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Let's Talk About Sex -- Health Advice From EmpowHer's Gift of Giving Contest

 
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Sex is just one of the topics on the brains of women entering EmpowHer.com’s Give the Gift of Giving contest. Women were asked to share the best health advice shared with them and the response has been amazing. Here are a few tips from our entrants.

Jessica recommends getting vaccinated against HPV.

“I got the vaccines (you have to get three of them) during the past year, and I am very glad I did it. The vaccines work best when given to young girls or women, if possible before they have their first sexual intercourse. In my experience, they are the ones most likely to think they will never get an illness like that, but it is not true. It can affect anyone. The vaccines don't hurt at all, and if you think about what you have to go through with HPV, they are nothing.

So don't put yourself at risk when you don't have to, you're life and health is much too valuable.”

Amanda, who found out she had cervical cancer about a year ago, reinforces the message.

Doctors said it was something to worry about with me being rather young. I've taken the advice and lived each day to the extreme.

For other women she offers advice in the form of a lyric from a band she saw a few months ago. "It's not too late, it's never too late." Ladies enjoy life. Live life. Don’t ever let anything stop you.

Brenna says she has been very careful when it comes to her sexual experiences and gets tested once a year. She encourages her friends to get tested as well.

“…It could take months for something to show up, or it might never. This does not mean you are clean! STDs are a very serious issue and should not be taken lightly. This is a very scary matter. There was a health center out of Nevada that over the last year was reusing syringes and infected up to 40,000 patients with HIV and Hepatitus, both very serious diseases.

Indie Girl has another way of addressing sexual issues – abstinence.

I cannot tell you how grateful and proud I am to be able to say that I am a 18 year old woman who has not had sex, not saying I haven't had plenty of opportunities, I just didn't feel ready.

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