To the editor,
Canadians will be celebrating the 9th annual national Sexual and Reproductive Health Day, on Feb. 12.
Sexual health is part of overall health throughout life. People across the nation are encouraged to take responsibility for their own sexual health, to talk about healthy decision-making with the people they care about, and to become better informed on sexual health practices.
Consider starting a conversation with family or friends this week. If you don't know what to say, try some of the following topics as your conversation starters:
- Emergency contraception can legally be sold from pharmacy shelves alongside condoms, but usually isn't.
- Obese men may decrease risk of erectile dysfunction through diet and exercise.
- Some parents are still telling "stork" stories.
- Older adults are remaining sexually active. However, when compared with their younger counterparts, fewer older adults entering new relationships get tested for HIV or use condoms.
- Everyone has a sexual orientation. Sexual orientation is defined as your feelings of attraction toward others.
Sexual and Reproductive Health Day is also an excellent time to celebrate our communities' efforts to support, protect and enhance youth sexual health, as well as sexual and reproductive health across the lifespan.
Ruthie Patriquin, Executive Director
Sexual Health Centre for Cumberland County