The piece of evidence which I search online about “Improving sexual health in young women aged 16 to 25 years is a qualitative journal article from the Open University library. The piece of evidence is “Sexual health among young bisexual women”, (Corey E. Flanders et al .2017) a qualitative, Community-based participatory research. The article is about qualitative research on bisexual young women. Its aim was to address factors that drive health inequalities to sexual health in young bisexual women. They did this research to address the gap. The research was conducted in Canada with a group of 35 women who are widely characterised as bisexual women. The community health centre which has knowledge in sexual health services run the project which included community members, a bisexual coordinator, an advisory committee consisting of seven young bisexual women led the research process and stakeholders from various levels. Younger bisexual women encounter several types of stigma, stereotypes such as that this individual is the primary cause of bringing sexually transmitted diseases to heterosexual and lesbian communities, (Corey E. Flanders et al.2017). Bisexual women experience in particular binegativity and mono-sexism. Due to this stigma younger bisexual women are faced with barriers at the institutional and interpersonal level to keep positive sexual health. In the United Kingdom, from the last three years more and more women are identifying themselves as bisexual, (Office of National Statistics). Because no one has researched young bisexual women’s interpretation of their sexual health, or of the potential factors that influence their health hence these researchers conducted a community based focused group of qualitative studies.
I selected this piece of evidence because it relates to the problem and how this young bisexual woman could be helped to improve their sexual health. Because it’s a qualitative research it helps us to see the world through the eyes of the bisexual women and how best they could be helped. I chose this evidence because individuals describe how they feel and this can lead to an understanding of the problems hence useful in developing sexual health policy that can improve sexual health. For example, in the findings individuals talked about how difficult it is to get pamphlets about sexual health and information relating to bisexual people.
The research makes sense because it is clearly outlined, how many people involved, their findings including some quotations and how they interpreted the results. There is credibility in this research as bisexual individuals face stigmas in a worldwide perspective. The research can lead to future action as young bisexual women would like their identities and sexual health needs to be understood through their inclusion in sexual health education However, the limitations to this piece of evidence is that their findings cannot be extended to the larger population. The other weakness of this article is that it did not reveal how stigma influences participant’s power to navigate consent in sexual encounters.
The other piece of evidence is a quantitative and qualitative research “Young women’s experiences of unintended pregnancy and abortion” (Bury,at.el 2015). The quantitative and qualitative research was carried out because the number of young women who were undergoing an abortion had increased. The number included those who had one or several abortions. The number of abortions in England and Wales increased in 2013 to 185 331 from 185122 in 2012,( bury at.el ) The method they use was cross-sectional survey amongst 16 to 24 years old young women.Among the recruited women 25% were 16-18 years, 38% aged 19-21 and 37% 22-24years. They recruited those young women who had booked for abortions to be undertaken at one of Marie Stopes International centres, 430 young women took quantitative interview across England and Wales. Furthermore 36 of the young women had qualitative interviews. Between five and eight months 17 of the 36 young women were interview again (qualitative interviews). They were asked several questions including their contraception usage. Marie Stopes International, UK conducted this research in order for local sexual health strategies and services help young women prevent more unwanted pregnancies. From the research the results were, although 57% of these young women were using contraception at their time of getting pregnant, there was 26% of women who admitted they were not using contraception properly, Others reported poor information on contraception methods, cultural or religious boundaries, feeling anxious or misconceptions of side effects. These younger women were also have been more likely to have sexual experience very young and poor users of contraception at their initial sex activity. Recommendations included, enhancements of the quality of information for women who use contraception pill, about when it can lose efficacy, assist in the more effective use of contraception methods and ongoing support to those women. More Information and availability