Being attentive to and mindful of your sexual health is important. For women, full sexual health includes a topic many are hesitant to address.
When it comes to a woman’s sexual health, Kristl Tomlin, MD, gynecologist with Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group, has three major guidelines: sex should always be safe, sex should always be consensual, and women should have, throughout all stages in life, a reasonable expectation to enjoy sex.
Gynecologists like Tomlin find that there is a lack of understanding that women should be able to find sexual health rewarding – in middle or postmenopausal years as well as when young – and that doctors are here to help.
“I always ask patients specifically about their enjoyment of sex. It’s amazing how many women will say, once you ask directly, that they don’t have any enjoyment,” said Tomlin.
“As women’s health care providers, we don’t just serve a role doing cervical cancer and breast cancer screenings, we should be there to talk to our patients about things such as sexual health so they can be sure that they’re enjoying their life to the fullest,” said Tomlin.
To help increase awareness, Dr. Tomlin provides a few things all women should know regarding sexual health and enjoyment.
For more information or to schedule an appointment with USC OB/GYN, visit PHUSCMG.org/OBGYN or call 803-545-5700.