A study of male sexual health problems in a Mumbai slum population
Verma,Ravi K.; Rangaiyan,Gurumurthy; Singh,Rajendar; Sharma,Sumitra; Pelto,Pertti J.
Culture, Health and Sexuality 3(3): 339-352
Publication date: 2001
Conducted in a Mumbai slum population, this study examines the vocabulary men use to describe sexual health problems, cultural views about categorization, and the views of local health practitioners. Structured qualitative methods including free-listing, pile sorting and ratings were used. In addition to sexually transmitted infections, men are equally or more concerned about the quality and quantity of semen and 'impotence', which includes erectile deficiencies and premature ejaculation. A number of problems that may be indicative of the presence of STIs are thought to be transmitted through both sexual contact and other means subsumed under the category garmi. Men, as well as untrained non-allopathic sexual health practitioners, perceived the indiscreet wastage of semen through excessive masturbation, wet dreams or excessive sexual desire to be a major cause of these problems. A comprehensive reproductive health programme should address these male sexual health problems in order to motivate men to play more active and positive roles in reproductive health and family planning.