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How Can You Improve Your Sexual Health? What Are Some Ways to Do So?

by Dr. Fabio Castiglione PhD director of Holistic Andrology London

Urologist | London | P-Shot
Dr. Fabio Castiglione PhD

Since it's inception in 2010, the World Association for Sexual Health (WAS) has coordinated the annual celebration of World Sexual Health Day, which takes place on September 4 of each year. In the beginning, the purpose of World Sexual Health Day was to raise more general public knowledge about issues pertaining to sexual health, as well as to lessen and eventually do away with the stigma that is associated with having sexual conversations.

When people think of their sexual health, a number of different issues frequently spring to mind. Some of these issues include sexually transmitted infections (STIs), the usage of condoms, and sexual dysfunction. Even though these are all very important topics, avoiding sexually transmitted infections and resolving sexual dysfunction are only two aspects of sexual health. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), sexual health is "not only the absence of disease, malfunction, or infirmity; rather, it is a condition of physical, emotional, mental, and social well-being associated to sexuality."

Keeping this notion in mind, in honour of World Sexual Health Day, the following are some ways that you can improve your sexual health:

Experiment either with a partner or by masturbating on yourself.

Experimenting with yourself during masturbation or with a willing partner is the best method to figure out what makes you feel good while you're having sexual encounters. If your present sexual routine leaves you feeling unsatisfied, you might want to consider including a personal lubricant into it, trying out a new sexual position, or making use of a sex gadget such as a vibrator. In addition, masturbation is associated with a number of positive health effects, such as the alleviation of stress and pain, as well as enhancements to sleep quality, mood, focus, and sexual performance with a partner.

Maintain a state of attention and complete presence when engaging in sexual activity.

Engaging your thoughts is as crucial as engaging your body during sex. It is possible for a person's sexual performance to become impaired due to the presence of distracting or worried thoughts, which can make it more challenging for a person to feel pleasure or achieve orgasm. Therefore, a person's sexual experiences can be improved by practising mindfulness, which involves concentrating on the sensations and feelings associated with sexual activity while also maintaining a state of mental presence throughout sexual activity.

Have fun with your sexuality and revel in the pleasure it brings.

People have a tendency to get overly preoccupied with their preconceived notions of what sexual experiences should be like or how they should feel (e.g., the idea that sex should always end in an orgasm). These ideas can be restrictive, and they may even end up making it more difficult for you to have sexual experiences. Instead, give yourself permission to feel pleasure and focus on enjoying your sexual encounters, despite the myriad of different shapes and forms they may take.

Make adjustments to your lifestyle so that it better supports your sexual life.

In your day-to-day life, there are a number of things you can do that have the potential to improve your state of mind, energy level, hormone levels, mental health, and cardiovascular health; these are all factors that can also improve your sexual health. Habits that are beneficial to your sexuality include eating a nutritious and well-balanced diet, engaging in regular physical activity, giving up smoking, reducing body fat, and/or increasing the amount of sleep you get each night.

When dealing with sexual issues, you might want to consider sex therapy.

Individuals and couples who are having difficulty resolving issues related to their sexuality, such as performance anxiety, sexual boredom, sexual dysfunction, or communication difficulties, may benefit from participating in sexual therapy. If you are able to conquer these obstacles with the assistance of an experienced therapist, you may be able to pave the way for a more fulfilling sexual and romantic life.

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