In order to keep your physical health up, you need to excercise, eat right, and get enough sleep. If you want to build up your mental health you need to focus on mindfulness, positive self-talk, and self-care. However, there’s often a third pillar of health that sometimes goes unchecked, which is sexual health.
But how do you keep your sexual health up to date so that you and your partner(s) are kept safe and also aren’t at risk for any issues? Well, the conversations might be a bit awkward, but you do need to have them in order to ensure that your sexual health is top notch!
1Check To See If You Are At Risk For STI’s (Sexually Transmitted Infections)
Whether you are sexually active or just starting out in the world of romance, you need to get yourself checked out for sexually transmitted infections. If you have any type of unprotected sex, then you might be at a risk for getting an STI as well as HIV. STI’s can cause a lot of pain for both genders, and can lead to infections such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis.
However, most diseases do not come with any symptoms, so for most adults, they could be passing the illnesses from one partner for another without even knowing it, which is a very dangerous and irresponsible thing to do. So the best thing to do is to reach out to your doctor and get yourself tested for STI’s, STD’s (sexually transmitted diseases) and HIV. Getting tested is the only way to know if you have this disease for sure, and if you look after your own sexual health, then you can also look after the sexual health of your partners as well.
2Consider Your Values and Talk About Safe Sex
What type of sex do you want to have? Yep, it’s an odd question, but think about what the words ‘safe sex’ means to you. Does it mean only certain types of sex? Certain types of partners? A sexual relationship that lowers the risk of STIs and unintended pregancy? Sex that is only done with condoms?
No matter what the answers to those questions are, you need to have ironclad answers and then you need to feel comfortable sharing all of them with your partner. Then you need to make sure your partner knows their values and that you are both on the same page. There’s nothing worse than starting a sexual relationship with a partner or partners who don’t know what they want or who want things that are totally different than you.
Making sure that everyone is on the same page can make the sexual relationship more fun and passionate for everyone, and also can make everyone feel safe as well.
3Take Care Of Yourself After Sex
Finally, the last thing you can do is practice proper hygiene as well. Clean yourself after sex and go to the restroom once the deed is done. Keeping your reproductive areas clean can keep everything safe, and then you won’t need to take tablets for aciclovir to fix your genital problems. Cleaning yourself and taking a shower, using the bathroom, and ensuring that everything associated with the act is cleaned properly can prevent infection and other problems.
Keeping yourself hydrated is also something that you need to do, because sex produces a lot of sweat (especially if you are doing it right), so make yourself as hydrated as you can post-sex.
Finally, make sure to wear loose clothes because you don’t want bacteria and yeast to get inside the hot and sweaty crevices of tight clothing. Making sure to wear cotton clothing and underwear to wick away moisture and keep everything nice and dry.
4Ask For Help
Whether you are talking to the NHS or to a sexual wellness hotline, you should always ask for help about your own sexual health. If you feel like you need some extra help understanding your day-to-day sexual health, or also whenever your body erupts into a crisis of your sexual health, you need to connect to someone who can help you out.
Looking after your sexual health isn’t a one man or woman thing, but instead, you need to have a team of your doctors, your partner(s), and yourself as well. Then you can focus on having a great sexual relationship and keeping your entire body healthy while doing it!