If You Do BDSM, You Need A Doctor You Can Trust

Doctor's visits can be awkward, especially when getting the care you need requires divulging details about your sex life. Everybody needs a doctor they can trust, but that's especially important if you're likely to show up with injuries that may be hard to explain.

Cosmopolitan reports on people who were afraid to have important talks with their doctors and other providers because of their sex lives. One failed to seek care for a broken rib because she was worried her doctor would think she was a victim of abuse; another delayed ob/gyn visits because she didn't want to explain her bruises. According to a recent survey of "kink-oriented patients" and their healthcare needs:

Most patients would prefer to be out to their health care providers so they can receive individualized care. However, fewer than half were out to their current provider, with anticipated stigma being the most common reason for avoiding disclosure.

I Love Claude keeps a a list of recommendations of kink-friendly doctors in NSW who are more likely to understand your situation. Your Relationship Toolbelt also has recommendations for healthcare professionals in Victoria, Western Australia and Queensland.

As you make you decision, ask like-minded friends for recommendations and use your judgement to figure out who you can trust. Check out the link below for more on why good health care is so important for people in the kink community.

Why You Need to Tell Your Doctor If You're Having Fifty Shades Style Sex [Cosmopolitan]

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