Understanding and Empowering Women’s Sexual Health
Sexuality is a fundamental aspect of human existence, and it is an essential component of mental, physical, and emotional well-being. However, women’s sexual health remains a topic of much misconception, stigma and shame despite years of enlightenment.
The Society has linked sexuality (reproductive function in particular) poorly to women, leading to huge disparity and inherent biases in the gender-based approach to sexual health. There have been cases of women being excluded from clinical trials or being treated unfairly with regards to sexual health issues. Meanwhile, women’s sexual health is critical to their overall health and well-being, and as such, it’s high time that women’s sexual health receives the attention of health practitioners.
Understanding Women’s Sexual Health
Women’s sexual health includes a wide range of issues such as sexual dysfunction, orgasm issues, sexual pain, sexually transmitted infections, pelvic floor dysfunction, and a host of others. It is pertinent to know that female sexual health is different from male sexual health; it differs in terms of the biology and anatomy of the sexual and reproductive systems, the presentation of sexual disorders, and the dynamics of sexual relationships.
A greater understanding of female sexual health should focus on acknowledging the reproductive function of women, as well as the psychological and sociocultural factors that contribute to sexual problems. Women should embrace conversations about sexual health and health providers should make it a point to inform women about their sexual health and provide relevant treatment options and support.
Empowering Women’s Sexual Health
Empowerment involves informing women of their sexual rights, providing sexual education to women, and creating an enabling environment for women’s access to sexual health information and services. Women’s sexual health is empowered when they are confident enough to discuss their sexual health with their partners and their healthcare providers. The empowerment of women’s sexual health means putting an end to stigma and misconceptions about female sexuality.
Women should feel free to engage in sexual activity without social or emotional consequences. Empowering women’s sexual health also involves providing access to evidence-based healthcare services and treatments without cost, culture, or race limitation. Empowerment will also decrease the power and gender-based oppression many women might face with regards to their sexual health.
Women’s sexual health is of great concern in the world today, with many negative perceptions about female sexuality. The understanding of women’s sexual health is important, and women should be informed about their sexual health and sexual rights. Empowering women’s sexual health entails removing the stigma and shame around the topic and providing women with the tools and resources they need to take control of their sexual health. There is still much work to do in terms of empowering women’s sexual health, but by creating a supportive, non-judgmental environment, we can make great strides forward.