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Consulting with a sexual health counsellor

Sexual health is an important aspect of wellbeing. As a student, you may have many questions about your own sexual health or experience problems in this area because you are still developing. 

You may not want to discuss these questions and issues with someone involved in your education provision. This is why Avans offers you a safe environment in which you can have an online conversation with an independent coach who specialises in sexual health. 

How to make an appointment?

You can easily make an appointment online with a specialised coach. This independent coach can answer any questions you might have and refer you if necessary. Of course, this conversation is strictly confidential, and no steps will be taken without your permission. 

Topics

The topics you can discuss include:

  • sexual development and healthy sexual behaviour
  • sexual orientation or gender identity
  • physical sexual problems, such as pain during sex or problems with ejaculation
  • relationship problems, such as dependency in a relationship and loverboy/lovergirl situations
  • questions about mutual consent and voluntariness
  • sexually transgressive behaviour and sexual violence 
  • planned and unintended pregnancies 

What exactly is sexual health?

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines sexual health as follows: 
“Sexual health is a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction or infirmity. Sexual health requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination, and violence. For sexual health to be attained and maintained, the sexual rights of all persons must be respected, protected and fulfilled.” (WHO, 2010). 

Sexual rights include the following: 

  • the right to both equality and non-discrimination
  • the right to be free from torture or other forms of cruel, inhumane, or degrading treatment or punishment
  • the right to privacy
  • the right to both the highest attainable standard of health (including sexual health) and social security
  • the right to marry, start a family and enter into marriage with the free and full consent of the intending spouses, in addition to the right to equality both during the marriage and upon its dissolution 
  • the right to decide both the number and spacing of one's children
  • the right to information as well as education
  • the right to both freedom of opinion and expression, and
  • the right to an effective remedy in the event of violations of one’s fundamental rights.

Any questions?    

If you have any questions about sexual health or problems in this area, then feel free to ask the sexual health counsellor.  

Luisa Decker

Topics

  • all topics 

Consultation hours: mondays 13:00 – 15:30 hrs

Last updated on 8 March 2022.
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Contacting the Student Counsellors’ Office

Are you experiencing personal problems or other issues that may have an impact on your academic progress, such as a chronic illness, a functional impairment, stress or dyslexia? Call the Student Information Desk on 088-525 75 50 to make an appointment or do this online. If you have any other questions send an e-mail to studentendecaan@avans.nl.

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