SPONSORED FEATURE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THESTICLINIC.COM
Our health is something that we really shouldn’t be taking for granted. I know for me, last year I really neglected my own health both physically and mentally and it caused me to have a breakdown. When we think about our health let’s consider the full picture – our physical, mental, and sexual. The more we can work on each aspect of health, the better we feel within ourselves. Let’s take a look at why we need to focus on our health this year.
Our physical health is something that is probably one of the most obvious to treat if it were to ever ‘go wrong’. Whether our physical health deteriorates due to an injury or it’s self-inflicted, we certainly know when it’s time to get things dealt with. Be sure to have those regular check-ups at the doctor. If something doesn’t feel right then seek the trusted advice that you need.
For me personally my physical health relates to my weight which is something I’m very aware of. I know that I’ve put on a lot of weight in the last few months, so for me it’s important to get this under control and focus on exercise and healthier eating this year. I know that I need to work on my weight as it’s affecting my sleep, I’m also experiencing some back pains and I know that my blood flow is being impacted as I’m getting cramp in my legs quite often. Luckily for me I know the reason for all of this, so I’m already working to solve these health issues.
This is a topic that’s very close to home for me. Last year I dealt with my own anxiety and depression issues and it was completely debilitating. It actually contributed to me leaving my teaching profession and kept me quite isolated for a very long time. Looking back, I realised that I left it quite a while before seeking any help and opening up to anyone. When I finally was able to be honest and talk about my struggles with my loved ones, I was then confident to get the help I needed. I got in contact with MIND and was given one-to-one CBT. This was amazing and I was also placed on medication by my doctor.
This year I know that I need to make sure I keep having that mental health check and noticing when I start to go back to those dark places. I also know that I need to be open and speak to someone I trust when I start to feel that way again. To read about my anxiety struggles, see this post here.
TheSTIclinic.com is the UK’s largest independent online sexual health clinic and was established in 2008 to provide people with access to affordable private sexual health screening through one of the UK’s leading pathology laboratories. They are located in Harley Street, London and are a licensed healthcare provider that employs GMC registered doctors.
When TheSTIclinic.com contacted me to say they would like to work with Spoken Reveries to increase awareness of sexual health, I was more than happy to oblige. I felt it fitting that sexual health should be something discussed after all of the festivities of recent months. During this time is when there is a rise in the number of sexually transmitted infections. These then have to be treated in the first few months of the New Year.
Having spoken to the team at TheSTIclinic.com, the most common bacterial sexually transmitted infection encountered is chlamydia trachomatis (the organism responsible for diseases such as the STD chlamydia). This is a very serious infection that can result in infertility in men and women. It is advised to take a test for chlamydia a week after having had unprotected sex, as it takes seven days to show a positive result in a chlamydia test.
The symptoms of the chlamydia infection are not always so clear. Screening tests can be done from self taken swabs or urine samples. However, if a woman is experiencing urinary symptoms then it is probably a better idea to test for chlamydia with a urine sample, rather than a vaginal swab. Young people below the age of 25 should be tested for the infection every time they have a new sexual partner. Also in the event of experiencing any symptoms such as pain during urination, painful sex, abdominal pain, or abnormal discharges or bleeding from the vagina.
Chlamydia can be effectively treated with medication such as azithromycin or doxycycline. Both of these treatments come with their own advantages and disadvantages. You should always expect to be treated again from five weeks after treatment started. This is to make sure the infection has been effectively treated.
It’s important that all recent partners from within the last three months should also be given treatment irrespective of their own chlamydia test results. It’s also important that you and your current partners should be being simultaneously treated with antibiotics, while abstaining from sex during treatment, even with a condom.
Sexual health is something that we all should be more aware of and regard as being important. Regardless of your age, gender and life circumstance, your knowledge of sexual health should always be refined. It’s not a discussion to condemn anyone, and should be seen as a topic we take seriously just as we would our mental health (which I’ve discussed my own experiences here), and our more obvious physical health.
I hope this post has given a much needed reminder to put our health first this year. If you have any other advice on how to put your health first, please leave your comment below!
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