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The Penis Foreskin: A Woman’s Guide

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Although the majority of men worldwide are intact – that is, have a penis with a foreskin – in some parts of the world, such as the United States, most men are circumcised. In such areas, women rarely come into contact with a foreskin and so could benefit from a short guide to this body part. Although there is ongoing (and sometimes fierce) debate as to whether being circumcised or intact is “better” or has a positive impact on penis health, most intact men are quite satisfied with having a foreskin. What is it?
The technical term for the foreskin is “prepuce,” although there are many other slang terms for it (such as hood, cap, sheath, etc.). The foreskin is a flap of skin that covers the glans of the penis when it is in its resting state. When the penis becomes erect, the foreskin retracts to allow the glans to protrude. All boys are born with a foreskin; some become circumcised, meaning that the foreskin is removed. The foreskin can provide an extra layer of protection for the glans, which can be quite sensitive otherwise. Studies also indicate that the foreskin contains highly sensitive nerve endings which can play a role in sexual stimulation. In addition, foreskin tends to be self-lubricating, which many intact men find to be a plus.

What to know

So what are some of the things that a woman may need to know about the foreskin? Well…

* It does retract. Although on boys the foreskin may be tight and require loosening in order to appropriately retract, in adult males the foreskin does “roll back” during the erectile process.

* But sometimes it doesn’t retract. However, there are cases where the foreskin is too tight, often due to the glans becoming swollen. (The condition in which the foreskin is too tight for easy retraction is called phimosis.) If this is an issue, a man needs to see a doctor, who may recommend treatment such as application of a steroid cream or manual stretching techniques.

* Men are individual; so are their foreskins. Every guy is slightly different – and so is his foreskin. Some men have hoods that are very flexible and loose; they may enjoy having a partner gently stretch on them or roll them back. Other men’s prepuces are tighter and more sensitive, and a more cautious approach may be necessary. When being introduced to a man’s foreskin, a woman may want to do some exploring – with the owner’s permission, of course. She can ask a man how he likes his foreskin handled or she can begin touching it and asking if what she is doing feels good, or if there is something else she should try.

* Men can be particular about their condom fittings. Some intact men prefer to slip a condom on with the foreskin covering the glans; others prefer to roll back the foreskin and expose the glans before fitting the condom on. It’s generally recommended that a man be retracted. If a woman is helping apply the condom, she should ask a man for guidance so as not to go too fast or rough.

* Hygiene is important. For all men, good penis hygiene is crucial. For intact men, washing “under the hood” is essential – and can sometimes be a little difficult. This is especially true if the foreskin is tight; rolling it back to wash under the foreskin can be challenging. On the other hand, sometimes a guy can over wash-under the skin, which can cause the glans and surrounding area to dry up.
Using a first-rate penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil) can help with these foreskin cleaning challenges – and a woman can guide her man to this option. A crème with a combination of a high-end emollient (such as Shea butter) and a natural hydrator (such as vitamin E) can help to keep the skin moisturized. All men are prone to penis odor problems; when cleaning under the foreskin is challenging, this can be pronounced. Fortunately, a crème with vitamin A, which has potent anti-bacterial properties, can help to kill the bacteria that contribute to persistent penis odor conditions. Women may want to recommend Man1 Man Oil to their intact partners to help maintain precious penile health.

Visit www.menshealthfirst.com for more information about treating common penis health problems, including soreness, redness and loss of penis sensation. John Dugan is a professional writer who specializes in men’s health issues and is an ongoing contributing writer to numerous online web sites.

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Ways Menopause Side Effects Can Affect Your Health

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March 8th, women around the world are joining together to fight sexism and raise civil awareness.
But what exactly is International Women’s Day, and why is it so significant?
Aren’t we trying to fight sexism and raise civil awareness every day?
And what are you doing to celebrate women?

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If you are female, you may either be looking forward to or dreading the approach of menopause. Menopause side effects have been the subject of much discussion and many women worry about them because they are not totally certain what to expect. A little knowledge can help them feel much more optimistic about what is ahead of them.

What is menopause? At its most basic, it simply means an end to menstruation. A woman’s body begins to decrease the amounts of two key hormones- estrogen and progesterone – that allow her to produce eggs. As a result, she becomes unable to become pregnant naturally. For some women, declining hormones do not affect them negatively and they may actually begin to feel better. For other women, the process is a long and painful one.

