Sexual health refers to factors that affect sexual functions and reproduction. However, it is such a topic which we often refrain from talking about.
Sexual health is fundamental to the overall health and well-being of individuals, couples, and families, and the social and economic development of communities and countries. Impaired sexual health often affects the physical, mental, and emotional health of a person which leads to poor self-image and relationship issues.
Sexual health is not only about contraceptives and condoms but it is more of learning about the reproductive organs and the parts. It is about knowing how it works and how to take care of it. It is high time to break the stigma and produce a conducive environment to relentlessly talk about the same.
HealthWire, in an exclusive interaction with Dr Ila Gupta, Sr Consultant of Reproductive Medicine Ferticity Fertility Clinic, Delhi, has tried to understand the major concerns of sexual health.
Watch Here’s the Full video of the Interaction:
How can one take care of their reproductive system?
Dr Ila explained, “The first most important thing for women related to the reproductive system is their menstrual cycle. When bleeding starts, one has to be very careful about the type of sanitary pads to use. Frequently of changing it also assumes significance. One should always use pads made of cotton. Don’t use those pads which have a synthetic net over them because these synthetic nets become difficult for absorption, can irritate. It can also cause allergies. It becomes very important to change them very frequently to avoid any kind of fungal infection.”
“Those who are into a sexual relationship should avoid unprotected intercourse. One should always use contraceptive protection. The ones who are unmarried and not planning a baby can go for various contraceptives which are very effective in controlling and preventing any kind of infection. Infectious diseases can easily spread to the other partners; they also affect the genital organs directly and may affect fertility later,” said Dr Ila.
We have also come across a trend, where we see women freezing their eggs to become mothers later in life as they have their career choices to make and also due to other problems, so what is this process all about?
“Today more and more women are coming forward to freeze their eggs and there could be a medical reason or social reason or the late marriages, late planning of pregnancy. We all know that age has a very important role to play in fertility. It is not only the number of the egg that goes down but the quality of the eggs also dips. DNA undergoes changes, this increases the chances of miscarriage. It’s better to freeze if you want to delay the pregnancy. It should be done before 35 years of age. It is a cycle-related procedure. It takes 10-14 days to complete,” explains Dr Ila.