This section covers information regarding contraception, sex, STIs and STD's, menstruation, infections, and more.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), "Sexual health is a state of physical, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality. It requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence."
Individuals who engage in high-risk sexual behavior (HRSB) expose themselves to multiple risks, including those that are social, emotional, and physical in nature. Such risks can include effects to interpersonal relationships, self-esteem and overall well-being and health. With such important effects of engagement, it is imperative that a variety of healthcare providers understand an individual's decision-making process as a way to prevent unnecessary and adverse health, social, and behavioral consequences.
Sexuality is a big part of being human.
Love, affection and sexual intimacy all play a role in healthy relationships. They also contribute to your sense of well-being. Whether you're part of a couple, in a new relationship, have many partners or are happy and relaxed not having sex, everyone needs to take care of their sexual well-being.
Men and women have many sexual problems which frequently arise because of other problems within a relationship or simply because of individual differences.
These differences consist of differences in expectations, assumptions, desire, preferred behaviors, and relationship conflicts. Although these differences create sexual problems in both men and women, problems among men and women are different. The World Health Organization's International Classifications of Diseases defines sexual problems as - the various ways in which an individual is unable to participate in a sexual relationship as he or she would wish. Sexual disorders, according to the DSM-IV-TR, are disturbances in sexual desire and psycho-physiological changes that characterize the sexual response cycle and cause marked distress, and interpersonal difficulty.
There are four major categories of sexual problems: desire disorders, arousal disorders, orgasmic disorders, and sexual pain disorders.
Hypoactive sexual desire
Sexual arousal disorder
Hypersexuality (sexual addiction)
Sexual pain disorders
In men, four different disorders:
In women, three different disorders:
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