“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:

“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

Sex Therapy

What is sex therapy?

DotS the definition of sex therapy may vary. The (United States) Mayo Clinic’s definition is:

“Sex therapy is a type of psychotherapy — a general term for treating mental health problems by talking with a mental health professional. Through sex therapy, you can address concerns about sexual function, sexual feelings and intimacy, either in individual therapy or couples or family therapy. Sex therapy can be effective for individuals of any age, gender or sexual orientation”.3

Sex Therapists

Who provides sex therapy?

DotC (Depending on the Country) this may vary. In Sex Therapy: Overview the Mayo Clinic explain:

“Sex therapy is usually provided by licensed psychologists, social workers, physicians or licensed therapists who have advanced training in issues related to sexual and relationship health. Certified sex therapists have graduate degrees and can demonstrate their competence in sex therapy by becoming credentialed by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)”.4

Note

What is it important to note about sex therapists?

In Sex Therapy: Overview the Mayo Clinic also note:

“Sex therapists do not have sexual contact with clients, in the office or anywhere else. Sexual coaching that involves physical contact is not part of mainstream sex therapy”.5

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:

Sexual Health Help
“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”.6

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”.7

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”.8

In Sex & Relationships: Relationships – What Can You Do To Help Your Relationship? the (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health elaborate on:

“One of the most important things is to be able to discuss your thoughts and problems openly in your relationship. If this is difficult, perhaps your partner could visit your doctor with you and you can discuss your concerns together. Or, you could both visit a psychologist who specialises in couple’s therapy. You might have to go for only one or two sessions, but the therapist should be able to help support you in your communication”.9

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  1. Sexual Health & Menopause Online. North American Menopause Society https://www.menopause.org/for-women/sexual-health-menopause-online Accessed: 29 February 2020
  2. How To Get Help With Your Sexual Health. Sexwise https://www.sexwise.fpa.org.uk/where-to-get-help/how-get-help-your-sexual-health Accessed: 29 February 2020
  3. Sex Therapy: Overview. 16 March 2019. Mayo Clinic https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/sex-therapy/about/pac-20384613 Accessed: 29 February 2020
  4. Sex Therapy: Overview. 16 March 2019. Mayo Clinic https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/sex-therapy/about/pac-20384613 Accessed: 29 February 2020
  5. Sex Therapy: Overview. 16 March 2019. Mayo Clinic https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/sex-therapy/about/pac-20384613 Accessed: 29 February 2020
  6. Sexual Health & Menopause Online. North American Menopause Society https://www.menopause.org/for-women/sexual-health-menopause-online Accessed: 29 February 2020
  7. 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: 29 February 2020
  8. 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: 29 February 2020
  9. Sex & Relationships: Relationships – What Can You Do To Help Your Relationship? Last Updated 14 January 2020 | Last Reviewed 17 December 2017. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/menopause/sex Accessed: 29 February 2020
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