Sexual Dysfunction: The Importance Of Sexuality As A Nurses

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Sexual dysfunction is characterized by a difficulty or decreased in sexual activity that could result to shame and other sexual and relationship problems by an individual or a couple. It often makes people embarrassed to talk about it and limits them to make the issue known due to the sensitivity of the topic. Although there are many factors to explain sexual dysfunction, it is imperative that as a nurse, one must know how to facilitate a discussion about sexuality with the patient in order to elicit pertinent information to understand the dysfunction.
It is important to recognize that “patients may cue the nurse into the presence of sexual concerns without explicitly verbalizing them (Halter, 2014, p. 385). Therefore, the nurse must be very
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This can be done by talking to he client in a general manner and then continue asking questions about the experience concerning sexuality (Halter, 2014, p.385). The nurse can use facilitative statements by saying, “Many people as they get older, believe or worry that this signals the end of their sex life” and then proceed to asking the client, “Have you had this problem?” (Halter, 2014, p. 385 & 387). To obtain information on sexuality, the nurse can say, “The degree to which unmarried person have sexual outlets varies considerably. Some have sexual partners. Some relieve sexual tension through masturbation. Others need no outlet at all. What has been your pattern?” (Halter, 2014, p. 387). Using facilitative statements in a general manner allow the client to be involved in the communication and to feel that he is not the only who experiences sexual dysfunction. In addition, building a rapport with the client can create a good trusting relationship and can result to a thoughtful and calm discussion (Halter, 2014, 386). Maintaining good eye contact, open postures, and friendly facial expressions can also make the client more comfortable with the discussion about sexuality (Halter, 2014, p. …show more content…
When interviewing a client of the same age, the nurse must be sensitive with the type of question asked because it might be inappropriate or might mean differently to the client. The client might think that the nurse is overly interested on him or her (Halter, 2014, p. 386). This can be avoided by maintaining a clear boundary with the client and using professional behavior. It might be also challenging for a nurse to interview a client of her father’s age because it may “create a level of discomfort” or fear while discussing a topic about sex (Halter, 2014, p. 386). In order to avoid this, the nurse must be professional in asking the questions by addressing the topics using an appropriate tone and manner and by explaining to the client the reasons for asking personal and sensitive questions (Halter, 2014, p. 386). This allows the client to be more interested in the discussion and be more open to the nurse (Halter, 2014, p. 386). Several nursing approach that can be applied to different ages include establishing therapeutic relationship, providing privacy and confidentiality, and providing

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