Breaking the ice 

Starting a conversation about sexual health can feel daunting, but remember, you're not alone. Begin by setting aside time for you and your partner/s when you are relaxed and free from distractions. Approach the topic with sensitivity, emphasising that your intention is to put your sexual health at the centre of your relationship. 

Creating a safe space 

Creating a judgment-free space is crucial for an open conversation about sexual health. Reassure your partner that their thoughts and feelings are valid and respected. Listen actively and without interruption, showing empathy and understanding. Remember, the goal is to foster mutual trust and transparency, allowing everyone to express their needs and concerns freely. 

Educating each other 

Knowledge is power, especially when it comes to sexual health. Take the opportunity to share information and resources with your partner/s, encouraging mutual learning and growth. Discuss topics such as sexually transmitted infections (STIs), contraception options, and sexual boundaries, ensuring that both you and your partner/s feel empowered to make informed decisions. By educating each other, you promote a healthier and happier relationship. 

Part 2 | Sexual Health in Relationships