American Sexual Health Association http://www.ashasexualhealth.org Mon, 19 Jun 2017 20:05:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Men and Sexual Health: Resources & Rumblings http://www.ashasexualhealth.org/men-sexual-health-resources-rumblings/ Fri, 16 Jun 2017 17:23:03 +0000 http://www.ashasexualhealth.org/?p=4719 Snips, Snails and Puppy Dog Tails. That’s what little boys are made of! In this episode of ASHA’s Sex+Health podcast, we ruminate on men and sexual health. Tune in for insights from Dr. Abe Morgentaler and ASHA’s vice president for strategic partnerships Kay Phillips and also learn about the tools and resources we offer for […]

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Snips, Snails and Puppy Dog Tails. That’s what little boys are made of!

In this episode of ASHA’s Sex+Health podcast, we ruminate on men and sexual health. Tune in for insights from Dr. Abe Morgentaler and ASHA’s vice president for strategic partnerships Kay Phillips and also learn about the tools and resources we offer for men (and organizations serving them).

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Abstinence-only Sex Ed 2.0? http://www.ashasexualhealth.org/abstinence-sex-ed-2-0/ Fri, 09 Jun 2017 18:37:58 +0000 http://www.ashasexualhealth.org/?p=4711 Long-time ASHA colleague Martha Kempner writes on rewire.com about recent key hires with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that may bolster the reemergence of abstinence-only sex education programs.

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Long-time ASHA colleague Martha Kempner writes on rewire.com about recent key hires with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that may bolster the reemergence of abstinence-only sex education programs.

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Talking to Girls and Young Women about S-E-X http://www.ashasexualhealth.org/talking-girls-young-women-s-e-x/ Mon, 08 May 2017 16:52:13 +0000 http://www.ashasexualhealth.org/?p=4646 “[Girls] have told by society that sex is great but that’s not their experience. They don’t know how to talk about that disconnect, there’s a certain amount of shame that shuts down their voice….for me, sexual empowerment for girls is helping them to find a voice in their sexual relationships.” In a compelling TED Talk […]

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“[Girls] have told by society that sex is great but that’s not their experience. They don’t know how to talk about that disconnect, there’s a certain amount of shame that shuts down their voice….for me, sexual empowerment for girls is helping them to find a voice in their sexual relationships.”

In a compelling TED Talk video, nurse practitioner Jane Epstein makes the case that our efforts are sadly lacking with it comes to talking to teen girls and young women. In this episode of ASHA’s podcast we delve deeper into the topic with Ms. Epstein on not only what to say when talking to young females about sex, but how to help them speak up for themselves.

Jane Epstein is a Yale graduate and a clinician who sees teenagers at a high school-based health clinic where, as part of comprehensive health care, she provides sexual health care including contraception services to teens.




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The Politics of Pee http://www.ashasexualhealth.org/the-politics-of-pee/ Thu, 02 Mar 2017 16:12:00 +0000 http://www.ashasexualhealth.org/?p=4459 Rolling Back Federal Protections for Transgender Students In late February the Trump administration revoked federal guidelines that require schools to allow transgender students to use the bathroom of their choice rather than the one corresponding to the gender listed on their birth certificate. ASHA president and CEO Lynn B. Barclay points out that while laws […]

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Rolling Back Federal Protections for Transgender Students

In late February the Trump administration revoked federal guidelines that require schools to allow transgender students to use the bathroom of their choice rather than the one corresponding to the gender listed on their birth certificate.

ASHA president and CEO Lynn B. Barclay points out that while laws remain in place that protect transgender students from discrimination harassment, the administration’s move sends a chilling message: “Imagine trying to navigate not only the normal challenges that are a part of growing up but also having face a society that is far from welcoming to sexual minorities,” she says. “Gender identity and expression should not be impacted by ideology. Respecting the privacy of transgender students in choosing which bathroom to use is a matter of decency and fairness and these kids should not be targeted by partisan politics.”

The Trump administration says these matters are best handled at the state and local levels but Barclay believes federal protection is necessary to ensure equal, consistent treatment across the nation. “LGBTQ rights are under assault and making an appeal to ‘states’ rights’ is just smoke and mirrors. We need robust, nationwide protections in place so all students are treated fairly no matter where they live. We have to be better than this.”

What do you think about this policy reversal? Better still, what would you like to do about it? Learn how you can get involved to make your voice heard and also consider becoming an ASHA Ambassador.

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Experts Suggest Little to Worry about in Study Linking HSV2 and Autism http://www.ashasexualhealth.org/a-recent-study-found-a-risk-of-autism-in-babies-born-to-mothers-with-hsv2-but-many-experts-say-women-dont-need-to-worry/ Thu, 02 Mar 2017 15:07:40 +0000 http://www.ashasexualhealth.org/?p=4447 CNN and other outlets have run articles on a recently published paper linking high levels of antibody to herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV2, the main cause of genital herpes) in pregnant women with an increased risk their baby will later be found to have autism. The authors of the paper believe the potential link […]

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shutterstock_323279300CNN and other outlets have run articles on a recently published paper linking high levels of antibody to herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV2, the main cause of genital herpes) in pregnant women with an increased risk their baby will later be found to have autism. The authors of the paper believe the potential link isn’t that the virus interacts directly with the fetus, but could be due to an inflammatory response HSV2 causes in the mother that may ultimately interfere with the development of the baby’s nervous system.

