By: Red Hot Mamas
Published: September 11, 2015
It’s been almost a decade since Dr. Barb DePree decided to transform her practice and focus on menopause care. In that time, her resolve has only strengthened: “I talk to a lot of women who are perplexed, disappointed, and frustrated,” she says. “They’re not ready to leave their sexuality behind–and they don’t have to.”
To expand her reach beyond her own Midwest practice, Dr. DePree launched MiddlesexMD.com, a website that offers information and products that women can use to start where they are and reclaim their sexual health. Over the past five years, Dr. DePree has been blogging about women’s sexual health and menopause, in part responding to questions submitted by readers.
Recently, Dr. DePree collected both the most important and most popular blog posts from the last five years and published them as a book, a comprehensive guide called Yes You Can: Dr. Barb’s Recipe for Lifelong Intimacy. The collection explains the changes that come with menopause–for which few of us are adequately prepared–and what women can do to compensate. Questions from real women are included–as well as Dr. DePree’s responses.
“Too few of us talk about midlife sex and the realities of menopause,” Dr. DePree says. “My hope for both the website and the book is to extend the conversation so women know they’re not alone and they’re not without options. We don’t need to close the door on intimacy.”
Barb DePree, MD, is a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist caring for perimenopausal and menopausal women with a focus on sexual health. She has been in practice for over 25 years. In addition to a medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine, she has a Masters of Medical Management from Carnegie Mellon University. She is a North American Menopause Society Certified Practitioner, and was awarded the NAMS 2013 Practitioner of the Year for her exceptional contributions to menopause care.
To further advance the conversation about women’s sexual health at midlife, Dr. DePree founded a MiddlesexMD.com, which provides practical advice and products. She has been a contributing expert for media regionally and nationally and is the author of Yes You Can: Dr. Barb’s Recipe for Lifelong Intimacy, as well as articles in peer-reviewed journals and the ACOG UPDATE audio CME program.