Good Sex with Emily Jamea: Body Image and Sex

Emily Jamea, Ph.D., is a sex therapist, author and podcast host. You can find her here each month to share her latest thoughts about sex. There’s a comedy skit online featuring Tina Fey, Amy Schumer, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Patricia Arquette joking about how Hollywood determines the age when a woman is no longer, ahem, sexually desirable (although, let’s just say that the word they use in the skit is a little cruder than that). The idea is […]

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Don’t Put Off Breast Cancer Screening — It Could Save Your Life

Achea Redd had always been good about getting a yearly mammogram — until the pandemic started. Redd, who is now 41, has been getting mammograms since she was 35, but Covid-19 concerns caused her to postpone in 2020. When the risk of exposure went down, Redd immediately rescheduled. “I didn’t want to wait too long,” she said. “As soon as I could get in and feel safe, I was there.” Melissa Dominguez, 40, was planning to get […]

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Fast Facts: What You Need to Know About OB-GYN Robotic-Assisted Surgery

About 1 in 4 surgeries in women in the United States involve obstetric-gynecologic (OB-GYN) procedures. That means you might find yourself needing to have one of these surgeries at some point in your life. But did you know some of them are done using robotics? More than 876,000 robotic-assisted surgeries were performed in the U.S. in 2020. Here’s what happens during a robotic-assisted procedure and important facts you need to know about this type of OB-GYN surgery. […]

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Support for Patients With Metastatic Breast Cancer

+ Video transcript Hi, I’m here to talk to you about resources that are available for women with metastatic breast cancer. Metastatic breast cancer, sometimes called MBC, is stage 4 breast cancer. This occurs when cancer cells have spread beyond the breasts and into the distant areas of the body like the bones lungs and liver. This advanced stage of cancer isn’t curable, but there are treatments that can help slow the cancer and allow women to […]

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Tech Solutions for Chronic Pain

Brittany Barreto, Ph.D., is a podcaster, an entrepreneur, and a molecular and human geneticist. (In other words, she’s really smart.) Read her column here each month to learn about what’s happening in the world of technology and innovation in women’s health. For years I thought I had weak wrists. Sure, pushups and downward-facing dogs were inherently difficult, but the pain these exercises triggered in my wrists was disturbing. Eventually, the pain got worse and activities such as […]

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Your Guide to HIV & Aging

Thanks to modern treatments, people are living longer with HIV than they used to. Consider Rae Lewis-Thornton, who at age 59 is one of the 379,000 Americans over 55 living with HIV. “I never thought I would live this long. I never considered what this period would look like,” she told HealthyWomen. In our new education program, we explore HIV and aging, including the health challenges people with HIV face as they get older. Dr. Sharon Allison-Ottey […]

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Hashimoto’s Disease 101

I was on a morning walk getting my steps in when I passed a car window and my reflection stopped me in my tracks. My face was pale, puffy and round, shining like the moon in the early rays of the sun. My hands flew to my neck, which looked swollen. I felt around, nothing hurt, but I knew this wasn’t just an unflattering angle. Something was wrong. Sure enough, a blood test confirmed that I had […]

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After Being Sexually Assaulted, I Started Taking PrEP — and I Plan to Be on It for Life

As told to Nicole Audrey Spector In 2020, I met a man and invited him over for tea. We were attracted to one another and I was prepared to have sex with him. Once we started making out, I took out a condom. He refused to put it on, pinned me down on the bed and proceeded to have sex with me without any protection. In the days that followed, I was horrified and ashamed, feeling that […]

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