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Sex during menstruation may seem like a very odd idea but with the right technique you don't have to deny yourself the pleasure just because it's that time of the month. Learn more here.
Transcript: Don't let a little blood stop you from having a great time! Here, tips on getting it on when you're...
Don't let a little blood stop you from having a great time! Here, tips on getting it on when you're menstruating. The best position for minimal mess involves your partner straddling you while you're on your back, a move which slows blood flow. Of course, it's always best to throw an old towel down in this scenario! Or, protect your sheets by wearing one of the newer forms of menstrual cups, like the INSTEAD Softcup. Inserted deep inside the vagina, the cup collects menstrual blood in its dome-like base. The cup works like a tampon, but it can be safely worn-although not felt-during sex. When having sex during your period, know that you are even more susceptible to STDs, as most can pass through menstrual blood. And yeah, you can get pregnant. So period sex should still be protected sex. Enjoy the experience more by being smart!More »
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Bacterial vaginosis is an infection of the vagina that can be brought on by sex. But sex isn't all that's behind this bacterial imbalance.
Transcript: Bacterial vaginosis is the most common vaginal infection in women of childbearing age-and it may stem...
Bacterial vaginosis is the most common vaginal infection in women of childbearing age-and it may stem from sex! Bacterial vaginosis, or BV, occurs when normal, healthy bacteria in the vagina are overrun by bad bacteria. BV often manifests as a strong, fishy odor with discharge that may be grey, white, or yellowish in color. So what causes this vaginal infection to occur? Some doctors say BV is caused by sex, although you don't "catch" bacterial vaginosis from a partner. Instead, the infection occurs when an outside element disturbs the vagina's bacterial balance. Sex-particularly without a condom-can do just that. In addition, douching, wiping from back to front, and using an IUD as birth control may lead to BV. After diagnosis, the infection is treated with antibiotics for several weeks. But, sorry, you shouldn't have sex until BV is completely gone! So why not use this opportunity to convince him you should catch up on your cuddling?More »
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If you are concerned about your vaginal scent, watch this video to get tips on maintaining a scent that is more pleasing to you. Check out this video to know more.
Transcript: Listen up ladies: Are you uncomfortable with your smell "down there?" The first step to smelling sweet...
Listen up ladies: Are you uncomfortable with your smell "down there?" The first step to smelling sweet is understanding why you don't. A truly unpleasant scent is usually the product of "bad" bacteria in your vagina. Bad bacteria cause the vagina's pH to change from a healthy acidic level to a smell-inducing alkaline one. Outsmart them by changing the way you wash. Harsh products strip away healthy bacteria, encouraging harmful bacteria to enter and leave the wrong kind of scent behind. Instead, wash your outer vaginal lips once daily with a mild, fragrance-free soap. But don't put soap inside your vagina. Your vagina is self-cleaning and can take care of that on its own! And pick panties with 100-percent cotton crotches, to improve air circulation and allow the vagina to breath. If you really want, you can try one of the feminine products which are commonly available, but make sure you scout out "pH-balanced" products to get the best benefits. But if you follow these simple tips, you won't have to use extra products to return to a sexier smelling state!More »
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Are you worried about your vaginal discharge? You must know that vaginal discharge is normal and all women have it. To know more, watch this video.
Transcript: If you're worried about vaginal discharge, you can relax. Every woman has it! A healthy vagina creates...
If you're worried about vaginal discharge, you can relax. Every woman has it! A healthy vagina creates about a teaspoon of discharge-made by glands inside the vagina and cervix-every day. The purpose of discharge is to slough away old cells, keeping the vagina's pH balance at a healthy acidic level. In fact, with the exception of the eyes, the vagina is the only self-cleaning organ in the body! Normal discharge will usually be clear or milky white and will have little odor. The menstrual cycle has a significant effect on the type of discharge. For example, many women have a thicker form during ovulation. For example, discharge is often thicker during ovulation. When the body releases an egg-changing pH levels in the vagina- the vagina especially vulnerable to infection immediately before and during your period. This is because the vagina becomes less acidic at this time, potentially allowing invaders to attack. This can lead to discharge that is unusual in smell, color, or consistency, or burning in the vagina. These are signs that your vaginal discharge is no longer normal, and it's time to go see a doctor.More »
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Many women experience yeast infections at some point in their lives, but can you spread a yeast infection to your partner? Find out more information about yeast infections and sex from this video.
Transcript: No one wants a yeast infection, but three-quarters of women will get one at some point. Why? All women...
