Discussing Safe Sex-Important But Difficult

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    One thing that I have learned working with AYA Cancer Survivors is the importance of discussing safe sex.  I have had several patients present with unintended pregnancies because they thought they were infertile from previous cancer treatments.  I have also had patients who are infertile not use a barrier method (because there was no risk of pregnancy) and contract an STD.

    Particularly with the generational gap — having these conversations can be easier said than done.  Sometimes I have to reassure myself that even if the conversation is awkward — at least Iaddressed the topic — and let them know that I am open to listening and discussing.

    I have realized (particularly through this course) that I need to develop a  script to include basic sex 101 to tailor to every, single patient.  I think with practice, effort and commitment this will become easier.

    When I get nervous in the moment — I always remind myself — “I would want them to ask me.”  And I start the conversation….

    I have also realized that I need to get better about documenting these conversations in my notes — which will reflect a more comprehensive philosophy of health promotion to our colleagues and referring providers.

     

     

    • This topic was modified 7 months ago by nlinendoll.
    #17596

    Thanks for your post! I agree that these conversations can be tricky for everyone — health care providers as well as patients. It’s a great idea to develop a “sex 101” script and I think I will do that, too. I think also that patients will appreciate that you initiated the conversation and opened the door to ongoing conversations, even if it was awkward.

    #17602

    Great post!! These conversations are definitely hard to have so I agree that haing a script would be very helpful. Thes conversations do need to be happening with every single patient even though it is a hard conversation to have.

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