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World Sexual Health Day – Why Sexually Active Adults Need Regular Checkups?

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The world sexual health day is on 4th September. The theme of this year’s sexual health awareness day is making sexual health inclusive. And it all starts with making people understand why a health check-up is integral to their sexual health.

Securing your sexual health is liberating. You owe these check-ups not just to yourself but your partner too. 

When Should You Opt For A Sexual Health Check-Up?

Once you have an active sex life, it’s imperative that you visit the doctor on a regular basis. Age is not a factor here. No matter how young you are, or how elderly, an active sex life always calls for a check-up.

A few other scenarios that require sexual health check-up are – 

  • If you’ve had sex with someone with sexually transmitted diseases
  • If you’ve changed your sexual partner recently
  • If you are engaging in sex with multiple partners
  • If you have unprotected sex
  • If you have a history of sexually transmitted diseases
  • If you notice strange symptoms, or if your genitals are stinging or hurting
  • If you are a woman using Intrauterine Device (IUD) 

Why do you need a Sexual Health Check-up?

A sexual health check-up will determine if everything is all right with your sexual organs. The reason you should opt for a test regularly is that often, sexually transmitted diseases exhibit symptoms that you might not recognise and if you ignore them, the disease would spiral out of control. But, a test would detect the disease that is about to set in and your doctor will suggest medicines to help cure it. The sooner the disease is diagnosed the greater the possibility of a speedy recovery.

How Often Should You Go For a Test?

How frequently you need a test depends on just how active you are sexually –

  • If you have just one partner and you have infrequent sexual intercourse, just one test a year will do
  • If you have one sexual partner but you have a very active sex life, then go for a test bi-annually
  • If you have multiple sex partners, you need a test every three months

What happens during the test?

During the test, you will be asked about your sexual history and if you’ve ever had a sexually transmitted disease.  

Your doctor will conduct a visual or pelvic examination. A look at the affected area will tell your doctor if you need further tests or if you are healthy.

If the doctor feels like you may have contracted a sexually transmitted disease, then you will have to go further tests such as a blood/urine/swab tests, or an internal examination if you are a woman.

Your sexual health is every bit as important as the health and wellbeing of other parts of your body. If you do not go for regular check-ups, you could end up with complications that will invite pain and anxiety.

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