2020 Summer Newsletter

“LET’S TALK ABOUT SEX” AND THE MENOPAUSAL WOMAN: SEXUAL HEALTH ACROSS THE LIFESPAN

1 Category 2-A AOA CME Credit

Overview

OB/GYNS are comfortable asking younger women questions about their sexual health. However, once a woman passes menopause, the level of comfort decreases. This creates a situation where sexual health is not discussed, and women receive suboptimal care and a lower quality of life as a result.

The ACOG Committee Opinion on sexual health (2019) recommends discussion of sexual health issues across the lifespan. Attention to symptoms of vaginal dryness and discomfort, dyspareunia, and sexual desire issues should be part of the routine evaluation of the menopausal woman. This article will address tools for screening and starting the conversation about sexual health in menopausal women, a review of the changes that occur in the genital tissues due to estrogen deficiency, as well as prospective treatments for these issues.

Instructions

  • Read this article
  • Log into your account at www.acoog.org
  • Click “Education” and “CME” and select this activity’s posttest/evaluation
  • Complete the posttest and evaluation

Your participation will be reported based on when you complete the activity. You will receive a certificate following the activity to the e-mail address you provide.
Please contact ACOOG with questions. (cme@acoog.org)

Target Audience
This activity is designed for obstetricians and gynecologists.

Learning Objectives
To be a lifelong learner, physicians must be able to investigate and evaluate their patient care practices, appraise and assimilate scientific evidence, and improve their patient care practices. Those who participate in this activity will receive information and develop skills that should allow them to:

  • Identify appropriate screening tools for sexual dysfunction in women
  • Define the Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause
  • Describe the physiologic changes of the genital tract in menopausal women
  • Discuss appropriate treatments for sexual dysfunction and dyspareunia in menopausal women

Fee
This activity is offered at no charge to ACOOG Members in good standing.

Release Date: August 1, 2020   
Review Date: July 31, 2021

Faculty & Disclosures
This article was authored by:
Renee K Sundstrom, DO
Dr. Sundstrom is currently program director for the OB/Gyn residency at Central Michigan University College of Medicine in Saginaw, MI. She graduated from KCOM in 1991, completed a rotating internship at Metropolitan Hospital in St. Louis, MO, and finished her residency training in OB/Gyn at Ingham Regional Medical Center in Lansing, MI, under Dr. David Boes.

Dr. Sundstrom has indicated she has no relevant conflict of interest to disclose.


Erinn Croco, DOErinn Croco, DO
Dr. Croco is currently a PGY-3 in the OB/Gyn residency at Central Michigan University College of Medicine in Saginaw, MI. She graduated from Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2017. Prior to that she attended Grinnell College in Iowa for her undergraduate degree and completed a Master of Science in Teaching at Pace University in New York.

Dr. Croco has indicated she has no relevant conflict of interest to disclose.
 

This article has been peer reviewed.
Peer Reviewers
DeEtte Vasques, DO, FACOG
Gynecologic Oncologist
The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders
Fort Worth, Texas

Dr. Vasques has indicated she has no relevant conflict of interest to disclose.

Michael J. Geria, DO, MS, FACOOG (Dist) CS
Executive Vice President, ACOOG
Director of Medical Education, Residency Program Director
Inspira Health Network
Vineland, New Jersey

Dr. Geria has indicated he has no relevant conflict of interest to disclose.

The ACOOG, any member of the ACOOG CME Committee, or any staff members in a position to influence content have no relevant conflict of interest to disclose.

Competencies Supported

Osteopathic & ACGME Core Competencies

  • Patient Care and Procedural Skills
  • Medical Knowledge
  • Interpersonal and Communication Skills
  • Professionalism

Institute of Medicine Core Competencies

  • Provide patient-centered care
  • Work in interdisciplinary teams
  • Employ evidence-based practice

CME Credit Designation
The American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians.
The American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists designates this program for a maximum of 1 AOA Category 2-A credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.

System Requirements
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