Contraception, sex and sexual wellbeing: a reflective account
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Contraception, sex and sexual wellbeing: a reflective account

Jennifer Bishop Practice nurse, Spring Gardens Group Medical Practice, Worcester

Jennifer Bishop discusses her response to the case of a woman in a long-term, abstinent relationship and considers how she could have dealt with her request for contraception differently

Nurses working in sexual health and primary care are at the forefront of providing patients with contraception and sexual health advice, and face many dilemmas. Using Johns’ (1995) reflective framework, this article examines a consultation that took place at an integrated contraception and sexual health clinic: the case was unusual and provided an opportunity to examine various aspects of sexual health. The reflection enabled the exploration of a complex consultation that covered contraception, sexuality, abstinence and potential issues such as sexual dysfunction. The scenario highlighted barriers to assessing sexual health, as well as the importance of gaining a grasp of the situation – from taking a history well to not being afraid of asking difficult questions.

Primary Health Care. 25, 5,18-23. doi: 10.7748/phc.25.5.18.e952

Correspondence

jenny.bishop@nhs.net

Peer review

This article has been subject to double-blind peer review and checked using antiplagiarism software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 13 August 2014

Accepted: 08 September 2014