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Beware, Sex Can Lead To Stroke! |RN

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Under normal circumstances, sex, with the right person and in the right environment, is a positive thing.

However, physicians report that in recent times, they have seen bizarre cases of patients who develop stroke minutes after having sex!

What might likely be the case, and what are the signs to watch out for? Read on.

Neurologist, Dr Jose Biller, narrates the case of a 35-year-old female patient who had no known cardiovascular risk factors, was obviously young, healthy, and non-smoking, but she developed stroke after having sex with her boyfriend.

The incident happened a few minutes after the sex. She began complaining of numbness on the left side of her face, her speech became slurred, and her left arm became weak.

As reported in the Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease, physicians say it was likely that the patient’s sexual activity triggered her stroke.

“What made the case even more puzzling was the lack of typical risk factors that usually accompany the onset of stroke,” Biller says.

He says, typically, men face a higher risk of developing stroke more than women do, and that it is usually a condition that affects ageing persons.

It was later discovered that a defect in the patient’s heart predisposed her to the condition.

Dr Biller warns that cases like these are not as rare as we might think.

To allay our fears, stroke experts say that generally, sexual intercourse is not likely to trigger a stroke without accompanying risk factors.

“There is nothing about sex that should be reported to increase stroke risk,” Medical Director, Dr Pat Lyden, says.

“Stroke can occur any time: in the shower, on the toilet, working out in the gym or during a class.”

But the question is, what was the cause of this patient’s stroke, and what could be done to prevent it?

Experts say in the case of this 35-year-old woman, the only potential risk factor she had for developing a blood clot was the fact that she was on birth control pills — “a medication is known for increasing one’s risk of developing blood clots,” Biller warns.

But were birth control pills alone to blame for the stroke? In order to find the answer, Biller and a team of neurologists investigated the patient’s medical history and also tested her heart function.

They eventually found the source of the problem: This patient had a hole in her heart that had not been previously detected!

They also discovered that she had a blood clot in one of the main veins in her right leg.

“Most likely what happened was that the clot that was in the venous system traveled to the heart, and because she had that hole, due to the pressure changes that occurred during intercourse, most likely the clot migrated from the right to the left chambers of her heart, and then from the left chamber of the heart and into the brain,” Biller explains.

All these conditions were promptly attended to, and the patient was soon on her path to recovery.

But doctors do warn that though stroke is highly uncommon in young and otherwise healthy individuals, unidentified cardiovascular abnormalities such as this patient’s hole in the heart are not as rare as many might think.

Worse still, as revealed in the journal Archives of Neurology, about one out of every four people has a hole in the heart without knowing it.

Stroke experts warn that young people with a hole in the heart risk a stroke during sexual intercourse or any other activity that could introduce pressure changes in the heart.

Lyden adds that other risk factors for stroke in young people include a migraine, drug use, diseases of coagulation and athletic injuries that cause a tear in the neck arteries.

The bottom line: Know your medical history and take treatment for known conditions. (Punchn.com)

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Having Sex Once A Week Could Help Women Live Longer – Study |RN

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Well, if women had a scientific reason for having sex frequently, here it is: According to a new research, having sex at least once a week could slow down the ageing process. Hooray!

A study published in peer reviewed journal, Psychoneuroendocrinology, in March found that women who have regular sex have longer telomeres – the caps on chromosomes that protect the integrity of the DNA.

That’s a good thing. As you age, your telomeres shorten, and the shorter they are, the more likely you are to develop a degenerative disease and die prematurely.

The study analysed 129 women and found that those who had sex at least once a week were likely to have longer telomeres.

This relationship held up even when the researchers took other factors into accounts, such as stress and the quality of a relationship, which suggests that there’s a strong connection between an active sex life and longer telomeres.

Longer telomeres could point to longer life, a slowing down of the ageing process, and a reduced risk of degenerative disease. Which all sounds splendid.

But before you get too excited, it’s important to note that the study was pretty small and that there could be a whole host of other factors coming into play.

Researchers only gathered data on 129 mothers in committed relationships, so there’s currently no evidence of the ‘sex = longer life’ connection for single women having regular sex or women who haven’t had children.

The researchers note that the findings are ‘largely exploratory,’ and state that they can only generalise them to partnered mothers in long-term relationships.

It’s also possible that there’s a ‘self-selection bias’, meaning healthy women with longer telomere length may be more likely to have regular sex, rather than the opposite cause-and-effect relationship.

