#WeNurses - Thursday 14th January 2021 8:15pm (GMT Standard Time) Let's talk about sex

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January 14th is STIQ Day a day to get people thinking about their sexual health and encourage more people to get regular sexual health checks (click here to find out more) This date was chosen because many common STIs such as Chlamydia can take two weeks to be detectable & if a persons festive season included unprotected sex then they should be thinking about getting tested around this date. Also with just one month to go before Valentine’s Day anyone hoping to enjoy the celebrations to the full should do so knowing that they are infection free and will not be putting someone else’s sexual health in danger. This also seems an ideal time to bring up the topic of sexual health on #WeNurses: 

Sex and sexuality are a huge part of who we are and what makes us …. us! But when it comes to talking about sex and sexuality as art of our day to day work we can often be stumped. I recently had a conversation with someone who questioned why “expressing sexuality” was part of a nursing assessment … she stated that as the people she cared for were elderly this didn’t really apply!! I have to say that this was a real head in the hands moment for me and I came away thinking that when I am elderly I hope that no one thinks similar of me. But it raises some interesting issues – as nurses we are taught to care for the whole person, not just the parts we are most comfortable with or the parts that are easy to discuss … the whole person! And sex and sexuality are most definitely part of that. 

It's also worth noting that there are many chronic conditions that can affect sex and sexuality – from depression, to cancer and from COPD to menopause – the list is long and the effect on the person is huge, yet the subject remains taboo.

Some of the questions we aim to explore are:

  • What stops us from talking about sex with the people we care for? Have you come across any barriers/difficulties when talking about sex?
  • What are the benefits of talking about sex with the people we care for? 
  • What might help us better approach conversations around sex and sexuality with the people we care for?

  • Does our reluctance to talk about sex having a negative impact on the people we care for? If so how? 

  • What research are you aware of in your clinical area about sex and sexuality?





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@WeNurses
14 January 2021 20:15
Hello and welcome to tonight’s #WeNurses - great to see you :) Tonight’s topic is “Let’s talk about sex” ... please say hellos and share any first thoughts you may have to get the conversation started .... https://t.co/0uVjOLfcJJ
@AgencyNurse
14 January 2021 20:16
Hello everyone looking forward to tonights discussion think that sex is a subject that often gets missed #WeNurses
@WeDistrictNurse
14 January 2021 20:17
RT @WeNurses: Hello and welcome to tonight’s #WeNurses - great to see you :) Tonight’s topic is “Let’s talk about sex” ... please say hel…
@gulista51354829
14 January 2021 20:17
@WeNurses People are embarrassed to talk about sex with their because of their culture. Some cultures are strict with sex before marriage, so a lot of the younger generation from strict backgrounds tend to hold back the conversation with their families #wenurses
@gulista51354829
14 January 2021 20:18
RT @WeNurses: Hello and welcome to tonight’s #WeNurses - great to see you :) Tonight’s topic is “Let’s talk about sex” ... please say hel…
@WeNurses
14 January 2021 20:18
@AgencyNurse Hi Teresa - thanks for joining and sharing your thoughts tonight :) #wenurses
@WeNurses
14 January 2021 20:18
A really interesting point #WeNurses https://t.co/ZNdRyM5GQQ
@WeNurses
14 January 2021 20:19
@gulista51354829 Hi and welcome to tonight's #wenurses
@gulista51354829
14 January 2021 20:20
@WeNurses People are embarrassed to talk about sex with their families because of their culture. Some cultures are strict with sex before marriage, so a lot of the younger generation from strict backgrounds tend to hold back the conversation with their families #wenurses
@WeNurses
14 January 2021 20:20
QUESTION 1 What stops us from talking about sex with the people we care for? Have you come across any barriers/difficulties when talking about sex? #WeNurses https://t.co/jByqxqhfPc
@WeMHNurses
14 January 2021 20:20
Interesting #wenurses this evening... feel free to jump in! https://twitter.com/WeNurses/status/1349812336937345031
@gulista51354829
14 January 2021 20:20
@WeNurses People are embarrassed to talk about sex with their families because of their culture. Some cultures are strict with sex before marriage, so a lot of the younger generation from strict backgrounds tend to hold back the conversation with their families #wenurses
