Your sexual health is important to think about when you begin engaging in sexual intercourse. There are many things you should be aware of, including remaining healthy to avoid sexually-transmitted diseases and illnesses. Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) include chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, pelvic inflammatory disease, herpes, genital warts, hepatitis B or C, and HIV/AIDS. You also need to be concerned with erectile dysfunction, and cancer in men and women relating to your sexual organs including prostate, uterine, cervical, and ovarian cancer.
The first step to having optimum sexual health is to prevent STDs like gonorrhea, syphilis, HIV, or herpes. The only 100% way to protect against STDs is abstinence, which is abstaining from sexual acts. Aside from abstinence, you should always be familiar with your sexual partners, refrain from having multiple sexual partners, and most of all, using protection like condoms. Even for oral sex, you should be protecting yourself with condoms. Many STDs don’t cause symptoms right away even though they diminish your sexual health, so you should also get an annual exam by a physician and get routine tests performed.
Sexual Health for Men and Women
The sexual health and its importance is slightly different for men and women. Women are going to be trying to prevent STDs and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) as well as other pelvic infections, pregnancy, and improve her sex drive. STDs and STIs make a negative impact on sex drive and basic sexual health problems. Hormones experienced as women age can make an impact on her sexual health which may or may not be preventable. For men, they will be concerned with sexual health issues like erectile dysfunction along with the same STDs and STIs.
Sexual Health and Aging
Unfortunately, both men and women have to contend with lowered sex drive and increased chance of sexual conditions as they age. Even with proper protection, the changes in your bodies and hormone levels can affect your sexual health. A variety of things can make an effect on your sexual health as you age including medications you take, disabilities, illness, disease or medical conditions, and physical changes. One thing people tend to forget as they age, is that once they are past the age of conceiving a child, they stop using protection as they don’t fear a pregnancy. However, condoms and other forms of protection are protecting you from more than an unwanted pregnancy. They are increasing your sexual health by preventing STDs and STIs. You must continue using condoms even when you aren’t concerned with preventing pregnancy.