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Endometriosis and quality of sexual life: what do we know?

Endometriosis and quality of sexual life: what do we know?

This presentation will summarize current knowledge on sexual function and dysfunction in patients with endometriosis, and present an overview of empirical literature on the experience of the disease. This paper is based on review of articles on this subject published in the Medline (PubMed) database, selected according to their scientific relevance.

Endometriosis, one of the most common causes of CPP, is associated with symptoms of pelvic pain, deep dyspareunia, and infertility. These symptoms, as well as the “uncertainty” that surrounds such diagnosis, disease course and the future, have a great impact on women’s quality of life and on couple’s relationship. With respect to sexuality, the main findings highlighted by studies are that the experience of pain is a significant factor in reducing or curtailing sexual activity, the orgasm is less satisfying, women feel less relaxed and fulfilled after sex and report lowering of self-esteem, negative effects on relationship with partners, although with some differences between younger and older women. Generally, no formal pain management follows diagnosis or is included in the treatment of endometriosis.
The way in which the pain of endometriosis is interpreted and managed by women and health professionals makes a difference in the side effects on the patient’s quality of life; therefore pain management and sexuality in endometriosis should be addressed routinely. A multidisciplinary approach is recommended. Both medical and surgical treatments are effective and choice of treatment must be individualized. Moreover, the use of the psychotherapy improves the management of chronic pain.

Conference: WAS Glasgow 2011

WAS 2011

Trauma Relief: An Integrated Approach for Working with Sexually Abused Clients

Sexually traumatized patients often have problems with flashbacks, nightmares and avoidance. This workshop teaches an integrated method for trauma relief, combining knowledge from NLP, psycho dynamic therapy, cognitive therapy and modern trauma research. The method is based on the human memory storing system, which functions in the same way in all human beings. This means that the method easily can be used cross-culturally and for all gender combinations.

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Some Biblical Principles for Sexuality

To explore how sexual health and sexual ethics are represented in the Bible and how these are relevant to the 21st century. God created humans as physical and relational beings. Sexuality is a good, healthy element of that created physical relatedness, with three functions: relational bonding; mutual pleasure; and procreation. The biblical pattern for sexual expression which best accords with these functions is heterosexual monogamy.

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How should the Public Health Model be applied so it really contributes to improved sexual health for all?  Public Health recognizes three levels of prevention - Primary, Secondary and Tertiary.  Primary prevention involves prevention of the disease or injury itself, Fluoride, Immunization, Education to avoid smoking and substance abuse. Secondary prevention blocks the progression of an injury or disease from an impairment to a disability. An impairment has already occurred, but disability may be prevented through early intervention.

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The limits of school-based sex education: Lessons from rigorous evaluations in the UK

The UK has among the highest teenage pregnancy and STI rates in Western Europe and strategies to reduce these outcomes have a high priority. This paper seeks to draw lessons from the rigorous evaluations of three sexual health initiatives: SHARE (a cluster randomised trial (CRT) of teacher-delivered sex education), RIPPLE (CRT of peer-delivered school sex education) and Healthy Respect Phase 2 (a quasi-experimental study of a multi-component Scottish national sexual health demonstration project encompassing youth friendly sexual health drop-ins, social marketing, branding, a parenting component and SHARE).

UNESCO Symposium: Cost, Cost-effectiveness and Scale-up of Sexuality Education

This symposium will focus on presentation of the results and discussion of a ground-breaking study into the cost and cost-effectiveness of sexuality education (SE) in six countries, commissioned by UNESCO in 2010. Why an economic analysis? Policy-makers all over the world, involved in decisions on school-based sexuality education (SE) programmes, are facing three important economic questions: what are the costs of developing the programmes, what are the costs of implementing and scaling up the programmes, and do the programmes provide value for money?