@MickT66
14 January 2021 20:20
@WeNurses Hello, I usually wait for other people to talk about sex before joining in the conversation... #WeNurses
@firogers3
14 January 2021 20:20
@WeNurses Hi good to join with SCPHN hat on @SAPHNAteam - good to hear share thoughts we what impact Covid 19 has had? #WeNurses
@VikkiTipps
14 January 2021 20:20
RT @WeNurses: Hello and welcome to tonight’s #WeNurses - great to see you :) Tonight’s topic is “Let’s talk about sex” ... please say hel…
@WeLDnurses
14 January 2021 20:21
Do join #wenurses this eve, let's bring the LD voice to an interesting chat :) https://twitter.com/WeNurses/status/1349813561883828226
@WeNurses
14 January 2021 20:22
@MickT66 thanks for joining and sharing Mick, hope you enjoy #wenurses this eve
@AgencyNurse
14 January 2021 20:22
Working in elderly care this seems to be totally avoided ... sex, sexuality, anything at all to do with sex ... in fact have realised it has been removed from a lot of paperwork ... so it just doesn't ever get discussed #WeNurses https://twitter.com/WeNurses/status/1349813561883828226
@gulista51354829
14 January 2021 20:23
@WeNurses People may feel that they are being judged #wenurses
@WeNurses
14 January 2021 20:23
What are everyone's views on this.... #wenurses https://twitter.com/AgencyNurse/status/1349814176781377538
@WeNurses
14 January 2021 20:23
RT @gulista51354829: @WeNurses People may feel that they are being judged #wenurses
@AgencyNurse
14 January 2021 20:24
It can be a tricky subject to bring up due to embarrassment or worrying about embarrassing someone #WeNurses https://twitter.com/WeNurses/status/1349813561883828226
@ClaireHowells10
14 January 2021 20:24
@WeNurses Hello everyone #WeNurses
@alexdandrews
14 January 2021 20:24
@WeNurses Embarrassment has to be top and not having enough knowledge is the other for me #wenurses
@WeNurses
14 January 2021 20:25
@ClaireHowells10 Hi there Claire... super huge welcome to you on tonight's #wenurses
@WeNurses
14 January 2021 20:25
RT @alexdandrews: @WeNurses Embarrassment has to be top and not having enough knowledge is the other for me #wenurses
@MadgeMatron
14 January 2021 20:25
@WeNurses Maybe an age thing as well. We have had interesting discussions about the side effects of medication where we might mention to a younger person but not a patient aged 65+, why? Just because someone is older doesn't mean they don't have a sex life! #WeNurses
@firogers3
14 January 2021 20:25
@WeNurses There can be many reasons including embarrassment, taboo, lack of confidence, lack of knowledge, cultural differences, environmental barriers....#WeNurses
@CadleJunor
14 January 2021 20:26
@WeNurses I think it's often avoided in elderly care unless specifically brought up by the person themselves #wenurses
@AgencyNurse
14 January 2021 20:26
@alexdandrews @WeNurses that's a really good point re not having enough knowledge .... but i guess that we should still ask the relevant questions and go from there #WeNurses
@DeanneNajair
14 January 2021 20:27
@WeNurses Sexual preferences stop us from talking about sex. The barriers and difficulties I come across talking about sex is lack of communication #wenurses
@AgencyNurse
14 January 2021 20:27
@MadgeMatron @WeNurses I agree ... age is no barrier and the medication side effects is a good example #WeNurses
@WeNurses
14 January 2021 20:28
RT @CadleJunor: @WeNurses I think it's often avoided in elderly care unless specifically brought up by the person themselves #wenurses
@gulista51354829
14 January 2021 20:28
@WeNurses question 1; some people may feel that their sexual lives should stay private. They may believe it's bringing shame on themselves to talk about something so personal #wenurses
@AgencyNurse
14 January 2021 20:28
#WeNurses Thanks Sian - i don;t work in MH but totally get your point ... no matter who someone is we should not assume https://twitter.com/Sian_NP/status/1349815263806406657
@CadleJunor
14 January 2021 20:28
#WeNurses I have found gender and age are barriers to discussing sex. I may ask a male colleague to speak to an older gentleman as he may feel more comfortable
@WeNurses
14 January 2021 20:30
QUESTION 2 What are the benefits of talking about sex with the people we care for? Why should we bring up the topic of sex ? #WeNurses https://t.co/KHoRQRlxL9
@gulista51354829
14 January 2021 20:30
@DeanneNajair @WeNurses I agree with you #wenurses
@AgencyNurse
14 January 2021 20:31
@Louise90999815 @WeNurses agree ... it's sad to see .. when I trained we used the activities of daily living as a basis for assessment and this addressed sex ... expressing sexuality #WeNurses
@WeNurses
14 January 2021 20:31
What are you talking about on Twitter tonight? We are talking about sex.... Join in via #wenurses Everyone welcome, wait for a question or just jump straight in... to the tweetchat that is! https://t.co/Mqi5WCnK49
