Health Pro Tips for July 2024

The best science, stories, and strategies related to this month’s national health themes. Check back throughout the month for new additions.

Disability Pride Month

According to the most recent data available from the American Community Survey (ACS), 13% of the US population, or about 42.5 million people, have a disability. Disability Pride Month started in July 1990 to commemorate the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Now every July, we celebrate people with disabilities, their identities, their culture, and their contributions to society.  

  • Disability Rights 101 – This guide from the provides an overview of Federal civil rights laws that ensure equal opportunity for people with disabilities. To find out more about how these laws may apply to you, contact the agencies and organizations listed on the web page.  

Fibroids Awareness Month

Fibroids are benign tumors made of smooth muscle cells and fibrous connective tissue that develop in the uterus. It is estimated that up to 80% percent of women will develop fibroids in their lifetime. Black women are significantly more likely to develop fibroids and require treatment.  

  • Understanding Racial Disparities for Women with Uterine Fibroids – Black women are hit hardest by fibroids, diagnosed roughly three times as frequently as white women and with more severe symptoms. Learn why.  

Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. It is a time to bring awareness to the unique challenges that racial and ethnic minorities in the United States face when it comes to mental illness. People from racial and ethnic minority groups are less likely to receive mental health care. In 2015, among adults with any mental illness, 48% of whites received mental health services, compared with 31% of blacks and Hispanics, and 22% of Asians.  

National Orgasm Day

July 31 is National Orgasm Day. An orgasm is what usually happens when you reach the height of sexual arousal. When you have an orgasm — aka cum or climax — sexual tension increases until it reaches a peak, and pressure in your body and genitals is released.    

  • 23 Masturbation Tips for People with Vaginas –  Sometimes you just need to get off — even when you don’t have (or don’t want) someone to help out. If you have a vagina, what’s the best way to do it? The Advocate weighs in.  
  • What You Need to Know About a Popular Arousal Drug on the Market – Addyi is the first FDA-approved drug to treat a lack of sexual desire. It comes with risks.  

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