Vaginas absolutely need sex or they’ll waste away: study

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It’s a painful condition that can leave you itching, even burning down there — and no, it’s not a sexually transmitted infection!

Just when you thought you had enough to worry about after realizing having a “depressed” vagina is a thing, women are also at risk of vaginal atrophy.

Vaginal atrophy is a common but treatable condition that causes the vaginal wall to thin.

And while it can be a problem for women of any age, it’s more likely to affect women who are going through, or have been through, menopause.

This is because the body produces less estrogen than normal, which has an effect on how the vaginal wall behaves.

Vaginal atrophy can also occur in women who have been treated for cancer, especially in those who have had hormone treatment for breast cancer, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Common symptoms include discharge, burning, itching, difficulty peeing and pain during sex.

This might seem like enough to put you off having sex for good, but regular orgasms — from your partner or a bit of self-love — can actually ward off the nasty symptoms.

And the key is the increased blood flow to your nether regions when you climax — it works almost like a “workout” down there.

Louise Mazanti, a London-based sex therapist, said: “It is very important that we have a healthy sex life with a partner or with ourselves.”

“People very often say, ‘I don’t have a sex life because I don’t have a partner.’”

“But forget about that and have a sexual relationship with yourself.”

“It’s about using massage and touching the tissue so that it becomes alive, the blood flows and the tissue becomes elastic.”

“It is really about exercising the tissue.”

Increasing blood flow increases oxygen supply to the vagina, which means it is less likely to become inflamed, thin or dry.

According to Mazanti, if cells are not getting enough oxygen, they cannot eliminate waste from the tissue, which can cause inflammation that leads to problems such as vaginal atrophy.

A buildup of toxins can also stop vital nutrients from getting to the cells, which can leave the tissue slightly weaker and thinner.

Mazanti also said losing the ability to have sex is not just a physical problem, it can have some serious side effects on a person’s mental health.

She added: “When your ability to have sex and your desire to have sex decreases, it is a massive change in identity.”

“You start to question ‘who am I now if I am not the sexual woman I used to be?’”

“It can cause depression and an identity crisis and deep consideration of an existential nature.”

What are the main symptoms of vaginal atrophy?

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Depending on how severe the condition is, you may experience a variety of symptoms, including:

  • Dryness
  • Burning sensation, particularly when you pee
  • Discharge
  • Itching
  • Urgency to pee
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Incontinence
  • Light bleeding after sex
  • Discomfort during sex
  • Dryness during sex
  • A shortening or tightening of the vagina

What causes the condition?

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Vaginal atrophy is generally caused by a decrease in the production of the female sex hormone estrogen.

Estrogen is the main hormone that regulates a woman’s menstrual cycle and controls ovulation.

It is also responsible for thickening the vaginal wall and causes it to release mucous once a girl hits puberty.

So if you stop producing estrogen, the walls of your vagina can become thin and dry.

Vaginal atrophy is most common in women who have gone through the menopause, but certain cancer treatments and hormone treatments can also cause it.

Women who are smokers, who have never had a vaginal birth or do not have sex or pleasure themselves are also more at risk.

Smoking affects your blood circulation, resulting in the vagina and other tissues not getting enough oxygen.

It also reduces the effects of estrogen.

How can vaginal atrophy be treated?

Vaginal moisturizers and lubricants can be used to treat dryness and help improve your sex life.

You may have to apply moisturizer every two to three days but the effects usually last longer than lube.

A lubricant is used mainly to make sex easier and more enjoyable.

If symptoms don’t improve, over-the-counter estrogen therapy may be recommended.

Creams can be inserted into the vagina daily to restore the tissue.

Estrogen tablets may also be recommended to help restore the body’s natural levels.

Because no bikini is complete without one! Japanese company releases line of ‘CROTCH charms’ for women to dangle from their swimsuits between their legs

By CARLY STERN

  • BoDivas makes and ships the items, called ‘Beachtails’, from Tokyo 
  • They range in price from $19.50 to $22.50
  • Each features a chunky chain that loops through the crotch of bikini bottoms, with delicate chains that hang between the legs 
  • The company notes they can also be worn with underwear, and they sell other sex-related jewelry as well 

A Japanese company is selling what might be one of the most uncomfortable and impracticable pieces of jewelry ever dreamed up.

