Let’s Talk About Sex: Why You Shouldn’t Hesitate To Ask Your Doctor Those ‘Tough’ Questions
At the Women’s Wellness Institute of Dallas, we are all about healthy, empowered women, so it should come as no surprise that a healthy sex life and proper sexual education are an important part of that equation. There’s only one catch to that: many women are embarrassed to ask their doctor the pressing questions they’re wondering about – we get it (we really do!) – but here’s why patients should put that awkwardness aside and seek the answers they are looking for…
First and foremost, a healthy sexual relationship is actually good for your physical health (see our previous blog post entitled “Pillow Talk: How A Healthier Sex Life Can Lead To A Healthier YOU”). Unfortunately, studies have shown that anywhere from 40% to 75% of women have a sexual concern no matter their age. When these concerns aren’t addressed, our bodies and relationships suffer, which as we all know, can trickle down to other serious issues such as depression and eventually a lack of self-esteem.
Secondly, sexual dysfunction in women is very real, despite the medical industry’s focus on male sexual function. There is a diagnosis pertaining to women’s sexual function called hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) that, when surveyed, only 14% of women between the ages of 30 and 50 in the U.S. were even aware of. Common symptoms of HSDD are low sexual desire or drive and pain during intercourse. Low sexual desire can even be attributed to some medical conditions and medications. Because women tend to lead multi-tasking lives (taking care of family, career, etc.), the timing and intimacy of having sex can certainly be an issue as well.
The good news is there are things that can be done to help! A candid discussion with your doctor can open the doors to treatments, and ultimately, a more satisfying sex life. Your gynecologist is trained in the female anatomy and feminine health, which yes, includes sexual function. At our practice, we like to encourage our patients to feel comfortable discussing these types of concerns with Dr. Brady. A gynecologist with your best interest at heart will openly discuss your options – without judgement – and work with you to find solutions that pertain to your specific needs. Ladies, it’s time we take control of our physical needs and fulfillment! We’re here to help.