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How to Take Care of Your Mental Health After a Herpes Diagnosis

A genital herpes diagnosis can lead to feelings of depression and anxiety — among other struggles. Here’s how to combat the stigma and take care of your mental health.

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Endometriosis and Birth Control: My Experience

When Julie found out she had endometriosis, she tried different hormonal birth control options to lessen symptoms and pain. Here’s what worked for her.

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Highs and Lows: My Best and Worst Genital Herpes Moments

"What I once viewed as a near-death sentence to my love life and identity transformed into a sense of purpose that still guides me today."

Young woman lying down holding her stomach in pain.

What I Wish I’d Known Before Having Surgery for Endometriosis

“In 2013, I had the first of three laparoscopic surgeries for endometriosis. Had I known then what I know now, I could have avoided at least one of those surgeries.”

Worried young woman looking out window.

Have You Just Been Diagnosed with Herpes? Read This

From someone who has been there, this is what it’s like to find out you have genital herpes.

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I Have Vulvodynia, But It Took Years to Put a Name to My Pain

Lauren was only 14 when she first started experiencing pain “down there.” But doctor after doctor told her nothing was wrong. This is her story.