BoDivas, based in Tokyo, is offering the strange item, which they call the ‘Beachtail‘ and describe as ‘sexy charms for bikini crotch’.

The metallic charms are meant to be worn through the crotch of bikini bottoms, so the decorations dangle between a woman’s legs.

That's new... A company called BoDivas is selling crotch charms to wear with bathing suits

Odd: The design features a chunky chain that goes inside bikini bottoms, with crystals that hang on chains between the legs
Odd: The design features a chunky chain that goes inside bikini bottoms, with crystals that hang on chains between the legs
Odd: The design features a chunky chain that goes inside bikini bottoms, with crystals that hang on chains between the legs

Exotic... They are made in Japan and sell for around $20 each

The company oddly calls the jewelry ‘classy’ and ‘very original’, adding that besides in bikini bottoms, they can also be worn with panties, thongs, tangas, and shorts.

Each piece features a metal chain loop that is made up of half large, chunky links — which are meant to be worn inside underwear or bikini bottoms — and half more delicate links, which drape underneath the crotch on the outside.

There are also two loose chains that dangle between the legs, with some designs featuring gems on the ends.

The chains hang down 3 inches (7.5 centimeters) and are made of rhodium silver-plated brass.

Well that makes more sense... The company sells sex jewelry and notes that these can also be worn with underwear

Imagine seeing that on the beach! The uncomfortable-looking jewelry looks incredibly impracticable 

The jewelry ranges in price from $19.50 to $22.50, and the company promises that the item is listed as a ‘fashion strap’ on customs forms.

BoDivas also sells other sexual body jewelry, including nipple rings, nipple ‘nooses’, and cvlitoris clips, which are clearly all meant for private wear.

And while the crotch charms might make sense in the bedroom, the company clearly suggests that this jewelry can be worn in public, too.

Unsurprisingly, though the crotch charms are available to buy on both Amazon and Etsy, no buyer has yet to leave a review.

 

Photo series explores the wonderful world of swinging

Ever wondered what happens at a swingers party?

No, it’s not just keys in a bowl and giggling while you smooch your neighbour.

Photographer and author David Haslam has spent eight months documenting swinger culture in southeast Michigan, after being welcomed into a community of sexually adventurous swingers.

He’s now launched a Kickstarter to turn the photo series he captured into a book, called Swing Strong: The Naked Truth, which will explore the culture of swinging in the 21st Century.

If that book gets funded, David plans to follow it up with a guide to swinging, and a more in-depth look at the lives of the swingers he met.

Photo series explores the wonderful world of swinging

As a non-swinger, David’s journey into the world of swinging was pretty eye-opening.

He first got introduced into the culture by a friend who met her husband through sex parties, who suggested he photographed swingers she could introduce him to.

From then on, David went to sex parties – ranging from small, intimate gatherings to massive hotel parties with 80 people in attendance – and interviewed and photographed the people he met to find out more about the culture of swinging.’

Photo series explores the wonderful world of swinging

‘The lifestyle is considered on the fringe or even taboo in most parts of the “vanilla” world,’ writes David on the book’s Kickstarter. ‘For those that embrace the naked truth of it, the rewards can be amazing, life long, and life changing!

David says that he met all kinds of people who identify as swingers, ranging in body type, profession, personality, everything.

‘All consider themselves swingers and all currently live within a hundred miles of downtown Detroit,’ he explains.

‘After that, what they have in common ends.

Photo series explores the wonderful world of swinging

‘The diversity is amazing! the answer to some of the questions we posed were very surprising. Swinging is NOT a large group of people, living in run-down trailer parks, having free sex with everyone and anyone.’

The photographer discovered that swinging culture doesn’t fit the stereotypes.

It’s not about keys in a bowl, ‘run-down trailer parks’, or a sexual free-for-all. There are rules, regulations, and a lot of respect.

Photo series explores the wonderful world of swinging

‘There are protocols in place,’ he says. ‘Rules to be followed. A certain social structure to be observed.

‘However, nudity, total freedom of sexual expression, thoughts, and desires are fully open and accepted within these groups.

‘Good strong friendships form, and fun and enjoyment are nearly universal.

‘And it is safe when the rules are followed, which they nearly always are.

Photo series explores the wonderful world of swinging

‘Swingers watch each other’s backs, and trouble makers and rule breakers are removed from the organized swinging groups.’

Good to know.

