ASHA’s Sex+Health podcast covers all aspects of sexual health. Featuring interviews with medical professionals and experts in the field of sexuality, Sex+Health aims to offer information and resources to with the goal of helping people take charge of their sexual health and understand its importance to overall well being. Listen to episodes here or subscribe on iTunes.
HPV Tests Take Center Stage
It used to be so simple: go for an annual Pap! The venerable Pap is now frequently used as a co-test along with a test for the Human papillomavirus (HPV), the virus that causes almost all cases of cervical cancer. In this episode Dr. Latoya Patterson breaks down the current approaches to screening for cervical cancer including the newest option, HPV primary screening, where an HPV test is used without being paired with a Pap test. The Pap test still has a role, though, so tune in to find out all about it!
Choosing the Right Contraceptives For You and Your Teen
September 25, 2019
There are several contraceptive options available today and it can be pretty overwhelming trying to decide. This episode of the Sex+Health Podcast talks about how to make the right choice and how to have conversations with your teens about using contraceptives. Lynn Barclay, ASHA’s CEO and President, talks with ASHA staff, Susan Reynolds, and her mother, Lisa Gardner, about having open and honest conversations about preventing pregnancy and STIs.
Bacterial Vaginosis and Vaginal Health
July 7, 2019
In this episode, we’re talking about bacterial vaginosis, or BV, the most common vaginal infection in women ages 15-44. Dr. Noor Abualnadi, a gynecologist at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, helps break down the basic facts about BV, including why women get BV, how it’s diagnosed, and what treatment options are available. Most importantly, though, she talks about why self-diagnosis and home remedies can do more harm than good. So listen and learn why “less is more” should be the motto for vaginal health.
HIV Testing Day 2019
June 27, 2019
An estimated 1.1 million Americans are living with HIV/AIDS and the CDC says about 1 in 7 don’t know their status. Testing is so important and thankfully we’ve seen great progress with the evolution of both HIV diagnostic technologies and the availability of effective treatment options. On HIV Testing Day 2019 we remember the clinical/medical side of things is only part of the HIV struggle: There remains much to do in the areas of justice, equality, and dealing with stigma. We end this episode with a wrap-up of Men’s Health Month and a free download of the Health is Power toolkit to help organizations communicate positive sexual health messages to young African-American men.
Big Changes! New HPV Vaccine Protocols and Update to Cervical Cancer Screening Guidelines
Since our last update on HPV and cervical cancer some big changes have occurred: HPV vaccination has been approved for use with males and females through age 45 and updated cervical cancer screening guidelines now include an option for HPV primary testing (translation: an HPV test done alone without a Pap as a co-test). In this episode Ina Park, MD, breaks all of this down and peeks at a future where we might actually be able to discuss the elimination of cervical cancer. Dr. Park is an associate professor at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, Department of Family and Community Medicine.
Herpes Diagnosis and Management: A Two-Part Conversation with Terri Warren, ANP
In this two-part episode, Terri Warren, ANP—nurse, author, and owner of Westover Heights Clinic in Portland, Oregon that specializes in the genital herpes infection—explains the tests that can provide an accurate genital herpes diagnosis and how they work and clarifies that a physical exam alone should never be the final diagnosis for anyone, for many reasons. She also discusses the importance of knowing herpes type and offers helpful insight into how to put a herpes infection into proper perspective.
Sexual Pleasure beyond the Big “O”
A conversation with sexuality and relationship expert Dr. Logan Levkoff
March 9, 2018
In this episode we chat with Dr. Logan Levkoff on the value of pleasure not only in a relationship but as part of our overall well-being. Whether alone or with a partner, sexual pleasure is good for you! Listen in as Dr. Levkoff dishes on everything from not only having more sex but better sex, and why sexual pleasure doesn’t need to involve a partner!
Chronic Pelvic Pain in Women
Beyond the physical discomfort they experience, women with chronic pelvic pain often have to navigate choppy waters emotionally and in their relationships. Dr. Karen Tang with the Gynecology Specialists of Philadelphia practice joins us to talk about the many possible causes of chronic pelvic pain and approaches to treatment. She offers practical advice not only for women but their partners, too. Visit http://philadelphiagyn.com/ for patient education resources including videos with Dr. Tang.
