The World Health Organization defines sexual health as a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction or infirmity. Sexual health requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence1.
Human sexuality is a basic instinct like all other living creatures. Love, affection and sexual intimacy all play a role in healthy human relationships. They also contribute to your sense of well-being. A number of disorders can affect the ability to have or enjoy sex in both men and women.
Factors that can influence sexual health include,
|Sexually Transmitted disease (STD)||
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are infections acquired by sexual contact. You can get an STD by having unprotected sex with a partner who's infected. You can't always tell if someone is infected, however, because many STDs cause no symptoms, at least at first. In fact, a person may have an STD without knowing it.
That's why you have to be vigilant about STD prevention. If you're sexually active, your best bet for STD prevention is to have just one sex partner who doesn't have any STDs and who has sex only with you. If you're not in an exclusive relationship, you can still protect yourself by learning about and consistently practicing STD prevention, such as using condoms.
|Sexual Health - Women||
Women's sexual health is an important aspect of women's health, whether you're trying to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections or you're worried about low sex drive or other women's sexual health problems.
Learn how to achieve a fulfilling sexual relationship, and know how to protect yourself from sexually transmitted infections. As you get older, understand common changes in women's sexual health â€” and how to maintain a healthy and enjoyable sex life at any age.
|Sexual Health - Men||
Men's sexual health is an important aspect of men's health, whether you're trying to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections or you're worried about erectile dysfunction or other men's sexual health problems.
For some men, worries about penis size top the list of their sexual health concerns. However, you're probably more normal than you think â€” and penis-enlargement products and procedures aren't likely to be effective.
As you get older, understand common changes in men's sexual health â€” and how to maintain a healthy and enjoyable sex life at any age.