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Biology, Behavior, and Your Health

How do biology and behavior affect health?

When people think of health it's often synonymous with wellness. But we're learning that our biology and genetics play a large role in determining our specific health needs.

For example, women and men respond to and manage stress in different ways. And, STIs can pose different risks depending on a person's anatomy. Knowing these differences can prepare you to make healthier choices for your wellbeing. The research we support is helping unlock the differences inherent in our DNA.

Want to know more? Watch the video below or click here to read more about sex, gender, and health research.

Let’s See Equality Differently

Women and men deserve equal treatment under the law and equal opportunities to succeed in life. And yet that doesn’t mean we are all the same. Because when it comes to medical research and health care, men and women are not identical. And that can make a difference in how we detect and treat diseases and conditions that may affect men and women differently.

Watch & Learn

Why is stress different for everyone?

Three out of every four Americans report feeling at least one symptom of stress in the past month. And 45 percent say they lay awake at night due to stress. But did you know that feeling stressed is a reaction that dates back to the origins of humanity? And while everybody feels stress, reactions can be different for women and men. Watch or read more about what you can do about the stress in your life.

How alcohol affects your health can differ for women and men

If a woman drinks the same amount of alcohol as a man, will the effects be the same for her? What if they weigh the same? Watch our video or read on about how when it comes to drinking, women and men are not identical.

Understanding Sexually Transmitted Infections

Did you know that there are an estimated 20 million new sexually transmitted diseases in this country every year? It’s true. One in every two people between the ages of 15 and 24 will get an STI before their 25th birthday. And young women are at particularly high risk. Read & watch more about how sex and gender influence your sexual health.

Improve Your Health Literacy

Only 3 of 25 American adults are able to access and understand health information. That means most people cannot read and interpret information to improve their well-being.

Our videos improve health literacy, or the ability to understand and apply important information when making health decisions. Below you can browse our public awareness series, "Sex and Science" and "Draw an Informed Conclusion," which focus on topics highly relevant to women.

Please take some time to watch and share with people you care about.