Psychosexual Complications of FGM for Couples: A Comparative Study in Iran

wadi.org, 29.04.2017

Most research on the health and sexuality consequences of FGM has been limited to circumcised women, and prior to this study, no research was done on the effects of FGM in couples. With attention on psychosexual problems related to FGM and on increasing numbers of women who were circumcised in childhood and who have now reached the age of marriage or of being married, the sexual function, mental health and marital satisfaction of these women and their husbands is going to become an increasingly important issue.

Our study makes several contributions to what is known about the association between the relationship of mental health, marital satisfaction, and sexual function among couples who are victims of FGM. We found that FGM is strongly associated with marital dissatisfaction, sexual dysfunction, and psychiatric symptoms for both wife and husband victims of FGM. As we expected, in the field of fear, paranoid thoughts, psychotic thoughts, depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive tendencies, and feelings of inferiority, couples who were victims of FGM were in worse mental condition than normal couples Second, we found that marital satisfaction of couples who were victims of FGM was lower and worse condition than that of normal couples, specifically in the fields of personal issues, marital relationship, solving problems, and sexual relationship Finally, we found that sexual function of couples who were victims of FGM was lower, specifically in psychological arousal, physiologic arousal, ease of orgasm, and orgasm satisfaction, compared with normal couples.

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OMID magazine for Afghan and Farsi speaking LGBT people

PEACE Multicultural Services, RASA, 2016

OMID is a new magazine for our Afghan and Farsi speaking friends around the world, who are same-sex attracted, trans-gendered or who are questioning their sexuality and/or gender. Whether you live in Australia, Afghanistan, Iran or anywhere else in the world, we hope that this magazine reaches you, provides you with valuable information and touches your heart. OMID (meaning hope), like a beacon of light at the end of a dark tunnel, is what keeps us going even in the toughest of times.”

OMID has a strong focus on health and well-being and is filled with stories, poems, personal experiences, film reviews and artworks. If you have a client, a friend or a family member that would like to contribute to the magazine in future or would like to know more about what PEACE Multicultural Services of Relationships Australia SA do and the support they offer, please email them on omid@rasa.org.au . The current issue is of OMID is November 2016.

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Sex education worldwide is not relevant to students’ lives, says report

Guardian, 13 September 2016

Sex education in schools worldwide is so “out of touch” with pupils’ experiences that they find it irrelevant and switch off, research of young people in 10 countries (including Australia) shows.

Many students find lessons about sex and relationships negative, moralistic and too scientific to help them deal with the feelings and situations they are encountering, according to an analysis of young people’s views published in the journal BMJ Open.

Gay asylum seekers on Manus Island write of fear of persecution in PNG

theguardian.com

Gay asylum seekers detained by Australia on Manus Island have written of suicidal thoughts, experiences of sexual assault and fear of persecution in Papua New Guinea in a series of handwritten letters.

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