Holistic Health & Sex
What is Sex? Many Americans have their own perceptions of what sex is. In order to truly understand what healthy sex is there must be an agreed definition of what sex is. Please take a look at the links below to obtain a more holistic view of what sex is and how much of our society's view of sex is anything but healthy.
What is sex?
America's modern perception of what sex is significantly different from the past and it seems now that the emphasis of sexual health is the ability to embrace and enjoy our sexuality throughout our lives. The American Sexual Health Association defines sexual health as:
Understanding that sexuality is a natural part of life and involves more than sexual behavior.
Recognizing and respecting the sexual rights we all share.
Having access to sexual health information, education, and care.
Making an effort to prevent unintended pregnancies and STD's and seek care and treatment when needed.
Being able to experience sexual pleasure, satisfaction, and intimacy when desired.
Being able to communicate about sexual health with others including sexual partners and healthcare providers.
For more information on the definition of sex and sexual health, visit the American Sexual Health Association website. However, on our website we will look at sex from a more Holistic approach. One of the most common challenges that past and present researches have faced is viewing sex in a linear fashion (Linearity is the property of a mathematical relationship or function which means that it can be graphically represented as a straight line). Looking at sex from a strictly physical linear perspective is extremely limiting and often dismisses the emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects of sex.
Low sexual desire or low libido:
Low sexual desire or low libido results from the interplay of biological (hormones), psychological (anxiety and depression), relational (lack of emotional intimacy or discord), and sociocultural factors (restrictive or repressive environment, negative messages about sexuality). All of these multiple factors need to be assessed for the treatment of low sexual desire.
Educational Youtube Videos of Healthy Sex (Non-pornographic images):
**A few disclaimers, there is a mention of "purpose" of life which is a philosophical statement which is never explained. Furthermore, researchers have "no clear evidence" but that in its self is not evidence. The video included below is a helpful tool in understanding healthy sex but, it should not be the only source of education regarding healthy sex.
Healthy, holistic living includes sex. Too many people, young and old, are faced with an excessive amount of images of sex. As a result the American perception of sex is almost entirely physical. This is a sad reality. America as a nation is physically unhealthy so we must ask ourselves "how does our lack of health education influence our perception of sex, specifically healthy sex?"
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