Post-Menopausal and Sexuality Issues in the Maturing and Older Adult

Post-Menopausal and Sexuality Issues in the Maturing and Older Adult


The purpose of this student discussion is to discuss Post-Menopausal and Sexuality Issues in the Maturing and Older Adult

Activity Learning Outcomes

Through this discussion, the student will demonstrate the ability to:

1) Discuss the symptoms related to genitourinary syndrome of menopause

2) Reflect on personal comfort level when performing a sexual history on the maturing an older adult.


Ageism and gender bias can affect to whom and how we ask about sexual health, sexual activity, and concerning symptoms. Depending on your own level of comfort and cultural norms this can be a tough conversation for some providers, but this is an important topic. As this week’s required NAMS videos discussed, women are wanting us to ask about sexual concerns. This week we also reviewed sexually transmitted diseases and the effects of ageism on the time to diagnosis, so it is necessary to ask these questions and provide good education for all patients. You will not know any needs unless you ask.


Discussion Questions: (5 Total Questions)

  1. Review the required NAMS videos. What was the most surprising statement or topic that you heard in the videos? Explain why this was surprising to you.
  2. What is GSM? What body systems are involved? How does GSM affect a woman’s quality of life?
  3. Review one aspect of treatment that Dr Shapiro recommends for GSM and include an EBP journal article or guideline recommendation in addition to referencing the video in your response. (The reference must not be more than 5 years old and American Based only).

Sexuality and the older adult

  1. What is your level of comfort in taking a complete sexual history? Is this comfort level different for male or female patients? If so, why

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