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Experts Corner

Women's Health

PCOS - Libido
By Samuel Thatcher, MD, Ph.D.

Sam Thatcher, MD, Ph.D.Q. During my pregnancy, my libido was hyperactive. Also, I had increased hirstutism (something I suffer with normally.) After I delivered, my hirstutism became much less noticeable (even less than pre-pregnancy), however I was left with absolutely no sex drive. I went to my OB for help. He referred me to a sex therapist. The sex therapist feels my problem is biologically based. My OB is not cooperating and is not returning my phone calls or the phone calls of the sex therapist. I'm planning on finding another doctor, but I was wondering if I should call another OB, an Endocrinologist, or a Reproductive Endocrinologist?

A. The most important sex organ is between our ears, not legs. Having said this there are several endocrine reasons for lower sex drive including increased prolactin and low androgen levels. If your sex therapist believes it is biological, I would take this seriously.

I am not sure which variety of physician may best for you. I would ask if they have not only specific training, but also specific interest in PCOS. It may matter less about their academic qualification than the willingness to sort through the problem with you.

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