One of the problems with recognizing menopause is that it never begins suddenly. As a woman’s hormone levels decrease her symptoms begin and they may be similar to symptoms of other, more serious health conditions. If women think that they may be beginning menopause, they should make an appointment to discuss their symptoms with their doctor. The doctor will be able to assess a woman’s physical condition and make sure that they are, in fact, entering a menopausal state.

Many people know about hot flashes occurring during menopause. What may surprise women is how much their body temperature can change or how uncomfortable it can be. Women may find that they need to cool down by opening their windows or even starting the air conditioner up regardless of whether it is the middle of winter or not. A menopausal woman may also sweat heavily during her hot flashes.

Insomnia is also a common side effect of menopause. This may be caused if hot flashes or night sweats occur during a woman’s sleep. Declining hormone levels can also interrupt a woman’s normal sleep pattern and leave her feeling tired and drained.

The comfort that many women have during intercourse may also be affected by menopause. Lower levels of estrogen can cause vaginal dryness and declining hormones may lower a woman’s sex drive in general. For women who have enjoyed a physical relationship this can be very upsetting. This can actually be one of the most disturbing side effects that many women may experience during menopause.

Mental issues and mood swings are also familiar to women going through menopause. Depression and anger are not uncommon. Memory issues are also common as well although many women are unprepared for these issues.

If women think they are experiencing menopause side effects that are causing them a large amount of discomfort, they need to speak to their doctor. There may be medications that can address specific symptoms. Hormone replacement therapy is a controversial treatment choice that can relieve symptoms but it has some side effects that need to be discussed and it is not for everyone.

Amberen is a natural alternative to hormone replacement therapy as a solution to the symptoms of menopause. Amberen reviews offer information about the side effects and benefits of the product.

This program by the National Institues of Health features narratives of seven women recovering from problems with alcohol. These stories make it clear that it’s possible to miss danger signs and that social drinking can become problem drinking, which in turn can evolve into addiction. Abuse and alcoholism are often perceived as problems that only affect men, but alcoholism has been on the rise among women for the last 30 years.

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Sexual Health Facts about the Female Anatomy – Just for Men

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Boobies. Ta-Tas. Milk-makers. Fun bags. Whatever a guy likes to call them, the female breasts are a source of endless fascination to most men. Whether a guy has seen no breasts at all yet, or has had the privilege of being introduced to many, he doesn’t actually own the equipment himself, so this part of the female anatomy surely holds some mystery to him. Here are 7 facts guys are wondering about their girl’s girls and overall sexual health, as well as a thing or two about keeping his own equipment in top condition. After all, a healthy penis is important for a healthy sex life.

1. What is the average size? Of course there is a wide variation ranging from women who are a petite size AA, all the way to a buxom FF and beyond! The average breast size fills out a B or a C cup in a bra and weighs about 1.5 pound each, though woman with denser breast tissue may tip the scales a bit higher in the boob department.

2. Do fake boobs feel different? Yes. While some types of implants may have a more realistic feeling than others, most men state they can tell the falsies from the real deal. (Incidentally, most women notice a decrease in sensitivity after the surgery – something to consider if a woman is contemplating implants)

3. Don’t touch please! Guys may wonder why sometimes a girl swats his hand away like it’s going to bite her when he reaches for the goods. Simple answer: sometimes the boobs hurt! When a woman is coming up on her period, is pregnant, or often right after sex, the entire breast – and especially the nipple area – may become hypersensitive and painful. So if she is saying no touch, a guy better listen to her or risk getting slapped!

4. No two woman’s nipples are alike – Sort of like a snowflake that resides on the breast, there are a wide variety of nipple shapes, colors, sizes and textures. But hey, isn’t that half the fun?

5. Which is more sensitive: Leftie or righty? It turns out that more women do find their left nipple to be super charged in terms of erotic sensitivity, though this is not a hard and fast rule. Don’t be afraid to ask her which one feels better; she may well have a favorite!

