September is Menopause Awareness Month
One in 3 Women are affected by a medical condition due to menopause
Dr. Lisa Masterson is best known as a former co-host of the popular TV series, The Doctors, and for her weekly iTunes podcast, Health in Heels. She is also the recipient of a Red Cross Humanitarian Award and the March of Dimes Golden Rattle Award in recognition of her charity and advocacy work. Now she is taking time out of her busy schedule to help women deal with a highly sensitive topic: painful sex after menopause.
When it comes to menopause, most women are prepared for hot flashes, night sweats and mood swings. However, one of the most common symptoms of menopause is one that is rarely talked about: dyspareunia or pain during intimacy (intercourse). This condition is a symptom of vulvar and vaginal atrophy (VVA), which is the result of decreasing estrogen levels due to aging.
It is estimated that 50% of postmenopausal women experience VVA symptoms and that 40% of those women experience painful intercourse. Unfortunately, many women accept this painful condition as an inevitable part of menopause. Healthcare providers often hesitate to bring up the subject for fear of embarrassing their patients and women are reluctant to address such an intimate subject themselves. The result is that many women end up suffering in silence at the expense of the closeness they once shared with their partners.
Intimacy after menopause is healthy and important. Dr. Masterson wants postmenopausal women who are experiencing painful intercourse to know that treatment options are available and encourages women to talk to their healthcare provider about which treatment option is right for them.
Join me in a recent interview with Dr. Masterson as she discussed everything women should know about the menopause journey, including:
- Treatment options
See the entire interview here: https://youtu.be/geaAuc2raQM
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More about Lisa M. Masterson, M.D.
Lisa M. Masterson, M.D. has pioneered the evolution of women’s healthcare into the 21st century. A specialist in obstetrics, gynecology, infertility, adolescent gynecology and family planning, Dr. Masterson has redefined the role of a gynecologist. However, most people will recognize her as the Emmy-nominated co-host of the Emmy-winning hit syndicated daytime medical talk show, The Doctors and her popular weekly lifestyle podcast Heath in Heels with Dr. Lisa available on iTunes.
Dr. Masterson’s unique practice includes a myriad of services not found in today’s traditional gynecological medicine, paving the way for advancement in her field. Genecology merges with esthetic services at her Ocean Oasis Medical Spa, which offers customized spa treatments as well as exercise and nutrition programs that cater specifically to each phase of a woman’s life.
At the forefront in education, Dr. Masterson holds seminars on adolescent sexuality for teens and parents and has written Go Figure, a workbook for young girls detailing the changes throughout their bodies.
Her reach stretches across borders. Striving to provide global medical relief to underdeveloped regions, Dr. Masterson has created Maternal Fetal Care International (www.mfci.net), a charitable organization dedicated to making every mother and child count around the globe. MFCI brings volunteer physicians to treat needy women and children and provides medical supplies, equipment and training to elevate the standard of medical care and decrease the mother-child transmission of HIV/AIDS. In addition to establishing birthing centers in Kenya and India, Dr. Lisa Masterson co-founded in Eritrea the first OG/GYN residency program in all of sub-Saharan Africa. Indeed, it is because of her life-saving work with MFCI, and her contribution to the medical field, Dr. Masterson was honored in 2007 by the Santa Monica Red Cross, the recipient of The Golden Rattle Award in 2008 by the March of Dimes, and again in 2009 as a member of the cast of The Doctors by the Santa Monica Red Cross at their annual Red Tie Ball.
Dr. Masterson’s work with MFCI, which is tackling one of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, earned her the honor of addressing the United Nations Foundation’s Social Good Summit in New York back in September, 2010. In addition, Dr. Masterson has been recruited as a “Champion” for the UN Foundation’s Girl Up program, which inspires American teenage girls to help raise money to support health and educational programs that will improve the lives of teenage girls in impoverished areas around the world.
As a child, Dr. Masterson was propelled into fulfilling her dreams and given the strength and tools to make a true mark on the world. Indeed, Dr. Masterson comes from a long line of extraordinary women. Her grandmother, Mattie Ruth Smith, was the eldest of twelve children in Louisiana, whom she helped raise before becoming a schoolteacher in black schools throughout the state. Dr. Masterson’s mother, La V’onne, was a professor at the University of Washington and subsequently served in the Office of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). She then moved on to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and was offered the directorship of the EEOC’s office in San Diego, where Dr. Masterson attended The Bishop’s School, a well-respected private school in La Jolla.
Still, the journey Dr. Masterson took towards becoming a doctor was hardly paved as readers will discover in Dr. Masterson’s poignant and powerful memoir titled Paper Dollhouse published by Globe Pequot. Upon graduation, Dr. Masterson entered Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts and went on to Medical School at the University of Southern California. In 1993, during her first year as an Obstetrics and Gynecology intern at USC/County Hospital, Dr. Masterson’s mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer. A year later, Ms. La V’onne
Smith passed away leaving behind a remarkable legacy.
Dr. Masterson knows, “Because of my mother’s strength and independence as a woman, she was, and is, my governing inspiration. As a private person, she gave us all the encouragement and nourishment a mother could give. As a public figure, she was a major participant in the equal rights movement which has always been foremost in my life.”
Dr. Masterson has appeared on Dr. Phil, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show, Oprah After the Show, Good Morning America, CNN Headline News, Anderson Copper 360, The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, The Tyra Banks Show, Good Day Live, The Other Half, Berman and Berman, Strictly Sex With Dr. Drew, Lifetime’s What Should You Do?, Mo’Nique, Rachel Ray, The Wendy Williams Show, The T.O. Show and VH1’s Smokin’ Hot Talk. Dr. Masterson has also performed a live C-Section on Discovery Live and she has been featured on the Style Network, BET and every major Los Angeles television station.
A resident of Southern California, Dr. Masterson is the proud mother of her son, Daniel, and in her spare time, she enjoys surfing and studying French.
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Interview and bio photo courtesy: Duchesnay USA