Let’s Talk About Sex

Although the majority of us can say we enjoy sex, there are some who do not and that’s ok. I think my biggest challenge with sex has always been my inhibitions. I was born in the mid 60’s and my Mother was very closed off when it came to the subject and we really didn’t talk about anything to do with reproduction and your body. She grew up in an age in which women especially didn’t talk about such things. I on the other hand think I have a much more open relationship with my daughters, because we talk and joke about sex and objectify men we see in film and tv as well as discuss attending male reviews. I found sex fun, and it was an area of my life that I used to enjoy. I was never very good at utilizing protection however, so I am very fortunate to have avoided more detrimental issues, I did face challenges though.

In my teens I contracted an STD, unbeknownst to me, that turned into Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), and this disease created some very big challenges. As a result of the PID I ended up with severe internal scarring and a fluid build up in my right fallopian tube. This was all discovered through an exploratory laparoscopy I went through do to severe menstrual complications, when I was 27. I mention this today because of the information I came across regarding the rise in STD’s in the United States over the last four years. According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) the number of cases reported by physicians in 2017 was 2.3 billion (yes you are reading that correctly) which is an increase of 200,000 more reported cases over the previous year. Note I say reported cases, most cases of STD infection go unreported and untreated, this fact right here is very scary to me.

The most common STD’s are in order of reported occurrence

  1. Chlamydia; Over 1.7 million cases identified in 2017, chlamydia is the most occuring and also the most reported of STD’s.
  2. Gonorrhea; Diagnosis of gonorrhea increased 67 percent from 2013 to 2017, with infection rates nearly doubling among men going from 169,130 cases to 322,169 cases based on preliminary data examined.
  3. Syphilis; This infection is divided into four stages depending on the severity, with stages one and two- which is when the disease is most contagious- on the rise by 76% between 2013 and 2017.

So now I’m leaving you with this quiz…

Test Your STD Knowledge

Final thoughts for today, if you have children no matter whether they are pre-teen, teenagers, or college bound young adults, I encourage everyone to have that talk again. Have them take the quiz.

In the meantime I hope each of you are having the greatest day possible and that your tomorrow is even better. Let me know how you do with the quiz. Talk soon.

~Heidi

 

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