It's the time of year where we all try to start the year right with our new years resolutions, that hopefully this will be the year that we are consistent. For me, while I don't have any resolutions, I would hopefully like to start a relationship with someone special.
When it comes to seeing someone new, there’s one awkward topic that most of us shy away from, and that’s our intimate health. It’s funny that it’s such as issue to discuss, as it’s just another part of being healthy, but even so, it’s one conversation that a lot of us dread having with our new partners. However, we shouldn’t, as if we want to ensure that we are able to keep ourselves healthy, we need to be brave and talk about our intimate health.
To make it an easier topic to discuss, below are some tips and ideas. Take note and implement these, and you can ensure that you stay healthy when seeing someone new.
Be direct and straight to the point
When it comes to talking to your partner about your intimate health and staying healthy, it’s important to be direct and straight to the point. Don’t beat around the bush and skirt around the issue, just be honest with your partner and tell them that you want to make sure that you both put your health first. It might be an uncomfortable conversation to have, but if you’re in a new relationship, it’s one that is a must!
Agree to both get tested
If you are going to take things any further, it’s a good idea to agree to both get tested to make sure that you’re both healthy and free of any STDs. As the last thing you want is for someone to have an STD and pass it onto the other person. If you're wondering what STD testing is and what’s involved, there’s no need to stress - you can find out everything that you need to know online. Take the time to read up about what’s involved in different STD tests, so that both you and your partner know what to expect.
Be open about the results
Before undergoing testing, agree to be open with each other about the results. If someone has a positive result for an STD, sharing it can be awkward and embarrassing, but it’s part of being in a relationship. So before undergoing testing, make a pact to tell each other your results, no matter what they might be. The good news is that most STD are treatable, and those that aren’t treatable are manageable, so no matter what the results show, knowing that could provide ease.
Consider your birth control options
Once you’ve both been tested for STDs, the next step is to talk about your birth control options (if applicable). There are plenty of options to choose from; it’s just a case of determining what is best for you. If you’re someone who tends to be forgetful, the contraceptive pill may not be suitable, but the implant may be a good option. If you’re unsure about what the best option is for you, take the time to speak to your doctor to get the advice that you need.
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