“Your health has a big impact on your sex life and vice versa. Don’t be embarrassed about discussing sex with your doctor. Your doctor can be a reliable source of…”.1

Umbrella
What may the Sex Umbrella include?

Depending on the Source (DotS) this Umbrella may include:

  • Coitus
  • Consummation
  • Copulation
  • Intercourse
  • Intimacy
  • Sex
  • Sex Life
  • Sexual Health
  • Sexual Intercourse
  • Sexuality
  • Vaginal Intercourse
  • “Bonk”
  • “Carnal Knowledge”
  • “Favour”
  • “Funny Business”
  • “Hanky-Panky”
  • “Jig-Jig”
  • “Jump”
  • “Love Making”
  • “Morning Glory”
  • “Naughty”
  • “Quickie”
  • “Shag”
  • “Slap-and-Tickle”
  • “Tumble In the Hay”

Terminology

Can sex mean different things to different people?

I think the term sex can be like the terms diet, love and menopause and mean different things, to different people, at different times, in different places.

When I use the term sex what I mean may be different to what someone else means or what is meant in medicaltalk.

It can therefore be important when the term sex is used to be clear about what is meant, so we may work out whether we are on the same page meaning the same thing or not.

Definition

What is sex?

DotS the definition of sex may vary. The World Health Organization’s (WHO) working definition is:

“Sex refers to the biological characteristics that define humans as female or male. While these sets of biological characteristics are not mutually exclusive, as there are individuals who possess both, they tend to differentiate humans as males and females”.2

The WHO also note:

In general use in many languages, the term sex is often used to mean “sexual activity”, but for technical purposes in the context of sexuality and sexual health discussions, the above definition is preferred”.3

Health Care Provider

What if I would like help with sex?

If you would like help with sex, it may be in your best interest to choose to talk to your health care provider about this.

In Sexual Health & Menopause Online the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) reassure:

Sex
“Sex and menopause are totally appropriate subjects for discussion in the healthcare setting, and solutions to midlife sexual problems are out there for the taking”.4

In Sexual Health & Menopause Online: Talking To Your Healthcare Provider About Your Problem the NAMS also note:

“If your provider asks about your sex life or sexual function, don’t miss the opportunity to be frank and look for help. More important, if your provider doesn’t ask specifically about your sexual function, don’t be afraid to bring up a distressing sexual problem yourself when you’re asked, “How are you feeling?” Most providers today are comfortable addressing such a problem; if your provider is not, consider looking for another. There is absolutely no need to suffer (or let your relationship suffer) in silence”.5

The (United States) Mayo Clinic also encourage us to talk about sex, explaining:

“Your health has a big impact on your sex life and vice versa. Don’t be embarrassed about discussing sex with your doctor. Your doctor can be a reliable source of information on sexual health. He or she can help you manage chronic conditions and medications that affect your sex life. Your doctor can help you understand how sexual activity may change throughout your life”.6

Health Topics A-Z

Where may I find Health Topics related to Sex?

In Health Topics A-Z you may find:

Links

Where may I find Links related to Sex?

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Sources

Where may I find the Sources quoted?

You may find the Sources quoted at:

Sources

  1. Have Questions About Sex? Ask Your Doctor. 03 January 2019. Mayo Clinic https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/sexual-health/in-depth/art-20048805 Accessed: 08 July 2020
  2. Sexual and Reproductive Health: Defining Sexual Health – Working Definitions: Sex. World Health Organization http://www.who.int/reproductivehealth/topics/sexual_health/sh_definitions/en/ Accessed: 08 July 2020
  3. Sexual and Reproductive Health: Defining Sexual Health – Working Definitions: Sex. World Health Organization http://www.who.int/reproductivehealth/topics/sexual_health/sh_definitions/en/ Accessed: 08 July 2020
  4. Sexual Health & Menopause Online. North American Menopause Society http://www.menopause.org/for-women/sexual-health-menopause-online Accessed: 08 July 2020
  5. Sexual Health & Menopause Online: Talking To Your Health Care Provider About Your Problem. North American Menopause Society http://www.menopause.org/for-women/sexual-health-menopause-online/effective-treatments-for-sexual-problems/talking-to-your-healthcare-provider-about-your-problem Accessed: 08 July 2020
  6. Have Questions About Sex? Ask Your Doctor. 03 January 2019. Mayo Clinic https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/sexual-health/in-depth/art-20048805 Accessed: 08 July 2020
Topic Last Updated: 08 July 2020 – Topic Last Reviewed: 08 July 2020
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