Healthy Sex, Healthy You: Exploring Sexual Best Practices
In order to maintain good quality of life, it is essential to pay attention to your sexual health. Because of our culture’s taboo against talking about sex, this crucial facet of health is often overlooked. Unfortunately, many of us never receive proper sex ed in school, and miss out on important information that could make us safer and happier. Knowing about healthy sexual practices can help you avoid diseases and improve your mood and health at any stage of life.
One huge part of healthy sex is making sure that you don’t get sick from sexual activity. Without proper protection, it is very easy to catch sexually transmitted diseases, especially if you are having sex with multiple partners. Most STDs are transmitted by contact with infected skin or bodily fluids. The most effective way to reduce your risk of contracting an STD is to always use a condom during intercourse to prevent direct skin-to-skin contact. This is true for all types of intercourse, including oral and manual. Although condoms reduce risk considerably, they are not fool-proof, and it is still possible to contract infections from protected sex.
Many people want to have an active sex life without worrying about the possibility of having children. Fortunately, there are now more contraception options available than ever before. For men, condoms are the still standby non-permanent contraceptive method. Men are who confident they never want to have kids can opt for vasectomy surgery. Women have a diverse array of hormonal birth control options. The daily hormone pill is the oldest of these, and is effective and popular, but in recent years contraceptive implants have become quite common as well. Women can choose to get either a hormonal or copper-based intra-uterine device. These work for years to prevent pregnancy, and the the advantage of not relying on the woman to remember to take a pill every day. Women can also have a hormonal implant installed in their arm to prevent pregnancy for long periods of time.
Getting older can make sex a little more challenging, but trying to maintain an active sex life in old age is quite beneficial. People who have sex throughout their whole lives live longer on average, and tend to have better heart and lung health. For older men, one of the main obstacles standing in the way of sex is erectile dysfunction. As men age, it becomes hard to maintain erections strong enough for sexual activity. Fortunately, there are now many drugs on the market designed to combat this issue. Men interested in these treatments should consult their doctors to make sure they are healthy enough to take erectile dysfunction drugs.
It is scientifically proven that people with healthy sex lives are happier and more energetic at all stages of life. If you’ve been neglecting this crucial aspect of your health, it’s never too late to improve your life by actively seeking out positive sexual experiences.