May 10 kicks off National Women’s Health Week, an annual observance led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health. The goal is to empower women to make their health a priority and help women understand what steps they can take to improve their health.
Women are often in charge of taking care of the health of their families, and sometimes they overlook their own health needs while taking care of others. Women’s Health Month in May gives us a chance to connect with women everywhere to share health resources and tips. We need to take care of the women who do so much to take care of all of us!
ASHA will spotlight women’s health throughout the month of May with new content, a social media campaign, podcasts, and more. Check back here throughout May to see what’s new.
- Spread the word by supporting our Thunderclap. Share ASHA’s message on the importance of women’s health on Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr and voice your support for making health a priority.
- Get answers to your questions on women’s health topics. Join us for a Twitter chat on Monday, May 11, at 2:00 pm ET. You can ask questions during the chat or email them to us ahead of time.
- Learn more about dealing with sexual difficulties. Sexual health issues—including vaginal dryness, itching, and pain during sex—affect many postmenopausal women. But the subject can be hard to bring up, both with parters and healthcare providers. Watch the video above and learn more about sexual problems and what can be done about them.
- Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) have a greater impact on women than men, and the consequences of undiagnosed STIs can be serious. Learn more about women and STIs and what tests may be recommended for you.
- Long-acting reversible contraception or LARC, is reversible birth control that provides long-lasting (think years) pregnancy prevention. While not currently the leading choice among women, LARC use has been on the rise in recent years. Learn more about LARC methods and listen to a podcast on the benefits of the dual use of LARC and condoms.