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Loyola brings together experts in gynecology, urology, psychology, nutrition and other fields to help couples improve their sexual health. The Sexual Wellness Clinic is a six-week holistic program to help improve a couple’s relationship, health, emotions and life balance.
In addition to helping couples improve emotional intimacy, Loyola specialists address such common problems as:
- Decreased libido.
- Painful intercourse.
- Inability to have an orgasm.
- Erectile dysfunction.
- Premature ejaculation.
Each week, couples will take part in an informational group session to learn about the many factors that affect intimacy. (Participants will not be asked to talk about their sexual relationship in a group setting.) Topics range from how nutrition and yoga improve sexual wellness to how being open and vulnerable creates greater intimacy. A urologist and gynecologist will offer physical exams and provide treatment options for physical problems if needed.
Loyola’s Sexual Wellness Clinic was initially established in 1972 as the first sex clinic in the Chicago area. The program was founded by Domeena Renshaw, MD, a pioneer in sex therapy. Dr. Renshaw previously worked in gynecology and urology and noted the overwhelming lack of sex education available at the time. After nearly 40 years of counseling couples, Dr. Renshaw closed her clinic and retired in 2009. The clinic is being re-established to build on Dr. Renshaw’s work and is being led by a new team, which includes:
Mary Lynn, DO, co-director of the Loyola Sexual Wellness Clinic and assistant professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine (SSOM).
Pat Mumby, PhD, co-director of the Loyola Sexual Wellness Clinic and professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neurosciences, SSOM.
John Wheeler Jr., MD, FACS, professor, Department of Urology, SSOM.
Ahmer Farooq, DO, assistant professor, Department of Urology, SSOM.
The clinic will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. beginning Wednesday, Sept. 11, through Wednesday, Oct. 16. The program will be available again beginning in January and in the spring.
Couples interested in this program should call (708) 216-2364.