6. Some nipples are “innies” – What guy, as a kid, didn’t lift up his shirt to compare belly buttons with his friend’s in the debate between “innies” and “outies?” Nipples can behave in much the same way. Though an “outie” is the standard most men are accustomed to, nipples are sometimes inverted, giving them an “innie” appearance. Luckily, it’s no big deal and they still have the same sensations as their erect counterparts.

7. Is there such a thing as a boob-gasm? Actually, yes. While not all women can hit the high notes from nipple stimulation alone, some women can orgasm from the right amount and type of nipple play. Talk about making a guy’s job easier!

Improving Sexual Health

When a guy is lucky enough to get a close-up view of the female breasts, chances are that things are about to go even further. Therefore, it is essential to be on top of the penis care routine to make sure everything is in working order. Just as women have to take care of their breasts with monthly self-exams for breast cancer, men should also be conducting a monthly testicular self-exam to make sure everything is staying on the up and up. Gently palpating the groin area – especially the scrotum – in search of unusual lumps and bumps can save a man’s life. In addition to monthly exams, men should also be engaging in daily self-care of the penis by using a penis health cream (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil), which can be applied immediately after the shower for best results. A health lotion containing alpha lipoic acid, among other penis nutrients, can help fight free radicals in the body which contribute both to penis aging and wrinkling and to more serious conditions like cancer. Remember, a healthy penis is the foundation of a healthy sex life.

Visit www.man1health.com for more information about treating common penis health problems, including soreness, redness and loss of penis sensation. John Dugan is a professional writer who specializes in men’s health issues and is an ongoing contributing writer to numerous online web sites.

The Essentials in Women’s Health and Fitness

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One of the greats of British gardening, Beth Chatto OBE has entered the realm of national treasuredom. Plants-woman, designer, author, 10-time gold-medal winner at Chelsea, holder of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Victoria Medal of Honour and, of course, the owner of the celebrated Beth Chatto Gardens at Elmstead Market, near Colchester, in Essex – her horticultural skills seem boundless. With the concept of “right plant, right place” – in other words, put a plant in conditions close to its natural habitat and it will thrive without help – running as a thread throughout her career, she has inspired a generation of gardeners to take their lead from nature.

The garden has been the inspiration for many of her influential books, including The Dry Garden (1978), The Damp Garden (1992) and Beth Chatto’s Gravel Garden (2000). It was created on land that was previously part of a fruit farm, owned by her late husband, Andrew, 14 years her senior, whom she married in 1943. “We met during the war,” she says. “I was a schoolgirl of about 17, considering going to college.”

A scholarly man, who died in 1999 after suffering from emphysema for 25 years, Andrew devoted much of his life to research into plant habitats. Chatto says it was he who inspired her interest in gardening and refers to him frequently, modestly deferring to his superior knowledge. “He’s such an important influence in my life,” she says. “My parents were keen, but they had a conventional garden, using mostly cultivars.”

The couple lived initially in his parents’ in Colchester, but in the late 1950s moved to a modernist house they’d built on the edge of the farm – where Chatto still lives today. Even inside, the garden is a constant presence. Large windows frame views and vignettes of the planting on every side and invite a tapestry of textures, colours and shapes into the house.

Chatto credits her husband almost entirely for her success. “My two daughters were teenagers before I began to think about making a business,” she says. “Andrew had looked after us and given me the security and freedom to experiment.” Her husband’s failing health and the trials of running a fruit farm concentrated her mind on developing the garden commercially, though what we see today took time to emerge.

“For the first seven or eight years, much of the land was a wilderness,” she recalls. Yet there were assets, too, not least a rare natural water source in the drought-prone east of Essex, where rainfall can be as little as 20in a year. “There were a few fine 300-year-old oaks and a spring-fed ditch ran through the hollow.” Today, the ornamental gardens cover about five acres; a further 10 are occupied by the nursery, which opened in 1967, and working areas.

Finding water was not the only challenge. “There was land that was so dry, the native weeds curled up and died. That eventually became my gravel garden,” she says. This she created in 1991, on the site of a car park. Apart from watering in the young, drought-tolerant plants during the first year, she has never artificially irrigated it.

