Sexual Medicine

At Aurora Women's Health and Wellness Center

Are you one of the 43 percent of women experiencing a sexual health problem? Female Sexual Dysfunction (FSD) affects nearly half of all women; unfortunately, many health care providers don't discuss a woman’s sexual health unless she brings it up. FSD continues to be one of the most under-diagnosed medical problems in the U.S.

FSD is classified into three main categories:

  • Female Orgasmic Disorder
  • Female Sexual Interest/Arousal Disorder
  • Genito-Pelvic Pain/Penetration Disorder

FSD symptoms range in type and severity and may include:

  • Low libido or sexual desire
  • Fear of sexual activity 
  • Decreased sensitivity and ability to be stimulated
  • Dryness during intercourse
  • Inability or difficulty reaching orgasm
  • Diminished orgasmic response
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Spasms and tightening of vaginal muscles
  • Vulvar pain - vulvodynia

There are many factors that can negatively impact a woman’s sexual well-being, including:

  • Birth control pills
  • Depression
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Body image or self-esteem issues
  • Diabetes
  • Pain
  • Breastfeeding
  • Drug or alcohol abuse
  • Pelvic surgery or injury
  • Cancer and cancer treatments
  • Heart Disease
  • Relationship problems
  • Certain medications
  • Infertility
  • Sexual/emotional/physical abuse
  • Childbirth
  • Menopause
  • Stress

Our Approach to Comprehensive Care

A sexual health issue should never be ignored. FSD not only affects a woman’s quality of life, self-esteem and relationships – it may also be a marker of a serious underlying medical disease, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease or depression.

One of the most difficult parts of treatment is taking the first step to acknowledge the problem and seek a solution. At the Aurora Women’s Health and Wellness Center, our Sexual Medicine program takes the anxiety out of this process. We offer a highly compassionate and sensitive team of providers with training and experience in treating sexual health issues.

Treatment plans are customized to meet the specific needs of each woman and may include:

  • Biofeedback
  • Topical and oral medications
  • Pelvic floor therapy
  • Psychotherapy and counseling
  • Treatment for underlying health concerns
  • Surgery

For additional information about the Sexual Medicine program, please call 414-329-5930.

Our Experts

  • Danielle Tonelli, DO, board-certified family medicine physician, fellowship-trained women's health specialist
  • Shaheera Kader, MD, board-certified family medicine physician, fellowship-trained women's health specialist
  • Joelle Wennlund, MD, board-certified gynecologist

Biofeedback Team: 414-329-5650

  • Jeannette Tries, Ph. D, OTR, BCIAC-PMDB, therapy director, occupational therapist
  • Mary Plummer, OTR, BCIA, occupational therapist, Biofeedback Certification Institute: Senior Fellow
  • Lisa Fisher, OTR, CLT, occupational therapist, certified lymphedema therapist