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Ensuring Your Sexual Health

When thinking about sexual health, most people think of STD’s and other similar issues. While STDs are an important aspect, sexual health is also about healthy bodily function, enjoyment, and making sure you’re living an optimal life as you age.

Sex is a significant part of human life. Without it we’d cease to exist. But in addition to procreation, it’s fun, pleasurable, contributes toward overall health and wellness, and helps keep your intimate relationship alive and thriving. For those reasons and more, it’s important to ensure that you’re sexually healthy. Maintaining peak sexual health also contributes to your mental and emotional function.

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Sexual Health Issues that Affect Everyone

Even if a person is completely celibate they can still suffer from issues that impact sexual health. Sexual health affects people mentally, emotionally, and physically, sometimes to the extent whereby their sex drive is completely lost. In addition to the potential lack of sex drive affecting a person’s mental and emotional wellbeing, there are environmental and physical issues to consider regardless of age or gender.

Environmental

  • STD (Sexually Transmitted Disease)
  • STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection)
  • Stigma
  • Culture
  • Religion

Physical

  • Low Libido
  • Reduced sexual interest
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Vaginal Degeneration
  • Lack of orgasms
  • Pain

There are times when a person experiences a reduced sex drive or lack of interest for a short period. For example, when someone has the flu, or when a couple gets into an argument, they generally aren’t in the mood for sex.  But sometimes the problem runs deeper and requires working with an expert practitioner to determine the cause. Other issues such as the inability to gain an erection, have an orgasm, or experiencing pain during sex can indicate a more serious underlying problem.

Only by working with an expert practitioner in sexual health can you expect to determine and remedy the cause of your sexual health issues. Between therapies, treatments, and time, optimal sexual health is attainable.

Aging With Grace

Getting older doesn’t mean that your interest in sex ends. In fact, many people in their later years have experienced a greater sex life than when they were younger. However, as you age changes occur in your body that affects your sexual health. For example, suffering from common medical conditions that you may not realize impacts your sexual health becomes more common as you age.

Some common medical conditions include:

  • Arthritis
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Depression

Medical conditions most often require medicinal consumption. Some of these medicines can have a negative effect on your sex drive. Lowered libido, inability to gain an erection, vaginal dryness, vaginal pain, and lack of ability to orgasm are some of the possible side effects depending on the medicine you take.

The best way to develop and maintain your sexual health through medicinal options is to work with an experienced provider. An experienced provider will be able to advise you on realistic expectations regarding your sex life when considering medical conditions and medicinal options. An experienced provider can prescribe an individual treatment plan to restore you to a healthy, optimal sex life, and overall wellness.

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Women are from Venus

Women and men differ greatly in terms of sexual function. For women, some medical conditions that can affect their sexual health will require treatment to resume optimal sexual function.

Many of these conditions fall under the umbrella of Female Sexual Dysfunction, which includes:

  • Sexual arousal disorder: Women experience difficulty becoming aroused or have a lack of sexual response.
  • Orgasmic disorder: Marked by the difficulty if not impossibility of achieving orgasm.
  • Sexual pain disorder: This occurs when women experience pain during sex or with vaginal stimulation.
  • Hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD): Lack of sexual fantasies and desire for sex.

Another issue that affects women is vaginal dryness. This occurs primarily due to a decrease in their estrogen hormone. Decreased estrogen can occur due to breastfeeding, childbirth, radiation or chemotherapy (cancer patients), surgical removal of the ovaries, and anti-estrogen medicines.

One topic that has gained traction is the idea of vaginal rejuvenation. While there is still some debate on the merits of this practice, it has grown in popularity for its ability to create a better genital appearance and improve sexual function.

Some of the top treatment options for women:

  • O-shot: Platelet-rich plasma is injected near the clitoris and just inside the vagina. Designed to increase sexual response and desire to address female sexual dysfunction.
  • Cialis for women: Improves sexual function through the relaxation of blood vessels. Still being tested for FDA approval.
  • FemTouch: Designed for vaginal rejuvenation by using a CO2 laser to create micro-injuries to stimulate the growth of collagen to restore appearance and healthy function.
  • Intima: A laser treatment designed to restore moisture, rebuild and tighten the vaginal wall, and relieve mild incontinence.
  • DiVa: Another laser therapy designed to improve vaginal health.
  • ThermiVa: Radio frequency system designed to tighten the internal and external tissues of the vagina.

