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WebMD – Sexual Conditions Health Center

WebMD's Sexual Conditions Health Center has a complete range of detailed and well-written topics related to sex and sexuality. But the choice of topics seems to be arbitrarily chosen, requiring users to seek information elsewhere. Nevertheless, this section is recommended for its interesting, comprehensive sexual health content.

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Review Date: 11/8/2018

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Ease of Use

The landing page has a brief overview and provides a subtopic list that allows users to narrow their search. Content does not always present logically because related articles, blogs, message boards, and advertisements are mixed throughout. Subtopic organization seems random. Further, nested links send users deeper and deeper into searches without an easy return to the landing page.

Visual Design

Pages are cluttered with a disorganized jumble of lists, articles, tools, and advertisements that clog the browsing experience. The reader's eye wanders all over the page due to the multiple areas for exploration. Large font and small chunks of text with lots of white space in between should make the content easy to read, but like the rest of WebMD, this section is not very visually pleasing.

Quality

Users will find a great assortment of information about sexuality and sexual health conditions. There is a general statement that the content is based on recent evidence and practice. Better yet, all content is referenced and reviewed by medical professionals, many of whom are specialists. Some topics are explored in more depth than others, but this website is an excellent destination to learn about sexuality issues.

Credibility

All site content is authored and reviewed by a qualified staff of physicians, medical journalists, and health reporters. Even with such a large amount of information, WebMD makes sure its content is credible with extensive referencing and review by subject area experts and regular updates. This section carries all the authority and credibility associated with WebMD, so visitors can be assured this is authoritative information about sexual health.

Pros

  1. Comprehensive range of detailed and well-written topics related to sex, sexuality, and sexual health conditions
  2. Important information about birth control and preventing sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
  3. Interesting tools and features that enhance the learning experience

Cons

  1. The site is not well organized and section contents seem to be arbitrarily chosen
  2. Lots of jumping around to find topics and to get an more complete picture
  3. Pages are cluttered with commercial advertisements and links to news and additional information
  4. Searching keywords returns an overwhelming number of results which cannot be filtered

Profile

Sponsors / Affiliations: Internet Brands, LLC, a for-profit consumer media company

Accreditations: URAC (2018), HON seal (2018), TRUSTe Certified privacy

Additional Features: News, blogs, videos, slideshows, support services, Q&A, doctor finder, sexual health clinic finder

Languages: English

Contact: mheinley@webmd.net

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