Unhealthy Sexual Habits to Avoid

November 12, 2012

Unhealthy Sexual Habits to Avoid

We live in a society that is obsessed with sex and all things sexual, so what happens when it begins to affect our health?

In the twenty-first century, it seems that everyone is much more relaxed when it comes to discussing the subject of sex and sexual habits – even in societies where this type of subject was previously taboo. More and more people are happy to talk about their sex lives and predilections and especially to discuss contraception and sexually transmitted diseases. However scant attention appears to be paid to attitudes surrounding sex – being sexually healthy is not just about the mental attitude of approach to sex but includes also good physical hygiene. It appears that when discussing sex few people are prepared to discuss the effects of having multiple partners can have on both physical and mental well being. Whilst any physical problems – such as STDs – may be quickly dealt with, it is likely that any emotional problems that develop as the result of a promiscuous lifestyle will be a huge drain on mental health.

Barrier contraceptive methods

Experts believe that choosing a barrier method of birth control – such as a diaphragm, IUD, condom etc may greatly reduce the risk of sexually transmitted diseases – even those such as genital warts that are implicated in the development of cervical cancer. Genital warts are the result of being infected with the Human Papilloma Virus – commonly referred to as HPV. Anecdotal evidence suggests that cervical cancer is never seen in nuns who live a life of celibacy.

Multiple partners

It appears that, in the twenty-first century, having multiple sexual partners is the norm rather than the exception. Anyone who has not had many sexual experiences, or who chooses to remain chaste until marriage, is considered peculiar at best. However, having a plethora of sexual partners can be detrimental both to physical and mental health.

Increased risk of Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Having multiple sexual partners greatly increases the risks of contracting Sexually Transmitted Diseases – including, but not only, the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) which causes AIDS. Chlamydia has recently been in the headlines as a silent sexually transmitted disease which spreads like wildfire but often has no symptoms until the infection has done its’ damage – an untreated Chlamydia infection can, at worst, cause infertility.

Psychological issues

Doctors firmly believe that having many sexual partners is extremely detrimental to our mental health – the effects on emotional and psychological well being cannot be dismissed or taken lightly. Issues around fear of pregnancy, or parental disapproval, of a disappointing experience or of being let down by the sexual partner are all likely to cause emotional difficulties and ‘baggage’ which may be difficult to recover from when the time comes to establish a more permanent long term sexual relationship.

Freedom of choice

Whilst much is made of the individual’s right to live as they please it is important to realise that doing so often has a major detrimental effect on that individual and the community they live in. Exposing oneself to unnecessary danger from sexually transmitted diseases may well have life threatening consequences that were never imagined. Whilst exercising freedom of choice it is important to do so armed with the fullest of knowledge of the possibilities an action may lead to as well as to take responsibility to protect oneself and others from the dangers of a promiscuous lifestyle.

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