No one wants a yeast infection, but three-quarters of women will get one at some point. Why? All women have healthy yeast in their vaginas, but when too much grows, vaginal infection can result. When the vagina's normally acidic and protective pH is thrown off, excess yeast can build up, causing an infection. All kinds of irritants can cause vaginal pH to become unbalanced, including pregnancy, some birth control methods, antibiotics, and, unfortunately...sex! Symptoms of a yeast infection often include lumpy, cottage-cheese like discharge with an unusual odor. Swelling of the vagina, pain during intercourse, and itching and burning are also signs.Once a doctor diagnoses a yeast infection, it's easy to clear up using over-the-counter medication. Or, a one-time prescription pill called Diflucan can also cure the problem! But avoid sex while you're getting better, since there's a slight chance you can pass the condition to your partner. The good news is that sidestepping future infections can often be as easy as wearing cotton panties, and avoiding scented products "down below!"More »
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Did you know that cranberry juice is quite effective against urinary tract infections? Find out what other steps you can take to prevent UTIs by watching this informative video.
Transcript: Okay, so cranberry juice may not be the sexiest food to throw on your partner, but it could prevent a...
Okay, so cranberry juice may not be the sexiest food to throw on your partner, but it could prevent a urinary tract infection! UTIs occur when harmful bacteria enters parts of the urinary tract, like the bladder. The result? Painful urination and a constant urge to go. Luckily, a glass of cranberry a day can keep UTIs away! Cranberries are thought to prevent bacteria from adhering to host cells in the urinary tract. Even easier, prevent UTIs by peeing immediately after sex. Because intercourse can push harmful bacteria up the vagina, urinating essentially "flushes things out." Finally, know that if you're using a spermicide you may be more prone to UTIs. If this becomes a problem for you, talk to your doctor about an alternate form of birth control. See, you can avoid UTIs without avoiding sex!More »
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Have you ever had great sex, only to discover that you are bleeding? Find out why you may be bleeding after having sex.
Transcript: You've rolled out of bed after a great time with your partner only to discover a BLOODY spot on the sheets....
You've rolled out of bed after a great time with your partner only to discover a BLOODY spot on the sheets. Where'd it come from? Well, if this is your first time having sex, some blood MAY be expected if activity damaged your hymen, the thin membrane partially covering the opening of your vagina. This is COMMON for a first sexual experience. If your partner is a little AGGRESSIVE and your vagina is not LUBRICATED adequately, you may also experience some minor pain, vaginal trauma and bleeding, whether it's your first time OR NOT. To prevent this, engage in plenty of FOREPLAY so you become more aroused. You can also apply WATER-BASED lubricant to the tip of the condom or in your vagina to reduce friction. If you're having sex close to the start of your period, the spotting may actually be due to UTERINE lining that's been "knocked loose." It's already destabilized since your period is about to begin. If your after-sex bleeding occurs once in a LONG WHILE, you probably don't have to worry. But rarely, post-coital spotting may be a sign of a more SERIOUS condition. For example, after-sex bleeding may be due to inflammation of the cervix set off by a STD such as gonorrhea or chlamydia.The bleeding may also be a sign of cervical DYSPLASIA, a condition in which abnormal cells exist on the SURFACE of the cervix. Most of the time, dysplasia doesn't become DANGEROUS. Bleeding after intercourse is also a sign of cervical CANCER. However, cervical dysplasia and cervical cancer can be ruled out as causes for your spotting if you've had clean Pap smears recently. Several types of vaginal infections--such as bacterial vaginosis, yeast infections, and trichomoniasis --may also be behind your post-coital bleeding. Vaginal atrophy, endometritis, adenomyosis, cervical polyps and uterine fibroids are all possible conditions that can lead to bleeding after sex. Each of these conditions have MANY other symptoms including pain, cramping and discharge. If you feel otherwise fine, it's unlikely that you're dealing with something serious. But see your doctor anyway, especially if you have post-coital bleeding fairly often. Learn more about women's health by watching other videos in this series.More »
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Even if you have a bad back, good sex is still possible. Find out how to keep your sex life active and amazing through this video.
Transcript: Back pain and sex can be a tough combination, but luckily there are ways to keep your love life hot even...
Back pain and sex can be a tough combination, but luckily there are ways to keep your love life hot even when your back is not. Start sex off with a warm shower with your lover! Relax your back while the two of you get steamy. A bad back means you need to avoid acting like a rodeo star in the bedroom! Instead, try spooning rear-entry positions, which are easier on the back. In addition, favorite positions can often be modified with a pillow or towel. Talking with your partner about what works is also vital for keeping things comfortable. Last and most important: if it hurts, don't do it! Listen to your body so you can continue having hot sex!More »
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You can still have joyful sex with joint pain. Follow along with this video to find out how.
Transcript: Luckily, it's easy to find new positions that put less strain on achy joints, so your sex life stays...
