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Let’s Talk About Love

Let’s Talk About Love

Valentine’s Day was a day created as a Feast for St. Valentine. However, it has moved into a holiday of love and romance. Long-term and short-term relationships take part in the day, but please, remember the sexual health you must practice while celebrating love. Here’s some Valentine’s Day statistics. Stay safe!

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The Significance of STI Screening

By Guest Blogger, Union Quay Medical

The Significance of STI Screening

Sexually transmitted diseases (STIs) are frighteningly common in America, with one person out of every 208 in the country diagnosed with chlamydia alone. STIs can lead to complications such as infertility, swollen joints and possible inflammation of the heart, brain or spinal cord, and yet these can be relieved so easily through early screening. Sadly, many people don’t even realize that they could have contracted an STI through mere skin-on-skin contact, so the infection develops unbeknownst to them until it results in one or more of the medical complications stated above.

You may think that, because you haven’t had sex in a while (if ever), you couldn’t have an STI. However, they spread so readily that if you have even the slightest inkling that you could be infected, you should go for screening straight away. Indeed, everyone should avail of STI screening as soon as they can, because early detection gives you the best possible chance of finding an STI and eliminating it. If you go for screening and the test comes back negative, any worries over possibly being infected can disappear.

This infographic from Union Quay Medical in Cork, Ireland provides useful starter information on STI screening, such as the scenarios where screening is most vital, the periods of incubation and the screening process step-by-step. Consider for a moment that 20 million STIs are diagnosed in the U.S. every year. Don’t let one of them be yours; get yourself screened without delay.

1 in 208 Americans diagnosed with chlamydia

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Take Control: 5 Birth Control Options For All 

Take Control: 5 Birth Control Options For All

There is an important element in your sexual health which consists in being able to control the pregnancy risk. Indeed, being sexually active means that you should be able to manage the risk of getting pregnant easily and effectively. There are, naturally, plenty of options available, and while some of them require a heavy surgery or protection that extends over a few years – which can be a difficult choice to make as this means being positive that you don’t want children for a period of five years of more. So today’s post focuses on the light methods that you can use to control birth in your sex life.

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Safe Sex Practice

Safe sex practices are essential to keep your body healthy and avoid STDs. But the practice of safe sex in a relationship can also help you to control any risk of birth. Indeed, using condoms is key to limit risk and control that the sperm doesn’t get in contact with your egg. You can find a variety of condoms that will enhance your sensations while keeping you and partner protected, so that there is no reason not to practice safe sex and have fun at the same time.

Contraceptive pill

Most women will prefer to use the contraceptive pill if they are in a permanent relationship with a partner that they trust. The pill is a combination of two effective ingredients that prevent ovulation and make it harder for the sperm to reach the uterus. While this is something that you should first discuss with your healthcare provider to ensure that you don’t suffer from any side effect, you can easily use a pill such as the microgynon contraceptive pill to control your menstrual cycle. If you are worried about forgetting to take the pill daily, you can look for a birth control shot that is an injection that keeps you secured for three to six months.

combined_oral_contraceptive_pill_3The pill is a popular method of contraception

Female Condoms And Diaphragms

Female condoms and diaphragms are both inserted into the vagina before sex. However, the condom can be used only once, while you can reuse the diaphragm for up to two years, assuming that you keep it clean. The advantage is that the female condom protects both partners against STDs, while the diaphragm is to be used with a trusted partner. The diaphragm is placed to at the opening of the uterus and covers the cervix. It works best in combination with a spermicide gel that you can put inside its cup.

contraceptive_diaphragmA silicone-made diaphragm

Fertility Awareness-Based Methods

FAMs, or Fertility Awareness-Based Methods, enable the woman to chart her menstrual cycle and track the ovulation period. Doing this requires daily temperature checks but can help you to identify the days where you are fertile and to avoid any sexual activity during this period.

Male Pill

The male contraceptive pill is still in experimentation, but this is soon going to be a reality. Men could indeed take the pill to control the production of sperms and therefore use it as an effective birth control method. First experiments have proven positive, but there is still a lot of work to do to control the side effect of this induced hormonal change.

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