Cracking the Whole-Person Wellness Code Why Sexual Health is The Missing Piece…
When it comes to the idea of whole-person wellness, there’s often one piece of the puzzle that doesn’t receive the attention it deserves. Approximately 30% to 50% of individuals encounter sexual dysfunction at some point in their lives. Unfortunately, sexual health is sometimes dismissed as merely a pursuit of physical pleasure or seen as a self-serving, indulgent aspect of our lives. This misconception, coupled with societal attitudes, might lead some to undervalue its’ importance.
All too often, for various reasons, individuals encounter discomfort, pain, or a decrease in libido during sexual activities. Additionally, as we age, we may come to accept the decline in sexual function as an inevitable part of the ageing process. However, it’s essential to acknowledge that sexual well-being holds immense value and meaning for many, and there is a wealth of support available to help individuals overcome these barriers and revitalise their sexual health.
Why Sexual Health Is Essential
While it’s true that sexual health encompasses the physical aspect of sex and pleasure, its importance goes far beyond that. Sexual well-being holds a significant role in the quality of life, fostering intimacy in relationships, and promoting overall mental, physical, and spiritual health for everyone. When we disregard or overlook sexual health, we neglect an important part of ourselves that can leave us feeling unfulfilled, even when all the other aspects of our health are being nurtured.
The Mind-Body Connection Extends to our Sexual Well-Being
Research consistently shows that our mental well-being and sexual function are closely connected. If you’re feeling down or anxious, it can often lead to difficulties with sexual function (McCabe & Connaughton, 2014).
Feeling good about your body also plays a vital role in sexual confidence. Studies have found that people who are comfortable with their bodies tend to have more satisfying sex lives. And it’s not just about physical looks; it’s about how we perceive ourselves. Learning about sex in a positive way can help boost your sexual self-esteem and overall well-being (Avalos & Tylka, 2006).
Sexual Well-Being During Illness or Injuries
In cases of injury or illness, like prostate cancer, the importance of sexual well-being becomes even more pronounced. Such challenges can have a profound impact on an individual’s mental health. When we’re being treated for an illness or injury, we might not always receive information about how it can affect our sexual function. This can lead to feelings of isolation and make it difficult to connect the dots between the treatment, medications, surgeries, or accidents, and the potential impact these could have on our intimate well-being. When grappling with these issues, addressing and prioritising sexual health is not just a desire but a necessity (McCabe & Connaughton, 2014; Mark et al., 2018; Avalos & Tylka, 2006).
Addressing Intimacy and Body Image with a Stoma
Pelvic surgery can have a significant impact on physical function, especially in the realm of sexual health. Whether it’s due to medical necessity or personal choice, such surgeries can disrupt the intricate network of nerves in the pelvic region, affecting sexual function. Additionally, individuals with a stoma may face challenges related to body image and intimacy. The presence of a stoma can introduce feelings of self-consciousness and vulnerability, making it essential to address these concerns empathetically. This discomfort with nudity can be a significant aspect of their post-surgery experience.
The Team at Restorative Sexual Health Clinic Can Help
At Restorative Sexual Health Clinic (RSHC), the team of health professionals provides comprehensive care for those seeking to improve their sexual health and overall well-being. Whether you’re seeking support for penile >>>
rehabilitation after prostate cancer, experiencing conditions like erectile dysfunction or Peyronie’s disease, or dealing with women’s health issues such as menopause, vaginal atrophy, or pain with sex (dyspareunia), RSHC is here to support you with expert care and guidance. Additionally, our offerings extend to medical weight loss management, treatment of sexually transmitted diseases, and THERMIva therapy.
If you or a loved one are facing any of these concerns or would like to explore the range of services we offer, we are committed to creating a safe, non-judgmental space where you can be heard and access the support you need. A consultation with Melissa, Kate or Kendall can be online or at one of our multiple locations in Perth Metro region, Mandurah and South West WA.
Online Men’s Sexual Health Programs: A Path to Support
As the Director of Restorative Sexual Health Clinic, Melissa Hadley Barrett continues to provide in person consultations and has also created a dedicated website tailored to offering a range of online programs for men. These programs are specifically designed to provide comprehensive support for men navigating Penile Rehabilitation post Prostate Cancer and an additional program for Erectile Dysfunction.
Melissa delivers these programs through video presentations as an alternative to in-person clinic consultations and allows program users to skip the face-to-face consultation waitlist – all while receiving support from the comfort of their own homes. Program users gain lifetime access to valuable modules that empower them to take control of their sexual health journey no matter where they are in the world.
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Melissa Hadley Barrett has designed a range of online programs to help you get control of your sexual health.