When it comes to sexual health, trans, non-binary, and gender diverse tend to get left out of mainstream information. This can also include general health, wellness, and trying to obtain a healthy body and mind. Unfortunately, many trans and non-binary will spend countless hours online trying to research their health so they can get a better understanding. In the end, it usually ends up with a lot of guesswork, confusion, and questioning whether something is accurate or not.
While we’re still waiting for the world to change so trans and non-binary and have better access to information for their physical health, mental health, and sexual health. There are some general tips to help out with sexual health. Here are some of the top sexual health tips for trans and non-binary people.
Start by exploring your body
There’s no right or wrong way to go about it, everybody is different and every single body is different too. Masturbation is going to be one of the best ways to explore yourself. This gives you the chance to explore what you enjoy, what you don’t enjoy, and what is going to make you feel good. If you have a partner, then this can even be something that you both explore together. This can hold especially true if you’ve been through surgery.
Stay on top of your health
This includes both physical and mental. You’ll want to try and sustain a healthy diet, regular exercise, and don’t forget to get regular checkups from your doctor. This can include cervical screening and other types of screenings for the body. It also doesn’t hurt to look into getting a First Aid and Bandaging Certification. That way, you’ll be on top of your own health if there are any accidents but you’ll be able to help others in first aid if you witness an accident.
Planning to meet or hook up? Get prepared
Dating apps are very popular nowadays, this can include going out on dates such as meeting someone for coffee or even having the sole intention of hooking up with someone. Whatever the case may be, it’s always best to just stay prepared. This can include packing your preferred condoms with you (such as having one in your wallet). It may even be a good idea to tell a close friend that you’re going to be meeting someone from an app. You can tell your friend who you’re meeting, where you’re going, and when you expect to be back. When it comes to sexual health, safety is a priority.
Get tested whenever you can
It’s so important to get screened regularly as this is going to reduce the risk of HIV, HPV, and STIs. You’ll want to have a sexual health screen once a year if you can afford it. These are very important and if you’re someone who is often seeking new partners then it’s ideal to get one more often. These types of screens can be very affordable, and there are plenty of STI home kits if you’re too embarrassed to visit a clinic.