You are not taking good care of yourself if you are not taking care of your sexual health, reproductive health and your well-being. This means getting to know your body and getting regular check-ups, as well as addressing any other issues that might pop up. In this blog post we will be talking about taking good care of your sexual health.
Sexual health does not describe the absence of a sexual dysfunction or disease. According to World Health Organisation (WHO), Sexual health is a state of physical, mental, emotional and social well-being in relation to sexuality. The more informed you are, the more prepared you are to make good choices.
Sexual health requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence.
We recognise each culture, sub-culture, and individual has different standards of sexual health. For sexual health to be attained and maintained, the sexual rights of all persons must be respected, protected and fulfilled.
It is normal for your sexual health to evolve as you age. To stay healthy, it is best to regularly reflect on your thoughts, feelings, and emotions. Doing this in advance will prepare you for sexual encounters.
Sexual health is not something you should manage on your own. It is something you should talk about with people you trust or love, and more importantly, Your Doctor.
Being sexually healthy means:
- Understanding that sexuality is a natural part of life and involves more than sexual behaviour.
- Recognizing and respecting the sexual rights we all share.
- Having access to sexual health information, education, and care.
- Making an effort to prevent unintended pregnancies and STDs and seek care and treatment when needed.
- Being able to experience sexual pleasure, satisfaction, and intimacy when desired.
- Being able to communicate about sexual health with others including sexual partners and healthcare providers.
If you think you are pregnant, have an STI, or have been abused, seek professional help right away. There are many ways to protect your sexual health and care for yourself. Look out for our other blog posts on how.