bonus episode 2. Let’s talk menopause & sexual function ft. Stephanie Faubion M.D., M.B.A. & Leading the Rounds

Surprise! We are back with another bonus episode for you all!  A couple of weeks ago we sat down with Mayo Clinic’s Dr. Stephanie Faubion and Peter & Caleb from Leading the Rounds to talk about Dr. Faubion’s research, work, and role as a female in medicine. In this episode we discuss menopause and sexual function in aging women. We answer questions like: How are women who are forced into menopause affected by this life change? Is menopause becoming a dark hole in medicine? What steps do providers take to assess sexual function in women? And more! So join in the conversation this week to hear from an expert in women’s health to learn more about the changes females experience in their health across their lifetime. Also, if you want to listen to the remainder of the conversation where we talk about women as leaders in medicine, check out the other half of the episode on Leading the Rounds! 

Show Notes:

We have a special episode for you today! We got to sit down, over zoom of course, with Dr. Stephanie Faubion from the Mayo Clinic in collaboration with a podcast called Leading the Rounds. 

Dr. Faubion is an internal medicine physician at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, whose broad interest is in women’s health, but whose work is primarily in evaluating and treating women with menopausal, hormonal and sexual health concerns. She is the Penny and Bill George Director for Mayo Clinic’s Center for Women’s Health and the Director of the North American Menopause Society. She is passionate about research and building the evidence base so that clinical practice can be rooted in this and her research group developed a clinical database called the Data Registry on Experiences of Aging, Menopause and Sexuality also known as DREAMS. This database has years of longitudinal data with over 7,000 patients and is the basis of many large research projects. 

We talked with Dr. Faubion about her research and work in the clinic treating women across many ages with health concerns related to menopause and sexual dysfunction. And our friends at Leading the Rounds talked with her and us about her journey through leadership and perspectives she’s developed along the way.  

The background:
Menopause and low sexual desire are both poorly understood but both have a great impact on women’s health. 

Menopause is defined as 12 months without a period. And most of the changes that a person assigned female at birth goes through, usually in their 50s, are a result of decreased estrogen production from having fewer eggs.

Women will have hot flashes, vaginal dryness, increased risk of atherosclerosis, and osteoporosis. These are just some of the symptoms of menopause.

But aging and menopause go together, and in the societal sense of beauty and what we classify as beautiful, aging doesn’t lend to that, which is why we don’t often talk about or value menopause.

And as women enter menopause, the crux of the matter is that they are no longer able to bear children, which is something that society cares about.

There are also many misconceptions about menopause, that Dr. Faubion talks about more in our discussion.

The other topic that we touch on with Dr. Faubion is another part of her research, relating to female sexual dysfunction. What we discuss really puts into clinical context some of what we covered in our episode on Flibanserin.

But as a reminder, low sexual function in women is not an uncommon issue, and yet is barely discussed. Dr. Faubion talks with us about how we diagnose this concern in women and what factors play into that. We absolutely loved chatting with her, Peter and Caleb from Leading the Rounds and hope you enjoy hearing it!

Sources:

Newman, R. G. (2016, July 24). Embracing the Image in the Mirror by Stephanie S. Faubion, M.D. Retrieved February 22, 2021, from https://motherhoodlater.com/embracing-the-image-in-the-mirror-by-stephanie-s-faubion-m-d/

Stephanie S. Faubion, M.D., M.B.A. (2020, April 23). Retrieved February 22, 2021, from https://www.mayo.edu/research/faculty/faubion-stephanie-s-m-d-m-b-a/bio-20199366

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