Entries by Deborah Stevens

Grantee Spotlight: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Ovarian cancer affects 1 in 75 women, making it the seventh most common cancer among women. Treatment for ovarian cancer often requires aggressive surgeries and medical interventions that can cause significant physical and psychological changes. Approximately half of women affected by ovarian cancer will experience difficulties with their sexual health, which can dramatically affect their […]

January Newsletter | 2024

As we enter a new year, we have so much to look forward to. We are in the midst of our annual grant cycle with the opportunity to fund much-needed research in commonly misunderstood areas of women’s sexual health. We welcome three new members to our Medical Advisory Board who will help guide us in […]

How to Care for Your Cervical Health

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month. More than 14,000 women in the U.S. are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year, but this invasive disease is preventable. Medical Advisory Board Member Dr. Anita Mikkilineni answers our questions about how to care for our cervical health and offers some helpful resources to better understand risk factors and […]

Grantee Spotlight: University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Approximately 1 in 10 women in the US report problems with sexual desire, with post-menopausal women disproportionately at risk for distressing low desire. However, we still do not understand what causes low sexual desire in women, particularly in postmenopausal women. A team of researchers lead by Dr. Tierney Lorenz are working to improve our understanding […]

New Podcast: Menopause and Hormone Therapy

Menopause is a natural part of aging, but it can cause a lot of discomfort both physically and emotionally. And, the changes in hormone levels can also drastically affect a woman’s sex drive. In this episode of Sex Care is Self Care, Dr. Christine Vaccaro, Dr. Rachel Rubin, and Dr. Kelly Casperson help us understand […]

Grantee Spotlight: Wright State University

In 2016, the Patty Brisben Foundation awarded a grant to Wright State University for research on polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). PCOS is the most common endocrine disorder among reproductive age women, yet there is limited research on the evaluation of treatment outcomes related to the sexual and subjective health status of women. The condition can cause […]

New Podcast: Cosmetic Gynecology

Cosmetic Gynecology is quickly becoming one of the fastest growing subspecialties of elective surgery for women. Making physical alterations may help improve the physical appearance of the vulva, but are they safe? In our latest episode of Sex Care is Self Care, Dr. Cheryl Iglesia and Dr. Bobby Garcia help us understand this growing trend […]

Welcome, new Medical Advisory Board Members!

The Patty Brisben Foundation is excited to share that we have added three new members to the Medical Advisory Board. These individuals are some of the leading minds in their respective fields, and we are so grateful that they have chosen to contribute their time, skills, and knowledge toward furthering our mission. Stanley E. Althof, […]