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Women Are Digging the Beard….But Only If It’s Clean

Beards are in and ladies will like…..unless they think its dirty and full of “lice.”

A study from the University of Queensland and University of Sterling interviewed 919 heterosexual women and found that they preferred the more masculine looking face (narrow eyes, prominent brow, cut jawline) including a beard, unless they had a personal eversion to ectoparasites such as lice and fleas.  This eversion to critters made them less attracted to a beard.

However those who were less concerned with critters but more concerned with bacteria and viruses, preferred the beard.  Ironic, but in nature hair, such as those in one’s nose, protects one against infectious disease, so instinct may be kicking in.

A Man’s Beard Found to Be Dirtier Than Dog Fur

For those of us who find beards sexy, this study might sway us a tad.

A recent study published in European Radiology found human hair to be dirtier than a dog’s.

Study authors looked at 18 men and 30 dogs and compared the bacterial load in CFUs (colony forming units) from both beards and dog fur.  Then they examined MRI scanners used for both dogs and humans and compared the bacterial load to those only used for humans.

The results were:

OUR STUDY SHOWS A SIGNIFICANTLY HIGHER BACTERIAL LOAD IN SPECIMENS TAKEN FROM MEN’S BEARDS COMPARED WITH DOGS’ FUR (P = 0.036). ALL OF THE MEN (18/18) SHOWED HIGH MICROBIAL COUNTS, WHEREAS ONLY 23/30 DOGS HAD HIGH MICROBIAL COUNTS AND 7 DOGS MODERATE MICROBIAL COUNTS. FURTHERMORE, HUMAN-PATHOGENIC MICROORGANISMS WERE MORE FREQUENTLY FOUND IN HUMAN BEARDS (7/18) THAN IN DOG FUR (4/30), ALTHOUGH THIS DIFFERENCE DID NOT REACH STATISTICAL SIGNIFICANCE (P = 0.074). MORE MICROBES WERE FOUND IN HUMAN ORAL CAVITIES THAN IN DOG ORAL CAVITIES (P < 0.001). AFTER MRI OF DOGS, ROUTINE SCANNER DISINFECTION WAS UNDERTAKEN AND THE CFU FOUND IN SPECIMENS ISOLATED FROM THE MRI SCANNING TABLE AND RECEIVER COILS SHOWED SIGNIFICANTLY LOWER BACTERIA COUNT COMPARED WITH “HUMAN” MRI SCANNERS (P < 0.05).
Hence bearded men harbor “significantly higher burden of microbes and more human-pathogenic strains than dogs.”

Last year, researchers out of Manchester University found 47% of beards tested contained fecal matter that contained deadly pathogens.

This study was also coauthored by Fragrance Direct, and found despite cleaning habits of study participants, enterococcus was found on 47% of beards swabbed and cultured.

Enterococcus is a bacteria commonly found in the colon and feces and has over 17 types, the most common being E. faecalis and E. faecium. These may cause infections in the urinary tract, abdomen, pelvis, wound and even blood (sepsis).

 

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This study followed one done in 2015 by Quest Diagnostics in New Mexico, in which a microbiologist swabbed beards and grew out cultures finding bacteria that commonly colonize our colon.

Bacteria like to hide on the skin but need cover, and beard hair offers a nice warm, moist shelter.  Oral sex increases one’s chance of being “contaminated” with pelvic and rectal bacteria.

A spokesman for Fragrance Direct states, “Caring for your beard is essential for its health, helping it stay fresh to keep the bacteria at bay.  Everyone knows to shampoo their hair, but beards need some attention too. Men should use beard shampoo when they shower, along with conditioner afterwards.”

So the next time you run your fingers through a man’s beard, sanitize them afterwards….

 

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Why Many Women Fake Their Orgasms

Multiple studies throughout the years have tried to tackle the age old question of “Why do women fake it?” during sex.  One study in 2010 found 50% of women (and 25% of men) admit to faking orgasms. Another found 80% of women to admit they pretend they climaxed.  Why all the theatrics?  Well let’s break it down….

