Many adults don’t get the sexual health screenings they need or feel comfortable getting. If you’re sexually active, it’s important to be aware of your risk for STDs and cancer and get screened regularly. But we’re human, so forget—or even avoid—talking about sexual topics with your partner. But you’re human, so forget—or even avoid—talking about sexual topics with your partner.
Sex and your sex life both deserve attention—not only from you but also from your partner. Having complete access to sexual health information and options will help create a healthier relationship over time. To help you get started, we’ve created a 4-step guide that outlines how to talk about sexual health with your partner.
Helps prevent or plan pregnancies
Sexual health and pregnancy go hand in hand. The CDC reports that 1 in every 4 pregnancies in the U.S. is unplanned, and 1 in 5 pregnancies in the U.S. are unplanned but wanted. Unfortunately, 1 in 4 pregnancies results in an unintended birth every year, and 1 in 3 births in the U.S. are unplanned. But making plans for pregnancy can help.
Talking about sexual health is a vital part of planning your future. It prevents unplanned pregnancies and educates you and your partner about sexually transmitted diseases. Talking about sexual health with your spouse can also help you plan for a future child. It is important to talk openly about sexual issues, decisions, and health concerns.
Can make sex more enjoyable
Many couples don’t talk about sexual health and miss important cues. This, in turn, can lead to unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. It can even lead to social isolation and feelings of shame. Talking to your partner about sexual health can make sex more enjoyable, but it can also make taking care of your health easier.
Sexual health is a topic that many people, including heterosexual couples, avoid talking about. Unfortunately, this can lead to anxiety about sex, which can lead to decreased sexual desire, which can, in turn, reduce the frequency of sex. It’s a vicious cycle, but talking about sexual health with your partner can help break it.
Reduces the risk of STDs
Statistics show an estimated 8.1 million people in the U.S. have an STD—and that rate is increasing each year.
Sexual health isn’t just about your own health. It’s also about the health of you and your partner. Given how much time we spend with our significant other, it only makes sense that we want to care for them the same way we care for ourselves. Talking to your partner about sexual health is one way to show your partner that you care. Talking can be a valuable tool when it comes to reducing the rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Promotes healthy relationships
In relationships, sex is an important part of a healthy relationship. Many couples struggle with how to talk about sexual health with each other. How should you bring up a health issue with your partner in a way that encourages open dialogue and shows you are a safe space for them to share?
There’s never a bad time to talk about sexual health. It’s an integral part of being healthy, and when you open that door, everybody wins. With Valentine’s Day just a few days away and National STD Awareness Month, it’s the perfect time to talk about sexual health with your partner. Talking openly and honestly about sexual health with your partner is important. It promotes healthy relationships. But it sometimes can be challenging. It’s not always easy to have conversations about sex. But, by practicing the following tips, you’ll be able to have constructive, honest, and open conversations.