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Barbara Dehn, RN, MS, NP, FAANP, NCMP

Practicing Nurse Practitioner


San Francisco, CA

Barbara Dehn, RN, MS, NP, is a practicing nurse practitioner and a television health expert, who's known as Nurse Barb. She's passionate about health education, whether it's 1 on 1 with a patient, in a lecture hall at Stanford or with millions of people watching on television. Her warm and engaging personality puts everyone at ease as they learn more about health.

Nurse Barb is the award winning author of the Personal Guides to Health used by over 5 million women in the US, with titles ranging from fertility and pregnancy to menopause and breastfeeding. Active in Social Media, she contributes content to HealthyWomen, Huffington Post, NurseBarb, KevinMD and The Patch and amplifies her reach with an active and engaged Facebook following and 34,000 Twitter followers.

She is the author of The Hot Guide to a Cool Sexy Menopause, Nurse Barb's Guide to Breastfeeding and Nurse Barb's Guide to Pregnancy.

Barb earned a masters degree from UCSF and a BS from Boston College. She's certified by the North American Menopause Society and is a Fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Over the last 2 years, she's been an active participant in Global Health Initiatives at FAME Hospital in Karatu, Tanzania. Barb lives in the San Francisco Bay area.

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Summer Sex Tips

To enhance your summertime, here are some tips from Nurse Barb Dehn to boost your sexual pleasure and satisfaction.

Menopause & Aging Well

There's never been a better time for women's health, especially, women's sexual health. To enhance your summertime—well, anytime—pleasure and satisfaction, here are a few tips.

1. Lelo Sona

The life-changing, relationship-enhancing sex toy. This is especially wonderful for women over 45 and beyond, who tell me that their orgasms just aren't rocking their world and take forever—and I mean so much more time—that people give up and go to sleep. Well, not now! I've been recommending this clitoral stimulator for years, and my patients, friends and family all love it, and, yes, me too!

Instead of 45 minutes of work, the 360 degrees of vibration, which can be modified in many ways, gets the party started in seconds and leads to an out-of-this-world, intense, earth moving, all-is-right-with-the-universe experience. I've had patients with huge smiles and a special twinkle in their eyes come up to me in grocery stores and whisper: Lelo Sona! Thanks so much for telling me about this.

And, it's about $99.00 on Amazon

2. Ristela: This is an herbal supplement, that does not require a prescription. It increases blood flow to the genitals naturally from the ingredients: pycnogenol, arginine and citrulline. After two months of taking two tablets each day, women reported a 75 percent increase in orgasm and sexual satisfaction.

Because Ristela may also lower blood pressure, women who are taking medication for their blood pressure should check with their health care professional.

3. Vyleesi: This is only the second medication approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for women's sexual health. It helps younger women, that is women who are premenopausal who have a low sex drive, low interest in sex or what you may know as a low libido. This will be available in about six months. It's given as a quick auto-injector in the thigh muscle, most people barely feel the medication going in, and it starts to work within 45 minutes. The most common side effect is nausea, which affected about 40 percent of users. This is why many of us are talking to the manufacturer about advising prescribers to also provide an anti-nausea medication for women who want to use it.

Stay tuned! As I learn more about ways to improve your sex life, I'll be reaching out!

Have fun in the sun and in the bedroom.

This blog originally appeared on Nurse Barb. Barb Dehn is a women's health nurse practitioner, award-winning author and nationally recognized health expert. She practices with Women Physicians in the Silicon Valley of California.

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