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Sexual Health - Let's Talk About It

Updated: Aug 28, 2023



Hello!


Does that title scare you just a little bit? If it does, that’s perfectly normal. Most of the beautiful people in our country don’t talk much - if at all - about their sexual health which is why I think that it’s essential that we do.


I want to emphasize that whatever you believe, I respect that you have your own ideas and needs. My priority here is to talk about the importance of being aware of healthy sexuality and bringing more awareness to anyone who is feeling confused or uncertain.


ASHA - the American Sexual Health Association is a great resource if you want to research on your own. One of the things that I’ve heard more and more about after COVID is something that the association is also seeing:


“Today, we are facing increased and continued adverse sexual health outcomes in the United States, including high post-COVID-19 pandemic rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). For the past 20 years, there have been calls for a national health strategy and a more comprehensive sexual health approach to address the myriad of persistent sexual health problems in this country.” (Article 1.)


Basically, there’s a lot of chaos in the world, and I want to bring more awareness to my community to talk about how they can help themselves as much as possible.


What is important to note about sexual health?

  • That sexuality is a part of being human - bringing awareness to your body helps you take care of yourself and respect your needs and boundaries

  • Bring awareness to your life so that you know what may lead to pregnancy and prevent negative experiences like UTIs and STIs

  • Being able to experience and communicate about sexual pleasure, satisfaction, and intimacy when desired (in a way that honors your beliefs and health)


What can you focus on ahead of time to protect your sexual health?

  • Focus on honoring your body with good nutrition, a healthy lifestyle, and by incorporating movement into your life

  • Make sure that you’re getting regular/annual checkups

  • That you are self screening for cancer with self exams (testicular and breast exams)

  • If you are sexually active make sure that you get tested for STIs (sexually transmitted infections)

  • For the women out there, knowing how to regulate your hormones and sexual health to allow for healthy fertility and birth


What is a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI)?


A sexually transmitted infection (sexually transmitted disease) is a serious condition that can develop after you have sex. Common STI symptoms include itching and burning around your genital area. The good news is that most STI treatments can cure the infection, but not all types. You can get an STI again, even after treatment to cure it.” (Article 2.)


Here are some symptoms of an STI?


This is super important as it affects anyone that is sexually active (even in a committed relationship or marriage with one partner).


If you notice that you’re experiencing these symptoms, make sure you check in with your healthcare provider. (Article 1)

  • Pain in the pelvic area (especially while having sex)

  • Unusual discharge & bad smells

  • Bleeding between periods

  • Burning, sores, ulcers, blisters or warts

  • Heavy feeling in the testicles

  • Excessive itching, swelling, redness or a rash

Taking care of your body is essential and knowing how to respect your sexual health and needs is critical! I want you to know more about how you can care for yourself and how light therapy can help you heal. We’ll dive deeper into this topic as June goes on!


With Love,


~Lisa Chadsey


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