Our Mission

The Patty Brisben Foundation is working to enhance women's sexual health and well-being through research and education.

Our Story

Women with cancer are not the only people who struggle to cope with intimacy-related issues as they pertain to health problems. Women who are experiencing chronic pain, decreased libido, and menopause are all examples of people who need a place to turn for information and clinical research statistics. These are all areas in which the Patty Brisben Foundation for Women’s Sexual Health sees a disparity in the amount of clinical research being undertaken today.

With these ideas in mind, the Patty Brisben Foundation for Women’s Sexual Health pledges to support the following clinical endeavors:

  • Research that seeks to understand the nature of women’s sexuality and sexual health
  • Research that seeks to understand how women develop and sustain relationships, obtain information about their bodies and manage the complex sexuality issues that arise when faced with chronic illness
  • The Foundation aims to improve the response of healthcare providers to patients’ sexuality issues, particularly as they relate to the Patty Brisben Foundation’s Four Areas of Focus:

    Vulvovaginal Pain Disorders
    • An estimated six million women currently suffer from vulvodynia, a disorder defined as chronic vulvar pain without an identifiable cause.
    • The average woman with pain during intercourse sees seven doctors before she receives a diagnosis.


    Sexual Health Issues Related to Peri-Menopause and Menopause
    • During menopause, mood swings, short-term memory loss, and difficulty thinking clearly are common complaints that can adversely affect women’s mental health and overall well-being.


    Intimacy-Related Sexual Dysfunction After Cancer Treatments

    • The Patty Brisben Foundation funded the largest study to date on young survivors of breast cancer. 95 percent indicated that cancer had adversely affected their sexuality.


    Libido and Desire

    • The Patty Brisben Foundation is funding a study at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Medicine to determine if birth control pills and other hormonal contraceptives negatively impact a woman’s sexual desire and whether any effects increase with higher level dosages.