Sexual health refers to several factors that create a powerful effect on your sexual function and reproduction.
The factors include a wide-variety of physical, mental and emotional issues.
Any disorder to these factors can affect your physical, emotional and sexual health, along with your relationships and self-image.
Sex is a term that relates from birth to death. To have sex, it needs to be satisfying and all your sexual organs need to be healthy.
The internal sexual organs are ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus and the cervix.
However, the external sexual organ is the vulva, which includes labia majora (long-lips of vagina), labia minora (small-lips of vagina), clitoris (knob of tissue at the top of labia minora), vestibule (opening below clitoris and labia minora) and urethra (external opening of urinary tract).
Enjoying sexuality is a normal, natural part of life but it should not lead to risks that include getting sexually transmitted diseases.
Sexual transmitted diseases (STDs) are infections that spread through sexual intercourse with an infected person. More than twenty different STDs have been identified.
Some of these STDs are chlamydia, bacterial vaginosis, syphilis, gonorrhea, genital warts, genital herpes, HIV/AIDS, HPV, trichomoniasis, hepatitis [hepatitis symptoms] and so on.
Among these sexually transmitted diseases, some may last for a lifetime, damage relationships, cause infertility, cause birth defects, lead to major illnesses and even death.
Some sexually transmitted diseases are symptomatic whereas some are asymptomatic. If the STD you have contracted is asymptomatic then you will be unaware of its presence in your body for many years.
Moreover, there are some sexually transmitted diseases for which there is no cure. So, it is very important for you as a sexual partner to undergo a regular STD check up for avoiding the risk of having sexual health problems.
Unfortunately, some people feel shy and shame to have STD check up. Due to this, they lead themselves to neglect having well care of their sexual health. Please don’t let your embarrassment cause a severe health risk for you.
Consult your health care professional and speak openly regarding your sex life and your sexual health issues. By improving your sexual health, you can minimize your risk of getting a sexually transmitted disease.
Taking care of sexual health is nothing but having more pleasure with less risk. You can reduce your risk of getting sexual transmitted diseases through some important ways.
It is better to keep your sexual partner’s body fluids out of your body – vagina, anus, or mouth because transmission of body fluids can cause sexually transmitted diseases.
Never touch the sores or growths that are caused by sexually transmitted diseases. Sexual health also refers to protection of your partner from STDs. So, don’t allow your body fluids to enter into your partner’s body and don’t have sex if you have sores or other symptoms of infection.
Always remember to have regular checkups for you and your sexual partner to identify the infections (if any) for sexual health. Get the right treatment if you are infected with any sexually transmitted disease.