Photo series explores the wonderful world of swinging

He discovered that the sex parties are attended by single people, who come along with swing partners, and couples, many of whom started swinging after years together to bring some excitement to their marriage.

There tend to be more men than women, and, as a result, women find it easier to have as much sexual pleasure as they fancy.

The culture is incredibly respectful of women, and enthusiastic consent is always taken into account. Condoms are always used, too, so everyone stays safe.

Photo series explores the wonderful world of swinging

David hopes his book will give people a glimpse into the world of swinging, not only to break down stereotypes and make people a little less judgmental of those who swing, but also to give people who are interested in trying out swinging for themselves a taste of the action.

‘As you peruse the book, notice that almost everyone is smiling or laughing,’ says David.

‘This lifestyle, a world within a world, tends to make its occupants very happy.

Photo series explores the wonderful world of swinging

‘As with any group of human beings, problems arise on occasion, some of them major.

‘However, the very intimate nature of the lifestyle activity demand a level of trust and support to enjoy the benefits.

‘As a result, close friendships often develop very quickly.

‘It’s been compared to having your cake and eating it too! This is the wonderful world of swinging.’

 

12 Times Kids Gave Innocent Gifts That Made Adults LOL

There are some gifts that truly can’t be bought in a store. Kids probably understand this better than any of us, and tend to be seasoned experts at putting together heartfelt tokens of appreciation at home – which usually end up being more funny for adults than their little minds could ever imagine.

At the end of the day, it’s the thought that counts, right? Check out some of the most innocent, naive, and overall hilarious gifts people have received from kids below.

#1 So Today I Was Given An End Of Term Present From A Child That She Made With Her Mum. It’s So Beautiful, Until I Inspected Closer. I Asked The Mum If It Was Intentional And She Had No Idea. Highlight Of My School Year So Far

So Today I Was Given And End Of Term Present From A Child That She Made With Her Mum. It's So Beautiful, Until I Inspected Closer. I Asked The Mum If It Was Intentional And She Had No Idea. Highlight Of My School Year So Far

#2 A Card From My 5-Year-Old Daughter Hoping I Win Lots Of “Pennies” At The Casinos In Vegas

A Card From My 5-Year-Old Daughter Hoping I Win Lots Of "Pennies" At The Casinos In Vegas

#3 Made A Book For My Dad For Father’s Day. My 13-Year-Old Sister Could Use Practice Drawing Whistles

Made A Book For My Dad For Father's Day. My 13-Year-Old Sister Could Use Practice Drawing Whistles

#4 Middle School Student Accidentally Gave My Wife Thong Underwear

Middle School Student Accidentally Gave My Wife Thong Underwear

#5 My Friend’s Daughter Drew Him A “Giraffe” In School Today

My Friend's Daughter Drew Him A "Giraffe" In School Today

#6 3-Year-Old (In Bathroom): Mummy, Can I Put This Sticker On Daddy’s Card? Me (In Bed): Yes. 3-Year-Old: Will He Love It? Me: Yes

3-Year-Old (In Bathroom): Mummy, Can I Put This Sticker On Daddy's Card? Me (In Bed): Yes. 3-Year-Old: Will He Love It? Me: Yes

#7 My 4-Year-Old Son Went With My Friend To A Local Novelty Bookstore, Where He Asked To Get A Present For Mommy. This Is What He Chose

My 4-Year-Old Son Went With My Friend To A Local Novelty Bookstore, Where He Asked To Get A Present For Mommy. This Is What He Chose

#8 My Sister-In-Law Teaches The 4th Grade. This Is What One Of Her Students Gave Her For Valentine’s Day

My Sister-In-Law Teaches The 4th Grade. This Is What One Of Her Students Gave Her For Valentine's Day

#9 My Buddy Teaches Elementary School PE. The Kids Call Him ‘Coach Peek’, A 1st Grader Gave Him This This Week

My Buddy Teaches Elementary School PE. The Kids Call Him 'Coach Peek', A 1st Grader Gave Him This This Week

#10 My Daughter Couldn’t Wait To Give Me The Gift She Made. It’s “Dad Seed”, A Packet With A Raisins And Sunflower Seeds Mix I Often Eat. Maybe The Hardest Ever To Not Laugh At An Inappropriate Time

#11 I’m A Medic. My Daughter Accidentally Made The Funniest Gift I’ve Ever Received

I'm A Medic. My Daughter Accidentally Made The Funniest Gift I've Ever Received

#12 My Daughter Drew This Mother’s Day Card For Me

 My Daughter Drew This Mother's Day Card For Me

Fall F#ck Fest

Saturday, September 30

Fall F#ck Fest

Come in and lose your pants. It’s a Fall F#ck Fest for the night. We’re all here for the same reason and there is no reason to deny it.

