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Sexual Health and Wellbeing through the Life Course: Ensuring Sexual Health, Rights and Pleasure for All

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ABSTRACT This commentary summarizes the context and positioning of sexual health, sexual rights and sexual pleasure, as three interlinked and indivisible aspects of sexual health and wellbeing (SH&W). In turn, sexual health is a major domain within broader sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), both in its own right as a human right, and […]

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Sexual Pleasure and Healthcare Settings: Focusing on Pleasure to Improve Healthcare Delivery and Utilization

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ABSTRACT Sexual pleasure is best attained through facilitating access to the highest standard of health. Today global data show a persistent high burden of sexual health issues. Yet, pleasure remains a sensitive, stigmatized, and unspoken topic in healthcare services. This article examines how to incorporate a value for pleasure into healthcare services, grounded in the […]

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Trauma-Informed Sex Positive Approaches to Sexual Pleasure

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ABSTRACT This paper develops a trauma-informed sex-positive framework as a public health, clinical, and research approach to sexual experience over the life course. The framework centers trauma-informed sex positivity as the linkage for sexual pleasure (along with sexual wellbeing and sexual health) to the social, cultural, and legal concepts of sexual justice. By providing a […]

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The Health Benefits of Sexual Expression

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ABSTRACT Objective: Sexual activity is a fundamental human function with short-term and long-term emotional, social, and physical benefits. Yet within healthcare, sexuality has been marginalized and many HCPs are unaware of its beneficial implications for immediate and longterm health. Methods: To challenge this assumption we combined the data that already had been collected by the […]

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In Pursuit of Pleasure: A Biopsychosocial Perspective on Sexual Pleasure and Gender

ABSTRACT Objective: Various sources of evidence suggest that men and women differ in their experience of sexual pleasure. Such gender differences have been attributed to men’s higher innate sex drive, supported by evolutionary psychology perspectives and gender differences in reproductive strategies. Method: This paper presents biopsychosocial evidence for gender similarities in the capacity to experience […]

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How Does Our Brain Generate Sexual Pleasure?

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ABSTRACT We present herein an exploratory essay on sexual pleasure, in support of the objective of developing an evidence base of knowledge for the WAS Declaration of Sexual Rights. We have attempted to account for the feeling of erotic sexual pleasure, in terms of what is known about neuronal function. The brain regions that are […]

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Integrating Sexual Pleasure for Quality & Inclusive Comprehensive Sexuality Education

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ABSTRACT The lack of inclusion of sexual pleasure in comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) could be detrimental to sexual development, misses opportunities for inclusive education, and may have a long-term impact on sexual well-being. The WAS’ Declaration on Sexual Pleasure provides the opportunity to advocate for pleasure as an indispensable part of CSE. Specifically, the inclusion […]

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What is the added value of incorporating pleasure in sexual health interventions? A systematic review and meta-analysis

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Abstract Despite billions of dollars invested into Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) efforts, the effect of incorporating sexual pleasure, a key driver of why people have sex, in sexual health interventions is currently unclear. We carried out a systematic review and meta-analysis following PRISMA guidelines across 7 databases for relevant articles published between […]

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Pleasure Matters – Full Documentary

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2021 marks the 10th anniversary of Love Matters – a global network reaching young people online with pleasure-positive information on love, sex and relationships where such information is often censored or taboo. To celebrate this important milestone, RNW Media created a documentary to chronicle some of Love Matters most inspiring achievements and impact on young […]

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