Dialing in desire for women often more emotional than physical

Dialing in desire for women often more emotional than physical

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by KGW reporter Cathy Marshall

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Posted on June 7, 2013 at 5:44 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 7 at 5:45 PM

PORTLAND -- It’s something Doctors say many women are concerned about but few will bring up at an appointment. That’s why some Portland physicians and physical therapists started asking patients about their libido or sexual desire.

“It’s why I say there will be no female Viagra. A woman’s sexual response is just too complex. Men have a single switch. Women have a multi-dial control panel,” explained Legacy Dr. Audrey Curtis.

Dialing in desire for women can be more emotional than physical.

“Their best sexual experiences happen when they feel emotionally stable and in a secure relationship,” remarked Dr. Curtis.

Unexcited? It’s what the New York Times titled a multi-page article about whether a pill like Viagra would come out for women. It says the drug Lybrido may be it and could be on the market in three years.

“There may be a pill to increase want and desire but it’s not going to address the complexity of all that controls a woman’s sexual desire,” said Dr. Curtis.

A women’s health physical therapist in Portland believes the key to increasing libido for women is in the pelvic bowl.

“A lot of women come to my practice with congestion in that area of the body,” explained Tami Kent.

She’s the author of “Wild Feminine” which explains the connection. Kent makes adjustments to a woman’s pelvic area much like a chiropractor works on a back.

“Even after one visit they’ll notice an improvement in libido and the reason is they have more blood flow,” she said.

The method is catching on with women waiting three months for an appointment. At Legacy Women’s Specialties Dr. Curtis uses a more traditional method analyzing a woman’s stress level, diet and sleep habits.

“So much of the sexual response cycle is related to other medical conditions or stresses in life. It’s more of a result than the actual problem itself,” Dr. Curtis concluded.

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