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Sexual Health: Don’t be Shy to Talk About It

By Apollo 24/7, Published on- 09 February 2021, Updated on - 23 June 2022

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Talking openly about sexual health is still considered a taboo. But if you knew how important it is for your overall wellbeing, would you still shy away?

What is sexual health?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), sexual health is a state of mental, physical, emotional, and social wellbeing in relation to sexuality. it is not merely the absence of disease or dysfunction but refers to a state of well-being that advocates a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships.

How important it is for our wellbeing?

Scientific findings indicate that good sexual health helps in lowering stress, hormonal imbalances, blood pressure, and boosts the overall immune system.
Research has also found that both men and women often downplay sexual health problems which can lead to:
  • Guilt
  • Worthlessness
  • Depression
  • Permanent dysfunctions
  • Infertility

What are sexual dysfunctions and disorders?

Sexual dysfunctions and disorders are characterized as recurring problems with sexual responses and behaviours, that often cause relationship strains and disrupt the quality of life.

Causes of sexual dysfunctions and disorders

  • Long-term stress
  • Hormonal and emotional conditions
  • Medical conditions (heart disease, diabetes, depression, etc.)
  • Medications (Cardiac medicines, depression medicines, etc.)
  • Medical surgeries
  • Excessive smoking and alcohol intake
  • Sexually transmitted diseases

Top 5 treatable sexual dysfunctions and disorders

1. Erectile dysfunction

This dysfunction is identified by the inability to have an optimum erection or sustain the erection throughout sexual activity. Erectile dysfunction usually occurs due to the malfunctioning of the vascular system or a natural drop in the hormone testosterone.

2. Ejaculation disorders

75% of ejaculation disorders are often nerve-induced premature ejaculations. The rest are delayed ejaculations which occur due to psychological, stress, and health issues.

3. Pain during intercourse (dyspareunia)

Characterized by the sharp intense pain in the vaginal region during sexual intercourse mainly caused due to vaginal yeast infections, urinary tract infections, or sexually transmitted infections.

4. Arousal and desire disorders

Female arousal and desire disorders are highly ignored issues affecting almost 40 per cent of the women population worldwide. Lack of adequate vaginal lubrication and actual arousals lead to an aversion to sex and sexual activities.

5. Orgasmic disorders

Orgasmic disorders occur in both men and women who are unable to reach sexual orgasm (climax) despite adequate stimulation and sexual arousal. Researchers hint that psychological reasons, stress, and anxiety are responsible for various orgasmic disorders.

Conclusion

Prioritizing sexual health can enhance one’s physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing. It can also improve one’s intimate relationships and quality of life. To have good sexual health, communication is the key but many shy away from talking about it. It is time to let go of the inhibitions and seek sexual health expertise.

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