August 18, 2023

How Sexually Active Are You?

If you're a teen or an adult, there's a good chance that at one point or another, you'll get asked by a doctor, nurse or other health care provider whether you are sexually active. Depending on your answer, the doctor may recommend certain tests and exams for you, like testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), or a pap smear. They might also want to give you a birth control prescription or talk about the importance of practicing safe sex.

What do they mean by'sexually active'?

Generally, healthcare providers think of'sexual activity' as any kind of contact with another person's genitalia or an exchange of body fluids. This can include things that many people don't consider sex, such as oral or vaginal sex or masturbation.

The doctor might be able to tell whether you're sexually active by looking at your hymen or by examining your vaginal discharge. But for most doctors, they need to know if you have been sexually active in the past so that they can determine your risk for STIs and provide you with appropriate screening and advice.

Sometimes it's easier to be open with a doctor about your sexual habits than other times. But it's always worth remembering that a health care professional is not judging you or your choices. And if you do happen to feel judged, you have the right to ask them to stop. Ultimately, how, when and with whom you have sex is a personal decision and should be kept private.


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