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Sexual matters are healthcare concerns

IN the islands today, discussions about reproductive health are considered a private matter. But researchers said the topic should be a regular part of our healthcare concerns, especially because of the potential impact of sexual problems on one’s overall health and well-being.

Island resident Rowell Reyes, in an interview, said he views sexual matters as something to be discussed, if at all, with one’s doctor. But another resident, Larry Leon, said it should okay to share concerns with one’s friends, too.

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The writer with Rowell Reyes and his wife.  Photo by Immanuel Cabaluna

Researchers with the University of Guelph in Canada said sexual problems can hinder a person’s overall well-being. The researchers also found that nearly 40 percent of women and almost 30 percent of men between the ages of 40 and 59 face challenges in their sex lives based on a first-ever national survey of 2,400 people conducted in Canada.

Research co-author Professor Robin Milhausen said one of the factors influencing sexual desire is relationship status. Married couples or those living with their partner are more likely to experience lower desire than people who are single, separated, divorced or widowed, she said, adding that the familiarity that comes with long-term relationships can decrease a person’s level of sexual satisfaction over time.

According to the professor, “Since the sexual aspects of relationships are important and contribute to overall relationship health and personal well-being, making an effort, keeping the lines of communication open, and expanding sexual repertoire can be helpful in keeping the spark alive in long-term relationships.”

She noted that there are recent advancements in treatments for sexual problems available that could help improve mid-life sexual happiness. For more information, consult your doctor.