What is Sexual Health?

What is Sexual Health?
Being healthy is about feeling good physically, mentally and emotionally. Being sexually healthy means that we avoid infections, illnesses and take responsibility to ensure that we protect ourselves and others, emotionally and physically.
In this way, sexual health is an important and integral part of overall health. When we are sexually healthy we make the best decisions for us that we can with regard to our sexual partners and sexual practice.
For people who choose to be sexually active, sex can be enjoyable, safe and should based on mutual respect and agreement.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines sexual health as:
  • Equality and mutual respect
  • To negotiate with your sexual partner(s) to ensure that the sex you have is the sex you want
  • Protecting yourself and protecting others
  • Protecting yourself and others from sexually transmissible infections, unintended pregnancy etc.
  • Awareness of emotional and psychological reactions
  • Be aware of the emotional and mental health difficulties which could arise from undue pressure to have sex or to engage in a sexual activity which makes you feel uncomfortable
  • Embracing diversity
We should acknowledge different sexualities without discrimination, prejudice or judgement.This website has been developed to allow you to do just that. It contains all kinds of information on a wide variety of sexual health issues. It also has information about organisations and specialist services that can help with very detailed and personal enquiries.
For many people sex is an important and healthy part of our lives. Sex can be fun, exciting, wonderful and loving. Being sexually healthy means making a happy, chosen and healthy decisions about your sex life. Being sexually healthy also means protecting yourself and your partner/s from sexually-transmitted infections (STI’s).
Sexual Problems
Sexual function is dependent on both physical and emotional factors.
Sexual problems are common in men and women and can cause great distress.
Types of sexual problems include:
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Inability to maintain an erection
  • Pain with sex
  • Inability to reach orgasm
  • Premature ejaculation and many more
Sexual function can be affected by illness, stress, medication and by relationship problems.
Information taken from NHS Tayside Sexual Health and Wellbeing website –http://www.sexualhealthtayside.org/index.php
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