Sexual Awareness: Healthy Sexuality and Getting to Know Yourself

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As you may know, sexual awareness is not only about seeking, experiencing your sexual awakening and exploring your preferences to know exactly what you like and what you don’t like to do in your bedroom in order to be completely comfortable and free in your own sexual journey. Sexual awareness is also about learning how to be more intimate with your own body and your natural cycle, and also about knowing how to take care of yourself, and your body, while you’re in this exciting journey of yours.

To take care of yourself successfully and avoid both deceases and unwanted pregnancies, you have to understand the many options that are available today for your birth control and STD prevention, as much as you need to understand your own body and how it works. There’s not a birth control option out there that works perfectly for every woman, which is why you need to be informed when you’re trying out something for the first time or when you’re trying something new.

Fortunately, this is a topic that is much discussed by virtually every woman out there, and thanks to the internet we have all of this access to good information (if we look for it) and, specially, to earnest discussion about it; whether it’s through a forum, a blog, or a podcast, women have shared their experiences and what they’ve learned from them. There’s always useful, clean information to be found in there, and along with the help of your physician, you can develop your own judgment and do what’s most appropriate for yourself and your sex life.

That being said, it’s also important to get in touch with your libido and with your own sexuality. Sexual shame is very real, mainly for us girls; in our upbringing, especially if it’s a religious one, there seems to be quietness about sex and about sexual desire that can be very hurtful to the process of accepting our own natural sexuality. When you treat such a topic with a hush-hush approach, it makes it a taboo when it doesn’t need to be. It’s very liberating to be able to talk about these things, especially when they’re new and we’re trying to make sense of it. It’s liberating to be able to take pride in it, to take pride in our sexuality and our intimacy rather than be afraid or ignorant of it; this is actually very counterproductive because it can make experiences of intimacy very awkward when they should be beautiful, enjoyable, and pleasant.

Having a healthy sense of one’s own desires and how to fulfill them makes our lives so much easier, and it makes our sex lives so much richer to know that it’s okay to have these feelings, it’s okay to explore the sexual world as much as we feel like it’s healthy and enriching for us.

It’s very useful indeed to practice sexual awareness and to be curious about our sexuality; this is not something that’s ingrained in our DNA, it’s not something that we can learn by instinct, we must be responsible, and aware that we need to learn about these things as much as we need to learn anything else to live our lives to the fullest. It is, after all, our body!

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