Archive for August, 2014

Libido Enhancement For Women-A Few Suggestions That Will Make a Big Differences

August 24, 2014

Want that lovin’ feeling again? We can’t turn the clock back and have the sex drive and desire that we had in our twenties. However, there are some steps that we all can take to boost our sex drive and our relationship with our partners and significant others.

Take a walk at lunch
In a study of women ages 45 to 55, sexual satisfaction correlated directly to fitness. The less exercise they got, the lower their desire and sexual satisfaction.

Read something kinky
Erotic literature can quickly jump-start arousal.
You’d be hard pressed to find someone who hasn’t heard any of the buzz surrounding the erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey. Based on the life of a college student and her entrepreneur lover, the trilogy has been whipping the nation into a frenzy. It might just whip your sex life into a similar frenzy.
Check out these 8 picks to help you turn up the heat. Oh, and if you can’t see yourself opening up a book featuring a buxom gal being ravished by a Fabio look-a-like on the cover, that’s what e-books are for, ladies. Enjoy!

Fifty Shades Of Grey: Book One Of The Fifty Shades Trilogy, by E L James Even if S&M isn’t your thing, who isn’t curious about it? This book answers all your questions—and ones you’ve never even thought of.

A Groom Of One’s Own, by Maya Rodale Why would an upstanding duke consider jilting his duchess bride for a newspaper writer? One word: Passion. A lot of it.

Lust In The Library, by Amelia Fayer “This novella is a great introduction to erotics,” says Rodale. Plus, the tagline is hilarious: “Some like it hot. Some like it in the reference section.”

The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, by Anne Rice, writing as A. Roquelaure The first installment of the erotic trilogy of Sleeping Beauty, this fairy tale gives you way more than Disney ever could.

Aqua Erotica, by Mary Anne Mohanraj The first erotic novel Auteri ever read, this page-turner explores sexual satisfaction beneath the waves.

Seducing Sarah (The Madame X School of Sex), by Jinx Jamison For anyone who has wanted to break free from their boring day-to-day life (and who hasn’t?), here’s your chance to live vicariously through a paralegal who enrolls in sex school—trading mundane meetings for ménage seminars.

Lady Sophie’s Lover, by Lisa Kleypas “You cannot go wrong with a Lisa Kleypas novel. She has a gift for beautiful, passionate writing—especially the love scenes,” says Rodale.

The Dom of My Dreams: A BDSM Novel, by M.F. Sinclair They say never mix business with pleasure, but when a publicist takes on a hot new writer, all the rules go out the window.

Flex your muscles
Flexing your pelvic floor muscles—the ones that stop the flow of urine—instantly increases desire and sexual sensation because you’re mimicking the contractions of orgasm. For more information on Kegel exercises, go to: http://neilbaum.com/articles/pelvic-exercises-for-women-kegel-exercises

Have a massage
The skin-on-skin contact stimulates the sex hormone oxytocin. The more oxytocin released, the more desire a woman will feel.

Slip into something sexy
Putting on a pair of black stilettos or a sheer cami invigorates you sexually because it makes you feel more daring. It stokes your sexual imagination so you can play a role, like a good girl letting her sexy side out.”

Steal his Viagra
Ask your doctor about taking one of those little blue pills. You may be ready to go in an hour. Viagra increases blood flow to the genital area—something women need for arousal just as much as men do. Though the FDA hasn’t approved the pill for women, doctors can prescribe it.

Take a shower—together
Being clean makes you feel sexier and more open to receiving oral sex. And you’re also more likely to want to reciprocate with a clean partner as well.

Vibrate your pelvis
Vibrators bring the circulatory system into play right away and can greatly speed up your arousal time. Don’t worry that pleasuring yourself will turn off your desire for your partner.

Use a lubricant
Sexual intimacy feels better with lubrication. I recommend a water soluble lubricant such as K-Y jelly instead of an oil based lubricant such as Vasoline.

Bottom Line: Sex drive in the tank? Use a few of these ideas to revive your libido. You and your partner will be glad you did.

