Being a woman can be exhausting. After all, we basically run this place. But during the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it can be easy to forget to take care of our basic needs. May is Women’s Healthy Month, and it’s a great time to start looking at how we take care of ourselves and our overall well-being. One of the most often overlooked aspects of women’s health is sexual health which is deeply tied to our physical, emotional, and mental health. Here are 10 ways for women to take charge of their sexual health, from feeling empowered in medical situations to receiving the right care for their needs.
Protect Yourself from Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Whether it’s using protection or getting vaccinated for Hepatitis and HPV, there are many ways to protect yourself. This also includes getting yourself, as well as your partners, tested regularly. Most sexually transmitted diseases are curable, and if they aren’t, they are most certainly treatable. The trick is catching them early. And there’s never a reason to feel ashamed. One in five people have an STI at any given time, so you are not alone.
Have More Orgasms
Orgasms, with or without a partner, have a lot of health benefits. This includes lowering anxiety, increasing circulation, helping with sleeping patterns, lessening lower back and period cramp pain, and more. But most importantly, orgasms release the natural feel-good hormone oxytocin.
Empower Yourself and Know Your Rights
Take control of your own health and always know your options regarding reproductive rights. From contraception and STD testing to morning-after pills to abortion options, know that you have the right to choose. Information is key in making the decision that is right for you. There are allies around every corner to help.
Be a Self-Advocate in Medical Settings
Taking control of your health within the healthcare setting is empowering. Know that you don’t always have to agree with your doctor, and it’s okay to get second opinions. If a doctor’s not right for you, it’s okay to switch things up. And never be afraid to bring a companion with you whether they are there for moral support or to help you keep track of important information, having someone on your side can be invaluable.