DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18203/2320-1770.ijrcog20220932

Re: Non-disabled and disabled women sexual health comparison

Manvi Verma, Kavita Khoiwal, Jaya Chaturvedi

Abstract


The authors stressed the fact that the provision of sexual and reproductive health services to disabled women poses a special challenge as these women do not seek medical help when in need. We opine that the disabled subset of women deserves a compassionate and unprejudiced attitude from health care professionals towards their sexual well-being.

According to WHO, sexual health is defined as - ‘a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction or infirmity. Sexual health requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence. For sexual health to be attained and maintained, the sexual rights of all persons must be respected, protected and fulfilled’.2 Free of discrimination and violence is the key here, wherein we suggest that disabled women need to be protected with special legal and social protection which is easily accessible to them.


Keywords


Sexual health, Disabled women

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