A person-centred approach to assessing the male and female reproductive systems
Although the reproductive organs in men and women are very different, they do share common functions: enabling sexual pleasure and reproduction. The reproductive organs, in conjunction with the neuroendocrine system, produce hormones important in biological development and sexual behaviour. Parts of the reproductive organs also enclose and are integral to the function of the urinary system. Assessment of the reproductive and urinary systems is often difficult for both the nurse and the individual and requires sensitivity on the part of the nurse when asking questions about topics that the person may be hesitant to talk about. Skill in conducting physical examinations of an area of the body usually considered private is also required.