Sexual pleasure is linked to healthy psychological and social development and can reduce stress, improve sleep, and increase happiness.

The World Health Organization defines sexual health as a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction or infirmity. Sexual health requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence. (CDC, 2014)

Communication and trust are also important in sexual relationships. In addition to feeling safe from infections and disease, trusting sexual partners and being able to freely discuss sexual desires and aversions are building blocks for relaxed, comfortable, and healthy sex.

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