@jeanleo999
14 January 2021 20:31
@WeNurses I find in mental health settings this is discussed quite frequently. Some medications cause problems. Especially in younger men. Discussing it can mean the difference between someone recovering their mental health or not. #WeNurses
@Louise90999815
14 January 2021 20:31
@AgencyNurse @WeNurses Yes agree even for the dying??#WeNurses
@WeNurses
14 January 2021 20:32
RT @CadleJunor: #WeNurses I have found gender and age are barriers to discussing sex. I may ask a male colleague to speak to an older gentl…
@zainabk13229399
14 January 2021 20:32
@WeNurses sometimes we don't like talking about sex with the people we love because of personal experience and we do not want our love ones to go through the same thing.#WeNurses
@WeNurses
14 January 2021 20:32
RT @AgencyNurse: @MadgeMatron @WeNurses I agree ... age is no barrier and the medication side effects is a good example #WeNurses
@firogers3
14 January 2021 20:32
RT @WeNurses: What are you talking about on Twitter tonight? We are talking about sex.... Join in via #wenurses Everyone welcome, wait…
@jeanleo999
14 January 2021 20:32
@WeNurses Oops I think I answered this one with first response. Sorry ???? #WeNurses
@Louise90999815
14 January 2021 20:33
@AgencyNurse @MadgeMatron @WeNurses Especially cardiac medications ??#wenurses
@stnEllena_paeds
14 January 2021 20:33
@WeNurses It’s a part of everyday life, and if they’re under our care and their sex life may be affected due to their health issue for example, then it is important to talk about it to gain their thoughts and then we can act/assist/plan/help them in a way that’s appropriate #WeNurses
@alexdandrews
14 January 2021 20:33
@WeNurses You never know if there are problems unless you ask and you’re giving people permission to talk and a safe place to talk. #wenurses
@WeNurses
14 January 2021 20:33
RT @Louise90999815: @AgencyNurse @WeNurses Yes agree even for the dying??#WeNurses
@CadleJunor
14 January 2021 20:33
#WeNurses In MH questions are often asked about erectile function due to side effects of medication. In my experience this question is asked more of younger men and not necessarily asked of older chaps as much
@AgencyNurse
14 January 2021 20:33
@firogers3 @WeNurses i think we have a lot to learn from school nurses here Fiona ... they do this so well #WeNurses
@MadgeMatron
14 January 2021 20:33
@WeNurses To ensure the patient receives a holistic assessment, is able to discuss concerns or side effects of medication, does not stop medication because of potential effects on libido, and they can enjoy their sex life. #WeNurses
@DeanneNajair
14 January 2021 20:33
@WeNurses We talk about sex to get experience. We should bring it up because some people have bad experiences and are afraid to talk about it. #wenurses
@WeNurses
14 January 2021 20:33
RT @CadleJunor: #WeNurses In MH questions are often asked about erectile function due to side effects of medication. In my experience this…
@Louise90999815
14 January 2021 20:34
@CadleJunor It is especially relevant after myocardial infarction ??#WeNurses
@MOToolePlymUni
14 January 2021 20:35
#WeNurses https://twitter.com/motooleplymuni/status/1349817041570684929
@jeanleo999
14 January 2021 20:35
@gulista51354829 @WeNurses It can also be a sensitive topic reigniting memories of trauma for some patients. We have to tread carefully. #WeNurses
@WeNurses
14 January 2021 20:35
@jeanleo999 no worries at all .... clearly you are just ahead of the game this evening #WeNurses
@gulista51354829
14 January 2021 20:35
@WeNurses it opens a conversations about their past history if they've experienced anything that caused them harm #wenurses
@firogers3
14 January 2021 20:35
@AgencyNurse @WeNurses Definitely- School Nurses when provided with adequate resources & commissioned @SAPHNAsharonOBE #WeNurses
@jeanleo999
14 January 2021 20:36
@WeNurses Well if I am it’s a first ???? #WeNurses
@WeNurses
14 January 2021 20:36
A good point .... so how do we help people to feel more comfortable about doing this #WeNurses https://twitter.com/BlackM1710/status/1349817383070953472
@joywhitlock1
14 January 2021 20:36
RT @WeNurses: Tweeting nurse ... yes they are a thing !! Grab your here and help to support #WeNurses > https://www.theweshop.co.uk/product-page/hydration-device-flask https://…
@gulista51354829
14 January 2021 20:36
@WeNurses if they have any sexual diseases, they'll feel more comfortable to talk about it as sex wouldn't be such a closed topic #wenurses
@AgencyNurse
14 January 2021 20:37
@firogers3 @WeNurses @SAPHNAsharonOBE our local high school nurses were a great resource for our teenage boys (now at uni) growing up ...we have a few interesting tales to tell but basically school nurses have been ace #WeNurses
