“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”.1

Umbrella
What may the Sexual Health Help Umbrella include?

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

  • Counseling
  • Psychosexual Therapy (PST)
  • Sex Counseling/Therapy
  • Sexual Advice

Services

What services may help with sexual health?

In How To Get Help With Your Sexual Health the (United Kingdom) Sexwise explain:

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“You can contact:

  • General practices
  • Contraception clinics
  • Sexual health clinics
  • Sexually transmitted infection testing clinics (genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinics)
  • Pharmacies
  • Specialist sexual assault centres

Sexual health clinics are clinics that provide contraception and infection testing services”.2

Health Care Provider

What if I would like help with my sexual health?

If you would like help with your sexual health, 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:

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“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”.3

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”.4

The 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”.5

In Looking After Yourself: Sex & Relationships: What Can Affect Your Sex Life? Relationships the (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health elaborate on:

“As you approach menopause, it’s important to discuss your thoughts and problems openly with your partner.

Your partner may not know about menopausal symptoms or what you are going through.

You can ask them to read current information about menopause so they can support you through this time.

If you think these conversations may be difficult, you can:

  • Visit your doctor with your partner and discuss your concerns together
  • Visit a psychologist who specialises in couple’s therapy.

If you are experiencing menopausal symptoms or health issues that affect your daily life (including your sex life), it can have an impact on your relationship. It’s important to ask your partner for their understanding and support during this time”.6

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  1. Sexual Health & Menopause Online. North American Menopause Society https://www.menopause.org/for-women/sexual-health-menopause-online Accessed: 11 November 2022
  2. How To Get Help With Your Sexual Health. Information Last Updated: January 2021. Sexwise https://www.sexwise.org.uk/where-to-get-help/how-get-help-your-sexual-health Accessed: 11 November 2022
  3. Sexual Health & Menopause Online. North American Menopause Society https://www.menopause.org/for-women/sexual-health-menopause-online Accessed: 11 November 2022
  4. Sexual Health & Menopause Online: Talking To Your Health Care Provider About Your Problem. North America Menopause Society https://www.menopause.org/for-women/sexual-health-menopause-online/effective-treatments-for-sexual-problems/talking-to-your-healthcare-provider-about-your-problem Accessed: 11 November 2022
  5. Have Questions About Sex? Ask Your Doctor. 01 October 2020. Mayo Clinic https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/sexual-health/in-depth/art-20048805 Accessed: 11 November 2022
  6. Looking After Yourself: Sex & Relationships: What Can Affect Your Sex Life? Relationships Last Updated: 03 October 2022 | Last Reviewed: 19 August 2022. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://www.jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/menopause/looking-after-yourself Accessed: 11 November 2022
Topic Last Updated: 11 November 2022  – Topic Last Reviewed: 11 November 2022

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