Women's health: Body part names taboo a risk to health as seen on BBC News
Updated: May 5
Dr Michelle Olver, an NHS consultant in sexual and reproductive health and menopause specialist who will also be speaking at the festival, said it was not only patients who can feel awkward with language.
"One of the symptoms of the peri-menopause and the menopause is vaginal dryness, vaginal itching and reduction in libido, and they are all heavily intertwined," said Dr Olver, who works for Aneurin Bevan health board in south east Wales.
"Women who have very sore vaginas are not going to want to have sex.
"But there are studies to suggest that healthcare professionals find it difficult to discuss sexual intercourse and exactly where in the vagina it hurts.
"To be quite graphic sometimes is actually helpful for the patient. So if we, as healthcare professionals, are struggling to talk about sexual function it's going to be very difficult for women to come forward to discuss these things."
She said lot of her work aimed to break down that stigma with healthcare professionals.
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