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Sexual Medicine Program

As one of 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.

For example:

  • 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 for women, flibanserin (Addyi), the first FDA-approved drug for women struggling with low 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.

You are at risk for sexual dysfunction if you:

  • Have cardiovascular disease
  • Use cardiovascular medications
  • Have diabetes
  • Have hypertension
  • Smoke
  • 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


Physician Referral

Alvarado's Physician Referral Service can help you find a physician who meets your needs. To find a physician, simply click on the Physician Finder, call 1-800-ALVARADO (1-800-258-2723) or contact us online. Additional information regarding our sexual medicine services also is available by calling (800) 258-2723.

Alvarado Advantage Club

If you will be an Alvarado Hospital patient or visitor, you are invited to 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.