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Are you comfortable talking to patients about sex issues?

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More than one million people in the UK may have stopped having sex altogether as a result of a heart condition.

The British Heart Foundation suggested that patients with heart conditions and their GPs should talk openly about sex issues.

Doireann Maddock, senior cardiac nurse at the BHF, said: “Sex is a hugely important part of life, but isn’t getting the attention it deserves in the consultation room”.

Let’s discuss…

  • Are you comfortable talking to patients about the effect their health is having on their sex life?
  • Would you be able to respond if a patient raised a concern about sex?
  • Do we make assumptions about whether people are sexually active based on age or health?
  • Comments (3)

Readers' comments (3)

  • Anonymous

    I am willing and able to discuss the issue.

    However , it is not my role to directly raise the question with patients.

    Many people (men and women) use "illness" as an excuse for avoiding sexual contact.

    Those that need help will ask.

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  • Anonymous

    As a patient I find doctors and nurses tend to make assumptions about sex. Even in mid-teens they would assume I was sexually active. I would be asked if I was on the pill..if not what contraception then? None? Huge look of disapproval - never seemed to occur to them not having sex is an effective form of contraception. For years I was bombarded incessantly with demands I go for cervical smear tests and unfortunately lack of assertiveness on my part, and a failure by any staff to ask if I had actually had sex, resulted in me undergoing completely unnecessary screening...more than once since they couldn't get results from the first smear (unclear or something). I did on occasion when the warning sign flashed on their screen say I didn't need a smear test but was never asked why, simply given a lecture on how important it was to have, how their was huge benefit and few disadvantages, how I was a terrible, irresponsible person for defaulting on my cervical screening duty (well maybe not in quite those words but that was the message). People talk about peer pressure pushing people into sex before they want it...I have to say the most pressure I ever experienced was from health professionals absolute assumption that having reached the age of consent I must have consented. People still seem to think we are stuck in the 50s where having sex young, unmarried or lots of partners was taboo. Fact is the opposite is the case now. Not having sex? Now that really is beyond the might even be an unmarried catholic.

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  • Just go to and prescribe your patients cannabis using vaporizers.

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