The topic of sexual health is vast, ranging from discussions of bodily changes during puberty to the hot flashes of menopause.
There are sexual health issues specific to men including questions about the prostate or erectile dysfunction.
There are questions both sexes want to know the answers to, such as how to prevent the transmission of STD's.
Some people want to know more about reproductive health including how to choose the best birth control pill or to hear the firsthand account of someone who has undergone infertility treatments. There are still others who are dealing with a diagnosis of breast cancer and need support from women who have been there and can provide reassurance.
Whatever your need is for sexual health information and support, Health Central is here to help.
Here are ten resources to help provide you with the guidance you need in maintaining your sexual health.
Remember that the information and support given from these web sites and on-line communities cannot replace the medical treatment provided by your doctor.
Always refer to your doctor for medical advice.
1. Sexual Health Connection:
My list would not be complete without talking about this site first now would it?
Here on Sexual Health Connection you can get information about everything from safe sex to Ovarian Cancer.
Ask or answer a question, write a sharepost about your experience with infertility, pregnancy, or perimenopause.
Join in our discussions by answering the question of the week.
We love to hear from you
- My Breast Cancer Network
Maybe you have just found a lump on your breast and you are scared.
Or you have just been diagnosed with breast cancer and you want to know what your treatment options are.
On My Breast Cancer Network, experts such as PJ Hamel, breast cancer survivor and author can be of help.
You can find out things such as how to get the best possible care from your doctor
or advice from other members about what not to do following breast cancer surgery.
On My Breast Cancer Network you will get the support you need from a community of caring and compassionate individuals who understand what you are going through.
3. Herpes Central
Herpes is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases.
The National Women's Health Information Center estimates that:
"About 45 million Americans, age 12 and older have genital herpes. It's estimated that up to one million people become infected each year."
The unfortunate thing about Herpes is that once you get it, you have it for the rest of your life.
The emotional impact of having this sexually transmitted disease can be devastating.
Herpes Central can help by giving information of how to prevent the transmission of Herpes as well as how to cope with it if you have it.
4. Erectile Dysfunction Connection
One of the most common questions we get here on sexual health connection is about male sexual performance issues.
On the Erectile Dysfunction Connection you will find information on everything from "How to Discuss ED with your doctor"
to learning about the many medications which can cause male impotence.
Here you will find the information and support you need to cope with this condition.
5. Incontinence Network
Maybe you have had several pregnancies and you find that when you laugh or cough that you leak urine.
Or perhaps you have a neurological disease such as Multiple Sclerosis which makes bladder control more difficult.
Whatever the cause you can find help and support at Incontinence Network.
Members share their tips such as how to go to the gym for exercise when you suffer from incontinence.
or you can find information about incontinence medications.
There is both help and hope to be found with this community.
6. The Body:
The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Last month I wrote an article entitled, "Why we Still need to be concerned about AIDS."
As much as we know now about this sexually transmitted disease, it still kills people especially if they don't realize they have it.
To find out more about HIV testing
or what to do if you have just been diagnosed with HIV please visit The Body.
7. Prostate Commons
What are the symptoms of prostate cancer?
Is there a Prostate questionnaire to help me know if I have issues with my prostate which need to be treated?
For answers to these questions and more please visit Health Central's Prostate Commons.
8. **My Menopause Connection
** For any woman who goes through the hormonal changes brought about by menopause, it can be a particularly difficult time both physically and emotionally.
To help you get through this stage of your life, My Menopause Connection can help.
Learn about how to deal with menopause symptoms such as hot flashes
or sleep problems
Find the support of other members who are going through the same thing.
9. My Depression Connection
They say that the biggest sexual organ is the brain.
If you are having difficulties with mood then this can translate into a problem with sexual relations.
Did you know that not only can depression affect your libido but your antidepressant can also cause a decline in your sexual desire and/or sexual functioning?
To find out more about how to treat your depression without sacrificing your sex life please visit My Depression Connection for the latest news, information, and support.
10. My Diet and Exercise
Want a sure fire way to increase your libido and sexual stamina?
Eating a good diet and getting proper exercise can re-ignite your love life.
You will feel better both physically and emotionally.
People who feel more self confident will feel more attractive to their partner.
In addition, diet and exercise can increase your energy so that you feel up to the rigors of physical activity including sexual intercourse.
Need help in deciding how to eat healthy?
Want to find the exercise program right for you?
Then all you have to do is visit My Diet and Exercise and you will find the answers you need to get healthy and jump start your sex life.
The Health Central sites I have listed here are just some of health communities we have to serve you.
Good health is a key ingredient to having a good sex life.
Please feel free to visit any of our individual sites to gain information and support for whatever you may be going through.
Share your story.
We would love to hear from you!
For more information, be sure to check out:
Types of Emergency Contraception
What You Can Expect After Taking the Morning After Pill
Emergency Contraception: How Much Do You Know About the Morning After Pill?
The Morning After Pill
Understanding the Risks of an IUD