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The Patty Brisben Foundation For Women’s Sexual Health 10th Annual Gala

This Saturday, we are hosting the Patty Brisben Foundation for Women’s Sexual Health Gala with a glamorous Golden Age, Old Hollywood theme. Pure Romance has always been an event-driven company – and that passion certainly carries over to the Foundation. We truly pride ourselves on making our events fun! Every year, we strive to make this event bigger and better than the year before, as well as give our patrons an experience they will always remember. If you’ve been to one of our past galas, you know that this isn’t always an easy task; however, we have a brilliant and creative team, and we always find a way to out-do ourselves. And let me tell you, this year’s event will be truly incredible. As the 10thanniversary of the gala, we will be pulling out all of the stops! From the moment our guests arrive to the very last dance, there will be fun-filled, paparazzi-laden Old Hollywood – themed spectacles and surprises. Click on the image below to view the official digital invite.

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The Gala gives us the opportunity to introduce even more people to the importance of women’s sexual health, and thank all of those who have worked diligently to contribute to this cause. It’s also a time to discuss upcoming initiatives, and celebrate all that we have accomplished this past year within our Foundation’s four areas of focus, including Vulvovaginal pain disorders, Sexual Health issues Related to Peri-Menopause and Menopause, Intimacy-Related Sexual Dysfunction After Cancer Treatments and Libido and Desire.

We are proud to announce that we raised $464,000 for women’s sexual health in 2014 alone.

I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to watch this organization grow over the years, but there are still people out there who continue to feel uncomfortable when it comes to addressing women’s sexual health. I would never want my daughters, granddaughters, and great-granddaughters to suffer just because no one wants to speak up about the “big pink elephant” in the room. The Patty Brisben Foundation for Women’s Sexual Health is led by people who aren’t afraid to stand up and let people know just how critical this issue is, not just to women, but to the very families their lives also touch. I’m so proud of the team behind this organization and the path we continue to blaze for women’s sexual health.

Please take a moment to read about some of the grants made possible by our Foundation here!

Giving Back

It’s no secret that I’m passionate about Women’s Sexual Health. Other causes that have peaked my interest include Alzheimer’s research and support, as well as the inner city school system. When Pure Romance first moved its office to downtown Cincinnati, I started hearing stories about children who were not eating after they left school, or who were not getting the support they needed. This really bothered me, and our staff jumped at the chance to adopt a classroom of children who we visit regularly and show constant support. It is such an awesome experience for us because we are not only helping others, but have the opportunity to see and appreciate another side of our employees, outside of the working environment.

We have so many chances to set an example for those around us; I taught my kids early on the importance of giving back. I wanted them to feel connected with the community and help them realize that there was something bigger than themselves – to see what our values are and how it important it is to give back. By committing to give each year, you are setting an example for your own family and everyone around you.

As we approach Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, as well as what some call “fundraiser season” this fall, ask yourself: What is it that gets you fired up and ready to make a change? When you are running a successful business, you should always commit to giving a percentage back every year. There are so many reasons to do this: the most important is that it’s helping others and giving back (and feels good to do so!), and it also helps get your name out in a positive light. IMG_7009Many don’t know where to start –it can be as simple as picking your favorite foundation and donating a silent auction with Pure Romance pampering, massage and communication gift basket (don’t forget to include your business card!). Be sure to keep the letter from the foundation for your donation because it can be used for your tax deductions at the end of the fiscal year.

Many ask me if I did this when I was a Consultant, and the answer is yes. I truly believe that when you do good, then good will come back to you. We’d love to hear your stories about how you’ve given back and what you’re doing to give back this year. Please share your comments here!

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

Letting Go

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“Everybody’s got a past. The past does not equal the future unless you live there.” – Tony Robbins

What are you holding on to this very minute? Every year we accumulate more “junk” and hang on to it (almost for dear life).  It’s like the brand new dress with the tags still on it from three seasons ago that you keep cluttered in your closet because you swear one day you will wear it (but NEVER do). The common behavior of hoarding doesn’t just apply to material things, but also relates to experiences associated with pain, anger, resentment – even just those little things that make us feel comfortable, but we know deep down are not good for us.

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Menopause and The Patty Brisben Foundation for Women’s Sexual Health

This post is part two in my series about the Patty Brisben Foundation for Women’s Sexual Health. Click here to read the first post.

Did you know that starting at an average age of 51, a woman could expect to live more than a third of her life in post-menopausal years? Did you also know that when it comes to perimenopause and menopause, women suffer sexual side effects?

Considering that every woman must go through this phase, funding for further research into what exactly happens to a woman sexually and what she can do to solve this is imperative. A woman going through perimenopause and menopause experiences symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, sleep disturbances, heart palpitations, vaginal thinning, depression, and decreased libido. With the Patty Brisben Foundation for Women’s Sexual Health, I’d like to ease women of their concern regarding their sex lives during and post-51 years old.

The Patty Brisben Foundation supports Sexual Health and Menopause, an online educational program that can be found at menopause.org. Sexual Health and Menopause is designed to share information with the millions of women entering menopause (and their partners) who want to get a handle on what menopause might mean for their sex lives. Although most women experience some changes in sexual function as they age, menopause and aging certainly do not signal the end of a woman’s sex life. Because of the thinning of the vagina, pain or tightness may begin to accompany intercourse. Dryness may also affect a woman during this time, and resources such as the Sexual Health and Menopause guide can help couples get over these hurdles.

Unfortunately, when this happens to women, we tend to dismiss these issues and therefore allow a lack of intimacy to become normal. However, if women are given accurate, supportive advice and recommendations from doctors who have become well versed in the latter part of a woman’s sexual life, defaulting to a lackluster sex life doesn’t have to happen. While there is no “normal,” woman-to-woman, there need to be answers to questions that will help women achieve what they want sexually. Women’s sexual lives from perimenopause to post-menopausal years can no longer be ignored, especially considering the fact that one of the largest populations, baby boomers, are now in the perimenopausal stage.

Women have a gift of masterfully handling whatever their child’s or husband’s crisis may be. When it comes to her own, though, she tends to have a, “get it done, move on,” approach. With your sexual health, I urge women to pause. Take a moment to listen to your body. Think about what your body is telling you. Do you need to seek medical help or advice? If so, act upon it. Now is not the time to push your troubles aside. Now is the time to listen, learn, and thrive. With continued research and funding, the Patty Brisben Foundation for Women’s Sexual Health is here to help.

*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.

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