How (And Why) To Tell Your Doctor When You're Into KINKY Sex

Photo: weheartit
How (And Why) To Tell Your Doctor About Your Kinky Sex Games
Self, Sex

Keeping secrets from your doctor just isn't safe.

It's quite common for people involved in kink to fear disclosing their activities to their doctor.

What if the doctor doesn’t understand swinging, BDSM, extreme sex games, or whatever you may be into? What if there are repercussions as a result of that doctor finding out exactly how you got those bruises all over your ass?

What if they judge or shame you?

What if their biases affect the quality of care they give you?

Many kinksters avoid going in for appointments when they need them most for these very reasons.

Put yourself in these shoes.

You feel what you think is a urinary tract infection coming on after being the recipient of a spectacular gangbang. Not knowing how to explain what may have contributed to it, you delay going to the doctor, hoping the discomfort will clear up on its own. Because you delayed, that UTI turns into a dangerous kidney infection.

Remember, waiting on any kind of medical issue can exacerbate it.

A recent article reported that half of all San Francisco kinksters are not "out" to their doctors.

San Francisco is one of the most kink-friendly cities in North America. If half of that community is afraid to disclose their proclivities to their doctors, imagine what the numbers must be like in the rest of the country!

Probably quite high.

It is important your doctor knows the broad strokes about your kinks, especially in the event of injury or infection that may have resulted from play.

For instance, if you are married and have signs of genital infection, many health practitioners wouldn’t consider an STI a significant possibility. The fact that you are non-monogamous, however, factors in. With that important information, they can test for all plausible causes immediately and find a solution quickly.

Or, if you received an injury as a result of a rope suspension gone wrong, your doctor has a much better chance of treating you properly if they know exactly how your injury was sustained.

Honesty seems like common sense — you may be thinking — but how should you tell your doctor?

If you choose to disclose your non-traditional sexual activity, most experts advise you to keep it short and sweet, but honest. Disclose all information that directly relates to the injury without disclosing every intimate, shocking detail of the entire sexual encounter.

There’s a big difference between:

Well, I’ve been studying the art of Japanese rope bondage and like to combine it with really shocking torture and humiliation scenes. After I had him immobilized in the ropes, I beat and bruised him pretty good. I was then hoping to get this traffic cone part way up his ass. My hands got pretty slippery with lube which caused the ropes to slip and his shoulder popped.”

Vs.

We like to experiment with rope in the bedroom and got a little carried away. I tried suspending him and one of the ropes slipped injuring his shoulder."

Or even:

I was being gangbanged and degraded by seven well-endowed men who had me tied to the bed while filling all my holes."

And the far more concise and tactful:

I sometimes engage in group sex.

More specifically: be direct, factual, and brief.

Use blanket phrases like, “I like rough consensual sex,” “I have multiple partners,” and, “We like things kinky,” without divulging every last detail.

Make sure you are confident in your answers and state explicitly that your activities are always consensual.

Although you are protected by doctor/patient confidentiality, medical professionals are also considered mandated reporters. Meaning, if they discover you are in a dangerous situation they may be required to report it to the authorities. Depending on the state you live in, this may include suspected spousal abuse.

Don’t act afraid, uncooperative, or as if you are hiding something.

Luckily, in recent years kink and alternative sexual practices have become more understood and accepted by the medical community. It isn’t uncommon for new medical students to receive training on this subject. Classes like these are frequently taught in medical schools to make future doctors aware of various forms of alternative sexuality and for them to be able to distinguish between consensual kink and abuse.

What if you disclose to your doctor and they shame you?

Then it’s time to find a new doctor. If you belong to an alt sex community online ask on a message board for kink-friendly doctor recommendations in your area. You can also use the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom’s Kink Aware Professionals Directory, which you can find here.

What if you disclose to your doctor and they are knowledgeable, accepting, and non-judgmental about your kinks? Then it sounds like you’ve found the right doctor who perhaps won’t become alarmed if you do include a few more details!

Please share your stories about dealing with sexuality and medical professionals below in the comments. Have you had positive experiences? Negative ones? What are some strategies that worked for you?

By hearing each other’s experiences and advice, it helps us all gain a bit more confidence in talking with our doctors about sex.

And the more honest we can be with our doctors, the better care they can give us. 

Author
Blogger