12 Top Sexual Wellness Goals for you

Sexual Wellness: What is It? The stigma attached to sexual wellness is hardly new. It has always been promoted as a gendered subject. Sexual wellness is a topic that inspires more gasps than sex itself. Sexual wellness is an umbrella term concerned with both the physical and mental health of individuals and rooted in their sexuality. For a more sex-positive world, sexual wellness needs to be a priority for people.

Goals for Sexual Wellness 

  • Consent is the most important aspect of sex, regardless of gender.
  • A sex-positive world where sexual wellness is encouraged.
  • Compulsory sex education for all defines sexual wellness.
  • Open communication and transparency on the subjects of sexual health.
  • Emphasis on the role of mental health in sexual wellness and performance.
  • Disassociating sex with reproduction and promotion of sexual pleasure.
  • Discussion of the stigma associated with sexual dysfunctions.
  • Sexual pleasure for all, regardless of gender.
  • Increasing awareness of safe sex practices.
  • Removing the stigma around sexual desires.
  • Normalizing use of sex toys for pleasure.
  • Open discussions about performance pressures and anxiety related to sex.
  • Normalizing therapy and counseling related to sex and/ or sexual relationships.
  • Destigmatising sexually transmitted diseases.

Ways to Improve Sexual Wellness

  • Sexual wellness demands communication and empathy, not stigma.
  • Open discussion with partners involved about mutual consent and desires.
  • Get to understand the needs of your own body.
  • Taking care of both mental and physical health for the body.
  • Seek the help of a professional.
  • Educating oneself constantly by reading and research.
  • Ensuring that people involved are on the same page, to establish a common ground.

Pornography and Sexual Wellness

  • An understanding is required that porn does not equate to real sex.
  • Porn and fetishes should not be stigmatized.
  • A safer approach to digital sex is required.
  • Misconceptions can be bred due to the unrealistic expectations set by pornography.
  • No gender should be barred from porn because of policing or cultural gatekeeping.
  • Porn does not address intimacy.

Sex and Ableism 

  • Sexual wellbeing is also concerned with sex and ableism.
  • Ableism concerning sex is hardly discussed.
  • The sexual wellness of disabled people needs to be a part of the conversation.
  • Privilege in sex needs to be realised.
  • Disability need not hinder sexual pleasure.
  • Representations of disability required to spread awareness of ableism in sex.

Sexuality and Sexual Wellness

  • Sexual wellness and sexuality need more discussions and awareness.
  • Bodily autonomy is the most important aspect of sexual wellness as well as conversation.
  • The need to distinguish between the tropes promoted by popular culture and the individuality of people is necessary for sexual wellness.
  • Preferences and it is important to establish common ground before engaging in sexual practice.

Safe Sex Practices as Sexual Wellness

  • Promotion of safe sex and use of protection.
  • Inculcating the idea that sexual wellbeing is related to the overall wellbeing of individuals.
  • Monogamy need not be idealised as the only sexual practice.
  • Use of sex toys and other products as natural, if done to increase mutual pleasure.
  • Masturbation to be viewed as natural and healthy, even when in a sexual relationship.
  • Kinks should not be stigmatized.
  • More conversations about trauma in sex and how to enable a person to let go of trauma.
  • The distinction between sexual misconduct and sexual kinks needs to be understood.

Discussion of Trauma for Sexual Wellness

  • Seeking professional help for trauma to improve sexual wellness needs to be normalised.
  • Trauma and experience need to be included in the discussion of sexual wellness.
  • Taking slow, baby steps for sexual pleasure after trauma is important.
  • The subject of trauma needs to be discussed with partners for a more intimate, mutual experience of pleasure.

Destigmatising Casual Sex

  • Casual sex needs to be destigmatised.
  • With safe sex practices, casual sex can be mutually convenient for parties involved.
  • Boundaries need to be established to encourage safe sex.
  • Communication is key, especially when meeting with an “online hookup.”

Busting myths of Sexually Transmitted Diseases

  • STDs are a taboo subject that demands more conversation in popular culture.
  • Stereotypes and popular tropes, along with ostracism faced by people with STDs needs to be addressed.
  • A stronger sense of empathy required to destigmatize sexually transmitted diseases.
  • Safe sex practices are a must, to further prevent the transmission of STDs.
  • Testing for STDs needs to be normalised to diagnose and treat patients more effectively.
  • Regular testing for STDs is an important part of sexual wellness.
  • Regular testing prevents the further spread of the diseases.

Capitalising on sexual wellness

  • Capitalising on sexual wellness needs more discrepancy and stringent guidelines to prevent serious harm.
  • The sexual wellness market needs to be regulated as it can have serious consequences on individuals.
  • False advertisements that further spread the taboo and stigma of sexual dysfunctions need to be addressed.
  • The sexual wellness market needs to be more accessible for the masses.
  • More inclusivity in terms of sexuality and ableism need to be addressed in the sexual wellness market.

Accessible Sexual Healthcare for Sexual Wellness

  • Accessibility to sexual healthcare is necessary for sexual wellness.
  • Sexual healthcare needs to be a part of the healthcare conversation.
  • It can be related to anything related to sexual pleasures or protection.
  • Educating the unprivileged and providing means for sexual healthcare is key for overall sexual wellness.
  • Safe contraceptives need to be popularised and made available to the masses.
  • Permanent contraception practices such as vasectomy and tubectomy need to be viable option for individuals.
  • Stigma regarding stimulants needs to be addressed as stigma can potentially harm the people involved.

Autonomy in sexual wellness

  • Adhering to unhealthy stereotypes in sexual wellness only increases stigma.
  • Bodily autonomy in terms of choice of partner and pleasure should rest solely on individuals.
  • Insecurities related to sex, sexual health and body must become a part of the conversation.

Mental health and sexual wellness

  • Sexual wellness is interconnected with mental health.
  • Issues of insecurity, performance anxiety, and bad experiences can often hinder sexual performance.
  • Individuals have a right to change their minds about sexual boundaries.
  • Intimacy can exist beyond sex and sexual wellness is not limited to sex.

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