Why is it so Hard to Talk about Sex in the Clinic?

Toys, Lubes, Impact Play, Kink, and the Sexual Shame that Makes it Hard to Discuss Those Things

Hosted by the Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy

APTA Pelvic Health Member Rate: $285
Non-Member Rate: $385

More details and registration link coming soon.

Speakers: Heather Edwards, PT, MPT, CSC, Tuesday Feral, LCMHCA + Alex Papale, PT, DPT

This course will be an in-depth exploration of practical sexual topics such as:
● Lubricant Selection (and differentiation from moisturizers and hormone creams)
● Toy Types and Therapeutic applications
● Harnesses and strap-ons: considerations and ergonomics
● Kink and power dynamics and the application to developing a treatment plan

We will then layer it with discussions about why these topics can be challenging for both
providers and patients to talk about. For this we will offer:
● Discussion of sexual shame components
● What that looks like from the clinician’s perspective
● What that looks like from the patient’s perspective
● Tools to overcome those barriers in order to have all of the above as part of a
comfortable conversation and get the full picture of who a patient is and what their real
goals are for pelvic health.
● Practical skills for getting more comfortable with talking comfortably with patients and
creating a judgment-free space for their healing

Objectives include:
1.) Participants will be able to list 2 sources of sexual shame that might limit their ability to
effectively counsel patients with sexual health concerns.
2.) Participants will be able to name 3 different types of lubricants and list a “pro” and a “con” for
each of them in order to help with guidance for clients needing to select lubricants for dilators,
toys, condoms, or external stimulation.
3.) Participants will be able to list 3 precautions for impact play for advising clients on risk-aware
behaviors.

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