Sexual health covers more than just medical or reproductive issues. Let's find out more.
Sexual health covers not only medical or reproductive issues but all aspects of sex like sex education, sexual behaviour and sexual attitudes. Therefore, to be sexually healthy, we should have positive and respectful attitudes towards sex, sexuality, and sexual relationships.
In physical terms, sexual health deals with how well one tackles issues such as unplanned pregnancies, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), and safer sex practices.
Here are some ways to achieve sexual health:
Getting Support (for STIs)
Because everyone is unique, you’ll have attitudes, feelings and desires that are different from your partner. You can improve your sexual health and pleasure when both of you understand and respect each other’s sexuality. So it is important to try to communicate your views to your partner, and vice versa. When you share what you’re comfortable with and what you want, you are both better prepared for sex.
Resuming Sexual Relations and Contraception
Having a healthy self-esteem is to feel good about yourself and be comfortable with who you are. When both partners in a sexual relationship have a healthy self-esteem, acceptance and enjoyment in each other’s presence increases. In contrast, poor self-esteem often leads to unhealthy or even abusive relationships.
Boosting Your Self-Esteem
Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are contracted during unprotected sex and their symptoms vary widely. You can reduce the risk by practising safe sex, through the use of condoms. However, as condoms do not offer 100% protection, a better option is for a couple to be in a monogamous and faithful relationship. With a reduced risk of contracting STIs, the couple can relax and enjoy a pleasurable, healthy sexual relationship.
Some common STIs are:
If you suspect that you have an infection, you should visit your doctor as soon as possible. It is important to treat STIs/HIV early to reduce complications and stop the spread of infection to others. Some STIs can be cured, while for AIDS HIV, there is currently no cure.
Sexual health includes being able to have children, and planning when to have them. To look after your reproductive health, visit your doctor or gynaecologist regularly. Practise family planning so you’ll never have to deal with an unwanted pregnancy or about passing an infection to your child.
There has been an increase in cases of teenage sex in the past few years. This has resulted in a rise in unwanted pregnancies, abortions and STIs. If you are a parent, keep your child safe from such consequences by educating them on sexual health. It is good to start having conversations on this with your child when they are young, and just beginning to form their values and attitudes towards sex.
In summary, to be in good health, we must pay attention not only to our physical health, but also other aspects such as our mental, emotional, spiritual and sexual health.
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This article was last reviewed on
22 Nov 2023
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