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10 Tips for Spicing Up Your Sex Life

10 Tips for Spicing Up Your Sex Life

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Looking for some tips to spice up your sex life? Here are our top 10 – add yours in the comments below! Tip # 1: If your sex drive isn’t what is used to be, speak with your doctor. Whether you believe you have an underlying medical condition that is causing your loss of libido, or simply need someone to listen to your woes, talk to your doctor about your sex life. Make a list of any questions you have in advance, communicate all your concerns and be sure to share all factors that could play a role in your declined sex drive – from relationship issues to changes in your physical health. A medical and/or naturopathic professional can test for, and treat, potential underlying illnesses or physiological causes of low libido. If you are prescribed medications, be sure to discuss possible sexual side effects. Sometimes, an equally effective medication can be prescribed that has fewer (or no) sexual side effects. Tip # 2: Get to know your own body, sexually. Self-stimulation or, yes ladies we’re going to say it, masturbation can be an excellent way for a woman to develop a good understanding of the types of stimulation she finds arousing. Knowing what type of stimulation you enjoy most and how to bring yourself to orgasm will help ensure that you can help  your partner. Believe it or not, most men like a woman who knows what she wants and how she wants. Tip # 3:Use a lubricant. Lack of proper lubrication during intercourse can cause irritation, infections and can be generally uncomfortable. Even if you have adequate natural lubrication, the extra slipperiness afforded by a water-based lubricant can be highly arousing for women and their partners! And, be bold – try one of the warming, scented or flavoured lubricants to really add some heat to the bedroom! Tip # 4: Introduce a sex toy Introducing a sex toy into the bedroom can add an element of fun and excitement. In recent years many new toys that are specifically designed for a women’s pleasure have been introduced. Tip # 5: Make lifestyle changes Moderate exercise and a healthy diet are vital to maintaining a good sex drive. Chronic dieting can have a devastating impact on your energy level, metabolism and body image. Moreover, diets that are very low in fat are particularly problematic because your body needs some fat to make hormones such as testosterone, a hormone essential for sexual drive and response. Yoga, mindful meditation and courses in assertiveness and stress management can also help women acquire important tools to deal with the daily stressors that can dampen one’s sexual desire. Plan ahead. While some may say that takes the spontaneity and romance out, planning head ensures you ahve time to fantasize, get yourself feeling and looking your best and helps prevent unwanted interruptions. Tip # 6: Do kegels...

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Top Ten Reasons Why Sex Is Good For You

Top Ten Reasons Why Sex Is Good For You

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For many women, it may take more than roses and candlelight to get their engines started. Approximately 40% of women experience low sexual desire at some point. This may be a primary condition (a woman never felt much sexual desire) or secondary condition (a woman used to have sexual desire, but no longer has interest). Not surprising, having more sex actually helps boost your libido and having sex comes with a whole host of benefits, for both men and women: Sex relieves stress. Sex boosts immunity. Sex burns calories. Sex improves heart health. Sex boosts self-esteem. Sex improves intimacy. Sex reduces pain. Sex reduces prostate cancer risk. Sex strengthens pelvic floor muscles. Sex improves sleep. So the next time you’re not “in the mood” remember these benefits and like Nike says…Just Do It. Lisa Fielding For the past 25 years, Lisa has enjoyed various roles within the marketing and advertising industry, including at femMED. A busy mom with 2 young children, 2 dogs and a cat named George, Lisa, like all working moms, strives to find the right balance between all things work and play. A firm believer in taking charge of your own destiny, Lisa is passionate about women’s health and encourages women to become their own health...

