Experts at a conference in Dhaka on Friday emphasised open discussion on sexual and reproductive health to create awareness among adolescents and help them avoid various health conditions.
There was hardly any dialogue between guardians and adolescents on sexuality, they said, adding that in order to avoid complexities associated with physiological development during adolescence period, parents need to hold straight forward conversations with their children.
The experts were addressing the inaugural session of a scientific conference, International Conference on Sexual and Reproductive Health, jointly organised by Obstetrical and Gynaecological Society of Bangladesh and Asia and Oceania Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Hotel Sonargaon.
Cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor was the chief guest at the function with chairperson of SRH of AOFOG Professor RowshanAra Begum in the chair.
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University vice-chancellor KamrulHasan Khan, president of Bangladesh Menopause Society National Professor Shahla Khatun, director of MCH-Service and line director of MC-RH Service Delivery and director general of family planning Mohammad Sharif, secretary general of South Asian Society for Sexual Medicine Mohammad Shamsul Ahsan and OGSB president Professor Laila Arjumand Banu also spoke at the programme.
The experts said that people in Bangladesh are too embarrassed to discuss about sexual issues.
There is a preconceived notion among parents that discussion on sexual matters would encouragethe adolescents to engage in promiscuity, they said.
Sometimes they underestimate the maturity of the adolescents to understand the topic while culture and religious beliefs act as natural constraints to open dialogue, they added.
Around 300 participants from home and abroad attended the conference.