BOCA RATON, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–To celebrate Sexual Health Awareness Month in September, a South Florida urologist, male health specialist and standing man podcast co-host Dr. justin dubinoffers tips and advice that aim to help individuals take positive steps to achieve their own sexual health.

“While sexual health is important all year round, this month gives us an additional opportunity to shine a light on the ways we can take care of our bodies physically, mentally and emotionally,” Dubin said. “This is such a critical topic that too often falls by the wayside. My hope is to encourage communication, transparency, respect and positivity when it comes to taking control of sexual health and celebrate sexuality.

Dubin offers the following advice in honor of Sexual Health Awareness Month:

Protection is paramount: At its core, sexual health is about protecting your body physically and avoiding things like sexually transmitted diseases or unplanned pregnancies. To do this, it is essential to anticipate, to be safe and to have the appropriate protection in place. I always recommend wearing a condom and a brand like Trojan has several options available, including its new thinnest latex condom, Trojan Bareskin Raw. I promise you can still have great sex while wearing a condom and being protected – a win-win for all!

Help with good habits: When it comes to maintaining and improving your sexual health, the most important thing to remember is: what’s good for your heart is good for your parts. This means that living a good life, including exercising and eating healthy, will go a long way to ensuring a good sex life for years to come.

Communication is key: If you’re struggling with sexual health issues like low libido or erectile dysfunction, be sure to discuss them with your doctor. The good news is often that these issues can be resolved. In fact, there are often several potential treatment options depending on your sexual health issue. Many people, especially men, find their sexual health issues embarrassing, but remember that you can’t get help if you don’t talk about it. Additionally, communicating with your partner is essential – whether it’s about intimacy, sexual pleasure, or desires, an open line of communication will build trust, positivity, and mutual respect.

Mental health issues: Mental health is an aspect of sexual health that is less often discussed. The brain is a powerful thing, and if you suffer from depression, anxiety, or other mental health issues, your sexual health could be compromised. It is important to take care of your mental health, as well as your physical health, if you want to maintain good sexual health.

Sexual health is total body health: For men in particular, this means that erection problems can be an early sign of heart disease or be caused by diabetes. If you’re a man struggling with sexual health issues, it’s important to go see your doctor not only to have the problem treated, but also to be evaluated for other potential health issues. Consulting your doctor can prevent bigger problems later.

“Hopefully we can continue the conversations about sexual health well beyond this month, Dubin said. “Having a better understanding of your body, as well as acknowledging that sexuality is part of the human experience – are great steps to ensuring this happens.”