Basically, a lot more research needs to be done before we can sack medical treatment and bang our way to better health.

But in the meantime, having sex won’t do much harm. Go for it, if you fancy it. (Punchng.com)

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10 Top Amazing Sex Tips For Women |RN

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• Make the first move. Men love it when women make the first move. So, initiate sex and take control. Take your time and set your own sexual pace to increase your own pleasure.

 Dress to impress. Experiment with dressing up to boost your sexual arousal. If a man in uniform turns you on, get your partner to dress up. Why not meet your lover at the door dressed in a tight skirt and blouse with stockings and killer heels to get his attention?

• Use toys. Regular sex toy use has been shown to increase sexual experience and satisfaction, rather than be a threat to a relationship and can lead to more satisfying orgasms. Many men love to watch their partner use a sex toy on themselves.

• Love lubricants. Using a lubricant during sex can greatly increase both your sexual pleasure and that of your man and make sex last longer too.

• Stop worrying about your body. Men are attracted to the whole package; so, become more confident with your body. Loving the way you look will make you irresistible to your partner.

• Change position. Being on top is extremely pleasurable for many women and will excite your partner too. Using a vibrating cock ring will stimulate both of you, or try a small bullet vibrator against your clitoris to achieve a mind-blowing orgasm.

• Change it up. Make sex more fun by having it in other places, either inside or outside. Have a steamy shower, soaping each other with perfumed soaps or oils. Try having sex in the morning to keep you smiling all day or arrange to meet for lunch to have one.

• Read erotic fiction. Reading a few chapters from a short steamy erotic story will coax the first sparks of sexual desire in you and give you some ideas for your own sex life too.

• Tie me up. Blindfolding your man or being tied up and blindfolded yourself, using only your sense of smell, touch, taste and hearing can be intensely sexually arousing.

• Talk to each other. Open up a conversation about what makes you tick and what turns you on sexually. You may be pleasantly surprised about what your partner fantasises about.    (Punchng.com)

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Five Things Men Should Do After Sex |The Republican News

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Men love to have sex, but many men don’t know that after that earth-shaking orgasm that usually knocks them out, there are some areas of their health to take care of.

Doing one of these five things will enable any healthy man to perform better every time they want to have sex!

So, as a man, what are you expected to do after having sex? The following…

Eat banana. Cramps are some of the side effects of sex. So, eat a banana and drink water to prevent muscle spasms or cramps during and after sex. Again, nutritionists say bananas contain the enzyme bromelain, which some studies have found boosts a man’s libido. They are also rich in B vitamins, such as riboflavin, which are essential for the manufacturing of sex hormone, testosterone.

Wash your penis. Many men are careless when it comes to maintaining penis hygiene! Yet, sex experts counsel men to wash the penis with soap and water after sex, and especially for the uncircumcised male. Failure to do so can lead to infections and other diseases, physicians say. Poor penis hygiene can cause infections, inflammations, phimosis (congenital narrowing of the opening of the foreskin so that it cannot be retracted) and even tumours, they warn.

Drink water. Water is needed to flush out the toxins from the body. Drink sufficient water to maintain a good amount of blood and oxygen supply to the penis.

Take a nap. Well, most men would do this anyway! This is because of vasopressin, a hormone tightens the blood vessels and plays an important role in homeostasis of the body. This hormone is directly released in the brain and tends to relax the body.

Eat chia seeds. These seeds are a powerhouse of energy, along with other nutrients. Consuming chia seeds are the best way to boost energy and rebuild stamina, nutritionists say. And if you can find chia seeds in your locality, eat sesame seeds or pumpkin seeds. (Punchng.com)

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Seven Things Women Should Always Do After Sex |The Republican News

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After sex, there are a few things a woman should do to keep healthy, such as these ones…

• Wipe down with gentle soap and water. Bacteria from the fingers, mouth, and rectum can increase a woman’s chance of developing yeast or bacterial infection after sex, says obstetrics-gynaecologist, Sherry Ross. She recommends using a non-fragrant soap to wash the vagina after sex. Simply take a warm washcloth and gently dab the area with soap and water (or just warm water), moving from front to back. “Internal cleaning (such as douching) isn’t necessary, because the vagina has its own internal wash cycle that keeps it clean and balanced, she adds. So, no douches allowed.

