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SEATTLE, Wash. - (Oct. 23, 2007) - In response to increasing patient needs for sexual health services, Virginia Mason Medical Center has opened the Sexual Health Clinic at Virginia Mason. The clinic offers a specialized approach to sexual function problems for both men and women that includes medical urology, surgical treatment and psychological care.

Recent studies have shown that the rate of sexual dysfunction in the general population is much higher than previously believed, and that sexual dysfunction is more common in women than in men. According to the National Health and Social Life Survey, 42 percent of women and 31 percent of men experience sexual problems. Virginia Mason has been a leader in the treatment of male sexual dysfunction since the 1980s and has recently specialized in female treatment.

The Sexual Health Clinic at Virginia Mason is led by Fred Govier, MD, medical chief of staff and chief of surgery, and Ksenija Stefanovic, MD, PhD, director of medical urology. The team also includes two psychologists - Arden Snyder, PhD, and Lawrence C. Rainey, PhD - trained in sexual health therapy.

“Helping a couple resume a healthy sexual relationship is a rewarding part of my practice,” said Dr. Govier, who has been repeatedly named one of the top urologic surgeons in Seattle. “While Virginia Mason has been a leader in addressing sexual dysfunction problems for our patients for decades, this new specialized clinic takes a comprehensive approach to treatment and care unavailable anywhere else in the region.”

“Sexual concerns are quite common and truly impact quality of life. Patients should feel absolutely no embarrassment,” said Dr. Stefanovic. “Our comprehensive Team Medicine approach provides patients with a variety of medical, surgical and psychological treatments and care options.”

The Sexual Health Clinic at Virginia Mason is located in the Urology Department. For more information or to schedule an appointment, the clinic can be reached at (206) 223-6772.

Virginia Mason Medical Center
Virginia Mason Medical Center, founded in 1920, is a non-profit comprehensive regional health care system that combines a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 400 physicians with a 336-bed acute care hospital in Seattle. In addition, Virginia Mason has a network of clinics located throughout the Puget Sound area, and manages Bailey-Boushay House, a nursing residence and adult day health program for people living with HIV and AIDS. Virginia Mason also has an internationally recognized research center, Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason. For more information, please visit VirginiaMason.org.

Contact:  
Alisha Mark
Media Relations
(206) 341-1509

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