Menopause – Treatment Options.

Menopause Treatment - Advice and Help.During the peri-menopausal time (the time that leads up to a woman’s last period), her oestrogen/estrogen and progesterone levels fall.  This fall in hormone levels gives the symptoms we associate with this time.

There are a lot of different treatments for these symptoms and we’re going to look at the prescription meds here.

If you’re interested in herbal, natural and alternative peri-menopause treatments, then look at this article.

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The Vagina – An Owner’s Manual. 8 Top Tips for Every Woman over 40.

Vagina Health - A Guide for Women Over 40.When you’re in your 20s and 30s you probably feel you know your vagina pretty well – after all you may be busy having periods, sex and babies.  And you know the rules about douching (don’t), leaving tampons in (not for too long) and getting regular cervical smear tests.

But once we get into our 40s and older, sometimes our long-time friend can get a bit neglected.  Here are some helpful tips that every woman over 40 should read, pay attention to – and share with her friends.  They come from top gynaecologists in Chicago, Massachusetts and Pittsburgh.

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Sex and Ageing. How to Keep the Fun Going.

Sex and mature couples, sex and ageing,One of society’s most enduring taboos is around sex and physical intimacy as we age.  It’s something that even medical professionals are shy of talking about unless a patient directly asks directly.

Sexual desire often doesn’t decrease with age either for single people or long-time marrieds.  Equally, there are many men and women who are new to the dating scene in their 60s and beyond and want to be intimate with a new partner.  But there are plenty of people whose backgrounds and ages mean that talking about sex doesn’t come easily, so the internet can be a huge help here.

There are a few problems that can creep into play and spoil the fun of sex as we get older, and in this article we’re going to look at them and what can be done to help.

We’ve divided the article into the leading problems for men and for women – it’s worth reading the problems the opposite sex might be experiencing so that you can understand and work together to solve them.

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Is It OK To Have Sex During My Period?

This is a question a lot of women ask and the answer is personal to each couple.Sex during period

It will depend on:

  • Both partners’ personal preference
  • How heavy your period is
  • Precautions around pregnancy
  • Precautions around disease prevention.

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Can you prevent bladder infections by changing your diet?

Can you prevent repeat bladder inefections by changing your dietMany women suffer with frequent bladder infections that make their lives miserable.  These infections can also be difficult to treat, which is frustrating for the patient and physician.

Can natural methods help to prevent bladder infections from recurring?  That’s what we’re going to look at in this article.
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How to do a testicle self-exam.

Women are always being encouraged to do their breast self-exams and the embarrassment has all-but gone from the subject.  But what about a man’s crown jewels?  They can get lumps and bumps too, but who ever tells you how to check?

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Deciding on birth control: the birth control ring.

The birth control ring is a very reliable method of birth control.  It sits in the vagina for 3 weeks; you then remove it and you’ll have your period.

Here, we’ll look at the pros and cons of using the birth control ring, so that you can decide whether it might be right for you. Continue reading

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Contraceptive choices for women going through the menopause.

Contraception for women going through the menopauseThere are a lot of choices when it comes to contraception and you may have used different methods at different times in your life.

As you approach the menopause the chances of pregnancy reduces as your hormone levels change.  Your periods will become less frequent and less reliable.  This coincides with fewer eggs being released from the ovary.

Every woman’s menopause is different and it’s difficult to predict the age when yours will start.  If your mother started her menopause early then you may also.  Equally if she started hers late, you may have a later menopause, but this is not a rule.  Generally a woman’s fertility starts to decline after the age of 37.  Menopause for many women happens between the ages of 45 and 55 years. Continue reading

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Deciding on birth control: The birth control patch.

The birth control patch is a fairly new form of birth control and contains hormones that are similar to those in the combined birth control Pill.  The advantage is that you don’t have to remember to take a pill every day.  You change the patch once a week.

Here we’ll look at the advantages and disadvantages of using the birth control patch so that you can start to think about whether it might be the right birth control method for you.

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Deciding on birth control: Female sterilization. Permanent contraception for women.

Sterilization is a permanent method of birth control, so it should only be done when you and your partner are sure that you don’t want more children, or don’t want children at all.

It’s a more complicated and longer operation than vasectomy (male sterilization).

It is reversible but the operation is difficult and often not successful.  So it’s important that your decision to have sterilisation is a final one.

In this article we’ll look at the pros and cons of sterilisation, including what the operation entails. Continue reading

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