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5 Skin Problems You Can Get From Making Love

Don't freak, they're not all STDs

Close-up of beautiful mid adult woman relaxing in bathtub with eyes closed

1- An Allergic Reaction To Seamen, His Soap, or Lube

It’s super-rare that you’d be allergic to your partner’s semen. In fact, according to a study from the University of Cincinnati, only about 40,000 women in the United States suffer from this condition. Of the thousands of women Dunston has seen in her practice, she can only think of two women who had legit semen allergies.

What’s more likely is that you’re allergic to a soap that he’s using on his man parts, which means your guy needs to switch to a hypoallergenic soap, Dunston says. It's also possible that your reaction is caused by spermicidal jelly or lubricant used during your sex sesh. (We recommend this organic lube from the Women's Health Boutique.)

Be forewarned: It takes a little detective work to figure out where an allergy is stemming from, says Dunston. For instance, if it isn’t your man’s soap, you might need to eliminate your go-to lube to see if that’s the culprit. Dunston recalls a patient who was having post-sex vaginal irritation and after STDs and latex allergies were ruled out, they discovered it was the toilet paper she used made from recycled paper.

Solve it:

If you have an allergic reaction, apply some Cortaid, an over the counter topical steroid to your vulva. You don’t need a green light from your ob-gyn on this one. But, Dunston says, when it comes to applying topical steroids, opt for creams instead of ointments because creams adhere better to your vagina, which is lined with a mucus membrane.

Witch Hazel compresses, like Tucks medicated cooling pads, are another soothing option and can be purchased over the counter, she says. Typically, Tucks is advertised as hemorrhoid relief, but it can also be used on an inflamed vulva, Dunston says.

“In severe situations, systemic steroids may be required, but that is unusual,” she says. To avoid an allergic reaction in the future, work with your doctor to identify what is actually irritating your hoo-ha.

2- An Allergic Reaction To Condoms

If your vag feels super itchy or irritated immediately after sex, and you used a latex condom, you may have a latex allergy, says Kyrin Dunston, M.D., ob-gyn. You might have even felt a burning sensation as soon as you came into contact with the condom, says Dunston

Solve it:

Keep a 1 percent hydrocortisone cream, like Cortizone 10, in your nightstand so you can apply it to your vulva after a reaction, Dunston suggests. It might burn some when you apply it, she cautions, but you can apply an ice pack to numb the nerve endings on your lady parts, she says.

The alternative to latex? Lambskin condoms, which are a contraceptive, but straight-up suck when it comes to protecting from STDs. “I always caution women that lambskin condoms do not protect against STD transmission,” Dunston says. Unfortunately, if you can’t use latex, the best thing to do is get tested for STDs with your partner before having sex.

3- A tear In your Skin

Um, ouch! Occasionally, Dunston sees skin tears after vaginal intercourse, but it’s far more common following anal sex, she says. “If a man is particularly large, or the sex is particularly rough, then small lacerations can occur,” she says. The tears, which typically occur at the vaginal opening where the vulva meets the vagina, can cause a burning sensation or even bleeding, she says.

Solve it:

If it’s super-minor, like a small scratch, a warm-water Sitz Bath from the drugstore can alleviate the discomfort while sitting, Dunston says. You can usually find these shallow baths, which are commonly used for post-partum relief, for under $10 and they attach to your toilet. Cha-ching. If a tear doesn’t stop bleeding or is particularly painful, call your doctor's office and make an appointment. Next time, foreplay and lubricants can help prevent vaginal tears, Dunston says.

Rectal tears, though, are a different ballgame because they’re extremely painful. Rectal tissue is far more sensitive than vaginal tissue, and if you have a rectal tear the pain is constant and extreme, Dunston says. That pain multiples when you poop, she says. Because of that, you’ll need to see your doctor ASAP for a stool softener and suppositories. To prevent these tears in the future, use lubrication. Also, try using anal beads for experimentation before trying the real deal, she says. Since the graduated beads vary in size, you can start small and test your limits.

4 - Trichomoniasis

STDs like chlamydia and gonorrhea rarely cause vaginal skin irritation, but trichomoniasis, a lesser-known STD, does, says Dunston. Though it's not as recognizable as herpes, it's actually pretty common, affecting an estimated 3.7 million people in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “The symptoms can mimic an allergic reaction, but the itching is usually intolerable,” she says. Plus, it can be accompanied by a grayish discharge.

Solve it:

Trichomoniasis needs to be diagnosed by a physician and both you and your partner need to take antibiotics, Dunston says. And because trichomoniasis thrives in acidic environments, you can make your body less hospitable to the disease by eating more veggies, less sugar, and fewer processed foods, Dunston explains. In the future, use condoms to reduce your risk of transmitting trichomoniasis.

5- Herpes

For women who already have herpes, it’s possible that the friction from sex could trigger an outbreak of the blisters, since the herpes virus lives in nerve roots, Dunston says. On the flip side, if you contract herpes during sex, it usually takes about a week for the first outbreak to occur, and the cluster of red sores can be extremely painful, she says. But, many women diagnosed with herpes don’t even remember having a first outbreak, she says.