The response to these findings has been mixed with several leading experts (including ASHA’s medical and scientific advisors) believing many unanswered questions remain and agreeing that much more research would be needed to validate these results.

“Women who have HSV2 and who are pregnant, or planning pregnancy, should not be alarmed by this study” says Anna Wald, MD, MPH of the University of Washington. “While we need to continue to investigate the reasons for autism, I am not convinced by this study that there is a link between antibody levels to HSV in mid-pregnancy and the risk of autism.”

Bottom line: most pregnant women with HSV2 have normal pregnancies and deliver healthy babies.  Many HSV researchers and clinical experts aren’t overly concerned by these findings and don’t think women should be, either. As always, talk to your health care provider if you have questions. You can read more about herpes and pregnancy from the University of Washington Virology Research Clinic and also ASHA’s Herpes Resource Center.

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What’s in a Word? http://www.ashasexualhealth.org/sexual-health/lgbtq/ Wed, 22 Feb 2017 21:40:02 +0000 http://www.ashasexualhealth.org/?p=4436 Cisgender? Transgender? Intersex? There’s much to talk about in sexual health and ASHA sorts out the terminology.

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Cisgender? Transgender? Intersex? There’s much to talk about in sexual health and ASHA sorts out the terminology.

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Beyond the Carnal Tango http://www.ashasexualhealth.org/mens-sexual-health/ Wed, 22 Feb 2017 21:05:14 +0000 http://www.ashasexualhealth.org/?p=4424 ASHA’s podcast features a conversation on men’s sexual health with ASHA board member Dr. Abe Morgentaler.

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ASHA’s podcast features a conversation on men’s sexual health with ASHA board member Dr. Abe Morgentaler.

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Advocate for Women’s Rights with ASHA http://www.ashasexualhealth.org/asha-ambassadors/ Thu, 16 Feb 2017 18:47:33 +0000 http://www.ashasexualhealth.org/?p=4401 Get involved! Become an Ambassador and help us spread the word about positive, safe, and scientifically-based sexual health for women.

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Get involved! Become an Ambassador and help us spread the word about positive, safe, and scientifically-based sexual health for women.

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Why We Need to Talk to Girls about Sex https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSn4OF7G9BM Wed, 15 Feb 2017 20:31:07 +0000 http://www.ashasexualhealth.org/?p=4390 Check out this Tedx Talks video on the importance of talking to adolescent girls about sex.

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Check out this Tedx Talks video on the importance of talking to adolescent girls about sex.

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Tips To Keep Incontinence From Interfering With Your Sex Life http://www.ashasexualhealth.org/tips-to-keep-incontinence-from-interfering-with-your-sex-live/ Wed, 01 Feb 2017 19:36:47 +0000 http://www.ashasexualhealth.org/?p=4339 If you struggle with incontinence and have concerns about leaking during sex, you’re not alone. The American Foundation for Urologic Disease (AFUD) reports that one in three women with stress incontinence avoids sex due to fears of leaking during intercourse or orgasm. But incontinence during sex doesn’t have to be an issue.  Below are some tips […]

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If you struggle with incontinence and have concerns about leaking during sex, you’re not alone. The American Foundation for Urologic Disease (AFUD) reports that one in three women with stress incontinence avoids sex due to fears of leaking during intercourse or orgasm. But incontinence during sex doesn’t have to be an issue.  Below are some tips to manage your incontinence and reclaim your sex life.

  • Be Prepared. Believe it or not, your behavior prior to sex can have a big impact on your chances of leaking during the act.  Here are a few tips to help you avoid an uncomfortable situation:
  • Avoid bladder-irritating foods or drinks a couple of hours before bedtime.  Not sure what your food and drink triggers are? There are some common ones, but you can also track your own habits for a week or so to determine what foods and drink you.
  • Limiting your fluids prior to having sex.
  • Practice “double voiding” prior to sex. This is when you go to the bathroom, wait a few minutes, and then go again to empty any residual urine that may still be present in the bladder.
  • Use protective bedding so that you are covered in case an accident does happen.
  • Try a new position. You may find that a new position creates less stress on your bladder muscles, making leakage less likely.
  • Strengthen up down there. Regular pelvic floor workouts can do wonders for women who experience incontinence. An added bonus?  Studies have shown that by strengthening your pelvic floor muscles you may also experience stronger orgasms and find sex more satisfying.
  • Talk about it. While this is an uncomfortable discussion to have, the mere act of telling your partner about your condition may relieve some of the stress associated with it.

Talk to your Doctor

If you’ve tried the steps above to no avail, consider talking to your doctor about your condition. Incontinence is not a normal part of aging and many things can be done to correct the situation. Your doctor can tell you about options that will best fit your needs.  Need help finding a physician?  Click here.

 

This blog originally appeared on the BHealth Blog from The National Association For Continence, a non-profit association providing resources and support to those living with incontinence. For more articles, information and tools on managing bladder and bowel health conditions, please visit www.nafc.org.

 

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