Happy September, everyone! This month let’s talk about sexual health and you.
To celebrate Sexual Health Awareness Month, we wanted to take the time to discuss a topic that many women in the United States might not fully appreciate or understand. It’s a known fact that your sexual health is one of the components of maintaining good physical and mental health.
Sexual health means more than just preventing sexually transmitted infections or STIs. According to the World Health Organization, sexual health has been defined as a state of physical, mental, social, and emotional well-being in relation to sexuality. Good sexual health means that matters about sexuality and sex should be based on positive associations. And, even more so, that the act of sex is safe and free of violence or negativity.
How can you get to know your body and yourself? Some good questions to consider are:
Your body, your mind, and your personal desires all matter when it comes to self-care. As you consider what sexual health means, you can try to think about your definitions of sex and how that relates to your own body. Much like mental and physical health, sexual health is just as crucial to your overall well-being. Educating yourself on your own body and knowing what you need is essential to being healthy.
Understanding and knowing sexual health means understanding what safer sex looks like for you. To help spread awareness this September, here are some tips for how women can maintain good sexual health throughout the years:
We understand that it can be intimidating or embarrassing to discuss matters about sexual health. However, communicating honestly and openly with a reproductive healthcare expert can help you maintain good sexual health.
As you explore what sexual health means, it’s about being aware of not only your own particular body but also your potential partners! Whatever your sexual orientation or gender may be, it’s essential to educate yourself on safer sex, embrace your sexuality, and respect the boundaries of others. Talking to medical professionals about sexuality might be daunting, but we’re here to support and uplift women.
Here at Gwinnett OB/GYN, we provide every woman we see with the discretion, respect, and nonjudgmental care that they deserve. For more information, call (770) 972-0330 to request an appointment.