Nr601 Week 6: Post-Menopausal and Sexuality Issues in the Maturing and Older Adult


Nr601 Week 6: Post-Menopausal and Sexuality Issues in the Maturing and Older Adult


The purpose of this student discussion is to discuss Post-Menopausal and Sexuality Issues in the Maturing and Older Adult

Activity Learning Outcomes

Through this discussion, the student will demonstrate the ability to:

1) Discuss the symptoms related to genitourinary syndrome of menopause (GSM) (WO 6.2,6.3) (CO 1,3,5)

2) Reflect on personal comfort level when performing a sexual history on the maturing an older adult. (WO 6.2,6.3) (CO 1,3,5)

Due Date: 

The initial posting to the graded collaborative discussions is due by Wednesday, 11:59 p.m. MT.

Peer responses and responses to faculty must be posted prior to the week deadline of Sunday 11:59 MT.

A 10% late penalty will be imposed for discussions posted after the deadline on Wednesday, regardless of the number of days late. NOTHING will be accepted after 11:59pm MT on Sunday (i.e. student will receive an automatic 0).

Total Points Possible: 70


Ageism and gender bias can affect to whom and how we ask about sexual health, sexual activity, and concerning symptoms. Depending on your own level of comfort and cultural norms this can be a tough conversation for some providers but this is an important topic. As this week’s required NAMS videos discussed, women are wanting us to ask about sexual concerns. This week we also reviewed sexually transmitted diseases and the effects of ageism on the time to diagnosis so it is necessary to ask these questions and provide good education for all patients. You will not know any needs unless you ask.

Discussion Questions:

  • Review the required NAMS videos. What was the most surprising statement or topic that you heard in the videos? Explain why this was surprising to you.
  • What is GSM? What body systems are involved? How does GSM affect a woman’s quality of life?
  • Review one aspect of treatment that Dr Shapiro recommends for GSM and include an EBP journal article or guideline recommendation in addition to referencing the video in your response.

Sexuality and the older adult

  • What is your level of comfort in taking a complete sexual history? Is this comfort level different for male or female patients? If so, why?
  • How will this week’s information impact the way you will interact with your mature and elderly clients in the future?

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