Sexual health isn’t just a “bonus” part of your health. It’s an integral part of who you are and plays a significant role in your physical, emotional, and mental well-being.
That is why our team includes sexual wellness as part of our gynecologic services here at OB/GYN Care Orlando in Oviedo, Florida.
Here’s what you need to know about sexual wellness and why it matters.
Sexual health matters for many physical and emotional reasons. A healthy sex life can:
In a study published in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, researchers found that quality 一 not just frequency 一 of sexual intimacy can support your heart health. Specifically, women who engaged in high-quality, pleasurable intercourse were more likely to have lower risks of hypertension.
Sexual health helps reduce stress by reducing cortisol levels. That also includes non-sexual intimacy.
Sex reduces stress because orgasms trigger the release of the “love” hormone called oxytocin. The flood of oxytocin helps you feel relaxed, happy, and less stressed.
Reduced stress, feelings of satisfaction, and increased feelings of happiness contribute to improved sleep. That includes improved sleep quality and improved sleep latency (how quickly you fall asleep at night).
Sexual wellness affects your mental and emotional health in many ways. Sex boosts serotonin (which helps reduce feelings of depression), and it also increases feelings of love and satisfaction, boosts self-confidence, and reduces stress 一 all of which support your mental health.
Your libido refers to your sex drive, and unfortunately, many women experience dips in their libido throughout their life. Hormonal fluctuations, including during the menstrual cycle or in menopause, can also decrease your libido.
Interestingly, having more good quality sex can boost your libido. Intercourse increases vaginal lubrication and blood flow, both of which can make sex more enjoyable. The more enjoyable the sex, the more you crave it. In other words, having more sex can boost your libido.
When a woman has an orgasm, the pelvic floor muscles contract. That can help strengthen your pelvic floor, which helps improve bladder control and reduce incontinence.
Sexual health matters because it’s part of your overall health. Although sexual intercourse provides many physical and mental benefits, there are many obstacles 一biological, psychological, social, and interpersonal components 一 that can negatively impact sexual wellness.
Pain during intercourse and decreased libido are two significant sexual concerns. Here at OB/GYN Care Orlando, we know that painful intercourse can be troublesome. Vaginal dryness, endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease, uterine prolapse, fibroids, cystitis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), pelvic floor dysfunction, and ovarian cysts are just a few examples of conditions that contribute to pain during intercourse.
When you have pain during sex, or when you’re libido is low, sexual intercourse isn’t enjoyable, and you may miss out on these many benefits.
If you’re struggling with sexual obstacles, including pain or dryness or loss of libido, that keep you from reaping the many benefits of sexual wellness, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Our compassionate and expert team is here to help you manage your sexual wellness concerns so you can enjoy intimacy once again.
Whether you need hormone therapy to balance your hormones and restore vaginal lubrication or you need surgery for painful fibroids, rest assured sexual wellness (and any related treatments) are tailored to meet your unique needs. You can reach our Oviedo, Florida, office at 321-304-6249 or through our online scheduling tool.