This review looks at women’s sexual health and sexuality as dynamic and changing throughout life. It identifies some of the social aspects of sexual health and sexuality that impact on and influence women and men’s behaviours. Addressing these social determinants can decrease risk behaviour and increase health benefits for all women.
The review contains information about the incidence and prevalence of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) amongst women, contraception, information about safer sex practices and respectful relationships, termination of pregnancy, and outlines population groups who are at increased risk. The review highlights the gendered nature of sexual and reproductive experience and behaviour, which has implications for policy, practice, health education, promotion, and prevention strategies linked to women’s sexual and reproductive health.