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Sexual Health

UCSF is unique in offering services for women who have sexual health concerns. Sexual Health education is a key factor in serving the community of women who seek care for these concerns. Women for whom these services would be valuable include those:

  • with sexual desire concerns
  • who have pain with sexual activity
  • with cancer who are planning treatment and are concerned about sexual and gynecologic side effects
  • who have been treated for cancer and are having gynecologic and sexual side effects
  • with physical disabilities
  • with intellectual disabilities
  • who have sexual concerns after pregnancy
  • with alternative sexual practices

Tami Rowen, MD, MS, our lead caregiver for Sexual Health, is a board certified obstetrician and gynecologist and assistant clinical professor at UCSF. She provides care for women with sexual health concerns, among other health problems, and has participated in several national and international studies on women’s sexual health.

Dr. Rowen has been a sexual health educator and scholar for over 15 years. She has up to date knowledge of hormone replacement therapies, complimentary and alternative therapies, surgical treatment of common and rare gynecologic conditions and a large national referral network. Dr. Rowen is the education co-chair for the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH), organizing national and international courses for providers from multiple disciplines to learn state of the art updates in female sexual health and treatment of sexual health concerns. Additionally, Dr. Rowen is on the digital editorial board of the Berkeley Wellness Letter, has been a contributor to KQED Forum, among other news outlets. She is also an Associate Editor for the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Related Links:

Read a recently published interview with Dr. Rowen in the Berkeley Wellness Letter: Flibanserin, the 'Viagra for Women’.

Listen to Dr. Rowen discuss the latest developments on Women's Sexual Health on KQED Forum.