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What does it mean to be sexually healthy?

Being sexually healthy means taking care of your physical and emotional health by practicing safer sex and being comfortable with your body, your sexuality, and your relationships.

Is sex good for you?

Having a healthy sex life is good for you both emotionally and physically. Sex can help you create a connection with another person, and sexual pleasure has lots of health benefits — whether you’re with a partner or not. When you have an orgasm, your body gives you a natural high. You release endorphins, which are hormones that block pain and make you feel good.

There are lots of other health benefits associated with sexual pleasure:

  • better general health

  • better sleep

  • better self-esteem

  • better fitness

  • less stress and tension

  • a longer life

How can I have a healthy sex life?

Having a healthy sex life is about taking care of yourself, whether you have a partner or not. Physically, that means practicing safer sex, getting tested for STDs regularly, preventing unintended pregnancies, and seeing a doctor or nurse if you have any problems.

Feeling good about your body, enjoying sexual pleasure, and being comfortable with your sexual orientation and gender identity are also big parts of healthy sexuality. Having a healthy sex life means knowing what you do and don’t want to do sexually and being confident enough to communicate that to your partner. Your partner should respect your boundaries, and you should respect theirs.

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