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Doctors Should Offer STI Testing Anytime They Do Labwork

STI rates are on the rise, but this isn’t an unsolvable problem. In fact, a good place to start addressing STIs, while also normalizing discussions of sexual health and reducing STI stigma is for doctors to offer their patients STI testing whenever lab work is drawn.

The words "Let's Stop Calling Yeast Infections "Gross" sit on a white box on top of purple brush strokes on a light purple background. The Hedonish logo is in teal at the bottom left of the graphic

Yeast infections are so common for folks with vulvas that you’re statistically more “normal” if you have had a yeast infection than if you’ve never had one, yet nearly 70% of people with vulvas are embarrassed when they have one, and less then half would feel comfortable telling a friend.

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Chronic Illness, Brain Fog, Success, & Self-Worth - Hedonish.com

If I’ve learned anything from having a blog for the last few years, it’s that no matter what I’m feeling or experiencing, there’s someone else out there going through the same thing. Probably multiple someones. So I’m going to try something I find really terrifying—being vulnerable on the internet. No happy ending, morals, or solid educational content guaranteed.

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My Life as a Sex Blogger with a Chronic Illness - Hedonish.com

Being chronically ill is also one of my biggest motivators for becoming a sex blogger (my other reasons were a love of sex and obsession with sex toys!) Even before vulva pain was an issue for me, I had so many questions from problems I would run into that not even google had good answers to—and I realized that I couldn’t possibly be the only person looking for answers. I love sex, but I’m also a person living with chronic illness, and it’s had an enormous impact on my sex life—so I’m going to keep talking about it so hopefully the next time someone goes looking for answers they’ll be able to find them.

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How To Find Sex-Positive Doctors and Therapists — Hedonish.com

What are sex-positive doctors or therapists? They are medical professionals who make it a point to be well-educated about sexual health and aim to provide their patients with accurate, helpful, and non-judgmental information. They consider sex to be a healthy part of life that should be enjoyed, and they’ll be able to discuss it with you without awkwardness or being judgmental about your lifestyle, sexual practices, or preferences.

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Spoonies Can Have Great Sex Too: Dealing With Sexual Side Effects

When you’re living with a chronic illness there’s a lot in life you have no control over. The “Spoonies Can Have Great Sex Too” series is a discussion about how to take back control over your sex life. This edition: Dealing with sexual side effects. What are sexual side effects? It’s a term that encompasses a number of symptoms; loss of libido, vaginal dryness, being unable to orgasm, erectile dysfunction, or genital numbness. Read more to learn what to do about them.

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