In this op-ed, Dr. Tlaleng Mofokeng, vice-chair of Southern Africa’s Sexual and Reproductive Justice Coalition, describes why she thinks sexual satisfaction is an individual right.

In this op-ed, Dr. Tlaleng Mofokeng, vice-chair of Southern Africa’s Sexual and Reproductive Justice Coalition, describes why she thinks sexual satisfaction is an individual right.

It had been a day that is ordinary the center. The sight of the few teens in college uniform ended up being familiar — they normally are quiet and sneak in to the center to seize some condoms. A group of three young women stopped and asked a nurse how lubricant works and if they could get female condoms on this particular day. The nurse mumbled something, didn’t let them have just what they’d inquired about, and moved hurriedly from the teens.

just what an opportunity that is missed I was thinking to myself. These teenager girls had been asking a concern about something which ought to be a fundamental element of sexual health — the directly to participate in sex and possess it is an experience that is pleasurable plus they had been ignored. We stepped in to resolve their concerns. Many times, but, teens see health care professionals yet still keep with concerns — and, much more upsetting, they will have their directly to sexual joy denied.

I’ve been a medical professional in Southern Africa for ten years now and a sex and wellness communicator for eight. Perhaps the subject is condom usage, sexually transmitted conditions, maternity, or contraception, messaging for teenagers has a tendency to concentrate on the avoidance of infection and maternity instead of permission or pleasure.