Reproductive Health Series Part 7

One of the best steps that you can take for maintaining your sexual and reproductive health is to begin making regular visits to the gynecologist. Continue reading and to learn about navigating the reproductive health system, and the process for standard pelvic exam and/or pap smear.

When Should You First Visit a Gynecologist?

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that you should have your first gynecologist visit when you’re between the ages of 13 and 17.

After this first visit, it is recommended to schedule an appointment for a yearly check-up.

Why Should You Visit a Gynecologist?

The three main reasons to start going to the gynecologist are:

  1. To receive…

Reproductive and Sexual Health Series Part 6

While it may seem like a taboo topic to bring up with your friends or family, reproductive health is an important subject that needs to be discussed.

This topic affects everyone.

At first, it may be difficult to initiate a conversation about reproductive health with your loved ones, so we’ve curated a list of key ideas for how to get the conversation started and how to keep it going based on who you are talking to:

Talking to your child

  • Ideally, conversations about reproductive health with children should start at puberty.
  • The changes a child goes through may elicit several questions, and having a…

Reproductive and Sexual Health Series Part 5

HPV, or the Human Papillomavirus, is the most sexually transmitted infection in the world. Those infected usually show no symptoms, and the disease is most commonly spread during vaginal or anal sex.

In most cases, HPV will go away on its own and does not cause any health problems, but it can also cause serious health problems like genital warts and cancer.

“Every year in the United States, HPV is estimated to cause nearly 36,000 cases of cancer in men and women.” — Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Image from Vaccines.gov

The HPV Vaccine

The HPV vaccine helps protect you against certain…


Part 4: Understand Cervical Cancer, Causes and Prevention Strategies

Cervical Cancer is the growth of cancer cells beginning in the cervix. All women are at risk for cervical cancer, but it occurs most often in women at age 30.

“Cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women. In 2018, an estimated 570,000 women were diagnosed with cervical cancer worldwide and about 311,000 women died from the disease.” — World Health Organization

Image from Sanjeevani Cbcc Usa Cancer Hospital

Major Causes of Cervical Cancer

A long lasting infection with certain strains of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the main cause of cervical cancer, but there are also several minor causes that can be attributed to the development of cervical cancer.


Part 3: Four Things to Know about the Cervix

The cervix is an incredibly important part of sexual and reproductive health. Most women have a cervix, as do many trans and non-binary people. In this post, we will be sharing about the location and role of the cervix.

1. Where is the Cervix located?

“A lot of people don’t actually understand where the cervix is. The cervix lies at the opening of the uterus (where babies grow) which is at the top of the vagina — it connects the uterus to the vagina.” — Dr. Jen Caudle

The cervix is approximately two inches long, and its shape resembles a donut.

Image from MyPathology

2. What are the different parts of the cervix?


Throughout the 2020–2021 academic year, we’ve been hosting a “Facing Hard Numbers and Harder Conversations” panel series, addressing various health care disparities. With March marking the anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, we thought we would address the physical and mental tolls the virus has taken on one of its most affected populations, the Latinx Community.

In this event recap, we want to share with you a few key quotes and moments from the event. We also encourage you to watch the full discussion on our YouTube channel.

Our first panelist was Keny Murillo Brizuela. Keny…


Part 2: Symptoms and Causes of Four Common Reproductive Health Issues

Today we want to talk about four reproductive health issues that most will go through at some period of time. We know that it can be uncomfortable or scary sometimes to know what to do or who to talk to about what is going on with your body, so we’re sharing a few tips that might come in handy if you experience one of these four common reproductive health issues.

1. Vaginal Discharge

One of the most common reproductive health issues that causes alarm is vaginal discharge.

It is important to know that, most of the time, discharge is normal! The discharge serves…


Part 1: Understanding Internal Female Reproductive Anatomy

When it comes to preventing cervical cancer and other reproductive health health issues, it has been proven that education plays a key role. In a 2020 survey, women were asked to identify parts of their reproductive anatomy. Nearly 1/4 of the women misidentified the vagina, and 46% could not properly identify the cervix. Clearly, the results showed that there are many gaps in education.

In the next eight weeks, we will cover 8 important things to know about reproductive & sexual Health. Today, we’ll start by thinking about anatomy!

When we think about the female reproductive system, there are four…


As we close out Black History Month 2021, we want to share some facts and stories about Cervical Cancer in Black communities.

1. Cervical Cancer impacts more Black and Hispanic women.

Worldwide, Cervical Cancer is the fourth most frequent cancer in women. According to the CDC, around 2,000 new cases of HPV-associated cervical cancer are diagnosed in the United States each year. Within these 2,000 new cases, a disproportionate number of them are Black and Hispanic women.

2. Survival rate is lower for Black women.

African American women tend to have lower 5-year survival rates and die more often than any other race. (1)

Dr. Anisa Shomo cites the following three reasons of why Black women often…


This week we hosted our third, 2020–2021 panel series based on our blog series, “Listening and Learning: Systemic Racism, Racial and Sexual Disparities in Women’s Health.”

In this event recap, we want to share with you a few key quotes and moments from the event. We also encourage you to watch the full discussion on our YouTube channel.

Our first panelist was Arielle Hutchinson, a Duke University undergraduate student, and author of our blog that inspired this event, “Moving Beyond the Movement.” Arielle discussed the “hard numbers” of the Black Matenral Health Crisis, and shared stories she learned from…

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