Top Sexual Health Tips

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Having a fulfilling sex life can improve your overall well-being and even lower the risk of developing certain diseases. Yet, without knowing how to maintain your sexual health, you may not enjoy the pleasure and satisfaction that sex can bring. Read on to discover some sexual health facts and tips that can make sex a more enjoyable activity in your relationship.

1. Speak With Your Partner About Sex

Keep open communication about sex and other aspects of intimacy with your partner. Don’t allow work, family responsibilities and stressful situations to prevent you from discussing your sexual health issues.

It’s important to sort out issues that could hinder your sexual pleasure such as conflicting work schedules and personal sexual preferences. When you speak with your partner in a relaxed and courteous manner, you’ll be able to discover the cause of any sexual problems you have and agree on how to resolve them.

2. Reduce Alcohol Consumption

Excessive alcohol consumption is harmful to your sexual life. While drinking a small glass of red wine can help increase your libido, alcohol can affect your ability to make sound decisions. This can also lead to indulgence in casual, unprotected sex.

Drinking a large amount of alcohol can also alter the functioning of your nervous system. Consequently, poor responses from your nerves can reduce sexual pleasure and even lead to erectile dysfunction in men.

3. Eat Foods That Enhance Sexual Performance

Give your sex life a boost by eating more nutrient-dense foods. In addition to improving your mood, eating foods that contain a rich supply of amino acids, minerals, vitamins and healthy fats can increase your sexual desire and improve your performance.

Some of the foods you should have in your diet include:

  • Citrus fruits: Oranges, lemons, grapefruit and tangerines
  • Nuts and seeds: Almonds, walnuts, cashews, quinoa
  • Whole grains: Wheat, buckwheat and brown rice
  • Seafood: Salmon and oysters
  • Health protein: Lean meat, fish, chicken
  • Leafy greens: Kale, spinach

You need to also consider eating meals with your partner as way of strengthening your emotional bond.

4. Keep Fit With Regular Exercise

Maintaining a good exercise routine is beneficial to your sexual health. Exercising raises your body’s production of endorphins and sex hormones, which improve your mood and boost your sex drive. Working out increases your self-confidence, so you can enjoy more sex. Always remember that your physical and mental fitness is connected to your ability to have a satisfying sexual life.

5. Protect Yourself From Sexually Transmitted Infections

If you aren’t in a stable relationship, always use a condom when you want to have sex. This is still the most effective contraceptive method that also prevents sexually transmitted diseases. So, it’s wise to keep a condom with you if you’re sexually active. If you get into a steady relationship and you want to stop using condoms, consult a physician to prescribe an effective birth control method so you can avoid unwanted pregnancies. We also recommend getting STD tests every 6 months even if you’re in a steady relationship. It’s always better to stay on top of things and have the peace of mind that neither you nor your partner has an STD than to go blind.

6. Get Sexual Health Advice

If you notice that you don’t enjoy sex, talk to your physician about it. Some medical conditions are responsible for sexual dysfunction and low sex drive. You may also be taking medication like antidepressants and contraceptives that can affect your libido. Your doctor will be in the best position to answer all your sexual health questions and advise you on how to enjoy a more satisfying sex life.

Let Us Help You Improve Your Sexual Health

To learn more about how to improve your sexual health, you can get in touch with us and speak with a doctor at Hamilton Health today. We run a federally qualified health center that is family centered, multicultural and bilingual. Hamilton Health is your home for health, where you can get treatment in situations where other providers may not treat you. We also offer judgmental free HIV testing in Central PA.

May Is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. One in five Americans experience a mental illness.

Hamilton is growing to support our patients’ full array of health care needs. In the past month the Behavioral mental health awareness month heartHealth Department has doubled in size. This team is now comprised of Dr. Goins, Joyce McCadney, and Yvette Bailey for brief intervention, brief cognitive therapy, behavior modification and crisis management. Dr. Majeed is now available for psychiatric evaluation and medication management needs. The team is supported by their Unit Secretary, Liz Lewis, who is a Certified MA and Certified Medical Interpreter. For any and all referrals, please reach out to the team via warm hand off. If unavailable via warm hand off, access is also available via placing orders in EHS and will be scheduled in a timely manner by Liz.

Our Recovery Services Department is led by Jillian London. Her team includes Adlih Leon, Santosha Perez, Michele Jeszenka, Angela Blair, and Jorge Collazo. This team addresses those impacted by the opioid epidemic as well as pregnant and parenting families experiencing any addition. In the next month they will also be supporting Hamilton providers who will be providing Medically Assisted Treatment to eligible patients, initiating with Vivitrol.

