Much like fitness and a healthy diet, sexual health is primordial to our wellbeing. It is one of the defining factors of relationships and a majority cause of separation. Yet, it is a topic that is either ignored or stigmatized in societal standards. It is time to open the conversation, to make your sexual needs a priority and to communicate them with your partner – so that you can both enjoy a lifelong endeavour of intimacy and connection. When it comes to the education of sexual wellness, there is nobody who understands this dynamic better than urologist Dr Steinberg. A specialist in this field for over twenty years dealing with erectile dysfunction and other issues that arise in men after a certain age. The creation of ELNA sexual wellness was able to close the gap to also help women, which have been long overlooked in this department.
During our interview with Dr Andrew Steinberg of ELNA sexual Wellness, we went into the different aspects of sexual pleasures and the stigma that surrounds it in adult relationships. We discussed topics such as how to increase pleasure, how to treat erectile dysfunction, and gaining pleasure at every age.
“Part of what makes an intimate relationship work comes foremost from the ability to communicate problems, and to actively work on fixing these issues – which sometimes start in the bedroom.” He notes. Did you know that 70% of women don’t orgasm during sex? There are various reasons for this, and we dove right into it with Dr Steinberg in today’s interview.
What incentivized you to open ELNA sexual wellness?
I’ve been treating men with erectile disfunction for most of my practice. It’s been something we actively work on treating but what about women? People assume because these things happen with age, it’s just normal. It’s normal for a woman to have a dry vagina, it’s normal for her to have painful intercourse – but no one is stopping to ask – are you having sex? Do you want to have more sex? If so, how can we change this? Even young women have issues with this – they have painful intercourse due to past abuse or dryness – it’s not a five minute conversation. Most doctors don’t have the time, patience or knowledge to delve into these issues which then get overlooked completely. I really wanted to bring together all the right team, the right technologies, the right doctors to create active solutions to resolve these issues.”
With the addition of Dr Gabriel Landry, who is a specialist in sexual wellness, we’ve been able to specialize in an overlooked field. To provide the proper care in sexual dysfunction with both men and women.
Tell us about the distinct experience at ELNA?
When coming into ELNA sexual wellness, the patient is greeted by a coordinator to discuss the various treatment being offered, and then speaks with a qualified nurse before meeting the Doctor. The process is both welcoming and highly effective in ensuring the needs of the patients are met.
What treatments do you offer?
Our offer is unique in combining erectile disfunction, sex therapy, laser vaginal therapy and all the latest therapeutic treatments and technologies under one roof. We invested in a shock wave machine that treats erectile dysfunction, pyrenees disease and many others.
What are your most recommended treatments for women?
Cliovana – Anorgasmia Treatment for women of all ages. This treatment increases orgasm frequency and improves orgasm intensity. It focuses primarily on the clitoris stimulation, which is the only organ in the body dedicated to pleasure.
DiVa Laser – which is an innovative option to improve the quality of vaginal tissue. The vaginal laser therapy resurfaces the vaginal wall, replacing the damaged tissue with healthy, new tissue to improve vaginal health and reduce symptoms such as vaginal dryness associated with menopause.
The O-Shot – also known as the “orgasm shot” is a nonsurgical treatment that uses a patient’s own blood-derived platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to theoretically stimulate the growth of new cells and promote the formation of better blood supply in the vaginal walls and clitoris. The growth-factor-rich platelets, which the body utilizes to naturally generate new tissue, increase not only the number of cells but sensitivity to vaginal and clitoral stimulation.
What are one of the biggest issues with male-female relationships that you encounter with your patients?
The orgasm gap – which is a big topic of discussion in the last years, it’s about 95% of men and women relationships end with the men ejaculating and women are at 60%. This is the orgasm gap. And why, a woman doesn’t orgasms there is so many reasons – the women doesn’t know what she should be expecting, men don’t know what they’re doing – there is miscommunication – or just assumes that she shouldn’t have one. That’s what we’re working on. There is older, but younger I had a patient who at 94 was talking to me about his erectile disfunction the other day. It varies in terms of age but at the end of the day, it happens at every age group.
What is the difference between ELNA sexual wellness and other clinics?
There’s really nothing else like it on the market. We focus on a multidisciplinary approach to treating men and women sensual health. We have a more VIP service given that this is a private practice, so from start to finish the patent is really catered to and given the best services to optimize pleasure and minimize pain.
Did you always have that vision with ELNA to treat sexual disfunction?
Really not. It really presented itself while we were setting up this clinic, since I went private, and it came to us. We had some technology we had bought for sexual dysfunction, at that point I realized there was something dramatically missing in our health care system. A big gap – and we were perfectly placed to do it. It wasn’t me pulling in these patients I just saw the need and there are so many fascinating subjects in this. It’s not a scientific medicine, there’s new stuff happening weekly with new technology being treated all the time. It was really patient-driven. I realized there was a need for both men and women, that’s when I decided to actively work on both.
How do you manage both? The entrepreneurial and medical side?
I learn all the entrepreneurial ways by staying up to date, I read GOSS Magazine which helps especially from a women’s perspective. It’s tough. Because I have a full medical practice, I have people running into my office, I see patients after patients, and then running in between doing marketing, social media, meeting agents with new laser machines. It’s really not easy and I have surround myself with great people. One of my favourite entrepreneurs is Steve Jobs and a great quote he says is “I don’t hire great people so I can tell them what do to, I hire great people so they can tell me what to do”. From my nurses, to our managers, to our secretaries, they’re all on board. We meet as much as we can to discuss how we’re moving forward as a team. Having dedicated and smart people around me is how I manage.
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