Introduction

The changing face of sexual health can at times make it difficult to keep up with consumer demand. In recent years a rapid increase in the number of clients of varying sexes, ages and needs attending clinic has been widely reported and accepted. This in turn has brought with it the need to adapt constantly to this growing flux of people.

The Sexual Health Strategy (DH, 2001) acknowledges that sexual health is an important part of physical and mental health. Its model states that the essential elements of good sexual health include access to information and services to avoid the risk of unintended pregnancy, illness or disease - quite a broad and complex prerequisite, I feel. However, for nurses in the field of sexual health it brings with it an equally varied array of exciting challenges to be met with on a regular basis.

This chapter will look at women-focused presentations within the sexual health setting and cover the following topics: the menstrual cycle, vaginal discharge, pelvic pain, irregular bleeding patterns, vulval pain syndromes, cervical cytology, endometriosis and fibroids.

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