Intimate-area Examination And Sexual History Among Medical Undergraduates


  • Eman Al-Bedaie
  • Manar Al-Eid
  • Noor Al-Zahrani
  • Latifah Al-Fahad
  • Prof. Hamza Abdulghani
  • Dr.Abdulrahman Al-Mohaimeed
  • Dr. Mohammad Irshad


Teaching and Learning


King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Qassim University, Qassim, Buraidah, Saudi Arabia


Intimate-area examinations and sexual-history taking are essential skills that medical graduates have to obtain, for the safety of patients’ sexual and reproductive health. We aimed to identify the most common barriers affecting proper skill acquisition, and to assess the teaching and learning methods regarding such skills. 

Summary of Work

A cross-sectional study was conducted on final-year medical students, at King Saud and Qassim Universities. The Data were collected by a self-administered questionnaires that fulfill the study objectives and analyzed by SPSS software.

Summary of Results

Out of 463 students, about 50% completed the questionnaire (46.6% males.) Female breast examination was done three times more by female students whereas, male genital examination was performed two and a half times more by male students. The participants suggested that sexual-history course (81%), peer-assisted learning (77.6%) and simulated patients (77.2%) would be the effective teaching strategies.


Patient’s opposite gender was the most common barrier to skill acquisition. According to the students, sexual-history taking module and peer-assisted training would be effective teaching methods for such skills.

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