Your sexual health should always be made a priority. The good news is, it’s easy to take control of your sexual health by following a few simple steps.
1. Schedule Your Annual Wellness Visit
If you haven’t already done so, schedule your annual wellness exam. Getting checked each year is a good way to protect yourself and your partner(s). Talking with your healthcare provider about questions or concerns you may have regarding your sexual health can help your provider give you the resources and support you may need to feel comfortable. Always be honest with your healthcare provider. Honesty about your medical history can help determine possible risk factors and safety precautions that you should follow.
2. Get Tested for HIV/STIs
Getting tested for HIV/STIs is beneficial for anyone who is sexually active, regardless of whether you think you need to get tested or not. Many STIs don’t cause symptoms, and you or your partner(s) could be a carrier and not know it. Getting tested for HIV/STIs is worth the peace of mind alone, not to mention all the health benefits to be gained from early detection and treatment.
3. Planning a Healthy Pregnancy
If you are thinking about getting pregnant, it’s important to take care of your overall health by maintaining a healthy diet and by talking to your healthcare provider. You will discuss your medical history and any concerns that you or your provider may have about your ability to get pregnant, your pregnancy, and your baby’s health. Your healthcare provider will also give you tips on having a healthy pregnancy.
4. Consider Your Birth Control Options
There are a lot of birth control options available and choosing the method that’s right for you may seem overwhelming. Luckily, there are tools, and people, available to help! Check out our ultimate guide to birth control and talk to your healthcare provider about which option is best for you.
5. Contact Your Local NJFPL Health Center
NJFPL family planning health centers are located in every county in New Jersey. Services are available to anyone, regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, citizenship status, how much money you make, or whether or not you have health insurance. Find one near you to schedule an appointment today.