January 25, 2006

Venereal diseases, brief overview

Sexually-transmitted diseases (STD) also known as Venereal diseases (VD) are a series of diseases which are transmitted through sexual contact between persons, most commonly through vaginal, oral or anal sex. Another term used by experts is “sexually transmitted infections”, but this term is less common.

Venereal diseases are an old companion and concern of mankind. As the British Empire spread throughout the world, British travelers, sailors and soldiers started bringing all sorts of diseases back to England. This is why the first VD clinic opened on January 31, 1747, at the London Dock Hospital. The biggest threats in those times were the syphilis and gonorr hea and the main purpose of the clinic was to study these diseases. They were also considered incurable at the time and doctors focused mostly on treating the symptoms.

The situation changed after the discovery of antibiotics, which made a lot of the old venereal diseases curable. Public health authorities have also launched campaigns of eradication against these diseases, which led to a decline in the number of cases. However, the ‘80s meant the advent of AIDS and genital herpes, which cannot be cured by modern medicine.

The most common VDs are Syphilis, Chancroid, Chlamydia Infection, Gonorrhea, Herpes, AIDS, Candidiasis and LGV. Sexual contact is also a means of spreading parasites such as pubic lice and scabies.

The easiest way of protecting yourself from VDs is to use condoms during sex. Although this will not help you against pubic lice, it would at least prevent the spread of infections and spare you the “pleasure” of visiting the STD ward. More so since, despite all efforts, AIDS still means death.

January 19, 2006

Remove cellulite naturally

Cellulite is a common infection of the skin and the soft tissues underneath the skin. It occurs when bacteria invade broken or normal skin and start to spread just under the skin or in the skin itself. This results in infection and inflammation. Inflammation is a process in which the body reacts to the bacteria. Inflammation may cause swelling, redness, pain, or warmth.

Read the full article about cellulite and find out how to remove it.

January 18, 2006

Hemorrhoids Treatment

Symptoms of hemorrhoids include itching, burning, and pain. The magnitude of discomfort depends on how serious the hemorrhoids are, but regardless of the severity, it is wise to deal with the problem immediately. While hemorrhoids may not be life-threatening, living with hemorrhoids can be uncomfortable and downright painful! Hemorrhoids typically don't go away on their own, so it's best to find a cure right away and get the relief you need.

Hemorrhoids are caused by extreme pressure forced upon the anus or the rectum. Heavy lifting, constipation, and remaining seated for long stretches of time can all put duress on the rectum area and cause veins to bulge. Bulging veins in that part of the body is what hemorrhoids are. Going to the bathroom and sitting, two things we all do each day, further inflame hemorrhoids, causing the pain to worsen.

In a worst-case scenario, hemorrhoids actually burst, which causes bleeding, severe pain, and possibly even a blood clot. When this occurs, the hemorrhoid has become a thrombosed hemorrhoid. In most cases, however, people know they have hemorrhoids before this happens. By taking a hemorrhoid treatment right away, you can stop your hemorrhoids before they burst!

If you suffer from hemorrhoid symptoms, or even if you notice blood in the toilet after going to the bathroom (which may be a sign of internal hemorrhoids), do not delay in treatment. Not only will the pain subside immediately, but the hemorrhoids will disappear permanently.

Learn how to eliminate hemorrhoids, find what can help you live comfortably again!

January 17, 2006

Stop Smoking

Every time you smoke a cigarette, each puff introduces a drug called Nicotine into your body (along with hundreds of other toxic chemicals - some even kill insects on contact, and some are used to embalm dead bodies).

Nicotine is the substance responsible for fooling your brain into releasing a "pleasure" chemical called Dopamine. Nicotine receptors on your nerve endings receive the Dopamine and create "Happy" nerve cells.

It's Dopamine that gives you a false sense of well-being, and soon the body wants more and more Dopamine on a regular basis. This is the beginning of your addiction.

The world is filled with people who believe quitting smoking is simply a matter of will power. The majority of those people are, of course, non-smokers. If you are a smoker who has tried to quit only to fail time and time again, the problem does not lie with your will or desire. Nicotine is one of the most addictive substances on Earth, and you will have a much better chance of success if you have some help.

