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Conversations About Sexuality and Fertility Should Start Early, Experts Say

Oct 03, 2018

Conversations About Sexuality and Fertility Should Start Early, Experts SaySometimes, children develop medical conditions that could impair their sexual function and fertility as adults. For example, some forms of cancer or disorders of sex development can have a dramatic impact on reproductive health. And eventually, patients and their parents need to be informed.

However, these discussions don’t always occur, or if they do, the information might be incomplete or inconsistent. Some doctors aren’t fully trained in these areas, and patients and families are often confused and anxious. Adolescents might be reluctant to date and have serious relationships because they are unsure about sexuality.

How should doctors and parents approach these conversations? What should children know about their situations? And when should they be told? Recently, the journal Pediatrics addressed some of these questions in a clinical report.

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