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Most women facing gynecologic surgery don't worry about its effects on sex
Date:4/12/2010

ients counseled by residents. Almost 20 percent of the women counseled by residents expressed the wish for more discussion about sexual effects of surgery, vs. just 6.3 percent of patients seen by private doctors expressing the same wish.

One in four women counseled by private physicians also looked elsewhere for information about sexuality and sexual function, compared to 7.3 percent of patients counseled by residents.

Schaffir said most resident training, especially in the first two years of a four-year program, emphasizes treating pregnant women because they constitute the majority of patients seen in the clinic. Performing surgeries and counseling patients facing major surgery typically come later in training, particularly during the fourth year, Schaffir said.

"This is just one questionnaire at one hospital, but I would guess it could be generalized to the typical training schedule at other academic centers," he said. "This survey suggests residents should probably be getting that training earlier on to be sure they raise important points with patients."

Because the study was small, Schaffir said researchers could get a better idea of women's perceptions of their sexual function after surgery if they were questioned before the procedure and again a few months later.

"A lot of sexual topics are under-researched. But it is more openly discussed than it was 50 years ago," he said.


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Contact: Jonathan Schaffir
Schaffir.1@osu.edu
614-293-9899
Ohio State University
Source:Eurekalert

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