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!).
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
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.
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.