A woman’s sex life is typically not something she discusses with many people. In fact, many women don’t discuss it at all, even when it’s going well. This can make conversations about sexual problems a great challenge, as women don’t know who to talk to, what’s normal or common, or where to turn for support.
However, just because sexual dysfunction can be a hard conversation to have doesn’t make it less important. It does make it more critical to have the conversation with someone you trust and respect. Dr. Taryll Jenkins of Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Medicine is committed to providing expert and compassionate care to every patient. Problems like this, and many others, are handled discreetly and without judgement. Knowing that they can trust Dr. Jenkins and his team, many patients have found answers for the reasons for their sexual dysfunction and treatment plans to alleviate it.
It’s important to recognize that sexual dysfunction is common. In fact, it’s estimated that it affects up to 40 percent of women in the United States. While little research has been conducted, there are medical reasons such as heart disease and diabetes, as well as hormones, and physical and psychological factors that contribute to sexual dysfunction.
When there’s a problem in the bedroom, many patients aren’t sure if they have a physical problem or an emotional one. The truth is that sexual dysfunction can manifest differently in every woman. For some it’s a lack of sexual desire or the inability to climax. Others report vaginal dryness or pain during sexual intercourse. Once you’ve identified the symptoms, you can talk to your physician about your concerns.
Sometimes, a simple conversation about the symptoms, your medical history, and your current medications can be all it takes to diagnose the issue. For example, many medications will alter the amount of estrogen and progesterone in your body. Both of these hormones are factors in your pelvic comfort, arousal, and satisfaction. In other cases, you may need more treatment in the way of medication, lifestyle changes, or physical therapy to improve the condition.
Regardless, the first step is to talk with your physician. Call Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Medicine today
We offer general care, gynecology, and obstetrics services that span all stages of a woman's life. Dr. Taryll L. Jenkins, MD received his undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University and Doctorate of Medicine from Meharry Medical College School of Medicine, TN. He completed his residency training at the University of Texas and Hermann Hospital, TX and is Board-certified from the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, with years of research experience.
Having graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelors of Science in Biological Chemistry in 2011, Dr. Stephanie Roy received her Doctor of Medicine Degree in 2015 from the University of Texas Medical Branch. Today she is a leading Board-certified physician who works hard to provide you and your family with high quality services. In addition to spending time at the practice, Dr. Roy possesses extensive volunteer experience in the community. She was also a tutor at the Medical Careers Diversity Program in 2012 and since then has spent her free time volunteering for the St. Vincent’s Clinic.
Dr. Tiffany Ikwuagwu is passionate about caring for the diverse communities in Katy and Houston, TX. Having completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Houston, her medical degree at the Baylor College of Medicine, and her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the McGovern Medical School, she worked as principal investigator on a research project with Dr. Nana Ankumah at UT Houston. A member of the American Medical Association, Texas Medical Association, and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Dr. Ikwuagwu has served in several leadership roles and has made many contributions to the community.
Yara Ramirez, MD earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Baylor University and her doctorate in medicine from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston where she also completed her residency. She won the Resident Teaching Award from UTMB’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology for two consecutive years.
Dr. Ramirez has researched extensively on many obstetrics-related topics. She has been a Junior Fellow Representative for the UTMB Residency Program and a Medical Student Education Committee Member at the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She has volunteered for various local and foreign community programs. Her fluency in Spanish and French is an asset to her organization.
Nadia Alexander is a Board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner with a Master’s of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center. With seven years of experience in women’s health and a focus on obstetrics and ambulatory gynecology (vaginitis, UTI, and vaginal bleeding), she provides quality, compassionate care to patients in various stages of reproductive life. She is fluent in English and Spanish and is the lead contact for our Telehealth service.