Many doctors don't routinely ask women about their sex lives and women often won't bring it up. Women need to know that there are proven treatments available to improve or eliminate these problems. —Dr. Jay Bishoff

MURRAY — Women with sexual health concerns often don't know where to go to discuss such matters, but a new clinic at the Intermountain Medical Center aims to provide that resource.

The Female Sexual Medicine Clinic will address the complex issues that can lead to pain and arousal problems in up to 40 percent of women. Care will begin with a comprehensive medical history and exam, conducted by Haley Summerhays, a nurse practitioner who is certified in women's health.

She said listening to a patient's needs is often "the best way to discover what the underlying issue is and how to treat it."

Following a diagnosis, treatment of sexual problems may include specialized physical therapy, consultation with social workers, medical or surgical treatment by a dermatologist, gynecologist or urologist, as well as medication changes and more.

The clinic models one that has been successful in treating women in Texas, where Dr. Jay Bishoff, director of Intermountain's Urological Institute previously practiced.

"This is a big concern for so many women, but often they don't feel they have a place to turn or don't feel comfortable talking about the problem," he said. "Many doctors don't routinely ask women about their sex lives and women often won't bring it up. Women need to know that there are proven treatments available to improve or eliminate these problems."

The clinic is located at the Murray hospital and anyone interested in learning more or scheduling an appointment should call the clinic at 801-507-3400.

Wendy Leonard

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