Posted on: 09 Sep 2022
Did you know September is Sexual Health Awareness Month? Sexual health may be a topic people shy away from talking about with others. We tend to keep this part of our life private. But really, sexual health may be key for our relationships and self-esteem. There are a number of urologic conditions that can affect a person’s sexual health, such as erectile dysfunction, urinary tract infections, incontinence and more. Learning about sexual health can help you feel in control and find what works best for you to life your best life.
“Our sexual health is linked to our overall physical health, urologic health and mental health. It can be hard to distinguish between reliable and non-reliable sources. Good sexual health starts by talking with a doctor you trust. Doctors can direct you to the most reliable information. If they cannot answer your questions, they will refer you to someone who can.” – Dr. Akanksha Mehta, Associate Professor from the Emory University School of Medicine
As Dr. Mehta said, finding a doctor you trust is key in helping to manage your sexual health. If you are in need of a urologist or unsure where you find a doctor, check out our Find-a-Urologist tool online.
For more info on sexual health, check out these free resources.
Check out this sexual health issue of UrologyHealth extra® to read more about how urology can affect sexual health.
What else can you do to support your sexual health? One of the most valuable things Dr. Mehta says you can do is to bring your partner with you to appointments. It helps to talk with your doctor together. “It clearly takes two to tango,” she points out. Dr. Mehta leaves us with this advice: “Don’t shy away from conversations about this important topic. Start with a doctor you feel close to. Stay away from online chat groups or sources that are not credible. There are often things we can do to support your intimate relationships.”
So don’t be shy – start talking about sexual health today!
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