As Men's Health Month comes to a close, I want to talk about something that we don't talk about enough: men and depression. While it's not exactly a women's health topic, our typical focus at the Office on Women's Health, we know that most women have important men in their lives. Fathers, partners, sons, brothers, uncles, and friends. Their health matters to us. They're why we need to have a conversation about mental health - because I worry they're not talking about it enough.
We make decisions that affect our health all day long - when to go to bed, how many drinks to have, whether or not to exercise, and so on. Our choices are often influenced by the people around us. For example, if your partner wants to skip the gym, you might want to follow suit. Think about how much easier it would be to make the healthy decision if the people around you were making that choice, too. When it comes to our health, a little support can go a long way!
Ed. note: This blog is cross-posted from the Huffingtonpost.com. The original post date was May 12, 2016. Read the original post.
June is Men's Health Month. Wait, why are we talking about men's health on a women's health website? Because men's health affects women in some pretty significant ways, and there's a lot you can do to help the men in your life lead longer, healthier lives.
Whether you call them sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), one thing is true: Women are at risk of infection. Not only does a woman's anatomy make her vulnerable to STIs, women are less likely to have symptoms than men. Untreated STIs can lead to serious health issues, including infertility, cancer, and even death.
Were you - or was someone you love - born in late 1988? Start planning for your birthday now!
That's the message I shared several times with my son, who turned 26 in August. Why? Because turning 26 meant he could no longer be covered under my health insurance plan.
Did you know that half of pregnancies in the U.S. are not planned? And did you know that planned pregnancies are better for mothers' and infants' health? That's why the U.S.
Being with someone who is struggling with depression is never easy. It is difficult to see someone you care about struggle with anger, irritation, sleep changes, lifelessness, anxiety, or even worthlessness. And it's difficult when those feelings affect both of your lives.