ASKING SEXUAL CONCERNS TO YOUR DOCTOR
by Harsh Shah on Nov 12, 2022
Most health professionals now recognize that sexuality is still important in old age. If you are dissatisfied with your sex life, don't blame it on your age. You can ask your doctor about the effects of an illness or disability on sexual function in addition to discussing age-related changes. Inquire with your doctor about the impact medications or surgery may have on your sexual life.
If you're not sure how to broach the subject, try saying something like,
- I have a personal question I'd like to ask you,
- I understand that this condition or medication can affect my body in a variety of ways.
- Will it have any effect on my sex life?"
According to survey data, only about 44 % of men who have experienced a sexual health problem discussed it with their spouse or partners.
Make The Necessary Preparations
Bring a written list on your phone or paper, of symptoms and concerns you'd like to discuss, as well as questions you'd like answered, because it's easy to lose focus when you're put on the spot. This will also allow you to spend more time with your doctor, ensuring that all of your concerns are addressed.
Take notes during your appointment so that you can refer back to any details you may have forgotten. You can also ask the doctor if it's okay to record the conversation so that you and your partner can listen to it later if you want.
Self-Reported Sexual Health Disorders Are Common
Approximately 81% of men reported having at least one sexual health disorder. 14% of people had three or more sexual health disorders. Approximately two-thirds reported a self-perceived defect in sperm. Other disorders that were frequently reported were libido loss (21%), and masturbation guilt (21%). Other issues reported were nocturnal emission (13.6%), inability to retract the foreskin (5.1%), ED (5.0%), Dhat syndrome (4.8%), and premature ejaculation (4.6%). Loss of libido (29.6% vs. 3.1%) and ED (6.8% vs. 1.4) were significantly higher in the ever-married group, whereas nocturnal emission (30.4% vs. 5.6%) and inability to retract the foreskin (12.1% vs. 1.8%) were significantly higher in the never-married group. At least one sexual health problem was reported by 78.8% of ever-married men and 86.5% of never-married men, with the difference statistically significant.
Even strong and loving families can have issues, especially when dealing with illness. Although discussing family issues can be difficult, doing so can help your doctor help you. Inform your doctor if you believe a family member or caregiver is taking advantage of you or mistreating you. Some elderly people are abused by relatives or others. Abuse can take many forms, including physical, verbal, emotional, and financial. If you are being mistreated, your doctor may be able to provide resources or referrals to other services that can assist you.
Have an Honest Conversation With Your Doctor
Recognize that you may have to begin it. Sometimes just getting those first words out is the most difficult part, especially if your doctor doesn't have the most engaging bedside manner. To get started, try the following prompt: "I'm a little uncomfortable talking about it, but may I discuss my sexual issues with you?"
There's no story we haven't heard. Discussing these issues with your doctor should be an open and honest conversation in a private setting. All of this will contribute to more positive interactions in the future.
Understand That You Will Be Asked Questions As Well.
You will not be the only one who has questions. Prepare to discuss the following topics with your doctor and give them some thought ahead of time:
- Medical history in general
- How long has the sexual problem persisted
- What exactly is going on: Make a list of the symptoms.
- How the problem has emotionally affected you
- What you've done to solve the problem temporarily
- If your doctor does not ask all of these questions, it is critical that you volunteer the answers. You might also want to discuss your eating, sleeping, and exercise habits.
- This will provide a foundational understanding of what's going on and the best way to deal with it.
Never Ever Hold Back
This is not the time to keep secrets you've come for a reason, and you'll need to spill the beans. They're all of them. "The worst mistake a man could make when discussing sexual health with his doctor is to withhold information out of fear of embarrassment or shame. Vuu. If you want to avoid any privacy issues with your significant other, go to the appointment alone so you can be completely honest
Inquire About What Happens Next.
Before you leave, make sure you understand the diagnosis, if one exists, and the treatment goal, as well as what you should do between this visit and the next to optimize your sexual health. Most doctors will explain a treatment plan and algorithm for addressing your issues. Additional questions are always welcome if you are unsure about the next step.
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