شرایط سقط جنین در ایران

هفتهٔ گذشته صحبتی‌ داشتم با صدای آمریکا در مورد شرایط سقط جنین در ایران. مهمترین توصیهٔ من این است که از روش‌های مطمئن جلوگیری از بارداری استفاده کنید، اگر رابطهٔ جنسی‌ بدون محافظت داشتید و احتمال بارداری میدهید، استفاده از این قرص‌ها در ظرف ۷۲ ساعت پس از رابطهٔ جنسی‌ از تشکل نطفه جلوگیری میکنند که از نظر مذهبی‌ هم تداخلی ندارند چون هنوز نطفه‌ای تشکیل نشده.۴ نوع اصلی‌ از این قرص‌ها با ترکیبات هورمونی مختلف وجود دارند. در بعضی‌ موارد، پزشک یا ماما به شما توصیه میکنند که ۲ قرص ضدّ بارداری را بخورید و ۱۲ ساعت بعد، ۲ تای دیگر. اما این بستگی به قرصی است که می‌خورید چون همهٔ قرص‌ها به یک اندازه موثر نیستند، بهتر است حتما با یک ماما یا پزشک یا دکتر داروساز در داروخانه مشورت کنید. پس از رابطهٔ جنسی‌ هرچه زودتر این قرص هارا بخورید بیشتر موثر هستند. در ضمن تاکید کنم که این روش جلوگیری از بارداری دائم نیست چون هر بار شک هورمونی به بدن وارد میشود، ترکیبات هورمونی بدن به هم میریزند و درضمن با خونی که از دست میدهید به کم خون شدنتان دامن می‌زنید. دوستان صفحه چنانچه پزشک یا ماما هستید و در ایران مشغول به کار هستید، ممنون میشوم که داروهای در دسترس را برای دوستان توضیح دهید.

Voice of America-Abortion in Iran

In an interview with the voice of America (Farsi), we analyzed the context of increased rate of abortion in Iran and how it is necessary for the public health policies to continue their efforts in educating people about contraceptives. The main reasons for this increase has been known to be the recent financial difficulties that has been imposed by the sanction son Iran and also the children that are created out of wed-locl which are frowned upon and sometimes have even more serious consequences for the woman.

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Quality of Online Sex Education Material

A recent study published by the Journal of American College Health, states that little is known about the quality of online sexual health information, how young people access the Internet to answer their sexual health questions, or an individual’s ability to sort through myriad sources for accurate information.

The purpose of this study was to determine how college students search for online sexual health information and whether they retrieve accurate answers to sexual health questions. The Internet has become the leading source for sexual health information. Based on their findings, the authors argue that young people must be educated about how Web search engine results are prioritized/displayed and trained to evaluate Web sites for reliable information.

Most students found accurate answers to the 12 sexual health questions posed. Finding local information and resources online proved more difficult than finding answers to general sexual health questions.

In my years of work with young people, I found this single access issue to be the root-cause of young people delay in getting help when they need it. In my own research (2010) I also found that young people care about the setting that they seek help from (they don’t like getting attitudes just for being sexually active and tend to not seek help if they feel there will be any judgements. They don’t like to be “preached” about how wrong their actions were, but rather, they would like to receive information to solve their immediate problem (mostly in young men) and get the support and counseling they need to overcome their fears and decide over the further actions they need to take (in the case of unintended pregnancy specifically).

Lack of information about the local resources and services is one thing and mixed messages is another. For example, most young people are familiar with Planned Parenthood (at least the name) but the name of this organization is so tightly associated with abortion that many people forget they offer low cost STI screening and treatment as well. I also argue that College students are in a much better place because at least they could access the school nurse but young adults who are not in educational settings or a structured employment setting that has an on-site health care professional are the most vulnerable.

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AASECT Approved Post-Graduate HAT Training for Sexual Dysfunctions – 2013

The first cohort is now completed. Please get in touch if you are interested to sign up for the upcoming trainings in NYC, 2014.
Full HAT Certificate (60 CE) will be granted to colleagues who complete all the three levels (Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced).

Summary of the first cohort in September/October 2013:

Thanks to all of you who reached out to me for supervision and training over the past five years since I moved to New York, for the first time I will be offering the HAT model training in the United States. The aim of this postgraduate course is to provide the theoretical foundations and practical framework for holistic assessment and therapies utilized for the diagnosis and treatment of various types of sexual dysfunctions.

This program is based on the European model of assessment and care for sexual dysfunctions and designed for a wide range of therapists, counselors and licensed mental health professionals who would like to gain systematic knowledge and skills in working with sexual issues of individuals and couples. My hope is that you could establish your own HAT group and run your HAT training after your graduation.

I chose the name as a symbol of various ‘hats’ we wear as therapists to be able to address, assess and manage any sexuality and relationship issues our clients bring to the room.

This training includes principles from various disciplines such as: sexual-medicine, psychosexual therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, neuro-linguistic programming, neuroscience and systems theory. The training will cover: Initial assessment techniques, history taking, formulation and treatment plan, educational approaches and props for various cultural groups, female and male sexual dysfunctions, blocks in the process and how to overcome them and ethical dilemmas of the therapist and how far one should go. Participants of all levels are welcome.

  1. September 26th (6-8 pm): What is Holistic Assessment Therapies? How is it different fro other types of sex therapy? Theoretical Frameworks, Scope, Self-Assessment
  2. October 5th (9-5 pm with short breaks and a lunch break): Educational Approaches and Props for Various Cultural Groups, Initial Assessment Interview, History Taking Interview, Formulating and Presenting the Treatment Plan
  3. October 12th (9-5 pm with short breaks and a lunch break): Female Sexual Dysfunctions (a holistic view), Male Sexual Dysfunctions (a holistic view)
  4. October 19th (9-5 pm with short breaks and a lunch break): Potential Process Blocks and How to Overcome Them, Ethical Dilemmas in Therapy- How Far Can You Go?, Therapists Role in the Process- Are You Facilitating or Hindering?

The Foundation level has been Approved for 20 CE Credits by the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT). Participation in all the sessions is necessary to acquire the AASECT Credits. 

Kind regards,

Sara Nasserzadeh, PhD DipPST

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Post-graduate Sex Therapy training in New York

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A cost for casual sex

The Journal of Sex Research found there may be a mental cost associated with casual sex, among U.S. college students, and how it manifests itself appears to be somewhat gender-specific. The study was conducted across 30 college campuses nationwide, with more than 3,900 students surveyed. For the purposes of the research, “casual sex” was defined as intercourse between two people acquainted less than a week.

The findings discovered the idea of casual sex was negatively associated with a person’s well-being and positively associated with psychological stress. Women were found to view the practice more negatively than male counterparts, and a double standard of men being accepted more for having multiple partners may be exemplified here.

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Live longer only by hugging the one you love a few minutes a day

Efforts to live longer don’t get easier than this:

Embracing someone special can lower blood pressure, according to researchers. In one experiment, couples who held each other’s hands for 10 minutes followed by a 20-second hug had healthier reactions to subsequent stress, such as public speaking. Compared to couples who rested quietly without touching, the huggers had:
-lower heart rate
-lower blood pressure
-smaller heart rate increases

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