Podcast Episode: A Quickie On Sexual Health

The lowdown on sexual health with Smile Makers and Dr Jess

Podcast Episode: A Quickie On Sexual Health

The lowdown on sexual health with Smile Makers and Dr Jess

 
 

In this Quickie from our podcast Clitastic Chronicles, we asked Dr Jess from InSync Medical to explain what sexual health really is, who we can turn to and how we can take care of ours.

Episode Transcript

Smile Makers , 0:13
Hi everyone and welcome to Clitastic Chronicles, a pleasure positive podcast created by Smile Makers for people with clitorises. I'm Cecile and today I'm speaking with Dr. Jess. Dr. Jess runs a sexual health clinic here in Singapore. A general practitioner by training, she has developed a keen interest in female and sexual health. Her practice offers management of female health issues and bridges the gap between regular GPs and gynaecologists, and sexual health specialists. Today we're talking about sexual health, when it actually covers and how to take care of ours. Let's dive in.

Smile Makers , 0:56
Thank you very much for being here with us today at Smile Makers podcast. What we want to talk about is about sexual health. So, the first thing that I would like to ask you is how would you define sexual health and how is it different from reproductive health?

Dr.Jess , 1:14
Thanks Cecile for having me here. Now, I've always had this qualm about how the public or people in general view sexual health versus reproductive health. Now when I think about reproductive health, it generally is centered around things like fertility, you know, ability to conceive, difficulties with conceiving. Well, when we think about sexual health, I think about an issue or many many issues that could involve anyone, men and women across their entire lifespan. From the time they start something as early as masturbation, right through the times as they age and encounter issues like menopause, or andropause, which is like a menopause version in men. And it's also a couple issue. Many times people feel sexual health really is sexually related diseases. So STDs, but what about the day to day issues that people encounter, problems with sexual intercourse, pain with intercourse, problems with urination, that is also coupled with our sexual organs, as well as problems with pulling, which can also be coupled with six problems. So often these things are negated. They're out of sight that people don't fully understand how all encompassing sexual health can be.

Smile Makers , 2:39
So, then how is it different from gynecology or from therapy?

Dr.Jess , 2:43
Ah, okay. So the problem with gynecology in that sense, it's because it's a traditional practice, the gynecologists are very busy people. They run traditional practices, and they're looking after a wide variety of conditions. You're talking about gynecological cancers, you're talking about reproduction, pregnancies, you're talking about certain diseases that involve the, for example, that the female reproductive tracts. I'm talking about the vagina, the cervix, the the ovaries, the uterus. So they've got a lot on your hands, and their practices are busy. So this seeing one patient after another one patient after another. Now, if you want a consult, where you get full on service time, time that is dedicated by the doctors to look into your sexual health related matters, and this could be issues with sex, this could be issues with arousal, this could be issues with pleasure, then you would require time and someone who could afford you that time is a specialist or professional that practices what we call Sexual Medicine. And there are various many specialists actually that are involved in this field and I'll get to that in a short while but you also mentioned therapy. So when you mentioned therapy, a few things comes to my mind. I talking about physiotherapists that can be involved in sexual health. Are you talking about psychotherapists, sexologist who are also involved in sexual health issues? Because when it comes to having intimacy or having sex and sex, by definition doesn't involve just intercourse? All of that involves the state of mind. Presence of you been 100% present in that moment. So that would involve the element of sexology. therapist. So yeah, that's that's kind of to answer your question and how Sexual Medicine, their doctors are different from the gynecologist and how they're different from therapists because therapists you either just get the therapists who deal with the state of mind side of things, the emotion side of things which are extremely, extremely important, a huge part of Sexual Medicine. And then you have the physiotherapist. Another type of therapists that are involved in Sexual Medicine have sexual health related issues, who deal directly with things like your pelvic floor, so you know your pelvic floor is so important because that's the bowl that holds in all the organs that are involved in your sexual health for men, for women, prostate for men, the penile tissues for men, the bladder, for men, for women, it'd be things like the bladder, your vagina, your uterus, all of that's being held in by this pelvic floor. So anything that happens to that pelvic floor, affects the function of your sex organs, affects the function of your vagina, for example, and then affects the function of your penis and your testicles, and women and affects the function of your penis and testicles admin to fix your urine function. Quite a lot. And you probably thought much about it, the fix the week over so that's how it's kind of different between gynecologist and also therapist.

