SIWSH provides hope to women
suffering from complex
pelvic and vulvar pain disorders.
SIWSH can help you.

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How is SIWSH changing lives?
Dr. Williams and the SIWSH team discuss how SIWSH began.

Our Team

The Southern Institute for Women’s Sexual Health (SIWSH) offers women comprehensive diagnosis and effective treatment of pelvic and vulvar pain, ending the suffering that so many women endure in silence. Complaints regarding sexual function are one of the most common concerns heard by gynecologists, but often the last thing mentioned by patients. At SIWSH, Dr. Katherine Williams eases her patients’ pain by addressing it directly and empowering her patients to achieve pain-free intimacy.

Dr. Williams is an expert in accurately diagnosing and effectively treating sexual pain disorders, disorders of the skin around the vulva, and sexual side effects experienced after chemotherapy, menopause, childbirth and contraceptives.

While the first step for all patients is an appointment with Dr. Williams,  the SIWSH team includes Katherine Williams, MD, FACOG, IF, Jay Saux III, MD, Michelle Sierra, PT, and Kelly Brewster, WHNP.

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One of the tools that SIWSH offers its patients is the ground-breaking ThermiVa. This state-of-the-art device uses radiofrequency energy to heal tissue in the vaginal area by generating the production of collagen. It is a non-surgical minimally-invasive option for women who are suffering from vaginal dryness, urinary incontinence, loss of vaginal elasticity, and decreased response to sexual stimuli. ThermiVa treatments can be external only, internal only, or both internal and external depending on what problems the woman wants addressed.

The ThermiVa treatment sessions take place in the SIWSH office under the care of Dr. Williams and her staff. The appointments take place monthly over a three month period, with symptoms improving after each session. The ThermiVa is available for purchase through SIWSH. Contact Aimee for more information.

Thermi®, an Almirall Company, is a leading global manufacturer of temperature controlled radiofrequency technology. Because the results have been so astonishing and exciting, it has been highlighted by many television shows. The other Thermi line products include ThermiTight, ThermiRase, ThermiSmooth Face, and ThermiSmooth Body, which are not available at SIWSH.

ThermiVa should not be used on patients who are pregnant, have a urinary tract infection or a skin infection in or around the area of treatment. Treating physicians should perform required testing to confirm patient is negative for infection or pregnancy.  Patient should be awake and monitored during the procedure for any unexpected symptoms.


da Vinci Robotic Surgery

The da Vinci Surgical System allows surgeons to operate with enhanced vision, precision, and control, and performing complicated surgical cases through just a few small incisions. It has a magnified 3D high-definition screen that the surgeon views as well as controllers that the surgeon manipulates with her hands. These control extremely precise surgical arms that operate on the patient which bend and rotate in ways that the human hand cannot. The result is a much less invasive procedure with a shorter recovery. It gives the doctor the precision of open surgery and the patient an easier recovery because of smaller incisions. Better for the doctor, better for the patient.

Dr. Williams received her da Vinci Robotic Certification in 2009,  and St. Tammany Parish Hospital was the first Northshore hospital to acquire the Da Vinci Surgical System. This exciting technology is available for patients right in their own backyard.

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Appointment Info

A typical SIWSH appointment is much more intensive and thorough than a normal gynecological visit, with Dr. Williams spending at least three times as long with each of her patients. Patients who suffer from pelvic and vulvar pain or dysfunction need additional time, attention, and tests to determine the best course of treatment. At SIWSH, Dr. Williams strives to help women achieve the intimacy they deserve. SIWSH has two office locations, in Covington and in New Orleans. To reach either office, please call (985) 871-0707.

Initial Visit

Each new patient is asked to fill out an extensive questionnaire several days before her initial visit so that Dr. Williams has time to review it thoroughly. It allows her to really understand the patient’s concerns and medical history; it’s the littlest details that are most concerning.

During the appointment, which may take 1 – 2 hours, Dr. Williams reviews the questionnaire again with the patient. This is followed by a pelvic evaluation which includes a variety of tests, including a vulvoscopy (examination of the area around the vagina under a microscope), a physical exam, and possible culture to test for infection. After reviewing the results of the tests, Dr. Williams discusses her findings with the patient and shares her recommended plan of care (POC). The POC can include some combination of regular prescriptions, compounded medications, blood work, a physical therapy referral, ThermiVa treatments, or surgery.

Follow Up Visits

The patient is usually seen 10 weeks after her initial visit to monitor progress and to adjust her POC if needed. SIWSH, upon request, provides a detailed follow up report for the patient to take to her personal physician to continue long-term care. Continue reading “Appointment Info”

In the News

Metro Fitness Magazine 

Pick up a local issue of Metro Fitness to see what my doctor, Dr. Katherine Williams, is doing to help raise awareness for women’s sexual health! Make sure you check out her articles. A new one will be published in each month’s magazine for the rest of the year!



You Night Events

Read more in The Time Picayune about You Night and about Dr. Williams’ involvement.

Dr. Williams’ OBGYN practice, The Center for Women’s Health, is the top-rated OBGYN clinic in West St. Tammany according to readers of Northshore Parent.



Dr. Williams was featured in Sophisticated Woman Magazine in 2014.

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I love Dr. Williams! After becoming pregnant, being diagnosed with cancer, 12 chemo treatments, C-section, 12 more chemo treatments and 5 surgeries, including a complete hysterectomy all before the age of 40, I was left in menopause and feeling hopeless to change anything. I was referred to SIWSH, meeting with Dr. Williams changed everything for me. She’s so knowledgable and professional. She really does her research and knows what to do to help. We have been working together to find ways to help with the current medications that I have to be on due to the cancer. She has given me hope that being estrogen starved isn’t the end for me. She is so caring and understanding. I recommend everyone to see her!!

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Charo A.

“I had never heard of Lichen Sclerosus, until I was diagnosed with it. A condition that once was the cause of severe discomfort, adversely affecting my ability to be intimate with my husband, is now almost all cleared…thanks to Dr. Williams. We tried changes in my diet and the products I use, and also tried different medications, with some relief in my symptoms, but the symptoms always returned. However, due to her persistence and determination, it appears she has developed an aggressive regimen which has almost completely cleared me of active disease. Once clear, I can just go on a maintenance regimen. I am profoundly grateful to her for giving me such a vital part of my life back! I can’t thank her enough.”

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Contact Us

SIWSH has 2 convenient locations:

SIWSH at the Center for Restorative Breast Surgery

1717 St. Charles Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: 985-871-0707

SIWSH at the Center for Women's Health

104 Innwood Dr.
Covington, LA 70433
Phone: 985-871-0707

Schedule an Appointment

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Katherine Williams at SIWSH, please call 985-871-0707. You can also email if you would like for us to contact you to set up an appointment, or complete the online form for New Patients to better communicate your needs. Please let us know how we can serve you best!

Email Us

Email is a quick and efficient way to communicate with SIWSH. Our staff members are knowledgeable and reliable. Please email with any questions you may have or complete our on-line Information Request Form. We look forward to working with you!

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