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Sexual Health 101: What do We Need to Know to Improve our Sex Lives?

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I have been asked several times to talk about how to use natural health to improve sexual health for patients. In fact, one of my psychologist colleagues told me that he believed that sexual health is next great area in natural medicine. Let’s start with the definition of sexual health. The World Health Organization’s (WHO) working definition is as stated: sexual health is a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being. In relation to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction, or infirmity. Sexual health 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. Sexual health is so much more than just the act of having sex it includes all the areas of naturopathic medicine, mental, emotional, spiritual and physical health. This makes natural health is an essential part of sexual health for all of us.

Let’s look at how natural health can support sexual health in each area. Dr. Daniel Amen, author of "The Brain in Love" starts the book by saying the largest sex organ in your body is your brain. The way you think about yourself and the way you think about sex have a strong influence on how much you want or need sex as part of your life. The communication you have with your partners and the way you speak to one another impact your sexual health too. When men speak in loving ways to their female partner, start the foreplay early in the day or week, they are much more able to help put their partner in the mood for sex. Emotions are extremely important for women and sex. The way women feel about themselves, their body image and their self-esteem levels impact their sexual health. Women have strong hormones that cause emotional bonding with their sexual partner. Spiritual health can be related to emotional health but it also relates to your connectedness with you and your sexuality. Physical health has so many areas that correspond with sexual health.

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