All women and men deal with issues regarding sexual health at some point in their lives. Education, guidance, and a few helpful products can change the quality of your life — you don't need to suffer unnecessarily.
The Menstrual Cycle
You average 450 periods in your lifetime. That is 450 opportunities to get in touch with a wellspring of information about our reproductive and general health — if we take the time to understand it.
Unfortunately though, we usually just grumble through the week or so of cramps, mood swings, and headaches, without ever giving it the proper attention.
Although the process of menstruation becomes routine, irregular periods, cycles that become shorter and shorter, or completely lack of a menstrual cycle are all concerns that can point to deeper health issues.
Ah, Menopause. As you near around age 50, natural hormonal changes begin to occur in your body. However the journey from reproductive to non-reproductive life can be quite unpleasant.
The weight gain, lack of libido , night sweats and mood swings are all common and their is a range of severity of symptoms as well, from totally crippling to annoying but manageable.
You very well might feel that menopause is effecting your day to day life and stopping you from achieving your true potential. If that's the case, learning to deal holistically with the hormonal imbalances can dramatically alter your experience.
Hormonal changes resulting from pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or menopause often cause vaginal dryness. Other factors, including douching and some medications can also cause vaginal dryness.
The vaginal canal is usually coated is moisture rich membranes that allow smooth pleasurable sexual intercourse and general vaginal comfort. Lack of moisture can be a chronic or acute condition.
Lubricants and moisturizing vaginal suppositories are the easiest and most effective treatments for vaginal dryness.
There is a lot of shame around this topic, but truthfully, it is an incredibly common sexual health issue. If you or your partner is having difficulty getting or maintaining an erection, there might be a number of underlying causes.
A loving relationship with lots a patience can resolve many problems, and at times professional guidance can do wonders for your relationship.
For some men, the treatment is rooted in mind-body work, and for other, a few simple products might be enough to turn things around for the better.
Vaginal Tightening, Narrowing or Collapse
If you suffer from tightening, narrowing or scarring of your vaginal canal, you probably often experience painful sex. Discomfort during sex is not only a physical issue, it takes an emotional toll as well.
Treatment to correct vaginal tightness, reverse discomfort and restore the elasticity of the vagina usually includes the use of vaginal dilators. These smooth, cylinder shaped devices made from silicone help you stretch the vaginal muscles in in a relaxed and stress free environment.
If you've been diagnosed with Lichen Sclerosis, Vagina Agenesis, Vaginismus, Post Pelvic Radiotherapy or a number of other conditions and illnesses, vaginal dilators might be your key to a more comfortable sex life.
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a sexually transmitted disease for which there is no cure and no vaccine. It ravishes the body, and once someone is infected, they will be dealing with the repercussions for the rest of their lives.
Since the mid 1980s, education about the risks and severity of HIV have been high on the list of basic sex education classes. Although intercourse is the most common way HIV is spread, it can also be contracted from contact with infected blood.
Education, and especially education about the importance of using a condom, has significantly lowered the number of people contracting HIV.
Chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted infection. It is a 'silent' infection, meaning there are often no acutely noticeable symptoms at all, so most of time, you won't even know you have it.
The long term effects of leaving Chlamydia untreated are worrying. It can cause damage to the fallopian tubes and uterus, leading to pelvic and uterine pain, and ultimately infertility.
Because symptoms rarely present themselves, annual screening for Chlamydia is recommended for sexually active adults. Mail-in self testing kits, or even better, at home diagnostic test, help you stay on top of your reproductive health.
Genital Herpes is a highly contagious sexually transmitted infection, that, while unsightly and painful, is not actually dangerous.
If you are infected with genital herpes you will usually experience their first outbreak within two weeks of contracting the infection. The outbreaks progresses in cycles, with painful blisters emerging, then popping and slowly clearing up. The herpes then becomes dormant until the next outbreak.
While in the first year of contracting genital herpes, the number of outbreaks usually reaches it's peak. After that, the number of outbreaks declines , but the infection will always be present. Antiviral medications can reduce the number of occurring outbreaks.
Human papillomavirus (HPV)/Genital Warts
Genital Warts are a common symptom of HPV, although both men and women can have HPV without the presence of genital warts. Warts may also be hard to detect because they can be deep within the vaginal canal.
Although HPV is usually harmless, it can lead to cervical cancer. Annual Pap smears is advisable to rule out an cervical abnormalities.
Gonorrhea is a STD that is common in both men and women. Symptoms include painful urination and abnormal discharges. In women, this is often times misdiagnosed as other less serious vaginal infections.
Screening for Gonorrhea is important because left untreated, it can lead to infertility. It is also important to be screened if you are pregnant, because the disease can be transmitted to your baby during delivery leading to serious complications.
Non-Specific Urethritis is an inflammation of the tube where urine comes out. It is more common in men then women, and symptoms often include pain while urinating or a white discharge from the penis.
Although Non-Specific Urethritis is not serious, it can be a result of more serious sexually transmitted infections.
Pubic Lice are tiny parasitic insects that live in coarse body hair, such as pubic hair. They are yellow-grey and about 2mm long. Because of the bug's crab-like appearance, the lice are often known as crabs.
Syphilis is not as common as other sexually transmitted infections and is easy to cure. But left untreated, can cause very serious health problems including damage to the heart, brain, eyes, other internal organs, bones and nervous system in both men and women.
Pregnant women should be tested for Syphilis because it can cause serious health problems in the baby.
Trichomonas Vaginalis is a tiny parasite which causes an infection. In women the infection can be found in the vagina and the urethra (tube where urine comes out). In men it can be found in the urethra.
Vaginal Thrush can develop in the vagina and on the male and female genitals. It is a very common cause of unusual vaginal discharge – three out of four women will have thrush at some point in their lives, but is much less common in men.
Thrush is often the result of yeast infections.
Bacterial Vaginosis is the most common cause of unusual vaginal discharge which develops when the normal environment of the vagina changes. One in three women will get it at some time. It is not a sexually transmitted infection but can develop after you have had sex.
Scabies is caused by tiny parasitic mites. They are smaller than a pinhead and burrow into the skin and lay eggs. Scabies results in a very itchy and sometimes blistery rash.
Although scabies is not officially a sexually transmitted disease because it can be contracted through any type of skin to skin contact, the most common form of transmission is sexual activity.
A more severe and uncommon form of the condition occurs when there is a large buildup of mites in the skin can effect people with certain illnesses, such as HIV.
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Dilators can help restore the vagina after difficulties caused by the effects of radiotherapy, surgery, or to combat conditions which can affect the structure or cause muscle spasms of the vagina. These dilators have exactly the right balance between rigidness and flexibility
Common conditions treatable using dilators include:
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With this test a woman can determine if she is experiencing peri-menopause or post menopause to enable her to seek guidance and appropriate advice from her physician. FSH levels normally vary between 10 and 20 miU/ml in woman. After transition into post menopause these increase to over 25mU/ml. This test detects levels of up to 25mU/ml.
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In-vitro diagnostic test used to detect Chlamydia Trachomatis in women. One of the only genuine home testing kit on the market for a start-to-finish test in the privacy of the users own home. With no messy lab samples to mail off, results are displayed within minutes.
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