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Exercise and Diet-Two Essentials for Good Health

August 24, 2014

Most American’s, myself included, are looking for methods and ways to be more active an consume fewer calories. There is no short cut to success as you either have to increase your exercise level and calories burned or decrease your consumption of calories to lose weight.
Many people think that if you exercise, you can eat whatever you want. Even though your daily caloric requirement will increase, attention to diet is necessary in order to meet your exercise and fitness goals.

Here are a few guiding points:

• -Meet, but don’t exceed, your caloric requirements. It is easy to overestimate the number of calories burned during exercise and underestimate the number of calories that you consume. Try to modify your diet each day to match your level of physical activity for that same day.
• -Stay fully hydrated throughout the day. Our bodies function poorly with even mild levels of dehydration.
• -Get a daily dose of vitamins. The best sources are always from food. The stress of exercise can increase your need for trace vitamins and minerals that can be found in fruits, vegetables, and nuts.
• -Don’t skip breakfast.
• -Eat more whole grains and less sugar. Think of complex carbohydrates as a “slow release” form of energy to carry you through the day.
• -Eat a power snack one hour prior to exercise. A small cup of yogurt and a handful of nuts would provide the ideal amount of protein and fiber.
• -Minimize alcohol intake.
• -Manage caffeine intake. Consuming caffeine in moderation just prior to exercise can boost performance.

Bottom Line: We all need to be active and increase our activity in order to enjoy good health. For more information go to:

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Shocking Your Penis Back to Good Health

August 20, 2014

A technique using shock waves, which have been used for nearly two decades to treat kidney stones, has now being applied to men with erectile dysfunction or ED. Two treatment arms were used to test the technology of shock waves. One arm received low intensity shock waves and the other received a sham or placebo treatment where no shock waves were administered to the penis. The results, which included a small group of only 58 men showed that there was minimal improvement in hardness in the treatment group and the ability to engage in successful sexual intercourse was modestly improved in the group who received shock waves.

Bottom Line : The application of shock waves for the treatment of ED has demonstrated a modest improvement in sexual performance in men who have trouble obtaining and maintaining an erection adequate for sexual intimacy.

I’ve Got Good News: Regular Sex Is Healthy For Men

August 20, 2014

Sexual intercourse is an exercise that can decrease the risk of erectile dysfunction. According to a study, having regular sexual intercourse can help avoid erection problems or erectile dysfunction. Erection problems, mostly faced by older men, can now be avoided by having sex more often. Researchers said that this may reduce the risks of erectile dysfunction.

The 2008 study, which involved the observation of 1000 older Finnish men found that those who claimed that they had sex at least once a week were less likely to develop erection problems than those who had sex less than once a week.
Continued sexual activity decreases the incidence of erectile dysfunction in direct proportion to coital frequency. The study pointed out the sex is an aerobic exercise. Thrusting away is like walking a mile at a good pace. And having an orgasm is like sprinting up a couple of flights of stairs. Interestingly, regular sex will not help those who are already facing erection problems.
Elaborating on health problems related to erection emphasized that sexually active people are more physically and mentally healthier. Other ways to help avoid erection dysfunction includes keeping a check on your weight, cholesterol, blood pressure and sugar levels. Smoking and consuming too much of alcohol can also lead to problems in erection. A 30-minute exercise every day can go a long way in keeping erection problems at bay.

Bottom Line: Sex is good for you in so many ways and it is effective at decreasing the risk of erectile dysfunction or ED.

Probiotics and Urinary Tract Infections

August 16, 2014

Bacteria have a reputation for causing disease, so the idea of tossing down a few billion a day for your health might seem — literally and figuratively — hard to swallow. But a growing body of scientific evidence suggests that you can treat and even prevent some illnesses with foods and supplements containing certain kinds of live bacteria. Northern Europeans consume a lot of these beneficial microorganisms, called probiotics (from pro and biota, meaning “for life”), because of their tradition of eating foods fermented with bacteria, such as yogurt.

