A Sexual Medicine Health Care Model and Nurse Practitioner Role

Melissa Dahir, MSN, APRN, NP-C,

Disclosures

Urol Nurs. 2011;31(6):359-362. 

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Abstract and Introduction

Abstract

The role of health care providers has not been clearly defined in sexual medicine and vulvar disease. The focus of this article is to describe the role of a nurse practitioner (NP) within a sexual medicine practice and explain how the NP functions with a multidisciplinary health care model that guides treatment of women with sexual dysfunction.
Sexuality is a healthy and important part of the human life cycle. When sexuality is hindered, it can negatively affect interpersonal relationships, self-identity, and personal well-being. When problems with sexual functioning cause personal distress, it is classified as sexual dysfunction.

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