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Abbi Havens

Senior Content Writer & Editor

Location icon United States

Senior Content Writer & Editor with a passion for sexual health and health care justice. Lover of AP style.

Portfolio

Sexual Health

Survivornet
06/10/2020
Using sextech to reignite your mojo: A chat with Sera Bonds

Sera Bonds, MPH, is an activist, humanitarian, founder and birth worker committed to working towards balancing the scales of access, equity, and availability in sexual reproductive healthcare. Her community organizing background led her to work on sexual reproductive health projects in over twenty countries spanning North America, Africa, Asia, Central America, the Middle East, and the Caribbean, having raised over 20 million dollars for programs reaching over three million women. She is the...

SurvivorNet
Preserving the clitoris with vulvar cancer: What you need to know (and what we don’t know yet)

There have been some incredible advancements when it comes to preserving sexual function in women with gynecologic cancer in recent years For vulvar cancer, clitoral-sparing surgery treats the disease while sparing as much of the outer genitalia as possible, improving sexual function post-treatment However, this treatment can currently only be given to women with early-stage disease For women with gynecologic cancer - and many other cancers - sex after treatment is a big concern.

SurvivorNet
5 Ways Male Cancer Survivors Can Restore Sexual Function | SurvivorNet

Dealing with the sexual fallout of cancer and cancer treatment is never easy. Chemotherapy, radiation treatment and hormone therapy can all contribute to low libido, erectile dysfunction, poor body-image and pain during intercourse. But when quarantined (either solo or with a partner) for hours and hours on end, new challenges may present themselves.

Nano
Yes, sexual health is an important part of your well-being

The phrase "sexual health" means two things to most people: birth control and sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevention. But sexual health is so much more than that. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), sexual health is a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction or infirmity.

Nano
The history of the clitoris

It's easy to laugh at the mistakes of scientists in millennia past (and scream into the void out of frustration) at their deep misunderstanding of female anatomy since the first "discovery" of the clitoris. But it's more than just a gaffe to forgive and forget, and we aren't as far removed from these pioneers of anatomy as we might think.

Nano
Routine STI screenings don't check for herpes. Here's why.

A herpes diagnosis can cause significant psychosocial and psychosexual damage including depression, poor self-esteem, social isolation, inability to have meaningful sexual relationships and hostility towards the person who is believed to be the source of the infection. That's why doctors no longer screen for herpes.

Nano
You have rights during childbirth

"The free citizen's first and greatest right, which underlies all others-the right to [herself]-is the subject of universal acquiescence, and this right necessarily forbids a physician or surgeon, however skillful or eminent, who has been asked to examine, diagnose, advise and prescribe, to violate without permission the bodily integrity of [her] patients by a major or capital operation, placing [her] under anaesthetic for that purpose, and operating on [her] without his consent of knowledge."

Nano
You don't have to give birth on your back

The majority of hospital births occur in the supine position (on your back). But what if we told you this wasn't your only option? In fact, this birthing position comes with significant health risks to you and your baby. Maybe there's a better way.

Nano
Women, what causes painful orgasms?

Women are often influenced by the media, their educators, their peers and even healthcare professionals to believe that pain is just a part of sex, but it's not. A sexual condition or infection may be the underlying cause of painful intercourse.

Nano
Men, what causes painful orgasms?

Pain during sex is not just a women's issue. Dyspareunia, or painful sexual intercourse, affects women and men and can lead to significant psychological distress. Here are the sexual infections and conditions that may cause painful intercourse for men.

Nano
The case for more orgasms

Despite the undeniable benefits of orgasm to the mind and body, the United States is the victim of a vast orgasm gap. We're here to change that. We present to you... the case for more orgasms (no matter who you are).

UT Health Austin
Baby Boomers are more susceptible to Hepatitis C. | UT Health Austin

Love, drugs, flower power and... Hepatitis C? The generation of Americans born between 1945 and 1965 are often referred to as "baby boomers," a name earned by the temporary spike in the birth-rate that occurred in several countries following WWII, notably in the U.S.

UT Health Austin
Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month: Silent Symptoms | UT Health Austin

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. This reproductive cancer may not receive as much attention as other reproductive cancers, but ovarian cancer is serious business. It is the 11 th most common cancer among women in the US, but the fifth leading cause of cancer-related death among women.

Health and Wellness

Nano
Masculinity and your health

The APA Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Boys and Men was not met with the same unanimous enthusiasm. The purpose of the publication is to help therapists provide care that is sensitive to the concerns of boys and men influenced by diverse economic, biological, developmental and sociocultural factors and reduce the impact of traditional masculine ideology. But the publication was met with swift backlash from Twitter users, news programs and men’s rights activists who deemed...

UT Health Austin
The Science of Pain Management: It takes a village. | UT Health Austin

The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) defines pain as an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage. Let's break that down. An unpleasant sensory and emotional experience. Pain hurts.

UT Health Austin
7 Tips for Better Sleep Hygiene | UT Health Austin

Reviewed by: Donna Shanor, LCSW and LCDC Written by: Abbi Havens Just like breathing, sleep is a pivotal piece of human functionality. Sleep allows your body to repair itself, strengthens your immune system and allows your brain to process information and consolidate memories.

Books

Nano
Well Being

Well Being is a book on health and wellness in the modern age created by myself and my colleagues at Nano. See article personally authored by me in the categories below.

Other

Bloomfire
04/05/2018
6 Change Management Tips To Avoid Employee Burnout

"Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes." David Bowie knew it, we know it, and you know it. Change is hard. Why do you think so many songs exist to immortalize it? But the fact of the matter is, in the workplace, organizational change is inevitable, and it's nothing to be afraid of.

Bloomfire
01/30/2019
Busting 4 Common Change Management Myths

Let's get right down to it. You want to spend your budget where it'll make a real impact, so it's only natural to wonder: do you really need to invest in change management for your organization? Consider the strategic changes you'd like to make to your organization.

Bloomfire
12/28/2018
6 Features Companies Need in Their Customer-Facing Knowledge Bases

Setting up a customer-facing knowledge base for your company seems like it should be a win-win: your customers can find the information they need without calling your support number or filling out a ticket, and your support team doesn't have to waste time answering the same common questions over and over again.

Bloomfire
07/14/2016
Navigate Social Media Like Beyonce: 5 Social Media Marketing Best Practices

Let's be honest... We are not, nor will we ever be, Beyonce. But, mere mortals can learn from the Queen Bee's impeccable social media marketing strategy. She certainly did not build her empire of 78 million Instagram followers by sporadically sharing (or oversharing) on social media, without giving a thought to the platform, her brand, [...]

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