Maintaining Optimal Sexual Health
Numerous components are associated with optimal sexual health, including both physical and non-physical aspects. In order to maintain an overall sexual well-being, one must consider all facets of their sexuality. Too often, it is falsely believed that preventative measures and regular screening are enough to take care of sexual health. These are the most vital areas to protect oneself and any potential partners, but sexual wellness extends to other areas, such as locating a physician who does not ignore specific patient concerns and securing partners who willingly discuss health matters that affect both sides.
One’s sexuality extends much further than sexual intercourse. A large part of it encompasses how the body is viewed and how comfortable one is about their sexual choices and preferences. Overall good health is not necessarily a universal concept, as we are all individuals with distinct needs dictated by our feelings and personal life choices. This is especially true for those who engage in non-traditional, non-monogamous relationships. In the twenty-first century, it is quite common for consenting adults to engage in non-monogamous unions, however such a lifestyle remains stigmatized throughout the medical community.
The World Health Organization outlines sexual health as a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being related to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction or infirmity. Sexual health requires a respectful and positive approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe intimate experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence. For sexual health to be attained and maintained, the sexual rights of all persons must be respected, protected and fulfilled.
We have compiled a comprehensive guide for optimal sexual health that includes key information about health-promoting behaviors as well as the psychological aspects of sexuality. Those with specific health issues that are of present concern should contact a medical professional, as the information provided here is not intended to diagnose or treat any one particular medical issue. If you have a worry about your physical well-being, reach out to a local provider who can thoroughly address your current condition.
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