Jessica Påfs

Senior Lecturer

Department of Social Work
Visiting address
Sprängkullsgatan 25
41123 Göteborg
Room number
Postal address
Box 720
40530 Göteborg

About Jessica Påfs


My expertise is within the field of sexology and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). My current research is focusing on sexual pleasure, where I am particularly interested in the subject of female ejaculation/squirting. Follow my research on instagram @jessicapafs

I have a PhD in Medical Science from Uppsala University, a master in Global Health from Karolinska Institutet and a bachelor in Social Work, Sociology and Law from Helsinki University, Finland.

My PhD work focused on strategies to improve maternal survival in Rwanda.

Latest publications:

A sexual superpower or a shame? Women’s diverging experiences of squirting/female ejaculation in Sweden Påfs, J. Sexualities 2021 Sep 2. doi:10.1177/13634607211041095.

Implementing the Liberalized Abortion Law in Kigali, Rwanda: Ambiguities of Rights and Responsibilities Among Health Care Providers Påfs J., Rulisa S., Klingberg-Allvin M., et al.Midwifery. 2020 Jan 80. doi: 10.1016/j.midw.2019.102568.

Swedish Gynecologists’ Positioning in Relation to Clitoral Reconstruction After Female Genital Cutting. A Qualitative Interview Study Jordal, M., Levin, L., Påfs, J., et al.International Journal of Sexual Health. 2020 Dec doi: 10.1080/19317611.2020.1853301

Pricking in the African Diaspora: Current Evidence and Recurrent Debates Wahlberg, A., Påfs, J. & Jordal, M.Current Sexual Health Reports volume 11, pages95–101(2019) doi: 10.1007/s11930-019-00198-8.

Beyond the numbers of maternal near-miss in Rwanda - a qualitative study on women's perspectives on access and experiences of care in early and late stage of pregnancy Påfs J, Musafili A, Binder-Finnema P, et al.BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2016 Sep 2;16:257. doi: 10.1186/s12884-016-1051-4.

'You try to play a role in her pregnancy' - a qualitative study on recent fathers' perspectives about childbearing and encounter with the maternal health system in Kigali, Rwanda Påfs J, Rulisa S, Musafili A, et al.Glob Health Action. 2016 Aug 25;9:31482. doi: 10.3402/gha.v9.31482.

'They would never receive you without a husband': Paradoxical barriers to antenatal care scale-up in Rwanda Påfs J, Musafili A, Binder-Finnema P, et al.Midwifery. 2015 Dec;31(12):1149-56. doi: 10.1016/j.midw.2015.09.010.

The Quest for Maternal Survival in Rwanda: Paradoxes in Policy and Practice from the Perspective of Near-Miss Women, Recent Fathers and Healthcare Providers Påfs J - Uppsala University Thesis