How to address sexual issues in general practice

A sensitive approach is needed when dealing with this potentially embarrassing subject

Treating sexual issues in general practice needs a sensitive but forthright attitude. Sexual dysfunction, while common across the female lifespan, increases towards midlife and menopause.


An estimated 10—15% of perimenopausal women report no sexual desire at all, with 20—30% of women reporting an inability to reach orgasm during sexual intercourse.

STIs are the main cause of infertility in women. Chlamydia is the most reported STI in Australia, with a 131% increase in the diagnosis rate for women between 2003 and 2012.

Sexual issues negatively impact