Sexual health is an essential element of overall health and well-being that providers and patients often don’t talk about. While many patients have questions about their sexual health and want your insights, they may be reluctant to start a conversation. By asking all adult and adolescent patients some basic questions, you will help remove the stigma of discussing sex and help normalize those discussions.
Sexual health is important for both short and long-term commitment
Sexual health is a concept that has gained considerable attention in the past few years. Most recently, the topic of sexual health under the #metoo movement generated much debate. Many women expressed their experiences of sexual harassment and assault through public posts. At the same, men expressed their concern for their female friends and colleagues and pledged to help them heal from sexual violence. Both parties stated that healing from sexual trauma requires both mental and physical care. Taking care of one’s mental health allows one to better deal with the aftershocks of sexual abuse. Physical health is necessary to restore damaged organs and maintain healthy bodily functions. A pivotal part of helping others take care of their sexual health is teaching them how to do so themselves.
How to educate yourself about your body and personal boundaries the first step to solving unwanted sexual encounters?
No matter where you’re from, we’re here to bring sexual health to a more positive and empowering place. A place where we want you to get the sexual health information you want, see or talk to professionals in the field, whether it’s at the Sex Sense Line or at one of our many clinics in British Columbia, and know that sex Health is taken for granted as part of being human.
How to meet your sexual needs on your own terms in a safe manner?
Taking care of one’s sexual health is a personal responsibility. The first step toward healing after a traumatic experience is identifying what triggered the experience in the first place. Unless this step has been taken, there is no way to prevent future inappropriate acts. Knowing what to look for and understanding why certain situations trigger you makes this step much easier. Next, determine what you can do to prevent these situations in the future. This may include negotiating with an abuser or avoiding certain people altogether. Once you understand what you can do to prevent yourself from being sexually assaulted, taking care of yourself becomes much easier.
Sexual Health and People
Most of us would prefer to keep things private when it comes to our sexual health. Our society, however, is not very forthcoming on the subject. Many people suffer from an inability to talk about sexual health and intimacy in a frank, open and matter-of-fact way. It seems, however, that with some help we can overturn this uncomfortable and covert situation.
Why sexual health is critical?
Sexual health is critical to our wellbeing and is something that we learn to maintain over time. Sexual health is achieved when we have a positive sense of ourselves, the ability to have pleasurable sex and feel confident in the choices that we make. When we are sexually healthy, sex becomes an enriching part of life rather than a cause of stress, anxiety or confusion.