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Sexual Health

Shelly R Coe, MD -  - Gynecologist

Shelly R Coe, MD

Gynecologist & Certified Menopause Practitioner located in Newport Beach, CA

Did you know a fulfilling sex life reduces stress, improves sleep, and is an important aspect of your overall health, wellness, and longevity? The World Health Organization defines sexual health “as a state of physical, emotional, mental, and social well-being in relation to sexuality.” Shelly R. Coe, MD, is a member of the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH) and has made it her mission to help women understand their sexual health and support women’s sexual rights. She offers consultations regarding sexual health concerns at her Newport Beach, California, practice. To learn more, call the office today, or request an appointment online.

Sexual Health Q & A


What are common sexual concerns for women?

Some common health issues that can affect sexual health include:

Vaginal atrophy

Women experience a number of physical symptoms as they go through menopause, including changes in vaginal health that lead to tissue thinning, dryness, and inflammation, which is referred to as vaginal atrophy. These vaginal changes can affect lubrication and your ability to enjoy intercourse with your partner.

Desire disorders

Some women experience a lack of sexual desire, which can put a strain on your relationship. Desire disorders can develop from hormonal changes after childbirth and menopause, use of certain medications, stress, acute or chronic abuse, and chronic diseases such as cancer.


Dyspareunia is the medical term for painful intercourse. You may experience this pain before, during, or after sexual contact. Dyspareunia can develop from a number of causes, including physical and emotional issues.

Common causes of dyspareunia include:

  • Hormone changes that affect lubrication
  • Vaginal atrophy
  • Structural anomalies
  • Skin disorders
  • Stress
  • History of sexual abuse

What treatments can improve sexual health?

Your care is individualized based on the underlying cause of your sexual health concern, and may include: 

  • Lifestyle modification
  • Hormonal and nonhormonal therapy
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Pelvic floor physical therapy
  • Couple's therapy


Your sexual health shouldn’t be ignored, since it is part of your overall general health. Dr. Coe is an expert in women’s sexual health and provides knowledgeable care to improve or restore sexual health. Call Dr. Coe’s office today, or schedule a consultation using the online request button.