American Sexual Health Association http://www.ashasexualhealth.org Wed, 22 Feb 2017 21:40:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 What’s in a Word? http://www.ashasexualhealth.org/sexual-health/lgbtq/ http://www.ashasexualhealth.org/sexual-health/lgbtq/#comments 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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Beyond the Carnal Tango http://www.ashasexualhealth.org/mens-sexual-health/ http://www.ashasexualhealth.org/mens-sexual-health/#comments 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/ http://www.ashasexualhealth.org/asha-ambassadors/#comments 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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Why We Need to Talk to Girls about Sex https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSn4OF7G9BM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSn4OF7G9BM#comments 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 Live http://www.ashasexualhealth.org/tips-to-keep-incontinence-from-interfering-with-your-sex-live/ http://www.ashasexualhealth.org/tips-to-keep-incontinence-from-interfering-with-your-sex-live/#comments 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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ASHA Board Member’s Cervical Cancer Blog is Featured on the Huffington Post http://www.ashasexualhealth.org/cervical-cancer/ http://www.ashasexualhealth.org/cervical-cancer/#comments Wed, 01 Feb 2017 19:02:37 +0000 http://www.ashasexualhealth.org/?p=4330 “Part of our first-world indifference lies in the assumption that this is a disease relegated to the developing world. While it is true that the heaviest burden is in low-income countries, the reality check is that cervical cancer was once the leading cause of cancer death for American women as well. These days, however, cervical […]

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Part of our first-world indifference lies in the assumption that this is a disease relegated to the developing world. While it is true that the heaviest burden is in low-income countries, the reality check is that cervical cancer was once the leading cause of cancer death for American women as well. These days, however, cervical cancer has become a disease of the poor, uneducated minority. As recent research confirms, the disparity in mortality rates between black and white women is even wider than previously believed.”

–Mamta Singhvi, MD, MPH

ASHA recently reported on research published in the journal Cancer that finds the rates at which women die from cervical cancer are higher than we thought. The most chilling conclusion of this paper is that with Black women the rate of death nearly twice as high as previously reported, and the true disparity in cervical cancer mortality between white and black women has been underreported by 44%.

Mamta Singhvi, MD, MPH, is an oncologist who currently serves on ASHA’s board of directors. In a blog appearing on the Huffington Post, Dr. Singhvi offers her perspective as a physician caring for a young woman of color with terminal cervical cancer and offers solutions to the many challenges we face in caring for some of our most vulnerable populations.

Mamta

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Drinking, Sex and a Healthy You! http://www.ashasexualhealth.org/drinking-sex-and-a-healthy-you/ http://www.ashasexualhealth.org/drinking-sex-and-a-healthy-you/#comments Wed, 01 Feb 2017 17:58:21 +0000 http://www.ashasexualhealth.org/?p=4306 By Charles Hassell Most people reading this have probably had a drink before. And you have probably had sex. In fact, there’s a pretty good chance you have done those two things on the same night! Most people are looking to do two things on a night out: 1)    Have fun with friends. 2)    Have […]

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By Charles HassellUSA Today

Most people reading this have probably had a drink before. And you have probably had sex. In fact, there’s a pretty good chance you have done those two things on the same night! Most people are looking to do two things on a night out:

1)    Have fun with friends.

2)    Have a romantic experience.

It’s completely natural to go out for a night, have a few drinks, and find yourself talking to an attractive person. When those drinks kick in there may be some action to go along with the talk. You start dancing, getting more confident; we’ve all been there.

While the drinking age is 21, this drinking-and-feeling-sexy behavior can even begin at younger ages. In many countries the legal drinking age is lower than in the U.S. and some argue that is better, because there is less of a societal “taboo” around drinking. No matter how you slice it, no matter where you go, it’s not uncommon for humans across the spectrum to mix looking for love with having a drink in hand.

The big problem with mixing drinking and sex is that alcohol impairs judgment. This could mean our sexual common sense drops a bit and leads to decisions we normally might not make, including having sex without protection. making decisions that aren’t the best.  Sleeping with someone you wouldn’t otherwise. OK, a little embarrassment, maybe some hurt feelings. But the real dangers have to do with unsafe sex. Imagine for a second…

You’re looking for love at a party. After a fun night of drinking and dancing you find yourself back at your place with a hottie who wants to have sex- but one catch: your new squeeze prefers it with no protection (like a condom) or maybe neither of you thought to bring any. You both really want it…normally you’d say “No way!” but with the alcohol swirling along with your desires…maybe just this once? That’s why it’s a good idea to buy and carry condoms, and keep some on hand.

