Lucy Gordon|21.09.2015|Sex Life

This week is one of our very favourite weeks – it’s Sexual Health Week! If there’s one thing we’re into at the MTV Staying Alive Foundation, it’s sexual health, so we certainly do see cause for celebration.

Last year’s theme was Contraceptive Choices and this year’s is Sexual Well-Being and Pleasure. The week will hopefully see a tonne of positive conversations around all aspects of sex going on. So, in celebration of this, we’ve put together a couple of suggestions for doing Sexual Health Week 2015 in style!

Just get it looked at

Got a little lump, bump or slight pain you’ve been meaning to see someone about for a while now? When it comes to anything funky going on downwards, there really is no better time than the present to take action. Sex just isn’t fun when you know you could be putting someone else at risk.

While often STIs will show no symptoms whatsoever, pain could be a sign of chlamydia and discharge might be a sign of gonorrhoea.

We know, we know. Testing can be a bit of a drag. While a lot of places will offer you confidential testing for free, it can sometimes be a little nerve-wracking waiting for results. We promise you though that the peace of mind is so, so worth it.

And if you’re female, why not find out whether or not you’re due a cervical screening yet? Screening is recommended to start at different ages in different countries. In England, for example, women are called at 25. If you are due one, get it booked in.

Start your testing ritual with mates

No lumps, bumps or pains? Get a general screening anyway. It’s just basic, good sexual etiquette. No symptoms does not equal no STI.

Why not get a gang of pals together and go get tested together? Turn Sexual Health Week into a sociable affair. It could well become a bit of a ritual for you and your friends.

If you’re sexually active, you should get tested regularly anyway. Encouraging your friends to maintain their own sexual health just shows how much you care about them. Remember: an awkward situation shared is an awkward situation halved.

Talk about what makes you tick

Do you know what? We just don’t talk about sex enough.

Sure, a lot of us are happy enough to discuss it with our friends but when it comes to the people we’re actually doing it with, suddenly it’s a whole world of awkward.

Why not use this week as an opportunity to sit down with the person you’re actually doing it with and talk about what you like and want you don’t. Opening up an environment where you feel totally free to discuss sex in a positive way will not only improve your sex-life, it’ll make maintain your sexual health a lot easier.

Learn about your own body then eat cake

A lot of us don’t really know all that much about our own bodies.

Understandably, when you don’t actually know what’s going on down there, its kind of hard to let anyone know what you want going on down there.

Make this week the week you and your body get re-acquainted. Do a bit of manual exploring (read: masturbate) and if there are things you’re confused about, there’s no shame in Googling. There are so, so many resources with really solid info on sex and the body out there on the web. If you want to start off with this blog, check out this piece on the orgasm.

And then, seeing as it is a special occasion, celebrate your knew-found anatomical knowledge by munching on some vagina cupcakes!

Splash out

Incorporating toys into your sex life can be a great way to shake things up a bit and explore new avenues of pleasure.

Think about treating yourself to something new and shiny for using solo or with a partner.

Make sure you check out the guide we set out a while ago to playing with plastic safely and you’ll have a stress-free blast. Just make sure you pop a condom onto any shared toys, steer clear of cheap options and properly clean all equipment.

Do It

And finally – you’ve got a clean bill of sexual health, you’ve explored your own body a bit, you’ve said everything you want to say about sex and you’ve chowed down on vag-cakes. What now?

Well, how about actually doing it? It is the reason for the season, after all.

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