Written by: Anne Marie Fogarty, RGN
Women’s Sexual Health
Women’s sexual health is an essential aspect of overall well-being, encompassing physical, emotional, and social well-being. It includes a wide range of issues related to sexual function, sexual behaviour, and sexual identity.
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Some of the common aspects of women’s sexual health include:
This includes the female reproductive system, including the ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus, cervix, and vagina. Women’s reproductive health concerns can include menstrual cycle irregularities, fertility issues, and menopause-related symptoms.
This includes issues related to sexual desire, arousal, orgasm, and pain during sexual activity. Physical or psychological factors, such as hormonal imbalances, medications, or relationship issues, can cause sexual dysfunction.
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
Women can contract STIs through sexual contact, and some can have serious long-term effects on reproductive health, such as infertility or an increased risk of certain cancers.
Women have various options for preventing pregnancy, including hormonal birth control, condoms, and intrauterine devices (IUDs).
Sexual orientation and gender identity
Women may identify as heterosexual, lesbian, bisexual, or queer and may experience different health concerns related to their sexual identity.
It is important for women to prioritise their sexual health by practising safe sex, getting regular gynaecological check-ups, and addressing any concerns or issues with a healthcare provider. Open communication with partners and seeking support from trusted sources can also play an essential role in maintaining and improving sexual health.
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