Sexual Medicine Program
America's First Hospital-Based Sexual Medicine Program
As the first hospital-based sexual medicine programs in the country, Alvarado
Hospital has been a pioneer in this field and one of the first acute care
hospitals to recognize that sexual health can impact overall health.
Led by the internationally renowned
Irwin Goldstein, MD, the sexual medicine program at Alvarado Hospital takes into consideration
multidisciplinary health concerns. Our program provides confidential patient
care, education and research to improve sexual health through the prevention,
diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of conditions or diseases that
involve sexual function.
In men, the arteries in your penis are smaller than in your heart. Having erectile
dysfunction is like having a heart attack in your penis. Taking care of
your erectile dysfunction literally may save your life.
In women, what is causing your dysfunction also may be causing mood swings, muscle
weakness and even osteoporosis. Treating your sexual dysfunction may ultimately
lead to better bone density and muscle mass. Learn about the newest treatment
flibanserin (Addyi), the first FDA-approved drug for women struggling with low sexual desire (libido).
Our patients are cared for by a team of professionals with special training
in sexual medicine. The program is founded on evidence-based medicine,
providing state-of-the-art healthcare in the field. Other contributors
to the sexual medicine program are from physical therapy, radiology and
urology. Supporting services include bariatrics, endocrinology, gynecology,
neurology, oncology, psychiatry, rehabilitation medicine and sleep medicine.
Alvarado clinicians are specially trained to be sensitive to your needs
and provide quality care.
The operating room at Alvarado Hospital is equipped with a special procedure
table and microscope for penile revascularization surgery.
Typical conditions treated are
low sexual desire,
hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD),
sexual pain or
dyspareunia, vulvodynia, vestibulodynia,
persistent genital arousal disorder (PGAD).
You are at risk for sexual dysfunction if you:
- Have cardiovascular disease
- Use cardiovascular medications
- Have diabetes
- Have hypertension
- Ride bicycles (more than three hours/week)
- Are a man 50 years or older
- Are peri- or post-menopausal woman
- Have low testosterone or DHEA
- Have used oral/patch contraceptives
- Have been treated for infertility/endometriosis/painful menstruation
- Have lower urinary tract symptoms
- Take anti-depressants
- Have anxiety
- Had prostate/bladder/breast cancer
- Have given birth
- Have had a hysterectomy
To find a sexual medicine physician,
click here, or call us at (800) 258-2723 or (619) 287-3270.
Alvarado Advantage Club
If you'd like first notice of our popular Sex in Our City seminars,
join the free
Alvarado Advantage Club. Members receive a variety of benefits, including VIP parking and priority
for a private room when available, 10% discount at the Alvarado Gift Shop,
Cafe and Gourmet Coffee Cart, 10% discount at the Alvarado Medical Plaza
Pharmancy, first notification of special events and classes, hotel discounts
and much, much more! To learn more or to register online,
click here. To register via telephone, call 800-258-2723.