What is Sexual Health?

Life in Balance

By Dr. Jami Wilder

It’s kind of a trick question.

Ask the question to any number of people and you are bound to get as many answers as there are people. For one person, sexual health may mean the absence of disease. For another, sexual health may be a reflection of the freedom she or he feels to express desires free of societal expectation. In truth, the definition of sexual health is rooted in so many different things. Culture, religion and spiritual beliefs, your nationality, tribe or group affiliation, sexual orientation, family beliefs and so much more weave together to create our individual understanding of what it means to be sexually healthy.

But that doesn’t mean that we haven’t tried to define it. The American Sexual Health Association offers the following as a definition of sexual health:

“Sexual health is the ability to embrace and enjoy our sexuality throughout our…

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