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“Just Say No” Isn’t The Sex Ed Your Child Needs

In the September issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health, there is a position paper from the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine on Abstinence-Only-Until Marriage (AOUM) programs that should get every parent thinking about what kind of sex education their kids are receiving in school. Unfortunately, the intention of waiting until marriage to have sex often fails. With the age of marriage rising in the US, most people have sex for the first time as an adolescent or young adult. In fact, research demonstrates that AOUM programs don't delay the first time a young person has sex. In many communities across the US, abstinence-only programs have replaced more comprehensive ones and this is problematic, as we understand that AOUM programs have the following impact[1]:

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Topics: communication, Sex Talk, safe sex, family, education

Don’t Neglect Your Vulva and Vagina This Summer

Vaginal health concerns always seem to peak during the summer months. There are many reasons for this, including longer periods of time spent in a wet bathing suit, exercising in warm weather, and increased sexual activity. Along with these behaviors, we see an increase in various gynecologic conditions, including vulvar eczema/psoriasis, yeast infections, and bacterial vaginosis. There are several preventative measures that a woman can take to try and avoid these pesky annoyances of summer:

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Topics: lubricant, health, vulvodynia, beauty, education

6 Top Relationship Resources for Women Over 40 

Relationship discussions are not sparse, by any means. In every corner of the internet and in every coffee shop around the world, you’re bound to find people talking about love, what it means, and how to get better at it. But when it comes to women who are over 40, the resources seem to dwindle. Women who are no longer in their thirties should know everything there is to know about relationships, right? Hardly.

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Topics: better marriage, communication, couples, aging, relationship, communication tools, marriage, Sex & Relationships, mindfulness, education, intimacy

legalize "vagina"

Why in 2016 is the word “vagina” still taboo? As a practicing gynecologist, I have witnessed first-hand the blushing, giggling, and complete avoidance that goes along with referring to a part of the human anatomy possessed by half of the world’s population. Popular culture has come to refer to the vagina by the following absurd names: “vajayjay”, “hoo-hah”, “down-there”, “privates”, “lady bits”, “kitty”, “bajingo”, “flower”, and the list goes on. Is vagina a shameful or explicit word?

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Topics: Fiera Experts, gender equality, education, womens rights, sexual heatlh
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