Health and illness is something everyone talks about these days. So it is only natural that this week's Sex Stories We Love looks at the different ways sex intersects with our bodies and wellness.

COVID-19 and Sex

With the threat of a global pandemic growing stronger every day, COVID-19, or, coronavirus, is a frequent topic of conversation. Considering all of the talk of quarantines, treatment, preventative measures, and more, there has been a distinct lack of discussion in mainstream media about this illness and sex. If people are concerned about how the virus spreads, then it is high time we open a dialogue about how the virus is or isn't spread through sexual contact. In these moderately early days, it is clear that not everything is known, but an explicit conversation about something as simple as whether or not condoms can prevent the spread of coronavirus is critically important. Because folks aren't going to stop having sex, this we know for sure.

Sexual Health on Campus

Frankly, I am shocked that not all colleges and universities have sexual health clinics on campus. The hallowed halls of higher education are a great place to learn, train, and study, but they are also a fantastic place to learn about, explore, and experiment with sex. This is the time in life when many young people expand their sex lives, and, often, begin to confront the different health impacts that sex can have. Whether that is choosing the right birth control, education, and treatment of sexually transmitted infections, pregnancy, or mental health concerns, a dedicated staff that specifically deals with sex would take a load of campus wellness centres and give students a direct contact for their concerns. No shame, no stigma, just better sexual health.

Sex and Anxiety

Fortunately, we are starting to learn more about anxiety and how difficult it can be to deal with in our lives. There are countless things in our lives than can trigger anxiety, and sex is one of them. Given there are many different interpersonal factors that go into a sexual connection with another person, it makes sense that anxious feelings and thoughts are bound to creep into thoughts and feelings toward sex. While there is no cure-all for anxiety concerns, reading these stories from folks who have sex-related anxiety issues helps to lessen stigma and shame and can give others the knowledge that others hurt, too. And sharing can continue to raise awareness.

More Research Needed

You'll have noticed the use of the words "shame" and "stigma" a couple of times this week. The history of sexual health is rife with interference through moralizing and fear-mongering. People have been denied, or denied themselves, proper healthcare because their sex lives deem them to be problematic. A recent study seems to add more fuel to that fire by suggesting folks who have had more sexual partners are more likely to have cancer or other longstanding illnesses. While the researchers do note that there are some limitations to their research, and their article notes some definite gaps in information, it does seem irresponsible to promote this research without much, much more study. It is just going to make people afraid to tell the truth to their doctors and their sexual partners.

Opening Up about FSD

It has taken far too long to get to this point, but finally some wider dialogue is opening up around female sexual dysfunction. As in many other parts of society, men's sexual dysfunction has always taken precedence, but we're finally starting to have meaningful discussions about what women have to deal with. Because women's sexual health has never been a societal priority...as long as they keep producing those babies. Not much is known as female sexual dysfunction (FSD), but new research is beginning to shed some light. It is disheartening to read that nearly half of Australian women deal with concerns and distress related to their sex lives. This can take many different forms, but we'll only know how to help when FSD is truly a priority. This needs to happen ASAP.

Phallic Fitness

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