Barb DePree MD
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Barb DePree MD

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I've been a physician providing women's healthcare since 1989.  I had a traditional obstetrics and gynecology practice for 20 years.  Since 2006 my practice has been devoted to midlife women, specifically providing gynecologic care and helping women navigate the perimenopausal and menopausal years.  (It's tricky for some women, in case you hadn't noticed.)  

One of the trickiest issues is women's sexual health. I realized that there are multiple changes, common to many women at this stage of life, which result in (sometimes unpleasant) changes in sexual function.  But there weren't great resources for women to access to learn more about it, or purchase products that might help. 

In April 2010, I launched an on-line business, MiddlesexMD.com to help women enjoy sexuality for life, offering clinically sound information, practical advice, and intimacy aids.  Sexuality is so important to our relationships and our happiness -- my goal is to help women preserve that as we age.

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How did you get to where you are now?

After 17 years in a busy general OB/gyn practice and 3 teenaged daughters, I needed something different; a new focus, a different pace to the rhythm of my life.  I had started the pre-courses to an MMM (Masters in Medical Management) degree in 1998, but soon bailed out of that, too busy getting by in life, no time for classes. 

After refocusing my practice to a more specific women's healthcare segment (perimenopause and menopause) in 2006, I had more time (and energy) to resume that MMM degree.  I started back at it in 2006 and completed it in 2009.  It challenged me to consider additional possibilities, and out of that came MiddlesexMD.  Through my newly focused practice, I came to understand how crucial a satisfying sexual life is to many women.

How do you see yourself differently now than you did 10 years ago?

 I never imagined I would have started MiddlesexMD. And I never would have imagined that I would be named the 2013 Certified Menopause Practitioner of the Year by the North American Menopause Society! The award recognized the work I do through MiddlesexMD speaking out about how sexual intimacy changes as we age and how to deal with those changes. It's very gratifying on a personal level, and it's an endorsement of the importance of sexual health for midlife women.











my posts

Date Night Makes a Comeback

I don’t know about you, but I care about a lot of things: my profession, my daughters, my friends, my community, my church. Because I care about them, I carve out time…

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Films to Fuel the Fire

Watching a movie on any topic creates mindshare for that topic. And when it comes to sex, once you've created mindshare, the rest often takes care of itself.read more »

Head over Heels: A Little Primer

Communication--about what each partner likes (or doesn't)--is key to intimacy. But a little technique and creativity can put some spice into what sometimes devolves into boring routine.read more »

“Eating at the Y”: Why it’s a good thing

While we don't talk about it much, I find that most women in my practice rely on oral stimulation as part of intimacy. To me, it just makes sense to give ourselves alternatives and room for compensation to keep our relationships alive and satisfying.read more »

Common-Sense Tips to Ease Back Pain during Sex

Whether you have a little twinge or serious back pain during sex (and who doesn’t now and then?), these preventive measures can help ease the pain.

Explain the problem.

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my comments

Response to: Think about What #WomenDeserve

Response to: We Shall Overcome: Dryness

Response to: What subtracts more than it adds?

Response to: What subtracts more than it adds?

Response to: The Scoop on Bioidentical Hormones