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AbstractThis thesis will explore research related to the holistic promotion of sexual health at individual and community levels. Best-practice recommendations will be synthesized, implemented into nursing practice, and evaluated to optimally address the physical, psychosocial, and spiritual needs of women. The extant literature overwhelmingly identifies the need for increasingly comprehensive sexual health promotion beyond the traditional biomedical approach of pregnancy planning andsexually transmittedinfection avoidance. Additionally, it is indicated that education related to sexual health and wellness should be reinforced across the lifespan. This paper proposes a series of best-practice clinical recommendations to foster optimalsexual health and wellness at multiple ecological levels.