Solve it:

While wearing a condom can reduce the risk, herpes is spread via skin-to-skin contact, and a condom may not cover the area where the virus is present. You should avoid having sex when an outbreak is present because the transmission rate is higher. Also, something to remember: You can contract herpes through oral sex if your guy is going down on you with a cold sore, but using a dental dam can reduce that risk, Dunston says.

If you have a herpes outbreak, you can ease the symptoms by taking ibuprofen and applying cool compresses to the sores to calm the itching and pain, according to the National Institutes of Health. If you or your partner has herpes, it’s also a good idea to get a prescription for anti-viral meds, like Valtrex, to prevent viral shredding and transmission, Dunston says.


The GOLO Diet

Can The GOLO Diet Help You Lose Weight?

Here’s what you need to know about the internet’s most-searched diet.

The GOLO diet was one of the most Googled diets of 2016. But, if you’re one of the millions of Americans who scoured the internet for it, you’ve probably been hardpressed to figure out exactly what this diet entails we were, too.

"It’s gimmicky," says certified diabetes educator Jessica Crandall, R.D.N., a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

"The company behind the diet isn’t willing to put much information out there and the information it actually shares on their website and commercials is full of marketing speak, misleading claims, and fine print," she says.

In fact, most of what the company writes about the diet on its website (as of the publication of this article) is about how insulin, the hormone that delivers blood glucose into your muscles, liver, and fat cells, affects fat retention and weight loss, says Crandall. And while insulin resistance can cause obesity,

prediabetes, and Type 2 diabetes, it can't be controlled the way the diet claims it can, says Crandall.

GOLO says its plan optimizes your insulin and prompts the body to release stored fat and reduce future fat storage by improving insulin performance and managing other key hormones related to weight gain.

However, the GOLO site doesn't actually explain how it "optimizes" your insulin or improves "insulin performance.

" That might be because there's no way to change how insulin "performs," says Crandall. Though you can increase your body's insulin sensitivity, that has nothing to do with the way insulin does its job, she says. In other words, "insulin performance" isn’t a thing, says Crandall


what is the urinary tract infection and what i should never do when i have ( UTIs )

5 Things You Should NEVER Do When You Have a Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)

First what is the urinary tract infection :

A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection that affects part of the urinary tract.

When it affects the lower urinary tract it is known as a bladder infection (cystitis) and when it affects the upper urinary tract it is known as kidney infection (pyelonephritis).

Symptoms from a lower urinary tract include pain with urination, frequent urination, and feeling the need to urinate despite having an empty bladder. Symptoms of a kidney infection include fever and flank pain usually in addition to the symptoms of a lower UTI. Rarely the urine may appear bloody.

In the very old and the very young, symptoms may be vague or non-specific. from wikipedia

Every woman who has had a urinary tract infection (UTI) knows they are no fun. They cause painful urination, pelvic pain and frequent trips to the bathroom. They can also be dangerous. If the bacteria from a urinary tract infection travel from the urinary tract to the kidney, the infection may enter the bloodstream.

to avoid certain activities, to give the area time to heal, flush out bacteria, and not worsen symptoms or cause irritation to the vaginal area,” says Bilal Chugtai, M.D., urologist at Weill Cornell Medicine and New York Presbyterian.

So, to help keep your bathroom from turning into an all-out torture chamber, here’s a roundup of the poorest decisions you could possibly make when you have a Urinary Tract Infections.

1. Don`t have sexual intercourse:

You don’t want to have sex after your Urinary Tract Infections for at least two weeks until your symptoms have cleared up. Intercourse can worsen your symptoms and possibly make your infection worse.

Sex during a Urinary Tract Infections could also be uncomfortable or painful.

2. Don`t put off going to the doctor:

When Urinary Tract Infections symptoms rear their ugly head, trying to treat them yourself will only give the infection more time to spread.

The more you delay getting medical attention, the more you're putting yourself at risk for serious health complications. “Waiting too long to start treatment can allow the infection to progress from a simple bladder infection treated with three days of oral antibiotics to a complex kidney infection requiring intravenous antibiotics,” says Ekene Enemchukwu, M.D., assistant professor of urology at Stanford University School of Medicine.

3. Don`t drink caffeine:

You may think that you can’t get by without your cup of morning Joe. However, it may be beneficial to skip it while you’re suffering from a Urinary Tract Infections. It has been found that those who drink caffeine regularly have more severe Urinary Tract Infections symptoms. This is because caffeine has been shown to irritate the bladder.

4. Don`t skimp on water intake:

Those dreadful bathroom visits may make you think twice about chugging a glass of water, but depriving your body of H20 sets up a cozy internal environment where the infection can really hunker down.

"Water is essential for all bodily functions,” says Carolyn DeLucia, M.D., of VSPOT Medi SPA. “If we are dehydrated, then the bacteria can fester in the bladder.

When we are well-hydrated, we urinate regularly, and the water cleans the walls [of the urinary tract] easily. It’s like cleaning out a glass that you had tomato juice in. If you just try to wipe off the glass without water, you can’t be sure you cleaned off all the sides.”

5. Don`t drink alcohol:

While you should get plenty of fluids, you need to stay away from alcohol. Alcoholic drinks can irritate the bladder and worsen the infection.

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