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Discussing Sexual Health with Patients

Obstet Gynecol; ePub 2017 Jul; Leslie, et al

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has issued a committee opinion that offers obstetricians-gynecologists recommendations about the clinical conversations they should be having with their patients regarding sexual health. According to the documents, openly discussing sexual health has the potential to prevent unnecessary sexual health-related outcomes. The ACOG makes the following recommendations:

  • Clinical outcomes should acknowledge the contributions of sexuality, relationships, and sexual behavior to overall health.
  • Obstetrician-gynecologists should focus on the positive aspects of sexuality, not only disease processes, giving examples of positive and respectful relationships.
  • Discussions of sexual health and aging within the framework of well-woman care should include the evolution of sexual health issues across a lifespan.
  • Obstetrician-gynecologists should support programs that encourage sexual health.


Sexual health. Committee Opinion No. 706. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Obstet Gynecol. 2017;130:e42–7.