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Money, religion, politics, and sex. These are the four topics that most people would like to avoid in polite conversation. Yet, the reality is that there’s a time and a place to discuss each of these touchy subjects. And sexual wellness can have a big impact on your overall health. Unfortunately, that doesn’t make talking about sexual health with a new partner (or an established one for that matter) any easier. That’s why we’re going to share five tips for discussing the most taboo topic of all. Check them out here:
Find the Right Place
As we mentioned above, there’s a time and a place for discussing sensitive issues like sexual health. A crowded airplane, for instance, is not that place. Make sure that you and your partner have plenty of time and privacy to hash out any issues you’ve been harboring. Speaking about sexuality in public can be hugely embarrassing and frustrating for your partner –– particularly if they’re surprised by the conversation.
The reality is that many people don’t know the first thing about sexual wellness. Most people don’t know the difference between common conditions like a yeast infection and a UTI, for example. Before you speak with your partner about sexual-health concerns you have, make sure to educate yourself thoroughly on the issue. The last thing you want to do is spread false information or health myths.
Be Honest . . .
If sometihng is bothering you about your sex life, then make sure to speak up. Talking about issues like fertility, STDs, or personal sexual hygiene is always going to be awkward to a certain degree. However, the alternative is less-than-ideal. In fact, ignoring sexual wellness issues could lead to serious health problems down the line. It’s much better to be direct and honest with your partner to protect both your and their well-being in the long run.
. . . But Also be Considerate
Say, for instance, that you’re concerned you may have an STD. Your first reaction might be to get angry with your partner. This is not a good idea, though. In truth, many people suffer from STDs and don’t even realize it. So before you begin any conversation about sex with a partner, always consider their feelings first and approach the discussion with a caring mindset. Otherwise, you’ll be likely to spark an unproductive argument.
Worried that you or your partner might have a sexual health problem? Then don’t speculate about it –– instead make a plan to find STD clinics near you or schedule a joint visit to a medical facility. By taking the bull by the horns, so to speak, you and your partner can address any lingering concerns about sexual wellness and enjoy a healthier and happier partnership as a result.