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Behind Closed Doors: The Importance of Sexual Health Counselling

Sexual intimacy isn’t always easy-breezy. For some, it can be daunting, draining and sometimes, even dangerous. And for most, the alarm bells don’t go off in time. Intimacy marred by vaginal pain, a sexually transmitted disease (STD) or emotional trauma is a sign that not all is well and that professional intervention may be required.

Sexual health counselling has long been a topic brushed under the carpet, shunned by those in desperate need of it. But as the stigma ebbs, it’s important to acknowledge the phenomenal transformational power of sexual health counselling; one that is capable of healing and treating both emotional and physical pain.

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Understanding Sexual Health

Sexual health refers to measures pointed at minimising the risk of STDs and unplanned pregnancies. In essence, it encapsulates the optimal maintenance of sexual health. In India, STDs have risen 400% since 1981, a surefire sign that we ought to be more conscious about its prevalence and harmful effects. STDs aren’t restricted to specific areas or specific demographics. Even educated Indians are falling prey to STDs, especially in metropolitan and cosmopolitan cities.

Although STDs are only a subset of disorders that form the sexual health compass, they are an indication of the falling quality of sexual health in India. Sexual health checkups and counselling can help to increase awareness and provide relief to those suffering silently.

Categories of Sexual Health Disorders

  • Reproductive system disorders
  • Infertility
  • Gynaecological problems
  • Urinary problems
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Erectile dysfunction  
  • Painful intercourse
  • Loss of libido

Benefits of Sexual Health Counselling

With sexual health, emotions can run deep and sometimes, even confiding in your partner can seem like an overwhelming thought. A counsellor who is experienced in matters of sexual health can help ease the anxiety and create a holistic treatment plan, working you through areas that are especially hard to deal with.

Even a handful of counselling sessions can give clarity and peace of mind and help you overcome obstacles. When it comes to seeking counselling on sex or intimacy, it’s wise to attend sessions with your partner in tow. After all, it takes two to cement a relationship.

Things to Know About Sexual Health Counselling

If you’re thinking of sexual health counselling, begin with these.

1. Acknowledge That It Is Like Any Other Form of Counselling

Sex therapy isn’t a freaky proxy for conventional counselling. The truth is, sexual health counselling is very similar to other forms of counselling. To begin with, your counsellor may ask you details about your sex life and history and then give you ways to overcome specific issues.

2. Prepare to Embrace the Physical and the Psychological Aspects

Sex is equally rooted in physicality and psychology and emotional issues can give rise to sexual problems like erectile dysfunction. Expert care can serve to address both sides of the coin, helping you reach a physical and psychological equilibrium.

3. Be Choosy While Picking Your Counsellor

Expert advice can restore emotional and physical sanctity and serve as a tremendous pillar of support. Make a shortlist of counsellors you’re considering and filter based on expertise, reviews and qualifications. Granted, sexual health is a sensitive topic and likely one that you wouldn’t want to discuss with friends and relatives. The internet, however, is free of judgement. Turn to review portals to aid you in your search.

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Sexual Health Counselling on Cloudnine

On Cloudnine, our multifaceted counselling programme places special emphasis on sexual health counselling. Our counsellors are highly skilled, with years of experience in addressing and resolving sexual health problems. It’s natural to wonder whether your problem ‘qualifies’ as a sexual health issue.

If you’re not sure, ask for answers from a counsellor to dispel any doubts you may have. Leave it to your counsellor to show you an easy bedside manner. You’ll find the term fitting in more ways than one.

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