Understanding Health Risks

5 Misconceptions About HPV (and the Truth About Them)

You’ve probably heard of human papillomavirus before. First, because you may be familiar with its acronym, HPV. Or you might know someone who received the series of vaccinations. You may even have the virus – or know someone who does. Regardless of your familiarity with HPV, there is still a …

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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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Cancer Prevention

HPV Vaccine: Now Approved For People Ages 27 to 45

Despite being the most commonly sexually transmitted infection in the U.S., human papillomavirus (HPV) doesn’t always get a lot of attention outside your doctor’s office. Recently, however, HPV-related cancers, which typically occur as a result of intimate, skin-to-skin contact (not necessarily through sex), have become more common, prompting health care …

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Understanding Your Health
Questions You're Embarrassed to Ask Your Gynecologist

Q’s You’re Embarrassed to Ask Your Gynecologist (But Should)

It’s not easy to let your guard down. It takes a lot to be comfortable enough with yourself to ask very personal questions of your gynecologist. Anastasia Arab, D.O., an OB/GYN at Henry Ford Health System, completely understands why so many women are reluctant to bring up uncomfortable questions during …

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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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Women's Health
birth control and depression

Is Your Birth Control Making You Depressed?

From a lack of vitamin D to a shift in chemicals in the brain, depression can be caused by a variety of sources. But could another sneaky culprit – your birth control – be responsible for your mood changes? A study published in JAMA Psychiatry revealed a correlation between depression …

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Sexual Health
men's sexual problems

Beyond ED: Understanding 6 Sexual Problems for Men

Just about every man will have some sort of sexual problem during his lifetime – but not nearly enough of them will discuss them with their doctors, or even their partners. Erectile dysfunction, or ED, which is trouble getting or maintaining an erection, gets a lot of attention, but many …

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Raising Healthy Teens
transgender teen

How to Support a Transgender Teen

Parenting teens is never easy. When you’re raising a transgender teen in the midst of a transformation—a change often met with societal or parental resistance—it can be a minefield. But your child needs your support now, more than ever. “We’ve latched on to this idea that gender is fixed, but …

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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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