Guest Article: Sexual health, A Pillar For Overall Well Being
By Amy Drilling, RN-BSN, Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial
Sexual health is something we don’t talk about much.
Yet it affects us all, and sexual dysfunction is something many women will experience at some point in their lives.
On March 18, Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial will host an event called Fit Mama for moms of all ages, where I’ll be answering questions and sharing information about sexual health.
The most common type of sexual dysfunction appears in many people as having little desire for sex. It can be a lifelong condition, or it can appear later in life. Other struggles can be with low desire, sexual responses, orgasm or even pain during sex.
Sometimes, the causes are psychological. You may have intimacy issues with your significant other. If you’re a young mom, you may be...
fatigued from lack of sleep because you’re caring for a newborn or you’ve been running around with kids in tow all day. Stress from everyday life can also dampen intimacy. With psychological or emotional factors, a good first step is to ask yourself questions and look within yourself as to what the cause may be.
Sometimes, the causes of sexual dysfunction could be medical and physiological.
Some medications can reduce sexual desire, such as anti-depressants.Hormonal imbalances can also be a factor, especially as women age or even months to years past delivery of a baby. A physician or primary care provider can determine whether sexual dysfunction is caused by physiological factors with thorough assessments and blood tests. The remedies can be simple and convenient, such as using creams or taking hormonal supplements or maybe even therapy.
Common medical conditions that can affect sexual response in women include the following:
Sexual health is important to our overall health and wellbeing, and it’s not something we should be ashamed of. As a culture, discussions of sexual health can raise awkwardness and uneasiness. It is not the norm or an area of life we discuss because it often leads to blaming ourselves. We typically respond to questions about our sexual health by asking, “What’s wrong with me?”
If you feel you’re struggling with your sexual health, don’t wait. You are not alone. Talk to a health care professional.
Sexual dysfunction is real, and it can be addressed.
Amy Drilling, RN, is certified in sexual health training and will be available during Fit Mama, March 18 at Tamarac, to talk about female sexual health and share information. Visitors to the event are encouraged to ask questions and learn more.
Fit Mama is a free event for all moms on Saturday, March 18, from 10 a.m. to noon. Visitors will enjoy many free fun activities and get useful health information, including an “Ask a Doc” session with Megan Forshee, DO, OB/GYN. For more information, call 231.924.1788.