Discussing Sexual Health: Medical Considerations and Recommendations
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. Restate the WHO definition of sexual health 2. Include key topics when obtaining a sexual history
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
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The most recent guidelines from ACOG encourages physicians to acknowledge sexuality as a contributor to overall health across the life span, focus on sexual health rather than disease, and support programs which promote sexual health.
WHO defines sexual health as “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 both
A positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships
The possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences free of coercion, discrimination, and violence
Factors beyond biologic processes, such as poverty and community violence, can lead to poor sexual health and should be considered in the larger context of counseling and management
ObGyns are in a unique position to discuss sexual health issues
Screening and interview questions should be updated to include discussion of sexual concerns with patients throughout their lifespan
Understanding both reproduction and sexual activity affects patients from adolescence through and beyond menopause, and can positively impact patients’ lives
Hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) reaches a peak in women aged 40–60 years and in individuals who have undergone surgical menopause
ObGyns should screen and counsel (based on guidelines and risk factors) for STIs and sexual abuse throughout the lifespan
Menopause affects sexual health significantly
changes in mood and sleep
ObGyns should be familiar with appropriate therapies for menopausal symptoms, including both pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical approaches
OPEN-ENDED QUESTIONS TO HELP ENGAGE THE PATIENT IN DISCUSSION:
“Are you sexually active?”
“Are you sexually satisfied?”
“Do you have questions or concerns about sexual functioning?”
“Do you think your partner is satisfied?”
Questions about partner’s sexual functioning may further aid in the evaluation
Following the above broader based questions, consider more detailed questions
“Do you have orgasms?”
“Are you satisfied with the frequency of sexual activity?”
“Does your vagina lubricate?”
A thorough sexual history should also include the following topics (detailed questionnaire is available in the ACOG Committee Opinion (see ‘Learn More – Primary Sources’ section below)
Protection from STI
History of STIs (including HIV)
Prevention of Pregnancy
Completing the History
Any other issues the patient would like to discuss
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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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