Have fun but be smart. And don’t be fooled by these myths:

  •      Myth: Sex Isn’t Fun With A Condom. If you are relaxed, with someone you are attracted too, sex is going to be fun. Plus condoms can help some guys last longer. You know what’s really not fun? Regretting unprotected sex later.
  •      Myth: Condoms Don’t Work. When used consistently and correctly, condoms are very effective at preventing STIs and unwanted pregnancy. They work!
  •      Myth: Just This Once Is OK. It only takes one time!

Websites like ASHAsexualhealth.org will give you the info you need to keep it real, keep it safe, and to stay in charge of your sex life. Please, by all means, go out and have fun. Meet your friends, grab a cold beer, enjoy it wrapped in your favorite koozie. Nothing wrong with drinking, laughing and having a good time. And if you decide to have sex with someone, enjoy that too! Wrapped in your favorite condom.

One great way to stay safe out on the town- and back in the sack- is to talk to your partner. For help starting the conversation, check out these videos:

https://www.kooziez.com

Also, here’s a short, fun video with more information about condoms: http://www.sexualhealthtv.org/all-about-condoms

Sources:

https://www.plannedparenthood.org/teens/sex/the-ten-biggest-myths-about-sex

http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/teenboys/Pages/Condoms.aspx

http://www.universetoday.com/38125/how-long-have-humans-been-on-earth

 

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National Condom Month http://www.ashasexualhealth.org/national-condom-month/ http://www.ashasexualhealth.org/national-condom-month/#comments Wed, 01 Feb 2017 16:53:41 +0000 http://www.ashasexualhealth.org/?p=4296 ASHA recognizes each February as National Condom Month. Follow us all month long at #CondomMonth and take advantage of everything we offer: How to Use a Condom Talking to a Partner about Condoms and Safer Sex Get the Right Size Condom! Condomology: a collection of fact-based information (including fact sheets and videos) in simple, easy-to-understand […]

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Condom MonthASHA recognizes each February as National Condom Month. Follow us all month long at #CondomMonth and take advantage of everything we offer:

How to Use a Condom

Talking to a Partner about Condoms and Safer Sex

Get the Right Size Condom!

Condomology: a collection of fact-based information (including fact sheets and videos) in simple, easy-to-understand language

Sexual Health TV: Sexual Health TV (SHTV) is your one stop for a wide range of sexual health programming. Tune in to watch all the channels including one dedicated to condoms and risk reduction.

For National Condom Month in February KoozieZ.com is partnering with ASHA to encourage anyone targeted by one of Cupid’s arrows to have fun and watch the #keepitcovered videos.

#KeepItCovered #CondomMonth blog on sex, alcohol, and making good choices.

 

Below are sample Tweets and Facebook posts you can share throughout the month:

Twitter

Twitter_45Wrap it up! February is National Condom Month. Learn more @ http://ow.ly/XOQj8 #CondomMonth

Free fact sheet download – Male Condoms & Female Condoms. http://ow.ly/XOR8H   #CondomMonth

How to Use a Condom animation. http://ow.ly/XORou  #CondomMonth

ASHA’s Condomology busts myths & gets out the facts about condoms. Plain language to empower YOU. http://ow.ly/XOQId #CondomMonth

FaceBook_45February is National Condom Month (#CondomMonth). Visit ASHA to learn more. It’s YOUR health – take charge and be safe!

During National Condom Month in January ASHA is offering a free download of the fact sheet Male Condoms & Female Condoms. Get yours at ASHA. #CondomMonth

During National Condom Month in February you can download fact sheets and more from ASHA. Get involved, make a difference! #CondomMonth

Condomology is an ASHA program to ensure that the facts about condoms are available and understood by all so consumers can make informed choices about their sexual health. FAQs, posters, videos, and more. Get the facts and take control of your sexual health. #CondomMonth

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Study Says Cervical Cancer Death Rates Are Far Higher Than We Thought http://www.ashasexualhealth.org/study-says-cervical-cancer-death-rates-are-far-higher-than-we-thought/ http://www.ashasexualhealth.org/study-says-cervical-cancer-death-rates-are-far-higher-than-we-thought/#comments Thu, 26 Jan 2017 19:52:00 +0000 http://www.ashasexualhealth.org/?p=4277  New research finds that women in the U.S. are dying from cervical cancer at rates far higher than we realized, especially with black women. Researchers from Johns Hopkins University examined the mortality rate (or death rate) with cervical cancer and say the statistics are skewed because they include women who have had a total hysterectomy […]

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shutterstock_178289528 New research finds that women in the U.S. are dying from cervical cancer at rates far higher than we realized, especially with black women.

