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When thinking about sexuality and reproduction health we think of STI and STD prevention and teaching that helps individuals benefit their health in those areas. According to (CDC 24/7), we have to work towards preventing sexual violence, “when preventing this we have to define the problem, identify risk and protective problems, develop and test preventative strategies, and assure widespread adoption.” It is important for us as nurses to be aware of what the signs of sexual abuse are, and act appropriately when coming across these situations. As nurses we should implement safe words, questions to be asked, and remember that their abuser could be the one in the room with them. Talking with a patient by themselves is a good idea with these patients as well, so they feel safe to come out about what they need to. These are all nursing considerations we should implement. Preventing infections and teaching to practice safe sex are all things to keep our health up regarding sexuality and reproduction. It is important to remember that a further part of this is to keep up with physicals, make sure we get the yearly screenings and tests that are recommended of us. All of this together is to maintain our sexual health. When thinking of nursing interventions for screenings and such, we would want to educate patients on what how often they should get testings, offer support to converse about topics that could be difficult to talk about, and have systems that send out reminders to patients about when they need to schedule appointments.
CDC and Prevention. 2018. Retrieved from:https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/sexualviole…
Sexuality is a normal part of life. No matter whom you are or where you are from, we all experience and recognize sexuality at some point. “Sexual health requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination, and violence. For sexual health to be attained and maintained, the sexual rights of all persons must be respected, protected, and fulfilled.”(Swartzendruber & Zenilman, 2010). The way that I interpreted this statement is that, regardless of your culture, or your diversity, sexuality exists. However, with sexuality, comes possibility of poor health outcomes. These can include STDs, unplanned pregnancy, HIV & AIDS and poor reproductive health. According to (Swartzendruber & Zenilman, 2010) open public discussion is needed to change the stigma surrounding these sexual health issues. With that being said, us nurses have responsibilities and need to plan interventions to promote and maintain healthy and positive outcomes for our patients regarding sexuality. For starters, I feel education is important and should be a top priority. Providing our patients with proper education such as protection measures, STD screening and contraceptive options can be very beneficial. Educating our patients on necessary safety issues, and when they should be seen by their doctor is also important. Encouraging them to maintain their sexual health and to be seen annually is a great intervention. I think it is also important for us as nurses to be a listening ear to patients who may feel trapped or like they have no one to talk to regarding their sexuality and any issues tagging along with it. Essentially providing a safe environment, words of advice, and providing information for further help is another thing we as nurses can do.
Swartzendruber, A., & Zenilman, J. (2010). A national strategy to improve sexual health. JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association, 304(9), 1005-1006. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.1252