@AgencyNurse
14 January 2021 20:37
Yep this > #WeNurses https://twitter.com/alexdandrews/status/1349816878055698435
@WeNurses
14 January 2021 20:38
Thats sad to hear ... what are other peoples experiences here > #WeNurses https://twitter.com/CadleJunor/status/1349816919482920961
@zainabk13229399
14 January 2021 20:38
@WeNurses I it is good sometimes to talk about sex to people we care about as we could discuss about preventive methods. it is good to bring up this topics because someone could always learn from another persons experience.#WeNurses
@WeNurses
14 January 2021 20:38
RT @MOToolePlymUni: #WeNurses https://twitter.com/motooleplymuni/status/1349817041570684929
@AgencyNurse
14 January 2021 20:39
I think this is a really important point ... thank you for making it #WeNurses https://twitter.com/gulista51354829/status/1349817433675210752
@pefnic
14 January 2021 20:39
RT @WeNurses: Hello and welcome to tonight’s #WeNurses - great to see you :) Tonight’s topic is “Let’s talk about sex” ... please say hel…
@WeNurses
14 January 2021 20:40
#WeNurses ... some really great points being made this evening ... here's another great one https://twitter.com/knitknitqueen/status/1349818399090737160
@WeNurses
14 January 2021 20:40
@zainabk13229399 thanks for joining and sharing your views :) happy #wenurses chatting this eve
@WeNurses
14 January 2021 20:40
QUESTION 3 What might help us better approach conversations around sex and sexuality with the people we care for? #WeNurses https://t.co/PO0foVncfM
@firogers3
14 January 2021 20:40
@AgencyNurse @WeNurses @SAPHNAsharonOBE Great to hear - School Nurses often not recognised nor Commissioners aware invaluable work @SAPHNAsharonOBE #WeNurses
@AgencyNurse
14 January 2021 20:41
@firogers3 @WeNurses @SAPHNAsharonOBE they absolutely are fabulous #WeNurses
@knitknitqueen
14 January 2021 20:41
@WeNurses Perhaps to let people know that you are there to listen and talk. At the time of the initial approach the individual may not be ready, but when they are they know you are there #WeNurses
@jeanleo999
14 January 2021 20:42
@WeNurses Building rapport with patients is key. They need to feel confident that they can open up about the topic. Sometimes being quite matter of fact can help them not be so reluctant to discuss it. It depends on the individual you are supporting #WeNurses
@WeSchoolNurses
14 January 2021 20:42
RT @AgencyNurse: @firogers3 @WeNurses @SAPHNAsharonOBE they absolutely are fabulous #WeNurses
@knitknitqueen
14 January 2021 20:42
@Louise90999815 @WeNurses hmmm and also are the conversations for every healthcare provider to have? #WeNurses
@gulista51354829
14 January 2021 20:42
@jeanleo999 @WeNurses True. As a nurse, it would be a nurses role to build a relationship with their patients which may may break down the barrier to patients feeling low at that point. As soon as the nurse notices the patients mood change, its their duty to stop the conversation #wenurses
@DeanneNajair
14 January 2021 20:43
@WeNurses Start the conversation off by talking about partners and see how it goes from there. #wenurses
@MadgeMatron
14 January 2021 20:43
@WeNurses #WeNurses
@AgencyNurse
14 January 2021 20:44
just broaching the subject will help ... listen, be sensitive, try to put people at ease, be professional .. practice makes perfect #WeNurses https://twitter.com/WeNurses/status/1349818592947265540
@CadleJunor
14 January 2021 20:44
@jeanleo999 @WeNurses #WeNurses I totally agree that approach needs to be based on the individual you are working with
@gulista51354829
14 January 2021 20:44
@WeNurses @WeNurses building a therapeutic relationship with the patient could bring down the barrier #WeNurses
@WeNurses
14 January 2021 20:44
#wenurses https://twitter.com/MadgeMatron/status/1349819478629109760
@WeNurses
14 January 2021 20:44
#WeNurses https://twitter.com/lindamillicamp1/status/1349819505741017096
@WeNurses
14 January 2021 20:44
RT @gulista51354829: @WeNurses @WeNurses building a therapeutic relationship with the patient could bring down the barrier #WeNurses
@jeanleo999
14 January 2021 20:44
@WeNurses This sadly is true #WeNurses
@WeNurses
14 January 2021 20:44
RT @DeanneNajair: @WeNurses Start the conversation off by talking about partners and see how it goes from there. #wenurses
@gulista51354829
14 January 2021 20:45
@DeanneNajair @WeNurses Yes, that would be a good start #WeNurses
@WeNurses
14 January 2021 20:45
RT @CadleJunor: @jeanleo999 @WeNurses #WeNurses I totally agree that approach needs to be based on the individual you are working with
@firogers3
14 January 2021 20:45
@WeNurses Normalising - included as as part of an holistic assessment and care. Being aware of any particular issues with the people we care for and having knowledge and skills to advise / support #WeNurses
