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DHAKA, Feb 9, 2018 (BSS) - Experts at a conference here today emphasized open discussion on sexual and reproductive health to create awareness among adolescents and help them avoiding various health hazards.

Conversations between older generation and adolescents regarding sexuality are a rare case and to avoid complexities associated with adolescents' physiological development, parents should discuss this issue very cordially with their children, they said.

The experts were speaking at the inaugural session of a scientific conference under the title, 'International Conference on Sexual and Reproductive Health' jointly organised by Obstetrical and Gynaecological Society of Bangladesh (OGSB) and Asia and Oceania Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (AOFOG) at Hotel Sonargaon.

Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor was the chief guest of the function with chairperson of SRH of AOFOG Prof Rowshan Ara Begum in the chair.

Vice Chancellor of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Professor Dr Kamrul Hasan Khan, president of Bangladesh Menopause Society (BMS) National Professor Shahla Khatun, Director (MCH-Service) and Line Director (MC-RH Service Delivery) and Director General of Family Planning Dr Mohammad Sharif, Secretary General of South Asian Society for Sexual Medicine Mohammad Shamsul Ahsan and OGSB President Prof Laila Arjumand Banu also spoke.

The experts said, "People in our country feel embarrassed to discuss about sexual topics. There was a strong belief among guardians that adolescents would be encouraged to have sexual experiment because of the discussion."

Sometimes they feel adolescents are too young to understand the topic. Culture and religious beliefs are also barriers to talk about the issue, they added.

About 300 participants from home and abroad are attending the conference.