If you’re like most people, you have little difficulty talking to your healthcare provider about your aches and pains. But talking to your healthcare provider about sexual health is a whole different matter. That’s what an online healthcare destination BeSmartBeWell.com observes.
It says talking about sex may not be a regular part of your doctor-patient relationship, but it should be. Sexuality is an important part of life, and maintaining good sexual health is important to both your physical health and overall well-being, say experts featured in a new video at BeSmartBeWell.com.
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Talking to your healthcare provider also can ensure you receive the care you need to prevent and treat sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
Meanwhile, a survey reveals that while Americans are having more sex (151 times a year / 2.9 times a week) compared to 2011 (120 times a year / 2.3 times a week), sexual satisfaction is on the decline, with 67 percent of Americans claiming to be satisfied with their sex life in 2012 versus 76 percent in 2011. (Read: Sex Life Survey Gives a Peek Beneath the Sheets)
“Sexual health is about having a positive, respectful and responsible approach to sexuality and relationships,” explains Elizabeth Torrone, PhD, an epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and one of the experts featured in Let’s Talk About Sexual Health.
Sex and intimacy are a normal, healthy part of life, but there are risks associated with being sexually active. To maintain good sexual health, you should understand the risks and talk to your healthcare provider about lowering those risks, the site suggests.
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BeSmartBeWell.com/std provides practical information about sexual health and how to maintain yours.
The website includes:
- Interviews with leading health experts
- Real-life stories of people sharing their sexual health questions and concerns
- A quiz to see how much you know about sexual health
- Resources and links for more information
At the site, visitors can also sign up for the bimonthly Spotlight Newsletter and biweekly News Alerts for articles and news on sexual health and other important health topics.