Women and Relationships Days 18-19 Sexually Transmitted Diseases

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Are you protecting yourself against sexually transmitted diseases? Are you having discussions with your partner concerning his/her health status? How would you tell your future partner or spouse that you have been exposed to a potentially deadly disease? No one is worth putting your health at risk!

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, “50% of sexually active people will have Genital Human Papillomavirus (HPV) at some time in their lives.” HPV is the most transmitted disease. So many women put the needs of their partner first over their personal safety. On the outside, women see a handsome, virile, successful man but never question his health status. Whether you wait to be intimate for a day, months or until you are married or already married, you are still at risk.

Testing is key! Women feel uncomfortable examining their mate’s genitalia and vice versa. While most men and women do not have symptoms or visible signs, there are things you can look for: one or more growths and warts that may be single, grouped, raised, flat, or cauliflower-shaped. Most women find out they are infected through routine wellness check-ups which is indicated by abnormal cells. Further examinations and a biopsy are done to check for cancer, look at the cervix or remove the warts. It is best that both partners are tested at the same time. Everyone should know their health status before taking a relationship any further. Use protection when engaging in relations. Also, keep in mind there are other transmittable disease that have deadly and/or long lasting effects. If you are infected, do the right thing and tell your mate. It is criminal if you expose someone to a STD.

I will not be afraid to___________when it comes to protecting my health.

Women and Relationships Day 2:Wellness-Taking Better Care of Yourself

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Ladies, we must take better care of ourselves. Women tend to put everyone’s needs before their own i.e. raising children,running errands, taking care of the spouse or significant other, working,taking the children to their extracurricular activities. The list goes on…

When do you find the time to take care of yourself? Are you ignoring your own wellness? According to the Center of Disease Control ,high blood pressure and high cholesterol are major risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD),the leading cause of death in women.

Find time each day (at least 15 minutes) to relax: walk, read, meditate,or take a nap. Also, you need to eat healthy, be active, protect yourself (disease-STD), manage stress and get regular check-ups. Form a accountability team.  It is important to surround yourself with people who will support you on your wellness journey.

It is important that you are happy and your needs are met, too. You are not being selfish if you take time to pamper yourself. Get a massage. Go to the movies. Take yourself to dinner. Your well-being should be your number one priority!

I need to work on________________ to create a better me.