Menopause is also an opportune time for health practitioners to raise the discussion about sexual problems. The effects of menopause on sexual function range from minor to severe, are individual, and likely to be influenced by many factors. The types of sexual dysfunction including sexual desire, arousal and painful intercourse will be discussed as they relate to menopause. Menopause does not always occur naturally, or at the expected age of around 51 years. Premature menopause, menopause before the age of 40 is experienced by up to 8% of women. This may be due to premature ovarian failure, surgical or chemically induced menopause.
Premature menopause and also menopause induced after the age of 40 are known to impact significantly on sexual function. Because of this significant impact they are important areas to understand. This presentation will explore sexual function across the different types of menopause using a biopsychosocial approach to explore the effects of: Hormonal changes Pharmacological and ‘natural’ treatments for menopause Psychological factors such as the influence of mood, stress and body image Relationship status and quality Social and situational factors Finally, the presentation will explore the best questions to ask women about sexual function when they are menopausal.
Much debate and controversy has ensued regarding the contentious and subjective definition, diagnosis, measurement and treatment of desire problems for both men and women as various editions of the Diagnostic Statistical Manual (DSM) have been published (DSM V edition). Despite the recent changes for women, the fact that the criteria for men remains the same, reflects a huge paucity in understanding how male sexual desire varies; how ‘lower’ desire manifests, how it is diagnosed and subsequently managed (Bitzer, Giraldi, Pfauss 2013).
Offering clients an interdisciplinary and approach in dealing with sexual dysfunctions has been shown to positively impact on client and relational outcomes. Viewing a sexual concern from one lens or perspective i.e. medical or psychological can fail to achieve the best outcome for clients. Ejaculatory disorders are the most common presenting problems for men.
This is the first community based empirical study to explore Australian women's genital image perceptions and their views towards female genital cosmetic surgery (FGCS). There has been a significant increase in the requests for female genital cosmetic surgery over the last 20 years. Labiaplasty is the most requested type of FGCS requested and has caused concerns amongst health professionals.
Premature ejaculation (PE) is a common male sexual disorder which is associated with substantial personal and interpersonal negative psychological consequences and reduced quality of life for both sufferer and partner. Reliable information on the prevalence of PE in the general male population is lacking. There is a substantial disparity between the incidence of PE in epidemiological studies which rely upon either patient self-report of PE and/or inconsistent and poorly validated definitions of PE and that suggested by community based stopwatch studies of the intravaginal ejaculation latency time (IELT).
Problems of sexual desire are often cited as the most prevalent of the female sexual dysfunctions. Despite this finding, considerable variability exists when comparing prevalence figures across studies, highlighting the inconsistency in how these problems are defined and therefore measured. The current study was designed to determine how the prevalence estimates of women's sexual desire problems vary according to the diagnostic criteria adopted to define such problems.
Female sexual dysfunction is a public health concern. It can have an overwhelming effect on a women’s physical and psychological health as well as their relationship with their husband. Many researchers had examined the meaning of sexuality among woman, however there is a paucity of evidence regarding the potential impact of sexual dysfunction on women’s sexual experiences and their meanings of sexuality. This study aims to gain an in-depth understanding of sexuality meanings and its changes among Malay women with sexual dysfunction.
This presentation, "Responding to the needs of consumers with complex trauma histories a consumer perspective" focuses on the needs of adult survivors of child abuse, highlighting the frequent