Your Body, Your Control: How Hers is Changing the Health Care Game for Women
It’s been a while since I’ve shared an interview, so I’m really excited to introduce you to Hers in an interview I recently did with Dr. Leah Millheiser!
If physically going to the doctor for routine things like birth control, Hers is for you. I’ll let Dr. Millheiser explain more.
Tell me a little about who Hers is, and what need it fills.
We know that women are tired of doctors failing to take their concerns seriously, or having to take time off work to visit one.
We also know that many women wonder why they need a checkup every few months for something as simple as a birth control refill and hate the hassle of going to talk to a specialist about acne, when they could have just sent high-resolution images of their skin.
Hers is focused on issues we know women care about and getting them true access to the care they need in the most convenient way possible. Women are exceptionally educated about their health options but the problem is that the system is not in their control.
The existing system gets in their way of getting the medicine that they know they need and hers aims to fix that.
You have many prenatal and postnatal customers, what are their main reasons for seeking out Hers?
We find that women come to hers for a multitude of reasons. It could be that they’re experiencing hair loss, which is a topic many women are uncomfortable talking to their doctor about and we can provide a solution.
It could also be that they need their birth control and haven’t been able to take the time off of work for the annual checkup so they come to hers because of the convenience. Hers wants to be a one-stop-shop for all women giving them access to all their health needs.
Let’s get real; for the many women struggling to conceive, sex with their partner can become everything but sexy.
What advice can you share with my readers on how they can keep their sex life from feeling like a scientific chore when TTC (trying to conceive)?
Some couples are lucky and get pregnant very quickly. However, for many others, pregnancy can take a while and with that there is the potential for performance pressure (especially for the male), stress/anxiety, sadness, and the need for sex-on-demand.
All of these factors can cause sexual function concerns in the couple, including erectile dysfunction, decreased libido, decreased vaginal lubrication, painful sex, and difficulty achieving orgasm. I did research at Stanford showing that women without fertility issues had better sexual function overall compared to women undergoing treatment for infertility.
To keep their sex life alive, it’s important to maintain intimacy in the sexual relationship, even when the goal is fertility and not necessarily pleasure. In actuality, a couple should strive for both.
During those fertile times when sex-on-demand is necessary, what could be a stressful event can be turned around by:
- creating a romantic setting (think candles, music, etc)
- engaging in adequate foreplay
- communicating about what feels good and what doesn’t
- incorporating novelty in the bedroom (e.g., sex toys, erotic books or movies enjoyed together)
- finding new locations to make love in
If the fertility issues have taken their toll on the relationship, the couple may benefit from some counseling.
What should new moms and moms-to-be know about sex after having a baby?
In the short term after having a baby, there is definitely a “new normal” when it comes to sex. In a typical situation, a woman isn’t given the green light for penetrative vaginal intercourse until 6 weeks following delivery.
At the beginning, sex can be a bit uncomfortable due to discomfort from a healing laceration, scar tissue, or vaginal dryness from breast feeding. In these situations, a silicone-based lubricant can be a woman’s best friend.
If the dryness and painful intercourse don’t improve, she can speak with her healthcare provider about using a small amount of vaginal estrogen.
The other issue many new moms face is low sexual desire. There are several causes for this, including: fatigue, body image concerns, breast feeding, pain associated with sexual activity, occasional urinary incontinence, and the stress/anxiety associated with having a new baby.
The good news is that “this too shall pass.” The goal for a couple in the first few months after baby really should be about maintaining intimacy, which doesn’t always mean penetrative vaginal intercourse. Hugging, kissing, foreplay, and a lot of communication are great ways to keep passion alive in the relationship until a woman feels ready to take things to the next level.
Do you have a favorite success story from a Hers customer?
There are so many success stories it’s hard to pick just one! Since we’ve launched, the platform has facilitated over 50,000 interactions between patients and doctors. Getting women access to the care they so desperately need is something we’re really proud and excited about.
Thanks to Dr. Leah Millheiser for her time, and if this sounds like the solution to your doctor appointment woes (seriously, how can it not?) pop on over the their website – click here – and get what you need today!