Beth Battaglino, RN-C, CEO of HealthyWomen
Beth brings a unique combination of sharp business expertise and women's health insight to her leadership of the organization. Beth has worked in the health care industry for more than 25 years helping to define and drive public education programs on a broad range of women's health issues. She launched and has expanded the HealthyWomen.org brand. As a result of her leadership, HealthyWomen was recognized as one of the top 100 women's health web sites by Forbes for three consecutive years, and was recognized by Oprah magazine as one of the top women's health web sites. HealthyWomen now connects to millions of women across the country through its wide program distribution and innovative use of technology.
Beth is responsible for the business development and strategic positioning of HealthyWomen. She creates partnerships with key health care professionals and consumer groups to provide strategic, engaging and informative award-winning programs. She serves as the organization's chief spokesperson, regularly participating in corporate, non-profit, community and media events. She also is a practicing nurse in maternal child health at Riverview Medical Center- Hackensack Meridian Health, in Red Bank, NJ.
In addition to her nursing degree, Beth holds degrees in political science, business and public administration from Marymount University.
To stay sane, she loves to run and compete in road races. She enjoys skiing and sailing with her husband and young son, and welcoming new babies into the world.Full Bio
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Nationally, there is an important dialogue taking place regarding female sexual dysfunction (FSD) and whether it is a legitimate medical condition that requires treatment. HealthyWomen, based on the data that is currently available, believes that FSDs are real disorders that affect millions of women in the United States.
A recent HealthyWomen survey (supported by Palatin Technologies, makers of the investigational therapy bremelanotide), revealed that as many as 6 in 10 premenopausal women who are experiencing low desire are distressed by it. Additionally, some 40 percent of women polled blame themselves for their low desire. Clearly, more awareness and education are needed around this topic.
Low sexual desire—known as hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD)—is the most common form of FSD. Some of the HSDD symptoms include: lack of sexual thoughts, lack of desire that cannot be attributed to any other medical or psychological problems. The key criteria of the disorder is that it causes personal distress.
According to the HealthyWomen survey (a study of 906 premenopausal women), as many as 95 percent of women say a healthy sex life is important to a romantic relationship; yet, 40 percent of these women admit they avoid sex with their partner due to low desire.
If you suffer from one or all of HSDD symptoms shared here, you are not alone. According to the HealthyWomen survey, as many as 46 percent of the women surveyed experienced low sexual desire at some point in time.
If you suspect you may be experiencing HSDD, learn more about the Reconnect Study.The Reconnect Study is a clinical research study evaluating an investigational medication for premenopausal women with decreased sexual desire.
This post is sponsored by Palatin Technologies.