• Soak in the bathtub. Besides making you feel like the pampered sex queen that you are, adding extra virgin coconut oil to a warm bath can help hydrate the skin of the outer vagina and sooth any vaginal swelling or irritation that occurs after sex, says Ross. Again, this reduces your risk of infection, she adds.

• Drink water. You may need to hydrate after a vigorous sex, says Dr. Nicole Scott. Dehydration affects your entire body; so, if your mouth is dry and/or your vagina felt like sandpaper during sex, you definitely need to refuel with water. Right after sex, drink a pint or two of water. That will hydrate you and help flush pesky Urinary Tract Infection-causing bacteria from your bladder.

• Eat probiotic-rich foods. Yogurt and other fermented foods have the same good bacteria that are found in the vagina, says another gynaecologist, Dr. Kelly Kasper. Getting into the habit of snacking on these foods after sex can help to replenish the body’s good bacteria, helping to decrease your risk of yeast infection.

• Don’t wear panties! Once you’re so fresh and so clean-clean, ward off UTIs and other infections by wearing cotton underwear and loose-fitting pyjamas to keep your privates dry — or, better yet, go commando for optimum air circulation. At the very least, avoid nylon underwear and tight-fitting sleepwear, which can trap moisture and help bacteria grow, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

• Pee! The vagina is a perfect breeding ground for bacteria, because of its moist and warm nature. That’s why you must pee within the next 30minutes after sex.

• Note your discomfort during sex. Sometimes, sex can be painful or uncomfortable for a woman. It is therefore important for you to keep a note of when this happens. There are multiple reasons why sex can be painful for women. The most common reason is vagina dryness. Constipation, or muscle spasm can also be responsible; just as deep penetration can also make sex painful, especially if your partner isn’t hard enough. If you regularly feel discomfort during sex, it is better to consult a doctor. (Punchng.com)

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Eight Things Men Hate During Sex

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Men love creativity in the bedroom. However, there are some creative activities that may seem odd to your man, while others are plainly dangerous to his well-being.

What are these activities? Read on…

• The over-moan: Moaning in ecstasy when a guy is barely touching you makes him think you’re acting up. So, be careful how you moan.

• The starfish: If there is anything that men hate during sex, it is lying on the bed with your arms and legs stretched out flat, making absolutely no effort to play your part. Even if you’re down under his weight, men still want an active participant.

• Too much bouncing up and down: When you’re on top, nothing scares a guy more than when you bounce a little too high, and there’s the chance of a botched landing. Catch some air and come down wrong, and you’re looking at the possibility of a broken penis. Yes, the penis is a muscle. But if severely bent while erect, it can tear.

• Watch your style: Some like rough sex; some don’t. So, it is wrong to assume that your guy wants to be slapped, scratched down his back, spanked on the butt or any other thing you can do to inflict pain while having sex. If he tells you he likes it, fine. But if it hasn’t been discussed, don’t leave him with any teeth, nail or slap marks.

• Exploration: Yes, many guys find it pleasurable to have their butt fondled. Many guys don’t. Unless he’s told you that he likes it, stay away from his anus. If you want to fondle something, reach for his balls instead. They are a much safer bet.

• Careless riding of his penis: Naturally, an erect penis would bend forward. This means: Don’t ride a penis the same way you ride a bull. Lean forward or straighten up. Don’t lean all the way back. Quite simply, guys’ penises don’t bend that way.

• Anal view: Most guys will agree that reverse cowgirl is a hot position. That being said, it’s safest to stay upright in this position. If you lean forward and grab his ankles, not only are you risking bending his penis the wrong way, you’re giving him an unsolicited view of your anus. Not sexy!

• Don’t use water: There are many things that make good lubricants: jelly, lotion or saliva if you’re giving a hand job in the shower. One thing that doesn’t make a good lubricant is water. Water leads to dryness. If you are giving a hand job and need some extra lubricant, reach for the lotion, not the tap.   (Punchng.com)

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Seven Things Men Should Know About Women’s Nipples |The Republican News

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For the average man, a lady’s nipples are one of the areas of a woman’s body that can give men pleasure when touched or sucked.

Yes, this is very true; but men also need to know a few things that happen to a woman’s nipples when it comes to sex, pregnancy, childbirth, etc. So, here you go…

Nipples are not decoration. You already knew that, but you also need to know that a woman’s nipples can be a warning that some serious health problems are there. For instance, as you romance your partner’s breasts, help her check to see that the nipples don’t have what looks like pockets (dimples) around them. If dimples occur around any of the breasts, it could be a warning sign for breast cancer. Tell her to see the doctor.

