Women & Infants Opens Sexual Health Center for Cancer Patients

Monday, February 15, 2016


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Women & Infants Hospital has opened an Intimacy and Sexual Health Center for Cancer Patients.

“This is the first program in the region to address sexuality in a comprehensive, holistic manner. This is an important quality of life issue for women that we want to help them through," said Katina Robison, MD, medical director of WISH and assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

The Center will include a team of caregivers that will provide help and hope or women with intimacy issues as a side effect of battling cancer and undergoing treatment for it. 

The program will include specialists in the following areas: 

  • Breast and gynecologic health specialists.
  • Medical oncologists.
  • Nurse practitioners.
  • Sex therapists.
  • Physical therapists specializing in pelvic floor issues.

Sexual Intimacy Issues 

Difficulties with intimacy can occur both during and after cancer treatment. The difficulties can include: 

  • Vaginal dryness, itching or burning.
  • Pain during intercourse.
  • Decreased desire or less pleasure during intercourse.
  • Changes in body image as a result of surgery or the effects of treatment.

Women seeking help with intimacy concerns need to speak with their oncologist or primary care physician about a referral to the Center. Appointments can be made by calling (401) 453-7520.

Women & Infants Hospital 

Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, is one of the nation’s leading specialty hospitals for women and newborns.  A major teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University for obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics, as well as a number of specialized programs in women’s medicine, Women & Infants is the 12th largest stand-alone obstetrical service in the country with approximately 8,400 deliveries per year.


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