Yes, it’s time to talk about sex, (again) baby.
Despite the many available resources and free guides on the internet and in print, many still have a difficult time managing their sex life. Indeed, perhaps because it is such a sensitive subject, people can be reticent to talk about their issues –– or even ask vital questions that could spare them numerous headaches. While we understand that sex can be a touchy subject to some, it’s essential that all sexually active adults have an understanding of some basic healthy habits though.
To that end, here are four tips to help you maintain your sexual well-being:
For sexually active individuals, it’s a wise decision to get tested for STDs early and often. (This is especially true for people who engage with multiple partners.) Even if you don’t think you have an STD, you could be carrying an STD like chlamydia or gonorrhea which predominantly exist in an asymptomatic form. Plus, getting tested for STDs can help you stay in front of any potential problems that may arise.
One of the best ways to make sure you’re happy with your sex life is to be open and honest with your partner about what you want, and what you don’t want in a relationship. That way you can agree early on about whether or not you want to get pregnant, for instance. In addition, you should disclose any STDs that you carry. Not letting someone you care about know that vital fact in advance is irresponsible at best, and negligent at worst.
Balance is Key:
The unfortunate truth about certain physical relationships is that they can actually cause more harm than good. So if you find yourself unable to deal with problems in your life because of sex, or if a physical relationship is causing you undue stress, consider taking a step back. At its best, sex should be one of the most enjoyable parts of your life. But if it’s causing you trouble, you may need to reconsider your priorities.
Consult with the Pros:
Perhaps the best way to maintain sexual wellness is to seek out the advice of professionals like doctors. In addition to psychologists and psychiatrists who can help you untangle the mental side of your sex life, you should also be comfortable approaching your M.D. for advice or treatment should the need arise. Note that if you do have a sexual problem such as an STD, the sooner you address the problem the greater chance you’ll have of avoiding further complications down the road. And in some instances, you may be able to be cured completely with just one visit!