Reflecting on Women’s Health: Age Doesn’t Matter

We live in a world of online dating, whether you are a fan of an app like Tinder or Match.com. The point is that people find love in many various places, and sometimes it begins with the simple swipe of a mobile app. In just a matter of seconds, you could find your next romantic interest or the love of your life. Swipe right, and that means you think that a fellow user looks attractive. He or she will get a message of your interest. Swipe left, and that means you will pass on the profile of a fellow user. He or she will never be aware of your picks based on pictures, unless you have customized your app experience to show people when you visit their profile. If you keep swiping, you will gain access to many profiles. Some of these will result in meaningful conversations and others will be dead ends. You have so many choices!

Get Out There and Date!
Once you start dating, you will have that instant access to many potential partners. It will feel as some bloggers have described like you are in a candy shop. There are so many sweet choices, and it will be up to you who suits your fancy. It could be a romantic person for the moment, for the next few months, or for years to come. In a matter of weeks, you could meet many people. At some point, you may also become sexually intimate. This is where using apps for dating purposes becomes tricky. Every time you become intimate, you should use protection, such as condoms for male-female relations, but you should also be aware that you don’t have to have full intercourse without protection to get a sexually transmitted disease.

Beware of Women’s Health and the Risk of HPV
One of the most common diseases that you could pick up from one casual sexual encounter is called human papillomavirus (HPV). Before you trust a new partner with or without protection, be sure that you are aware of how to practice safe sex and to avoid exposure to HPV and other STDs. According to Cancer.org, HPV causes cervical cancer, which has different risk factors. The cervix is the opening to the uterus, and getting cancer in this area could kill a woman. The biggest risk factor for cancer of the cervix, according to https://www.tvfammed.com/womens-health/ occurs when a woman gets an HPV infection.

So Many Strains
There are two distinct types of HPV that can affect both men and women. The low-risk forms are rarely linked to cancer, but they can cause warts on or around a man’s or women’s genitalia and the anus. Other forms of HPV are elevated risk, and these strongly correlate to cervical cancer. In women, these high-risk forms can cause cancer in the vagina, vulva, and cervix. For both men and women, these high-risk forms can cause cancer in the throat, mouth, and anus. HPV 16 and 18 cause two-thirds of all cervical cancers. It’s important to get regular PAP smears to detect if you’re infected with HPV and/or carrying the virus, which could be transmitted to sexual partners.