Sexual Abstinence

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The American journal of bioethics: AJOB

The Catholic Church proscribes methods of birth control other than sexual abstinence. Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recognizes abstinence as an acceptable method of birth control in research studies, some pharmaceutical companies mandate the use of artificial contraceptive techniques to avoid pregnancy as a condition for participation in their studies. These requirements are unacceptable at Catholic health care institutions, leading to conflicts among institutional review boards, clinical investigators, and sponsors.

Author(s): 
Casey, Murray Joseph
O'Brien, Richard
Rendell, Marc
Salzman, Todd
Publication Title: 
The Journal of Sexual Medicine

INTRODUCTION: Sexual health is an integral part of the multifaceted human experience that is driven both by biological factors and psychological facets. Religion may provide a moral code of conduct or a sexual compass as to sexual norms and behaviors. AIM: The aim of this study was to summarize the integration of sexuality and religion. METHOD: A review of published literature and religious texts was conducted. RESULTS: The integration of religion with country or state politics and laws is a complicated dilemma and will not be discussed in the scope of this article.

Author(s): 
Kellogg Spadt, Susan
Rosenbaum, Talli Y.
Dweck, Alyssa
Millheiser, Leah
Pillai-Friedman, Sabitha
Krychman, Michael
Publication Title: 
Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy

Sexual aversion is a widespread, poorly recognized syndrome occurring in both males and females. Once diagnosed, it is relatively resistant to conventional forms of therapy. Aversion is characterized by an unwillingness to get involved in sexual activity, with avoidance of any touching or communication that might lead to sexual involvement. This syndrome usually presents as a lack of libido, low sex drive, inhibited sexual desire or arousal dysfunction. Aversion may be seen along with other sexual dysfunctions, as a precipitating cause or as a consequence.

Author(s): 
Crenshaw, T. L.
Publication Title: 
The Journal of Adolescent Health: Official Publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

CONTEXT: First coitus is considered a major transitional event imbued with cultural relevance. Research has focused on classifying women as virgins, with primary interest in pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection prevention and less on sexuality. This study prospectively explored young women's sexual interest and love at first and subsequent coitus. METHODS: Daily diary data were collected during a longitudinal study of young women's sexual health (N = 387; 14-17 years at enrollment).

Author(s): 
Tanner, Amanda E.
Hensel, Devon J.
Fortenberry, J. Dennis
Publication Title: 
Comprehensive Therapy

The heart has been regarded throughout history as the central core of life and emotions, of kindness and generosity, courage and grief. Cardiac disease can be overwhelming for both the patient and for the partner, and fear of death is a common and quite normal response. Sexual activity after convalescence is a valuable incentive for patients to undergo rehabilitation. Self-confidence and satisfaction can be greatly enhanced by affectionate closeness, and prolonged foreplay can be savored at any age.

Author(s): 
Renshaw, D. C.
Karstaedt, A.
Publication Title: 
Comprehensive Therapy

The heart has been regarded throughout history as the central core of life and emotions, of kindness and generosity, courage and grief. Cardiac disease can be overwhelming for both the patient and for the partner, and fear of death is a common and quite normal response. Sexual activity after convalescence is a valuable incentive for patients to undergo rehabilitation. Self-confidence and satisfaction can be greatly enhanced by affectionate closeness, and prolonged foreplay can be savored at any age.

Author(s): 
Renshaw, D. C.
Karstaedt, A.
Publication Title: 
Comprehensive Therapy

The heart has been regarded throughout history as the central core of life and emotions, of kindness and generosity, courage and grief. Cardiac disease can be overwhelming for both the patient and for the partner, and fear of death is a common and quite normal response. Sexual activity after convalescence is a valuable incentive for patients to undergo rehabilitation. Self-confidence and satisfaction can be greatly enhanced by affectionate closeness, and prolonged foreplay can be savored at any age.

Author(s): 
Renshaw, D. C.
Karstaedt, A.
Publication Title: 
Archives of Sexual Behavior

Many cultural and religious beliefs place virginity at a high level of social significance, in that women who lose their virginity before marriage may face humiliation, ostracism, divorce, and extreme violence. This led to an increase in the demand for virginity restoration through surgical hymen reconstruction among these cultures. However, data regarding the acceptance of hymenoplasty in societies that consider sexuality a taboo are scarce.

Author(s): 
Awwad, Johnny
Nassar, Anwar
Usta, Ihab
Shaya, Monique
Younes, Zeina
Ghazeeri, Ghina
Publication Title: 
Dansk Medicinhistorisk Årbog

The Hippocratic text 'On the winds, waters and places' contains a fairly long description of an ancient Scythian tribe, the nomadic Sauromats. In this tribe the gender roles appear to have been inverted to some degree. The virgin women fight from horseback with swords, bows and arrows, and are not allowed to marry before they have killed three enemies. The married women are often infertile. The Hippocratic author ascribes this to the pronounced fatness of these women.

Author(s): 
Frøland, Anders
Publication Title: 
Medical Anthropology Quarterly

Many scholars have noted that brahmacharya (celibacy) is an important concept in Hindu notions of male identity (cf. Kakar 1981, 1982, 1990; Obeyesekere 1976, 1981; for comparison, see Gilmore 1990). Although the psychological basis of this concept has been studied, there is very little in the literature on the "medical mechanics" of being and becoming a brahmachari. Nor is there is a comprehensive account for the precise relationship between sex and the meaning of physical health in modern urban India.

Author(s): 
Alter, J. S.

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