This 1999 study examined the feasibility and impact of introducing the discussion of sexuality during family planning (FP) consultations. Conducted by the Population Council in collaboration with the Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population (MOHP), the study took place in four MOHP clinics and two affiliated private clinics. Nurses and physicians at all six clinics attended a two-day training session on contraceptives with an emphasis on barrier methods. Providers in the three clinics that had been randomly chosen as intervention sites also received three days of training on sexuality, gender, and counseling skills. To assess the acceptability of sexuality counseling as well as the impact of training, researchers interviewed 25 providers and 503 clients, held five focus group discussions, and debriefed seven women who posed as clients. As detailed in this brief, both clients and providers welcomed the inclusion of discussions on sexuality during FP counseling, providers who were trained in sexuality counseling were more likely to discuss sexual matters with clients, and clients preferred to have the provider initiate the discussion.
"Egypt: Family planning providers should encourage clients to discuss sexual problems," FRONTIERS OR Summary. Washington, DC: Population Council, 2000.
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