Posted by Kimberly Bays - Sex Therapist CST, Sexpert, & Sex Coach on 2/15/2021 to
SEXUAL HEALTH IS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS MENTAL & PHYSICAL HEALTH!!!
This day in age our sexual health is equally important as our physical well being as well as our mental and emotional wellbeing. However, discussions about sexual health are uncommon in clinical encounters, despite the sexual dysfunction associated with many common health conditions. Understanding of the importance of sexual health and sexual satisfaction in U.S. adults is limited.
Sex is part of the human experience. Everything from your sexuality to relationships, your ability to reproduce, as well as your comfort with your personal and sexual desires and experiences. Your sexual health is also part of your ability to have healthy social interactions you may have with them, as well as toward those with whom you are not having sex. Being able to discuss your feelings about sex and what you want from you sex life is also crucial to healthy relationships with others.
Even if you don't have a sexual partner, you may want to have one in the future, which is another reason why you should have a healthy outlook on sex. You should also be comfortable with your own sexuality and sexual health simply for yourself, even if another person does not enter into it. Feeling comfortable with who you are and what you want from life including sexuality is crucial to your own well being.
There are certain illnesses that can only be or are highly contracted through sexual acts. These are known as sexually transmitted diseases or STDs. Having knowledge of what STDs are, how to prevent them, and how to recognize the signs and symptoms of the common STDs is essential to sexual health.
You may or may not want to have children one day, or you may already have children and want to have more. Whatever the case, it's important to be informed about your reproductive health and to know what risk factors, issues, and circumstances might affect yours.
Not everyone has the same sexuality or sexual preference. Understanding these as wells what other people need is important to your sexual health as well as the sexual health of those with whom you interact.
Understanding Sexual Health:
Many different procedures can be involved in making sure your sexual health is stable. For some, this can involve an annual trip to the doctors office to make sure that one's sexual organs are functioning healthily and that there are no issues. A Pap smear may be done often, such as once or twice a year, depending on your circumstances. Sexual Health may also involve consistent testing for sexually transmitted disease, especially if you have multiple partners. If you think you're pregnant or are concerned that you will become pregnant, you may also want to discuss your options with your doctor. It is important to discuss your sexual health with your doctor if you are feeling uncomfortable with sexual discussions, sexual feelings, acts, or Arte experiencing symptoms to that point to an unhealthy physical, emotional, or mental state. These can include anything from symptoms of STDs to potentially being an abusive relationship. Sexual health goes so much father than just making sure you do not contract a sexually transmitted disease. Being able to experience pleasure, to recognize your own desires and the rights of others to have the same or different desires, and to communicate your feelings about your sexual health with those who need to know them, including your healthcare providers and/or sexual partners, are all a part of your sexual health.
There are no risks associated with discovering, discussing, and learning about your sexual and reproductive health, you will be much more likely to experience serious side effects, such as sexually transmitted diseases, an unwanted pregnancy, or more. Knowledge is a power ally when it comes to sexual health. It is one of the many reasons I started this business. I want to keep everyone informed, educated, and eager to ask questions.
All in all, your sexuality and sexual health should encompass positive feelings towards yourself, your partner. and others. If you have negative feelings and attitudes, it can help you address these with your healthcare provider, such as a doctor or a therapist. There are so many options available now when it comes to reproductive decision making, medications that can boost sexual performance or desire, and other treatments for sexual health. Don't force yourself to stay in an unhappy state when it comes to your sexual well-being. You are your biggest advocate - so make sure to speak up if/when that time comes.