Role of Mobile Health Applications in Improving Sexual Health Outcomes

Role of Mobile Health Applications in Improving Sexual Health Outcomes

Alex D'Souza, Healthcare Tech Outlook | Monday, February 08, 2021

Chronic disease can impact sexual health, but Mobile health (m-health) interventions can enhance sexual health in such patients. 

FREMONT, CA: For personal relations, sexuality is a crucial aspect and is correlated with positive mental and physical health outcomes. Sexual health is described by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a state of physical, emotional, mental, and social wellbeing linked to sexuality during life. Biological processes may be influenced by psychosocial and physiological factors resulting in sexual health issues between men and women. For instance, after breast cancer surgery, female sexual dysfunction (SD) and reduced sexual desire are very normal.Top Healthcare Mobility Solution Providers

In order to enhance the quality of life, care and management of SD in patients with chronic diseases must be considered. However, due to the humiliation or shame of individuals with sexual problems, evaluating the sexual function and addressing sexual issues with a clinician in the clinic is limited. It can restrict the actions of patients who seek care. The readily administered and described resources available to diagnose and treat sexual issues could boost individuals' sexual health.

In addition to pharmacotherapy, the best-known methods to resolve the physiological, emotional, affective, and mood dimensions of sexual issues are psychological therapies, including the assessment of sexual function, behavioral therapy, and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT).

There is increasing evidence that a necessary form of treatment for several psychological disorders, including SD, is Internet-based CBT. The utilization of mobile, internet, and wireless technology to deliver healthcare services regardless of geographical, temporal, and even organizational barriers is known as mobile health (m-health). It strongly influences typical health care and maybe an alternative path to psychiatric sexual issues for treatment. M-health interventions offer SD with ease, privacy, confidentiality, and more engaging care. They are appropriate tools for individuals who are too uncomfortable or nervous about speaking to a clinician about their SD.

Various interactive and mobile strategies for promoting sexual wellbeing in adults and adolescents have been identified in some review studies. Interactive digital initiatives, severe digital sports, short message service (SMS), smartphone apps, and social media are interventions that were considered in these reviews. While the use of Internet therapy as a possible cure for SD has often been proposed, as far as it is known, there have been no systematic reviews that mainly consider m-health measures in adults with chronic diseases while discussing sexual health issues.

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