Publication Date

Summer 8-4-2022

Project Category

Health Research

Faculty Mentor

Pallavi Khanna, MD

Document Type



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.