8 Easy Ways to Improve Your Sexual Health
Tuesday, 07 April 2020

 Sexual health, whether you're active or not, is vital. According to the American Sexual Health Association, one in two sexually active people contracts an STI before the age of 25. Whether it's your sexual, mental, or physical health, any disease or illness is always better prevented than cured. Concerning your sexual health, here are eight really simple ways to ensure that you're protected and safe.

  •  Get educated on the risks of unprotected sex.
The most common way a person can contract STI and HIV is through unprotected anal and vaginal sex. While you may get caught up in the moment, reminding yourself of the huge risks involved only takes a few seconds of pause to slip on a condom. Condoms are the most effective way to reduce the risk of sexually transmitted diseases and infections. 

What do you do if you don't have a condom? Well, don't do penetrative sex, but pleasure each other in different sexual activities that don't carry the risks of unprotected sex.
  • Stay informed.
Knowing the risks, how STIs are transmitted, how infections come about, and other sexual issues is a simple act of staying informed. Read up if you’re not sure about STIs, speak to your doctor or a medical professional if you’re worried or just need information. Knowledge is power, and knowledge can give you the ability to make decisions and informed choices for yourself. A medical professional, therapist even, doctor, and counselor can help you stay informed on contraception, sexual issues, sex, and infections. If talking to a doctor isn't something you’re comfortable to do just yet, websites such as the CDC and Planned Parenthood have an entire section dedicated to sexual health. 
  • Good sex is great sex.
The benefits of a healthy sex life outweigh unprotected, unsafe sex. A healthy sex life affects your physical and emotional well-being. Knowing you can enjoy sex with other willing and healthy people increases the enjoyment factor. When sex is done with your partner, it enhances the relationship, too. The journey toward great, safe sex is to know and understand your body, as well as your partner's body. You both have more reasons to explore sensuality and understand arousal levels.
  • Get your regular checkups.
Your sexual health is just as important as your physical and mental health. If you're sexually active, getting a health checkup that covers mental, physical, and sexual health is important. Some STI conditions have little to no symptoms at all, until they become serious, and it becomes a more serious issue as treatment can take a long road toward recovery. If you feel like you may have contracted STIs, don't wait to get tested. Early checkups lead to early detection, which means you have access to better and more varied treatment options. You can get tested at a clinic, or you can also get a home testing kit such as Self Collect.
  • Learn to use a condom.
Learning how to use a conform properly is essential information, whether you're a man or woman. It protects yourself and your sexual partner. Learning the right way to wear one is the responsibility of both partners in a relationship. It only takes one person to understand the risks to encourage and insist that the other partner wear a condom. Condoms are the best form of protection against sexually transmitted infections, as well as unplanned pregnancy. For women, there are different types of contraceptives for unplanned pregnancies. However, when it comes to STIs, a condom is by far the most reliable.
  • Talk about safe sex.
Actually, just talk about sex in general with your partner. It's worth talking about it and sharing any feelings or concerns you or them might have. It also promotes better sexual health for both of you. Remove the stigma of talking about sex. It doesn't have to be embarrassing. Experts from NHS say it's essential to talk about sex as it not only leads to better satisfaction in bed, but it's also good for your mental and physical well-being. It eases any tension and improves the quality of the relationships and sex life for both of you. If you do have any issues or concerns about your sexual health, you can also talk to professionals who can guide you in making the right decision. You can talk about anything from STIs to contraception, pregnancy, and abortion, as well as related health services for those with HIV & AIDS. The American Sexual Health Association is one such place. GUM Clinics and Brook Centers (for those under 25) are also options to seek expert advice. 
  • Getting support for trans people
Sexual health is the same for trans people. However, there can be some specific needs that require a specialist. If you're looking to get some advice on gender reassignment procedures, hormone pills, and support in general, GLAAD & the Public Religion Research Institute is an example of an online site that you can reach out to get an idea for support, services, and information. 

  • Be informed about HIV & AIDs.
Understanding and being informed about AIDS and HIV means you'll need to know about symptoms, how it's transmitted, treatment, as well as the best places to access information and get the support you need to protect yourself and your sexual partner. This information will also help you learn to deal with HIV & AIDS if you have it or if your partner has it. HIV, which stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus, is a virus that weakens the body's immune system, making it more susceptible and vulnerable to illnesses. AIDS is the acronym used for Acquired Immune Deficiency, and it usually occurs from the HIV virus after the damage has been done to the body. The best method when it comes to HIV & AIDs is to prevent yourself from being infected, and this is through having protected sex. Always wearing a condom is the best and simplest solution.

The information presented here is to ensure that you know how easy it is to have good sexual health. It begins with awareness and understanding, as well as knowing how safe sex can prevent many STIs.


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