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Failure is not an option

Sex, many women believe, should be a truly positive event. So saying “sorry its not going to happen” is the downer many of us want to avoid.  Some feel our partner may give up if they feel they aren’t successful in making us climax.  So we may feel a small white lie could save a relationship.

We want to provide positive reinforcement

Despite a woman faking it once in a while, they still enjoy sex.  So positively reinforcing your partner’s behavior with the notion that you enjoyed yourself will hopefully invite more sexual activity.

Not all women climax

A certain percentage of women cannot orgasm or are incapable of climaxing during penetrating sex.  If the clitoris is not stimulated, many won’t climax. This can easily be rectified by some communication prior to the act of sex, but it’s a conversation many are afraid to have.

We are embarrassed and want to hide the fact that we couldn’t climax

Having an “uneventful” sexual event makes the average women feel like there is something wrong with her so she will be less likely to bring it up for fear of looking “damaged” to her partner. Again this can be easily rectified with explaining what you need to climax.

Faking it helps the real one come on

A recent study found making noise and being more vocal helps an orgasm come on.  Unfortunately, some may feel they went on too long and will just tell their partner they’ve finished when they just needed a little more time and patience.

We have better things to do

The sex is running over and one may find themselves fixating on getting back to work or checking on the kids.  It’s not that their lacking enjoyment it’s that their schedule isn’t very flexible when it comes to afternoon delights.

 

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Serious Medical Conditions May Be Found During Sex

A grad student from Boston was having sex when her partner found a lump in her breast and urged her to get it looked at.  The 24 year-old had no family history of breast cancer but at the behest of her partner had testing done and to her surprise was diagnosed with Stage 4 metastatic breast cancer.

Most 24 year old females with no family history will not be screened for breast cancer. In fact self breast exams are recommended against by the United States Preventative Services Task Force in fear of over diagnosis of benign lumps.

Moreover the average person cites not having an adequate amount of time with one’s medical provider as visit times are short.  So for many individuals, their partner may be the first and only person to identify a serious medical condition.

So what medical conditions can be found during sex?

  • Breast Lump
  • Lymphadenopathy from cancer metastasis
  • Cervical Cancer – bleeding after sex
  • Menopause – vaginal dryness
  • Testicular lump
  • Diabetes – fruity odor
  • PCOS
  • Vasculitis
  • Laryngospasm
  • Pelvic mass
  • Melanoma
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Anal fissures
  • Rectal mass
  • GERD
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Incontinence
  • Thrush

and the list goes on.

The key is exploration and spending time with one’s partner before the sexual act.  Now suggesting a medical exam before sex may kill the mood, but under the guise of foreplay could be very advantageous, with follow up at one’s medical provider paramount.

So sex again has been found to have health benefits…..and now life saving qualities….

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Having Bad Allergies? Try Having Sex!

Those with nagging hay fever may alleviate symptoms by having sex.

Published in the Journal Medical Hypotheses, study authors say an episode of intercourse can narrow the blood vessels in the nose that cause congestion.

Many of us have noticed our allergy symptoms subside when we work out. That’s due to our sympathetic nervous system kicking in causing a “flight or fright” response in which adrenaline raises the heart rate, dilates the lungs and shunts resources away from the periphery to the vital organs.

With sex, the activity induces the same response (yep my husband is in fright and wants to flight) so less blood flow goes to the nose, therefore causing less post nasal drip.

In the Sun, they report:

Sina Zarrintan, neurologist and author of the study published in the journal Medical Hypotheses, said: “It can be done from time to time to alleviate the congestion and the patient can adjust the number of intercourses depending on the severity of the symptoms.”

Allergy season usually begins with the start of Spring in March.  Yet many may start their symptoms as early as February if they are allergic to what’s blooming.

Tree pollens start first in January and then taper off in April.  Grass pollen starts to rise in February and March.   Finally weed pollens join the party by the Spring and extend through the Summer and Fall.

Here are your questions answered:

What are allergies?

