September is Sexual Health Awareness Month — which means I get to talk to you about one of my favorite subjects!
And if you’re wrinkling your nose up a little bit at the thought of learning about sexual health, I get it. For so long, we’ve been encouraged to act like women’s sexual health is a no-no topic. Something we certainly don’t talk about in public.
But that’s exactly the reason we need a special month devoted to having these kinds of conversations. Relegating women’s health to the quiet corners of the world while men and their sexuality remain front and center keeps us small and stuck.
It’s time to change the narrative!
Your pelvic health is tied to your overall health
If you’ve ever suffered from prolapse, leaking, or any kind of pelvic pain, you know how this part of your body is not an island.
When you’re dealing with pelvic problems, there’s a constant stress in your life. Stress about where to find the next restroom. Stress around lack of sexual desire which creates stress with your partner. Stress from being in pain all of the time.
This stress can wreak havoc on your life and manifest in your emotional and mental health.
Furthermore, your pelvic floor muscles are literally at the center of your entire body. Their strength (or weakness) determines your posture, the stability of your spine, and they’re responsible for holding up your internal organs!
In short, your pelvis is really, really, really important to the health of your entire body.
Ladies — you’re allowed to enjoy sexual pleasure
There’s no better time than Sexual Health Awareness Month to remind you…it’s OK to like sex!
In fact, I’d say it’s your right as a human to enjoy sex and in fact, argue that it’s a necessary bodily function.
Did you know that sex is actually good for your health?
Studies have shown more (safe) sex results in the likelihood of stronger heart health (1), and even increased immune response (2).
Orgasm triggers the release of oxytocin and endorphins — this means you can enjoy feelings of pleasure, and possibly stave off headaches (3), while strengthening your pelvic floor muscles (4).
STD and STI awareness and prevention
It may come as a shock to hear that young people are not the only ones who need to worry about having safe sex.
But the truth is, sexually transmitted infections (STI’s) don’t have age limits.
With many people entering the dating scene after divorce, and the incidence of STI’s on the rise, it makes sense to revisit basic sexual hygiene that can prevent the transmission of disease.
- Condoms work! They have been improved significantly over the years and for the most part, they do not negatively impact sensation. This is the best and most reliable way to help prevent a painful STI. (5)
- Don’t forget to get tested. Even if you don’t think of yourself or your partner as “at-risk” for STI’s, it’s a good idea to get regularly tested. Sometimes, STI’s don’t show any symptoms until the infection has progressed…which means you can spread it to someone else unknowingly or endure pain needlessly.
- Nowhere is immune to STIs. Believe it or not, Florida and Arizona, and Palm Springs, California, with their high populations of retirees, boast some of the highest rates in the country of sexually transmitted infections. (6,7) Keep yourself safe with regular testing and condom usage.
Take back your pelvic power
I hope you find a reason to celebrate your sexual health this month…but I know that for too many of you that seems like an impossible feat.
Your sexual health, rather than being an empowering, enjoyable part of your life, is a shameful, disappointing, and uncomfortable situation.
Trust me when I say that it doesn’t have to be this way.
I’ve now helped over 22,000 women just like you recover from painful, shame-filled, and inconvenient pelvic problems.
Did you know that in just a few minutes a day, you can perform easy to do exercises in the comfort of your own home that can turn everything around?
You can take back your life, your power, and your sexual health.
You just need to know the right steps to take.
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It’s chock full of instructional videos, how-to manuals, and tons of visuals — so there’s no question you’re doing the exercises correctly.
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For less than the price of a steak dinner at an outdoor cafe, you can learn my essential tips and tricks for creating a different reality for your sexual health and pelvic floor.