Maintaining a healthy sexuality

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 entering into a relationship, sexuality can be a source of pleasure, contentment, and sometimes, even fascination. Some people strive for a healthy and satisfying intimate life, but experience difficulties that prevent them from fully achieving this goal. When sexuality causes discomfort, embarrassment, or concern, people too often choose not to discuss the subject with their partner or a healthcare professional.

Sexual dysfunction or sexual disorder is a difficulty experienced during a certain stage of sexual activity, (desire, arousal, coitus or reaching an orgasm). Common examples include premature ejaculation, erectile dysfunction, vaginal dryness, and pain during penetration. Sexual dysfunction sometimes stems from a physical problem (illness, disability, medication, etc.), while in others, it results from a psychological disorder (trauma, stress or anxiety, fear, feelings of guilt, etc.).

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

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

When you have intercourse, your partner may not be the only living thing you come into contact with. Certain infections caused by viruses, bacteria, fungus, and parasites can be contracted during intimate contact. Chlamydia, gonorrhea, genital herpes, and infections caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV), or by the human immunodeficiency 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 adopt healthy and safe sexual behaviours in order 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. Over the past few decades, several methods of contraception have been introduced for the benefit of many. Sexuality is certainly more interesting when experienced without fear of unwanted pregnancy. Contraception brings peace of mind; however, it is important to choose it well and to use it correctly to maximize its effectiveness.

With so many options available, it can be difficult to choose. It is important to note that all methods can be considered 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 a thorough 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 occurs around the age 50, sometimes earlier. The period which follows menopause represents about one third of a woman's life on average. Women who have experienced premenopause or menopause know how much it can affect different areas of their lives: physical, emotional, relational, and sexual.

If you have reached menopause and feel that it is affecting your health in any way, 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 are experiencing a sexual issue and are hesitant to seek help, why not speak to your pharmacist first? Available and easily accessible, pharmacists are very knowledgeable about health, including sexual health. For instance, they can tell you if certain medications you are taking or if certain illnesses you have can affect your sexuality. Furthermore, they can recommend certain products or medication that may help you overcome your difficulties, and direct you to other resources.

Pharmacists are accustomed to discussing 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 speak to them!

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Maintaining a healthy sexuality

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