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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.

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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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The Essential Guide To Safe And Healthy Dating

The Essential Guide To Safe And Healthy Dating

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The excitement of the first date should be fun, but all too often we hear horror stories about dates going wrong. We can’t let this put us off dating, though. Most dates are safe and fun if a little bit awkward. If you’re planning a date soon, make sure you follow these top tips to ensure you have a safe and healthy experience and all the fun you want.

Talk on the phone first

If you’re meeting someone from an online dating site, make sure you speak to them on the phone before you meet them in real life. You’ll get a much better impression of their personality that way, and you’re more likely to hear if there’s something a bit weird about them.

Do your homework

At the very least you want to know his full name, his job and have a general idea about where he lives. And while you never have to admit it to him, it’s always worth doing a quick Google search of his name too. A quick look at his LinkedIn will tell you that he is being honest, and a Facebook stalk might reveal some mutual friends, who’ll hopefully be able to vouch for him.

Meet in public places

Just in case there is anything sinister about your date, it’s best to meet him in a public place the first couple of times while you get to know him. If he is worth it, he’ll understand that your safety has to come first. Try coffee shops, bars, restaurants, bowling, or even the park if the weather is good. Just make sure there are other people around, and you can leave easily if you want to. It’s a good idea to meet in the morning or at lunch time because you afternoon plans give a more organic and less awkward means of getting away if you’re just not feeling it.

Tell people where you are

Employ a buddy system, so your friend always knows where you are. Make sure you inform them if you move venue during your date, and give them an approximate time that you’ll be getting home. This just means that if anything untoward happens, someone’s always got your back. They could even come out on your first date with you – double dates tend to be less awkward, and it gives your buddy the chance to get to know your date too.

Take the essentials

You’ll want to have spare cash for a taxi, your bank card in case you get lumbered with the bill, and your mobile phone at the very least. It doesn’t hurt to carry mace too, just in case of an emergency. Making sure you’ve got everything you need means you can get away easily if your date starts to go south.

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Don’t drink too much

It can be tempting to knock the drinks back to loosen your inhibitions and get over the awkwardness on the first date, but it can also inhibit your ability to read a situation. For the first couple of dates, try to avoid drinking much, or even stick to non-drinking activities. You’ll find that you get to know your date more thoroughly when you’re coherent the whole time too.

Don’t leave food or drink unattended

Some people are just plain horrible. While it’s unlikely you’ll meet anyone with an ulterior motive, it’s always best to be as safe (and suspicious) as you can. Leaving a drink or a meal unsupervised could allow someone to slip drugs into them, which could compromise your safety. Finish your food and drink before heading to the restroom during a meal or in a bar – the risk just isn’t worth it.

Don’t give too much away

Early on in your dates, try not to give too much information away about yourself. For example, let them know the area of town in which you live, but not your street address. They can know your profession, but not your place of employment. It just means that if they turn out to be weird and you cut them off, they have no way to contact you or find you.

If you’re worried, leave

Don’t second guess yourself as a judge of character – if someone seems a bit weird to you, or you’re just not enjoying the evening, you are entirely within your rights to leave. Trust your instincts – if they get over-familiar or inappropriate too quickly, or anything that they say leaves you feeling a bit uncomfortable, remember that you know best. And don’t compromise your safety or happiness for the sake of saving some random guy’s feelings. If you’re worried about just walking out, ask the staff to call you a taxi or call a friend to come and meet you.

Give feedback

If you’re dating online and it does go wrong, heaven forbid, make sure you report his profile to the dating site and give them an outline of your concerns. It means that other women will not have to face the same problems as you, so it’s all about looking out for each other.

Practice safe sex

This should go without saying, but it is all to easy to get carried away in the heat of the moment. When you’re at that stage with your date, make sure you’re carrying condoms, as well as him. Don’t let him try to talk you out of safe sex – the risks just aren’t worth it.

Get regular check-ups

Even if you’re super careful, if you’re dating it’s important that you have regular sexual health check-ups, just to be on the safe side. Free std testing is available all over the country, so there’s no excuse not to.

Enjoy yourself

Don’t get too caught up in the end-game, just enjoy the process of dating, getting to know people, and having fun. If you’re too focused on where you’d like to end up, you could miss vital red flags, or just lose out on the enjoyment of it all.

Dating is really fun and doesn’t have to be scary. Just remember to keep your wits about you, your friends on hand, and to take it slowly, and you’ll have a safe and fun time.

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Sexual Health Performances: Pleasing a Man-(MA). By Guest Blogger, Carvaka

By Carvaka

Sexual Health Performances: Pleasing a Man-(MA)

When it comes to pleasing a man in other ways than through his stomach, there are many adults who find this task daunting and overwhelming. Some who don’t like to do it, while others don’t feel they know how to do it properly. If you are one of the latter, here are some basic tips on how to perform pleasure on a man, alleviating any self-confidence issues or embarrassment you may have.

TipsfromTia.com still suggest practicing safe sex in every situation. Using flavored condoms is a safe and fun way to get the job done. A sexual expert once said, “If you’re doing it right, a man will forget he even has a condom on.”

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Staying Safe While Going Oral. MA

By Tia Cristy

 

Staying Safe While Going Oral. MA

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Oral sex is considered an excellent part of foreplay, before intercourse, yet, it’s also a sexual act by itself. Not, to be mistaken by a random act of simple attraction. With that being said, oral sex has been mistaken as an act of saying “I like you” and been treated as “lightly” as a simple kiss. Taking this sexual act lightly, has had repercussions with our health. Some STD’s can be passed to your partner thru oral sex. But sadly, because of the rise in HPV, it can now be passed thru kissing.

HPV is still full of a lot of questions. There are 40 types of HPV. I’m not a doctor, so I’m not going to pretend I understand it completely. But, let me explain it in simple terms with the color orange.

A man is the carrier of the orange paint. A woman touches his orange paint, now she has the paint and touches another man, he now carries orange paint, he touches another woman and she is now left with the orange paint. See how it can spread so widely and rapidly?

Talking to your doctor about the HPV vaccine and if it’s right for you may be an option you want to look into. The vaccine isn’t for everybody and it does have an age limit.

If you won’t or can’t get the vaccine, there are still ways to protect yourself. And, protecting yourself while having oral sex can still be fun.

A dental dam is a safe way to have oral sex for both, men and women. If it sounds familiar, it’s used by dentist. It’s a square piece of latex that can keep bodily fluids at bay, but still allowing pleasure.

Using flavored condoms to perform oral sex on the male, can make the experience more “flavorful” for the “giver”, while still being pleasing to the male partner. Making it fun for both of you, give him a choice on the flavor because, the flavor will remain in your mouth after, so think of it like tasting someones lip balm. Remember, it’s so important to find out your partners allergies, before using a flavor they could be allergic too.

Flavor condoms can be irritating to the genitals. So, I recommend a  “wardrobe change” to a regular condom before intercourse. Talk to your doctor about sex and the best ways to protect yourself and being safe during sex.

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