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Sexual Health

Sexual Health
August 30, 2020

Nine months after the night before the morning after pill

The first week of September is one of the most popular weeks for unprotected sex in South Africa. We don’t know if it’s the smell of blossoms in the air, the first rays of sun or those floral skirts parading the streets, but this time of year, people everywhere are getting it on.
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Sexual Health
August 22, 2020

The bad advice you need to question

“I heard from my second cousin’s friend that you can’t get an STD from…” This is like a terribly-played game of broken telephone – the original information may have been incorrect from the beginning, or lost down the line. And, with the internet, anyone's opinion can quickly become fake news. Here's what you should know.
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Sexual Health
August 8, 2019

Do you have an STD, or a UTI?

Sexually transmitted diseases (STD) and urinary tract infections (UTI) share very common symptoms and are misdiagnosed more often than you think.
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Sexual Health
March 20, 2019

How to diagnose and treat syphilis

Do you have painless sores, blisters or ulcers on your penis, vagina, and anus, or inside your mouth or on the lips? You could have syphilis, a sexually transmitted infection is caused by a type of bacteria. Here's how to diagnose and treat it.
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Sexual Health
March 20, 2019

What exactly is chlamydia?

Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease caused by a type of bacteria. The disease can affect both men and women. Women can get chlamydia in the cervix, rectum, or throat, while men are vulnerable in the urethra (inside the penis), rectum, or throat.
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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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