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Sexual Health
November 30, 2018

How Kegel exercises can improve your sex life

What does the strength of your pelvic floor have to do with orgasms? A lot - if you want an amazing sex life! The pelvic floor is a powerful set of muscles that sits between your tailbone and pubic bone. It supports your core and the organs of your lower abdomen. A strong pelvic floor could mean more intense and longer-lasting orgasms, since it’s those very pelvic floor muscles that contract during an orgasm. Arnold Henry Kegel, an American gynaecologist, invented the Kegel exercises (also called pelvic floor exercises) as a non-surgical treatment for genital relaxation. These exercises consist of…
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Sexual Health
October 8, 2018

Could I have an STD?

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) spread from person to person during any sexual activity. A mother can even pass these on to her baby during pregnancy and birth. You must always, under all circumstances, practise safe sex! Use a new condom every single time you have sex. This applies to oral sex too. According to the World Health Organization, more than a million sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are acquired every day, worldwide. The majority of STIs either have no symptoms or only mild symptoms that may not be recognised as an STI. Sexually transmitted diseases are serious, and while some have symptoms,…
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Sexual Health
February 28, 2018

How your weight affects your sex drive

Not feeling in the mood lately? Your weight might be to blame. Being overweight isn’t just an unpleasant experience because you can’t fit into your clothes. Extra body fat can lead to heart and other health problems. And, it can also affect your sex life. For both men and women, high levels of body fat mean higher levels of a chemical called “sex hormone binding globulin”. When there’s too much, you may lose your sexual appetite. Heavy weight, low sex-drive Knowing the different ways sexual drive is affected by your weight can help motivate you to get into shape and…
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Sexual Health
October 27, 2017

What you need to know about HPV (Human Papilloma Virus)

Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection in adults worldwide. HPV is the name for a group of viruses that affect the skin and the moist membranes lining the body, for example in the anus, cervix, mouth and throat. There are more than 100 types of HPV, around 40 of which can affect the genital area. HPV can cause genital warts, and is transmitted through skin-to-skin contact, particularly through unprotected vaginal and oral sex. It’s very contagious, and while the virus often presents no visible symptoms, it’s linked to the development of certain cancers, notably cervical…
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Sexual Health
September 2, 2017

Hope for those struggling with pain during sex

You used to enjoy sex, but now it hurts like hell. Here are the possible reasons why, and how you can deal with it. Women: Vaginal dryness This is most commonly caused by too little arousal before sex. When a woman becomes sexually aroused, her vaginal glands secrete a fluid that acts as a lubricant. If this process is disrupted, not enough lubrication can make sex uncomfortable and painful. This issue can also stem from a drop in oestrogen levels after menopause, childbirth or during breastfeeding. Certain medications can also constrain arousal, and decrease lubrication. These include antidepressants, high blood…
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Sexual Health
August 4, 2017

The other STD you have for a lifetime

A new strain of gonorrhoea is infecting people all over the world. And, it’s untreatable, warns the World Health Organization (WHO). What is gonorrhoea? Gonorrhoea is a sexually transmitted disease, affecting over 70 million people each year. The bacteria that cause the infection live in warm, moist areas of the body, including the urethra, vagina, anus, throat, and female reproductive tract. Gonorrhoea is passed from person to person via unprotected oral, anal, or vaginal sex. People with more than one sexual partner or who don’t use condoms have a high risk of gonorrhoea. The infection can also spread from mother…
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Sexual Health
June 23, 2017

10 ways to rejuvenate your sex life

Is romance with your partner a thing of the past? Has the excitement and passion left the bedroom? Have the flames been doused? Sexual attraction can be hard to maintain over time. Think back to the day you made a vow to your partner and the rush of falling in love; you may not be able to capture that exact feeling, but there are ways to rekindle the passion. 1. Will you be my date? Find time in your busy schedule and set aside moments for your loved one. Take a day off from work and dedicate it to them. …
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Sexual Health
June 23, 2017

Is it an STD or bladder infection?

Does it itch, burn or scratch down under – and you don’t quite know what it is? Infections are common but embarrassing. The good news is that they’re treatable too! It’s important to know what’s what – down there. Here’s a guide. The difference A bladder infection means that a type of bacteria has invaded your bladder, causing pain and discomfort. An STD is a sexually transmitted disease that’s passed on during intercourse (most commonly). An STD is also an infection, and could be caused by bacteria, yeast, viruses or parasites. With a bladder infection, the bacteria travel from the…
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Sexual Health
June 23, 2017

The mechanics of great sex

You’ve mastered every position and technique, so you must be amazing in the sack, right? Don’t toot your own horn too hard now, maestro. Great sex goes beyond titillating tricks and quivering orgasms. It starts in your brain… “The brain is the most powerful sex organ,” says sex therapist Dr. Ian Kerner. There’s something to this claim, as in fact, your brain has the ability to induce an orgasm without any physical touch… Without your brain, you wouldn’t feel pain or pleasure. Without your brain, you’d have no interest in sex at all. That common saying, “Love (or sex) is…
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InfectionsSexual Health
January 23, 2017

Mono, the kissing no-no

The month of love is here and you’re finally ready to confess your feelings to your crush, flowers and chocolate in hand. But before you pucker up, consider mono, also known as the kissing disease. (more…)
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