Everything we see and feel, everything surrounding us, affects our lives in one way or another. Specially in something as natural and basic as sex, sexual health and relationships.
After all this time, and taking into consideration the evolution of our society and the incredible technological advances that helped us get liberated and empowered, you would think we would know better. Far from it, there is still a big disinformation and attached risks to the subject. That is why at Skokka they wanted to bring some light to the topic.
World Sexual Health Day
The World Association for Sexual Health (WAS) began, in 2010, to propose the 4th of September as the date for the World Sexual Health Day to all the organizations it collaborated with. The objective of this day is to spread awareness towards good sexual habits, stimulate learning about sexual health and avoid further spreading Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD).
Nowadays it’s become a really important date worldwide, specially in places such as Jalisco, Mexico where it was officialised. Showing the real concern regarding these issues and the latest trends.
For example, last October the Public Health England (PHE) presented the latest data talking about the ratio at which young people get diagnosed with a STD, and it is concerning nevertheless. The data shows that every 4 minutes a young person, aged 15 to 24, is diagnosed with a STD, mainly being said diseases chlamydia and gonorrhoea. Being a 63% of the total of chlamydia diagnoses and 37% of the gonorrhoea diagnoses coming from this specific group of people.
Causes for the current level of sexual health
The major factors that affect each and every single person’s sexual health are the following four:
- Information: Many people have never spoken about sexual health, nor even small conversations with their parents or with professionals. No information regarding how to do it in safe ways and the problems that may arise by having sex without protection was given to them. This proves the point that depending on the interest and accessibility of said information the risks increase or decrease.
- Distribution of medicaments and contraceptives: Not all over the world is the access to these products as easy as it is in others. We have it relatively easy to get any of these things for us but in many parts of the world they are considered as a commodity.
- Losing your virginity: The newer generations lose their virginity earlier as time passes by. This makes it harder for the young people starting in the world of sex, since they aren’t completely aware of the possible consequences.
- Lifestyle, routine and stress: Your work, phone, TV and the necessity to go from one place to another. Those are just some simple examples of the factors in our everyday lives, specially in big cities, that overstimulate us without being conscious about it. Wanting to do and get everything fast sometimes makes us lose the bigger picture and forget about taken cautions.
When we don’t take the necessary preventive measures while having sex, such as contraceptives or regular checks, we are at risk of having:
- Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) or Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI): The array of different diseases and infections that could someone could be infected with is wide. Among them all the most common and yet dangerous are VIH, chlamydia, gonorrhoea, herpes, syphilis, candidiasis and lice. It is really important to know a little bit about all of them since each one is transmitted in a different way and has different symptoms.
- Undesired Pregnancies: To many women giving birth and having children is one of their goals in life. But that means that there are also thousands of women to whom a child would suppose a burden more than a gift. For those escort girls from London or anywhere else in the world, becoming pregnant can be a major setback to their job, as well as the responsibility of having an unwanted child. With information and caution it can be avoided.
- Lack of Sexual Desire: Our frenetic lifestyles, our routines, many times take a toll on our sexual life and make it harder to find the time or the motivation for sex.
- Erectile Dysfunction: Condition in which the penis doesn’t appear aroused regardless of the attraction and real excitement. It is also included in this category the ejaculation in very early stages of the sexual activity.
- Anorgasmia: The difficulty, or complete absence, of orgasms.
- Penile Fracture: Even if many believe it is nothing more than a myth we can assure it is true, and a very painful truth at that. It is a really sensitive zone and many of these fractures happen in specific postures that put a big pression on the penis.
- Congresses and talks: All over the world thousands of talks take place where professionals are summoned and free STD/STI tests are given, among other things. For example: The 3rd of April was the 2019 National SexEd Conference in Newark. On the 3rd of July there will be in London the Sex Education Forum’s Summer Members Event 2019
- Laws: Some governments, after looking at the latest data that confirms there is a growing trend of infections spreading, premature pregnancies, etc, are finally putting their sexual health agenda up to date. These governments are looking into legislating better sexual health education, so the risks are more well-know and so the probabilities of future problems is reduced.
- MIndfulness: It is a set of focussing and relaxation techniques that consist on focusing in everything that is happening and surrounding us. It is more and more common to see people use these techniques during the intercourse. Feeling more everything that is happening and that is surrounding you helps with a long array of problems such as erectile dysfunction, orgasms and more.
- Innovation and inventions: The Smart Condom similar to a vibrating ring. It is a complement that can be used either as a measuring device or as both condom and measuring device. It counts the number of pumps, the consumed kcal, the rhythm, the duration, and much more.