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04 Feb 2019

Women’s Health Experts Offer Roadmap to Help Improve Patient-Clinician Communication About Sexual Health

Washington, DC, Feb. 4, 2019 – Sexual imagery is everywhere, but a new consensus report authored by national experts in women’s sexual health and published online today in the Journal of Women’s Health underscores that cultural norms and stigma, patient misunderstandings and misperceptions, and limited clinical training and time constraints still inhibit open conversations about sexual health between clinicians and patients, taking a toll on women’s overall health and well-being.

The authors compiled research and their collective experience treating women with sexual health concerns to elucidate the barriers that prevent open conversation between women and their clinicians about sexual health. They also propose specific solutions to overcome those barriers and improve clinical interaction around sexual health.

“While sexual health can be considered a vital sign for overall health, many barriers prevent women and their clinicians from having open and productive conversations about their sexual health needs,” said lead author Sheryl A. Kingsberg, PhD, Co-Chair of the Alliance for Advancing Women’s Health; Division Chief of Behavioral Medicine, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center; and Immediate Past President, North American Menopause Society. “Too often, this means women’s medical concerns are not adequately addressed.”

In the consensus paper, the authors discuss how social stigma surrounding women’s sexuality, patient misconceptions about sexual health conditions or lack of awareness about available treatment options, and healthcare professionals’ limited time or training may prevent effective dialogue about women’s sexual health. To address these barriers, proposed solutions include educating women, training healthcare professionals and developing communication tools to help facilitate clinical conversations about sexual health.

“The Alliance for Advancing Women’s Health was established to help address barriers that healthcare professionals face in having an open dialogue with their patients about issues related to women’s sexual health,” said Julie Krop, MD, chief medical officer and executive vice president of Clinical Development & Regulatory Affairs at AMAG Pharmaceuticals and co-author of the paper. “We believe these conversations are critical to patients’ quality of life and this publication addresses many of these barriers and offers some potential ways to overcome them.  I’m excited to be part of the Alliance because together as leaders in women’s health we can catalyze positive change in how women and their clinicians think about and discuss sexual health.”

 

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About the Alliance for Advancing Women’s Health (AAWH)

The Alliance for Advancing Women’s Health (AAWH) seeks to advance women’s sexual healthcare by instituting change that promotes a culture of openness and improves outcomes for women’s sexual health. AAWH collaborates on initiatives that work to engage women to advocate for their sexual health and improve clinical interaction – or discussion between the patient and their clinician – by elevating awareness and advancing healthcare professional education and training. AAWH membership includes leading women’s health and sexual health professional and patient organizations who are volunteering their time and expertise to help advance women’s sexual health. The Alliance for Advancing Women’s Health is made possible with support from AMAG Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

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01 Oct 2018

Women’s Health Experts Launch the Alliance for Advancing Women’s Health

Coalition of Experts Aims to Raise Awareness and Improve Outcomes In Women’s Sexual Health

 

Washington, DC, Oct. 1, 2018 – Leading national women’s health and sexual health organizations and experts announced today the launch of the Alliance for Advancing Women’s Health (AAWH), a new collaborative initiative to advance women’s sexual healthcare by improving the interaction between clinicians and patients about sexual health.

Through AAWH, made possible with support from AMAG Pharmaceuticals, Inc., member organizations will work together to empower women with information to seek better sexual healthcare. AAWH will also work to increase healthcare providers’ understanding of women’s sexual health needs to better address their patients’ sexual health concerns.

“Women’s sexual health is critically important to a woman’s overall health, and it can help to improve social and emotional wellness.[i] But too often, women’s sexual health concerns go unaddressed,” said AAWH Co-Chair Sally Greenberg, Executive Director, National Consumers League. “As women’s health experts and advocates, we know that cultural discomfort with the topic of sexual health, as well as limited clinician time and training, contribute to a lack of dialogue and through this alliance we will seek to change that.”

A survey of U.S. women found that about seven in 10 had experienced a sexual health issue.[ii] Despite the reported prevalence of sexual health concerns, a culture of discomfort around women’s sexual health often inhibits open conversation about women’s sexual health even in a healthcare professional’s office. Surveys of patients and healthcare professionals found that most women (73%) preferred their clinician to broach the topic of sexual health, while most clinicians (74%) relied on their patients to initiate the conversation.[iii] AAWH members will volunteer their time and expertise to help bridge this gap and improve women’s sexual health outcomes.

“For too long, women and their clinicians have not had open conversations about sexual health concerns, to the detriment of women’s physical, mental, emotional and social wellbeing,” said AAWH Co-Chair Sheryl Kingsberg, PhD, President, North American Menopause Society and Division Chief of Behavioral Medicine, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. “AAWH will work with clinicians and women across the country to foster an open dialogue and to advance sexual health care for women everywhere.”

Learn more about AAWH at https://www.advancingwomenshealth.org.

 

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About the Alliance for Advancing Women’s Health (AAWH)

The Alliance for Advancing Women’s Health (AAWH) seeks to advance women’s sexual healthcare by instituting change that promotes a culture of openness and improves outcomes for women’s sexual health. AAWH collaborates on initiatives that work to engage women to advocate for their sexual health and improve clinical interaction – or discussion between the patient and their clinician – by elevating awareness and advancing healthcare professional education and training. AAWH membership includes leading women’s health and sexual health professional and patient organizations who are volunteering their time and expertise to help advance women’s sexual health. The Alliance for Advancing Women’s Health is made possible with support from AMAG Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Media Contact
Susan Awad
P: 813-732-6820
E: [email protected]

 

[i]https://www.plannedparenthood.org/files/3413/9611/7801/Benefits_Sex_07_07.pdf
[ii]https://www.arhp.org/images/uploadDocs/S&HYFactSheet.pdf?type=file
[iii]http://www.ashasexualhealth.org/healthcare-providers/sexual-health/
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