How is it contributing to my quality of life?
As a general rule, humans are sexual beings. This is with the exception of those of us who identify as asexual (lack sexual interest in anyone or in sex itself). Whether you are single, are partnered up, date, are married, have children or not, whether you’ve had sex or not, we are all sexual people from birth to death. Our sexuality affects who we are and how we express ourselves as sexual beings.
The ways we experience and express our sexuality is shaped by our values, attitudes, behaviors, body image, beliefs, emotions, personality, experiences, likes and dislikes, and spiritual selves, as well as all the ways in which we have been socialized.
Even though we spend our lifetime as sexual beings, it’s normal to have many questions about sex and sexuality. And this is good because the more we know about sex and sexuality, the better we’re able to take charge of our sex lives and our sexual health. We’re all involved in a lifelong learning process about our sexuality. As we go, our experiences and the experiences of people close to us shape our expectations and our values about sexuality.
At different points, we may wonder, are my sexual activities healthy and normal?
The section below has been adapted from Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s webpage on Sex and Sexuality
Asking yourself the following questions can help determine if sexual activities and sexual relationships are healthy and positive:
Does it give me pleasure?
Are my boundaries being respected? Am I respecting my partner(s)’s boundaries?
Is it putting me, or others, at risk of harm (for example, an STI)?
Am I and my partner(s) freely consenting?
Am I or is my partner being coerced into engaging in sexual activity (being intimidated, tricked, or forced with or without physical force)?
Do I lie about sex?
Is it causing me, or anyone else, physical or emotional pain?
Is my relationship equal, honest and respectful?
How does it make me feel about myself?
Does it follow my personal and my family values?
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