NAMS Challenges New York Times Op-Ed, Nothing Is Wrong With Your Sex Drive
On Friday, February 27, the New York Times published the opinion piece, Nothing Is Wrong With Your Sex Drive, by Emily Nagoski. The NAMS Board of Trustees decided that the inaccuracies and biased messages of this piece could not go unaddressed. On February 27, the Board emailed a response to the New York Times editor, signed by the NAMS Executive Committee. To not respond would be to send a message of tacit agreement to our patients and further the misinformation that we know to be detrimental to the health and quality of life of all women. NAMS’ response is below:
The claim in Nothing Is Wrong With Your Sex Drive that hypoactive sexual desire disorder does not exist invalidates the experience of the 9.5% of American women who are currently living with this condition. As an organization devoted to promoting midlife women’s health, The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) wants to ensure the dissemination of accurate information. The FDA recognizes that low sexual desire with distress is an accepted disorder and among the top 20 unmet medical needs for women. As a testament to the importance of this problem, the FDA recently held a 2 day workshop to hear directly from women and experts in sexual medicine. There is not a 'one size fits all' treatment for sexual problems in women or men. While sex therapy may help some women, science has shown us that low desire is best understood from a biopsychosocial perspective. Women deserve a range of treatment options, and the distress they voice regarding their sexual problems should be respected.
The Executive Committee of The North American Menopause Society
Margery Gass, MD, NCMP
Andrew Kaunitz, MD, NCMP
Pauline Maki, PhD
Peter Schnatz, DO, NCMP
Marla Shapiro, MDCM, NCMP
Jan Shifren, MD, NCMP
Lynnette Sievert, PhD
Will a gluten-free diet really make you healthier?
Consumer Reports takes a look at one of the biggest tends in the food world.
Mature Women's Centre Medical Director Awarded Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
Congratulations to Dr. Richard Boroditsky for being awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal! This award was presented by The Honourable Janis G. Johnson in recognition of Dr. Boroditsky’s outstanding contributions to our community and our country.
Dr. Boroditsky began his career in women’s health in the late 1960s at a time when sexual health was still a taboo subject. He started with speaking engagements on behalf of Planned Parenthood and in the 1970s, he joined the first family planning program in Manitoba at the Women’s Hospital in Health Sciences Centre, started by his professor and mentor Dr M. Roulston. He went on to become President of Planned Parenthood, and in this role he promoted sexuality, education in schools and encouraged physicians in the community to provide sexual education.
In the 1980s, Dr. Boroditsky developed the minimally invasive surgical gynecology program at Health Sciences Centre through the University of Manitoba’s Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences. He chaired the minimally invasive surgery gynecology committee and became head of the day surgery program. Dr. Boroditsky was instrumental in converting half of all three to five day surgeries into minimally invasive day surgeries. He also chaired The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada’s social and sexual committee, wherein he developed guidelines and promoted sexual health education.
In the 1990s, Dr. Boroditsky shifted his focus to mature women. In 1992, he collaborated with colleagues Beth Brunsdon-Clark and Terri Ibbott to create a menopause program. Their approach to caring for mature women was unique at the time as it focused on prevention with the goal of preventing disease and maintaining physical, emotional, and sexual health and ensuring quality of life. This program would ultimately become the acclaimed Mature Women’s Centre, a nurse-managed program now located at Victoria General Hospital that aims to meet the health needs of women as they move through the menopause transition. Dr. Boroditsky is the Medical Director of the Mature Women’s Centre.
In the past decade, Dr. Boroditsky has focused on expanding the Mature Women’s Centre to its current state. A large part of the expansion was the establishment of the Hysterectomy Alternatives (HAlt) Program. HAlt began as a research project for Uterine fibroid embolization (deliberately blocking blood vessels feeding the fibroids using angiography). Since its inception, over 250 embolizations have been done through Halt. For every 100 patients referred to the program, only two or three of these patients require hysterectomies. The remaining patients are able to benefit from other medical alternatives and less invasive surgical techniques.
The expanded Mature Women’s Centre contains the only gynecology procedure room in the province. About half of all women’s health surgeries performed in Winnipeg operating rooms could be done utilizing this type of procedure room.
Dr. Boroditsky has worked passionately to educate students, physicians, other healthcare professionals, and our community in all areas of women’s health and is seen as a leader in this field across Canada. His commitment to improving reproductive, sexual, and mature women’s health has made a difference in the lives of countless women in our community and beyond.
