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No one wants to interrupt the intimacy that occurs right after love making, but a quick trip to the loo can save you a lot of trouble later. Doctors recommend peeing after sex to clear away bacteria from the urethra opening, that are deposited through sexual intercourse.

Germs from the head of the penis as well as the outside of the vulva, get pushed inside during sex. The urethra sits inside the labia minor (your small lips) and right on top of the vaginal hole. Semen and bacteria gather there and can multiply. When you pee, you flush the bacteria from that area, preventing urinary tract infections.

Most women feel the urge to pee anyway after sex due the the pressure on the bladder and the relaxation of muscles during orgasm. But some hold it, or fall asleep, causing the bacteria to sit on the urethra opening, sometimes overnight. If you are experiencing frequent urinary tract infections, a little pee pee will go a long way.

Another reason to excuse yourself to the ladies room is to allow the semen inside you to flush out. If you are in a committed relationship and are not using condoms, chances are your man is ejaculating inside you. Especially, if you are on the pill. If you are not trying to conceive, allowing semen to flow out of your vagina, earlier rather than later is a good choice. Women who often fall asleep with semen inside them can experience a foul smell the next day, even after showering.

So ladies, keep your urethra clear and your ph balanced by peeing after sex and avoid those nasty UTIs.

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Every healthy vagina has a G-Spot. Knowing where it is and how to stimulate can bring you great pleasure. It is not as allusive as you think.

The G-Spot is located in the upper front portion of the vagina and is easily found by inserting your middle finger and making a “come here” motion, stroking the upper wall of your vagina. It will feel like a spongy spot that is soft, but pushes back on your finger. The more you stroke it, the more engorged the G-Spot becomes. You will notice that spot become harder, the more aroused you become. Firm pressure on that spot will send you skyrocketing to an amazing climax.

See below for a closer look . . .

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It’s true, our vaginas love sex and in fact a vagina that has regular intercourse is actually healthier than one that does not. Regular sex keeps sensitive vaginal tissue healthy. An un-used vagina will eventually develop fragile vaginal walls that, after menopause, can scar and close off a bit.

Birds do it, bees do it, even educated fleas do it!!

It seems our kitty’s have a memory and it knows that it has a purpose beyond reproduction, it will stay healthy and keep purring for a long time. During intercourse the vaginal walls squeeze the penis. Just like any other muscle in the body, when you exercise it, it stays strong. And think about your feet for a while. The first time you walk barefoot outside in the summer, your feet are tender and might hurt, but do it all summer and your feet are stronger and more resilient. Same with the vagina. If the walls experience the push and pull of a penis, it keeps the skin and muscle stronger and tighter. And orgasm, well that really flexes the muscles with many contractions.

So you see, intercourse is exercise for the vagina. Well you might be asking, “what if I don’t have a regular partner, or have not had one for years?” There are many alternatives that can produce the same results. Dildos mimick a penis and some of the better ones feel so lifelike you will swear they are the real thing. Set some time aside to pleasure yourself regularly to keep your kitty happy and healthy. And for an added benefit, even if you are having regular sex (or masturbation sessions), kegels are great for in between sessions. They can be done anytime, anywhere – in fact, I am doing them right now. Just squeeze, as if you are holding in pee, then release. Do as many as you can, as often as you can.

Purr kitty, Purr!

 

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Uterine Prolapse

Have you been having difficult or painful sexual intercourse, frequent urination or an urgent need to go, low backache, heaviness or pulling in the pelvis, vaginal bleeding, increased vaginal discharge and feeling like you are sitting on a small ball?  These symptoms on their own could be many things or nothing at all, but if you are experiencing three or more of the above symptoms you may have uterine prolapse.

Uterine prolapse is when the uterus falls or slides from its normal position into the pelvic cavity and vaginal canal.  The pelvic muscles and special ligaments hold the uterus in place in the pelvis. When these muscles and ligaments weaken, the uterus is pulled by gravity into the vagina.

Risk factors are those women who have had one or more vaginal deliveries, lack of estrogen, obesity, chronic cough and aging. Other causes could be a pelvic tumor, which is rare or chronic constipation.

If you are visiting your gynecologist regularly, and every woman should go at least once per year, then chances are your doctor will have picked up on the weakening muscles. But if you think you are experiencing uterine prolapse, you should schedule an appointment with your gynecologist. During a pelvic exam the doctor will ask you to bear down as if trying to push out a baby. He, or she, will be able to see how far down the uterus protrudes, if at all, into your vaginal cavity. If jthe cervix drops down into the lower part of the vagina, then the prolapse is mild. Moderate prolapse is diagnosed if the cervix drops outside the vaginal opening. The doctor may also see that the bladder or rectum are entering the vaginal area as well. If a tumor is present, a pelvic exam should reveal it.

