If you want to have the best sexual health possible this year, it starts with YOU! You can choose one (or all) of these new year’s resolutions to boost your sexual health and confidence. As always, we’re here to answer any of your questions or guide you through complicated sexual issues. Which sexual health resolution will you choose?
1. Pinpoint Your Ovulation Window
Every woman’s body has a different period cycle and ovulation window. Being aware of this schedule can help you make wise sexual decisions. There is a small window of time each month where a woman’s egg drops and is available for sperm to inseminate it. But, did you know that sperm can stay inside a woman’s body for up to three days? If you don’t want to experience an unplanned pregnancy, it’s helpful to know when your body is ovulating and use extra precautions to avoid getting pregnant or simply forego sexual relations for that specific timeframe.
(Our very own Nurse Kelly received her Fertility Education and Medical Management (FEMM) certification. She can give you the information you need to manage your hormonal health and learn about your body, track your cycle, and help prevent or achieve pregnancy.)
2. Research Your Birth Control Options
If you feel overwhelmed by the many types of birth control available, we encourage you to research your options and/or make an appointment with one of our friendly medical professionals! There are many different types of birth control available which offer a high efficiency rate. This year, choose a birth control option that’s right for YOU. Birth control is an affordable way to decrease your chance of becoming pregnant and increase your peace of mind.
3. Seek Testing & Treatment for STIs
Sexually transmitted infections can affect all aspects of your life, not only your sexual health. If you receive a positive test result for an STI, we can help you treat the infection or manage it if it’s not curable. It’s important to get tested for STIs if any of the following apply to you:
- Engage in unprotected sex
- Have sex with multiple partners
- Will soon enter into a new sexual relationship
4. Assess Your Current Sexual Health & Make Goals
Reflection is so important in all areas of life, as it’s easy to get caught up in moments which turn into days, weeks, then years. Take time to assess your current sexual health and write out what you love and what you want to change in 2021. Here are a few suggestions:
- Have an honest conversation with your partner about your likes and dislikes
- Find a birth control option that’s best for your lifestyle
- Get tested for sexually transmitted diseases
- Understand your options in the event of an unplanned pregnancy
This year and every year, Women’s Clinic of Atlanta is here for you to help optimize your sexual health! Make an appointment today.