Questions About Sex? Why You Could Talk to Your Doctor
Everyone learns about sex differently and it’s hard to find accurate information about sex. Becoming sexually active is an experience many look forward to, but it is also normal to feel anxious or have questions.
Asking these questions about sex and your sexual health, however, can be anxiety-provoking for many people. Our doctors are trained to provide you with up-to-date information in a comfortable setting.
You also don’t have to be new to sexual activity to schedule a visit. Our doctors are happy to see anyone with little or no sexual experience as well as people who are or have previously been sexually active. Our goal is to help you feel more comfortable both with your body and your partner's body and understand that there's a wide variety of normal (and yes, you are normal!).
Anyone is welcome: We are not exclusive to a single gender identity or sexual orientation.
What Is a Sexual Health Visit?
A sexual health visit is primarily a visit with a doctor or other health care provider to answer any questions about your body and your individual needs. We can also provide check-ups or screenings related to your sexual health. You are also welcome to bring a partner(s) or come alone.
What to Expect at a Sexual Health Visit
At this visit, we can do any of the following:
- Discuss contraceptives (birth control).
- Discuss your anatomy and physiology. (You don’t need a physical exam for this part either; we have diagrams and 3D models.)
- Discuss how to make sexual activity an enjoyable experience for you.
- Provide testing and counseling for sexually transmitted infections.
- Offer the HPV vaccine.
- Provide cervical cancer screening (Pap smear).
- Address specific questions or concerns you may have.
- Answer questions about becoming pregnant if you would like to get pregnant.
If you need an exam, our physicians will work with you to make it as comfortable as possible.
Choosing a Doctor or Provider
You can get pre-sexual or sexual care from a gynecologist, a family medicine provider, or a midwife. Make sure you’re comfortable with your provider. Whomever you choose, your health provider should:
- respect your personal wishes,
- provide accurate health information, and
- present a full range of options to you in a non-judgmental way.
At University of Utah Health, we partner with our patients to give patients the best possible care. If you have questions or would like to talk to one of our providers, call 801-213-2995 to schedule an appointment.