What women need to know about sexual health
Our Southlake obgyns encourage women to openly discuss sexual health during their visits. Our physicians understand women’s sexual issues and want to help them live the best possible life.
Many women may not know what it means to be sexually healthy. The World Health Organization offers this definition, “Sexual health is a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction or infirmity.” Our physicians agree with this broad definition, and we want women to understand the many issues involved with sexual health.
- Sexual dysfunction
- Safer sex practices
- Birth control options
Another aspect of sexual health that our Southlake obgyns often address during the annual well woman exam is domestic and dating violence. It’s important for women to talk with someone and get help if they are experiencing emotional or physical abuse by a partner.
Dealing with sexual dysfunction issues is an important part of sexual health
Sexual dysfunction is what many people think of when they hear about sexual health. Sexual problems can be caused by hormonal changes, especially during perimenopause and menopause. Other issues such as depression, stress and anxiety, or negative sexual experiences in the past can also cause problems. Our Southlake obgyns have the expertise to help women with whatever type of sexual dysfunction they are experiencing, including problems with desire, arousal, orgasms or sexual pain disorders.
It’s important for women to learn about safer sex
Sexually transmitted infections, or STIs, can cause problems with sexual health. Our Southlake obgyns want women to know how to reduce their risk of STIs.
- Latex Condoms: Latex condoms are the only birth control method that protects against STIs. Unless they are in a monogamous relationship, women of all ages should use latex condoms when they have vaginal, oral or anal intercourse.
- Vaccinations: Women should talk with our physicians about vaccines that can protect them against hepatitis B and C. Younger women should ask about the HPV vaccine.
- Sexual History: Women should find out about their partners’ sexual history before having sexual contact. The more sexual partners a woman has, the higher her risk of getting STIs.
Our Southlake obgyns are happy to discuss birth control options
Another aspect of sexual health involves contraception. It’s important to understand the birth control options that are available and how to use them properly. Our Southlake obgyns can help women understand their choices.
Our physicians are always here to listen and provide answers for women who have questions about their sexual health. We encourage open, honest conversation in a judgment-free environment.
Women in Grapevine, Alliance, Southlake and the surrounding areas should contact us for an appointment at our conveniently located Grapevine office.