When we speak of safe and healthy sex we refer to sexual intercourse that is healthy and safe not just for the body by also for one’s emotional and psychological wellbeing.

As we know, having sex is far more than just the physical coming together of two bodies; more than just sensual gratification. Ideally it is or should be an emotional connection, an intimacy that can make a woman feel good about herself.

Healthy SexHere are some tips to keep in mind for safe and healthy sex –

1. Educate yourself

Understand what the safe sex entails; the kinds of sexually transmitted diseases there are, and about those that a woman is in particular more vulnerable to.

Understand how sexual diseases spread – they spread not just though full intercourse but also through kissing and oral sex in some cases.

2. Protect yourself

Understand the various ways in which you can protect yourself and have healthy sex.

There are many devices that can protect women against sexual infection; and this can be done with or without the knowledge of her partner in some cases – this can become very important especially when a partner refuses to use a condom for whatever reason.

Female condoms, cervical caps, dental dams and so on can protect women; so understand how they are used and what protection they offer.

3. Value Yourself

There is nothing wrong in exploring a relationship and taking it slow to see where it goes, before committing to the sexual act. It is a part of healthy sex, and a woman’s prerogative to get comfortable about a relationship; about another body to the extent that she would be comfortable about sharing her own. And it is important that a woman doesn’t feel pressured into physical intimacy before she is ready for it.

4. Communicate

As in the case of all healthy relationships, sexual relations should also be based on open and honest communication. Communication can not only enhance a relationship at the emotional level but it can also help partners achieve a better understanding about each other’s sexual needs. Discuss freely and frankly anything you may be uncomfortable with and see if you can work it through, with the help and cooperation of your partner.

5. Commit yourself to the act

It may be easier said than done, but real intimacy and a deeper bonding can be achieved in a relationship where a woman is able to let go of her inhibitions. If she is able to trust and commit deeply enough she may find that it isn’t just the sexual act that is enhanced but the entire relationship as a whole that can deepen and become enriched.

6. Look after yourself

Another one of the keys to healthy sex is to be of sound body and mind. Exercising regularly, eating healthy, keeping a healthy body weight will go a long way to improving self esteem, body image and overall good physical health which are all constituents for a healthy sex-life. Being healthy and feeling good about you is vitally important for having good sex and for maintaining healthy interpersonal relationships.