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KittenGoddess
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How often, or do you ever, discuss matters of sexual health with your partner?

Sexual Health 101: Hers
Sexual Health 101: His

Do you talk about important issues such as monthly breast exams and monthly testicular exams? I think it's definately important to discuss things such as STD testing, and safer sex with your partner...in fact, it's one of the most important things you can discuss. But issues like breast cancer or testicular cancer are truly important health issues too.

However, I think it can be difficult to bring up these things with your partner sometimes. You care about them, and you care about their health, but sometimes breaking the ice can be more difficult than we may at first think.

I know that personally, I brought up this issue right along with STD testing and safer sex practices. The discussion went along with a suprising degree of comfort actually. And I was suprised (and pleased) to discover that my partner had been doing his self checks for quite a while now.

We worry about the our partner's sexual health in relation to STDs or pregnancy, and for the most part we can be up front about that. Isn't it also important to remind our partners to take care of their long-term sexual health too?

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LilBlueSmurf
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We've talked about the STD and pregnancy thing a few times. It just keeps coming up. It's not like we can just talk about it once and it's over ... It's really important, we've found, to keep talking about it.

We were taking a shower together once (that was it, just a shower, no hanky panky) and i started doing my breast exam. He was surprised that i would do it in front of him. Why not? He's seen them before ... I taught one of my ex's how to do a self testicular exam. Now, he wasn't as open as my current bf, so i don't know how often he did it ... which was probably close to never.

So yeah ... It's very comforting to know that your partner (or even family members ... hey i taught my sis and cousin how to do breast exams too!) is taking care if his/her body.


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