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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, trichomoniasis is the most common curable type of sexually transmitted disease in the United States. Currently about 3 million people are infected, and some experts say that there are as many as 8 million new cases per year. Trichomoniasis is most common in women, although anyone who is sexually active is at risk. The prevalence of this infection in today’s culture might lead you to believe that people are well aware of their potential for getting it, and know how to stay protected, but that assumption is unfortunately incorrect.
Not having the right information before "getting intimate" can lead to a heck of a surprise. Below we take a look at 10 facts about contraception and sexual health that you may not have known. We’ll start with a few for the guys, as information about male contraception is not as widely spread.
Most men experience erectile dysfunction at some point in their lives. It can be a very uncomfortable experience and impact a man's self-esteem, but in many cases it's not unusual. In fact, over half of men over age 40 will experience it to some degree on a regular basis. The causes of erectile dysfunction can vary greatly from patient to patient, but if you're concerned about your risk level, there are a few different psychological and physical conditions that can cause you to be more likely to experience trouble getting an erection. And if you have experienced erectile dysfunction in the past, there are signs that indicate if it's common or if it's part of a larger problem.
1. Are You Stressed?
Despite what your sexual partners might fear, erectile dysfunction has nothing to do with other people. You can be experiencing stress and anxiety completely separate from your sex life. Sometimes men don't even know how stressed they are, but if you have been experiencing a lot of issues at work or at home, it can have an effect on your brain. If you are able to get erections at other times, such as when you are asleep, that is a clear sign that your body is still working the right way and your problem may be psychological instead of physical.
2. Weight Gain and Diabetes
As we age, it's very common to put on weight and experience changes in our diet. These effects of aging can not only impact us psychologically, it can increase the risk for clogged arteries, high cholesterol, and diabetes. The National Institute of Health names erectile dysfunction as the leading indicator of heart disease in men - this is because cardiovascular problems affect blood vessels in a serious way, making erection much more difficult. If you want to avoid or treat erectile dysfunction, the best way may be by taking care of yourself and eating a healthier diet.
3. Smoking and Drinking
Most men already know that drinking can make it more difficult to get an erection. But if you already have other symptoms leading to erectile dysfunction, you can make your condition much worse. Smoking also has a negative affect due to its impact on your heart and blood flow. Studies show that close to half of all impotent men are smokers. You probably already know the adverse effects of having that cigarette, but you might not know they extend to your sexual health as well.
Unfortunately, many of the conditions that can be associated with erectile dysfunction are treated by medications which might cause or increase your erectile dysfunction themselves. Certain high blood pressure medications, as well as antidepressants, have been associated with the condition. And if you are undergoing chemotherapy or treatment for Parkinson's Disease, your pills might interfere with your ability to get an erection. It's always important to talk to your doctor to see which medications could be affecting you and to get medical advice before stopping any of them.
If you are aging or experiencing changes in your health or stress level, you might be at risk for erectile dysfunction. Your doctor will be able to give you medications to treat the condition, as well as suggest the lifestyle improvements you need to maintain an active and healthy sex life for years to come. Just remember, most men go through it, and erectile dysfunction could be the catalyst for positive changes that you need.
You probably heard someone say “no chemistry” is the reason why a potential relationship turned sour. On the other hand, the phrase “great chemistry” often leads to sparks flying between two people. What is this chemistry, anyway?
Well, it's not just a catch phrase; it actually has to do with the “science of love.”
Have you ever used these words – “Sorry honey, I’m just not in the mood”? If you’re of the female gender, you’ve probably uttered that sentence a time or two. But have you ever wondered why you’re not feeling up to a little nookie? It could be as simple as being too tired, or having a headache (yes, really having a headache). But if you consistently don’t want to do the deed, there may be other health reasons behind your lowered libido.
What blocks the erection from taking part in sexual intimation is complex and the problem comprises from psychological, physical, or both.
With the obesity rate higher than it has ever been
, and children growing up in an increasingly unhealthy world, studies are beginning to look at the effects our passed-down habits are having on the next generation. And whether you’re a boy or a girl, puberty and obesity seem to cause a problematic mix.
Even if those problems are vastly different.
R-Patz, K-Stew, Stewpatz, Pattinwart. Whatever you planned on nick-naming Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson’s relationship, it looks like the only word being thrown around now is “over.” But what is it about cheating that makes it so prevalent, and what’s the science behind it?
We’ll shed some twilight on the issue.
With as much controversy that surrounds women and sex
these days, one can only imagine the response to such a topic in the early 1960s. But it was a topic that one woman was not at all afraid to talk about – and about which to spread the word.
Officials in Tennessee were recently goaded into creating one of the strictest pro-abstinence sex education laws in the entire country. The bill, which rejects any educator from promoting what could lead to “gateway sexual activity,” was fast-tracked after a classroom sex-toy demonstration
led to an uproar from parents and administrators alike. But detractors have coined it as the “no holding-hands bill,” causing a major controversy in the country music capitol of the world.
I’m a man. That much can be determined simply by my birth-doctor’s admissions and the fact that my family thought it was weird that I didn’t have a girlfriend until college (I was a late bloomer). So when I was asked to write about 50 Shades of Grey
, I thought, “What will I write?” “Who exactly is reading this book?” and “Will my girlfriend check my Google history that now has pages of women’s sex literature?”
Are you struggling to get in the mood for a little bedroom rendezvous with your mate? Is your sexual enthusiasm lacking? Are you ready to enjoy that physical intimacy again
Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month is upon us, and it’s a great opportunity to shed some much-needed light on less obvious examples of sexual assault.
You won’t often come across an issue as tricky as “gender identity disorder.” The diagnosis, that can be for children as young as four-years-old, comes when a boy or girl feels they don’t belong in the body they were born with. These kids are stuck with the belief that they are the wrong sex, which can often lead to alienation and depression . . . And the diagnosis isn’t even the hard part.
There is a time and place to discuss politics and religion, the topics of which can be awkward and uncomfortable. Lately, it seems, the subject of female contraception cannot be discussed without encompassing both.
Oh goodness . . . just hearing some of the stories of friends who are “dating”
these days, I wouldn’t wish that situation on my worst enemy.
How often do YOU think about "gettin' it on"? Don’t worry . . . we won’t tell anyone! It’ll be our little secret.
If there is one media message that hasn't lost its punch over the years, it's this: Looking, acting, and feeling sexy is what it's all about. And despite the recent positive attention the “big and beautiful” sect has scored for themselves, the general consensus is that anyone that can't fit into a size 6 has no business trying to look sexy.
If you were to survey a random group of men and women, you may find one of the biggest problems they have with sex is not having it
. That's really a shame on so many levels because numerous studies have shown that a satisfying and safe sex life not only makes us emotionally healthy, it can add years to our lives
Can the world handle another global public health threat
? It's a question on the mind of many since scientists in Japan have discovered a new strain of the bacteria that causes gonorrhea. The worst part is that it is resistant to traditional antibiotic treatments.