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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

What Is a Happy Marriage?

A couple of weeks ago, I talked about an article I’d seen about how sexual intimacy is linked to marital happiness. The research, by Adena M. Galinsky and Linda J. Waite, found that…

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Don’t be a stranger

I referred a few weeks ago to the controversy surrounding recommendations for the frequency of mammograms. A recent conversation reminds me that there’s a similar fog surrounding the change in guidelines for Pap…

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Keep the Sex Fires Burning

One of the motivations for my work with women both in my practice and through MiddlesexMD is the difference staying sexy makes for women in their relationships. I’ve heard anecdotes on both…

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Aging–and Loving–in America

I don’t always catch AARP The Magazine, I suspect because I’m still adjusting to thinking of myself as part of their demographic. But a recent issue contained an article I’m glad I saw:…

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The Basics on Custom Compounding

In my last post, I explained what “bioidentical” means, especially when it’s describing hormones. Another term often used in conversations about hormone therapies is “custom-compounding.” Many bioidenticals are touted as natural, safe,…

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Response to: Emotional Connection and Other Ways Women Are Not Men

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