(Answered) NR601 Week 6: Post-Menopausal and Sexuality Issues in the Maturing and Older Adult

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Ageism and gender bias can affect to whom and how we ask about sexual health, sexual activity, and concerning symptoms. Depending on your own level of comfort and cultural norms this can be a tough conversation for some providers but this is an important topic. As this week’s required NAMS videos discussed, women are wanting us to ask about sexual concerns. This week we also reviewed sexually transmitted diseases and the effects of ageism on the time to diagnosis so it is necessary to ask these questions and provide good education for all patients. You will not know any needs unless you ask.

Discussion Questions:

  • Review the required NAMS videos. What was the most surprising statement or topic that you heard in the videos? Explain why this was surprising to you.
  • What is GSM? What body systems are involved? How does GSM affect a woman’s quality of life?
  • Review one aspect of treatment that Dr Shapiro recommends for GSM and include an EBP journal article or guideline recommendation in addition to referencing the video in your response.

Sexuality and the older adult

  • What is your level of comfort in taking a complete sexual history? Is this comfort level different for male or female patients? If so, why?
  • How will this week’s information impact the way you will interact with your mature and elderly clients in the future?


What was the most surprising statement or topic that you heard in the videos? Explain why this was surprising to you

The most surprising statement from the video is that most of the women are desperate for the clinician to ask about their sexual health. This is quite opposite of what the physicians think because they think that asking about sexual health may be uncomfortable to the patient. On the contrary, patients prefer that their doctor initiate the subject on sexual health. A study by Kingsberg et al. (2019) reported that there is a large gap in sexual health training in medical schools, which fails to build the students’ confidence in taking sexual histories from the patients. Due to this knowledge gap, most of the physicians feel uncomfortable approaching the subject of sex as well as probing into patient sexual…..To access the solution  click the icon below to purchase at $10