Sexual Dysfunction in Women – the psychosocial burden

Female sexual health remains a much-neglected area in diabetes clinical medicine however it is important for psychological and social well-being as well as reproductive function. Sexual health issues for women go beyond pre-conception care and pregnancy. Given the complex nature of diabetes and its complications in terms of the physical and psychological issues involved, it is unsurprising that female sexual health is markedly affected by this condition. There are no specific guidelines available, but effective treatment requires psychological and pharmacological approaches. Many women are unaware of treatment availability nor options however.

Data will be presented from recent and ongoing research into the impact of diabetes on sexual health and the implications of this. Existing resources will be highlighted in the context of their evidence-base alongside data on the resources women with diabetes need and how they should be delivered. Finally, the way sexual health issues can be introduced within routine consultations will be discussed, making recommendations for validated tools and tactful conversation starters.

Learning outcomes:

  • Female sexual health remains a considerable challenge for women with diabetes
  • There are a number of medical issues related to sexual health that negatively impact outcomes
  • In addition, diabetes has negative psychological effects on sexual function compounding the problems for women
  • Loss of self-esteem, loss of attractiveness, poor self-image, anxiety and depression are all associated with sexual health for women with diabetes
  • Resources to support women more effectively will be discussed and explored

Wednesday 14th November 2018

17:15 - 17:45

Workshop

Speakers

PhD, CPsychol, AFBPsS Health Psychologist, Bournemouth University
Dr Darryl Meeking
Consultant Endocrinologist, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust

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