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War Wounds and Sexual Intimacy: A Less Reported Consequence of the Ukraine War

The World Health Organization estimates that 15 million Ukrainians currently grapple with mental health issues. It’s a stark reminder that Russia’s full-scale invasion has significantly altered the landscape of mental health in Ukraine. Among the mental health issues Ukrainians are up against are war-related problems with sexual intimacy.

These issues have grown more prevalent due to factors such as amputations, disfiguring scars, and the traumatic experiences of sexual assault. For individuals who have lost body parts or have severe scars, the fear of being perceived as “damaged” or the belief that a partner couldn’t be attracted to them can be overwhelming.

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