Smile Makers , 6:07
Okay, and when do you think someone should seek help when it comes to their sexual health?

Dr.Jess , 6:14
anytime, when you find that there is a concern that you're unable to shake off. So for example, if you have an issue that's very commonly encountered pain during intercourse, it's it's a problem that I think many of us at one point in time have encountered. Commonly, the problem is persistent, you know, it happens once and then it keeps happening again, and again, don't ignore it, you know, seek assistance for it. And you will only be able to find the right person or the right group of professionals to help you if these professionals are out there with what they do. So commonly, you might attend to a gynecologist, and you may or may not have a very thorough examination to look at the full, the full realm of things when it comes to your sexual health. Because you ideally, if you had an issue, for example, related with sex, you ideally would need to have your urine track examined, you would need to have both your vagina examine, you would need to have your pelvic floor examined. You need many things examine, you would need to also have a conversation around how you feel about things, and how you feel about your partner. There's also relationship elements like this. So ideally, whenever you do have an issue, just like with anything you might experience, stop yourself from letting it fester. And speak to someone whether it's through a forum, or even just touch base with the traditional gynecologist if it's a women's health issue, it's alright, because at least you might be led somewhere else if you don't know who to vote.

Smile Makers , 7:54
Okay. And that's my next question on sexual has like you mentioned different expertise around our sexual health. What is how do we get started? How do we find the right person for us, when we want to take care of our sexual health? Like we've identified something is wrong

Dr.Jess , 8:12
wrong? I mean, most of us do Google, isn't it? Yeah.

Smile Makers , 8:16
Is that a good thing?

Dr.Jess , 8:18
I don't think it's a bad thing. I mean, it's a great start point to get an entire battery of information. And it's the filtering part that's difficult because it requires a lot of research on one's part, to look through, to filter through all the information and go "Hey, I feel that this is the right service for me". Look, there are many people that are involved in in treating sexual health related issues in and I can name a few, a few specialists that are involved in this, you have just the general practitioners. Some general practitioners can also manage these issues, but it just depends on the thoroughness of it. And not all general practitioners are the one comfortable with dealing with such private issues that involve quite a lot of sharing of emotion, and also sharing of what we call vulnerabilities. But they're someone you can go to, because remember, all your doctors are connected to other doctors and be my last month has been able to help you so it's always a great start point. Some people go straight up to specialists. So commonly the specialist that are involved for those that do kind of mental and women's health, but often it's very specific to men's or women's. So the women's health doctors are kind of gynecologist, so you might end up with your gynecologist and or you might end up with your urologist who deal with issues concerning the urinary tract and the penis. And there's also another group of doctors called indologists. So they do a lot with male sexual health and also with a lot of hormones in male sexual health. So there might be someone who might turn to you. As well, another emerging field is that of Sexual Medicine. So it's a non traditional practice, which is kind of what we run. So we are constantly training in this field as well, considering that it's a very new field. And a lot of our training comes from overseas, we don't have, you know, locally based training. Yeah. So these are sexual, Sexual Medicine experts or professionals. So you know, we we deal with them, both men and women, then this then allows us to deal with a couple, which makes sense. And it does not matter what your couple setting is, whether it's a heterosexual couple, whether it's a homosexual couple, whether it's a transgender couple, it's it's irrelevant. So you know, that ability to deal with both men and women, gives us the leverage, you know, the Sexual Medicine Specialist, that sort of a leverage to deal with couples, and then you've got your sexologists and psychotherapists, and you've got other therapists that we've mentioned before the physiotherapist and these are particularly physiotherapists that deal with your core and your floor. So, you know, it really involves quite a few different specialists in this field. But I think a good start point is just speak to someone. But when you feel that you're not getting the answers, and usually you know, when you're not satisfied with it, keep doing your research and ask the pertinent questions to your doctors. And don't be shameful about it. Just ask, "Hey, do you know anyone else who actually deals with these sort of things?" asked the question is right in your mind, that tip of your tongue is not going to hurt you. So just go ahead and off because they might know someone they might not feel that you need it yet, they might think that you know, their approach might be enough for you. So just go ahead and ask.

Smile Makers , 11:42
Thank you so much Dr Jess

Smile Makers , 11:50
We hope you enjoyed this episode of Clitastic Chronicles and found snippets of wisdom that you can apply to your own sexual health. If you like this podcast, share it around with your friends and give us a five star review on Apple podcasts or wherever you're getting your podcasts from. This will help us make it easier to find. For more sex positivit, head to our website at SmileMakersCollection.com. See you there.

