This common condition, which affects many women at some point in their lives, is a persistent lack of sexual desire, arousal, climax or a sensation of pain that can cause personal distress and may greatly strain a woman's intimate relationships. Although female sexual dysfunction can be a lifelong problem for many women, this condition is very treatable.
Even though sexual health is an important part of your overall health, you may have trouble talking about it with your doctor. You may feel embarrassed or ashamed. But if you don't discuss a problem, you can't get the care you need. Here are some tips to help you talk about sexual issues.
HIV causes AIDS. AIDS kills by making a person unable to fight off disease. There is no cure. HIV is passed from person to person. It is passed through body fluids. This includes blood, semen, and vaginal fluid. HIV can be passed from a pregnant mother to her unborn child.
Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) or a sexually transmitted infection (STI). It spreads when body fluids are passed during sex. Infections can occur in the genitals (vaginal sex), anus (anal sex), and throat (oral sex). You may have no symptoms. Or symptoms can be mild to very painful.
HIV weakens the parts of the body that fight off disease (the immune system). It spreads through body fluids passed during sex, or through infected needles. When HIV starts to cause severe health problems, it's called AIDS. There's no cure for HIV or AIDS. But treatment called antiretroviral therapy can help you stay healthier longer.
HPV (human papilloma virus) spreads through skin contact. Some types of HPV cause genital warts. Other types put females at higher risk of cancer of the cervix. HPV is very common in both men and women. And it can't be cured. But there are treatments to remove warts. Tests can also help spot warning signs of cervical cancer.
Male sex organs are mostly outside the body (the genitals). This makes signs of certain STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) easier to spot. But STDs can also spread inside the body and damage the organs that allow you to father a child. This damage can sometimes cause sterility - meaning you won't be able to have kids. Also, men may have fewer symptoms of STDs than women. So pay attention to your body. Learn what's normal for you, and have any symptoms checked out.
In women, warning signs of STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) can be hard to notice. That's because the sex organs outside the body (the genitals) aren't easy to see. STDs also often affect the organs inside the body that let you get pregnant. Damage to these organs can sometimes cause sterility - meaning you won't be able to have kids. So learn about your body. Find out what's normal for you. And be sure to have any changes or symptoms checked out.
Syphilis spreads through any kind of sexual contact. That is vaginal sex, anal sex, or oral sex. This sexually transmitted disease (STD) or infection (STI) has 3 stages. It gets worse with each stage. Syphilis can be cured. But early treatment is important. Left alone, it can cause lasting damage, like blindness. Syphilis can even cause death.
This word refers to people who aren't exactly "male" or "female." Their bodies naturally have features of both. For example, they may have male genitals on the outside, but female sex organs on the inside. Their genitals may have a blend of male and female features. And, they may have both male and female chromosome patterns.
LGBTQ is an acronym that stands for "lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (or "questioning"). It's for people who aren't heterosexual. It's also for people who don't identify with the sex they were assigned at birth. Let's go through each letter to learn about those in the LGBTQ community.
A pansexual is a person who can be attracted to anyone. The person may have physical, emotional or romantic feelings. They can like people of any sex or gender identity. They can like people of any sexual orientation. This doesn't mean they like every other person. But it means they possibly could like anyone.