Friday, March 21, 2014
The Importance of Sexual Health
Sex is incredibly pleasurable. This often results in people being blind to the dangers of sex. In fact, the majority of sex health problems (including an unwanted pregnancy) are actually preventable. This means that if the person had taken precautionary measures then they would not have put themselves into a position which is potentially life changing. On this page I want to take a little look at the idea of sex health and what you can do to ensure that you practice safe sex.
Now, one of the main things that is drilled into us when we are young in any sex health class is that unprotected sex can lead to pregnancy. Any time that you have sex (even when the woman is on the period) you will be running the risk of an unwanted pregnancy. If you do not want a child then you ARE going to need to take precautions. Using condoms is going to go a long way here. However, there is more that you can do. For example, if a woman is having sex regularly then she may want to look into the idea of a birth control pill. There will be plenty of family planning clinics in the local area who will be able to help you out with this (many also offer free condoms if you are unable to afford it!). If you have just started to have sex then I do suggest that you head to one of these clinics. They will be able to give you all sorts of information on sex health that can help you out. Now, it is worth noting that the only way to prevent pregnancy is by not having sex at all. All forms of contraception can fail from time to time. This is why I have suggested using more than one form of protection. It reduces the risk considerably.
Of course, sexual diseases are another reason as to why you will want to practice sexual health. You should NEVER have sex with somebody unprotected if you are unsure of their sexual history. There are many people out there who have 'slept around' with people only to find that they have conditions such as HIV later on down the line. This is obviously going to shorten your life considerably. There are also conditions which have absolutely no symptoms but can have life changing consequences. For example, you may not know you are having sex with somebody who has the chlamydia virus. However, if you contract it there is a good chance that you will suffer from fertility issues throughout your life. The only way to prevent sexual diseases when it comes to sex health is to use a condom. As mentioned before though, there is no completely perfect method that you can use. In fact, the only way that you can guarantee that you do not contract a sexual disease is by not having sex in the first place!