‘Sexy’ Health Check Week

Desire and Pleasure Launch ‘Sexy’ Health Check Week 4th – 10th March 2013. Sexy Health Checks to Keep You and Your Partner Safe

Desire and Pleasure launch ‘Sexy Health Check Week’, encouraging couples to make health checks an everyday part of their sex lives to help keep their partner healthy.

Why the campaign?

There are lots of fantastic campaigns out there, such as those by leading charities, which encourage people to check themselves for changes in their bodies, but these have always concentrated on self-checks.

This new initiative from Desire and Pleasure however, encourages couples to get to know their partner’s bodies and simply be more aware of each other.

The aim of our ‘Sexy’ Health Check campaign’ is to encourage couples to explore each other’s bodies during sex, and to be open and honest with each other if they do notice anything different. Sex offers the perfect opportunity, when couples are at their most intimate to let their partners know if they do notice any changes.

Changes could be minor such as hygiene, smells, weight changes, skin rashes, allergies or more serious symptoms like lumps and tenderness for testicular and breast cancer.

The research

Our research shows that 23% of people say they have noticed changes on their own bodies, which has prompted them to go for a check-up with their doctor.

But only 12% of those surveyed said that if they noticed physical changes in their partner’s body, they would tell them.

This was mainly due to embarrassment with over half (54%) citing this as the main reason for keeping quiet. However, other reasons included not thinking it was important (27%) and not wanting to have an awkward conversation.

What to look out for

When you are enjoying some fun in the bedroom, here are key things to keep in mind;

  1. It’s better to be open and honest with your partner.
  2. Talking about these things can be tricky, so choose a time to talk after you’ve had sex or been intimate.
  3. They may be concerned by what you say but they’ll be grateful you’ve told them about it
  4. If you think you there are no barriers in the bedroom then apply this rule to you and your own partner’s sexual health
  5. Be aware of the most sensitive areas for pleasure, the testicles and breasts – if you notice any changes such as lumps be sure to let your partner know
  6. When exploring your partners body, you can check areas they might not be able to, such as the back where there could be changes to moles
  7. Likewise, skin rashes on parts of the body that your partner may not be able to see or has limited vision to
  8. During or after sexual intercourse, don’t ignore any bleeding when not menstruating or any blood in semen
  9. Significant weight loss or weight gain that isn’t explained by diet or lifestyle should be checked out.
  10. Inflammation of any areas, particularly internal areas can be noticed more easily during sex.

Above all, enjoy a happy, healthy sex life just keep an eye on each other to stay safe.

To find out more visit the Desire and Pleasure website.

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