Three steps that will improve your sexual health
“THE ONLY PERSON YOU ARE DESTINED TO BECOME IS THE PERSON YOU DECIDE TO BE.” —RALPH WALDO EMERSON
When you think about your sexual health, are you where you want to be? Here are a few steps you can take towards improving your sexual health. As always, North Care’s staff is here for you if you’d like to talk about any of these in more detail.
1. Get comfortable communicating about your sexual health
Whether it’s communication with your partner about healthy boundaries, asking the right questions of your gynecologist, speaking up when you’re uncomfortable, or making an appointment to get a screening or pregnancy test, it’s very important to become comfortable talking about your sexual health, even if it feels awkward.
These conversations are key to maintaining and improving your health, and keeping you safe and healthy. For further reading, here are a few of North Care’s previous blog posts to read more on good communication about sexual health:
- 2 good questions to ask your gynecologist
- 3 Ways to Cultivate Healthy Dating Relationships
- 6 Rights You Have as a Patient
2. Get informed about your risk for STDs / STIs.
We really do believe that knowledge is power (you may have seen it on our website or heard us say it before). STD or STIs can pose a serious threat to your current and future sexual health, especially if you are pregnant. It only takes a few steps to (1) get informed, (2) know your risk, and (3) make a change or move towards better health.
Our website has several pages designed to help you learn the basic facts about chlamydia, gonorrhea, HPV, genital herpes, syphilis, trichomoniasis, HIV, and hepatitis B. We’ve listed out each STD or STI, symptoms, and the treatment.
If you have more in depth questions, we recommend going to the Center for Disease Control’s website. You can also schedule a free, confidential appointment with North Care to talk to a caring professional, get free testing, or just talk about your health.
3. Take care of the rest of you
When you think about your sexual health, don’t forget that it is connected to the rest of your wellness; it is just one piece of the puzzle. Your mental, emotional, sexual, and physical health have everything to do with each other.
Think about your wellness choices in your daily routine: eating habits, physical fitness, relational, and spiritual, and emotional health. How can you take one step this week to pay attention to and improve in these areas?
Here at North Care Women’s Clinic, we know that life is full of challenges. Your health doesn’t have to be one of them. We believe that your sexual health is worth thinking about and planning for. Contact us for a confidential appointment with a professional who is prepared to help you take the next step to get where you want to go.