It’s Time to Talk About Your Sexual Health
For many people, sexual health is a taboo topic that can be uncomfortable to talk about. But, there’s no need for it to be that way; talking about your sexual health with your doctor and partner is important for your long-term wellbeing, as well as the health of your relationship.
Common signs that it’s time to discuss your sexual health include:
You’re Experiencing Pain During Sex.
Painful sex can point to a variety of sexual health concerns. In many cases, women simply aren’t getting sufficiently aroused during intercourse, leading to a lack of lubrication and, therefore, pain. Talking to your partner about using lubricants and focusing more on foreplay can help resolve this issue.
Additionally, painful sex can be a symptom of menopause or a sexually-transmitted disease. Your gynecologist can help you overcome either of these concerns with a variety of treatments and solutions.
You Feel Anxious About Having Sex.
For many women, it’s nerve-wracking to express their sexual needs to their partners. But, without this communication, it’s difficult for women to attain sexual gratification. If you feel anxious talking about your sexual needs, express this to your partner. You’ll likely receive encouragement to start the conversation.
Low Libido Is Impacting Your Relationship.
Low libido can take a toll on your relationship. You may feel distressed about having a low sex drive, and this may eventually affect your partner too. Especially if low libido has become a source of stress even when you’re not in intimate settings, it’s time to talk to your doctor about your sexual health. At Visionary Centre for Women, Dr. Hayes can introduce you to a wide variety of non-invasive treatments to boost libido, including THERMIva and O-Shot, among others.
You’ve Been Diagnosed With an STD.
After being diagnosed with an STD, you can still have a healthy and fulfilling sex life. But, it’s crucial to discuss your diagnosis with your partner. While you may be met with some confusion or frustration, being upfront with your partner is important to continue having safe sex. In this scenario, it’s likely also important for your partner to get tested. So, have the conversation in a comfortable space, try to stay calm, and give them space to process if needed.
Menopause Symptoms Are Sabotaging Your Sex Life.
During menopause, women naturally experience dramatic hormonal changes. As estrogen levels drop, low libido, fatigue, mood swings, sleep problems, and vaginal dryness can occur.
If these symptoms are holding you back from sexual gratification, talking to your doctor will help ensure that menopause doesn’t diminish your sex life for good. Your doctor can recommend treatments like BioTE hormone therapy to balance out your hormone levels and relieve the symptoms of menopause.
At-Home Treatments Aren’t Improving Your Sexual Health.
For painful intercourse, low libido, and other common sexual health concerns, there are a variety of at-home treatments that can provide relief. Using lubricant, communicating with your partner, and using stress management techniques are examples of common at-home solutions. However, if these methods aren’t improving your symptoms, it’s time to talk to your doctor.
A gynecologist like Dr. Hayes can get to the root of your sexual health concerns and recommend a variety of effective, clinical-strength treatments.
To find relief from sexual health concerns, schedule an appointment at Visionary Centre for Women today.