Incomplete or inaccurate information about sexual health, causes of certain problems, or consequences of unprotected sex can lead to complications – both physical and mental.
New Delhi: The Maslow’s pyramid of the hierarchy of needs places sexual satisfaction as one of the basic needs of a human being. Irrespective of the taboo around the subject in our country or even other countries, it is important to realise the importance of sexual contact and sexual health for an individual.
Incomplete or inaccurate information about sexual health, causes of certain problems, or consequences of unprotected sex can lead to complications – both physical and mental. If one suffers from any sexual problems, their sexual relationship with their partner may get affected, which can affect personal relationships and behaviour. Here are five tips to practice safe and healthy sex.
The first and foremost thing to take care of is the type of contraceptives you use and know the consequences of it. Condoms are the most commonly used contraceptives and are considered the best to avoid sexually transmitted diseases or infections. While some women also count on birth control pills, they may have a few side effects.
Not only are regular checkups required for a healthy sex life, but problems in sexual health like erectile dysfunction or painful sex can be symptoms of other diseases also. It is important to get yourself tested regularly to ensure that your health is not compromised with, whether sexual or otherwise. Getting vaccinated against HPV and Hepatitis is also a good idea for better sexual health.
Exercise can really help you improve your sexual health. Kegal exercises, Yoga or even running can help boost your health and reduce stress which causes bad sexual health. Exercise can also help you avoid diseases and infections.
The right diet can boost testosterone levels in men. In women, a healthy diet can affect sexual health by helping them avoid infections like Urinary tract infections. Eating whole, nutritious foods and keeping yourself hydrated is the key to good sexual health.
Improper sleep can mess with your sexual life. Not only do you feel tired all the time if you do not sleep enough and properly, you are also irritable and may mess up your personal relationships with your partner if the period of improper sleep is prolonged. It can also mess with the hormones in your body. Proper, sound sleep is the key to a happy, healthy sex life.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a professional healthcare provider if you have any specific questions about any medical matter.