• Manuela Dorthe Nørgaard
4. term, Master of Sexology (Continuing education) (Continuing Education Programme (Master))
Background: Danish health authorities focus in their recommendations on healthy sexuality on the negative aspects of sexual activity; sexual transmitted infectious diseases, unwanted pregnancies, and other negative consequences. There is little attention to the possible benefits of sexual activity, and, hence, the recommendations regarding sexuality and health do not included counselling concerning the health and well-being related to sexuality. The aim of the present study was to illuminate the impact of different historical periods’ view on female sexuality and to evaluate research proved evidence of a positive correlation between sexual activity among women and their health and wellbeing – and if this knowledge might be included in the counselling on sexuality by health authorities in Denmark. Methods included a literature review of historical sources and the identification of relevant studies based on retrievals from a number of databases, primarily PubMed, and interviews of a number of central health authorities well as the NGO, ‘Sex & Samfund’. Results are that gender equality matters for women’s sexuality. Few research studies have examined the biological and sociocultural benefits of active sexual behaviour. However, some studies prove that female sexuality is associated to wellbeing and health. Conclusion: Sexuality, an active sexual life, is linked to women’s health and wellbeing. However, sexual activity may demand absence of ill health and handicaps, why there exists a reciprocity between health and sexuality. Never the less there is evidence to recommend health authorities to integrate the positive aspects of female sexuality in their recommendations concerning sexuality and health
Publication date7 May 2015
Number of pages50
ID: 211112485