What Does a Sexual Health Check Involve?

According to CDC estimates, 1 in 5 US adults has some kind of sexually transmitted infection (STI). STIs don’t always come with visible symptoms. If left untreated, they could have serious health consequences like infertility, pregnancy complications, chronic pelvic pain, increased risk of HIV infection, and more.

That’s why having regular sexual health checks is vital for all sexually active people. The doctors recommend having a sexual health check at least once every six months to ensure optimal reproductive system health.

However, some people feel nervous about visiting a sex health professional, as they are unsure what’s involved. If you are one of those people, don’t worry. Keep reading to learn all about it and how to schedule your sexual health check.

When Should You Get a Sexual Health Check?

There are several reasons to get a sexual health check, and you should do it every six months if you are sexually active. You should also visit a doctor if:

  • You have just become sexually active
  • You are sexually active and never had a check before
  • You suspect you may have an STI
  • A condom broke or fell during sex
  • You had unprotected intercourse
  • You have a new sexual partner
  • You or your partner have additional sexual partners
  • You have problems with erectile dysfunction
  • Your libido suddenly drops
  • You experience lubrication issues 

What to Expect During a Sexual Health Check?

A standard sexual health check requires a conversation with a doctor, a physical exam, and any necessary tests. They usually start by asking you questions to learn more about your sexual history and habits. That may include questions like:

  • Are you sexually active?
  • How many partners have you had in the last 6-12 months?
  • Have you had unprotected sex?
  • Have you had same-sex encounters?
  • What kind of contraception do you use?
  • What type of sex do you have? (vaginal, oral, anal)
  • Have you had any previous STIs?
  • Do you have any symptoms that may indicate a presence of an STI?
  • How regular are your periods?

In addition, a doctor will ask you about your general health history and medication use. 

The most important thing here is honesty. Remember, these medical professionals do this for a living, so no matter how awkward or embarrassed you may be, this is their regular job, and they have seen it all.

In addition, sexual health checks are non-judgemental and confidential services, where you can discuss your sexual health in a friendly and relaxing atmosphere. They will offer expertise, education, and advice with no judgment.

After the conversation, the doctor will perform a physical exam and tests with your permission. For example, they may do a genital examination, pap smear, take swabs, and perform urine and blood tests.

Once they have the results, they can discuss everything and suggest a treatment path.

Where Can I Get Advice About Sexual Health?

If you experience lower libido, erectile dysfunction, or other problems impacting your sex life, you can talk to one of our experts at Progressive Rejuvenation. We work hard to transform the lives of our patients and help them become happier and healthier. Click here to learn how you can schedule an appointment with us.

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