How to Take a Sexual History

  • Narayana Reddy
  • Shah Dupesh Khan


Sexual disorders and/or problems are exceedingly common and they significantly affect a patient’s quality of life. Sexual health problems can be caused by an ongoing illness, medication use, past surgery and/or relationship issues. The WHO has defined ‘sexual health as a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well being in relation to sexuality and it is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction or infirmity’ [1]. Good sexual health comprises an absence of sexually transmitted disease (STD), fertility problems and unwanted pregnancies and also the ability to enjoy one’s sexuality without abuse and/or oppression [1]. The topic of sex and sexuality in itself is now no longer confined to hushed discussions in the twenty-first century. Yet, there is still anxiety and abstinence when the topic of sex comes up for discussion, especially more so between the clinician and the patient [2, 3]. This leaves a tremendous void in the delivery of complete holistic healthcare.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Narayana Reddy
    • 1
  • Shah Dupesh Khan
    • 2
  1. 1.Dega Institute of Sexual MedicineChennaiIndia
  2. 2.The Metromale Clinic and Fertility CenterChennaiIndia

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