Allergies are the result of the immune response to a foreign particulate that our body senses.  One could be allergic to pollen, dust, dander, food, insects, mold, metals, transfused blood, grafts, medicine and anything the body senses as a foreign intruder.  Even though these may be individually harmless, a hypersensitivity reaction occurs as a result of their intrusion into the body.  IgE antibodies find the allergen (intruder) and activate mast cells in the tissue and basophils in the blood.  When these cells get activated, they release substances to help protect the body, including histamines, leukotrienes, and cytokines. These help the body attempt to sneeze and cough the allergen out, wall off the antigen, signal more antibodies, or produce tears and nasal secretions to flush it out.

What are symptoms of seasonal allergies?

Symptoms of allergies could include any or a combination of the following:

  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Runny nose
  • Eye watering
  • Red Eyes
  • Itchy eyes
  • Itchy skin
  • Rash
  • Itchy throat
  • Fatigue
  • Congestion….. to name a few.

How do they differ from a cold?

Colds may have very similar symptoms to allergies.  However they are different.

The common cold is caused by a virus.  When one gets infected by the virus they may feel malaise, fever, and achy.  This does not occur with allergies.

Moreover, nasal secretions from allergies are usually clear.  In a cold, the mucous could be thicker and with color.

The same holds true with sputum.  During an allergy the cough may have little to no mucous and if so, be light-colored.  Thick mucus could be a sign of an infection.

An allergic sore throat will seem more dry and scratchy.  A sore throat from a cold is more uncomfortable and less easy to soothe.

Allergies may persist or be cyclical.  Cold symptoms will usually subside after a few days and rarely persist longer than 10 days.

Can allergies lead to a cold?

Yes and no.  Allergies should not in and of themselves cause an infection. However they may make one more vulnerable for a virus or bacteria to take over.    Hence a bronchitis, sinus infection, or pneumonia could uncommonly follow an asthma attack.

Are seasonal allergies dangerous?

As stated previously, if one is susceptible to colds, an allergic attack could make them vulnerable. Moreover if one suffers from asthma, an allergy attack could incite an asthma attack.  Very rarely would we see a life threatening anaphylaxis to an allergen such as pollen.

Allergy season is here: What are the worst offenders?

 

How can we prevent and treat allergies?

Avoiding, or decreasing exposure to the allergen is key.   We suggest the following:

  1.  Be aware of your local weather and pollen counts.  If the weather begins to warm and regional vegetation is blooming, allergy season may be upon you sooner than you know.
  2. Avoid outside pollen from coming into your house.  Avoid the urge to open all the windows during Springtime as wind will bring the pollen in.
  3. Clean your air filters.  Replace air filters frequently and consider using HEPA Filters
  4. Wash off pollen from your hair and clothes before you sit on the couch or jump into bed.
  5. Close your car windows when you park.
  6. “Recirculate” the air in your car
  7. Discuss with your medical provider if you are a candidate for medications such as antihistamines, nasal corticosteroids or leukotriene antagonists.  
  8. If you suffer from respiratory illnesses or a chronic medical condition, discuss with your medical provider if you need to start your allergy medication before allergy season hits. Some of these medications may take a couple of weeks to reach therapeutic levels.

How can I find my local pollen counts?

Local tree, ragweed and grass pollen counts can be obtained here.

 

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Losing One’s Virginity: Breaking it Down

Many adolescents and young adults ponder this life-altering decision with very little guidance.  And understandably so as discussing losing one’s virginity with one’s parents fails to be a popular dinnertime conversation.  And big brother and sister don’t always give accurate and unbiased advice.

In Biblical times it was easy….one was told to “wait till you’re married.”  The timing, partner, and societal acceptance was already laid out, eliminating much decision-making.

Today, however, there’s immense pressure for both boys and girls to lose one’s virginity, for many as early as middle school.

So the average child or adult contemplating losing one’s virginity relies on social media, television, movies, friends and classmates to help form this decision.

So what does one need to take into account before they lose their virginity?

 

It’s permanent

You’re only a virgin once…..until you lose it, meaning you will never get it back once its lost.  Virginity is not a bad thing so don’t give it up so quickly.  If you have any doubts on who to give it to then he/she is probably not the right person.

