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The BIO in Biopsychosocial — Medications for Sexual Health

ABOUT THE EPISODE

In this episode, Dr. Mona Gupta and Dr. Melissa Dahir join Dr. Kelly Casperson to discuss the importance of sexual health and the
misconceptions surrounding it. They emphasize that sexual health is a bio-psycho-social issue and should be treated as such. The panel also addresses the black box warnings and misconceptions associated with sexual desire drugs, highlighting the benefits and considerations of these medications. They debunk the myth that alcohol is unsafe to consume while taking these drugs and discuss the positive effects of these medications on sleep. The panel also explores the sexual side effects of antidepressants and provides strategies for managing them. They delve into the use of testosterone replacement therapy and its impact on sexual health. Finally, they offer advice on navigating medications and seeking help for sexual health issues.

HERE’S WHAT WE DISCUSS

  • Sexual health is a bio-psycho-social issue that should be treated
    holistically.
  • Addyi – how it works, its influence on sleep, and its safety profile, and it works in pre and post menopausal women.
  • Black box warnings and misconceptions surrounding sexual desire drugs should be reevaluated, as these medications can have significant benefits for individuals.
  • Alcohol consumption is not necessarily unsafe while taking sexual desire drugs, and the effects of these medications on sleep can be positive.
  • The sexual side effects with SSRI’s and common psychiatric medications.
  • Antidepressants can have sexual side effects, but there are strategies for managing these issues, such as adjusting the dosage or adding complementary medications.
  • Testosterone replacement therapy can be an effective treatment for sexual health issues, particularly when used in conjunction with other therapies.
  • When seeking help for sexual health issues, it is important to find a provider who is knowledgeable and supportive.
about our guests

Dr. Melissa Dahir, DNP, IF has been the Midwest’s leading healthcare expert in sexual medicine and vulvar pain disorders since 2006. In 2012 the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH) named her an ISSWSH Fellow (IF) which is a top distinction in this field. She strongly believes that ongoing research is the key to advancing women’s sexual health.
 
Dr. Mona Gupta, a renowned psychiatrist with seven practices and growing in North Carolina, is a forward-thinking key opinion leader in psychiatry. Specializing in breaking down patients’ problems into manageable components, she facilitates easier tackling. Dr. Gupta, a passionate advocate for women’s sexual health, emphasizes its undervalued role in mental health and overall wellbeing.

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Kelly Casperson, MD

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Dr. Kelly Casperson is a board certified urologist. That makes her an expert of the pelvis. And her mission is to empower women to live their best love lives. Because let’s be honest. None of us were taught right. Combining the power of mind, body and relationships, Dr. Kelly joyously breaks down the societal barriers that are keeping us from awakening into our best intimate experience.

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Whether you are young or past menopause, single or in a long-term bond, it is never too late or too early to realize YOU ARE NOT BROKEN. With humor, candor and ease, I break down the stories that we have been told about being sexual beings, to help us play, explore, and normalize our lives. Nothing in this podcast is personal medical advice, of course.

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