Recently, the Dutch College of General Practitioners released a Practice Guideline on Sexual Problems which provides clear directives for the diagnosis and management of various sexual disorders in men and women. Patients who are managed in general practice and in outpatient clinics might experience distress related to sexual problems due to their age, medical condition or treatment, or distress related to problems in establishing and maintaining intimate relationships. We present two clinical cases. The first case is a woman aged 44 years with breast cancer treated by mastectomy and adjuvant tamoxifen. The second case is a man aged 54 years with heart failure due to myocardial infarction and resultant loss of physical strength. Both cases illustrate that taking a short sexual history could result in the right treatment and patient satisfaction, without having to go into detail about very intimate and private matters.
Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde
Department of Hematology

Leusink, P., Van Der Waart, T. H. A. M., Segeren, C., & Jaarsma, T. (2016). Vragen naar de onbekende weg : de seksuele anamnese in de medische praktijk. Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde, 160(17). Retrieved from

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