September is Sexual Health Awareness Month

September ushers in cooler mornings, cozy evenings, and Sexual Health Awareness Month. While that might not be the first thing that comes to mind when autumnal inspiration strikes, we know there are more folx getting busy during those long, cold nights, so paying heed to your sexual health and wellness is actually quite apropos.

There's been a long history of diminishing sexual health within the context of overall wellness, as evidenced by the fact that 2019 is only the tenth annual observance of World Sexual Health Month. It’s important to recognize and celebrate events like this, because it means the conversation about sexual wellness is moving in the right direction.

Sexual Health Awareness Month is centered around World Sexual Health Day which takes place every September 4th. It began when the World Association for Sexual Health (WAS) asked organizations around the world to recognize and raise awareness about the importance of sexual health. Every year has a different theme; the inaugural motto, Let’s talk about it!, was chosen to prompt a conversation on sexual health and to break down the stigmas surrounding it. We’re passionate about this year’s theme, Sexuality Education For All: A Bridge To Sexual Health.

At this point you might be asking yourself what exactly we mean by sexual health. Usually the only aspects that are talked about are the negatives such as unplanned pregnancies and STIs. However, we’re here to discuss all aspects of sexuality: physical and emotional health, sexual rights, pleasure and intimacy. Those last two are rarely spoken about in relation to our health. Let’s change this! If we’re going to be talking about sexual health, we need to be talking about all of it.

Taking care of our physical sexual health involves learning about and becoming comfortable with our bodies. Learning about our anatomy, exploring our bodies, and paying attention to any changes that occur are all ways we can be more aware of our physical well-being.

Cultivating open and honest conversations within all our relationships, whether with our partners, friends or family, is an important aspect of our emotional health. And so too, is feeling comfortable and confident in our bodies and sexuality. Our sexual rights are just as central to overall wellness. Knowing our rights gives us control over our sexuality, ensuring our safety and well-being. We all have the right to equality, non-discrimination, and safe, non-violent sex among others.

Sexual pleasure is important to our overall health and wellness. Orgasms help us sleep better, reduce stress, strengthen our immune system, and can even help reduce pain due to the endorphins released with pleasure. Knowing what we like is empowering, which can positively affect our relationships with ourselves and our partners. And, it feels great!

Why aren’t we hearing about the benefits of orgasms? In addition to the stigmas attached to sexual pleasure, there has been very little research done on the topic. As stated by Women's Health Magazine: "[d]espite 43% of women reporting some type of sexual dysfunction, research on women and orgasms is shockingly sparse—or nonexistent. The National Institute of Health funded no research over the past decade specifically devoted to improving women's orgasms, according to a WH analysis of NIH grants." Because of this incredible lack of information, we conducted our own sexual pleasure study. We found that 1/3 of women are experiencing orgasms less than half the time. Which means 30% of women are missing out on an important aspect of their sexuality and health.

Masturbation is a great way to address this. Self pleasure helps us understand our bodies and learn what we enjoy. That's why we created Osé, the only product designed for hands-free blended orgasms. Being able to pleasure yourself with or without a partner, gives you the ability to take your sexual wellness into your own hands.

You can help us give power to pleasure by signing up for our mailing list for upcoming product announcements and/or by sharing the message that pleasure is important to our health with a friend. It’s time to change the narrative around sexual pleasure and wellness.