Sexual health is a little talked about, yet vital aspect of our everyday life. Our sexual health affects our mental, emotional, physical, and even our social health. A major part of being in good sexual health means we are careful with our actions and are showing respect to our bodies. But it also means that we are comfortable in our sexuality and sexual expression.
Explore ways to maintain great sexual health below:
Sexual education is a priviledge many of us did not have access to as youth, and even in adulthood the resources are hard to find. Education on Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and pregnancy are given briefly in schools, but that’s not all there is to it. To stay in tune with our sexual health we need to be open to topics like sexual pleasure, expressions of sexuality, and also difficult subjects like sexual abuse.
Everybody should be on a mission to learn about sexual health and to share our knowledge.
There are many ways to stay physically healthy in regards to sexual activity.
Abstinence is the only method that is 100% able to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, It is not having any kind of sexual activity with another person that is not yourself, including not having anal, vaginal, or oral sex.
In Calgary many kinds contraception and protection exist to maintain sexual health.
Birth control pills, the Nexplanon implant, and Intrauterine Devices (IUD/IUS) are all hormonal options that can prevent pregnancy. Condoms are a physical barrier than prevents the transmission of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs).
To explore your options, contact a medical professional. Maud Medical Clinic has doctors that can advise on the best contraception methods for you.
Also important to sexual health is clear communication! That means addressing any concerns with a trusted adult or partner, and going to see a medical professional for those concerns. Communication with your sexual partners is important too, like disclosing STI status, and discussing consent. All sexual activity in any setting must be done with consent.
Even if the concern is not directly related to sexual health, like incontinence, it can still impact your sexual health.
Visit Maud Medical Clinic in Calgary for all of your sexual health, sex, and incontinence needs, we’re happy to address any questions and help empower you!