Tag Archives: The Patty Brisben Foundation

Be Your Best Advocate

PBF Final Blog PhotoI recently scheduled a meeting on behalf of The Patty Brisben Foundation For Women’s Sexual Health with a psychiatrist who works with abused women with pain so deep, sometimes they don’t even have a clear understanding of the origin of the pain or how to resolve it. During the meeting, she asked me, “Patty, do you ever have women who come to Pure Romance Parties who have confided that they don’t even want to be touched?” The answer was a resounding “Yes.”  When these women began to open up to me and our Consultants about sexual health issues that they didn’t even feel comfortable discussing with their own healthcare providers, I knew we had to do something and I launched my foundation shortly after.  Continue reading

Who’s Got Your Back?

blogHave you ever heard the quote, “you’re only as good as the company you keep?”  I’ve always put a lot of thought and consideration into who I surround myself with for this very reason.  I was chatting about this with a good friend of mine who has been helping set up important relationships with various hospitals for The Patty Brisben Foundation, and he shared some valuable insight on this topic. He told me his life changed after attending a seminar where he learned an important lesson: You should have a council that holds you accountable.  A perfect example of this is the Board of Directors that provide checks and balances for companies and non-profit organizations, helping them to stay the course and always strive to be bigger and better  in the future. Continue reading

November Focus: The Patty Brisben Foundation for Women’s Sexual Health

This month we’re going to get heavy. As I’ve learned, with great power comes great responsibility, and I take my responsibility very seriously. When I founded Pure Romance, I set out with the goal to empower, educate, and entertain. Taking education further and allowing my responsibility to take precedence, I started something about which I am extremely passionate.

In 2006, I founded the Patty Brisben Foundation for Women’s Sexual Health (PBF). To me, it was completely startling that there is a huge lack of training and research available to women and healthcare providers on women’s sexual dysfunction. Can you believe that the average healthcare provider receives around only 10 hours of training in human sexuality? I can’t either, but it’s the truth. And that’s where the PBF steps in.

We help fund research that allows the millions of women experiencing sexual health discomfort and disease to seek help and to seek a solution. It’s important to acknowledge that every adult woman is susceptible to any of the four conditions the PBF has focused on: Vulvovaginal Pain Disorders; sexual health issues related to perimenopause or menopause; intimacy-related sexual dysfunction after cancer therapy; and libido, desire, and pleasure.

Most recently, I co-wrote an e-book, Sexy Ever After: Intimacy Post-Cancer, based on findings from a study the PBF funded. In a study the largest of its kind to date, of young breast cancer survivors, 95% indicated that cancer had adversely affected their sexuality. Dr. Keri Peterson and I paired up to assist couples in the bedroom. They are often embarrassed to talk about it, so this helps both patients and doctors start an open conversation about post-cancer sexuality.

Throughout the month of November, I will be blogging about the remaining PBF pillars in honor of our PBF ¡Viva Violeta! Gala on Saturday, November 5. I get so excited for this fundraising event every single year. Not only do we raise money to fund further research, we also celebrate our successes with a fun and fabulous evening in downtown Cincinnati.

Please join me for a month of the topics nearest and dearest to my heart. With more attention, funding, and hope, I know we can help the lives of millions of women.

*Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. With the assistance from doctors on our Board combined with research, the blog posts this month have been created.