Sexuality is a natural part of being human and can bring pleasure, intimacy, and stress relief. How we feel about ourselves as sexual beings is affected by our culture, religious beliefs, and family traditions. No matter you background or experiences, you deserve to have a healthy sex life.
Being sexually healthy means being able to enjoy a satisfying sexual life, positive relationships, and peace of mind – however is most comfortable for you. Your sex life is important, no matter your age or the relationships you choose. Sexual health means taking care of yourself and your partner(s), and talking openly with health care providers about your needs and concerns.
The National Coalition for Sexual Health outlines 5 action steps to take charge of your sexual health:
- Make sexual health part of your health care routine
- Get smart about your body and protect it
- Build positive relationships
- Treat your partners well and expect them to treat you well
- Value who you are and decide what’s right for you
Doing these actions can result in a wealth of benefits, from communicating honestly in relationships that are respectful, pleasurable, comfortable, and safe to feeling positive about practicing safer sex and using condoms and contraceptives. You can choose to be sexually active or not. You can protect your health and your partners’ health. You can achieve a safe, satisfying, and pleasurable sex life. You are in control of your sexual choices.