Many bloggers feel uncomfortable about discussing sexual health issues, and that’s something we need to change. If we don’t get “real” and open up about what can go wrong, women will continue to get sick. STIs and STDs can ruin lives and leave people infertile. Fortunately, they are mostly preventable with some precautions and common sense. Women’s sexual health should be a priority for us all. I’ve compiled a short list of 3 musts to keep you safe.
Women’s Sexual Health #1: Use Protection!
There are more sexually-transmitted diseases and infections around today than ever before. For that reason, we all need to take precautions to ensure we protect ourselves. First, always use protection during sexual activity with partners you are not in a committed relationship with. Condoms are not expensive, and you can get them free from most health clinics. Therefore, there is no excuse for taking a risk. And, don’t forget, an unplanned pregnancy can also create problems you don’t want. When all’s said and done, you just need to use some common sense and ensure you’re always careful.
Women’s Sexual Health #2: Get Tested
All sexually active people should get tested for sexually-transmitted infections and diseases periodically. My doctor offers this type of lab work even though she knows I’m married. Don’t be shy to visit your local clinic or ask your doctor to run the appropriate panels. If sex is a part of your life, it should be a part of your routine health exams and screenings. Better safe than sorry. Knowing you are clean puts your mind at ease and is good information to have when you enter into a new relationship. In fact, it’s a good idea to ask your new partner if they had testing done recently.
Women’s Sexual Health #3: Check Your Body
While Hepatitis C and other conditions might not show any symptoms, many others will. For that reason, you need to get in the habit of checking your body for anything unusual. Sit down in front of a mirror after you take a shower and have a look at your entire body. Things to look for are rashes, sores, swelling, itchy spots, lumps, and weird bruising or fever. Additionally, pay attention to how you feel as far as energy levels and mood. Some diseases can cause a disruption of digestion, energy, and even mood. You can find guides online that will highlight potential illnesses based on any symptoms you uncover.
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