Updated: Nov 5, 2021
Sexual health is more than than getting tested after every sexual partner and yearly when in long term relationships.
It is a state of being, it is to be at peace with your sexual self, living within your truth. Anchored to your center. Your sense of self honoured when you speak about yourself, having boundaries, awareness, seeking help when you need it and fostering change and growth within.
A healthier body. A satisfying sex life. Valuing and feeling good about yourself. Having peace of mind. Positive and satisfying relationships. These are just a few of the important benefits of good sexual health. Being sexually healthy means being able to enjoy a healthier body, a satisfying sexual life, positive relationships, and peace of mind. It also means enjoying your sexuality and taking care of yourself and your partners throughout your life. Being free to talk about sexual health with your partner and health care provider is key to your health.
What Is a Sexually Healthy Person?
A sexually healthy person is a fundamentally, enriching aspect of being human. Being sexually healthy means being able to: Comfortably discuss your feelings and values. Initiate sex or say no to sex. Enjoy sexual expression, arousal and orgasm without fear, guilt or shame, within a sexually consensual environment.
Sexuality Is a Natural Part of Someone’s Life And Involves More Than Just Sexual Behavior.
Your sexuality is much more than your sex drive. Part of understanding your sexuality is taking control of your sexual health – this may include, but is not limited to, regularly getting tested for STIs and being on top of your reproductive health.
Recognising that everyone has sexual rights. Feelings and wants.
Everyone has different preferences—including who they like, what they enjoy sexually, and what they choose to do with their body. It is important to respect each person’s preferences, even if they are different from your own.
Also openly communicating about your sexual health and needs with intimate partners and healthcare providers when needed.
Being upfront about your sex life, sexuality and sexual preferences may seem scary, but it is important to do so in order to maintain healthy relationships with yourself and others.
The more open you are with your healthcare providers, the more likely you are to receive the best care possible. If you feel that you cannot bring your whole self to your healthcare provider, than i encourage you to see out healthcare providers that support you as a whole person, asking friends and family of provider recommendations that can fully support you.
Sexual Health Is More Than Who You Do or Do Not Express Sexual Intimacy With.
To be sexually healthy interweaves it self in all aspects of ones life. Get to know your self, set healthy boundaries and build your confidence.