Sexual Health

Looking after your Sexual Health

The topic of 'Sexual Health' covers a wide range of issues including; consent, safe sex, the health of body parts associated with sex, and sexuality. According to the World Health Organisation, the current working definition of sexual health is:

“…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. For sexual health to be attained and maintained, the sexual rights of all persons must be respected, protected and fulfilled.” (WHO, 2006a)

NFNZ Fertility Educators work carefully and sensitively with their clients to ensure that their Sexual Health is respected, and that the appropriate advice is provided at the right time. As an organisation, NFNZ supports and refers to a number of other organisations and health initiatives that specialise in various aspects of Sexual Health. We have included links to some of the key ones below.

Safer Sex

Practicing Safer Sex is an important part of looking after your sexual health and preserving your fertility.  Safer Sex involves:

  • Consent
  • Safe sexual practices
  • Using protection to prevent pregnancy
  • Using protection to prevent a Sexually Transmitted Infection (if with new partner)

NFNZ recommends that all of those who are using the Sympto-thermal Method to avoid pregnancy, use a barrier like a condom when being intimate with a new partner.

Family Planning New Zealand

Family Planning provide a range of services including sexual and reproductive health information, clinical services, education, training, and research. Anyone under the age of 22 can visit one of their clinics free of charge to recieve confidential medical care and support relating to sexual health.

Vulval & Vaginal Health

All you need to know about your vulva and vagina, including painful sex and other common health concerns.

Erectile Dysfuntion

Erectile dysfunction includes premature ejaculation and impotence - both highly stressful health concers. Get insight and support.

Cervical Health

Cervical smears check for abnormal changes to the cells on the cervix, and help to prevent cervical cancer. There are now 2 ways to perform the test, see them now...


If you need help understanding or teaching consents, see BodySafe for info and resources.

Sexual Abuse

For support surrounding sexual abuse contact Help.

Sexually Transmitted Infections

Learn more about the different types of infections, how they are contracted, and how you can get tested and treated.

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