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CAUTION: Slippery When Wet

CAUTION: Slippery When Wet

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Okay ladies, let’s talk about sexual lubricants.  Now, you may be thinking: “I don’t need a lubricant—those are only for old dried-up vaginas”.  Not true!  Sexual lubricants are for everybody!  In fact, a sexual lubricant can add an extra dose of pleasure to just about any sexual encounter. Many of us have been led to believe that our own vaginas “should” naturally produce enough lubrication to stay slippery throughout a given sexual activity.  However, copious vaginal lubrication does not necessarily go hand-in-hand with sexual arousal.  Vaginal lubrication is highly influenced by hormonal fluctuations and can vary greatly depending on where a woman is at in her menstrual cycle.  Reduced estrogen levels also contribute to reduced lubrication in women who have recently delivered a baby, breast feeding women, as well as those in menopause.  Hormones are not the only culprits for reduced lubrication.  Excessive alcohol, marijuana, and even some over the counter cough and cold remedies can dry up mucous membranes- including those in the vagina.  Even when a woman is producing a lot of natural vaginal lubrication, the extra slipperiness that an artificial lubricant provides can add to the arousal and enjoyment of both partners. Not All Lubes are Created Equally   Oils Oils have been used as sexual lubricants for centuries and they can be great for sexual massage and manual stimulation.  However, women should avoid oil-based lubricants for any activities involving vaginal penetration.  These products (especially thick ones like petroleum jelly) can be very difficult to wash or flush out of your body.  They can coat your vagina for days, inviting the overgrowth of bacteria and contributing to yeast infections.  Oils are also incompatible with safer sex practices as they break down the latex in condoms, dams, and diaphragms, putting both partners at greater risk for contracting sexually transmitted infections (STI). Water-Based Lubricants Water-based lubricants are safe to use for all types of sexual activities and they easily wash out of your body.  You can now find them at your local pharmacy and they come in a variety of brands.  Astroglide, KY liquid, Oh My, and Wet products are amongst the most popular lubes.  Some of these come in scented, flavored, or “warming” varieties.  If you are prone to yeast infections, choose a lube that is glycerine-free, as the glycerine is a sugary substance that can contribute to yeast production.  Some people do not like water-based lubricants because they can dry up during prolonged sexual activity.  However, they can be reactivated with just a tiny drop of water or saliva.  So, if you think you might be pulling an “all-nighter”, you might want to keep a glass of water, a spray bottle, or water gun nearby!  Water-based lubricants are meant for moist membranes—they will dry up quickly when applied to your skin, so they do not make good massage products. Silicone Lubricants Silicone lubricants stay slippery much...

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When the Well Runs Dry

When the Well Runs Dry

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Last night , during one of my many periods of interrupted sleep, I turned on the television to distract me from the onslaught of “things” that race through my mind in the stillness of night. The first thing I saw was the all too familiar ad for Cialis. Picture this – a middle-aged man and woman in twin bathtubs, staring dreamily at the horizon, as the announcer expounds on the wonder drug for erectile dysfunction. Never once did I hear him say anything about the libido of the woman in the picture, but then again, this WAS an ad for men. There ISN’T an ad like that for women, because up until recently, we women, in and past menopause had kept our sex drive, or lack of it, under wraps. Now that our partners can get it up and keep it up for hours at a time, we have an issue to discuss! As many of you may or may not know, depending on your age, hair and skin are not the only things to dry up as we age. Oh yes ladies ( and gentlemen ), THAT too. Since vaginal dryness is not a subject that comes up much at the bridge table, on the golf course, or at cocktail parties, many of us suffer in silence, feeling betrayed by our bodies. This is supposed to be OUR time, with the kids out of the house, financial pressure substantially less than it was when we had young families, and more time to spend enjoying one another. Then along comes Menopause, and accompanying it, vaginal dryness, and the thin dry walls of our urinary tract. Ever wonder why you have recurrent urinary tract infections after Menopause? Wonder no more my friends. Vaginal dryness is one of the culprits. It makes perfect sense that loss of estrogen, coupled with vaginal dryness would take a lot of the credit for our feeling less than sexy, when our partners are “rarin to go”. WONDERFUL! I’ll bet the researchers who discovered the wonder drugs for our guys were men. Did they forget it takes two to tango? Personally, I am against taking drugs when there is an alternative, or unless they are absolutely necessary to control protracted pain, or sustain life. So I am not advocating a “little blue pill” for us gals. My beef is that women in general, do not get the attention they need. There is very little public awareness about “female” problems, before, during or after Menopause. So lets go back to my first paragraph and the idyllic scene of the happy couple in the matching bathtubs. I would like to know that women my age get equal time and attention; that our needs are recognized, and TALKED ABOUT. What good is an old guy with a THREE HOUR erection, if his better half, sitting in the bathtub beside...

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