Most girls usually take care of how they look on the outside, making sure their hair and makeup is neat, their clothes are clean, and that they look pretty.
But what about your sexual health? Your inner body health is just as important as your outer body health.
Sexual health is a very important part of your everyday life. You should care for sexual health the same way you put effort in taking care of how you look and what you eat.
Sexual health is simply how healthy your body, mind and social life are in terms of your sexuality -it’s not only about diseases and other problems. Its how you feel about your body on your own and with your partner, how to live a long and healthy life in general, and how to have an enjoyable sex life.
How to know you are sexually healthy
If you want to know whether you are sexually healthy, there are a few questions you need to answer:
Are you comfortable with your body?
Do you know your body well and how it works?
Can you talk to someone about questions that you have about sexual health?
Do you have all the information on the pros and cons of being sexually active?
Do you know how to avoid the risks of unsafe sex?
Do you know how to say no if you are feeling uncomfortable or in distress?
Can you set boundaries around what you are willing to do and not to do during sex?
If you can answer these questions well, then you can understand when you are sexually healthy, and when you’re not. If you don’t, reach out and ask for some help. If you don’t have someone to talk to, just send t-safe a message, and we can guide you on information, products and services that will enhance your sexual health. Here are some immediate tips you can use today:
Tips to make sure you stay sexually healthy
Once you know that you are sexually healthy, there are things you need to do to make sure you stay sexually healthy, take control and learn how to care for your body. Here are some tips that can help you stay sexually healthy:
1. Knowing your status
It is important to know your sexual health status in terms of infections and other diseases like HIV and AIDS. Protect yourself, always go for regular checkups, and make sure you get tested.
Every young person needs to go for a checkup at least once every year. Young girls are advised to go for well-woman checks so that they know their reproductive system is healthy and functioning well. In these checkups, you will get to know more about your body, how to take care of it, and how to protect yourself against infections and disease. Your doctor will also help you know if there are problems early enough so that they get treated before it is worse.
3. Using protection
If you are in a healthy relationship with your boyfriend, and you two are sexually active, then you need to have a talk about safe sex. This is important because it can protect both of you from sexually transmitted diseases or infections and unplanned pregnancy. One of the things you need to talk about is using protection like condoms and birth control. If he doesn’t want to get tested, or to use protection for safe sex, then your relationship may not be a healthy one – this may show he does not care about your health. You will be better off with someone who wants you to be safe, healthy, and happy.
4. Have fun
If you feel like sex is not fun, painful and sometimes scary - or you don’t look forward to having sex -then perhaps some tips on how to make sex more fun and less dreadful are in order. One of the ways you can do this is to search for techniques and positions that look interesting to you, start learning about your body, and determine what you would like to try. Then talk to your partner and explore ways to try these new ideas and then see where it takes you!
5. It’s all about you
Of course, sex is all about the partnership, but its important to know your limits, your desires, and what you want from the relationship. Don’t be afraid to say no - instead explain why you are saying no (you can only have a headache so many times a week). You only have one body, and you are in control of it – no-one else! Make sure you feel comfortable that everything you do with your body is a gift to yourself.
In this season of giving, give your body a gift today, get yourself a sexual health check by visiting the nearest health center. It’s a gift that keeps on giving!
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