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All the cool kids are doing it

Let’s be real, initiating sex can be hard. If you happen to be totally in sync with your partner all the time, then maybe it’s not, but that’s not reality for most people. It’s very easy to fall into a pattern of just waiting for your partner to initiate. This is especially true for women in heterosexual relationships because we live in a culture where men are expected to always want sex and women aren’t. But that’s not fair to anybody. So as a goal for 2020, consider working on building up the initiation muscle. Here are five ways to get started.

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The end of the year is always bittersweet. We remember the growth, the deepened relationships, and the steps forward just as we do the setbacks, the losses, and the lows. This year, as we say goodbye to one decade and welcome in a new one, that feeling is magnified. We’re looking within as we reflect on all that we’ve learned over the past decade and all the ways we want to do better in the new one. And as always, we’re looking to the stars to get in sync with what the universe has in mind for us.

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Going to the doctor shouldn’t make you feel powerless or violated

As a young person in search of health care, my goal was to find a provider where I felt understood. To me that meant someone who came from a similar background, was a woman of color, and would advocate for me and my health.

So, when I came across a Jamaican-American female gynecologist online, I thought I had found a provider that would be a great fit for me. She was a smart, middle-aged woman of color who reminded me of the strong women in my family. As I sat in the waiting room at my first appointment, I was surrounded by mothers and young women of color who shared similar experiences to mine. It felt right. At the time, I didn’t realize that there were other factors to think about when choosing a provider.

Through my experiences with this provider, I learned some key ways you can tell when you need a new provider.