Women often begin the process of
sexual problem by noticing an absence of sexual desire
Your doctor will work with you to
identify your symptoms and the history of those symptoms by:
Asking questions about your complete medical
history, including a complete sexual history. This will include questions about any medicines you are taking.
Having you fill out questionnaires. These are special questions that can help your doctor find the cause of a sexual problem.
Doing a physical exam, in some cases. For a sexual pain problem, this may include a pelvic exam.
Ordering laboratory tests, if they are needed. This includes blood tests to check hormone levels and thyroid function.
Your doctor will use the information from the history and
exams to determine the cause of your sexual concerns.
Throughout the appointment and future treatment of a sexual problem, your
doctor should establish an encouraging atmosphere for you to discuss your
concerns. All of your communications about your sexual concerns should be
maintained in a professional, confidential, and nonjudgmental manner. See a
questions you might be asked by your doctor.
What to Think About
By definition, a sexual
problem is a sex-related stressor for you and/or your relationship with a
partner. If you have a symptom that you are not troubled by and that isn't
causing a relationship problem, then it is not considered to be a problem.