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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

Reading between the Lines

I have a lot of conversations with women about sex, given my line of work. And, because of that little pink “Ask Dr. Barb” button on the MiddlesexMD website, I get…

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Stuck without Solutions

If you’re a regular reader of the MiddlesexMD blog, you might think I’m a broken record on the topic of the dearth of pharmaceutical tools to address hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD). That’s because…

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Good Sex, Grandma?

Perhaps you’ve seen reviews of a new book, called Sex After…: Women Share How Intimacy Changes as Life Changes. It’s definitely in my reading pile. The author, Iris Krasnow, interviewed 150 women from 20…

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“Are Those What I Think They Are?”

I’m a gynecologist. I talk about sex and body parts all day long, and I have for 25 years.

I guess I take a certain amount of openness for granted. I see…

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What We’ve Learned about Osphena

Just over a year ago, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new drug to address dyspareunia, painful intercourse caused by the loss of estrogen during menopause.…

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Response to: We Shall Overcome: Dryness

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Response to: The Scoop on Bioidentical Hormones

Response to: Getting motivated