Women’s Sexual Health Consultation Service

Women’s sexual health is an important and often ignored aspect of wellness across the life span. Many women experience sexual issues for years before they are ready to seek help, and often do not know where to turn for treatment. These concerns can range from changes in sexual desire to pain during intercourse.

While there are many products available that claim to cure sexual problems, few deliver consistent results. As an evidence-based, multidisciplinary, women’s sexual health consultation service, we know that addressing sexual satisfaction is often complex and involves several aspects of a woman’s life.

Our evaluations include assessing physical conditions, medication use, relationship health, emotional well-being, current and prior trauma, knowledge and understanding of sexuality and sexual health, and other issues that are important to our patients. Many women do best when they receive multidisciplinary care that incorporates specialists from OB-GYN, primary care, oncology, physical therapy, clinical health psychology, psychiatry, and other health providers.

A multidisciplinary solution to improve sexual health

Many women have sexual issues for years, don’t seek help & often don’t know where to get treatment. Our sexual health consultation services can help.
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Sexual health conditions we treat, from low sex drive to intimacy anxiety

  • Low sex desire.
  • Difficulty with penetration.
  • Pain with sexual activity.
  • Difficulty/absence of orgasm.
  • Postpartum sexual health changes.
  • Sexual changes related to infertility.
  • Sexual concerns during or after menopause.
  • Sexual issues during and after cancer treatment.
  • Sexual changes related to other physical conditions and their treatments.
  • Anxiety about sexual intimacy.
  • Persistent genital arousal.
  • Other sexual concerns.

Treatment approaches

  • Education and guidance.
  • Physical exam and treatment of gynecologic conditions related to sexual symptoms.
  • Medication treatment or adjustment.
  • Vaginal moisturizers and lubricants.
  • Vaginal dilators/devices.
  • Physical therapy.
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy.
  • Sex therapy for an individual and/or couple.
  • Relaxation techniques.
  • Coordination of care with other healthcare providers.
  • Other treatments as needed.

Who works at the Women’s Sexual Medicine Service?

In a joint effort between OB-GYN, psychiatry and colleagues from other departments at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Jessica Pettigrew, MSN, CNM, and Helen L. Coons, Ph.D., ABPP, have established a multidisciplinary sexual medicine consultation service for women across the life span. The service also has experts from specialties including primary care, urogynecology, medical/surgical/radiation oncology, physical therapy, colorectal surgery, psychiatry and others.

Services are offered at CU Advanced Reproductive Medicine in Stapleton (where Ms. Pettigrew and Dr. Coons work side by side), or at the Anschutz Medical Campus through the OB-GYN clinic at the Anschutz Outpatient Pavillion, and at the department of psychiatry’s Women’s Behavioral Health and Wellness Outpatient Program, Fitzsimon’s Building/Building 500.

Sexual Health Consultation Service provider Jessica Pettigrew, CNM | CU OB-GYNJessica Pettigrew, MSN, CNM, graduated from Yale University in 2009. She is a senior instructor, department of obstetrics and gynecology, University of Colorado School of Medicine, and provides care through the OB-GYN Faculty Practice. Jessica sees sexual functioning as an essential part of healthy relationships and women’s health. She enjoys partnering with patients to help them achieve their goals. Jessica is a member of the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health and presents locally on female sexual desire and function.


Sexual Health Consultation Service provider Dr. Helen Coons | CU OB-GYN | CO

Helen L. Coons, Ph.D., ABPP, is a board-certified clinical health psychologist who specializes in women’s health and mental health. She is an associate professor and clinical director, Women’s Behavioral Health and Wellness Service Line, department of psychiatry, University of Colorado School of Medicine. For the past two decades, Dr. Coons has collaborated with healthcare providers to treat women across their life span who have sexual wellness concerns. She is a member of the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health and the Scientific Network on Female Sexual Health and Cancer. Dr. Coons routinely presents to professional and community audiences on improving body image and sexual health in women with cancer. She also enjoys serving as an expert source for media on articles related to women’s health and mental health.

Making an appointment at the Women’s Sexual Medicine Service

Women’s sexual health services are offered at CU Advanced Reproductive Medicine in Stapleton, and at the Anschutz Medical Campus through the OB-GYN clinic at the Anschutz Outpatient Pavillion and at the department of psychiatry’s Women’s Behavioral Health and Wellness Outpatient Program, Fitzsimon’s Building/Building 500. To make an appointment at that Stapleton location call 303-724-8089. If you wish to be seen at our other locations click the button below.
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