During some recent internet wanderings, I came across the Patty Brisben Foundation for Women's Sexual Health. An organization dedicated to improving the sexual lives of women? Sweet. I popped the link onto my Resources page. But I continued to be curious - who was Patty Brisben? Why had I never heard of this organization? - and a few weeks later, when I stumbled across the Twitter handle @PattyBrisben, I decided to poke around a little bit more and get some answers.
The Patty Brisben Foundation was founded by - you guessed it - Patty Brisben, who also founded the Pure Romance adult toy company over 20 years ago, which sells its products to women through in-home parties and online. The Foundation grew out of a desire to give back, and focuses on four underserved areas in clinical research:
- Vulvovaginal Pain Disorders
- Sexual Health Issues during Peri-Menopause and Menopause
- Intimacy Related Issues after Cancer Treatment
- Libido and Desire
I think it's AMAZEBALLS that this organization is dedicated to overlooked issues that affect so many women. For instance, menopause. Kinda common right? And yet very little attention is paid to the sex lives of older women. And I LOVE LOVE LOVE that the PBF is paying attention to women with chronic illness and cancer. So cool.
One of the awesomest features of the PBF website is that you can email their medical professionals with questions about sexual health. Often the information that foundations are collecting and funding can seem out of reach to the general population, so this is a great way to make their knowledge accessible to women around the world.