In this Quickie from our podcast Clitastic Chronicles, we asked Dr Jess from InSync Medical to explain what sexual health really is, who we can turn to and how we can take care of ours.

Episode Transcript

Smile Makers , 0:13
Hi everyone and welcome to Clitastic Chronicles, a pleasure positive podcast created by Smile Makers for people with clitorises. I'm Cecile and today I'm speaking with Dr. Jess. Dr. Jess runs a sexual health clinic here in Singapore. A general practitioner by training, she has developed a keen interest in female and sexual health. Her practice offers management of female health issues and bridges the gap between regular GPs and gynaecologists, and sexual health specialists. Today we're talking about sexual health, when it actually covers and how to take care of ours. Let's dive in.

Smile Makers , 0:56
Thank you very much for being here with us today at Smile Makers podcast. What we want to talk about is about sexual health. So, the first thing that I would like to ask you is how would you define sexual health and how is it different from reproductive health?

Dr.Jess , 1:14
Thanks Cecile for having me here. Now, I've always had this qualm about how the public or people in general view sexual health versus reproductive health. Now when I think about reproductive health, it generally is centered around things like fertility, you know, ability to conceive, difficulties with conceiving. Well, when we think about sexual health, I think about an issue or many many issues that could involve anyone, men and women across their entire lifespan. From the time they start something as early as masturbation, right through the times as they age and encounter issues like menopause, or andropause, which is like a menopause version in men. And it's also a couple issue. Many times people feel sexual health really is sexually related diseases. So STDs, but what about the day to day issues that people encounter, problems with sexual intercourse, pain with intercourse, problems with urination, that is also coupled with our sexual organs, as well as problems with pulling, which can also be coupled with six problems. So often these things are negated. They're out of sight that people don't fully understand how all encompassing sexual health can be.

Smile Makers , 2:39
So, then how is it different from gynecology or from therapy?

Dr.Jess , 2:43
Ah, okay. So the problem with gynecology in that sense, it's because it's a traditional practice, the gynecologists are very busy people. They run traditional practices, and they're looking after a wide variety of conditions. You're talking about gynecological cancers, you're talking about reproduction, pregnancies, you're talking about certain diseases that involve the, for example, that the female reproductive tracts. I'm talking about the vagina, the cervix, the the ovaries, the uterus. So they've got a lot on your hands, and their practices are busy. So this seeing one patient after another one patient after another. Now, if you want a consult, where you get full on service time, time that is dedicated by the doctors to look into your sexual health related matters, and this could be issues with sex, this could be issues with arousal, this could be issues with pleasure, then you would require time and someone who could afford you that time is a specialist or professional that practices what we call Sexual Medicine. And there are various many specialists actually that are involved in this field and I'll get to that in a short while but you also mentioned therapy. So when you mentioned therapy, a few things comes to my mind. I talking about physiotherapists that can be involved in sexual health. Are you talking about psychotherapists, sexologist who are also involved in sexual health issues? Because when it comes to having intimacy or having sex and sex, by definition doesn't involve just intercourse? All of that involves the state of mind. Presence of you been 100% present in that moment. So that would involve the element of sexology. therapist. So yeah, that's that's kind of to answer your question and how Sexual Medicine, their doctors are different from the gynecologist and how they're different from therapists because therapists you either just get the therapists who deal with the state of mind side of things, the emotion side of things which are extremely, extremely important, a huge part of Sexual Medicine. And then you have the physiotherapist. Another type of therapists that are involved in Sexual Medicine have sexual health related issues, who deal directly with things like your pelvic floor, so you know your pelvic floor is so important because that's the bowl that holds in all the organs that are involved in your sexual health for men, for women, prostate for men, the penile tissues for men, the bladder, for men, for women, it'd be things like the bladder, your vagina, your uterus, all of that's being held in by this pelvic floor. So anything that happens to that pelvic floor, affects the function of your sex organs, affects the function of your vagina, for example, and then affects the function of your penis and your testicles, and women and affects the function of your penis and testicles admin to fix your urine function. Quite a lot. And you probably thought much about it, the fix the week over so that's how it's kind of different between gynecologist and also therapist.

Smile Makers , 6:07
Okay, and when do you think someone should seek help when it comes to their sexual health?