@LeanneHPatrick
14 January 2021 20:45
@WeNurses We know that there are certain things patients won't volunteer but are happy to discuss if asked. If we don't know, we can help/support so staff need to feel confident asking. Training would help with this, but I almost never see it in nurse education or CPD #WeNurses
@LeanneHPatrick
14 January 2021 20:46
@WeNurses We know that there are certain things patients won't volunteer but are happy to discuss if asked. If we don't know, we can't help/support so staff need to feel confident asking. Training would help with this, but I almost never see it in nurse education or CPD #WeNurses
@gulista51354829
14 January 2021 20:46
@WeNurses Q3: promoting safe sexual behaviour and leaflets may bring peoples attention that healthcare professionals are here to listen and help #WeNurses
@WeNurses
14 January 2021 20:46
#WeNurses ... some fab thoughts here ..... how can we support students to learn these skills ? https://twitter.com/MadgeMatron/status/1349819478629109760
@LeanneHPatrick
14 January 2021 20:47
@WeNurses Confidence. Which comes from feeling sure of what you need to know and how to navigate a variety of situations that might arise in discussions. As ever, good training is key. #WeNurses
@zainabk13229399
14 January 2021 20:47
@WeNurses It is best to start talking about relationships both past and presents relationship and that will eventually that will lead into talking about sex and sexuality.#WeNurses
@WeNurses
14 January 2021 20:48
Fab points Leanne ... the people we care for often want us to start conversations about sensitive subjects #WeNurses https://twitter.com/LeanneHPatrick/status/1349820101508345856
@CadleJunor
14 January 2021 20:48
@WeNurses #wenurses This happens a lot with antipsychotic medication. People are too embarrassed to discuss it initially and so just stop taking their medication. Once it's out in the open quite often a change of meds and it's sorted
@jeanleo999
14 January 2021 20:48
@WeNurses I will usually broach this when taking a history. I take time to ask about relationships which can naturally progress to topics of intimacy. Libido - increased or decreased can speak volumes about a persons mental state. #WeNurses
@gulista51354829
14 January 2021 20:49
@jeanleo999 @WeNurses Or maybe ask the patient whether they'll want to stop having that conversation #WeNurses
@WeNurses
14 January 2021 20:50
QUESTION 4 Does our reluctance to talk about sex having a negative impact on the people we care for? If so how? #WeNurses https://t.co/Qsp7nThsv8
@AgencyNurse
14 January 2021 20:50
@LeanneHPatrick @WeNurses yes and good role models ... will never forget as a NQN spending some time with a urology nurse in a clinic who was amazing at brining up the topic of sex ... she put people at ease and really helped them #WeNurses
@AgencyNurse
14 January 2021 20:50
#WeNurses ... thank you for sharing this very important insight https://twitter.com/IndigoDaya/status/1349821089996656640
@knitknitqueen
14 January 2021 20:51
@WeNurses Yes, if you talk about it too much... peeps may think you are a sex addict as it will come across that you know too much... #WeNurses
@gulista51354829
14 January 2021 20:51
@WeNurses Educating them about peoples potential feelings and opinions about sex as some people may not understand how others feel #WeNurses
@basic_john_
14 January 2021 20:51
@WeNurses Sex and sexuality is still massively stigmatised. Sex ed is poorly taught making the subject overly taboo. People don’t know their own bodies. Letting people know that there is no judgment, we can discuss at their pace and there is no such thing as a silly question #WeNurses
@WeNurses
14 January 2021 20:51
Apologies for our terrible english here .... obviously we meant to type *have not having !! #WeNurses https://twitter.com/WeNurses/status/1349821111580688393
@MadgeMatron
14 January 2021 20:52
@WeNurses Potentially yes, because holistic care should include a patient's sex life, and if they can't discuss concerns with the person caring for them, who can they highlight them to? #WeNurses
@alexdandrews
14 January 2021 20:52
@WeNurses adding it to a template help as in erectile dysfunction for diabetics, but just better education really. As a patient noone else ever asked me and I wish they had #WeNurses
@knitknitqueen
14 January 2021 20:53
Also what aspects of sex do we want to talk with out patients about? #WeNurses
@gulista51354829
14 January 2021 20:53
@WeNurses Directed to younger generation again, Some family members may feel that they too young to have sex or even understand sexual behaviour. they may feel that you were potentially forced into it #WeNurses
@DeanneNajair
14 January 2021 20:53
@WeNurses Majority of the time as most people have bad experiences and don't want to talk so your more reluctant to talk about it. #wenurses
