There aren't many more encompassing aspects of our lives than our health. It factors into everything! So, of course, our health has a big impact on our sex lives. This week's Sex Stories We Love looks at the ways aspects of our health makes our temperatures rise.

Deal Breaker?

You can't talk about sex and health without some discussion of sexually transmitted infections. Recent years have seen a rise in different STIs including gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis. These are also three of the most treatable infections. How would you react if you met someone new, totally hot, someone with whom you have an amazing connection...and they told you they were in the process of treating an STI? What about if they have a chronic or long-term illness? How would you feel about that? Would someone's STI status be a deal breaker for you? This is a matter that is up to the comfort of each individual. Is it wrong to say yes? Some would say it is. What do you think?

Sex and Herpes

Before you answer that last question, maybe we should all read Emily Depasse's story of coming to terms with her herpes diagnosis and re-establishing her sex life. If estimates are to be believed, a significant portion of the population carries some version of the herpes virus. It's out there. It's widespread. We all need to be aware of it. This doesn't deter a whole lot of stigma from floating around. People with herpes put up with a lot of garbage. If you're struggling with herpes, take heed of Emily's strong and brave words.

Bi-Sexual

Speaking of stigma, and one I know first-hand, is the connection between mental sex concerns and sex. As someone diagnosed with bipolar disorder and inhabiting a very sexual world, I've traveled a long road to knowing and understanding my own bipolar condition in relation to my sexuality. It ain't easy! With mood swings come sexual mood swings. With extremes in desire can come a complete lack of a complete insatiability. I'm not going to lie...sometimes on an upswing, sex is absolutely fantastic. Yet, when things go the other way, well, things really suck. With more understanding of mental health issues, hopefully more folks will come to understand bipolar disorder and sexual reactions.

Better Sexual Living with Weed

More and more jurisdictions are hopping on the pot bandwagon. From a medical standpoint, there seems to be good reason. Marijuana is known to have beneficial pain and anxiety reducing qualities that make it an ideal medicine for many different ailments. Fortunately, with the lessening of weed prohibition, we're learning about other concerns it may help with. For those who are older, issues such as erectile dysfunction, menopause, and others can definitely put a not-so-fun kink into your sex life. Pot might help! Send in the happy leaf to the rescue! There's still much to be learned, but if you live in an area that allows it, consult your doctor to learn more about how marijuana might help you.

Got the Fever?

How do you feel about having sex when you're under the weather? For many, this kind of thinking is very unappealing. Not many are interested in intimacy when their bodies are leaking mucus, choking when they cough, and are achy and feverish. It doesn't really paint the sexiest picture, does it? Well, turns out that sex might just be what the doctor ordered. Recent research suggests craving sex might be the body's way of trying to heal from illnesses such as the flu. your body wants you to have because gettin' busy and getting off increases your levels of the protein Immunoglobulin A (IgA) which promotes healing. Really, if you're up for trying, it sure does beat the alternative.

Pecker-cillin

Finally, it's important to know your partner's general health history, not just their sexual health. Otherwise, you might end up with a mouthful of allergic reaction.