So what happens if you do, indeed, have uterine prolapse? Depending on how far the uterus has dropped, various treatments are suggested. A vaginal pessary is sometimes used to hold the uterus in place. It is a plastic or rubber-shaped device that is inserted into the vagina and is personally fitted for each individual woman. The pessary may be temporary and removable, similar to a diaphragm, while other pessaries are permanent. Sometimes the pessary may interfere with intercourse, depending on the depth of penetration and can also cause abnormal smelling discharge. When using a temporary pessary, it must be removed and cleaned, but for the permanent pessary, a doctor or nurse, will clean it for you.

Less invasive treatments are weight loss, avoiding heavy lifting or straining, quitting smoking to avoid coughing and kegel exercises to strengthen the weak muscles.  Surgery is recommended as a last resort and based on the degree of prolapse as well as the desire to have children, or more children. Other criteria is examined such as age, health and the woman’s desire to retain vaginal function.

Sacrospinous fixation is one type of surgery that does not require the removal of the uterus. The procedure involves using nearby ligaments to support the uterus. A vaginal hysterectomy is a more radical procedure that removes the uterus entirely.

Prevention is the best medicine. Kegel exercises should be done by every woman, starting at a young age to keep the muscles tight and supportive. Estrogen therapy can also be helpful in post-menopausal women.

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Bump on Cervix

Q: My boyfriend was fingering me last night and said he felt something in my vagina. When I investigated, I felt a small bump on the tip of my cervix. Should I be concerned?

 

A: It is hard to make a diagnosis without an exam. I wouldn’t worry too much because it can be a number of things that can go away on their own or are easily treatable. The bump can be a cyst, polyp, or wart. You should make an appointment with your doctor to rule out anything serious and so you can be treated. All three of those can be easily removed right in the doctor’s office with little to no pain involved.

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Your Vagina’s REAL AGE

We’ve all heard of the REAL AGE test that tells us how our bodies are aging versus our actual chronological age. Well this week on Dr. Oz, he took that test to a whole new level. The Real Age Test for our genitals. I bet you never really thought about how old your vagina is, and is it the same age as you?

According to Dr. Oz, the condition of your sex organs are a huge indicator of what is going on inside your body and subsequently, your overall health. Conditions such as high blood pressure, hormonal imbalances, high cholesterol and stress, can prematurely age your vagina. And the men are not off the hook either. These conditions affect their penis as well.

The test includes . . .

BMI (Body Mass Index), which for women should be at or around 33. Fat cells excrete hormones that control estrogen levels as well as testosterone levels. These hormones affect your sex drive, your libido.

 

SLEEP also affects your sex drive. Women, and men, should be getting 7.5 hours of sleep per night.

BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS affects the nerve endings. Levels that are too high can dull the nerve endings in the vagina, causing you to lose sensation and pleasure.

HORMONE BALANCE is essential to a healthy vagina. Dr. Oz suggests 8mg of Zinc per day for optimal hormonal balance.

EXERCISING YOUR VAGINA through Kegels keeps the pelvic floor strong, keeping the vagina tighter, creating more pleasure for both partners.

If you suspect any of the above to be out of whack, consult your doctor. All of the above are easily treatable and easy to be fixed. Diet and exercise will reduce your BMI and blood sugar levels, going to bed one hour earlier per week can help you reach your goal of getting 7.5 hours of sleep, 8 mg of Zinc will maintain hormonal balance and kegels will tighten your vagina. A good place to start is with a check-up at your doctor to determine your blood sugar and hormone levels. And as always, consult with your doctor when embarking on any new diet or exercise regime.

On the Dr. Oz show a 43 year old woman and her 41 year old husband were tested and the shocking results were that her vagina was 73 and his penis was 71. How old is your vagina, really?

 


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A lump or bump anywhere on or inside the vagina can be a reason for concern. But most lumps are almost always easily treatable and easily detected by regular self exams and doctor visits. But one lump often goes undetected, because it occurs on the inside of your body. Fibroids in the uterus can exist and are often symptom free.

An estimated 77% of women are said to have fibroids and do not even know they are there. Fibroids only prove to be cancerous .1% of the time and are typically caused by a surge of hormones during childbearing years. Most regress after menopause. Typically, a fibroid is found during a uterine ultrasound and, for for the most part, there is no treatment necessary unless you are experiencing symptoms that bothersome, or if you are trying to conceive. In some cases, fibroids may cause fertility issues.

If however, you are experiencing cramping, excessive bleeding during  or between periods, and painful intercourse, you should seek treatment. There are non-invasive options such as an ultrasound treatment, which dissolves the fibroid with heat from a laser positioned on the abdomen. If that is unsuccessful, or is not an option, a uterine artery embolization works well by cutting off the blood supply to the fibroid, causing it to shrink.  The worst case scenario, for those with serious fibroid complications, is a complete hysterectomy.

As with anything else, early detection is the best prevention. Remember to have regular gynecological exams and if you experience any symptoms, tell your doctor.

 

 

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