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I’m Sexy and I Know It… Sometimes.

June 26, 2012

Have you, or possibly your partner, ever wondered if there really was a link between your menstrual cycle and sexual attraction? Perhaps you have noticed that during certain times of the month something is not quite right and whatever it is, it seems to affect your ability to concentrate. Scientists have as well. Evolution, the Menstrual Cycle, and Sexual Attraction Since the dawn of humankind, women have been programmed to think and act in such a way that helps us find the perfect mate with the best genes to make the best babies; survival of the fittest. However, the conditions and interactions are not as clear-cut today as they were during

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The Psychology of Pain: It’s Not What You Think

June 25, 2012

What would you do if you learned from this moment until you died you would be in pain? Not something mild like an occasional headache, but something that overwhelms every one of your thoughts, feelings, and actions. For those who are willing to think about this very uncomfortable possibility, your answer might be based on a theoretical, religious, or spiritual conviction. You might think about something you’ve read or a workshop you attended where it was asserted that with enough focus, the mind can reduce the severity of pain, or even eliminate it. And in looking back at your past, you may find instances of being able to do just

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The Instant Menstrual Cycle

My uterus decided to end her 6-month vacation yesterday. This is nothing new; I’ve never had regular periods and have tried nearly everything to make my body function on a regular schedule, but it just doesn’t cooperate. Synthetic hormones prescribed by numerous doctors have always made things worse. Acupuncture, when I am working and can afford it, is the only thing that makes them more regular and manageable. Take a moment to empathize with me – 6 months worth of bloating, fatigue, cramps, blood, etc. in one lousy week. Oh and this would be the second week of a new job – I’m onto you uterus, I’M ONTO YOU!

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Breaking the Silence: HSDD and Patient Advocacy

June 22, 2012

Imagine that you have literally spent years coping (or not-so-much) with premature menopause (at 31 years old instead of 45 or older). Extremely sensitive and difficult discussions with medical professionals about such topics as incredibly painful intercourse, hot flashes, and emotional swings that render workplace functioning nearly impossible (amongst other things), are ineffective. Responses include get over it or try a lubricant. You are NOT being heard or believed. Welcome to my world, such as it was until a few years ago. Fast-forward.  I finally find a clinic and a doctor who listens. I get better. I get better than better. I am stunned with my “new” life. My doctor asks me to do a video.

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Flaming Thunderbolts and Other Dangly Bits

June 21, 2012

“If we shadows have offended, think but this; and all is mended that you have but slumbered here while these visions did appear and this weak and idle theme no more yielding but a dream.” In the beginning, there was chaos. Chaos was darkness, the waters of the abyss. The first god, Amun, arose from the waters using nothing but his own strength to give form to his body. Amun existed alone. All was his. Yesterday and tomorrow were his. Alone, he took his penis in his hand. He made love to his fist. He made his exquisite joy with his fingers. And from the flame of the fiery blast

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Orgasm in the Name of Science

June 18, 2012

Woman Orgasms for the Big Screen Well, you can see female brain activity while a woman masturbates, anyhow. Not quite porn, but men should be just as interested in understanding what makes a woman climax – Doctors are. Professor Barry Komisaruk, a psychologist at Rutgers University in New Jersey, asked Nan Wise, a sex therapist and one of his PhD students, to lay in a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scanner and masturbate so they could monitor brain activity before, during, and after an orgasm.

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In Search of the Female Orgasm

My family does not talk about sex. In fact, I can only pray that my mother doesn’t happen to get on Facebook, see a status with a link to this article and read this; I blush at the mere thought. I like sex (now I’m really blushing), but in respect to how a lady should act when discussing, or rather not discussing it, I’d say that Bree Van de Kamp from Desperate Housewives is the best way to describe how I was taught to act. You can only imagine my surprise when I recently discovered that there are entire careers and movement dedicated to sex, outside of sex workers, for

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What Does Sex Mean To This Generation?

My mother married my father because, she told me in a rare moment of candor, she wanted to have sex with him. She was 25 and tired of pre-sex fumbling and stolen kisses. My father was, of course, far more experienced, having been in the Pacific Theater during World War II; far less discreet about his former life (and life in general) he told his daughters inappropriate tales of the women he had met on shore leave. One I particularly remember had her front teeth filed into points. Well into their marriage, each of them managed to be unfaithful and they finally separated (but not because of infidelity) after twenty

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Dad and the Secret Land of Dr. Pepper

June 15, 2012

“Let’s frighten the dragons.” I said to Pooh. “That’s right,” said Pooh to Me. “I’m not afraid,” I said to Pooh, And I held his paw and I shouted, “Shoo! Silly old dragons!” and off they flew. “I wasn’t afraid,” said Pooh, said he, “I’m never afraid with you.” -A.A. Milne “Hey Libby.” Dad is outside the screen door of our camper. His face is broken up by little silver squares. Mom holds my baby brother Kyle in her arms on the pull out couch. Luke and Megan are under the covers, cuddled up on top of her. “Libby, come here,” his voice is hushed, but urgent; gentle, but demanding.

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Male Breast Cancer: Know the Facts

June 12, 2012

Father’s Day is a day when we honor the men in our life. What better way to do so than to inform ourselves about potential health risks men face? One rare, though oft ignored, due to its taboo nature, disease is male breast cancer. Men, like women, suffer from breast cancers that infiltrate the ductal tissue, lymph nodes and nipple. Also, like breast cancer in women, male breast cancer is marked by uncontrolled growth of the abnormal cells.

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