Women's Health Portal

Sexual Health for Women

Last Updated: December 18, 2017



Sexual function is a natural and valued aspect of women's lives and is an important part of their overall emotional and physical well-being. Although talking about sexuality can be difficult, it's a topic well worth addressing. 

Birth Control and Family Planning

Selection of the right family planning and birth control options are critical choices for women.  These decisions are based on a number of different factors, including your health, how often you have sex, and whether or not you want children.  The following information will help you make informed choices about your reproductive health. 

Reproductive Health and Contraception Brief (OTSG Women's Health Service Line) External Link  This educational brief serves to ensure that all Servicewomen and their providers receive standardized education about contraception (birth control), including long-acting, reversible contraceptive (LARC) methods.

Before You Get Pregnant External Link

Choosing the Method for You: Method Match External Link (non-government)

Mayo Clinic: Is your body ready for pregnancy? External Link (non-government)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Contraception External Link (non-government)

Pregnancy Tests External Link         


The menstrual cycle is the monthly series of changes a woman's body goes through in preparation for the possibility of pregnancy. These helpful links will provide you with information to assist you with understanding your cycle and recognizing abnormal symptoms.

Abnormal Uterine Bleeding External Link (non-government)

Menopause External Link

Menopause 101

Menstruation and the Menstrual Cycle External Link

PMS Symptom Tracker External Link

Premenstrual Syndrome External Link     

Health Screening

The following links provide an array of information on sexual health related screenings, sexually transmitted diseases and reproductive issues.

Breast Cancer External Link

Cervical Cancer External Link

Group B Streptococcus External Link (vaginal/rectal swab)

The Pap Test External Link

Tests for Reproductive Health External Link

Common Ailments    

Bacterial Vaginosis External Link

Urinary Tract Infections External Link

Vulvovaginal Candidiasis External Link (non-government)

Reproductive Issues

Developing a Reproductive Life Plan External Link

Emergency Contraception External Link

Female condoms External Link (CDC)

Intrauterine Devices External Link (non-government)

Natural Family Planning External Link (non-government)

Tests for Reproductive Health External Link

Using Male Condoms External Link (CDC) 

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI)

Chlamydia External Link

Gonorrhea External Link

Genital Herpes External Link

HIV & STI Fact Sheet External Link

HPV and Genital Warts External Link

STI Information Sheet External Link

Syphilis External Link

Trichomoniasis External Link

HIV and STD Prevention (APHC)

HPV Vaccines (APHC)

Self Care Charts   

Please visit the Self Care Charts page (APHC) to access a variety of symptom evaluation charts.  The charts include a brief introduction to each symptom along with a list of questions to help you decide whether you should:

  • Get medical help right away
  • Go to Sick Call, or
  • Use a Self-care measure.