Reduce risk of cancer with the pill
Mature Women's Centre Medical Director Dr. Richard Boroditsky discusses the non-contraceptive benefits of the birth control pill in the latest issue of The Jewish Post & News.
The Jewish Post & News
July 24. 2013
Program offers alternatives to hysterectomy
The Jewish Post & News profiles the Hysterectomy Alternatives Program (HAlt) at Mature Women's Centre.
The Jewish Post & News
March 20, 2013
Sigma Canadian Menopause Society 1st Annual Conference
Menopause Redefined: Building on the Evidence
Fairmont Chateau Laurier Hotel
May 3-5, 2013
Mature Women's Centre provides cervical cancer screening on Pap Day
On October 22, the Mature Women's Centre team served over 50 women in need of routine cervical cancer screening for our 6th annual free walk-in Pap Day.
Mark Your Calendar!
Pap Test Day
Monday, October 22, 2012
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Mature Women's Centre
2340 Pembina Highway
A regular Pap test can reduce a woman's chance of developing cervical cancer. All women (from the time they become sexually active until age 70) should have a Pap test at least every two years. No appointment is necessary. For more information, call the Mature Women's Centre at (204) 477-3505.
USA Today Article Examines Failure Rate of Hot Flash Remedies
A recent USA Today article takes a look at the effectiveness of hot flash treatments.
January 16, 2012
More Magazine Article Offers Readers Latest Info on Hormone Therapy
The October 2011 issue of More Magazine offers readers an overview of the latest treatments for symptoms of menopause.
New Information on Breast Cancer
The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada weighs in on negative media reports which implicate menopausal hormone therapy as a causative factor for breast cancer.
Hormone Therapy and Breast Cancer
The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada's Executive Vice-President speaks out about the effects of recent and misleading media coverage.
Dr. André Lalond
Executive Vice-President, Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada
October 29, 2010
American Society of Bone and Mineral Research Panel Announces Long-Term Use Of Highly Effective Osteoporosis Drugs May Be Related To Unusual Thigh Bone Fractures
A widely prescribed class of drugs is highly effective in reducing common bone fractures in people with osteoporosis, but an expert panel announced today that these same drugs - when used long term - may be related to unusual but serious fractures of the thigh bone. In the most comprehensive scientific report to date on the topic, the task force reviewed 310 cases of "atypical femur fractures," and found that 94 per cent (291) of patients had taken the drugs, most for more than five years. The task force members emphasized that atypical femur fractures represent less than one percent of hip and thigh fractures overall and therefore are very uncommon.
"For the vast majority of patients with osteoporosis, these drugs are an important weapon against fractures and their benefits far outweigh the risks of using them," said task force co-chair and lead author Elizabeth Shane, M.D., of Columbia University. "Most of the patients who experienced these atypical femur fractures had been taking bisphosphonates for more than five years. However, we are concerned that there may be a relationship between these fractures and long-term bisphosphonate use and, although the risk is low, we want to make sure that people know about the warning signs," she said.
Source: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research
September 14, 2010
Osteoporosis Canada's Response to Calcium Supplementation
Osteoporosis Canada offers their view on calcium supplementation.
Winnipeg Free Press Article Responds To Oprah Winfrey's Hormonal Advice For Menopausal Women
Oprah is rich, popular, internationally known, and media smart. But should menopausal women follow her advice on hormone therapy? W. Gifford-Jones, MD weighs in on Oprah's support of natural hormones.
November 20, 2009
More Magazine Article Explains Role Of Hormonal Changes In Midlife Sex
The November 2009 issue of More magazine reminds readers that changes in your body and libido as you age are normal, as is the decision to seek treatment.
NAMS Responds To Two Recent Oprah Winfrey Broadcasts on Custom-Compounded Bioidentical Hormone Therapy
The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) confirms its support of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other scientific organizations that have warned women about the potential harm from these products.
February 5, 2009
Mature Women's Centre Lifestyle Program Nominated for Healthy Living Award
The Mature Women's Centre TLC "Time for a Lifestyle Change" Program team has been nominated for a 2009 Healthy Living award! The awards, which are sponsored by the Reh-Fit Foundation, recognize individuals and organizations who dedicate their time and energy toward helping others enjoy a healthy, active life.
The TLC "Time for a Lifestyle Change" Program is an innovative, hands-on approach to improving lifestyle habits. A dietician, kinesiologist, nurse, and pharmacist guide small groups through practical activities to help them take steps toward a healthier future.