Your body is amazing! It is also the only one you will ever have for the rest of your life. It’s important to know your body and bodies in general to be better informed in sexual health. Your body is yours and you have agency over your body. Feeling confident with our bodies and our sexuality is important for healthy relationships with ourselves and others. Whatever your level of knowledge on sexual health –there is always more to learn and understand about our bodies, ourselves, others, and relationships. Unfortunately, not everyone is taught about sexual health which can lead to confusion and ignorance about the subject at best and vulnerability at worst. Knowledge can be powerful – if we apply that knowledge to our lives, decisions, and behaviours. Sexual health can feel embarrassing or even shameful for some people to speak about and that is understandable – we have lived in a world that has repressed sexuality historically and still struggles to have positive, open dialogue about sexual health and its importance. We need to normalise these conversations – not only for ourselves but for future generations so they are empowered and confident in their bodies, sexuality, and knowledge.
Everyone is different and our bodies are unique. We come in all shapes and sizes which is why it is important that our differences are normalized and de-stigmatised. We live in a time where unattainable standards are projected onto us in media and online. This can cause us to view ourselves and our bodies negatively. Getting to know your body and its capabilities and uniqueness is empowering. Informing yourself with knowledge of sexual health can ensure that you exercise agency over your body and the choices you make.
Some areas that we can all learn more about are:
The more we learn about our bodies and sexual health the more informed our decisions and the healthier our choices and bodies will be.
Whether you are looking for some tips for improving your mental health or you need advice on how to access professional help, this guide will offer some mental health advice and links to best support you. Mental health problems are common and affect everybody – regardless of background or circumstances.