Enthusiasm for such foods has lagged in the United States, but interest in probiotic supplements is on the rise. Since the mid-1990s, clinical studies have established that probiotic therapy can help treat and prevent vaginal and urinary infections in women.

Probiotics may also be of use in maintaining health of the urinary tract. Like the intestinal tract, the vagina is a finely balanced ecosystem. The dominant Lactobacilli strains normally make it too acidic for harmful microorganisms to survive. But the system can be thrown out of balance by a number of factors, including antibiotics, spermicides, and birth control pills. Probiotic treatment that restores the balance of microflora may be helpful for such common female urogenital problems as bacterial vaginosis, yeast infection, and urinary tract infection.

Oral administration of Lactobacilli may help in the treatment of bacterial vaginosis, although there isn’t enough evidence yet to recommend it over conventional approaches. Probiotic treatment of urinary tract infections is under study.

Health benefits are strain-specific, and not all strains are necessarily useful, so you may want to consult a practitioner familiar with probiotics to discuss your options. As always, let your primary care provider know what you’re doing.

Red Urine After Eating Beets

August 16, 2014

I have noticed that my urine turns red after eating beets. Is this a problem?

Don’t be alarmed as this is a normal occurance after eating beets. There’s even a medical name for red urine from eating beets, beeturia. The color is caused by the excretion of betalain (betacyanin) pigments. The coloring is highly variable between individuals and between different occasions and can vary in intensity. Beeturia is often associated with red or pink feces.

If, however, if the urine doesn’t return to the normal yellow color in 24-48 hours after the consumption of beets, then this is probably related to something else and does require the attention of your physician.

Vaginal Farts-More Embarrassing Than Dangerous

August 16, 2014

I often see several patients a year who have concerns about excessive vaginal wind. Sexual intimacy causes air to move in and out of the vagina and the air or vaginal wind is expected after these activities. However, some women describe the passage of loud air from their vagina at other times, and it is this random passage of air that is typically reported as distressing. During movement or coughing the air in the vagina is forced downwards. If the muscles at the vaginal opening part slightly to allow some air to escape, a noise may result often referred to as vaginal farts. The medical name is quaffing.

Vaginal farts are much more common than you may think. It’s just that people are too afraid to talk about it. It can happen with exercise, sex, and with sudden movements like getting out of a chair. First of all, it’s nothing to worry about. It’s just embarrassing. Vaginal farts are usually odorless.

To get rid of them, performing exercises like squats or Kegel exercises can strengthen the pelvic muscles and help keep the vaginal walls from expanding.

Bottom Line: Vaginal farts are a common but benign condition and no treatment is required. Just explain to your partner it is your vagina applauding the performance!

Vaginal Farts-More Embarrassing Than A Problem

August 16, 2014

I often see several patients a year who have concerns about excessive vaginal wind. Sexual intimacy causes air to move in and out of the vagina and the air or vaginal wind is expected after these activities. However, some women describe the passage of loud air from their vagina at other times, and it is this random passage of air that is typically reported as distressing. During movement or coughing the air in the vagina is forced downwards. If the muscles at the vaginal opening part slightly to allow some air to escape, a noise may result often referred to as vaginal farts. The medical name is quaffing.

Vaginal farts are much more common than you may think. It’s just that people are too afraid to talk about it. It can happen with exercise, sex, and with sudden movements like getting out of a chair. First of all, it’s nothing to worry about. It’s just embarrassing. Vaginal farts are usually odorless.

To get rid of them, performing exercises like squats or Kegel exercises can strengthen the pelvic muscles and help keep the vaginal walls from expanding.

Bottom Line: Vaginal farts are a common but benign condition and no treatment is required. Just explain to your partner it is your vagina applauding the performance!

Saw Palmetto Has No Effect on PSA

August 16, 2014

Despite years of controversy regarding efficacy, saw palmetto remains the most common herbal treatment for men with lower urinary tract symptoms.

