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Young MWIA

The Young MWIA’s (yMWIA) full name is Special Interest Group for Young Female Doctors and Medical Students. It is an opportunity for the younger members of the profession to meet and discuss issues relevant to their stage in their careers. More information you will find here.

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Adolescent Sexuality

Sexuality is very closely related to the topic of gender mainstreaming in health as many of the issues are related to the socialization of men and women in various societies.  Gender analysis shows us how different cultural norms of masculinity and femininity influence sexual knowledge and behaviour.

Becoming a sexual person is one of the roles of adolescence and presents difficulties for many young people in accomplishing these tasks in a responsible and healthy manner. The quality of their future lives depends to a great degree on the extent to which adolescents take advantage of opportunities for personal growth by going to school, and being employed, while avoiding potentially problematic outcomes of sexual relations. There is awareness of the concerns about pregnancies occurring too early in life, HIV and other STI’s.

Webcast: Talk with your doctor. risks and benefits of using long active reversible contraception.
This webcast has been designed in association with the Federation of Medical Women of Canada (FMWC) for young women who want to learn more about the risks and benefits of using long active reversible contraception (LARC). It presents evidence-based, up to date information from the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada and is a starting point to learn about what to talk about with your doctor when considering long active reversible contraception devices. To watch the webcast, click here

While the issues certainly vary in different societies, where cultural traditions, religious beliefs and ethnicity differ, there are many similarities between the needs of adolescents regardless of where they live.  While the issues surrounding expression of sexuality become very important during adolescence, human beings are sexual throughout their entire lives although, at different points in life sexuality may manifest itself in different ways.

The manual uses cases to illustrate the concepts in a way easily understood by physicians.  Take the example of Laura, a 17-year-old-grade 11 student comes into your office to talk about her acne.  You spend time talking about the treatment of what appears to be very minor acne.  When you are about to leave the examining room, you sense that she really wants to talk about something else.  She breaks into tears and you find out that for the last six months she has been dating her first boyfriend, Jason, who is in grade 12.  Jason wants sex and she is afraid to say no in case she loses him, yet she does not feel that she wants to become sexually active.

Take another example of Rozmin is a 15 year girl who presents to the fistula hospital in Addis Ababa.  She became pregnant with her first child soon after her father gave her as a gift to his friend, a man of 50.  She was in labour for 4 days before she delivered a dead baby.  She never seemed to heal down below after she had the baby and could not control her urine.  She smelled so badly that she was thrown out of the village.  It is only by luck that she heard of the fistula hospital, which is so kind to girls like her.

The manual helps physicians identify their own attitudes and develop the skills necessary to work with adolescents in the area of sexuality.

Training Manual for Adolescent Sexuality

MWIA’s Training Manual for Adolescent Sexuality, developed in 2004, is designed to help physicians address the concerns, questions and problems that adolescents experience in dealing with their sexuality. Above all, its intent is to help physicians play an important role in teaching adolescents about ‘healthy sexuality’.

Download Training Manual for Adolescent Sexuality (408,8 KB)