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Sexual health can be hard to talk about at any age. But knowing the types of common problems that can occur and what you can do to treat them might make talking about this sensitive subject a little easier.

Women's sexual health issues are often related to menstrual cycles, sex, infection, birth control methods, aging, medicines, or changes after pregnancy. Men's sexual health issues can range from erection problems to sexually transmitted infections to genital injuries. No matter what the problem, our topics can help you learn more about sexual health and what you can do to maintain it.

To get started, explore these topics:

  • Female Genital Problems and Injuries
  • Male Genital Problems and Injuries
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections
  • Sexuality and Physical Changes With Aging
  • Birth Control
  • STI Testing: Should I Get Tested For a Sexually Transmitted Infection?
Health Topics
  • Abortion
  • Adenomyosis
  • Antiretroviral Medicines for HIV
  • Arrhythmias and Sexual Activity
  • Birth Control
  • Birth Control for Teens
  • Birth Control Hormones: The Implant
  • Birth Control Hormones: The Mini-Pill
  • Birth Control Hormones: The Patch
  • Birth Control Hormones: The Pill
  • Birth Control Hormones: The Ring
  • Birth Control Hormones: The Shot
  • Birth Control Pills: Missed or Skipped Periods
  • Birth Control: How to Use a Diaphragm
  • Birth Control: How to Use the Patch
  • Birth Control: How to Use the Ring
  • Birth Control: Myths About Sex and Pregnancy
  • Birth Control: Pros and Cons of Hormonal Methods
  • Body Image After Cancer Treatment
  • Breastfeeding as Birth Control
  • Cervical Cap for Birth Control
  • Chlamydia
  • Common Questions About Sexual Orientation
  • Congenital Syphilis
  • Contraceptive Sponge for Birth Control
  • COPD and Sex
  • Cryotherapy for Genital Warts
  • Diaphragm for Birth Control
  • Effectiveness Rate of Birth Control Methods
  • Electrocautery for Genital Warts
  • Erection Problems (Erectile Dysfunction)
  • Erection Problems: Relationships and Life Events Matter
  • Fallopian Tube Procedures for Infertility
  • Family Life Cycle
  • Female Condoms
  • Female Genital Problems and Injuries
  • Female Sexual Problems
  • Fitz-Hugh-Curtis Syndrome
  • Gender Dysphoria
  • Gender Identity Issues: Getting Support
  • Genital Herpes
  • Genital Warts (Human Papillomavirus)
  • Getting Pregnant After Stopping Birth Control
  • Gonorrhea
  • Heart Failure and Sexual Activity
  • High-Risk Sexual Behavior
  • HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) Infection
  • Hormonal Birth Control: Risk of Blood Clots
  • How Birth Control Methods Prevent Pregnancy
  • How Pregnancy (Conception) Occurs
  • How to Take Birth Control Pills
  • In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
  • Infertility
  • Infertility Tests
  • Insemination Procedures
  • Interactive Tool: When Are You Most Fertile?
  • Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)
  • Intrauterine Device (IUD) for Birth Control
  • IUD Insertion
  • IUD Removal
  • Laparoscopic Surgery for Endometriosis
  • Laparoscopic Tubal Ligation
  • Laser Surgery for Genital Warts
  • Levonorgestrel (LNg) IUD
  • Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure (LEEP) for Genital Warts
  • Low Back Pain and Sex
  • Male Condoms
  • Medical Abortion Care
  • Medical and Nonmedical Options for Gender Affirmation
  • Menopause and Perimenopause
  • Military Sexual Trauma
  • Missed or Irregular Periods
  • Molluscum Contagiosum
  • Myomectomy
  • Neurosyphilis
  • Other Health Problems Caused by Herpes Simplex Virus
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease: Tubo-Ovarian Abscess
  • Penile Implants for Erection Problems
  • Peyronie's Disease
  • Premature Ejaculation
  • Resuming Sexual Activity After a Heart Attack
  • Safer Sex
  • Sensual Exercises for Erection Problems
  • Sex After Childbirth
  • Sex and Your Heart
  • Sex Therapy for Erection Problems
  • Sex Therapy for Sexual Problems in Women
  • Sexual Abuse or Assault (Rape)
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Sexual Problems: How to Talk With Your Partner
  • Sexuality and Physical Changes With Aging
  • Sexuality While Breastfeeding
  • Sexually Transmitted Infection Screening
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections: How a Male Genital Exam Is Done
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections: Symptoms in Women
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections: Treatment
  • Spermicide for Birth Control
  • Spinal Cord Injury: Sensual Exercises
  • Spinal Cord Injury: Talking With Your Partner About Sex
  • Stages of Syphilis
  • Surgical Removal of Genital Warts by Excision
  • Symptoms of Pelvic Infection
  • Syphilis
  • Talking With Your Child About Sex
  • Testosterone
  • Trichomoniasis
  • Tubal Ligation Reversal
  • Tubal Ligation Surgery
  • Vacuum Devices for Erection Problems
  • Vaginal Rashes and Sores
  • Vaginal Yeast Infections
  • Varicocele Repair Surgery
  • Vasectomy
  • Vasectomy Reversal
  • Ways HIV Cannot Be Spread
  • What to Do About Missed or Skipped Birth Control Pills
  • Your Teen's Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
Medical Tests
  • Bacterial Vaginosis Tests
  • Biopsy of Genital Warts (Human Papillomavirus)
  • Chlamydia Tests
  • Fertility Awareness
  • Gonorrhea Test
  • Herpes Tests
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Test
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Test of the Cervix
  • Pelvic Exam
  • Semen Analysis
  • Syphilis Tests
  • Testosterone Test
  • Tests for Erection Problems
  • Vaginal Self-Examination (VSE)
Make a Wise Decision
  • Erection Problems: Should I Take Medicine?
  • Erection Problems: Should I Try Inserted or Injected Medicines?
  • HPV: Should I Get the Vaccine?
  • STI Testing: Should I Get Tested for a Sexually Transmitted Infection?

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