Get on the Tom’s Trips Guest List to save $10 off of your nightly user fee.*

Hours: 8 p.m. – 4 a.m.

Couples: $80 | Single Ladies: $15 | No Single Men

*Membership to Trapeze required. Must sign up on Tom’s by noon Sept. 30 to receive discounts. Cannot be combined with other discount, vouchers or passes. You must arrive before 11 p.m. and mention your Tom’s screen name to receive discounts.

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Daddy’s Little Girl – Cancer Fund

Little Allen’s youngest daughter, Elana, was diagnosed  with stage 4 cancer.  Please consider donating to this fund in an effort to offset the tremendous expenses that they will be faced with.  All of your support is appreciated more than you know.

Just 1 day after my daughter celebrated her 1st wedding Anniversary, Elana began experiencing tremendous pain in her lower back, leg and foot.  Thinking it was nothing, Elana continued to live her life and fought through the pain. When the pain became unbearable again, she went to the doctor to get scans for what we thought might be a herniated disc.donate

What we found was 7 abnormalities and lesions in her femur and pelvic area. After numerous tests, scans and biopsies, the lives of my newly wedded daughter and her husband Jason were turned upside down when her oncologist determined she had aggressive metastasized stage 4 cancer. The problem is that there is no clear diagnosis on what type of cancer it is. This happens in 1% of cases each year, and has made determining what treatment is necessary very difficult.

It’s been 2 1/2 years since Elana’s diagnosis. Since her diagnosis, she has been through over 12+ chemotherapy treatments and over 80 radiation treatments. She’s lost tremendous amounts of weight, lost her hair 2 times, slowly losing her ability to walk, and experiences tremendous pain, upon a myriad of other side effects of treatment.

Her courage and refusal to give up on her battle against Ewing’s Sarcoma, has led us to a point where we need partake in a clinical trial at Mass General Hospital in Boston.

Every three weeks, she will need to make the long trip from Florida to Boston for 7 straight days of treatment and chemotherapy, and then return home for two weeks.

It’s important that we keep Elana as close to Mass General Hospital as possible to avoid long travel times and make sure she has the quick access of the hospital in the case she experiences adverse effects from the treatment.

With that comes a large list of expenses, some of which are reimbursed for participating in the trial, but many of them including food, travel and lodging are not covered fully. We’re hoping this fundraising campaign will help lighten the financial burden of this experimental treatmemt that could and will help save my Daughter’s life.

I really appreciate you taking the time out to hear our story and possibly donating to our cause, thanks in advance for your support!

“Elana, the youngest of my 4 daughters at 31, is a fighter, super positive, optimistic and handling all of this like a champion. She is truly an amazing human being.”

-Allen Markowitz

PornHub’s traffic drops by 5 per cent during Game of Thrones season 7 premiere

The x-rated website’s statisticians looked into the traffic on the site while GoT aired in the United States

PornHub’s website traffic dropped by 4.5 per cent in the United States during the Game of Thrones season seven premier.

The site’s statisticians looked at the traffic across the US and found it was down by 4.5 per cent during the airing compared to an average Sunday evening.

The x-rated site said: ‘That’s a considerable change in visitors as Sunday night is one of the most popular times for people to visit PornHub.’

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However, it is not the largest drop the website has seen from a US audience during a GoT episode airing, as when episode 10 of season six aired, traffic was down by 5.2 per cent.

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5 Unbelievable Health Benefits Of Masturbation You NEED To Know

sweaterFind out why orgasms are so good for you!

Self-pleasure is rarely talked about, and female masturbation especially still makes people oddly uncomfortable. About 92 percent of women say they masturbate, so why aren’t we talking about it?

Solo sex can not only boost your emotional well-being and your sex life, but it can also improve your health. So read on to learn some of the incredible health benefits of masturbation and why you should be doing a lot more if it.

1. It improves the quality of your sleep.

No more counting sheep. Masturbation is actually a natural snooze sedative. Better (and way more exciting) than the rainforest sleep sounds on your iPod, self-pleasure produces endorphins — the essential chemicals that help ease pain, stress, relax and help you catch up on those zzz’s.

