“Each person has his or her own standard of what sexual health or satisfaction is, based on his or her individual culture, background, personal sexual experiences…”.1

Umbrella
What may the Sexual Health Umbrella include?

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

  • Sexual Health
  • Sexuality

Definition

What is sexual health?

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

“Sexual health is a state of physical, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality. It requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence”.2

What does the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) note about the WHO’s definition of sexual health?

The NAMS note:

“A more comprehensive definition may be hard to come by, since normal sexual response and function is about as individualistic as anything can be”.3

What else does the NAMS also note about defining sexual health?

The NAMS also note:

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“Each person has his or her own standard of what sexual health or satisfaction is, based on his or her individual culture, background, personal sexual experiences, and biological makeup. This individual variation seems to be especially strong among women”.4

Factors

What factors can affect sexual health?

According to the (United States) MedlinePlus:

“Factors that can affect sexual health include:

  • Fear of unplanned pregnancy
  • Concerns about infertility
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Chronic diseases such as cancer or heart disease
  • Medicines that affect sexual desire or performance”.5

The (United States) Mayo Clinic also note:

“Over time, couples may find that their sexual needs change or get out of sync. Many factors can affect sexual desire, from stress, illness and aging to family, career and social commitments. When sexual issues arise, be open and honest with your partner about your needs and concerns. If your difficulties persist, it may be helpful to discuss your feelings with a counselor”.6

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 NAMS reassure:

“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”.7

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

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“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”.8

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”.9

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  1. Sexual Health & Menopause Online: Sexual Problems At Midlife: What’s “Normal”? North American Menopause Society http://www.menopause.org/for-women/sexual-health-menopause-online/sexual-problems-at-midlife Accessed: 03 August 2019
  2. Sexual Health. World Health Organization http://www.who.int/topics/sexual_health/en/ Accessed: 03 August 2019
  3. Sexual Health & Menopause Online: Sexual Problems At Midlife: What’s “Normal”? North American Menopause Society http://www.menopause.org/for-women/sexual-health-menopause-online/sexual-problems-at-midlife Accessed: 03 August 2019
  4. Sexual Health & Menopause Online: Sexual Problems At Midlife: What’s “Normal”? North American Menopause Society http://www.menopause.org/for-women/sexual-health-menopause-online/sexual-problems-at-midlife Accessed: 03 August 2019
  5. Sexual Health. Page Last Updated on: 08 April 2019. Topic Last Reviewed: 05 June 2018. MedlinePlus http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/sexualhealth.html Accessed: 03 August 2019
  6. Disagreements About Sex? Time To Talk. 22 September 2015. Mayo Clinic https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/marriage-counseling/in-depth/health-tip/art-20048803 Accessed: 03 August 2019
  7. Sexual Health & Menopause Online. North American Menopause Society http://www.menopause.org/for-women/sexual-health-menopause-online Accessed: 03 August 2019
  8. Sexual Health & Menopause Online: Talking To Your Health Care Provider About Your Problem. North America 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: 03 August 2019
  9. 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: 03 August 2019
Topic Last Updated: 03 August 2019 – Topic Last Reviewed: 03 August 2019
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