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Health Matters

Sex Life

João Manuel Colaço (Obstetrician-Gynecologist) . 05/09/2016

The difference between sex and love is that sex relieves. Love is the answer, but while you are waiting for the answer, sex raises some pretty good questions. Woody Allen

The word Sex is part of our daily life, with the most distinct purposes. This primordial instinct is part of our balance as human beings and should be lived in a harmonious way, as a complement of our love life.

The level of satisfaction provided by sex goes beyond its so-called performance. It should be measured in the context of a satisfactory love life, never forgetting that healthy lifestyles, such as moderate drinking, regular physical exercise, balanced diet and being a non-smoker are a guarantee to achieve a full sex life.

Sexual health requires a positive approach on sexuality and sexual relations, simultaneously providing pleasure and a safe and discrimination-free sexual experience, yet also conscious. Thus, it is fundamental to be familiar with the main existing contraceptive methods and with how sexually transmitted diseases may be prevented. These diseases, not only may have a negative impact on the couple’s sex life but also may lead to unpleasant symptoms and severe consequences such as infertility.

Sexually transmitted diseases are not the only kind of diseases affecting sexuality. Female and Male sexual dysfunction affect the ability to feel pleasure during sexual relations and to have sexual desire. In men, premature ejaculation and erectile dysfunction are conditions that often affect their sexual performance, having a strong psychological impact in those who suffer from this condition and, consequently, a negative impact on the couple’s life. In women, menopause is frequently associated with discomfort during sex, and symptoms such as dryness and vaginal burning prevail, caused by changes during this stage.

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