Talking to A Provider about FSD

It’s not easy talking about your sexual concerns, and it’s also not easy living with them. So, it’s time to take action. All it takes is three simple steps:

    1. Make an appointment. FSD can be upsetting. If you’re tired of worrying about it, don’t wait for your next physical; make an appointment with a healthcare provider.
    2. Think ahead. Whether you’re talking to your OB/GYN, primary care physician, nurse practitioner, or therapist, there are going to be some questions for you. So give some thought to the following before your appointment: What’s bothering you? How long has this been an issue? Have you ever experienced this before?
    3. Fire away. All you need are a few questions to get the conversation going. Choose a few below that you feel apply to your situation and then start taking control of your sexual health.
  • Why is sex becoming so painful now?
  • Is a low libido normal for my age?
  • Why don’t I have interest in sex anymore?
  • Will my level of desire return to what it was?
  • Are there lifestyle changes I can make?
  • What books or reading materials would you recommend?
  • Why is it so hard to have an orgasm?
  • I’ve never had an orgasm; does it mean I never will?

Dr. Pepper SchwartzListen to ASHA’s three-part conversation with sociologist and sexual health expert Dr. Pepper Schwartz on female sexual difficulties. She discusses the range of female sexual difficulties, the impact of sexual difficulties on a relationship, and offers practical advice and resources for women (and their partners). You can listen on ASHA’s website or via iTunes.

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