As sexual health awareness month is going on, it is prudent to understand what sexual health means, why it is essential, and maintain it. Just like mental and physical health, even sexual health plays a vital role in maintaining an individual’s overall well-being. It is a broad term that includes a variety of aspects much more than sex.
What is Sexual Health?
As per AHA (American Health Association), “Sexual health is the ability of the body to enjoy and embrace sexuality throughout our lifetime”.
As per WHO (World Health Organization), “It is a state of mental, physical, and social well-being about sexuality. It also includes practicing safe sexual experiences, which are free of discrimination, coercion, and violence. It also consists of a respectful and positive approach to sexual relationships and sexuality”.
You are sexually healthy if you:
- Understand that sexuality is more than sexual behavior
- Understand that sexuality is a natural part of life.
- Have access to sexual health education, information, and care.
- Make genuine efforts to prevent the chances of sexually transmitted infections (STI’s) and prevent unintended pregnancies.
- Able to communicate about sexual health freely with your sexual partners.
- Able to experience sexual satisfaction, pleasure, and intimacy when needed.
Why Maintaining Sexual Health is Essential?
With age, many factors like upbringing, personal experiences, culture, health issues, stress, etc., affect your sexual health. Some people cope with these changes while others experience several sexual problems and find it hard to accept them. These sexual issues may include loss in libido, premature ejaculation, erectile dysfunction, etc. These sexual issues affect our sexual and mental health, which may lead to depression or anxiety. Therefore, to lead a quality life and experience marital bliss, it is necessary to enjoy healthy sexual relationships with a partner.
Regardless of your age, it is essential to take care of sexual health. Thus, make efforts to improve it by discovering aspects affecting your sexual health and discussing it openly with your partner or healthcare professional.
Sexual Health and Aging
With age, many males experience low sex drive due to lower testosterone levels. During the entire adulthood, testosterone level gradually decreases. So as you age, you may share that penis is taking a longer time than usual to become erect, erections are not firmer as before, you are taking a lot of time to feel sexually aroused, etc. You can even start experiencing erectile dysfunction problems. Fortunately, all these sexual issues are treatable if you seek a consultation with an experienced healthcare professional as soon as possible.
Someone has rightly said that “no one other than you can control your mental, physical and sexual health.” So, let’s make this sexual awareness month truly enriching by sharing some tips that keep your sexual health in good condition.
Tips to Maintain Sexual Health
Acquaint Yourself with Contraceptive Methods: Keep the flame of sexuality always burning by gathering adequate knowledge about different kinds of contraceptive methods. For you, a male condom is the most effective solution, but your partner can try various contraceptive methods that are affordable and prove to be useful also.
Undertaking Medical Tests: If you enjoy an active sex life with your female partner, it is a wise idea to undergo some medical tests like HIV, and gonorrhea, and Chlamydia of the penis. HIV test is recommended at least once after you become sexually active. If you have had sex with multiple partners, take the HIV test every 3 to 6 months. Undertake Chlamydia and gonorrhea test if you have had unprotected vaginal intercourse with your partner multiple times.
Avoid Alcohol Consumption Before or During Sex: Consuming alcohol before or during sexual intercourse may impair your judgment, lead to erratic sexual behaviors, and potentially increases the risk of STIs and unwanted pregnancy. Avoid taking drugs also before or during sex.
Keep a Check on UTI Symptoms: You can experience the symptoms of Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) if you enjoy unprotected sex with your partner. These symptoms include but not limited to frequent urination, foamy or reddish urine, and discomfort during urination. In these situations, consult your healthcare professional immediately.
Communication is a key: If you have been experiencing problems like premature ejaculation or no erection for a long time, plan your visit to a sex therapist immediately. Like you, many males encountered these sexual problems, and they recovered successfully after taking certain medications and making healthy lifestyle changes. With these tips, we wish you a healthy and enjoyable sex life for years to come! More tips and tricks to enhance your sex life.