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How Hormones Affect Your Sex Drive

A woman's body goes through a lot of hormonal changes from birth to menopause. Hormones can influence how a woman feels physically, emotionally and psychologically. So it's no wonder that when the hormones get out of balance, a woman's sex drive can be greatly affected. Exactly which hormones play a vital role in keeping your libido revved up? There is more than one. Estrogen is one of the key players here. A lack of estrogen can cause physical changes, such as difficulty maintaining moisture in the vagina during intimacy. This condition can lead to uncomfortable and even painful sex. Testosterone is another hormone that has a role to play in your sex drive. Like men, women have this hormone. The adrenal glands and the ovaries are responsible for producing this hormone. Production can slow due to life changes, stress etc. - and in turn that will affect your sex drive. Women don't have nearly as much of this hormone as men do, but just like a man can experience, a decrease in testosterone production can lead to a lack of interest in being intimate. Another hormone also plays a role in the sex drive and that's progesterone. Without the right balance of this crucial hormone, you'll have trouble feeling the desire to be intimate. For men, while they don't go through the same hormonal changes that a woman faces, their hormones can still affect their sex drive. When these hormones are affected, a man will lose interest in sex as well. Testosterone for a man is not just important for them to have in order to feel desire for intimacy, but it's a necessary hormone for maintaining erections. A low level of this hormone can lead to performance problems and even erectile dysfunction. By restoring the out of balance hormones, a man or a woman can restore their sex drive. One way to get the hormones back into balance is through treatment - and the most often prescribed treatment is hormone replacement therapy. Some of these therapies come in the form of prescription pills, but other therapies can include the application of creams or suppositories to the vaginal area. The options for a man to restore a hormonal balance are similar to a woman's options. He can take prescription medication, shots or gel. Not only can the right testosterone balance for a man improve his sex drive, but it can also prevent side effects from low testosterone, such as hair loss and osteoporosis.


How to Find the Contraceptive That’s Right For You

There are more contraceptives on the market today than ever before. You have a choice of what's most convenient for you as well as what works best for your body. One of the most popular forms of contraception is the pill that you take daily. On the list of pros for the pill is that it's inexpensive and an easy form of contraception. One of the main cons for using the pill is that you can still get an STD while using it, if that's all the protection you bring. Some women prefer to use the patch rather than take the pill. The patch is also inexpensive and it's easy to get a prescription for it from your doctor. This works similar to the way the pill does to prevent pregnancy. You use the patch for 21 days and then you won't use it for 7 days. Like the pill, it also won't protect against getting an STD. For even greater convenience, some women prefer to get a shot of progestin, which is effective in preventing pregnancy. This is an effective method that women have to repeat four times a year, so it's pretty convenient. Like the pill and the patch, however, it won't protect against STDs. A diaphragm, when used with a spermicide, can keep a pregnancy from occurring. The upside of this method is that it's long lasting and without side effects. The downside is that it has to be fitted correctly and it also will not prevent you from getting a sexually transmitted disease. Female condoms are rising in popularity because they're easy to get. You don't have to go to the doctor to buy them. This method is effective against sexually transmitted diseases, which is another reason they're popular. There are some other forms of contraceptives that are practiced but do have a higher fail rate against unplanned pregnancies. Those are the counting days method, the sponge and spermacides used without any other method. Besides birth control pills, male condoms are the next most popular method of preventing pregnancy. Condoms are also good for protecting both partners against getting an STD. They're easy and inexpensive to get. A promising new option is on the horizon for men in the form of male birth control pills. These pills work by using hormones to stop the man from producing sperm. Yet the pill will have no effect on sexual performance. Many men like the idea of being able to engage in sex without the worry about getting a partner pregnant.


Many STDs Are Becoming More Common Than You Might Realize

STDs - or sexually transmitted diseases - are rising. The rise of these preventable and treatable diseases is found in young people as well as in the elderly. Any time there's sexual contact with an infected person without proper precautions, the diseases can be spread. There are a number of factors for the reasons behind this upswing in STDs despite all of the information available on how to prevent them. One of the reasons is because it's easier for people to connect and hook up now than in years past because of how it easy it can be to meet someone new online. The three main STDs that are showing up in greater numbers now are syphilis, chlamydia and gonorrhea. Syphilis is very dangers to pregnant women and can result in the delivery of stillborn babies. The syphilis bacteria can also be detrimental to your organs, especially your heart - causing damage to the heart valves. If it's reported to the doctor, antibiotics can treat this disease. Chlamydia is next on the list of STDs that are rising. This is the sexually transmitted disease that is the most often reported to doctors. It can cause infertility among women. In recent Center for Disease Control reports, the statistics for sexually transmitted diseases show a jump in chlamydia cases. When the statistics are broken down by age groups, teens between the ages of 15 to 19 had the highest reported cases of the disease. Gonorrhea was once thought to be a sexually transmitted disease that was under control, but recent news has revealed that not only is this STD on the rise, but there is some concern that it's becoming resistant to the medications that treat it. One of the safest ways to protect yourself from the risk of getting one of these sexually transmitted diseases is to make sure that you don't practice unsafe sex. Getting a sexually transmitted disease can also make it easier for you to get HIV and some research studies are showing a link between STDs and getting HIV. Protect yourself through the use of contraceptive measures. If you're a woman, even if you're on birth control, insist that your partner use a condom or use a female condom. If you plan to be with someone new, ask that your partner get tested before you have sex (and don't take their word for it ñ ask to see the paperwork). Don't have spur of the moment sex with someone new and limit your sexual partners to people you trust who also practice safe sex habits.


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