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It's that time of year when many of us make resolutions to improve our health by eating healthier and exercising more. Or we make resolutions to take care of our mental health by spending more time with friends, taking up a new hobby, or putting a new, fresh focus into our work.
Content warning: sexual assault
Ed. note: This blog is cross-posted from the USA.gov blog. The original post date was April 10, 2014.
Sexual violence is a serious public health issue that affects millions of Americans, especially women.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in five women have been raped in their lifetime, and more than one in three have experienced other forms of sexual violence. As a nation, we need to address this threat.
Being with someone who is struggling with depression is never easy. It is difficult to see someone you care about struggle with anger, irritation, sleep changes, lifelessness, anxiety, or even worthlessness. And it's difficult when those feelings affect both of your lives.
What's my advice on how you can take care of your sexual and reproductive health? Honor yourself, foster healthy relationships, take care of your body, and get the preventive care and screenings you need.
In honor of National Women's Health Week, celebrated May 11–17, I'd like to share four ways you can take care of your sexual and reproductive health:
Quitting smoking isn't easy. In fact, many ex-smokers say that it's one of the hardest things they've ever done, but that doesn't mean it's impossible. Millions of people have quit — and so can you.
Just ask Pamela Worth.
Ed. note: This blog is cross-posted from the Healthcare.gov blog. The original post date was January 9, 2014.
We choose to wear pink, because year after year, breast cancer takes the lives of our daughters. Our sisters. Our mothers and grandmothers. Our aunts. Our neighbors. Our colleagues. Our friends. We lose nearly 40,000 Americans to this disease each year, which is the second only to lung cancer as the leading cause of cancer death among women in this country.
And yet, there is hope.
Ed. note: This blog is cross-posted from the Office of Research on Women's Health. The original post date was January 17, 2014.
Ed. note: This blog is cross-posted from HuffingtonPost.com. The original post date was April 14, 2014. Read the original post.
April is Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) Awareness Month, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the HHS Office on Women's Health are teaming up to raise awareness and start the conversation around STIs among women.
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