In 2019 the Pediatric Department also kicked off using the kiosks in the exam rooms to screen patients for mental health and substance abuse. This practice will be expanded to other departments as the year progresses. Pediatrics also initiated the Patient Centered Care Model, which takes a closer look at the patient’s full health factors and barriers. Trainings will be available this year to learn more about what each person we encounter may have experienced and how our experiences impact our behaviors in seeking optimal care.

We look forward to working with you to destigmatize behavioral health this year and as we continue to grow.

Dr. Bolanle Limann Named New Chief Medical Officer

Hamilton Health Center is proud to announce that Dr. Bolanle Limann M.D, M.DA, M.P.H has been named the new Chief Medical Officer of Hamilton Health Center.

Dr. Limann will provide leadership for all of our clinical departments and ensure that we are providing consistent top-quality patient-center care across all of our different clinical departments. Her primary responsibility will be to direct our various departments and make certain that all departments are following the regulatory standards and policies and procedures that are the cornerstone of Hamilton Health Center.

Dr. Limann comes to Hamilton Health Center with an impressive background of experience in the medical field. She has over 15 years of experience in patient care and is passionate about both quality improvement and cost-effectiveness.

Dr. Limann has worked in the Harrisburg area for many years and is excited to start this new journey at Hamilton Health Center. She served on our board of directors prior to being named the Chief Medical Officer of Hamilton Health Center so she has a deep understanding of Hamilton Health Center’s values and beliefs.

2018 Golf Tournament To be Held On September 10th

We will be hosting our 7th annual golf tournament On Monday, September 10th at West Shore Country Club and are still accepting sponsors and golfers for this year’s event.

Check out our sponsorship options below:

2018.GolfTournamentBrochure (inside)

To become a sponsor of this year’s event fill out the form attached below and email it to bgebhart@hamiltonhealthcenter.com

2018.GolfTournamentBrochure (Sponsor Form))

We would also like to thank our 2018 Golf Tournament Sponsor; UPMC Pinnacle. For the 4th year in a row they have stepped forward from the outset to be our title sponsor.

In addition, we would like to thank PPO&S for their continued support as our Golf Towel Sponsor, and The Medicine Shoppe for being a Hole Sponsor.

Detecting Colorectal Cancer

 Use Our FIT Test To Detect Colorectal Cancer

One in 20 people will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer. It is the third most common diagnosed cancer in both men and women. Most cases appear in people 50 years or older. With early screening 60% of colorectal cancer deaths could be prevented. As you age you become more at risk that’s why it’s important to be continually screened. Hamilton HealthCenter offers a way to screen for colorectal cancer. Blood in your stool can often go unnoticed. The FIT test detects hidden blood which is an early sign of cancer. That means you can treat it before it spreads further. It’s a simple process you can do on your own in the privacy of your home. The steps are really easy.
  • Flush the toilet before use
  • Place the used toilet paper in the waste bag provided do not put it in the toilet
  • Use the brush from the kit and scrape the surface of the stool
  • Wipe the brush gently on the space indicated on the test card
  • Add the brush to the waste bag
  • Throw it away then simply mail the used kit to the lab to be tested
Hamilton Health Center will contact you with your results. Be one of the 1 million colorectal cancer survivors in the US. Use the FIT test to detect symptoms early when it’s most curable. Hamilton Health Center wants to make sure all of our patients are cancer-free. Call your provider today to pick up your free FIT test!

Closing

Hamilton is closing today at 2:00 pm

CEO Jeannine Peterson Featured On PennLive

Our CEO Jeannine Peterson was recently featured in a PennLive article discussing our new satellite center near Newport, PA which is set to open this fall. This new facility will help provide individuals access to medications that can help them overcome addiction to heroin and opioid pain killers. The facility will also set up addicted individuals with caseworkers who will help guide them through the drug treatment system. Check out the Penn Live article to learn more about our Newport facility http://www.pennlive.com/news/2018/03/opioid_addiction_help_more_med.html

Wear Red for Health Center Funding

Taking action is simple: wear RED as part of the #RedAlert4CHCs – take a picture with your family, friends and colleagues and post it to social media using the #RedAlert4CHCs hashtag demanding that Congress Act NOW to fix the Health Center funding cliff once and for all. Access template posts and easy instructions for posting on the HC Advocacy website. Taking action really is that simple, but this critically important demonstration will send an unmistakable message to Congress that the time to #fixthecliff is NOW.