Dr.Jess , 6:14
anytime, when you find that there is a concern that you're unable to shake off. So for example, if you have an issue that's very commonly encountered pain during intercourse, it's it's a problem that I think many of us at one point in time have encountered. Commonly, the problem is persistent, you know, it happens once and then it keeps happening again, and again, don't ignore it, you know, seek assistance for it. And you will only be able to find the right person or the right group of professionals to help you if these professionals are out there with what they do. So commonly, you might attend to a gynecologist, and you may or may not have a very thorough examination to look at the full, the full realm of things when it comes to your sexual health. Because you ideally, if you had an issue, for example, related with sex, you ideally would need to have your urine track examined, you would need to have both your vagina examine, you would need to have your pelvic floor examined. You need many things examine, you would need to also have a conversation around how you feel about things, and how you feel about your partner. There's also relationship elements like this. So ideally, whenever you do have an issue, just like with anything you might experience, stop yourself from letting it fester. And speak to someone whether it's through a forum, or even just touch base with the traditional gynecologist if it's a women's health issue, it's alright, because at least you might be led somewhere else if you don't know who to vote.

Smile Makers , 7:54
Okay. And that's my next question on sexual has like you mentioned different expertise around our sexual health. What is how do we get started? How do we find the right person for us, when we want to take care of our sexual health? Like we've identified something is wrong

Dr.Jess , 8:12
wrong? I mean, most of us do Google, isn't it? Yeah.

Smile Makers , 8:16
Is that a good thing?

Dr.Jess , 8:18
I don't think it's a bad thing. I mean, it's a great start point to get an entire battery of information. And it's the filtering part that's difficult because it requires a lot of research on one's part, to look through, to filter through all the information and go "Hey, I feel that this is the right service for me". Look, there are many people that are involved in in treating sexual health related issues in and I can name a few, a few specialists that are involved in this, you have just the general practitioners. Some general practitioners can also manage these issues, but it just depends on the thoroughness of it. And not all general practitioners are the one comfortable with dealing with such private issues that involve quite a lot of sharing of emotion, and also sharing of what we call vulnerabilities. But they're someone you can go to, because remember, all your doctors are connected to other doctors and be my last month has been able to help you so it's always a great start point. Some people go straight up to specialists. So commonly the specialist that are involved for those that do kind of mental and women's health, but often it's very specific to men's or women's. So the women's health doctors are kind of gynecologist, so you might end up with your gynecologist and or you might end up with your urologist who deal with issues concerning the urinary tract and the penis. And there's also another group of doctors called indologists. So they do a lot with male sexual health and also with a lot of hormones in male sexual health. So there might be someone who might turn to you. As well, another emerging field is that of Sexual Medicine. So it's a non traditional practice, which is kind of what we run. So we are constantly training in this field as well, considering that it's a very new field. And a lot of our training comes from overseas, we don't have, you know, locally based training. Yeah. So these are sexual, Sexual Medicine experts or professionals. So you know, we we deal with them, both men and women, then this then allows us to deal with a couple, which makes sense. And it does not matter what your couple setting is, whether it's a heterosexual couple, whether it's a homosexual couple, whether it's a transgender couple, it's it's irrelevant. So you know, that ability to deal with both men and women, gives us the leverage, you know, the Sexual Medicine Specialist, that sort of a leverage to deal with couples, and then you've got your sexologists and psychotherapists, and you've got other therapists that we've mentioned before the physiotherapist and these are particularly physiotherapists that deal with your core and your floor. So, you know, it really involves quite a few different specialists in this field. But I think a good start point is just speak to someone. But when you feel that you're not getting the answers, and usually you know, when you're not satisfied with it, keep doing your research and ask the pertinent questions to your doctors. And don't be shameful about it. Just ask, "Hey, do you know anyone else who actually deals with these sort of things?" asked the question is right in your mind, that tip of your tongue is not going to hurt you. So just go ahead and off because they might know someone they might not feel that you need it yet, they might think that you know, their approach might be enough for you. So just go ahead and ask.

Smile Makers , 11:42
Thank you so much Dr Jess

Smile Makers , 11:50
We hope you enjoyed this episode of Clitastic Chronicles and found snippets of wisdom that you can apply to your own sexual health. If you like this podcast, share it around with your friends and give us a five star review on Apple podcasts or wherever you're getting your podcasts from. This will help us make it easier to find. For more sex positivit, head to our website at SmileMakersCollection.com. See you there.
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