Appointment Underscores Scientific, Medical Communities’ Support of Medical Treatment Options for HSDD
WASHINGTON – Even the Score today announced the appointment of Lisa Larkin, MD, FACP, NCMP, as scientific co-chair for the coalition. Dr. Larkin will join the women’s sexual health coalition to serve as an expert voice in the important conversation regarding the need for FDA-approved medical treatment options for women struggling with Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD), women’s most common form of sexual dysfunction.
“I am honored to join Even the Score as its co-chair and help lead the coalition as it reaches a critical juncture in the fight for HSDD treatment options for women,” said Dr. Larkin. “When women come into my office seeking treatment for their HSDD, I, like every other healthcare provider in this country, have no medical tools to help them. There is clear science supporting the approval of medical treatments for HSDD. Women deserve to have a multitude of options available to them, and the medical community needs to prepare for that historic moment.”
Dr. Larkin is a board-certified internist who has been practicing internal medicine and women’s health in Cincinnati since 1991. After 11 years of teaching and practicing at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine, she opened her own internal medicine and women’s health practice guided by a philosophy of providing high-quality, evidence-based personalized care to patients. Her larger vision was to create a comprehensive, evidence-based, primary care and multispecialty health center for women.
In 2012, that vision became reality as she rejoined UC Health to design, develop and direct the UC Health Women’s Center, and her practice transitioned to UC Health as one of the Center’s satellite locations. She currently serves as director of the Center and is an Associate Professor and Director of the Division of Midlife Women’s Health and Primary Care in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Cincinnati. Although Dr. Larkin continues to practice general internal medicine and cares for both women and men, she has a specific interest in women’s sexual health.
“I’m delighted that Dr. Larkin is joining Even the Score as Scientific Co-Chair. Her role will perfectly complement the advocacy work we’ve done on behalf of the 16 million American women struggling with HSDD,” said Susan Scanlan, Chair of Even the Score. “Dr. Larkin brings an unimpeachable voice from the scientific and medical communities to this vital discussion of gender equity in sexual health. Her personal experience as a researcher and practitioner will help us validate the need for treatment options for this devastating condition.”
Even the Score is an advocacy coalition of more than two dozen women’s health, rights and research organizations. They are working to elevate the voice of American women and couples who believe that it’s time for the FDA to level the playing field when it comes to the treatment of HSDD.
Supporters of Even the Score include: American College of Nurse-Midwives; American Sexual Health Association; Association of Reproductive Health Professionals; Black Women’s Health Imperative; CHANGE: Center for Health and Gender Equity; EmpowHER; HealthyWomen; HisAndHerHealth.com; International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health; Jewish Women International; National Council of Women’s Organizations; National Organization for Women; National Women’s Health Resource Center; Middlesex MD; National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists; National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health; National Hispanic Medical Association; Sexual Medicine Society of North America; Society for Women’s Health Research; Sprout Pharmaceuticals; Red Hot Mamas; The Blue Thong Society; The Institute for Sexual Medicine; The Women’s Research & Education Institute; and Trimel Pharmaceuticals.
To learn more about the work of Even the Score: www.EvenTheScore.org.