Health Glossary
Consent (Sexual Health)

Consent (Sexual Health)

What is Consent?

In the context of sexual health, consent refers to the agreement between participants to engage in sexual activity. All parties involved should practice consent that is freely given, informed, enthusiastic, and ongoing permission for what takes place.

Consent should be clearly and freely communicated. A verbal and affirmative expression of consent can help both you and your partner to understand and respect each other’s boundaries.

Why is Consent Important?

Ensuring Safety and Comfort

The main purpose of consent is to ensure that all activities are desired and agreed upon by everyone involved. It establishes safety and comfort, allowing participants to explore their desires within a defined boundary.

Promoting Open Communication

Consent fosters open communication between partners, allowing them to discuss desires, limits, and concerns. This ongoing conversation helps create a trusting, respectful environment where all parties can enjoy their experiences.

Upholding Ethical Standards

Consent is also important in maintaining ethical standards. Without it, sex could potentially involve coercion, manipulation, or violation of someone's boundaries.

How to Ensure Consent?

Clear Communication

Consent begins with clear communication. All parties should discuss their desires, limits (both hard and soft), and any potential risks before beginning a scene or relationship. This discussion should be ongoing throughout the relationship.

Check-ins and Safe Words

During a scene, partners should regularly check in with each other to confirm that everyone is still comfortable. Using safe words can provide a clear, non-ambiguous way for anyone to pause or stop the scene at any time.

Respect for Boundaries

All participants should respect the boundaries established in the negotiation phase. If a boundary is crossed, the scene should be stopped immediately, and the situation should be discussed and resolved.

Consent is the foundation of safe and ethical practice of sex. It relies on clear communication, respect for boundaries, and ongoing check-ins, ensuring everyone involved can safely explore their desires and limits.


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