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Testosterone is a hormone produced by the testicles.  It is responsible for your sex drive, sperm production, and helps to build bone and muscle mass. As a man ages, his body’s ability to produce testosterone decreases.  The American Urological Association has stated that approximately 2 out of 10 men who are older than 60 years of age have low levels of testosterone.  These levels further decrease as men reach their 70s and 80s.
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Great Sex During Your Pregnancy

sex during pregnancyMany of my pregnant patients ask me if it is safe to have sex during their pregnancy and at what point should they cease sexual activity.  Good questions and here are some answers for you.

  1. YES! You can have all the sex you want during your pregnancy.  Your baby (who is safe and protected by amniotic fluid, your uterus and the muscles surrounding your uterus) will be just fine given no other complications of placenta issues or preterm labor.
  2. Sex during pregnancy will not be the cause of a miscarriage. In general, miscarriages occur because the development of the fetus is abnormal.  The mother’s body will know this and Mother Nature will take its course.
  3. Positions, positions and positions. There are multiple positions a couple can take during sex.  As your body grows, find what is most comfortable for you.  Have fun and experiment with new positions and play with different methods of mutual stimulation and arousal.
  4. Practice safe sex if you are not in a monogamous relationship or you have sex with a new partner during your pregnancy. STDs contracted during pregnancy can lead to very serious health risks for both you and your unborn child.  If your partner has an active outbreak or has been recently diagnosed with an STD, avoid any oral, vaginal and anal sex.  Protect yourself and your baby!

 

Signs When You Should Not Have Sex

You should check with your obstetrician is you have any of the following:

– you have cervical incompetence (your cervix opens prematurely)

– you are leaking amniotic fluid or you experience vaginal bleeding

– you have placenta previa (your placenta is covering your cervical opening)

– you have a past history of going into preterm labor or delivering prematurely

Sex Drive

Many women do not feel pretty, sexy or just don’t feel well during a pregnancy.  Hormonal changes can cause fatigue, breast tenderness, overstimulation of the pelvic floor and general discomfort.  This is all normal and it’s OK if you’re simply just not in the mood.  Discuss your trepidations and concerns with your partner and find what will work for you both.  Remember, it takes two to tango!  Sometimes, a loving caress, a couple’s massage or just kissing can be satisfying.  Work it out together and remember, this is only a temporary situation.

Relax

This is a very special time for you and your partner.  Take it all in stride and try to enjoy every minute of your pregnancy.  You are creating another human being and not everyone has the capability of accomplishing this feat of nature.  Common sense rules, so use it.  If you have any questions, consult your healthcare practitioner and don’t be bashful or shy with your questions.  Believe me, we’ve heard many stories and not much surprises us.  The only stupid question is the one that isn’t asked.  Many years past, I worked with Dr. Ruth Westheimer, whose parting greeting to the staff daily was ‘good sex everybody!’.  So, I leave you with dear Ruth’s mantra – good sex, everybody!

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Sunscreens protect the skin from damaging ultraviolet (UV) radiation emitted from the sun. Active ingredients contained in sunscreen when applied on the skin absorb, scatter, or reflect the UV radiation like a force field. These ingredients prevent the sun’s harmful rays from attacking the skin.  This is what helps prevent sunburn and reduces the risk of skin cancer.
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Remember Our Men and Women in Service

This Memorial Day weekend, while you’re having fun, spend more than a few minutes to remember and reflect what Memorial Day means to you. Take the time to shake a vet’s hand and express gratitude for his or her service. Be kind and treat a service person to a cup of coffee and engage into a conversation. Inquire about what his/her role was/is in the military and get to know where they are from and what their aspirations are after military service. You will find that many will want to share their experiences.
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May is Pelvic Pain Awareness Month

Pelvic pain can be defined as chronic pain (experienced for more than 6 months) that is not menstrual (period pain for females). Pelvic pain affects both men and women and can present as some of the following symptoms:

  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Painful penetration
  • Painful orgasm
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Generalized pelvic pain
  • Post surgical pain
  • Prostatitis
  • PCOS/Endometriosis
  • Scar tissue pain
  • Yeast infections & Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)
  • Incontinence
  • Constipation & bowel disorders
  • Postpartum pain

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Great news for our men and women of service!  The VA has just published the new requirements for acupuncture benefits and you are eligible to receive first class services here at my clinic!  The Golden Acupuncturist clinic is a registered clinic with the Veterans’ Administration.  All you need to do is tell your attending physician at the VA that you would like a referral to come to my clinic for acupuncture services.   Give them my name for the referral, then just email or telephone my office to schedule an appointment.  Be it for pain, PTSD, or any other medical condition listed on the approved list, you will be treated with the respect and level of expertise you deserve.  Click on the following link for the criteria to begin your journey to improved health and state of mind.  https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/57722/va-mission-act-what-is-the-latest-on-community-care/
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The spring pollen is already in full swing the past 4 weeks here in the northeast corner of the United States.  It has been forecasted that this year, the pollen count will be extremely high causing many to suffer from seasonal rhinitis.  Prescription drugs and allergy shots can cause a number of unpleasant side effects and adversely affect a person’s overall quality of life and wallet.
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The endometrium is the mucous membrane that lines the uterus.  During the menstrual cycle, this lining thickens, allowing the possibility of a successful implantation of an embryo.   Endometriosis is a condition that occurs when the cells that line the endometrium of the womb or uterus lining are found somewhere else in the body. Common sights are the pelvic peritoneum, ovaries, bladder and bowels.  Some women with this condition experience mild discomfort, while many suffer from extreme pain, heavy periods and infertility.  Endometriosis is a long-term condition that affects millions of women worldwide.  It is commonly diagnosed in females age 25 to 40 years and rarely occurs after menopause.
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Thyroiditis is a condition of the thyroid which is more common than most people believe.  There are two types of thyroiditis.
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Did you know that heart disease is the number one cause of death for women?  Women frequently miss the symptoms of a heart attack because they mistakenly relate heart disease as a ‘man’s disease’.  Women who have heart disease tend to believe that symptoms such as sweating, chest pressure, nausea, and jaw pain are synonymous with menopause, the flu, stress or simply feeling under the weather.  Many women just don’t think they could ever have a heart attack.

Disregarding the symptoms of a heart attack can cause death.  Recognizing the signs of heart disease or a heart attack can save lives.
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