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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

The Lowdown on Libido

Once upon a time, you may have felt sexual desire hit with the force of a tsunami—no mistaking the intensity of that jump-your-bones drive. These days, it passes like a gentle drizzle. If…

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How Long Should You Wait?

A heart attack, whether it’s your partner’s or your own, is a devastating challenge for any couple. Recovery may be slow. Anxiety and fear are inescapable. Depression is common. The partner

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Loss of Desire Is Real

The conversation about women’s sexual health that ramped up with FDA hearings in October has continued, sometimes with heat, sometimes with light. For the first time I can remember, the International Society for the…

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Single? Sexual? Be safe

Recently, a friend and her sister visited a retirement community in our neighborhood. They chatted up several residents, including the sweet, 90-year-old widower who’d lost his beloved wife some months before. When…

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Think Outside the Heart-Shaped Box

If Valentine’s Day came and went without notice, don’t despair. The holiday is not a test; nobody’s keeping score if you’re not. That’s not the only day for romance or to show…

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