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Is Your Weight Affecting Your Sex Life?

From the Show: HER
Summary: What if your weight -- or your diabetes -- is affecting your ability to have an orgasm?
Air Date: 6/26/14
Duration: 10
Host: Michelle King Robson and Pamela Peeke, MD
Guest Bio: Lauren Streicher, MD
laurenLauren Streicher, MD, is an Associate Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University's medical school, The Feinberg School of Medicine.

Her clinical interests include all aspects of women's health, but Dr. Streicher has a particular interest and expertise in menopause and sexual health.

She has devoted her career to the premise that if women are given good information, they will make good decisions for themselves and the people around them.

To that end, in addition to her practice and teaching activities, Dr. Streicher had dedicated her time to educating women through consumer publications and media appearances.

Dr. Streicher is currently appearing regularly on ABC's Windy City Live! and is a recurrent guest on shows such as the Dr. Oz Show, Steve Harvey Show, Today Show and Good Morning America-Health.

Dr. Streicher has had over 1000 appearances on local and national news regarding all aspects of women's health care in addition to contributing articles and being interviewed for magazines such as Glamour, Cosmo, Oprah! Marie Claire, Prevention, Women's Health, Self, Whole Living, All You, First for Women, Women's Day, Family Circle, and Shape.

She is the health expert for The Ladies Home Journal. She writes regularly as an "Expert Contributor" on the Dr. Oz Show web site and Everday Health.

Castle Connolly and Chicago Magazine have consistently recognized her as one of the "Top Doctors" in Chicago and she was featured in an article in Chicago Magazine's Top Doc issue. She was recently designated as one of the 100 Women of Influence by Today's Chicago Women magazine.

In addition to Love Sex Again: A Gynecologist Fixes The Medical Issues That Are Sabotaging Your Sex Life, Dr. Streicher published, The Essential Guide to Hysterectomy, (2004 and 2013)

Dr. Streicher is a Fellow in the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; a Diplomat of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology; a member of the Sexual Medicine Society of North America, Inc., The International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health, The Scientific Network on Female Sexual Health and Cancer, The Association for Gynecologic Laparoscopy; and is a Certified Menopause Practitioner of The North American Menopause Society.
  • Book Title: Love Sex Again: A Gynecologist Fixes The Medical Issues That Are Sabotaging Your Sex Life
Is Your Weight Affecting Your Sex Life?
You're tired, you're bloated and your moodiness has put you in a sexless mood.

On nights when you do engage in intimacy with your partner, the sex is good, but you're left without an orgasm.

What if your weight -- or your diabetes -- is affecting your ability to have an orgasm?

According to a study published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, middle-aged women whose diabetes requires insulin are 80 percent more likely to report trouble reaching an orgasm than women without diabetes.

It's hard for researchers to determine whether a particular woman's low libido is a result of diabetes, emotional issues, or something else, because low libido is common in women regardless of the presence of diabetes. So, addressing and treating the issues isn't so simple.

However, researchers are certain of one thing: chronic high blood glucose is behind many sexual problems people face, and the first line of action is to improve glucose control.

What if you're not diabetic, but simply overweight or obese?

Associate Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University's medical school, The Feinberg School of Medicine, Dr. Lauren Streicher, MD, discusses how your weight can affect your ability to have an orgasm.
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