@LeanneHPatrick
14 January 2021 20:53
@WeNurses For some people, if it's an important part of their lives. It's just like any other area of their life. If there is dysfunction that we can address in some way then not talking about it is most definitely going to have a negative impact. #WeNurses
@AgencyNurse
14 January 2021 20:54
Yes it can do as we are potentially ignoring an aspect of their health and therefore failing to provide the right care #WeNurses https://twitter.com/WeNurses/status/1349821111580688393
@gulista51354829
14 January 2021 20:54
@WeNurses For people in care, they may not be able to have sexual contact so they may feel dehumanised #wenurses
@WeNurses
14 January 2021 20:54
RT @CadleJunor: @WeNurses #wenurses This happens a lot with antipsychotic medication. People are too embarrassed to discuss it initially an…
@basic_john_
14 January 2021 20:55
@WeNurses Sex is hugely important to mental health, but obvs has its associated risks. From STIs to unexpected pregnancies. Helping people to have the sex they want to have but in a healthy and safe way is important. Making sure MSM kno about vaccines/PREP/PEP for example #WeNurses
@WeNurses
14 January 2021 20:55
Thanks for sharing Kayleigh ... any top tips on how to approach the topic of sex with the people we care for ? #WeNurses https://t.co/m5ZUeGeAxx
@LeanneHPatrick
14 January 2021 20:55
@AgencyNurse @WeNurses We have a lot of difficult conversations in MH & you quickly learn the difference between a nurse who can handle something well & one who is uncomfortable or making someone else uncomfortable. It's one of the most interesting aspects of the mentor relationship as a stn. #WeNurses
@zainabk13229399
14 January 2021 20:56
@WeNurses yes most of the time it does negatively impact our love ones as they might want to go into relationships but not sure how to go about.#Wenurses
@WeNurses
14 January 2021 20:56
#WeNurses https://twitter.com/Jendscott/status/1349821948679880713
@GilmoreJNurse
14 January 2021 20:56
@WeNurses I think one of the biggest issues is lack of engagement with the topic in undergraduate curricula #WeNurses
@gulista51354829
14 January 2021 20:56
@WeNurses #WeNurses it could effect men who are unable to have sexual intercourse due to any health issues they may be having. This could effect their self esteem #WeNurses
@jeanleo999
14 January 2021 20:57
@WeNurses Absolutely- the things we can miss assessing mental and physical health does not bear thinking about. e.g. a woman with depression disclosed reduced libido when asked. But on further exploration she later disclosed sex was painful - she’d stopped being intimate. 1/2 #WeNurses
@AgencyNurse
14 January 2021 20:58
Thats fab .... and even more challenging given the demographic of the people they care for #mumofteenagers #WeNurses https://twitter.com/firogers3/status/1349822520686501889
@WeNurses
14 January 2021 20:58
RT @GilmoreJNurse: @WeNurses I think one of the biggest issues is lack of engagement with the topic in undergraduate curricula #WeNurses
@KWebbNurse
14 January 2021 20:58
RT @CadleJunor: #WeNurses In MH questions are often asked about erectile function due to side effects of medication. In my experience this…
@AgencyNurse
14 January 2021 20:58
@LeanneHPatrick @WeNurses gosh yes indeed #WeNurses
@basic_john_
14 January 2021 20:59
@WeNurses Learning tht sex is a normal function of human behaviour and something we shld be able to talk abt freely. I teach GPs and practice nurses about MSM health and the questions/pre conceived opinions I have to break down are MIND BLOWING. Nurse Ed needs btr sex education #WeNurses
@WeNurses
14 January 2021 20:59
@LeanneHPatrick @AgencyNurse how we can help each other avoid either being uncomfortable #wenurses
@WeNurses
14 January 2021 20:59
Anyone else found this ? #WeNurses https://twitter.com/GilmoreJNurse/status/1349822692141232128
@PUNCCharis20
14 January 2021 21:00
Confidence and openness is the best way to approach discussions of sex and sexuality with our patients- letting them know we are open to discuss whatever they need without judgement, whilst respecting their personal boundaries #WeNurses
@WeNurses
14 January 2021 21:00
#WeNurses https://twitter.com/GilmoreJNurse/status/1349823312420106245
@WeNurses
14 January 2021 21:01
QUESTION 5 What can help us to get talking about sex right moving forward ? Is there evidence and research that could help ? #WeNurses https://t.co/VodFDOm9Gs
@WeNurses
14 January 2021 21:01
really important point #Wenurses https://twitter.com/Jendscott/status/1349823656822792194
@PUNCCharis20
14 January 2021 21:01
@WeNurses having a reluctance to talk about sex fuels the stigma and taboos to any questions, queries or concerns a patient might have, which is only ever a negative consequence #WeNurses
