I realize that this topic may be a tad inappropriate or maybe even an uncomfortable topic for most, but I really felt like I had to share it. Not talking about sex can actually lead to more problems than we think.
A comprehensive national survey was given to U.S. citizens and showed that most doctors do not ask their patients about their sexual health. This has consequences. Only 40% of doctors asked their patients if they experience any sexual problems or dysfunction. The percentages are even lower for doctors who ask their patients about sexual orientation and their sexual lives as a whole.
There is evidence showing high prevalence of sexual function concerns among women. Research shows that about a third of young and middle-aged women experience some kind of sexual problem. Women do not talk about these problems because their doctors do not ask
them. Therefore, women think it is an unimportant topic and continue with their unsatisfying sexual life.
This study also shows that gender,age,race, medical school location, religious affiliation influence whether or not doctors will bring up sexual matters. Women who experience sexual problems may have other medical problems as well. The fact that these sexual problems are not being talked about is more dangerous than doctors realize. The study also showed that doctors feel more comfortable with talking about sex with men because there are more available treatments for their sexual problems.
However, women are starting to take initiative in talking about sex. They have started because they have seen that they are not alone. They have seen other women experience the same problems from the media such as the internet.
I just found this topic so interesting because when I come to think of it, it is very true. The only question I have been asked is if I am sexually active. That is the common question women and men are asked. I believe that they should be asked more questions because sexual problems can be problems caused by other medical issues.
What do you guys think? Are you comfortable enough to discuss your doctor visits? Are you comfortable enough to discuss sexual matters with your doctor? Do you believe that the actions of these doctors have more affect than they realize?