When suffering sexual health issues, consider your mental and emotional health. Sex is just as much a mental and emotional function as it is physical. By working closely with a sexual health expert you will ensure that any cause of sexual dysfunction is addressed correctly so you can enjoy optimal sexual health.

Men are from Mars

Men are no strangers to their own sexual health and performance issues. They have unique sexual health concerns, just like their counterparts from Venus. Men’s issues mainly fall under the umbrella of Male Sexual Dysfunction, which includes:

Ejaculation disorders

  • Premature: Ejaculation happens earlier than desired with an inability to delay climax.
  • Delayed: Difficulty or impossibility for the male to ejaculate.
  • Retrograde: When ejaculating, the semen goes back through the urethra instead of out like normal. This can be a sign of a deeper health problem.

Erectile dysfunction (ED)

  • Difficulty getting or keeping an erection firm enough for sex.

Peyronie’s disease

  • Flat scar tissue forms under the skin of the penis due to penile injury

Some of the top treatment options for men:

  • Viagra: Number one drug to help with erectile dysfunction.
  • Cialis: Another popular drug that helps with ED
  • Promescent: Helps with premature ejaculation by numbing the penis through a topical spray.
  • Gainswave Therapy: Through pulse waves, blood flow is improved to the penis and help boost sexual performance.
  • ESWT (Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy): Designed to help with ED through shockwaves. Has been used for Peyronie’s disease and erectile dysfunction
  • P-shot: Done by injecting platelet-rich plasma into the shaft and head of the penis after numbing the penis. Used for Peyronie’s disease and erectile dysfunction.

One of the biggest sexual health challenges for men lies within their honesty about the topic. Key to achieving optimal sexual health for men is being honest and open with an experienced provider who can identify the problem and prescribe the right solution. A provider who is well experienced in the field of sexual health can determine what your physical issues are, and get you on the right path to improve and restore sexual health.

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Side Effects

All medical treatments come with risks regardless of whether they are mature and well established, or brand new with promising, cutting edge results. The fact remains that side effects are a possibility, including treatments intended to improve your sexual health.

To give you some insight and information to aid in your conversation with an experienced provider, we’ve provided a breakdown of some side effects by treatment:

Women

O-shot: No significant side effects beyond what is to be expected with an injection of any kind.

Cialis for women:

  • Headache
  • Spasms in the regions of the vertebral column
  • Gas
  • Nasal congestion
  • Muscle aches

FemTouch

  • Itching
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Inflammation
  • Tenderness
  • Burning with urination
  • Mild spotting or vaginal bleeding

Intima: No noticeable side effects have been reported.

DiVa: No noticeable side effects have been reported.

ThermiVa: No noticeable side effects have been reported beyond a very low possibility of scarring or burns.

Men

Viagra:

  • Headache
  • Abnormal vision
  • Blurred vision
  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Muscle pain
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Rash
  • Rare but serious:
  • Prolonged erection
  • Sudden vision loss
  • Sudden hearing loss

Cialis:

  • Headaches
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Abnormal ejaculation
  • Prolonged erections
  • And more

Promescent: If used too much, temporary loss of sensitivity and temporary loss of erection are possibilities.

Gainswave Therapy: Very few side effects for this treatment if any.

ESWT (Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy): Reddening of the skin and possible migraines.

P-shot: Some bruising is the only verified side effect.

Side effects can be scary, just keep in mind that they are only possible not probable. In addition, keep communications open with an experienced provider. Many side effects can be neutralized by the ability of an experienced provider to make adjustments promptly. Always address any concerns you have ahead of time.

Getting Started with Sexual Health

Regardless of where you’re at in your sexual life, you should still be able to enjoy it. Whatever issue stands in your way, there are many treatment options that exist to help you. Whether it’s a simple prescription or a more involved solution, you’re covered.

Finding an expert is as simple as visiting our online community. With AgeEnvy, valuable information detailing treatments and counseling for your sexual health concerns is at your fingertips. Taking care of your sexual health can pave the way to improved overall health for now and the future. Getting the right treatment will do wonders for your health as well as your enjoyment. That’s why our mission is to give consumers control over their health by getting them connected with verified providers focused on sexual health.