Sexual Health
Q & A: Sexually Transmitted Infections Among Seniors

Q & A: Sexually Transmitted Infections Among Older Adults

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) like genital herpes, human papillomavirus (HPV), chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, hepatitis and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), are at an all-time high. While most of these cases affect teens and young adults, rates among older people are also climbing. “Older individuals may think they don’t have to use …

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Coping with Cancer

Maintaining Intimacy While Living With Cancer

When you or your loved one is diagnosed with cancer, it can be difficult to maintain a sense of normalcy in many areas of your lives – including intimacy. While it may seem trivial to be concerned about maintaining a healthy sex life when you or your partner’s health and …

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Women's Health

Pregnant on Birth Control?

Oral contraceptives, condoms, intrauterine devices and other forms of birth control are highly effective. But even the best prevention methods fail sometimes – no matter how careful you are. Just ask the thousands of women who find themselves pregnant while on birth control. According to Phillis Mims-Gillum, M.D., an obstetrician-gynecologist …

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Sexual Health

Sexually Transmitted Infection: What You Need to Know

Sex can be a wonderful part of life, but like most things it isn’t risk-free. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more sexually transmitted infections (STIs) were reported last year than ever before. In fact, by the time they’re 24, nearly one-third of sexually active adults …

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Healthy Relationships
STI conversation

How to Talk About an STI

Sexual intimacy is an important way to express love and affection for that special someone. But such expressions might come at a cost. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more sexually transmitted infections (STIs) were reported last year than ever before. Scary, right? Yet, many people …

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Sexual Health

Let’s Talk About Sex (& Your Health)

Talking about sex can be a challenge—even more so when you’re sitting in a doctor’s office. You might feel uncomfortable telling your doctor about what goes on in your bedroom, particularly when you’re wearing nothing more than a paper gown. But it is helpful for you and your healthcare provider …

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Healthy Aging

Could Sex Be Even Better With Age?

Despite the misconception that intimate and sexual connection is an activity for the young, for many people, interest in sex doesn’t go away with age. In fact, according to Phillis Mims-Gillum, M.D., senior staff physician in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Henry Ford Health System, sex may be …

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Healthy Relationships

Managing Mismatched Sex Drives

It’s incredibly common for partners’ sex drives to be out of sync. Add stressful jobs, family responsibilities and aging to the mix, and it’s no wonder so many Americans are in sexless relationships. “It’s completely normal for sexual desire to wax and wane,” says Phillis Mims-Gillum, M.D., senior staff physician …

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