2. It strengthens your muscles.

Ready for a workout? Masturbation tones pelvic and anal muscles. Not only does having a stronger pelvic floor lead to better sex, it can also reduce a woman’s chance of involuntary urine leakage, according to Planned Parenthood. Who knew?

3. It’s a great menstruation cramp reliever.

Midol and heating pads, step aside. Self-pleasure can actually relieve a lot of the pain you feel during your period. Premenstrual irritability, cramps and those painful backaches you get during your period can all be eased by masturbation. How? It increases blood flow to the pelvic region. Why didn’t we know about these health benefits of masturbation sooner?

4. It alleviated urinary tract infections.

Prone to UTIs? Masturbating not only helps relieve discomfort, it also can flush out old bacteria from the cervix. Another excuse to hop into bed.

5. It lowers your risk of Type 2 Diabetes

As if you even needed another reason orgasm, women who experience more big Os were shown to have a greater resistance to type 2 diabetes. One way to ensure more climaxes? Self-pleasuring!

9 Surprising Things Women Should Never Do To Their Breasts

Like most women on the planet, I can distinctly remember when my breasts started developing as a teen. It can be an incredibly awkward experience as we try to navigate the needs of the new additions on top of all the hormones and emotions raging. But over time, we eventually figure out the best way to deal with the extra baggage on our chests.

Or at least, we think we do. It turns out that most of us ladies are completely wrong or simply in the dark when it comes to what we put our boobs through. At best, so many of us are enduring far more discomfort than necessary that could be easily avoided — at worst, we’re putting our health in serious danger by not paying close enough attention to their needs.

I know I’m guilty of a few of the mistakes below, but I’m so glad I know the facts now.

Did we miss any little known bad habits that affect our breasts? Let us know in the comments and be sure to SHARE with your loved ones!

1. Wear The Wrong Size Bra

1. Wear The Wrong Size Bra

Only 1 in 4 women wear their correct size, most running a bit too small. That extra bit of cleavage might look nice, but on top of being uncomfortable, studies show that squeezing into too-petite cups can restrict blood flow and cause scar tissue to form that potentially leads to cancer.

2. Pluck Stray Hairs

2. Pluck Stray Hairs

Every time you tug one of those pesky follicles from that sensitive area, you make the naturally thin skin much thicker, which frequently makes the hair grow back with more girth and inflammation.

3. Pinch Too Tight

3. Pinch Too Tight

We know some women enjoy a love bite or too while getting frisky with their partners. But these can also cause the same damage with scar tissue as wearing a bra that’s too small, leading to potentially painful issues. So try not to get too carried away in the boudoir.

4. Get A Nipple Piercing

4. Get A Nipple Piercing

Any piercing location runs the very common risk of becoming infected, but the nipple’s close proximity to the lymphatic system means that icky bacteria can quickly spread its way through your bloodstream.

5. Smoke Cigarettes

5. Smoke Cigarettes

The harsh chemicals you’re inhaling with each puff of a cigarette are notorious for taking a toll on your lungs, but they also seep into the skin and zap the elastin, which is what makes regular smokers start to appear saggy.

6. Let Them Run Free

6. Let Them Run Free

Heading out for a jog or hitting the gym without a sports bra, even for the most diminutive of ladies, can cause our girls to bounce around and form scar tissue on top of just being seriously painful for some.

7. Sleep Face Down

7. Sleep Face Down

While this doesn’t make your breast shrink as rumors have claimed, the overnight pressure can still alter their shape over time. Grab a pillow to prop them up, or sleep on your side instead.

8. Let Them Dry Out

8. Let Them Dry Out

Breasts have extremely thin skin, which can be prone to loss of elasticity and itchy flakes. Remember to moisturize regularly with firming cream or lotion, preferably something with UV protection as well.

9. Judge One Side More Harshly

9. Judge One Side More Harshly

You might be disappointed in the slightly smaller size of your right side and frustrated that they can’t just work together to look normal. The fact is that, statistically speaking, having one bigger than the other (usually the left) is one of the most common things females across the world share in common, so there’s no need to go rushing off to a plastic surgeon for a few ounces of difference.

Did we miss any important boob bad habits? Let us know below and be sure to SHARE with your friends!