Let’s get real, infections, sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies can get really ugly, real fast. Therefore, it is crucial that we pay special attention to ensure that we practice good sexual health habits. Being sexually healthy has numerous benefits including being body confident, a satisfying sex life along with having positive relationships with others.
If you are sexually active, make sure to pee immediately after having sex. Urinating helps cleanse the urethra from harmful bacteria. Remembering to do this simple task can help you avoid nasty infections.
An open conversation is better than a STD scare! Speaking to your partner about all things related to both of you sexual help can help avoid uncomfortable situations. Speak openly about personal hygiene, getting tested for STD’s, contraceptives and other important topics to make sure you are both on the same page.
Be sure to get tested for STDs regularly if you are sexually active, especially with multiple partners. Most STD’s can be easily cured with medicine, if treated early.
Do not feel pressured into any situation. If you are with someone who makes you uncomfortable or forces you to do things you don’t want to, say no! You should be with someone who respects your boundaries and understands you.
Using a safe contraceptive can help you avoid unwanted pregnancies along with STDs and STI’s.
Contraceptives are not a one solution fits all. Therefore, it’s important to speak to your gynecologist and find the one that works best for you. There are pros and cons with many of the contraceptives available so weight it out and go with what’s beneficial to you.
If you are on birth control, make sure to take your pill everyday, at the same time. Having trouble remembering? Set an alarm on your phone for the same time everyday so that you are reminded to take your pill.
Seeing a gynecologist can sometimes be an awkward experience. Therefore, it is important to find a good gynecologist who you are comfortable with. Be sure to be open, honest and voice your concerns. In order to maintain good health and wellbeing, be sure to schedule regular checkups.
Douching changes the natural balance and healthy acidity in the vagina. Therefore, most doctors recommend that you avoid this.
When you are on your period, do change your pads regularly in order to avoid irritated skin, rashes and infections.