study found that up to 30 percent of men and women over the age of 60 suffer from urinary incontinence and it is twice as common in women than in men. "They may be too embarrassed to discuss it with a doctor and, since their problem is probably not life-threatening, they just put up with it," Foster says. "What they may not realize is that many conditions are very treatable."
Common symptoms for women may include pain or discomfort during intercourse and problems with libido, arousal and orgasm. For men, frequent complaints include impotence, loss of libido and inability to achieve orgasm. Related to sexual problems may be urinary tract disorders with symptoms such as incontinence, pelvic pain and frequent urination.
A variety of treatments are available to help couples with sexual problems. Depending on the medical reason for the problem, medications such as Viagra or hormone therapy may help, as well as pain management techniques. Problems like urinary incontinence can be effectively treated with behavioral therapy, medications, and sometimes surgery.
The seminar will be presented by Strong Health gynecology and urology experts, including obstetrician/gynecologists Foster and Gunhilde M. Buchsbaum, M.D.; and urologist Robert D. Mayer.
Admission is free and refreshments will be served. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 275-2838.