Hot topics coming through! These are some of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to sexual health – and their answers.
Why can’t I keep an erection?
The answer to this question is a hearty, “Well that depends”… Being unable to get an erection or keep one may stem from physical reasons, or it may stem from psychological reasons, and in other cases, it could be a combination of both. Physical reasons that hinder keeping a strong erection or getting one in the first place include diabetes, heart disease, and other diseases and conditions. Psychological reasons are unique to each individual person. If you or your partner are having difficulty getting or maintaining an erection it’s best to speak to a doctor about treatment options to help you have a fulfilling sex life.
Do I have an STD?
Had unprotected sex with a partner and concerned that you might have caught something? Hey, even for the safest of people, we’ve all been there. Whether it’s from a bust condom or a momentary lapse of good judgment, engaging in unprotected sex does have the potential to cause STDs. If you’ve noticed something different “down there”, or have weird body symptoms, then it’s best to check in with a doctor and ask for a test. You should refrain from engaging in unprotected sex with other partners until you’re happy with clean results.
What’s the best form of birth control?
Birth control is a great way to ensure that you don’t unintentionally get pregnant, and most forms of BC are very effectively if used according to instructions. Birth control is a very personal thing. While some women like using the pill, others have the injection or the implant, and others just use condoms alone. Most forms of birth control contain hormones to stop egg release or implantation in the woman. There are only two non-hormonal options currently available for ladies – condoms and the copper IUD. Non-copper IUDs release hormones. While not currently readily available, there is a male pill that can be used for birth control too.
How often do I need to go for a pap smear?
Pap smears are one of those things in life that are a bit of a hassle but are a necessity. It is recommended that you go for a pap smear every 2 years, or more (or less) frequently should your doctor advise. This is to ensure that you can any changes in the cervix that may turn cancerous.
Is discharge normal?
Whether you’re a man or a woman, having discharge is a general fact of life. Discharge comes from the vagina or the penis, and is often just a sign of the body being regular and healthy. For women, your discharge will vary across your menstrual cycle. Anything out of the ordinary during your cycle should be talked about with your doctor. For men, a little bit of discharge generally indicates some pre-cum, you’re just a bit excited there. Anything else should be chatted about with your doctor also.
How can I last longer in bed?
Are you a 2-minute wonder? If you aren’t having last longer sex enough for both partners to enjoy the whole experience, then it’s time to take a closer look at your issue. While it may be from some sort of physical condition, most of the time it’s simply from getting overexcited. You may need to practice exercises that will help you to slow down in the bedroom, or there are also medications that can be used to help you last longer in bed. Have a talk to your doctor about what can be done and possibly pick up a prescription to help you go that extra distance.
When is the best time to get pregnant?
Trying to get pregnant? You should be tracking menstrual cycles to determine the ideal time to get busy and try and get pregnant. Generally, a woman is at her most fertile 14 days after the first day of the period. However, every woman is different. These days, you can download a period tracking app that will help you to see when you are most likely to fall pregnant. It’s also possible to measure your mucous levels to see when you are most “ripe”.
How often should I get tested?
If you are not with a regular partner only in a monogamous relationship, then it’s important to take yourself for an STD check every now and then, even if you are being careful with condom usage. People generally go for an STD check every 3 to 6 months, however the frequency of your appointments really is up to you. If you suspect that you’ve been in contact with someone who has an STD then you should stop by the doctor to get tested as soon as you can for some peace of mind.