The Population Council studied the acceptability of including sexuality issues in family planning (FP) in Egypt, a conservative society with social restrictions around discussions of sex. The study results showed that sexuality counseling is acceptable to family planning clients in Egypt; in fact, sexuality-related problems and concerns were found to be very common in the study group. Similarly, training family planning service providers on issues of sexuality is both feasible and acceptable to providers. The report offers recommendations for refining existing FP training programs and services including: integrating issues of sexuality into FP counseling, training FP service providers on the management of basic sexual problems, offering health education messages that encourage the public to bring their sexuality-related questions or concerns to FP providers, and establishing linkages between clinics and hospitals for referral of cases with more complex problems.
Abdel-Tawab, Nahla G., Laila Nawar, Hala Youssef, and Dale Huntington. 2000. "Integrating issues of sexuality into Egyptian family planning counseling," FRONTIERS Final Report. Washington, DC: Population Council.
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