Condoms? Check. Romantic mood? Check. Wine and aphrodisiacs? Check.

But wait, is that all we need for a good sexual experience? Not really. We often forget that good health is the most important factor.

We’ve all had those days when our mind is in the mood but our body isn’t.

Is it because of too much stress? Or maybe you drank too much alcohol? Oh wait, maybe it’s because of a bad diet?

The truth is, it could be one of many factors affecting your sexual health. Let’s find out what they are.

1. Not taking protection seriously

We already know that condoms are necessary to prevent STIs and STDs, however, it’s easy to get caught up in the moment and not use one. Giving up the condom may seem like a good idea to you, but it can very easily turn into a nightmare.

Many STIs and STDs may not be symptomatic, meaning you may not experience any symptoms or signs of infection, but you can still be a carrier. So unless you and your partner are tested, always use a condom.

2. Ignore your bad sleeping habits

Although you may not suffer from sleep disorders in their own right, lack of sleep or poor quality of sleep can also affect your sexual health. According to a recent studypoor sleep can potentially lead to erectile dysfunction and lower urinary tract problems.

3. Not focusing on your sanity

Ignoring your sanity may not seem like an obvious sign, but it can directly affect your hormonal health. Too much stress can cause hormonal imbalance, mainly resulting in low testosterone levels. This results in low libido and bad sexual experiences.

4. Excessive drug use

Take this as a reminder that legal drugs like alcohol and nicotine are still drugs. Indulging in it for recreational purposes is fine, but overusing it will only harm your health, whether sexual or otherwise.

5. Not visiting an expert when needed

Our culture has not always supported an open conversation about sex. As a result, there is a huge margin of rumours, myths and misinformation on the subject. We don’t know enough about STIs, STDs, and sexual health in general.

Although such conversations can be difficult, try to contact trusted people or experts in case you have health problems. More so, sexually active people should get tested regularly, even if they have no symptoms.

The bottom line

Good sexual health is just as important as any other aspect of health. Be sure to incorporate healthy habits into your lifestyle and prioritize your sexual health as well.

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