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Monday, July 31, 2006

The Health Benefits of Female Orgasm

by Scott Bowden

Orgasm is the crowning of a successful and highly pleasurable session of sex. It puts a smile on the lips of satisfied women and makes men walk with a swagger. It's the biggest little thing in the world and the crucial detail and the end of a delightful exertion. Life without orgasms is simply not possible.

But orgasm is not limited in scope to making one (or two) people feel good for five or ten minutes before falling asleep. Science has shown that frequent sex and orgasms are very important to the general well-being and health of every person. The more frequent the orgasm, the better off that person is going to be on both the physical and psychological planes.

Everyday life is bound to result in some nervous tensions for most people as the troubles of jobs and relationships take their toll on the mental balance. Sex and orgasms are a chance for these tensions to join the psychological and physical build-up and release. Thus, the mind uses orgasm to flush the tensions out of the system and replace them with the delicious relaxation of that comes with pleasure.

The best thing to do after disentangling from the tender embrace is, of course, to slide into sleep. The combined exertion of sex and relaxation brought by orgasm is the perfect replacement for any sleeping pill. Instead of reaching out for the bottle of pills, you would be better off reaching out for the man lying in bed next to you or for your favorite sex toy. It's a perfectly natural solution that we heartily recommend.

Don't let headaches get in the way. What men don't realize is that headaches are many times a woman's way of saying "You have to try harder". The pleasure brought by orgasm is the result of a discharge of endorphins into the brain. No headache can survive the attack of pleasure flooding the brain and the calming effect it has.

Aside from releasing endorphins into the brain sexual stimulation also activates the production of phenethylamine, an amphetamine secreted by the body which is thought to play a role in the regulation of appetite. Of course, sex is not meant to replace dieting, but it seems to go some way toward helping you rein in those food cravings and it does burn some calories. In fact, sex burns a bit more calories per minute than tennis.

The number of scientific studies showing that frequent orgasms are good for one's health is testimony to the important role played by a successful sex life in the physical and mental health of all men and women. Aside from the fact that increased heart rate and heavy breathing keep the circulatory system in shape and make oxygen circulate through the body, sex has other benefits.

A study published in Psychosomatic Medicine in 1976 showed that failure to reach orgasm has a negative impact on the cardiovascular health of women. Doctor Winnifred Cutler, a specialist in endocrinology, found that women who have sex at least once a week are more likely to have normal menstrual cycles and higher levels of estrogen in their blood. Healthy levels of estrogen help keep the cardiovascular system in shape, fight cholesterol and keep the skin supple.

This is why we recommend the Ultimate Sex Guide. This one-stop guide to more pleasure than ever before is packed with new positions, tricks and tips that will banish boredom and routine from your relationship. Bring back the spark and make it turn into a flame with the help of new information. More pleasure means a healthier life for you and your partner.

About the Author
For more information, advice and guides relating to sexual health matters we would recommend visiting The Ultimate Sex Guide

Friday, July 21, 2006

Choosing Your Childbirth Education

Choosing your childbirth education is perhaps the most important decision you will make after choosing your midwife or doctor and the place of birth. Your childbirth education will almost certainly be your primary source of information on how to cope with labor. She can -- and should -- help you have a healthy pregnancy and complication-free labor, make informed choices about your care, have a smooth transition into parenthood, and breastfeed successfully. Childbirth education can also guide you to other resources such as books and Web sites and can refer you to childbirth-related services, as, for example, labor support providers, postpartum home help or lactation consultants.
What should you look for in childbirth education classes?

Independent educator: Most commonly, childbirth education classes are taught through hospitals, but hospital or clinic-based classes have a strong potential drawback: conflict of interest. It is in the hospital’s and obstetric staff’s interests to have patients who will comply with policies and not make waves by questioning or refusing them.

Certified educator: Certification by a national organization doesn’t guarantee excellence, but it does ensure that the educator has had special training and has met some set of criteria for knowledge and skills.
Sufficient time to cover the topics: Fewer classes in the series and fewer hours per class both increases profits and meets the approval of busy, tired, expectant couples. However, it takes time to learn new skills, get questions answered, and explore issues.

Small classes: Childbirth classes should be interactive. You want classes that are big enough for a good group process yet small enough for you to get individual attention and assistance and where you won’t feel shy speaking on intimate or sensitive topics.

With acknowledgements to Henci Goer

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Symptoms of Tubular Pregnancy

Tubular pregnancy occurs when a fertilized egg implants in tissue outside of the uterus, and the placenta and fetus begin to develop there. The most common site is within a fallopian tube. However, tubular pregnancy can rarely occur in the ovary, the abdomen, and in the lower portion of the uterus (the cervix).

Tubular pregnancy is usually caused by conditions that obstruct or slow the passage of a fertilized ovum (egg) through the fallopian tube to the uterus. This may be caused by a physical blockage in the tube. Tubular pregnancy may also be caused by failure of the zygote (the cell formed after the egg is fertilized) to move down the tube and into the uterus.

Most tubular pregnancy is a result of scarring caused by previous tubal infection or tubal surgery. Some tubular pregnancy can be traced to congenital tubal abnormalities, endometriosis, tubal scarring and kinking caused by a ruptured appendix, or scarring caused by previous pelvic surgery and prior tubular pregnancies. In a few cases, the cause is unknown.

The administration of hormones, specifically estrogen and progesterone, can slow the normal movement of the fertilized egg through the tubal epithelium and result in implantation in the tube. Women who become pregnant despite using progesterone-only oral contraceptives have a 5-fold increase in the tubular pregnancy rate.

Tubular pregnancy carries a higer risk for women who become pregnant despite using progesterone-bearing IUDs. Tubular pregnancy rates for those who become pregnant despite non-medicated IUD are 5%, while the rate for medicated IUD users who become pregnant despite the device is 15%. Note that these rates only refer to percents of the tiny proportion of women who become pregnant while using these methods.

The "morning after pill" is associated with a 10-fold increase in risk of ectopic pregnancy when its use fails to prevent pregnancy.

Tubular pregnancies occur from 1 in every 40 to 1 in every 100 pregnancies. This rate increased four-fold between 1970 and 1992.

Tubular Pregnancy Symptoms:

* Lower abdominal or pelvic pain
* Mild cramping on one side of the pelvis
* Cessation of regular menstrual cycle
* Abnormal vaginal bleeding (usually scant amounts, spotting).
* Breast tenderness.
* Nausea.
* Low back pain.

If rupture and hemorrhaging occurs before successfully treating the pregnancy, symptoms may worsen and include:

* Severe, sharp, and sudden pain in the lower abdominal area .
* Feeling faint or actually fainting.
* Referred pain to the shoulder area.

If in any doubt at all, always consult your medical advisor

Symptoms of Tubular Pregnancy

With acknowledgement to 'Medicine Plus'