@WeNurses
14 January 2021 21:01
More great points here #WeNurses https://twitter.com/Rachel_Luby/status/1349823684320616448
@GilmoreJNurse
14 January 2021 21:02
@WeNurses Talking about sex can be fun; it can help break down barriers, but also can help form a bond with patients and those we care for. As well as identifying issues for which we can intervene and help with #WeNurses
@kayleighhroseee
14 January 2021 21:02
@WeNurses Yes! For some it can affect their quality of life, their confidence/ self-esteem, their relationships; all of which are vital for their recovery! If issues are caused by side effects of meds too, it could lead to non-concordance without the team being aware to monitor. #WeNurses
@WeNurses
14 January 2021 21:02
Great question ... anyone want to address this ? #WeNurses https://twitter.com/lindamillicamp1/status/1349823710547599361
@jeanleo999
14 January 2021 21:02
@WeNurses 2/2 she had stopped being intimate with partner due to this. It was affecting relationship which further affected mental health. It later transpired she had a pelvic infection. If you don’t ask it can have a huge impact. #WeNurses
@gulista51354829
14 January 2021 21:03
@WeNurses Q3: showing understanding and acknowledgement of different sexualities may make people feel more comfortable with talking about it as it could be a sensitive topic for people. #WeNurses
@WeNurses
14 January 2021 21:03
Yes indeed .... we need to break down the taboos around discussing sex #Wenurses https://twitter.com/PUNCCharis20/status/1349823975753457664
@GilmoreJNurse
14 January 2021 21:03
@WeNurses @2SeasSHIFT is a great project which will identify some of the key issues #WeNurses
@CadleJunor
14 January 2021 21:03
@KWebbNurse #WeNurses I agree that there is a total lack of discussion in older adults unless they directly ask a question or raise a concern
@Rachel_Luby
14 January 2021 21:04
RT @WeNurses: QUESTION 4 Does our reluctance to talk about sex having a negative impact on the people we care for? If so how? #WeNurses…
@LeanneHPatrick
14 January 2021 21:04
@WeNurses @AgencyNurse Let people know in advance that they might find some questions difficult or uncomfortable but they they don't have to talk about anything they don't wish to. And before I ask, I'll check they're OK with discussing X/Y/Z. Giving people control and ensuring consent. #WeNurses
@WeNurses
14 January 2021 21:04
Thanks for sharing #WeNurses https://twitter.com/KarenPharm/status/1349824318402916353
@DeanneNajair
14 January 2021 21:04
@WeNurses Reading more books, engaging with friends, speaking to a therapist or sex educator. #wenurses
@AgencyNurse
14 January 2021 21:05
Love this top tip and it's something i often do and it works #WeNurses https://twitter.com/LeanneHPatrick/status/1349824691314298880
@zainabk13229399
14 January 2021 21:05
@WeNurses watching romantic movies, reading books and talking to family and friends.#WeNurses
@WeNurses
14 January 2021 21:05
Great approach #WeNurses https://twitter.com/Jendscott/status/1349824379165749254
@WeNurses
14 January 2021 21:06
Great link thanks for sharing it #WeNurses #EBP https://twitter.com/Rachel_Luby/status/1349824497197731844
@Jendscott
14 January 2021 21:07
@WeNurses Just be professional, sensitive and honest and take cues from the person or couple you are dealing with and use online resources that are available. For eg; in my service via stroke association. ???? remember ‘courage’. #WeNurses
@keeling_michael
14 January 2021 21:07
@WeNurses Is this a particular issue within the UK, or do nurses from other countries experience similar issues talking about sex with patients? #WeNurses
@gulista51354829
14 January 2021 21:08
@WeNurses Maybe educating parents about the risks sex could have on their children if they hide it. So promoting open conversations with their children about sex may be the first step in parents teaching their children safe sex #wenurses
@knitknitqueen
14 January 2021 21:08
@WeNurses Speaking to a variety of people with different backgrounds, culture and ages to get their take on the topic #WeNurses
@WeNurses
14 January 2021 21:08
Ooooh interesting question ... anyone know the answer ? #WeNurses https://twitter.com/keeling_michael/status/1349825568070660097
@gulista51354829
14 January 2021 21:08
@zainabk13229399 @WeNurses That would definitely be awkward however thats a good idea to breaking that awkward barrier #wenurses
@NusratMedicine
14 January 2021 21:08
RT @AgencyNurse: Love this top tip and it's something i often do and it works #WeNurses https://twitter.com/LeanneHPatrick/status/1349824691314298880
@WeNurses
14 January 2021 21:10
AND FINALLY .... What are your final words of wisdom around talking about sex ?? #WeNurses https://t.co/GKMXUoVLth
@tina_yarnton
14 January 2021 21:10