Chatto has a knack for turning problem areas into an asset, and there are several distinct areas in the garden, each requiring a different approach. The large water gardens are dominated by a series of ponds surrounded by bog plants and swathes of lush grass. A long, shady walk runs parallel to one of the boundaries. Here, shade-tolerant planting – including ferns, tiarella and pulmonaria – carpet the ground beneath oaks and other specimen trees added by Chatto. By contrast, the gravel area is a mass of sun-loving perennials, with asters, rudbeckias and sedums glowing through hazy grasses.

The garden may have started out to give pleasure to a family, but it has developed into a self-contained horticultural powerhouse, attracting visitors from all over the world – about 40,000 a year. “It’s like sowing an acorn, which is my symbol,” says Chatto. “I have an acorn and an oak tree on a weather vane, which was a wonderful present from my staff.” Incredibly, it is tended by only one full-time and four part-time gardeners and volunteers – many of whom are foreign students. Chatto remains resolutely hands-on and is keen to pass on the knowledge she has gained through experience.

Chatto uses grasses brilliantly, and was doing so long before it became fashionable. She creates seemingly effortless but thoroughly satisfying combinations. Therein lies her genius – there may be others out there with an equal understanding of plants, but nobody else has her eye. Shape, scale, proportion, texture, colour – all are balanced with the skill of a plate-spinner.

She also factors in horticultural considerations – how big a plant will get, how fast or slowly it will grow, what conditions it needs to thrive and how it is maintained. The result is a garden that works on every level – practical, horticultural and aesthetic – with layer upon layer of carefully placed plants, as enticing asmillefeuillepastry. It all seems entirely uncontrived, but, on closer inspection, one notices geometric lines and angles. The big picture is built up gradually, with small groupings of three or more plants forming a satisfying melange of verticals and horizontals, and fluffy and solid plants. “I need the trees and shrubs to form a background, to paint the sky and lead the eye upwards towards the clouds,” Chatto explains. “Then one adds the embroidery, which I enjoy so much.” Nothing is allowed to get out of hand, but stagnation is not an option, either. “A garden is not a picture hanging on a wall,” she says. “It changes not only from hour to hour, week to week or month to month, but from year to year.”

Chatto has certainly noticed the effects of climate change. Drought is nothing new in her part of the world, where (the past two years aside) there is sometimes no rain for up to 10 weeks in the summer. “The most interesting change is the lack of cold weather,” she says. “Only 10 years ago, we had icicles hanging down, and when the children were little, they used to skate. Now we hardly have enough ice to bear a duck.” From an article by Rachel de Thame

Please visit www.bethchatto.co.uk/ for further information about this inspirational gardener and garden.

Women have very complex health issues right from their teens including menstrual periods, pregnancy, and menopause. All these stages are part of a normal cycle in a woman’s life, but which can take a serious toll on her health at times. Let us explore together what are the main health hazards a woman faces and how to handle the same naturally.

Everyday Health Issues

The main issue a woman will face all her life is the hormonal imbalances, which inevitably leads to a number of other health related issues and hazards, such as during monthly periods you will experience moods swings, from irritability to extreme sadness and sometimes depression. The same or worse hormonal imbalances occur during pregnancy and menopause as well.

All these instances are perfectly normal in a woman life and you will simply not be able to put them away. Therefore, it is important you learn how to handle women’s health and fitness in order to deal with every single one of these instances.

First things first, you need to educate yourself about your body and why some hormonal imbalances take place, as well as how it effects you and your body. Once you understand why you are having all the unusual symptoms you will be able to find a cure or handle them differently.

The right women’s health and fitness approach is to ensure regular doctor’s visits. Doctor’s visits provide an update on what your health state is, and also information on how to handle different situations.

Helpful Tips

Spend time educating yourself and handling normal situations such as monthly menstrual-related mood swings, which also occur when you will be pregnant or when you have menopause. Therefore, getting yourself into a habit of recognizing this state of mind and finding solutions for it will improve your health and life style greatly.

There is specific women’s health and fitness centers, which can help you handle any given situations should you seek for help, which is indicated if you feel you need assistance. Women’s health and fitness programs will teach you to relax and approach the issue through different sources such as, meditation, exercise and even medication.

Women’s health and fitness rely greatly on activities, eating habits and surroundings. A little help during those hard times in your life will only be a helping hand and a stepping stone to a happier, healthier life. Approach a women’s health and fitness center today, personally or via e-mail and find our how you can make the best of your life every single day.

