Sexual healthcare for all

Unmet healthcare needs in a variety of sexual and reproductive health areas have been noted among the Dutch population as a whole.

In need of sexual healthcare

Population studies conducted by Rutgers WPF in 2006 and 2009 estimated that about a million people in the adult population of about 16 million had been in (at least some) need of sexual healthcare which they did not receive. This was in addition to an estimated 1.25 to 1.5 million adults (one in six or seven women and one in ten men) who had received professional healthcare in relation to their sexual health. Lack of courage is an important reason for not requesting sexual healthcare, but reasons related to the care system itself were mentioned as well, such as the costs associated with it, the often long waiting lists, or (especially reported by women) not being able to find the right counsellors. Clearly, much remains to be improved.