Nipple discharge is often normal, even when she isn’t pregnant or breastfeeding. Discharge can occur in most women if the nipple is squeezed, says a breast surgeon, Dr Leah Gendler. But if you’re not squeezing—and especially if the discharge is bloody and/or coming from just one breast—take her to the hospital. The discharge could be the result of a benign growth, a harmless cyst, or breast cancer.

Exercise can injure nipples. If your partner is not doing vigorous activity yet you or her notice that the nipples are red, itchy, scaly, and/or flaking, advise her to see the doctor. This could be a sign of Paget’s disease, a rare form of cancer involving the nipple and areola, Gendler says. She adds: “It could also be eczema, so don’t get anxious. Just see your doctor.”

Nipple pain during breastfeeding is common (and preventable). For men whose wives are nursing babies, know that throbbing, burning, cracked, or sore nipples are all common complaints, particularly in the first few weeks of breastfeeding. But if this pain continues, take her to see the doctor.

Hairy nipples are normal—even in women. Those small bumps around the nipples are normal hair follicles. If your partner has dark hairs growing on her nipples, she is not a witch. Just encourage her to trim it carefully. However, if the hair follicles become painful, grow in size, or are itchy and scaly, let her see the doctor. It could be a sign of infection—or cancer.

Inverted nipples are normal. If your partner has inverted nipples, there is no cause for alarm, says a plastic surgeon, Dr Paul Lorenc.

Nipples are erogenous zones. Well, scientific research has also confirmed what we already know! According to researchers at Rutgers University, the sensation from nipple stimulation travels to the same pleasure centres of the brain as sensations from the vagina, clitoris, and cervix.   (Punchng.com)

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Five Ways To Control Premature Ejaculation |The Republican News

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The dream of any man is to last a little bit longer during sex; but experience shows that it is not always the case. They ejaculate earlier than they want, sometimes too soon, such that both the man and his sex partner feel robbed of a precious moment together!

Experts say premature ejaculation happens when a man is unable to control the timing of his ejaculation, and cannot delay it a few moments, even if he wants to. This affects about one-third of men ages 18 to 59!

Well, not to worry, here are five sure ways of overcoming premature ejaculation and coasting home to the sexual experience you’ve always dreamt of!

• Wear a condom. Normally, the condom provides a small barrier between the penis and the vagina, and therefore helps to decrease sensation to the penis (especially if the condom is slightly thicker). This will help the man last longer during sex.

• Use a desensitizing condom. Consider a performance-enhancing condom that contains a numbing agent, such as lidocaine or benzocaine, inside the condom. These condoms can help many men to last a few minutes longer by slightly decreasing sensation to the penis. However, don’t rub lidocaine or benzocaine on your naked penis and then have sex without a condom. If you do, it could numb your partner’s vagina and make sex feel uncomfortable for her.

• Try the stop-start or squeeze techniques. You need to be very disciplined to practice these techniques. Here, you need to hold it, pull out from your partner and gently squeeze the head of the penis, or pull out and briefly switch to a less sensational position for a few moments. On and off like that, until you feel satisfied to finally let go.

• Consider SSRI antidepressants. You need to talk with your doctor here. Study shows that men who have problems with premature ejaculation find that Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) antidepressants help them to delay ejaculation by several minutes. This has led researchers to study certain doses of certain types of SSRIs for the treatment of premature ejaculation.

• Expand your sexual experience. Although it’s difficult for many men to believe, many women are quite happy with shorter bouts of intercourse. After all, vaginal intercourse can be demanding on their bodies. If your girlfriend or wife assures you that any technique is all right by her, then experiment! Just make sure to make the entire sexual experience pleasurable for her. Ask her what brings her the most pleasure and/or helps her to orgasm. Would she like oral sex? For you to stimulate her with a vibrator or your fingers? To kiss or make out for 10 or 20 minutes before or after intercourse? Etc. (Punchng.com)

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Seven Things That Happen To Your Body During Sex |The Republican News

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Sex is one experience that never leaves you the same any time you indulge in it.