Luckily, it's easy to find new positions that put less strain on achy joints, so your sex life stays steamy! If movement causes you pain, ask your partner to provide most of the acrobatics. You may prefer a position that lets you move away if you suddenly experience joint discomfort. When a man has hip or knee problems, he can lie down on his back with pillows for support. His partner can then support her weight on her elbows and/or knees. When a woman has hip or knee pain, both of you can lie down on your sides, with a pillow between the woman's knees. The man should then enter from behind. The goal is to work together for your mutual pleasure and comfort. Learning what your partner enjoys will give you confidence that you can safely please your mate!More »
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If you're struggling to get hot and bothered, it could be a sign of an arousal disorder. Take a look at this video for arousal disorder basics.
Transcript: You want sex, but cant get stimulated enough to have it. It might be sexual arousal disorder. Arousal...
You want sex, but cant get stimulated enough to have it. It might be sexual arousal disorder. Arousal disorders can exist throughout life, or they may begin unexpectedly, despite past normal responses. Men with sexual arousal disorder may not maintain an erection long enough for sex. Women may be unable to produce enough natural lubricant for sex. Whether the cause is physical or mental, treatment can ensure a patient is eventually able to haveand enjoy!sex.More »
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Low sexual desire, or ISD, is a medical condition where people experience decreased sexual interest and failure to initiate or respond to sexual activity. Watch the video for more details.
Transcript: Can you imagine not wanting sex? For twenty percent of the population, inhibited sexual desire is an...
Can you imagine not wanting sex? For twenty percent of the population, inhibited sexual desire is an everyday reality. Inhibited sexual desire, or ISD, is a medical condition that refers to a low level of sexual interest resulting in failure to initiate, or respond to, sexual activity. ISD can be primary, where a person has never felt much desire, or secondary, where the problem is recent. Sexual aversion disorder, refers to a lifelong repulsion to any genital contact. This condition occurs less frequently than ISD. In most cases, a physical cause is not found for these disorders. Luckily, that means that relationship, marital, and/or sexual counseling can often combat ISD. While having inhibited sexual desire is perfectly normal, not getting treated is harmful for both you and your partner-so talk to your doctor about ISD.More »
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You can ease the pain of intercourse with the help of some lubrication. To know more about having painless intercourse, check out this video.
Transcript: Pain during intercourse is no reason to surrender your sex life! Up to 50 percent of women may suffer...
Pain during intercourse is no reason to surrender your sex life! Up to 50 percent of women may suffer from dyspareunia, / [dis-puh-roo-nee-uh] which refers to painful intercourse. But there is help for this all-too-common condition! An obvious start is to use plenty of lubricant to ensure that penetration goes smoothly. If vaginal burning is a recurrent problem for you, your doctor can prescribe a topical gel. Most brands contain a five-percent concentration of a local anesthetic. Is pain after intercourse a problem? Try applying a frozen gel-pack wrapped in a towel to ease post-sex irritation. It can also be beneficial to urinate immediately after intercourse, and then to rinse your genitals with cool water. Dyspareunia shouldn't be suffered silently-sex is supposed to be fun! Try these tips to love your love life again!More »
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Apart from surgery, there are other ways to treat uterine prolapse. Take a look at this video on pessaries to find out more.
Transcript: Surgery isnt your only option for treating uterine prolapse. A removable support gadget called a pessary...
Surgery isnt your only option for treating uterine prolapse. A removable support gadget called a pessary can be worn inside the vagina to hold the prolapse in place. Uterine prolapse occurs when the cervix and uterus fall from their correct position above the vagina into the vaginal canal. Should the uterus drop far enough, it may be possible to even SEE the cervix, which looks like a small pink donut. A pessary is sort of like a brace or wrap you would wear for wobbly knee ligaments. It simply boosts your uterus back up and holds it there. Women have used them since biblical times, when they were made of smooth stone and potatoes. Thankfully, todays models are made of comfortable latex, plastic, or silicone. Pessaries are ideal for women with prolapse who are in between babies or when a woman simply doesnt have the time, money, or good health that surgery requires. If your doctor decides a pessary is right for you, shell fit you right in her office. The best model is the one that you can insert and remove on your own, and it doesnt move around during any activity. Ring plate pessaries, the most common option, are 80% effective for treating mild and moderate cases of uterine prolapse. The ring pessary is inserted just like a diaphragm, where it rests on the Kegel muscle walls. If a womans Kegel muscle walls are weak, however, she may have a hard time keeping the pessary in place. Luckily, there are other options, like the Gelhorn, a stemmed device, the balloon, which can be inflated and deflated, and the Colpexin, which looks like a lollypop on a string. Colpexin is a newer model which gently exercises the Kegel muscles WHILE holding the prolapse in place. In fact, 63% of women who used this model had stronger vaginal muscles at the end of a 16-week trial! Whichever pessary you use, remember to clean it per your doctors instructions, and have it replaced if its cracked, pitted, or unpleasant smelling after washing.More »
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