Yale Medicine's Sexual Intimacy & Menopause Program is one of the first programs in the country to focus on rebuilding the lives of women after they have survived cancer.
The clinic aims to help female cancer survivors, most of whom have survived uterine, ovarian, vulvar, or breast cancer, to reconnect with their bodies, sexuality, and loved ones by addressing problems ranging from loss of sex drive to early onset menopause.
The program was started by gynecological oncologist Elena Ratner, MD, and Mary Jane Minkin, MD, a specialist in menopause, in cooperation with Dwain Fehon, PsyD, the chief of psychiatric services at Yale New Haven Hospital.
Together they employ a “multidisciplinary approach,” combining medical and psychological approaches to cancer treatment. Survivors can choose from various treatment options including: acupuncture, reiki, physical therapy, counseling, and both medical and herbal remedies.