Extracted from the fruit of the saw palmetto dwarf tree, the extract exerts effects by diminishing activity f an enzyme that is responsible for prostate cell growth. As a result of this effect decreasing prostate cells, concerns have been raised as to whether serum PSA values should be adjusted accordingly.

In a new study published in the Journal of Urology researchers evaluated serum PSA values in patients receiving either saw palmetto or placebo.

The results showed that even with triple the recommended dose of saw palmetto, serum PSA remained unaffected compared with placebo. These data can help guide clinicians using PSA for the early detection of prostate cancer in those patients taking this common herbal remedy.

Bottom Line: Saw palmetto may have a small effect on reducing prostate symptoms but has no effect on the PSA level.

Hot Flashes: It affects Men, Too!

August 15, 2014

We tend to associate hot flashes to women at the time of menopause. However, the condition affects men as well.

In both men and women, hormones are to blame. About 70% of women get hot flashes at the time of menopause, when estrogen levels plummet.

In men, the problem is testosterone. Normally, men don’t experience an abrupt drop in the hormone. In fact, although testosterone levels trickle down by about 1% a year after the age of 40, most men maintain levels within the normal range, and nearly all retain enough testosterone to prevent hot flashes.

The exception is men who’ve received hormonal therapy for prostate cancer that shuts down the production of testosterone. The growth of prostate cells is stimulated by testosterone, and treatments that reduce levels of the hormone or block its actions in the body can help treat the disease. Androgen deprivation can be a temporary measure to boost the effect of radiation therapy or it can be a long-term treatment for advanced prostate cancer. In the past, this was accomplished by surgically removing the testicles or by administering estrogen pills. As of mid-2005, though, treatment usually relies on injections that reduce testosterone production, such as leuprolide (Lupron) or goserelin (Zoladex), or drugs that block testosterone’s effects on tissues, such as bicalutamide (Casodex).

About 70%–80% of men who receive androgen deprivation therapy experience hot flashes.

Hot flashes feel the same to men and women: A sudden feeling of warmth or flushing that is most intense over the head and trunk, often accompanied by visible redness of the skin and by sweating, which can be profuse. Hot flashes are most common at night. They are usually brief, averaging four minutes, but often leave cold sweat behind. Flashes may be infrequent and mild or quite troublesome, sometimes occurring 6 to 10 times a day. Some people, both male and female, report anxiety, palpitations, or irritability.

Men who develop flashes during temporary androgen deprivation usually recover within three or four months of stopping treatment. However, most men don’t get over the hot flashes. In one study, over 40% of men still had flashes after more than 8 years of treatment. In another, 72% of patients said the hot flashes interfered with sleep and 59% reported they interfered with the ability to enjoy life. Fortunately, new treatments can help.
Men with prostate cancer cannot take testosterone, but they can use female hormones for hot flashes. In one study, 83% of men who tried estradiol (an estrogen) reported relief. But more than 40% experienced breast swelling or tenderness, and the trial was too brief to exclude the possibility of cardiovascular side effects. Similar studies of megestrol (Megace) and medroxyprogesterone (Provera), both members of the other group of female hormones (progesterones), have reported about 80%–90% reductions in hot flashes. But the side effects can include bloating and weight gain; in addition, the hormone appears to increase PSA levels in some patients.
Hormones can help, but newer treatments may be just as successful with fewer side effects. Two approaches have helped both men and women. One involves antidepressants. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) such as paroxetine (Paxil) have been effective, as has a related antidepressant, venlafaxine (Effexor). Both types are well tolerated; venlafaxine can sometimes raise the blood pressure, and SSRIs can cause sexual dysfunction, but that’s not an issue for most men on androgen deprivation.

The other recent treatment uses the antiseizure medication gabapentin (Neurontin). The first reports of success were in men, but it rapidly gained wider use in women. In one study, the drug reduced the severity and frequency of hot flashes in women by 70%; dizziness is the most common side effect.

Bottom Line: Men are not immune to hot flashes. It is most common in men being treated for prostate cancer. Help is available. Let you doctor know that this is a problem and often the hot flashes can be cured or certainly can be controlled.