Overcoming the Sexual Health Topic Barrier
To many people, sex is important. It can have a positive impact on one’s sexual health and well-being. A regular, happy sex life can benefit one’s physical, emotional, mental, and social well-being. To be human is to be sexual, and we must understand that sex plays an important role in the lives of humans.
However, some people still hold back when it comes to sexual topics – even when talking to their doctors.
Unhappy Sex Life
An unhappy sex life, just like the loss of a loved one, can lead to stress, depression or illness. Chronic disability or illness can result in a lack of sex and loneliness – both can have a negative impact throughout one’s life.
The good news is that many sexual problems can often be resolved with medical intervention or counselling.
Communication is Key
A study conducted in 2012 found that only 6% of practitioners initiate discussions about sexual health problems on a regular basis.
You might have encountered a doctor who does not openly talk about sexuality. Dr. Daniel Atkinson GP said, “Thinking about discussing sex is more frightening than actually doing it, and the reactions we are fearful of rarely occur.” This quote shows how doctors feel about raising the topic of sex.
It is, however, hugely beneficial to patients if all healthcare professionals are willing to talk about sexuality. This way, they will also be able to provide the appropriate support or even a referral to the appropriate service.
A patient can have a simple problem such as having some doubts sexually, or he or she might just need reassurance or an explanation about something to be able to resolve the issue at hand or at least allay their fears.
Remember, communication is the key. Both the patient and healthcare professional may tend to hold back from initiating the conversation, but that should not be the case.
If a patient does not openly talk about their sexual problems during a consultation with their doctor, the doctor might not be able to establish a full and clear diagnosis. He or she might also not be able to provide the suitable advice, treatment, and support that the patient needs.
Remember that better sexual health also leads to better sex and an overall increased health and well-being. Talking about sexual problems may also alert the doctor to other medical conditions that a patient may have.
If your doctor is unsympathetic even if you try to initiate the conversation, request to speak to another doctor who is more comfortable with sexual health topics. Dr. Fay Weisberg is available to talk about sexual health problems you might be experiencing. Have an appointment with her today.