MCFS Clinical Director responds to the New York Times.

New York Times

Sunday Magazine

November 29, 2009

Dear Editor:

Daniel Bergner’s article in the Times magazine section, “Women Who Want to Want,” once again poignantly expresses both the deep distress felt by women with the loss of their libido as well as the complexity of understanding and treating the condition. Women’s loss of desire, while experienced sharply and distinctly, can be extraordinarily varied in both its primary cause, its contributing factors and in the range of treatment options.

Women’s sexual problems, of necessity, must be assessed by integrating the emotional, physical, chemical and psychosocial perspectives in order for us to be successful in treating them. Most often, as your article states, recommended treatment protocols are unilateral; the underlying assumption being that one “magic bullet,” should alleviate the problem. Often we find that this leaves women who have tried a single approach feeling as though they have failed; and more hopeless, resigned and unhappy.

Only with an integrated approach to diagnosing and treating women with female sexual dysfunction, more will have a better chance at achieving what they are looking for, a full and satisfying sex life. While critics may believe this is yet another “luxury” health problem, we’re certain none of them would want to settle for a tepid sex life. And if what we see in our practice is any indication, they’re in good company.

Bat Sheva Marcus LMSW, MPH, PhD

Clinical Director

Medical Center for Female Sexuality

2975 Westchester Avenue

Purchase, New York 10577

(914) 328-3700

260 East 66th Street

New York, New York 10065

(646) 839-0700

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