Maintaining good sexual health

Sexual health is a key component to a person’s general health. Be sure to take care of it for your well-being.

Sexual dysfunction

As a way of expression and to enter into a relationship, sexuality can be a source of pleasure, contentment, and sometimes, even of fascination. Some people aspire to an intimate relationship that is healthy and satisfying, but are affected by dysfunctions that prevent them from fully reaching this objective. When sexuality causes discomfort, embarrassment, or worry, too often, people find it difficult to broach the subject with their partner or with a healthcare professional.

A sexual dysfunction or sexual problem consists of a difficulty experienced during a certain phase of sexual activity, (desire, arousal, coitus or reaching an orgasm). Premature ejaculation, erectile dysfunction, vaginal dryness, and pain during penetration are common examples. Sexual dysfunction sometimes stems from a physical problem (illness, handicap, medication, etc.), while in others, it results from a psychological disorder (trauma, stress or anxiety, fear, feeling of guilt, etc.).

For additional information about common sexual disorders, we suggest you read the following texts:

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

When you have sexual intercourse, your partner may not be the only living being you come into contact with. Certain infections caused by viruses, bacteria, fungus, and parasites can be contracted during close contact. Chlamydia, gonorrhea, genital herpes, and infections caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV), or by the human immunodefficiency virus (HIV) are some well-known examples of STIs.

Too often, the risk of contracting an STI during sexual intercourse is underestimated, and we forget to use adequate protection. It is important that everyone be well-informed and aware of the healthy and safe sexual behaviours that should be adopted to prevent sexually transmitted infections.

To avoid contracting or transmitting an STI, one must be careful. Prevention is always the best option.

For additional information about STIs, we suggest that you read the following texts:

Contraception

Today, women and men are free to choose the type of contraception they want. In the last few decades, several methods of contraception have been introduced for the benefit of many. Sexuality is certainly more enjoyable when it is free of the fear of having an unplanned pregnancy. Contraception brings peace of mind; however, it is important to choose it well and to use it correctly to maximize its effectiveness.

Choosing from a wide range of available contraception methods, can be a difficult task. It is important to point out that all methods can be considered as effective when they are used properly. Each method has advantages and inconveniences that must be weighed according to various factors. It is advisable to have an in-depth discussion with a healthcare professional who is knowledgeable about contraception.

For additional information about contraception, we suggest that you read the following texts:

Menopause

Menopause is a natural and inevitable process in a woman's life. It sets in at about age 50, sometimes earlier. The period which follows menopause represents about one third of a woman's existence on average. Women who have gone through premenopause or menopause know the point to which these conditions can affect different spheres of their lives: physically, emotionally, relationally, and sexually.

If you have reached menopause and feel that it affects your health at some level, you should know that there are solutions. Talk to a healthcare professional who is knowledgeable about sexual health.

For additional information about menopause and its impacts, we suggest that you read the following texts:

Your pharmacist offers you confidential assistance

If you live with a sexual issue and find it difficult to talk about, why not speak to your pharmacist? Readily available and easily accessible, pharmacists are very knowledgeable about health, including sexual health. For instance, they can tell you if certain medications you take or illnesses you have can affect your sexuality. Furthermore, they can recommend certain products or medication that could help you overcome your difficulties, and direct you towards other resources.

Pharmacists are accustomed to discussing about sensitive issues with their clients. In the consultation room, they can listen to you and help you with the utmost confidentiality, so don't hesitate to talk to them!

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Maintaining good sexual health

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