Enhanced Female Satisfaction Can Lead to Relationship, Quality-of-Life
SKILLMAN, N.J., Nov. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Leading sexual wellness experts who attended a satellite symposium of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) Annual Conference in San Francisco on Sunday agreed that better intimacy can lead to better relationships and ultimately, better overall well-being. The group reached this consensus after a review and discussion of scientific research demonstrating how enhancing couples' sexual experiences can provide physical and emotional quality-of-life benefits.
Sponsored by McNEIL-PPC Inc., Enhancing Female Sexual Well-Being: Better Sex, Better Intimacy, Better Relationships also provided a forum for these experts to discuss female sexual well-being and scientific research regarding intimate relationship enhancement. The group examined barriers to optimal female sexual well-being and discussed female intimacy enhancement products.
"Enhancing a woman's sexual pleasure and feelings of intimacy is not only important to her, but it can certainly have a positive impact on her relationship and overall quality of life," said Dr. Sandra Leiblum*, Director of Psychological Services New Jersey Center for Sexual Wellness. "Exploring such enhancements in a forum like this is a significant step in furthering the understanding of female intimate satisfaction."
The panel featured some of the nation's most respected sexual health and medical experts, psychologists and professional faculty.** Among the distinguished participants were co-chair and speaker Dr. Hilda Hutcherson, Clinical Professor of OBGYN at Columbia University, who discussed women's awareness about increasing their sexual function and how heightened intimacy can lead to overall better health. Hutcherson reiterated that women with more active and satisfying sexual relationships report consistently higher ratings of emotional and relationship satisfaction than women with unsatisfying sexual relationships. Hutcherson's symposium co-chair Dr. Sheryl A. Kingsberg, Associate Professor and Chief of the Division of Behavioral Medicine at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, addressed the female brain/body connection to sexual response and the roles of emotion and health in the outcome. Kingsberg stated that the key to understanding female sexual function is to not only look at the objective data but also focus on a patient's satisfaction and sense of psychological and relationship well-being.
Other speakers addressed barriers to sexual health, including medical and emotional concerns as they correlate to common relationship issues. Dr. Pepper Schwartz***, Professor of Sociology at the University of Washington, spoke to how sexual relationships, intimacy and communication contribute to overall female sexual well-being. She emphasized that sexuality is a critical part of intimate health, requiring open communication between partners, noting that couples with strong communication have increased intimate and overall relationship satisfaction. Likewise, Dr. Michael Krychman, Executive Director Southern California Center for Sexual Health & Survivorship Medicine, explored the connection between sexual well-being and sexual medicine and psychology including data to support that individuals with good, satisfying sex lives experience improved health, decreased chronic disease and longevity. Dr. Raymond Rosen, Chief Scientist New England Research Institutes, discussed how traditional measures of female sexuality are focused only on sexual dysfunction, and noted that necessary work is being done currently to develop validated scales for measuring female well being in non clinical subjects.
Healthy intimacy, including increased sexual activity and satisfaction, also was linked to over-the-counter intimacy-enhancement products. Dr. Sandra Leiblum addressed the changing perspectives on personal lubricants from problem-solution to intimacy enhancement. Stanley Althof, Ph.D., Executive Director Center for Marital & Sexual Health of South Florida, shared how over- the-counter intimacy-enhancement products can help women - both those experiencing sexual problems and those who are not - who want to enhance their sexual satisfaction. He emphasized the importance of this, as women are too often left unsatisfied in their intimate life.
Acting in cooperation with McNEIL-PPC, Inc. in presenting Enhancing Female Sexual Well-Being: Better Sex, Better Intimacy, Better Relationships was the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists, International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health, Society for Sex Therapy and Research and The Women's Sexual Health Foundation.
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* Dr. Sandra Leiblum is a consultant to McNEIL-PPC, Inc.
** All panelists were compensated by McNEIL-PPC, Inc. for their
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