Northwestern Medicine Center for Sexual Medicine and Menopause

Northwestern Medicine Center for Sexual Medicine and menopause

The Center for Sexual Medicine and Menopause at Northwestern Memorial Hospital is a destination for women of all ages requiring highly specialized care. The Center is staffed by physicians, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants, physical therapists, and psychotherapists who work collaboratively with specialists from every branch of medicine. With numerous medical specialists our multidisciplinary team approach ensures more accurate diagnoses and delivers individualized care based on each woman’s unique needs.

​The Center for Sexual Medicine and Menopause is comprised of the following programs:

Once we have received your request for an appointment a coordinator will contact you to schedule an appointment and send you a questionnaire. This questionnaire must be filled out and returned prior to your first visit so that it may be reviewed by our clinical staff. If you are arriving from out of town, our coordinator can also connect you to the hospital concierge for hotel accommodations. 

For more information, please call 312.694.9676

Meet the Clinicians

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Lauren Streicher, MD, is the medical director of the Northwestern Medicine Center for Sexual Medicine and Menopause and oversees all center clinical, research and educational activities. She is Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Feinberg School of Medicine, a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a member of the Sexual Medicine Society of North America, Inc., The International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health, and The Scientific Network on Female Sexual Health and Cancer. She is also a Certified Menopause Practitioner of The North American Menopause Society.

​Dr. Streicher is the author of a comprehensive sexual and hormone health book: Sex Rx-Hormones, Health, and Your Best Sex Ever and The Essential Guide to Hysterectomy

In addition to her role as medical director of the Northwestern Medicine Center for Sexual Medicine and Menopause, Dr. Streicher sees patients as part of her Extended Care Program.      


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Traci Kurtzer, MD, brings with her over 25 years of clinical experience in menopause, sexual medicine, and vulvo-vaginal conditions. She is a Certified Menopause Practitioner of the North American Menopause Society and also a member of the International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Disease, and the National Vulvodynia Association. Dr. Kurtzer is currently the Medical Director of Trauma Informed Care and Education for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and provides specialized gynecologic care to patients with a past history of sexual abuse, assault and medical trauma. She is a member of The Healthcare Committee of the Cook County Human Trafficking Task Force (CCHTTF) and the Cook County Trauma Informed Hospital Collaborative. She is a past president of The Chicago Gynecologic Society and trains medical professionals on intimate partner violence, human trafficking, the neurobiology of trauma and providing trauma informed medical care.

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Sarah Hwang, MD – As a specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Dr. Hwang’s area of expertise is in complex pelvic pain, pelvic floor disorders and musculoskeletal pelvic pain. She is the Director of the
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