There are countless ways to quit smoking, and the majority of smokers have tried their hands at most of them. There is the old "cold turkey" standby that tends to send people into a painful period of withdrawal that eventually causes them to start smoking again. There are also the nicotine-based cessation programs like gum, patches, and lozenges. While many of these result in short-term success, they usually don't help you quit smoking for good.

How to stop smoking? Learn here.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is part of a family of diseases known as Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders. These diseases all have chronic or recurring gastrointestinal symptoms that have no structural or biochemical cause. IBS is a functional disease of the digestive system that includes excessive diarrhea, bloating, flatulence, and painful cramping

Symptoms of IBS

The most common symptoms that IBS patients experience are frequent diarrhea, abdominal pain, gas, bloating, diarrhea and or constipation, mucus in the stool, bowel urgency or incontinence, and a feeling of incomplete evacuation after a bowel movement. IBS is considered to be a disorder that is mainly experienced in the lower gastrointestinal tract, so the symptoms tend to remain located below the navel. In some cases symptoms in the upper gastrointestinal tract have also been linked to IBS, these include: difficultly swallowing, a sensation of a lump in the throat or a closing of the throat, heartburn or acid indigestion, nausea, and even chest pain.

IBS Treatment

Irritable Bowel syndrome is a gastrointestinal motility disorder for which there is no organic or structural cause. Since the symptoms of IBS can mimic other disorders such as hypothyroidism, IBS is diagnosed when all other local and systemic conditions have been ruled out.

Characteristic symptoms of IBS include recurrent abdominal pain, abdominal pain relieved by defecation, disordered bowel habit, including constipation, diarrhea, or an alternation between the two, and abdominal distension and bloating.

IBS is also associated with non-gastrointestinal conditions such as headache, low back pain, arthritis, non-cardiac chest pain, difficult urination and fibromyalgia.

Learn the latest in alternative medicine diagnosis and treatment methods for IBS using herbs, diet, and other natural remedies.

January 16, 2006

How does an erection work?

Erection is the scientific term for that state of the penis when the two corpora cavernosa (two tubular muscles) are filled with blood. This means that the penis hardens and grows in length to accommodate the extra blood.

Penile erection is usually the result of sexual stimulation, but is also known to occur spontaneously, most commonly at night, during erotic dreams. Erection in males can be caused by mechanical stimulation, or by the pressure of the bladder, when full. The exact cause of spontaneous erections is not known. The erection is crucial to sexual intercourse and most other sexual activities for males.

From the physiological point of view, erection is caused by an increased flow of blood to the penis and by a strong decrease in the outflow. Muscles around the penis relax in order to allow the blood into the corpora cavernosa and corpus spongiosum, while contraction of other muscles reduces the outflow. As the tubular structures fill with blood, the penis expands in both length and girth. It also stiffens and rises to a certain angle (which varies from one man to another).

The sympathetic nervous system is responsible for the failure to achieve erection under conditions of stress. This system interferes with the signals sent by the parasympathetic nervous system, which is actually responsible for activating the erections.

The inability to achieve or maintain erection is known as impotence, or erectile dysfunction.

January 03, 2006

What is semen made of?

Semen is the fluid containing spermatozoa, which is secreted by the sexual glands of males. It is discharged by the body through the process known as ejaculation and used to fertilize the female ova.

The human semen is composed mainly of seminal plasma, which is the fluid secreted by the accessory male reproductive organs (the seminal vesicles and the prostate gland). The bulbourethral organs glands also contribute with a small amount of viscous mucus, which gives semen its texture and cohesion.

The purpose of the seminal plasma is to protect and feed the spermatozoa during their journey to the ova through the female reproductive tract. The normal environment of the vagina is too acidic for sperm cells, aside from the presence of local cells which are part of the immune system and which view sperm cells as foreign entities. This is why the sperm contains a series of basic amines designed to counter the vagina acidity and to protect the DNA inside the sperm cell from acidic destruction.

Finally, the mucus and texturizing proteins serve to increase the mobility of sperm cells in the vagina and cervix by creating a less viscous channel for the sperm cells to swim through, and preventing their diffusion out of the semen.

More information about Ejaculation and Male Potency