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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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Women's Health
June 19, 2018

Why is my period blood dark?

Most women start menstruating (having their period) somewhere between the ages of 9 to 15. From there onwards, you become familiar with your monthly visitor. Periods aren’t the same for every woman, so you need to pay attention to any changes, like your cycle, symptoms and even the colour and consistency of the blood. It’s normal for the colour and consistency to vary over time, but strange changes in colour and thickness must be taken seriously! Get to know your period Every month, the lining of the uterus thickens to prepare you for pregnancy. If you don’t get pregnant, your…
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Men's Health
June 19, 2018

Why is my penis itchy?

Genital itching happens for many reasons and is usually harmless, but even if it's harmless - it can be extremely irritating! (Not to mention embarrassing). Here are some common causes why your member may be driving you mad, and what you can do about it. Jock itch One of the most common reasons for feeling itchy around the crotch area, is jock itch. The area around the penis is often warm and moist, which makes it attractive to bacteria. Jock itch can also come from tight underwear, skin rubbing and allergies. Besides itching, symptoms of jock itch include a pink…
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Women's Health
June 19, 2018

Why is it itching around my vagina?

Many women shy away from talking about their vaginas, but it’s worth learning more about the health issues you could have down there. Ladies don’t be embarrassed; it’s time you understand what your vagina is all about. Your vagina is the internal tube that connects your womb to the outside of the body. The vulva includes the inner and outer lips (labia), the clitoris, the urethral opening (where your wee comes out) and the vaginal opening. The vulva is the general name given to the outside parts of your private part. This precious part of your body can suffer many…
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HIV / AIDS
April 20, 2018

“The cure” for HIV and other myths

About seven million people in South Africa are living with HIV. Our country has one of the highest rates of HIV in the world. HIV is a virus. If HIV is not treated and managed, it can lead to AIDS, the final and most severe stage of HIV. Having HIV also means that your body becomes weaker, since HIV kills the cells in your body that protect you from infections and viruses like the flu, colds and other diseases. However, having HIV does not mean you will automatically get AIDS. This is why it’s so important to treat and manage…
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Men's Health
March 7, 2018

Can Botox treat erectile dysfunction?

Botox has become synonymous with turning back the age clock. This cosmetic procedure fills in wrinkled lines to give you a fresh face all over again. Botox is a bacterial toxin called botulinum. It works by blocking the nerve impulses that cause muscles to contract. No facial movement = no wrinkles. It’s used for both cosmetic and medical uses. It’s a purified polypeptide that has the ability to relax the muscle that has been injected. Apart from this, Botox is currently also the most effective non-surgical treatment for excessive sweating under the arms, hands, and feet. It’s also said to…
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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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Men's Health
February 27, 2018

What’s happening to my penis?

Your penis changes as you age. Ageing doesn’t just bring on wrinkles, grey hair and new and uncomfortable aches and pains. Nope, unfortunately, there’s hair loss, saggy skin – and yes, those wrinkles can start to form in places that you didn’t even know could wrinkle. As you age, so too does your penis. Each change is controlled by testosterone levels in your body. Testosterone is the male sex hormone. Your levels of testosterone start to go down as you hit the age of 40, and this affects semen volume and sperm quality. Your penis can affect your sexuality as…
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Love & Relationship
January 8, 2018

How to make every day Valentine’s Day

Flowers, gifts, and surprises are what February 14th is all about, right? But why should all that specialness be reserved for one day only? Keep the love going all year-round. The problem with Valentine's day, is that many couples use it to 'make up for' missing elements of their relationship. They try to 'win back' their partner on one night, after 364 days of neglect...which is why it often doesn't end well. In stead, Valentine's day should be the ideal opportunity to celebrate a thriving, passionate relationship. So what can you do before and after Valentine's day, to make it a day worth celebrating?…
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Hormones
January 5, 2018

What you need to know about testosterone

Ever wondered why some guys are able to build rock solid muscles in no time and others (to their dismay) just can’t? One reason could be due to the amount of testosterone they produce. Testosterone is a sex hormone found in males and females, but it’s more prominent in men. Production starts to increase during puberty and dips after the age of 30. This macho hormone helps with sperm production, helps male characteristics fully develop and plays an important role in the overall health of men. Here’s what you need to know about it: Testosterone’s main jobs: Helps with the…
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