Preserving Great Sexual Health

“What women need to know”

Investing in your Health and Wellness

There is no magic to this as the advice is eating healthy, keeping physically fit and flexible, keeping your doctor’s appointment to follow-up on chronic diseases, breaking the smoking and drinking habit. Mastering the art of communication and spending some quality time with your partner also will go a long way to keeping the relationship and the sex sizzling. In general, women who are healthy and physically fit enjoy a better sex life. Romantic relationships require ongoing attention like a garden.

Healthy sex life can be compromised by physical ailments such as: Couple holding hands

  • Poor general health
  • Heart disease
  • Recuperating from surgery
  • Painful joints and muscles
  • Loss of libido due to low levels of hormones
  • Gynecology disorders including infections
  • Post-partum issues
  • Trauma

Healthy sexual relationship emotional barriers include:

  1. Poor communication skills
  2. Disrespect, abuse(physical, emotional, sexual and neglect)
  3. Self-centeredness
  4. Insecurity
  5. Inability to forgive
  6. Jealousy, emotional infidelity
  7. Unrealistic expectations
  8. Undue stress and worry over financial, job-related and personal situation
  9. Long distance relationships
  10. Substance abuse

Screening for the Early Detection of Disease

Health professionals can offer help to women who are experiencing challenges with sexual and reproductive health. For gynecology complaints, the doctor will take a history of the symptoms and do a physical examination which involves internally palpating the reproductive organs and passing a speculum to visually assess the organs. A pap smear is a routine part on the doctor’s visit. Diagnostic blood tests and imaging will also be requested to confirm diagnosis. In some situations, surgery (general, minor, laparoscopic/keyhole) is recommended to correct the problem.

Other conditions such as heart problems, muscular and joint issues can be successfully resolved. Emotional and relational difficulties can often be addressed with “talk therapy”. The sex therapist can offer specific suggestions and techniques to overcome barriers to a healthy more happy sex life.

Eating Healthy

Great food and wine are aphrodisiac from time immemorial. All types of fruits especially the berries can be enjoyed as whole fruits or with yogurt. Vegetables steamed, grilled, and raw provide the vitamins to fight disease.

Keeping Fit

Fighting the bulge is one campaign why you should exercise. Even more important than the physical appearance is keeping the heart healthy and strong.

Staying in touch with your inner self

Here are tried and proven ways to ‘spice up’ your intimate relationship and by extension your sex life:

  1. Communicate with your partner. Learn your partner’s emotional cues and be sure to communicate in verbal and non-verbal ways.
  2. Be open and receptive to doing new activities. Try something new together.
  3. Share your expectations. Remove the guess work and be clear about your boundaries and conversely encourage your partner to share as well.
  4. Spend quality time together to build your bond. There is no substitute for being together.
  5. Keep intimacy alive. Be sensitive to your partner’s needs. Sexual intercourse, holding hands, hugging, and kissing are important ingredients for keeping intimacy alive.
  6. Be flexible and willing to fulfill your partner’s needs, choices, and wishes.
  7. Give support and stay involved with each other.
  8. Work through disagreement without disrespecting each other.
  9. Inject the element of surprise to keep your mate intrigued and interested.

10. Do not neglect to take care of yourself physically and emotionally.

A healthy, happy, and satisfying sexual health is much more than having great sex. It is about honest and direct communication, relating and working well together, respectfully working through conflicts, laughing, a good sense of humor, playing together, and maintaining a good sense of adventure.

Readers Bureau, Contributor

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