Treat Me Right: The Continued Evolution of Therapies for Cervical Cancer
January 26, 2018
The development of new treatment options for cervical cancer has been frustratingly slow but Dr. Kathleen Moore of the University of Oklahoma’s Stephenson Cancer Center says that may finally be changing. In this episode we chat about current therapies for cervical cancer, take a glimpse into the pipeline to see what’s being developed and finish with a discussion on the crucial role of clinical trials in expanding our treatment arsenal.
Proposed Changes to Cervical Cancer Screening Guidelines
December 28, 2017
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has published a draft of updated cervical cancer screening guidelines and some big changes are proposed. For insight on why check-ups for cervical cancer continue to change and move away from the traditional annual Pap, in this episode, we chat with Mark H. Einstein, MD, MS, Professor and Chair of OB/GYN and Women’s Health at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.
A Three-Part Conversation with Dr. Pepper Schwartz on Female Sexual Difficulties
December 27, 2017
Female sexual difficulties are more common than you think and impact couples inside and outside the bedroom. When sex isn’t easy how do you even begin this conversation with your partner or, for that matter, your healthcare provider? Sociologist, sexologist and relationship expert Dr. Pepper Schwartz joins our Sex+Health podcast for a three-part discussion on the range of female sexual difficulties and offers practical advice and resources for women (and their partners). You’re not alone! NOTE: the findmyspark.com website mentioned in these episodes is currently unavailable so for information on females sexual difficulties visit ASHA’s pages on women’s health. We also offer a patient education resource ASHA developed in collaboration with WebMD Education, Painful Sex? Getting Your Groove Back During Menopause.
Episode One: How do female sexual difficulties (FSD) affect relationships in and out of the bedroom?
Episode Two: Concerned your partner is no longer in the mood? It may be more than you think.
Episode Three: Diving deeper into the most common female sexual difficulty (FSD), Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD), and the other types of FSD that may be affecting your relationship.
Gynecological Health Awareness Month
September 8, 2017
It’s Gynecological Cancer Awareness Month—time to talk about cancers that affect more than 89,000 women in the US each year. Mamta Singhvi, MD, a radiation oncologist and ASHA board member, discusses various ways gynecologic cancers are treated, what to expect during and following treatment and issues around prevention and early detection.
World Sexual Health Day
September 8, 2017
In this episode, Dr. Eli Coleman, director of the Program in Human Sexuality at the University of Minnesota and a former member of ASHA’s board of directors, talks about developing a broader view of sexual health that goes beyond merely having sex with another person.
Men’s Health Month 2017
July 17, 2017
We ruminate on men and sexual health in this episode with Dr. Abe Morgentaler of Men’s Health Boston and ASHA’s vice president for strategic partnerships Kay Phillips. Both offer their insights and we highlight the tools and resources ASHA offers for men (and organizations serving them).
Talking to Girls and Young Women about S-E-X
May 15, 2017
“[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.
HPV “Miracle Cures”
January 4, 2017
We’re frequently asked about websites touting unlicensed, off-the-grid vaccines and supplements that claim to cure HPV and related diseases. In this episode, H. Hunter Handsfield, MD, Professor Emeritus of Medicine, University of Washington Center for AIDS and STD, breaks down the more common HPV “miracle cures” and also answers the most common questions about legitimate, approved HPV vaccines.
Men’s Sexual Health
September 28, 2016
There are many misconceptions around men, sex, sexuality, and just what men want from relationships. Guys are seen as always turned on, selfish in the bedroom, and not all that interested in their partner once the carnal tango ends. Is that fair?
To find out we chatted with men’s sexual health expert Dr. Abraham Morgentaler, an associate clinical professor at Harvard Medical School, the director and founder of Men’s Health Boston, and a member of ASHA’s board of directors. He’s also the author of The Truth About Men and Sex: Intimate Secrets from the Doctor’s Office.