There are several things you can do to take care of your sexual health and well-being:
- GET TO KNOW YOUR OWN BODY – our bodies are amazing and unique. Take some time to explore how you look, feel, smell, and taste so that you get a good sense of what’s normal for you. That way, you’re better able to tell if anything goes wrong. We highly recommend using a mirror to become better acquainted with your genitals!
- GET REGULAR CHECK-UPS – keep up-to-date on Pap tests, STI testing, testicular checks, breast exams, etc. A lot of health problems don’t have any symptoms, so it’s important to get into the habit of regular check-ups. When it comes to your health, ignorance is NOT bliss!
- KNOW YOUR OPTIONS – if applicable, find out about all the different types of birth control, the pros and cons of each, and make an informed choice. Also, take some time to learn about all the different kinds of condoms and other barrier methods that are available, so you can choose something that works best for you.
- EXPLORE WHAT FEELS GOOD – get creative and spend some time figuring out what makes you feel happy and fulfilled sexually. Think about your values, your dreams, your boundaries, your culture. Talk to people you trust. Read books, check-out reputable websites. Masturbate, fantasize, try out different roles. Seek out support if you need it. And remember that your sexuality is something to be respected and celebrated!