Sexual Health and Wellbeing – Why Is it important?
Sexual health is much more than condoms and cancer screening. To enjoy intimacy and pleasure, you must make sure that your sexual functioning is optimal.
What Is Sexual Health?
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) sexual health is a “state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality.”
Being free of disease is not enough to be sexually healthy. It's about having a positive attitude to intimacy. And it's about pleasure and freedom. Sex can only be good if we do it out of our own will, without pressure or violence.
To achieve sexual health, we need:
information about our bodies
skills to talk about sex, and to protect ourselves from abuse
access to healthcare for preventing and treating sexual conditions
Many countries have made progress in ensuring those basics. Still, there are parts of the world where sexuality, especially that of singles and people who are not heterosexual, is condemned.
Everyone should pay attention to their sexual health. It doesn’t matter what gender and sexual identity you have.
Women’s Sexual Health and Wellbeing
Women and people with female genitals have extra needs with respect to their sexuality. They should have access to regular check-ups, prescriptions for contraception, and special care if they get pregnant.
In some regions girls can't go to school because they can't afford sanitary pads! And even today, in the 21st century, giving birth is a big health risk.
Many women still feel shame around their sexual needs. Girls are told to be modest and do whatever makes their partner happy. We need to change the conversation around sex if women are to achieve sexual wellbeing.
Men’s Sexual Health and Wellbeing
If you’re a man or have male genitals you should take care of your sexual health too. It’s not only for women! Here are some sexual wellness tips for you:
Get tested. Anyone who is sexually active, especially with more than one partner, ought to get tested for sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Always practice safer sex if you’re not sure if your partner is healthy. And remember you can’t tell for sure if someone is healthy by looking at them. Some diseases don’t have visible symptoms.
Don’t give cancer a chance. If you notice anything suspicious on your genitals, talk to a medical professional as soon as you can. Reproductive cancers (for example of the testicles or prostate) are a real sexual health risk. Don’t underestimate them.
Solve your sexual problems. Lots of men have difficulties performing in the bedroom. One in three have premature ejaculation, which means they climax sooner than they or their partner would wish. For others getting and keeping an erection becomes a challenge. Whatever issue you’re facing, there are treatments and devices to help you go back to satisfying sex.
Tips For Sexual Wellness
OK, you’ve got it. You’re doing medical check-ups, you’re using condoms. But sexual wellbeing is more than avoiding illness and dysfunction. It’s about finding pleasure and a sense of fulfilment through your sexuality. Time to see the bigger picture!
Recharge Your Batteries
Did you know that an average man burns approximately 100 calories when making love? You literally need energy for intercourse! But it’s about much more than stamina.
A body that is tense and tired will not cooperate in the bedroom. You may experience difficulties, such as premature ejaculation or lack or orgasm. Recharging your body means getting enough sleep, eating well, finding a fitness routine that is fun, and managing your stress levels.
Deepen Your Connection
Whether you’re in a relationship or single, sexuality can be a source of fulfillment beyond the physical release of orgasm. Explore the spiritual side of lovemaking through mindfulness practices, such as:
- Deep breathing during sex.
- Allowing yourself to make sounds during orgasm.
- Slowing down and focusing on your emotions.
If you want to go even deeper, there’s a whole world of Eastern philosophy such as Tao and tantra. You can attend a couples’ workshop to learn ancient rituals and the art of sensual massage.
Experiment And Have Fun
When was the last time you laughed during sex? Most people treat this topic too seriously. Time to take it easy and bring carefree play into the bedroom. How? Here are some ideas to get you going:
Role play. It doesn’t have to be the usual “sexy secretary “, or “patient and nurse” scenario. How about rolling on the floor like little kittens? Or imagining you are space aliens in love? Sky is the limit – as long as you can do it with a big dose of humor.
Erotica. If you’re too shy to share sexual fantasies with your partner, why not show them your favourite adult film? Explore the world of ethical pornography and erotic audio stories. They are more sophisticated than you think!
Toys. What could be better for playful sex than toys? Don’t be afraid, a vibrator can never replace you, but it can add extra pleasure to your intimacy. And if you’re single, sex toys will help you keep erotic juices flowing.
Innovative Solutions for Sexual Health
Modern technology is sneaking into our bedrooms, and that’s a good thing. Beside sex toys, there are cutting-edge devices that can improve your sexual performance.
If you and your partner would like to prolong intercourse, in2 is the solution for you. It’s the world’s first wearable patch to delay ejaculation. It’s easy to use and has no side effects. Unlike other solutions, it’s not messy, and doesn’t have side effects.
Finally, you can prolong intercourse without sacrificing pleasure and risking unpleasant side effects. All you have to do is apply the in2 patch to your perineum (the area between the genitals and the anus) and turn it on. Learn how it works.