 

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It’s not the ultimate show of love

Many times teens are goaded into having sex as a sign of their true commitment and love.  Yet there are many other ways when a relationship is new to show your compassion and dedication.  Love is a feeling, not an act.

 

It won’t always resemble what you see in the movies

Unlike what we saw in 50 Shades of Grey, losing one’s virginity may instead be 3 minutes of pain and awkwardness.  Love-making includes love, passion, intamcy…so if that’s how you want to lose your virginity than make sure all the ingredients are there first.

 

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There is no “golden” age in which one should lose it

In school, students commonly boast about losing one’s virginity before 16.  Yet this random choice of age has no scientific basis.  True, many of us in caveman days had full families before that age, but in today’s society, a teen pregnancy is not that easy.  Which brings us to….

 

You could risk getting pregnant

Most young single teens or adults are not ready to start a family, despite their youthful fertility advantage.  Hence one unprotected sexual encounter could make a soon-to-be ex-virgin a new mom or dad within 9 months.

 

You could risk getting an STI

Likewise a night of what you anticipate to be passion could give you a week, month or lifetime of a sexually transmitted illness.  Condoms are a must.

 

Many may lose their virginity when they don’t want to

Tragically many who engage in pre-sexual activity such as foreplay or 1st through 3rd bases may find themselves in a situation where their partner advances to penetration without their consent.  Many thus lose their virginity to rape.

 

Regrets

A recent study last summer carried out by ZavaMed found 31% of those surveyed , specifically 45% of women, regretted how they lost their virginity.  Unfortunately they can’t take that moment back. Which brings us to….

 

Alcohol is not your friend

Many unfortunately lose their virginity when they lose their inhibitions due to alcohol.  One drink is all it takes to bring one’s guard down.

 

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There’s no doubt losing one’s virginity is a rite of passage into adulthood. It could be the most amazing  and beautiful moment or one full of cringeful regret.  So don’t rush into giving away what could be your most precious commodity.

 

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Is Your Teen in Trouble? Your Guide to Their Code Words

This generation of teens communicates differently from any others as smartphone technology has outpaced the normal evolution of day-and-age vernacular. As a result, adolescents use abbreviations and emojis to convey their thoughts while parents and society scramble to catch up.

What Are They Saying? Your Guide to Teen Slang

However, within these bite-size “codes” could be volumes of meaning, some delineating at risk behavior, some foreboding suicide.  These codes many times come from the letters that correspond to the key pad on a phone.  So here’s a guide to some of the unfamiliar terminology the young ‘uns are using:

 

Sex/Love

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  • NIFOC – nude in front of computer
  • CU46 – see you for sex
  • 8 – “ate” used in discussions on oral sex
  • 831 – I love you – “eight letters, three words, one you/meaning”
  • 143 – I love you (denotes letters on keypads, or #’s of letters in each word (love has 4 letters)
  • 2N8, 2NTE – tonight
  • 4AO – four adults only
  • 2B@ – to be at
  • 4EAE – for ever and ever
  • 53X – sex
  • 775 – kiss me
  • ?^ – hook up?
  • BAE – before anyone else
  • IWSN – I want sex now
  • ITX – intense text sex
  • NP4NP – naked pic for naked pic
  • 1174 – strip club

 

Unhappy/Angry

 

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  • < 3 – broken heart or heart
  • 182 – I hate you (1 stands for “I”, 8 stands for “hate”, 2 stands for “you”)
  • 2G2BT – Too good to be true
  • 2M2H – Too much to handle
  • Blarg, Blargh – similar to “darn” but deeper
  • Butthurt – receiving a personal insult
  • Salty – being bitter about something or someone
  • Watered – feeling sad, hurt
  • Wrecked – messed up
  • 4FS – For F***’s Sake
  • Poof – disappearing
  • ::poof:: – I’m gone
  • Ghost – disappear
  • 555555 – sobbing, crying one’s eyes out
  • ADIH – another day in Hell
  • KMN – kill me now
  • VSF – very sad face
  • KMS – kill myself
  • KYS – kill yourself
  • 187 – homicide

