A Deeper Understanding of Sexual Health and Function – Madison, WI

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When: July 20-21, 2019

Where: A Woman’s Touch Sexuality Resource Center, Madison, WI

Instructors: Myrtle Wilhite, MD, MS and Ellen Barnard MSSW 

About the instructors and the venue: Myrtle is a physician educator with and Ellen is a social worker & educator and are co-owners of A Woman’s Touch Sexuality Resource Center. Their mission is to provide practical ways for everyone to support sexual health and pleasure

Audience: Any medical or sexual health professionals

Summary: The very nature of pelvic floor therapy puts clinicians a unique position to encounter a variety of questions and concerns about sexual function and wellness. This course will help clinicians understand sexual anatomy & physiology, basic sexual psychology, and gain a better understanding of healthy sexual function and common sexual dysfunction. The course is also designed to help clinicians become comfortable talking about sex and sexuality,and develop the skills to answer basic questions, make useful suggestions, and make referrals to the appropriate professionals when needed. This course will include presentation, interaction, question & answer opportunities, and hands-on experiences with sexual devices.

Participants will learn:

  • A better understanding of healthy sexual function and common sexual dysfunction they are likely to encounter in pelvic floor patients
  • The skills to comfortably elicit concerns from patients about sexual health and function
  • How cancer treatment affects sexual function
  • Resources and simple strategies to offer patients to improve sexual health and function 
  • Specific information on non-pharmacologic ways  to treat common sexual dysfunction
  • The ways that lubricants, vibrators, and other sexual aids can be a part of treatment



8:30 Breakfast and Registration

9:00 Anatomy & physiology of sexual function, arousal and sexual response. Basis of sexual wellness: diet, exercise, routine arousal.

11:00 Break

11:15 Understanding libido: three facets of libido (interest, initiative, sensory integration). Why denial and dissociation are protective. Special topic #1: The autonomic alarm system, how it impacts desire/libido, lessons for improving function.

12:30 Lunch

1:30 Special topic #2: common cancer treatments, and their effect on the physical & physiological systems. The mind-body connection: The psychological effects of sexual pain and how to help people get back on track.

3:00 Break

3:15 Supporting sexual health and function:

  • Key medications and their impact on sexual function. 
  • A rationale for rehabilitation without medications.
  • Clinical Questions

5:00 Adjourn


9:00 What is normal?

  • Understanding the range of “normal” libido, variations in sexual function and sexual expression. 
  • Common issues one may encounter in the course of pelvic floor therapy. 
  • Asking the questions that lead to productive conversation.

10:00 Break

10:15 Common sexual dysfunctions and non-pharmacological ways to address them:

  • Dyspareunia (secondary to menopause, radiation, surgery, or other reasons)
  • In-depth discussion of the Vaginal Renewal Program
  • All about lubricants
  • Anorgasmia – primary and secondary

12:15 Lunch

1:00 Erectile Dysfunction:

  • Due to chronic illness or aging
  • Post prostate-cancer treatment
  • Arousal or Sensation changes
  • Libido

2:30 Break

2:45 Devices/Tools that facilitate sexual function

  • Understanding the differences
  • Helping patients choose
  • Integration of course content: case scenarios

4:00 Adjourn


40 available
Sexual Health - Super Early Bird (until January 20, 2019)$450.00

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