The Role of Complementary Medicine in Supporting Sexual Function
The use of Complementary medicines (CM) in Australia is well established, a recent cross-sectional study demonstrating 50.3% of Australians use CM’s, most of which are self-prescribed.(1) Limited data exists regarding the use of CM’s by Australians to treat sexual difficulties, however anecdotal observations suggest it is a common practice, reflected by the ready availability of CM products marketed for this purpose.
In this presentation, Daniel Robson, a Naturopath currently completing a Master of Science in Medicine (Sexual and Reproductive Health) in Psychosexual Therapy at Sydney University, will discuss the use of complementary medicines in supporting optimal sexual function. A discussion of the evidence base of these medicines will be presented, helping to inform sex therapists whose clients may be using CM’s to manage sexual difficulties.
1. Harnett JE, McIntyre E, Steel A, Foley H, Sibbritt D, Adams J. Use of complementary medicine products: a nationally representative cross-sectional survey of 2019 Australian adults. BMJ Open. 2019 Jul;9(7):e024198.
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