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Improving your own sexual health
There is still a lot of stigma around sex and many publications tend to focus on the “risks” involved with sex (for example with regards to sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or unintended pregnancies) rather than emphasizing the fact that it is an important and natural part of life and human behavior. Good sexual health involves:
Respecting and recognizing your own and others sexual rights
Having access to accurate sexual health information, education, and care
Taking steps to prevent unintended pregnancies and STIs or seeking immediate care and treatment if needed
Experiencing sexual pleasure, satisfaction, and intimacy when or if desired
Communicating honestly with sexual partners or healthcare providers about your own sexual health.
Are you ready for sex?
Only you can determine, in any relationship, if you are ready to have sex. Pay attention to your feelings; sex can bring about new reactions, emotions, and possible risks every time you have sex with a new person. Communicate your thoughts, expectations, and boundaries about sex with your partner before you are in a sexual situation, and don’t be afraid to say “no”. Choosing to take part in one kind of sexual activity doesn’t automatically mean that you’re up for anything. If you don’t feel right about something, say so! Ask yourself these questions:
How will I feel about myself after I have sex?
Do I think having sex with this person, right now, is a good idea?
Am I able to talk with this person about protecting myself against pregnancy or STIs?
If any of your answers are “Not good”, or “No”, then maybe sex currently isn’t a good idea for you. Also, if you are new to sexual activity, talk to someone you can trust about how to find and use have you spoken with someone you trust about the different methods of contraception that are available and how to find and use them correctly.