Who does she turn to?
Of the 3239 women from PRESIDE with self-reported sexual problems, just over 1/3 sought formal care.*1
Results of a web-based survey of 3807 women, assessing their experiences seeking help for sexual function complaints…
Patients believe HCPs are unconcerned about their sexual problems†2
You can play a central role from the start when screening for sexual dysfunction3
Normalize/universalize conversations about sexual health issues with language that patients are comfortable with.
Start with an open-ended question, such as…“Many women at your age report problems during sex. What problems are you experiencing?”
Continue inquiry with specific questions“Are you having any problems with desire/
interest in sex?”“Are you having any problems with pain/ lubrication/“Are you having any problems with orgasm or coming? Too late, early, not at all?” dryness?”
Follow up positive response with open-ended invitation“Tell me about it…Tell me about a typical sexual experience…”
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Normalizing conversations about sexual health
Sheryl Kingsberg, PhD, IF
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Dr. Kingsberg is a consultant for AMAG Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Palatin Technologies, Inc.View barriers to diagnosis
References: 1. Shifren JL, Johannes CB, Monz BU, Russo PA, Bennett L, Rosen R. Help-seeking behavior of women with self-reported distressing sexual problems. J Womens Health. 2009;18(4):461-468. 2. Berman L, Berman J, Felder S, et al. Seeking help for sexual function complaints: what gynecologists need to know about the female patient’s experience. Fertil Steril. 2003;79(3):572-576. 3. Sadovsky R, Alam W, Enecilla M, Cosiquien R, Tipu O, Etheridge-Otey J. ORIGINAL RESEARCH—EPIDEMIOLOGY: Sexual problems among a specific population of minority women aged 40–80 years attending a primary care practice. J Sex Med. 2006;3(5):795-803.