It’s officially Sexual Health Month! Good sexual health is essential for overall health and happiness. As a family practice, We at MOM stress the importance of our patients being knowledgeable and taking charge of their own sexual health. Here are some essential reminders for our patients to maintain their sexual health and responsibility:
The first step is to learn as much as you can about sexual health through education and open dialogue. Learn the fundamentals of anatomy, birth control, STI prevention, and responsible sexual behavior. Talking openly and honestly with your partner(s) about your wishes, expectations, and limits in terms of your sexual health is critical.
Visit your primary care doctor or a specialist in sexual health regularly. By going in for checkups often, you may be tested for sexually transmitted infections, talk about any worries you have, and learn about any new guidelines for safe sex. Early detection and treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) reduces the risk of complications and spread.
Consent and mutual respect should always be at the forefront of every sexual experience. Approval ought to be wholehearted, well-informed, and consistent. You should always feel comfortable saying no and setting limits.
Talk to your doctor about your options for birth control if you engage in sexual activity but do not want to have children. Hormonal and barrier birth control techniques each have their own advantages and disadvantages. Regular condom use is associated with a greatly reduced incidence of sexually transmitted infections and unwanted pregnancies.
Testicular and breast self-examinations should be performed routinely to identify any changes or abnormalities. The key to effectively addressing any possible health issues is early identification. Keep up-to-date on information on HPV and other sexually transmitted infection vaccines. Human papillomavirus infections, which may cause numerous malignancies, are avoided thanks to this vaccination.
Don’t wait to contact a doctor if you’re having trouble with your sex life or are experiencing pain, discomfort, or other strange symptoms. The majority of sexual health problems have a solution. Take charge of their health and that of their relationships by educating themselves and acting accordingly. It’s important to keep in mind that your sexual health is directly related to your entire health and well-being.