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close this bookWhere Women Have No Doctor - A Health Guide for Women (Hesperian Foundation, 1997, 600 p.)
close this folderChapter 12: Sexual Health
close this folderGaining More Control over Your Sexual Health
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View the documentSafer sex for sexual health
View the documentMaking changes for safer sex
View the documentFeeling more pleasure from sex


Improving sexual health means:

· reducing the risk of unwanted pregnancy and STDs. This means women must have access to information about family planning methods and ways to prevent STDs, including HIV/AIDS (safer sex methods and practices). Women also need control over when to use these methods. For information about family planning and choosing a method that works best for you, see the chapter on “Family Planning.” For information about safer sex, see the next section below.

· feeling more pleasure from sex. What brings pleasure to one person should not be harmful to another.

· changing harmful gender roles, including harmful beliefs about women’s sexuality. This kind of change takes time, because it means women and men must develop different ways of relating to each other See suggestions about how you and your community can work to change these roles.

¨ It is best for family planning and STD services to be included in the other health services women already use.