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Women’s sexuality and fertility. For many women, sexuality and fertility are closely intertwined. Women's Health Network talks about women’s sexual health and how to maintain it before and after menopause.

Understanding sexual arousal in women, reviewed by Dr. Mary James, ND. Are you asking yourself these common questions: Why am I not in the mood? Or what happens to sex in menopause? Dr. Mary James reveals the answers to spice up the romance!

Steamier sex without the guilt and shame. Do you want to have better sex, more frequent sex, or amp up your desire? You’re not alone. Sex educator Barbara Carrellas reveals how to boost your desire and sex life.

Low sex drive in women, by Dr. Mary James, ND. Almost every woman experiences changes in her libido and sexual response during perimenopause. Here’s help in understanding what’s happening to you and why — and what you can do to feel like yourself again.

Sexual exploration in menopause. If you’re ready to let go sexually, menopause is the time. Open the door to a richer, more exciting and more fulfilling sex life in menopause with our 3-step plan.

Sexology 101 — ignite your sex life with advice from an expert. Sexual changes in midlife leave women understandably frustrated — and wondering how to get their “groove” back. Women's Health Network talks with sex educator Barbara Carrellas about ways to restore — or develop — your sexual identity.

Safe sex in midlife. With more Baby Boomer women enjoying revitalized sex lives, their risk for contracting a sexually transmitted disease or infection is on the rise as well. Learn what emotional and physical factors play into sexual wellness for women in midlife, as well as practical guidance in how to talk to your partner about safe sex (a useful skill for sexually active women of all ages!).

Health benefits of masturbation, Reviewed by Dr. Sharon Stills, NMD. Over two-thirds of women report never experiencing a “vaginal” orgasm. Here is a fresh perspective on the anatomy of the clitoris, and a discussion about the reasons why masturbation is healthy for our minds and bodies.

Endometriosis - how a natural approach can help, reviewed by Dr. Mary James, ND. As is true of fibroids, “endo” is on the increase. Learn its underlying causes, and what you can do to make it better short of surgery.

Premature ovarian failure or POF - what you can do, reviewed by Dr. Sarika Arora, MD. Aside from the unique emotional challenges a diagnosis of POF can present, there are unique health concerns to consider, all of which can be overwhelming. With new research on the causes of premature ovarian failure, we think the term “POF” fails to serve women experiencing this disorder. Here’s an update on conventional and alternative treatments, and advice on keeping yourself healthy through POF.

Choosing birth control — options for women, reviewed by Dr. Amber Hayden, DO. A woman’s ability to govern her own fertility is of primary importance to her health and well-being. Here is Women's Health Network’s three-part approach to choosing a birth control method, based on assessing each woman’s unique needs and prefererences.

Birth control method comparison chart. A compilation of currently available choices, this chart lists the pros and cons of the various methods and can serve as a useful guide to your birth control decisions.

IUDs and other non-hormonal methods for birth control. For women considering non-hormonal options for birth control, there is new information available on the safety and effectiveness of IUDs.

STD signs, symptoms and testing, reviewed by Barbara Carrellas, AASECT and David L. R. Houston, MA. STD’s are one of those global “facts of life” as old as humankind — but that doesn’t mean we should draw the covers up over our heads in dread or throw caution to the wind — neither approach will serve us. The best preventative is knowledge — and a good place to start for anyone concerned about their risks is by learning common STD signs and symptoms, as well as what’s involved in testing (see our full article on safe sex for tips on prevention).

What to expect with a pelvic exam and pap smear. Routine pelvic exam and Pap testing is the number–one way to protect your reproductive health. Don’t let fear of the unknown put you at unnecessary risk.

reproductive health: colposcopy, ECC, endometrial biopsy, and genital wart treatment. An overview of some common evaluation procedures women undergo following abnormal Pap test readings, as well as treatment options for genital wart removal.

Treatments for vaginal dryness - natural estrogen products and more, reviewed by Dr. Sharon Stills, NMD. This comprehensive article details the variety of treatments available for vaginal dryness, one of the top complaints of women in or near menopause. Learn how these treatments work and how to use them.