The racing heart, the urge to nap immediately, the calmness… Experts say the feelings that trail sexual desires and the actual act of sex itself to the point of orgasm and beyond are full of physiological reactions from head to toes

Clinical associate professor of obstetrics and gynaecology, Dr. Lauren Streicher, notes that there are so many organs and systems involved in sexual function, and an individual needs every single one to be in working order for sex to go well, because sex is not just all about hormones.

To be sure, therefore, here’s how sex affects your body, head to toes!

• Brain chemicals and hormones get busy: Streicher say that libido starts in the brain—what we might call ‘being in the mood.’ Loosely speaking, this is a balance of the sex hormones that facilitates the desires. For women, the excitement phase is above the shoulders, while it is below the waist for men, says obstetrician, Dr. Sherry Ross. That is why racing thoughts, depression, stress, or even just thinking about your to-do list can kill the mood in a jiffy. During and after sex, endorphin surges, leading to feelings of euphoria and deep relaxation, which leads to feelings of lovingness, lower blood pressure, and less stress.

• Your heart flutters: You’re excited, you’re physically active, and you need blood to get to the areas of main attraction, so your heartbeat picks up to pump blood around the body, with a specific focus on the genitals. Your breathing rate will increase too, to help your heart maintain this quickened pace, Ross says. This way, sex is almost like a workout, but with much more fun.

• Blood vessels dilate: As your heart rate picks up, your blood vessels dilate or expand, which allows more blood to flow to sex organs and other erogenous zones. “More blood flow to the genitals is why a guy gets an erection and a woman starts to lubricate,” Streicher explains.

• Skin flushes: Dilated blood vessels also mean more blood gets to the skin, too. That’s what’s behind any flushing, blushing, or warmth to the skin

• Muscles contract: Especially muscles in the pelvic floor, abdomen and the legs. They all contract in preparation for climax. This makes the body to tense up before the relaxation of an orgasm, Ross says.

• The vagina lubricates: Blood flow to the genitals stimulates and lubricates the vagina, while it also leads to the swelling of the labia and clitoris in women.

• Breasts swell: Again, blood flow to the breasts can actually make them temporarily larger and more sensitive. Nipples may also become erect.   (Punchng.com)

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Six Things Men Wish Women Knew About Sex |The Republican News

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Women have this wrong idea that men are ready to roll any day whenever it comes to sex. Yet, experts are saying that women may be wrong, and that there are actually things that men want women to know when it comes to their sexual desires.

So, learn these six things men want women to know when it comes to other room matters!

• Say yes to sex more often: Men often report being more hurt and sensitive than women when it comes to being turned down for sex, says a says psychologist, Dr. Mike Dow. So, like you, they want to be wanted. If men are not having sex, they feel like they’re not loved. This is because sex is how men express emotional closeness. When he is asking to have sex with you, it’s not just because he wants a physical release but because he wants to feel that connection with you and to you. So, men want women to say yes as often as possible, at least twice a week to stay connected. And if you have to say no for good reasons, be affectionate and loving — and reschedule.

• Initiate sex more often: Sexologists say it could be tiring and discouraging if the man is the one who always initiate sex. Since men want to be desired, experts say they would love it if you would initiate sex more often.

• Beyond my penis, explore my body: Just as you hate it when he spends maybe 30 seconds on your boobs, then goes straight for sex, he also would like you to give more attention to more than just his penis. Men love women to fondle their testicles during sex. These are erogenous hot zones that are packed with nerve endings. So, try it out and see whether he responds encouragingly, and act accordingly.

• All’s not lost if I lose an erection: Men feel emasculated, ashamed, and powerless when they go soft. The more a guy thinks about losing his erection, the more anxious he gets trying to make it come back—and the less likely that is to happen. So, take this as a cue to shift gears and touch each other in places other than your privates. The more he senses you’re liking it and that he’s really pleasing you, the more likely his erection is to come back since he won’t be thinking about himself.

• Be open to trying new things with me: Guys tell sex therapists that they’d like their women to act more uninhibited and confident when it comes to sex, and to be open to experimenting to see if different things are pleasurable for one or both of you. Variety is part of what keeps the spice alive in a relationship and men definitely need that.

• Tell me your opinion about my bedroom performance: Men want their women to be more vocal and louder in bed. Men hate it when their partners aren’t speaking up, because they would be unsure if they’re pleasuring you. So, say something! Men enjoy hearing things like, ‘That really feels good’ or ‘I’m really turned on’ or moans.  (Punchng.com)

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