 

Drugs/Risky Behavior (to be revisited more in depth)

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  • 420 – marijuana
  • 420 – let’s get high
  • A/S/L/P – age/sex/location/picture
  • A3 – anytime, anyplace, anywhere
  • LMIRL – lets meet in real life
  • WYRN – what is your real name?
  • Chrismas tree – marijuana
  • Catnip – marijuana
  • Gold – drugs
  • Gummy Bears – drugs
  • Blues/Bananas – narcotics
  • Bars – benzodiazepines
  • Smarties/Skittles – Adderall/Ritalin
  • Ski Equipment/Yayo– cocaine
  • Cola – cocaine
  • Candy/Chocolate Chips/Sweets/Smarties/E – ecstasy
  • Crystal Skull/Wizard – synthetic marijuana
  • Hazel – heroin
  • Gat – gun/firearm
  • Lit – getting high/drunk
  • Smash(ed) – getting drunk, stoned, or having sex

 

Parents nearby

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  • 9 – parent is watching
  • 99 – parent is not watching anymore
  • P911 – parent alert (parent 911)
  • PAL – parents are listening
  • PAW – parents are watching
  • POS – parents over shoulder
  • AITR – adult in the room
  • CD9 – code 9 – parents in the room
  • KPC – keep parents clueless
  • RU/18 – are you over 18

 

And the above is just a small sample of some of the terms used these days.  This list continues to grow by the day so parents need to always be aware.  Kids want to KPC and avoid POS so be ready for the next group of codes being created as we speak……

 

 

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CDC Reminds us NOT to Wash Used Condoms

If you thought the “Wear A Seatbelt” campaign was recommending the obvious, now comes the “Throw Out Your Used Condom” campaign.

This week the CDC urged Americans in a tweet to “not wash or reuse condoms.”

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If used correctly, condoms offer 98% protection against unwanted pregnancy.  STD protection varies as some skin on skin contact can transmit viruses such as HPV and herpes.

According to a study published in the Journal of Sexual Health (reported by NBC News),  between 1.4 percent and 3.3 percent of respondents had re-used a condom at least twice during a sexual encounter.

Key phrase: At least twice….

Condom prices average between $0.50 – $1.00 a condom, and many clinics and health departments dispense them for free.

Condoms may leak, slip off or break rendering them useless, hence new, unused condoms offer the best chance of success.

The History of the Condom

Although the first “rubber” as we know it was developed in the 1850’s, thanks to Charles Goodyear and the vulcanization of rubber, prophylactics were created in all shapes and sizes for centuries.

Materials included tortoise shells, sheep intestine, animal bladders, horns, silk and even gold.

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allthatinteresting.com: A rare Glan condom from Asia Minor created during the Bronze age and made of silver and gold.

Around the 16th century the deadly STD, syphilis, began to spread rapidly and Gabriele Fallopio devised a linen sheath to be tied onto the penis.  When tested on 1,100 men none contracted syphilis.  His name, ironically, is carried by women who still have their fallopian tubes.

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Condom from the 1600’s

Following this period, condom use became controversial as some believed it promoted immoral behavior. Animal skin then became a popular material, but users complained of the condom falling off.

When Charles Goodyear patented the vulcanization of rubber the first condom as we know it was created in 1855.  Vulcanization is the heating of rubber with chemicals such as sulfur, making it stronger and more elastic.

By the 1950’s Durex added lubrication to the condom and by the 1980’s spermicidal gel was included.

How to use a condom correctly

Again condoms should never be reused and the following should be ensured to make sure they provide adequate protection:

  1. Always inspect the condom first for breaks, leaks, and tears.
  2. Unroll the condom before putting it on.
  3. Make sure there is some space at the tip, allowing room for semen
  4. Put the condom on before intercourse
  5. Leave the condom on until after intercourse
  6. Do not reuse or turn it inside out

 

 

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Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, KDWN, and iHeart Radio.

She is also a Board Certified Family Physician and Assistant Professor at Touro University Nevada