Relationships

How to socialize in a pandemic

Some social distancing will be needed for many more months, or even years, to keep the coronavirus at bay. But abstaining from all social contact for the long haul won’t be a sustainable option for most people. So, how can we make decisions about socializing safely?

More sexual partners, more cancer?

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

A study of older adults found that those who had had more sexual partners were more likely to have developed cancer, but that does not mean there is a causal connection, and there are many ways that sexual behavior can affect cancer risk.

Intimacy, sex, and COVID-19

Huma Farid, MD

Contributor

Since most of us have been at home for several weeks, it’s natural to be thinking about intimacy with our partners. But is it safe to have sex during this time? What factors might make it unsafe?

Apps to keep us connected in a time of social distancing

The challenge of being isolated from loved ones and friends can be eased by using any of several different apps that enable various types of communication, including video calls and messages.

Grandparenting in the time of COVID-19

Ellen S. Glazer, LICSW

Guest Contributor

As parents grapple with school and daycare closings prompted by coronavirus, grandparents have questions about helping with child care and whether they can safely spend time with their grandchildren.

Is there any good news about the coronavirus pandemic?

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the daily flood of news about the coronavirus and COVID-19. Here’s some positive news and reasons to feel optimism.

How to not practice emotional distancing during social distancing

John Sharp, MD

Contributor

While COVID-19 brings normal life to a temporary halt as we practice social distancing, it helps to double-down on deepening social bonds and practicing kindness and gratitude, not emotional distancing.

Co-parent adoption: A critical protection for LGBTQ+ families

Establishing a legal relationship between parents and their children allows both parents to make care decisions. For LGBTQ+ families, this can be especially important. In some states, co-parent adoption, which offers broader protection than a state birth certificate, is available.

Infertility the second time around

Ellen S. Glazer, LICSW

Guest Contributor

If you have a child and wish for more but are struggling with fertility issues, you may have many feelings and concerns. Here are some steps and strategies you may find helpful.

Infertility: Grandparents in waiting

Ellen S. Glazer, LICSW

Guest Contributor

Parents of adult children who are struggling with infertility experience complicated feelings, both for what their child is going through and for themselves. Knowing how to deal with these feelings can make the situation easier for everyone involved.