Women comprise half of the U.S. population and often face different health care needs compared to men. These health differences are not only in relation to reproductive health, but also in terms of sex and gender differences in health across the lifespan. Female bodies are beautiful, unique, and wonderfully made. In order to obtain a genuine measure of overall wellness, sexual health must be included as a component, which acknowledges the importance of reproductive health, sexual esteem, sexual satisfaction, and disease prevention.
Wellness and sexual health are complex constructs. Each construct is composed of numerous concepts. Wellness is a lifestyle approach that addresses aspects of life such as nutrition, work satisfaction, spirituality, physical fitness, and relationships, to name a few.
Sexual health includes the concepts of accurate information related to human reproduction, disease prevention, sexual pleasure, relationship, and many others. Although many of the components between the two constructs overlap in regards to an individual’s well-being, sexuality is not included as a component of wellness in the vast majority of wellness models.
Today, experts in the field of women’s health define the discipline as a product of cultural, social, and psychological factors in addition to biology (Verdonk, Benschop, de Haes, & Lagro-Janssen, 2009). It has been fantastic to share in the passions and insights of other clinicians thus far. I am truly passionate about about women’s holistic health and psychological well-being.
My concerns include: Feminine Psychology, Feminine Fulfillment, Positive Sexuality, Sexual Health, and the Psychology of Sexuality. My goals include promoting positive sexual health behaviors, encouraging behavioral change and behavioral maintenance within my community, comprehensive sexual education, and fostering feminine holistic health.
I know that shame-free comprehensive sex education has come a long way in the U.S., but it has so much farther to go. Most parents/caregivers are uncomfortable discussing sexuality amongst other adults (including professions), let alone discussing it with their children and they rely on the meager amount of static information that they do share with their children to be enough to prepare them for what they truly need to know (especially our young ladies).
Like it or not, sexuality is simply a part of our nature that is not going away anymore than our mind or soul will. I don’t believe in sexual shame and I don’t believe that proper education regarding sexuality is something that should be left up to chance. Parents/caregivers should always be the first honest source of information, but our education system should also help to bear the burden of more comprehensive education and resources.
In summary, my mission is to empower, educate, and enlighten in any way that I can because I believe that children who are improperly enlightened often grow to become adults who remain improperly enlightened.
MBM Integrative Mental Health, Ph.D. Student