RT @WeNurses: QUESTION 4 Does our reluctance to talk about sex having a negative impact on the people we care for? If so how? #WeNurses…
@LeanneHPatrick
14 January 2021 21:11
@WeNurses CPD. Having a good community of practice so that you can learn from people with specialist knowledge and being open to the idea that knowledge/culture moves quickly and you probably don't know as much as you think. #WeNurses
@gulista51354829
14 January 2021 21:11
@keeling_michael @WeNurses Yes I believe in strict cultured countries, this could be a hard topic to talk about. Some people hide the fact they are sexuality active due to strict upbringing #WeNurses
@gulista51354829
14 January 2021 21:12
@keeling_michael @WeNurses More, I believe, they may feel their confidentially is a risk. In different countries, confidentially might not be held in place #WeNurses
@MadgeMatron
14 January 2021 21:13
@WeNurses The more you talk about it, the more comfortable you will feel. It will help your patient, and if they don't want to talk about it, they won't. But at least give them the chance. #WeNurses
@WeNurses
14 January 2021 21:13
:D #WeNurses https://twitter.com/lindamillicamp1/status/1349826910839328774
@zainabk13229399
14 January 2021 21:13
@WeNurses continue talking about sex as it educates us all about diseases and how to protect ourselves from getting infected or getting STD.#WeNurses
@keeling_michael
14 January 2021 21:13
@Jendscott @WeNurses Yes, does culture come into our ability to talk about it, it is an activity of daily living.. as is ability to get washed, dressed.. some would say relationship and sex more important? But generally ignored.. #WeNurses
@AgencyNurse
14 January 2021 21:13
Very well said #WeNurses https://twitter.com/MadgeMatron/status/1349826944687337476
@LeanneHPatrick
14 January 2021 21:14
@WeNurses Make sure you know the signs of domestic abuse and sexual violence before wading in, so you can in the very least make a selective enquiry based upon what you are being told. #WeNurses
@DeanneNajair
14 January 2021 21:14
@WeNurses Never judge always allow people to feel comfortable and relaxed to have a conversation with you about sex. #wenurses
@firogers3
14 January 2021 21:14
@WeNurses Being part of an holistic assessment and conversation. Nurses feeling confident with the right knowledge & skills #WeNurses
@knitknitqueen
14 January 2021 21:14
@WeNurses Enjoy it if you can get it #WeNurses
@WeNurses
14 January 2021 21:14
Really important - thanks Leanne #WeNurses https://twitter.com/LeanneHPatrick/status/1349827170185654275
@WeNurses
14 January 2021 21:15
#WeNurses next week is all about alcohol >>>> The impact of alcohol on health & wellbeing > http://www.wecommunities.org/tweet-chats/chat-details/5621 https://t.co/LsAO257U4H
@PUNCCharis20
14 January 2021 21:15
@WeNurses Embrace the fact that sex is a natural part of life, spanning all ages. Be confident in being a positive advocate for safe sex for your patients. Be open to to these discussions with your patients in a sensitive and professional manner ? #WeNurses
@WeNurses
14 January 2021 21:15
#wenurses https://twitter.com/Jendscott/status/1349827310162239498
@AgencyNurse
14 January 2021 21:16
Thank you all for an open and honest and useful discussion this evening :D #WeNurses
@keeling_michael
14 January 2021 21:16
@gulista51354829 @WeNurses Yes, certainly I would imagine it harder in some cultures than others, making it a more difficult subject to approach sensitively within a multi cultural environment. #WeNurses
@gulista51354829
14 January 2021 21:17
@zainabk13229399 @WeNurses Great point. #wenurses
@knitknitqueen
14 January 2021 21:18
@AgencyNurse Very honest chat and nice to know we are all feeling the same way #WeNurses
@Jendscott
14 January 2021 21:18
@keeling_michael @WeNurses But I feel they should be aware, look for cues and able to sign post to those who are confident and competent to talk about sex #WeNurses
@keeling_michael
14 January 2021 21:18
@gulista51354829 @WeNurses Yes, if trust is not in place, or a belief that will be confidential really hard to engage in conversations about sex, or other sensitive issues.. #wenurses
@WeNurses
14 January 2021 21:20
Well done everyone for sharing thoughts, support, ideas and allowing us all to chat and learn about chatting about sex this evening via #wenurses Catch up here http://wecommunities.org/tweet-chats/chat-details/5620 Revalidation here http://wecommunities.org/MyWe https://t.co/DztfSVxnbR
@kch888
14 January 2021 21:20
@WeNurses Oops #WeNurses
@keeling_michael
14 January 2021 21:24
RT @WeNurses: #WeNurses next week is all about alcohol >>>> The impact of alcohol on health & wellbeing > http://www.wecommunities.org/tweet-chats/chat-details/5621 https:…




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