Sex is an important part of life. For some women, thinking about sex starts early, often before puberty, and lasts until their final days on earth. On one level, sex is just another hormone-driven bodily function designed to perpetuate the species. On another, it's a pleasurable activity. It's also a connection that can help cement the bonds between two people. Sexual health refers to a state of well-being that lets a woman fully participate in and enjoy sexual activity.
Women’s Sexuality: Behaviors, Responses, and Individual Differences
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Sexual violence is a serious public health and human rights problem with both short- and long-term consequences on women's physical, mental, and sexual and reproductive health. Whether sexual violence occurs in the context of an intimate partnership, within the larger family or community structure, or during times of conflict, it is a deeply violating and painful experience for the survivor. In armed conflicts, the breakdown of social infrastructures, the disintegration of families and communities and the disruption of responses leave women and girls vulnerable to sexual and other forms of gender-based violence, including rape by combatants and intimate partners or acquaintances and, at times, sexual exploitation by humanitarian actors. The sexual and gender-based violence perpetrated against women in conflict and humanitarian settings is increasingly being reported and documented.
The Benefits of a Healthy Sex Life
Classic and contemporary approaches to the assessment of female sexuality are discussed. General approaches, assessment strategies, and models of female sexuality are organized within the conceptual domains of sexual behaviors, sexual responses desire, excitement, orgasm, and resolution , and individual differences, including general and sex-specific personality models. Where applicable, important trends and relationships are highlighted in the literature with both existing reports and previously unpublished data.
Two new tools from WHO and HRP have been launched to provide countries with practical steps for implementing these global recommendations at the national level. The Antenatal care recommendations adaptation toolkit sets out practical steps for governments wishing to update their national guidelines with the WHO recommendations on antenatal care. The antenatal care monitoring framework can help countries and health facilities track their progress and impact. These tools are part of a wider strategy to improve support for countries adapting and implementing WHO guidelines across the maternity care continuum.