“Sexual health is “…a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction or infirmity”.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. In Sexual Health: Definitions – Sexual Health the World Health Organization’s (WHO) current working definition (2006) of sexual health is:

“…a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction or infirmity. Sexual health 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. For sexual health to be attained and maintained, the sexual rights of all persons must be respected, protected and fulfilled”.2

Different Differences

What the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) note about defining sexual health?

In Sexual Health & Menopause Online: Sexual Problems At Midlife: What’s “Normal”? the NAMS 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”.3

Factors

What are factors that can affect sexual health?

In Sexual Health: Summary 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”.4

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”.5

Women’s Sexual Health

Why does women’s sexual health matter?

In Women’s Sexual Health Matters the (United States) Patty Brisben Foundation for Women’s Sexual Health elaborate on:

“It matters because it impacts all women, and it impacts our quality of life. It has an effect on our overall health and wellness, and directly contributes to self-image and confidence. It helps to shape how we view and enjoy intimacy, affecting our relationships and families”.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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Sources

  1. Sexual Health: Definitions – Sexual Health. World Health Organization https://www.who.int/health-topics/sexual-health#tab=tab_2> Accessed: 12 January 2021
  2. Sexual Health: Definitions – Sexual Health. World Health Organization https://www.who.int/health-topics/sexual-health#tab=tab_2 Accessed: 12 January 2021
  3. Sexual Health & Menopause Online: Sexual Problems At Midlife: What’s “Normal”? North American Menopause Society https://www.menopause.org/for-women/sexual-health-menopause-online/sexual-problems-at-midlife Accessed: 12 January 2021
  4. Sexual Health: Summary. Page Last Updated on: 09 June 2020. Topic Last Reviewed: 05 June 2018. MedlinePlus https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/sexualhealth.html Accessed: 12 January 2021
  5. Disagreements About Sex? Time To Talk. 07 March 2020. Mayo Clinic https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/marriage-counseling/in-depth/health-tip/art-20048803 Accessed: 12 January 2021
  6. Women’s Sexual Health Matters. Patty Brisben Foundation http://pattybrisbenfoundation.org/sexual-health/what-is-womens-sexual-health/#what Accessed: 12 January 2021
  7. Sexual Health & Menopause Online. North American Menopause Society https://www.menopause.org/for-women/sexual-health-menopause-online Accessed: 12 January 2021
  8. 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: 12 January 2021
  9. 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: 12 January 2021

Topic Last Updated: 08 February 2021 – Topic Last Reviewed: 12 January 2021
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