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Sexual Health

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

Teen dating violence (TDV) has surfaced as a significant public health issue as incidence of TDV has escalated substantially in recent years. Research by the U.S. Department of Justice (2003) found that one in three high school students have been or will be involved in an abusive relationship . Furthermore, in recent national surveys, nearly ten percent of high...

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Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

A little while back I did a post on endometriosis a reproductive illness that causes many women to become infertile. Today, keeping with that same theme of reproduction and the lack there of, I would like to shed light on another similar issue…. It's called… Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) I have to admit, as a public health professional with background in reproductive health, PCOS was...

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The Purple Ribbon

With the month of October well underway, most of us have already seen a pink ribbon or two celebrating breast cancer awareness month. Keep your eye out for purple ribbons, and sport your own, as October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic violence is not just physical violence….. Domestic violence includes physical violence, sexual violenc...

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September 16 is Global Female Condom Day!

Global Female Condom day was founded in 2012 when advocates took action to expand awareness around and access to female condoms. September 16 is now known nationally as the day many individuals and organizations come together to increase knowledge, availability, and use of female condoms. Female condoms serve as a powerful tool for protection against pregnancy, STIs & HIV. Female condoms ar...

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Back to School…Smartphone Apps Help to Battle Campus Sexual Assaults

Studies show that about one in five women is a survivor of attempted or completed sexual violence while in college. Among college women, 9 in 10 victims of rape and sexual assault knew their offender. Additionally, a substantial number of men experience sexual violence during college. In response to the 2011 "Apps Against Abuse" challenge, several new apps are available...

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Using Period Tracking Apps

While visiting their healthcare provider, women of various ages will often encounter two seemingly simple questions: "when was your last period?" and "are your periods fairly regular?" While these are routine questions, women may not have a readily available answer. Being able to answer these questions is important because they give healthcare providers a lot of information and may alert them t...

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FDA Discourages the Use of Laparoscopic Power Morcellation During Hysterectomy or Myomectomy for Uterine Fibroids

Many women choose to undergo laparoscopic hysterectomy (removing the uterus) or myomectomy (removing uterine fibroids) in the treatment of uterine fibroids. Laparoscopic surgeries tend to be less invasive, are associated with shorter post-operative recovery time, and reduced risk of infection compared to abdominal hysterectomy and myomectomy. Morcellation is the process of dividing tiss...

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Tips for Improving Parent/Child Communication

Being open and available to talk about subjects such as sex and sexuality can be challenging. Some common fears that many parents have include not having all the answers, feeling embarrassed, encouraging sexual experimentation, or feeling as though talking doesn't matter. Here are some suggestions about how to address these fears: -If children ask about something unfamiliar, it's okay t...

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Erin's Law

Child sexual abuse is an ugly topic many would rather avoid. The sad truth is that children of every demographic (gender, age, race, ethnic background, socioeconomic status, and family structure) are at risk. 1 There are an estimated thirty-nine million survivors of sexual abuse in the United States; three million of those are children. Those who abuse children are usually...

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