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Sexual Health Wellness for Women: an integrated treatment model

Sexual Health Wellness for Women: an integrated treatment model

We have created a program specific to virginal women focusing on preventative care for sexual health concerns. A significant population of young women exists who have chosen abstinence as a lifestyle prior to marriage or extending into early adulthood. These women lack knowledge and life experience regarding sexuality, both for themselves and their future partner.

Significant anxiety, fear, and shame exist from inadequate sexual education and cultural, social, and religious factors that reinforce not addressing sexual concerns. The program consists of a physical assessment including medical sexual education modalities addressing anatomy, physiology, and sexual functioning for women. The psychological sexual education incorporates tools for healthy sexual communication, understanding female sexual desire and the use of sex coaching to help develop skills around sexual initiation, mindfulness training for relaxation, and tools for building intimacy with a partner.

Method: Our method is an integrative clinical approach to sexual health preventative care for virgins. We have included a case study that follows the treatment of a pre-marital woman and a woman in young adulthood that is not partnered.

Results: As a result of participation in this program we have provided women with a framework for sexual awareness and successful initiation of sexual activity evidenced by ability to relax, stay present in the moment, communicate her sexual needs, and be pain free.

Conclusion: Providing women with an integrated model of medical and psychological sexual education and treatment prior to initiating sexual intercourse reduces the development of subsequent sexual concerns.

Areas of Interest / Categories: WAS 2013

WAS 2013

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