September is National Sexual Health Month, and many public health associations are promoting the importance of sexual health, sex positivity, and sexual well-being across the country. But what does that all mean? How are those terms different? Let’s explore!
What is sex positivity?
Sex positivity is the belief in being open, understanding, and open-minded towards sex and sexuality. Sex positivity respects and supports all sexual orientations and gender identities. The belief focuses on human sexuality, sexual health, sex education, body positivity, safer sex, pleasure, and reproductive health equity. This belief promotes healthy sexual expression and relationships – there is no shame or stigma.
What is sexual health?
Sexual health is a state of physical, emotional, mental, and social well-being regarding sexuality. It’s a positive and respectful approach to sexual relationships, safer sex experiences, and pleasure. Sexual health is also built on sexual experiences that are free from coercion, discrimination, and violence. When you are sexually healthy, you understand that sexuality is natural and respect sexual rights. You also have the right to access sexual health information, education, and care.
How can I be sex-positive?
Becoming a sex-positive person is a unique journey for different people. If you have a trusted adult or friend, you can start by talking to them. You can also reach out to your healthcare provider if you have questions. If you would like to do more than that, listed below are some examples for living a more sex-positive life:
- Talking about your sexual wants and needs with your partner
- Prioritizing a healthy sex life and practicing safer sex
- Understanding and ensuring consensual sexual behaviors
- Advocating for your sexual health
- Learning and exploring your fantasies
- Learning about your body and reproductive health
Are you ready to learn more about your sexual health and well-being? Do you have questions and are not sure whom to talk to? One of the places you can start is by making an appointment with a trusted clinician to get started on your journey. At a family planning clinic, your questions are important, and your discussions remain confidential. Talk the talk now by making an appointment today.