Pallavi Khanna, MD
Background: The prevalence of female sexual dysfunction (FSD) worldwide is estimated to be 41%. FSD is even more prevalent in postpartum patients. There are significant barriers to addressing FSD in a busy clinic, and the use of a standardized screening questionnaire could be used to improve outcomes during postpartum appointments.
Methodology: Providers that care for postpartum patients at Regional One Health in Memphis, TN, were asked to complete an anonymous survey online. General knowledge and practices of providers were assessed.
Results: 79% of respondents answered that they felt very comfortable assessing for postpartum sexual health, and 88% of respondents expressed a need for continued education on sexual medicine. The most common response for barriers to care was a lack of time. None of the respondents reported using questionnaires to assess for sexual health.
Conclusion: The most significant barriers to assessing postpartum sexual health are a lack of time and provider knowledge. To overcome this, a standardized questionnaire should be created and improved continued education should be implemented.
Shearer, Katie and Khanna, Pallavi , "Provider Attitude towards Postpartum Sexual Health" (2022). Longitudinal Scholar's Project. Paper 15. http://dx.doi.org/10.21007/com.lsp.2022.0012.