Researchers from Johns Hopkins University examined the mortality rate (or death rate) with cervical cancer and say the statistics are skewed because they include women who have had a total hysterectomy and no longer have a cervix (and no risk for cervical cancer). When looking only at women whose cervix is intact, the investigators found the corrected mortality rate for black women with cervical cancer is actually 10.1 per 100,000 compared to 5.7 per 100,000 with the uncorrected data that includes women who have had a total hysterectomy.  For white women, the corrected rate is 4.7 per 100,000 versus an uncorrected rate of 3.2.

Without the corrected figures, the authors say we’re underestimating the true disparity between black and white women by a whopping 44%.

The authors say the racial differences likely stem from a variety of factors: compared to white women, black women have more barriers to health care and tend to be diagnosed with cervical cancer at a more advanced stage of disease (when the outcomes are poorer). They also note that differences in treatment may have a role, as black women with cervical cancer are at greater risk of inadequate care.

The American Cancer Society estimates there are approximately 13,000 total new cases of cervical cancer in the U.S. each year and about 4,000 deaths. ASHA president and CEO Lynn Barclay says the racial disparities are unacceptable and needless. “We have the tools to prevent cervical cancer and let me be clear: not one single woman need die from this disease,” she says. “It is heartbreaking that black women continue to suffer an unfair burden of cervical cancer mortality, and a national embarrassment that we’re not developing and funding programs to make sure the most vulnerable communities get the care they need.”

For more on preventing cervical cancer, including how to raise your voice and get involved, visit NCCC online.

Reference:

Beavis, A. L., Gravitt, P. E. and Rositch, A. F. (2017), Hysterectomy-corrected cervical cancer mortality rates reveal a larger racial disparity in the United States. Cancer. doi: 10.1002/cncr.30507.

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Study Finds Nearly Half of Men have HPV http://www.ashasexualhealth.org/study-finds-nearly-half-of-men-have-hpv/ http://www.ashasexualhealth.org/study-finds-nearly-half-of-men-have-hpv/#comments Fri, 20 Jan 2017 21:04:22 +0000 http://www.ashasexualhealth.org/?p=4262 Nearly half of males in the United States have genital human papillomavirus (HPV), according to a study published January 19 in JAMA Oncology. HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection, and experts believe most sexually active individuals have an HPV infection at some point. CDC estimates there are 79 million total cases of HPV […]

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shutterstock_259994795Nearly half of males in the United States have genital human papillomavirus (HPV), according to a study published January 19 in JAMA Oncology.

HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection, and experts believe most sexually active individuals have an HPV infection at some point. CDC estimates there are 79 million total cases of HPV in the U.S. (with 14 million new cases each year). Of the HPV types associated with sexual transmission, some are low-risk types linked with genital warts while others are high-risk types associated with cancers of the cervix, vagina, vulva, penis, and anus (along with a number of head and neck cancers). Most cases of HPV are harmless, however, and are cleared naturally by the immune system in a year or two.

The study by Jasmine Han, MD, and her colleagues was done with nearly 1,900 men ages 18-59 as part of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2013-2014. NHANES is a series of continuing studies assessing the health of adults and children in the U.S. Overall, HPV was detected in 45% of males in the study (25% of subjects were found to have a high-risk type). Unlike HPV infections in females which decline after peaking in mid-20s (click here for data on females), the results from this study found high rates of HPV in males across all age groups.
The researchers also found only 11% of the study subjects eligible for HPV vaccination had received the shots. HPV vaccines are approved for males and females ages 9-26 and are nearly 100% effective in blocking infections and diseases related to the HPV types covered, and the authors write “Our study indicates that male HPV vaccination may have a greater effect on HPV infection transmission and cancer prevention in men and women than previously estimated.”

ASHA’s HPV Resource Center has information for men, women, and healthcare providers.

Reference: Han JJ, et al. Prevalence of Genital Human Papillomavirus Infection and Human Papillomavirus Vaccination Rates Among US Adult Men. JAMA Oncol, published online January 19, 2017.

 

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