Are gynecologists discussing sexual health with their patients?

Gynecologists and Sex Health Discussions

Published on Apr 13, 2012

While sexuality is an important part of a woman’s overall health, obstetrician/gynecologists (OB/GYNs) aren’t thoroughly discussing it with their patients, according to a recent University of Chicago Medicine study.

Although 63% of physicians surveyed said they routinely asked patients about their sexual activity, fewer discussed other topics like sexual orientation or sexual dysfunction.

The study was published online in the March 22, 2012 issue of the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Researchers wanted to know more about how OB/GYNs communicated with their patients about sexual issues. To that end, they surveyed over 1,100 practicing OB/GYNs in the United States. The mean age of the group was 48 years and roughly half of the participants were male.

The doctors were asked how often they discussed sexual activities, orientation, satisfaction, pleasure, and problems with their patients. They were also asked whether they expressed disapproval of or disagreement with patients’ sexual activities.

In the end, the researchers found the following:

·         63% of the OB/GYNs surveyed discussed sexual activities.

·         40% routinely asked about sexual problems.

·         29% asked whether their patients were satisfied with sex.

·         28% asked about a patient’s sexual orientation or identity.

·         14% asked if patients had pleasure with sexual activity.

·         25% expressed disapproval of their patients’ sexual habits.

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