ABSTRACT

The aim of this chapter is for readers to gain a critical understanding of the main theories of female sexuality. The relevance of the concepts of these theories to medicine, midwifery and nursing practice will be explored. The key themes that are considered are scientific research on sexuality, ideological biases in the research, sexual health, the female body, Freudian theories, current images of female sexuality, heterosexuality and safer sex, pregnancy and sexuality, and cultural differences.