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Leah Millheiser, MD

Leah Millheiser, MD

Dr. Leah Millheiser is the Chief Scientific Officer of Aytu Women's Health, LLC. At Stanford University Medical Center, Dr. Millheiser is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Director of the Female Sexual Medicine Program. In addition, she is a Fellow in the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health. As a sexual medicine expert, Leah devotes her career to treating all aspects of female sexual health. She has a particular interest in the sexual wellness of cancer survivors. In her gynecology practice, she takes care of women across the lifespan, from adolescence to menopause and beyond.

Recent Posts by Leah Millheiser, MD:

Don’t Neglect Your Vulva and Vagina This Summer

Vaginal health concerns always seem to peak during the summer months. There are many reasons for this, including longer periods of time spent in a wet bathing suit, exercising in warm weather, and increased sexual activity. Along with these behaviors, we see an increase in various gynecologic conditions, including vulvar eczema/psoriasis, yeast infections, and bacterial vaginosis. There are several preventative measures that a woman can take to try and avoid these pesky annoyances of summer:

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Topics: lubricant, health, vulvodynia, beauty, education

Men Are From Mars and Women Are From Venus When It Comes to Sexual Response

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Topics: sex, arousal, relationship, libido, Sex & Relationships, desire

Do Your Kegels!

I recently had a conversation with a friend who was experiencing some urine loss during exercise, following the birth of her child. Putting on my gynecology hat, I asked her if she'd tried kegel exercises yet. Her response was classic—“I hate working out, so why would my vagina be any different”? Her response intrigued me. As a clinician, recommending a treatment as simple as a kegel squeeze is a no-brainer.

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Topics: aging, Fiera Experts, kegels

How to Introduce Fiera to Your Partner

It’s completely normal for a woman’s level of sexual desire and arousal to fluctuate throughout her life due to many factors, including hormonal changes (e.g. breastfeeding, menopause) and life stressors. In healthy relationships, women with low sexual desire describe that while that initial “spark” that drives them to want sex isn’t always around when they want it to be, they typically enjoy sex once they get going. Fiera® arouser was developed for just this reason.

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Topics: Sex & Relationships, Fiera Experts

Is Your Personality Type Affecting Your Sexual Satisfaction?

The behavior of a human being in sexual matters is often a prototype for the whole of his other modes of reaction in life”—Sigmund Freud, Sexuality and the Psychology of Love

In the past 12 years that I have practiced female sexual medicine, I have had the unique opportunity to observe trends between women's personality types and sexual concerns. To better illustrate this point, I have made up a case of a woman with primary anorgasmia. This is when a woman has never been able to achieve an orgasm, not for a lack of trying.

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Topics: relationship, Sex & Relationships, Fiera Experts, mindfulness

Popsicles Aren't Sex Toys

Between juggling 2 jobs and a young family, it’s a rare day when I get to kick back and watch something on TV that isn’t animated. However, it was on one of these rare nights that I was lucky enough to strike “TV gold”. Lying somewhat comatose on the couch, I was jolted awake when that remote area of my brain that was still awake heard the title of the upcoming show… Sex Sent Me To The ER.

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Topics: Sex & Relationships

4 Facts to Know About Personal Lubricants

For many women, buying a personal lubricant at the drugstore or market can be an embarrassing and bewildering experience. You turn to your left and a man is buying a pack of condoms - you look to your right and a woman is buying a pregnancy test. And who really wants to spend the time perusing the ingredients of each bottle? When I ask women what brand or type of lubricant they use, the majority have no idea. That’s because they leave it up to their partner to buy it or they grab the first thing they see on the shelf and make a mad dash for the cashier. What many people don’t realize is that there are several types of lubricants that a woman can choose from and each one fulfills a different need. Here are some helpful tips to consider when purchasing your next bottle:

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Topics: Fiera Experts

legalize "vagina"

Why in 2016 is the word “vagina” still taboo? As a practicing gynecologist, I have witnessed first-hand the blushing, giggling, and complete avoidance that goes along with referring to a part of the human anatomy possessed by half of the world’s population. Popular culture has come to refer to the vagina by the following absurd names: “vajayjay”, “hoo-hah”, “down-there”, “privates”, “lady bits”, “kitty”, “bajingo”, “flower”, and the list goes on. Is vagina a shameful or explicit word?

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Topics: Fiera Experts, gender equality, education, womens rights, sexual heatlh

Why You Shouldn't Ignore Sexual Concerns

In 2006, the World Health Organization defined sexual health as “a state of physical, emotional, mental, and social well-being in relation to sexuality.” There is no question, in my opinion, that a sexual health concern can play a vital role in a woman’s overall health. Imagine that concern as an octopus with tentacles extending into every part of her physical and psychological existence.

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Topics: sex, aging, menopause, Sex & Relationships, Fiera Experts

Sexuality in the Menopausal Years: All in the Family, or Sex in the City?


As a physician, I want to know what the research tells us about sex in the golden years. Research published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2007 assessed the sexual behavior of 1,455 men and 1,550 women between the ages of 57-85 in the Chicago area. It showed that although sexual activity (either alone or with a partner) did decline with age, 73% of people polled between the ages of 57-64 engaged in some type of sexual behavior (and 26% between the ages of 75-85). Overall, men were more sexually active than women, which isn’t surprising.

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Topics: sex, aging, lubricant, menopause, Sex & Relationships, Fiera Experts
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