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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:

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

12 Intimacy Tips for Couples

The 21st-century woman can be a mother, friend, wife, partner, lover, and financial provider. Let’s face it—she is an all-around goddess! Trying to balance all of these roles can be complicated by the need to be great at everything we do. I often hear the following from women: "I work all day and then come home to my second job of taking care of the family. Once the kids have gone to sleep, my partner wants to have sex. I am so exhausted that sex is the last thing on my mind. Is this normal?" The answer is yes.

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Topics: Sex & Relationships, Fiera Experts

Insomnia—Why So Many Women Fear the Night

Something funny happens to the sleep patterns of women when they hit their 40’s. See if this sounds familiar—you get into bed at a “decent” time (in my opinion, that’s anytime before midnight) excited for a 7-8 hour sleep. Maybe you unwind with a good book or tv show or your favorite “iSomething”. What I should have said is sex, but let’s be honest—when women are exhausted or have sleep as their goal, sex often gets the proverbial “heave-ho”. It’s lights out and you’re finally asleep (maybe immediately or after some time has passed). When your eyes open again, you’re excited to hear the birds chirping and see the sun rising. The reality is that you’re in total darkness and the iSomething tells you it’s 3:30am. Come on—we’ve all been there! My guess is that you have already tried some of the following to improve your “sleep hygiene”:

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Topics: aging, menopause, Fiera Experts

Top Ten List of Cool Things to Know About the Female Body

The female body is pretty amazing. Childbirth alone is proof enough, but did you know that there are at least five different types of orgasm that women can experience?

Read on for ten little known facts that are sure to spice up any dinner party conversation.

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Topics: sex, Fiera Experts
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