Barriers to Presenting Sexuality

Dr Elham Attalla

Sexual problems are common in men and women all over the world, with its identified major risk factors and associated comorbidities. Primary care physicians are considered by many people the first health care providers who encounter sexual health issues. Even though the primary care setting is an excellent one to address sexual dysfunction problems in the general population, it is felt that primary care physicians tend to address sexual health issues less than their patients anticipate. Attempts to rectify this deficiency were sought by WHO, and a widely accepted guideline is currently in process, focusing on addressing sexuality related issues. 

Recorded in September 2013 at the 21st WAS Congress for Sexual Health
‘Sexual Issues Straight from the Heart’ Porto Alegre, Brazil.
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Dr Elham Attalla

Dr Elham, MD, MSexol, is a Consultant Family Physician, and the first Clinical Sexologist in Bahrain. She is a recognized pioneer in treating patients with sexual dysfunctions from Bahrain and around the Gulf area, and is currently running a specialized clinic, the first of its type in Bahrain, for sexual disorders. In addition to her mission to help as many women and men as possible with their sexual concerns, with the utmost confidence and privacy, Dr Elham is interested in promoting sexual health education for both professionals and the public. She had conducted several professional workshops and educational seminars for health care workers. Moreover, Dr Elham had addressed the public of Bahrain and the Arabian Gulf region through a series of workshops, seminars and lectures. Dr Elham is a Board certified Consultant Family Physician, works at the Ministry of Health. Dr Elham had received her MD from the Arabian Gulf University at Bahrain. She received the Board Certificate in Family Practice Joint Program accredited by Ministry of Health, Bahrain, and the Irish College of General Practitioners and Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 2001 and graduated from the Arab Board for Medical Specialties program for Family Medicine in 2002. In 2008 she earned Postgraduate Diploma in Sexology and in 2009 earned her Masters of Sexology (MSexol) with distinction, both degrees from Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Australia.

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WAS - World Association fro Sexual HealthSociety of Australian SexologiestsAustralian Centre for Sexual HealthashnAOFSCSEPI - Council of Sex Education and Parenthood (International)SASSM