How Sexual Wellness Can Keep Your Practice and Patients Thriving
December 7, 2022
Updated: 12/7/22. Menopausal women are at high risk for sexual dysfunction. And they are afraid to talk about it. Starting in perimenopause, physical changes and mental well-being struggles catch women off guard. This phase of life can have a huge impact on body image and self-esteem. Studies show a growing number of female patients don’t understand the reason behind their sexual health problems or recognize their options. Taking Dr. DeRosa’s advice to heart, Belmar Pharmacy has recently posted new content with the sole focus on female sexual dysfunction. Let’s raise awareness and advocate for women, together.
My job—and probably yours as well—would be much easier if all my patients came in and right off the bat told me whether there was something wrong with their sex lives. But unfortunately, that’s not always the case.
About 50 percent of our patients who are over 40 have some sort of sexual dysfunction or concern. And while they might not bring it up themselves during a doctor visit, that doesn’t mean there’s nothing we can do.
I believe that sexual wellness is a vital part of our overall health and that as physicians, it’s important that we encourage our patients to open up about this topic. You can start by asking your patients the right questions, such as: Are you sexually active? Are you satisfied with your sex life? Has anything in your sex life changed recently?
Open-ended dialogue takes time and effort on our part, and what works for one patient might not work for others. However, I’ve found that when physicians are compassionate and empathetic and communicate in a way that’s honest, open, and non-threatening, they can often find a way to help their patients. And once you help your patients achieve sexual wellness, chances are they’ll spread the word to their friends—and you just might find yourself with a few new patients.
Sexual wellness is a huge need in the market today, but not a lot of practices are adept in addressing it. So by focusing more of your efforts on sexual wellness, you’ll be helping both your patients and your practice.