The Signs Of A Healthy Relationship

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Some questions about sexual health have fairly succinct answers. Other questions require a good deal of personal reflection.


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What does a healthy relationship look like?

Some questions about sexual health have fairly succinct answers (e.g., questions about the effectiveness rates of contraception or whether condoms can protect against certain infections). Other questions, however, require a good deal of personal reflection.

Case in point: Many women and men (of all ages) wonder at one time or another whether the relationship that they are in is a good one.

You may have asked yourself before whether you should stay with someone or whether you should break up with them; or whether what you have is a healthy, loving relationship (or not). It may be particularly challenging to figure out if your relationship is healthy if you are new to relationships or if the relationships and marriages around you seem troubled or full of conflict or disrespect.

Planned Parenthood has a section of their web site that is devoted to helping women and men learn about healthy relationships: what makes for a healthy relationship, issues of respect and trust, how people can improve their relationships, and what to do if you’re not in a healthy relationship.

Dr. Debby Herbenick (M.P.H., Ph.D.)

is a sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute, Associate Director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University and author of several books including Sex Made Easy and Because It Feels Good: A Woman's Guide to Sexual Pleasure and Satisfaction.
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