Eddie Lamb publishes an abundance of information on a range of topical subjects. This article The Essentials in Women’s Health and Fitness, is just one of a host of useful articles about Womens Health listed on our site map at Womens Health Prognosis.

Women’s Various Health Issues

What I thought I knew, a Memoir
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Solo theater artist Alice Eve Cohen knew that childbearing was simply impossible – her own mother had taken DES, and Alice had a deformed uterus, among other disqualifiers. So when what doctors misdiagnosed as a tumor turned out to be a 6-month fetus, the 44-year-old Alice had to wrestle with clueless specialists, cavalier insurance companies, and her own no-see-um maternal instincts.

Her darkly hilarious memoir, What I Thought I Knew is a page-turner filled with vivid characters, and many surprises and twists of fate. With the suspense of a thriller and the intimacy of a diary, Cohen describes her unexpected journey through doubt, a broken medical system, and the hotly contested terrain of motherhood and family in today’s society. Be aware that this book is not for the faint of heart. It definitely tackles some difficult issues.

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When one thinks about womens health and fitness, one must be aware of the many different things to think about. For when trying to make improvements, one needs to have a proper plan of action. In addition to a plan, individuals need to be aware of the gender specific issues that are related to women’s health. To improve the overall health of a woman, having the proper information is a necessity.

This article will attend to the aforementioned issues, with special attention selecting an expert personal trainer. With the proper guidance, any woman can improve her physical well-being. No matter the fitness level of a woman, there are ways to improve overall health.

Designing a Plan: The initial thing that you need to do if you are to improve the physical well being of a woman, is to seek the help of an expert. Professional personal trainers can create a regimen that meets the needs of an individual’s particular concerns. For all individuals, there is always room for improvement.

Step 1 – The first step that follows the enlisting of an expert, is the identification of a specific goal. In order to focus your efforts, it is vital that you clarify the health concern that you want to work on. For many specific groups, such as African Canadian women, there are are unique fitness concerns.

Step 2 – The next step that you should take is to work with your expert to formulate an approach to achieving your goal. The approach can address an issue that is relatively minor, or work to improve something of great importance. Additionally, you can choose to make either major or minor changes to your lifestyle. Of course, following through on any plan is the cornerstone to success.

Step 3 – The last step in this organized approach is the evaluation. One you have named the issue, designed a plan of action, and carried out the necessary steps, you can evaluate whether of not the chosen method worked. It is important at this point to decide exactly how you will evaluate the success. You can base improvement on weight loss or some other variable of your choosing.

Issues Specific to Women’s Health:

Pregnancy – Being concerned about fitness levels following a pregnancy is a natural concern for many women. In regards to this, it is vital that women work on their fitness and health before delivery. This approach will reward the mother will surprisingly good results.

Breast Health – An issue close to the heart of many women is breast health. This does not only pertain to the threat of cancer however. Rather, such a concern also relates significantly to maintaining an attractive appearance and providing overall support for the breasts. The use of high protein diets is one approach.

Building Muscle – Looking to avoid the loss of femininity, many women do not work on building muscle mass. However, by working on building up the lower torso and adding to long and lean muscles, a female can build strength and keep her desired shape.

It should be clear to you now that there are plenty of things to consider when talking about women’s health and fitness. Of course, identifying the goal, planning, and evaluating are important for issues specific to women. In carrying out this process you must be sure to enlist the help of a professional. A personal trainer can personalize a regimen specifically to your wants.

Do you live in Toronto? Are you a female Then you will more than likely be interested in visiting Personal Trainer Steven Olema. you can also visit his blog Women and Exercise in Toronto Health and Fitness is a major issue and you should take part in it to maintain your good health

In two minutes, here is everything you need to know about the U.S. Supreme Court case that could make it difficult, if not impossible, for millions of women to access an abortion. This summer, the U.S. Supreme Court will rule on a case that could make it difficult, if not impossible, for millions of women throughout the country to access an abortion. The case, Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, centers on so-called targeted regulation of abortion providers, or TRAP, laws that have caused dozens of abortion clinics to close in states such as Texas. Here, in two minutes, is everything you need to know about Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt.
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