A Guide to Sexual Wellness: What You Need to Know
Being sexually active is an important part of your overall wellness. Taking care of your sexual health not only involves understanding the risks associated with unprotected sex but also knowing how to protect yourself and your partner(s).
Here is a primer to help you understand what you need to know about staying safe and healthy in the bedroom.
What Is Sexual Wellness?
Sexual wellness is a holistic approach to sexual health that focuses on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. It requires knowledge of the risks associated with unprotected sex and how to protect yourself and your partner(s) from them. Additionally, it involves taking steps to ensure that all aspects of your sexuality are being addressed in a safe and responsible manner.
How Can I Practice Good Sexual Wellness?
Practicing good sexual wellness starts with education. Knowing your body’s anatomy, physiology, limits, desires, preferences and boundaries, as well as where you stand on issues related to consent, are all essential pieces of information when it comes to making informed decisions about sex. Additionally, educating yourself on STIs/STDs can help you recognize their symptoms if they arise and take steps for proper diagnosis and treatment.
It’s also important to make sure you have access to reliable contraception if needed, including condoms or other barrier methods like birth control pills if necessary. Concerning communication with partners, it’s paramount for all parties involved in a sexual encounter to be honest about their desires as well as any potential risks involved in engaging in unprotected sex.
Confidential Sexual Care in Pennsylvania
Taking proactive steps towards achieving better sexual health is not only empowering but necessary for maintaining overall well-being!
At Novus, we guarantee you will be welcomed with open arms no matter who you are; our staff is as inclusive and diverse as the communities we serve. Each of our five Pennsylvania locations is dedicated to helping facilitate healthy lifestyles for all. We offer free testing for STIs and HIV, as well as affordable HIV prevention (PrEP) and quality HIV/Hep C treatment and care.
To request an appointment, head to our website or give us a call at any of our locations!