Learning Objectives and CME/Disclosure Information
This activity is intended for healthcare providers delivering care to women and their families.
After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:
1. Recall that the new model by Rosemary Bassoon may be more reflective of female sexual response 2. Explain key points in the non-linear model
Estimated time to complete activity: 0.25 hours
Susan J. Gross, MD, FRCSC, FACOG, FACMG
President and CEO, The ObG Project
Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest
Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM) requires faculty, planners, and others in control of educational content to disclose all their financial relationships with ineligible companies. All identified conflicts of interest (COI) are thoroughly vetted and mitigated according to PIM policy. PIM is committed to providing its learners with high quality accredited continuing education activities and related materials that promote improvements or quality in healthcare and not a specific proprietary business interest of an ineligible company.
The PIM planners and others have nothing to disclose. The OBG Project planners and others have nothing to disclose.
Faculty: Susan J. Gross, MD, receives consulting fees from Cradle Genomics, and has financial interest in The ObG Project, Inc.
Planners and Managers: The PIM planners and managers, Trace Hutchison, PharmD, Samantha Mattiucci, PharmD, CHCP, Judi Smelker-Mitchek, MBA, MSN, RN, and Jan Schultz, MSN, RN, CHCP have nothing to disclose.
Method of Participation and Request for Credit
Fees for participating and receiving CME credit for this activity are as posted on The ObG Project website. During the period from Dec 31 2017 through Jan 25 2023, participants must read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures and study the educational activity.
If you wish to receive acknowledgment for completing this activity, please complete the post-test and evaluation. Upon registering and successfully completing the post-test with a score of 100% and the activity evaluation, your certificate will be made available immediately.
For Pharmacists: Upon successfully completing the post-test with a score of 100% and the activity evaluation form, transcript information will be sent to the NABP CPE Monitor Service within 4 weeks.
Joint Accreditation Statement
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and The ObG Project. Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
Physician Continuing Medical Education
Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Continuing Nursing Education
The maximum number of hours awarded for this Continuing Nursing Education activity is 0.2 contact hours.
Designated for 0.2 contact hours of pharmacotherapy credit for Advance Practice Registered Nurses.
Since the 1960’s the Masters and Johnson sexual response cycle has served as the paradigm for sexual functioning. This model is essentially linear, with an initial spontaneous stage of desire leading to arousal, a plateau of heightened arousal which peaks briefly and releases in the experience of orgasm(s) to be followed by resolution. A new model, developed by Rosemary Basson in 2002 offer a different perspective that is more reflective of most women’s experience and can be better used to help women manage issues with low sexual desire.
In the new model
Sexual stimuli are the initial point of entry
A woman might choose to introduce stimuli for many reasons, for example those listed below and the decision may be conscious or unconscious
Many women who do not experience spontaneous desire will describe many other reasons for initiating or agreeing to sexual encounters, including but not limited to:
Wanting to be emotionally close or to express love
Increasing a sense of commitment and bonding
Shared physical pleasure
Soothing of oneself or one’s partner, or a form of relaxation
Validation of one’s sense of attractiveness
Once the stimuli are introduced and arousal is experienced the cycle begins
Additional stimuli are included (kissing, touching, fantasy, conversations) and with continuation of the stimuli enhancing arousal, arousal grows until ultimately the woman feels desire
Sexual desire is responsive not spontaneous
With the continuation of the combination of desire, arousal and stimuli, the experience, if successful concludes with an orgasm and resolution
Assuming a successful conclusion, the cycle is primed to repeat
How likely the cycle is to repeat is dependent on the success of the experience as a whole
The Masters and Johnson model of sexual response can lead to mismanagement of the condition of “low desire” as many women do not experience spontaneous desire
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Disclosure of Unlabeled Use
This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. The planners of this activity do not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications.
The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of the planners. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.
Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information
presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patient’s conditions and possible contraindications and/or dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.
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