Another approach is to ask if the patient has any sexual questions or concerns. Still another is to mention the patient’s medications and medical conditions, and ask if the patient has experienced any sexual issues with them.
A good sexual history covers many of the same topics for both female and male patients. In both sexes, it is important to ask about sexual interest, arousal, satisfaction, quality of relationship, mood, pain, and the effects of illnesses, medications, and surgeries.
Medications are especially important, in part because studies show that seven in 10 Americans take at least one prescription drug, and hundreds of drugs, including many for blood pressure and depression, have sexual side effects.