Sexual Health

March 21, 2019

What Women (Don’t) Want: Abnormal Pap Smears

By Ellen Hearty, MD The most common screening for cervical cancer is the Pap smear. The Pap smear uses a brush to lift cells from the outside of the cervix to identify early, precancerous cells in the cervix. Early intervention is the key to preventing cervical cancer from developing. The incidence and death rates of […]

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January 23, 2019

Myths about Penile Implants – A “Novelty” Procedure

Forget what you heard or thought you knew about penile implants. Our expert at Mission Urology, Scott Sech, MD, a board-certified urologist, helps separate fact from fiction on this misunderstood healthcare option for men. Myth: Penile implants are novelty procedures. Fact: Men who choose a penile implant (also known as penile prosthesis) tend to suffer […]

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January 14, 2019

Making Decisions with Your Child Now to Help Protect Against HPV Later

By Stephen Kimmel, MD Elizabeth Stone famously wrote, “Making the decision to have a child – it is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.” As parents we are tasked with nurturing our young ones, protecting them and preparing them to live full lives. Some things […]

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January 10, 2019

A Vasectomy is Permanent – Should You Make the Cut?

Birth control is typically associated with women’s health – but are there birth control options for men, too? You bet – our experts at Mission Urology weigh in. Vasectomy is a popular form of birth control for men that is highly successful, reliable and low-risk – approximately 500,000 men in the US choose to have […]

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November 29, 2018

More than Sex – Sexual Health Is an Important Part of Our Well-being

By Aleece Fosnight, Urogynecology When you hear or see the word “sex,” what comes to your mind? Do you cringe because it reminds you of all the negative things your parents or other adults said about it? Does it bring you curiosity because you are looking into ways to spice up your relationship? Or, are […]

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November 20, 2018

The HPV Vaccine Helps Prevent Cancer: When Should Your Child Get It?

By Ashley McClary, MD Have you heard? There’s a vaccine that may help prevent cancer for your child! The HPV vaccine has been part of the routine vaccine schedule for the past 12 years and is designed to protect your child from becoming infected with a virus that causes cancer. The HPV, or human papillomavirus, […]

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November 20, 2018

Sexually Transmitted Diseases and the Cradle to Grave Phenomena – My Healthy Life Podcast: Episode 16

“A cradle to grave phenomena.” That’s how our subject matter expert in this episode of My Healthy Life refers to STDs. Not quite dinner table talk, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are indeed something that need to become more normalized in our conversations. Despite the common idea that teens or young people are more susceptible, STDs […]

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October 2, 2018

Painful, Urgent or Frequent Urination? It Could Be Interstitial Cystitis

By Lee Ann Boyd, Certified Urology Nurse Practitioner Do you experience frequent, urgent or painful urination? It can be hard to tell if your bladder is simply active, overactive or if it might be inflamed. It could be interstitial cystitis. What is interstitial cystitis? Interstitial cystitis (IC) is a chronic inflammatory condition of the bladder […]

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September 27, 2018

Treating Low Testosterone: Is Testosterone Replacement Therapy Safe?

By Lee Ann Boyd, Certified Urology Nurse Practitioner It is estimated that 2.5 million men over age 40 have hypogonadism – or low testosterone. The discussion of low testosterone often gets controversial when it comes to managing it – who do you treat? How do you treat it? What type of follow up is necessary? […]

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July 19, 2018

The More You Know – Preventing and Treating STDs

By Gabriel Cade, MD Sex is a personal matter. Where it overlaps with medicine is sexual health and the many “side effects” of sex, like pregnancy, and its many joys and tribulations, like sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), which is the not-so-joyful part. Basically, if you choose to have sex and you don’t want bugs or […]

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