Everyone could benefit from changing how we can contribute to making the world a sexually safer place. Here are some resolutions to practice for healthy 2018.
Practise Enthusiastic Consent
The term consent is more than honouring the word “no”. It is as much about interacting what feels good to us and the things that don’t.
Pop culture tends to depict good sex as an instinctual act with no verbal communication, which is why so many of us find it difficult to talk openly about sex.
Good communication and good sex take practice; the best place to start is verbally expressing what we really like and using open questions to find out what your partner enjoys.
Attend Health Screenings
Make it a priority in 2018 to care for your sexual health. Ensure you book a smear test with your GP if you are overdue; it is completely free and painless, and there is only some slight discomfort for two or three seconds. Taking into account that 1000 women in the UK die each year from cervical cancer, it is imperative to take the test for early detection.
Self-exams for testicular and breast cancer are also important, as well as getting tested for common STDs. If you live in the capital, you can find chlamydia testing kits in London.
Regular Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) tests are crucial if you are sexually active. To avoid queuing, visit visit bexleysexualhealth.org for a chlamydia testing kit in London for a chlamydia testing kit in London. Tests should be conducted every 6-12 months.
Drink Enough Water
Drinking lots of water is essential for good wellbeing as well as sexual health. Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) are common complaints in women, especially after vigorous or frequent sex. By staying hydrated and urinating before and after intercourse, you can help prevent UTIs.
Make the effort to learn about sex. There is plenty of readable and relatable literature and many podcasts out there to cater for every aspect of relationships and sex.
If you enjoy pornography, try to support feminist ethical producers and directors who make sure the crew, office staff and cast are paid fairly.
Support Sexual Health Charities
Try to support causes that campaign for sexual freedoms and health, such as your local Rape Crisis Centre.