Fiera Healthcare Professionals Blog

The Rise of Sexually Transmitted Infections in Adolescents

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are on the rise, especially in the adolescent and young adult populations. An alarming study from 2009 revealed that 1 in 4 females between 14-19 years old had been diagnosed with an STI.[1] Risk factors that increase STI infection in young people include:

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Topics: Sex Talk, Fiera Experts, safe sex, HPV, Chlamydia, STI, Gonorrhea

LARC and Sexual function

As a gynecologist, I have spent much of my career preventing unintended pregnancies in my patients. As a resident and in the early days of my practice, I didn’t take into consideration the impact that contraception had on a woman’s sexual function because, at the time, the research on sexual side effects was lacking. However, in the past 15 years, we have seen a surge in evidence-based data regarding the impact of various birth control options on sexual function—both positive and negative.

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Topics: birth control, sexual function

Improving the Health Care of Women Who Have Sex With Women

Research has demonstrated that women who have sex with women (WSW) often feel stigmatized in the medical system leading to decreased access to care and poor health outcomes. This is due, in part, to an inherent heterosexual bias that unfortunately still exists in our country.

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Topics: lesbian, same-sex

Sexual Health And Menopausal Concerns In Survivorship

Since October is breast cancer awareness month, I have decided to devote this blog to the sexual health and menopausal concerns of women in survivorship. The National Cancer Institute defines survivorship medicine as the physical, psychological, and economic issues of cancer survivors that begins post-treatment and extends until the end of life. Survivorship covers issues related to access to health care, follow-up treatment, late effects of treatment, and quality of life. As a specialist in sexual medicine and menopausal health, I spend a great deal of time in my clinical practice addressing the latter 2 concerns.

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Topics: breast cancer, survivorship


About one fifth of acute myocardial infarctions (AMI) occur in people between the ages of 18 and 55 years old, of which 1/3 are women. The current study examines the differences between women and men, specifically their functional recovery (including sexual activity), following AMI.

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Topics: heart attack, ami, sexual function, acute myocardial infarction

Vulvodynia: Assessment and Treatment

According to the “2015 ISSVD, ISSWSH, and IPPS Consensus Terminology and Classification of Persistent Vulvar Pain and Vulvodynia” paper published this year in the Journal of Lower Genital Tract Disease, vulvodynia is described as a vulvar pain of at least 3 months duration, without clear identifiable cause, which may have potential associated factors. It is a condition that has baffled women’s health providers throughout the ages.

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Topics: vulvodynia

The Relationship Between Pain Intensity and Sexual Dysfunction/Dissatisfaction in Women With Provoked Vestibulodynia

Dyspareunia, or sexual pain, is one of the more common complaints that women’s primary care physicians encounter. Commonly prescribed medications, breastfeeding, hormonal changes, trauma, infection, and inflammatory conditions are just some of the etiologies behind sexual pain. Aerts et al. published an article this year in the Journal of Sexual Medicine evaluating the relationship between pain intensity and sexual dysfunction/dissatisfaction in women with provoked vestibulodynia[1].

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Topics: sexual dissatisfaction, sexual dysfunction, provoked vestibulodynia
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