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Hajira Yasmin, MD, FACOG, IF, NCMP, AASECT(CSC) is a Board-Certified OB-GYN, an AASECT Certified Sexuality Counselor, ISSWSH Fellow, and NAMS Certified Menopause Practitioner. She treats and empowers women to achieve optimal pelvic health during survivorship care after cancer treatment like Breast cancer /uterine cancer.

She also is an expert in treating vaginal/vulvar health during chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia, Vulvodynia, Interstial cystitis, Lichen Sclerosus, Vaginismus and chronic vulvar pain associated with autoimmune disorders and more. She is certified by NAMS (North American Menopause Society) and offers evidence-based, safe and effective Bio-identical Hormone therapy and other options for treatment of Perimenopause and Menopause symptoms

Achieving “Whole” Health
Involves Intimate Health

By Hajira Yasmin, MD, FACOG, IF, NCMP, AASECT(CSC)

My patients have taught me a great deal about what’s termed the “mind-body connection.” In fact, I’ve created my practice because I have learned how powerfully their physical health problems can impact their quality of life and relationship.

Dr. Yasmin outlines a treatment plan
for one of her patients.

For over two decades, I practiced as a regular, mainstream obstetrician and gynecologist, delivering thousands of babies, performing many major skilled surgeries. And I have loved the work. But, over those years, I came to understand that mainstream OBGYN practices—which focus almost entirely on childbearing and major surgeries—neglect a most important part of women’s health, what I call their “intimate health.”

Consider this: a brand-new resident physician coming out of an OB GYN program may have only two or three hours of didactics about menopause and the problems women go through in this powerfully important phase of their lives.

Maybe it’s because I’m aging along with my patients that I can connect to what is happening in their minds and bodies. I have become acutely aware of the health issues they face now that they’re in their 40s, 50s, and 60s. That understanding sent me on a new path professionally—first, to educate myself about human sexuality and mid-life changes in women. I then enrolled in a postgraduate fellowship program and became an AASECT Certified Sexuality Counselor and Fellow of ISSWSH (International Society for Study of Women’s Sexual Health). In menopause medicine, I educated myself on a path to become a Certified Menopause Practitioner by the North American Menopause Society.  

And that path also led me to create a new and different gynecology practice that addresses the fullest possible range of intimate health issues: perimenopause, menopause hormonal imbalance, pelvic/vulvar pain, physical/sexual intimacy pain, low libido, dryness, orgasm disorders,
post-childbirth pelvic pain, post-cancer intimacy pain, urinary leakage, and more.

Unfortunately, this approach is rare. And my patients confirm for me, every day, that there is a dire need for gynecological care that addresses sexual as well as childbearing health issues. They’ve come to me because nobody was asking them in their annual exams about all their health problems—about low libido, low sex drive, painful vaginas, lack of orgasms, dry vulvas, lack of intimacy, and personal distress from strained or broken relationships.

These health issues—too often ignored—have a profound impact on a woman’s quality of life, her relationships, her whole health. We all need to achieve a balance of physical, mental, emotional, and sexual health to live an enriched, fulfilled, vibrant life with graceful transitions through adolescence, childbirth, midlife aging, and beyond.

A Personalized Approach

In creating Alray Direct Gynecology and Intimate Health, I realized that it not only had to take a different approach to women’s health, but it had to be structured differently. Since a majority of intimate health care need coverage is restricted by the health insurance industry, we work outside of the insurance model to provide individualized patient treatment programs in an unhurried fashion for safe and effective strategy.  

The patient-physician partnership in our women’s health journey is the key to our approach. I am available to my patients—in person and via telemedicine—for as much time as required to address their needs. Each patient receives a written customized treatment plan at every visit and close follow up is arranged until optimal health goals are reached. During this process my patients have easy access directly to me without multiple layers of message conveyers in our practice.   

Understanding that women’s sexual health issues are often connected with or impacted by those of their sexual partners, Alray Intimate Health also offers men’s sexual health care services by Dr. Chindanoor Rajesh, MD, Board Certified in Internal Medicine.