Monday, May 31, 2010

Normal Changes to Your Body

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Intimacy After Childbirth: Normal Changes to Your Body
After the birth of a child, a woman’s body experiences a number of different changes. Some of the changes are due to the pregnancy, and some of the changes are due to the birthing process. Many of the changes will disappear over time.

Hormonal Changes
A decrease in estrogen following childbirth and during breastfeeding can cause various changes to a woman’s body. Her vaginal lining may thin or become irritated during sexual activity. Both of these changes can make penetration during sex painful.

Hormones released during sexual activity can actually help the uterus return to its normal size and position following childbirth. This may be encouraging for women who are eager to begin sexual activity.*

Vaginal Dryness
After pregnancy you could experience vaginal dryness as a result of the decreased levels of estrogen in your body. Women who are breastfeeding also experience vaginal dryness. For some women, vaginal dryness can last up to six months.

Use a water-based vaginal lubricant during sexual activity for your added pleasure, comfort, and safety. Try Just Like Me or Sweet Seduction. Both products are gentle and non-irritating.

Less Intense Orgasms
Because the vaginal muscles stretched during childbirth and pregnancy, you may experience less intense orgasms for the first few months. To help this, perform Kegel exercises regularly to help restore the elasticity to your vaginal muscles and tissues.

To aid in the performance of Kegel exercises, try Pure Romance’s Ben Wa Balls, which are inserted vaginally. Ben Wa Balls help locate the correct muscles used during Kegel exercises.

Loss of Desire
Fatigue, stress, or worry about becoming pregnant again can cause a woman to temporarily lose her desire for sexual activity. This is completely normal. Most women regain their sexual desire after a few months. If you find that you are still experiencing desire issues after a long period of time, talk to your health care provider, who can develop a plan to help overcome these issues.

A heightener, or arousal cream, can help increase a woman’s sexual arousal. Pure Romance’s topical arousal creams (Ex-T-Cee, Nympho Niagra, and X-Scream) are applied to the clitoris and draw blood to the genitals, helping to increase libido and sexual desire.

Changes to Vaginal Tissues
Because of the trauma of childbirth, a woman’s vaginal tissue may have become strained, bruised, or torn, making sexual activity uncomfortable. A woman may find that clitoral stimulation is preferred over vaginal stimulation for sometime following childbirth. It is important to note that because of possible tearing of the vaginal tissues, oral sex is not recommended on a woman following childbirth. This could lead to infection of the tissues or a more serious consequences.

Over time, the vaginal tissues will heal on their own. To help with the healing process, it is important to maintain vaginal health before and after pregnancy and delivery. A healthy diet, exercises (including Kegel exercises), using a vaginal moisturizer (such as Fresh Start) and/or water-based vaginal lubricant (such as Just Like Me or Sweet Seduction), and engaging in plenty of foreplay can help restore the vaginal tissue and muscles to their pre-pregnancy condition.

Breast Changes
Many women experience a growth in breast size following pregnancy. This can be very exciting and pleasurable for a woman and her partner. If a woman is breastfeeding, though, she may find that her breasts are too sensitive or over stimulated and may want to avoid any touching or breast stimulation. This should pass with time, though, and as breastfeeding is decreased. Some women find that as they become sexually aroused or that during orgasm their breasts may expel milk, which is normal. Some women and their partners find pleasure in this experience, while others are uncomfortable with it. If it is bothersome, women can wear breast pads during sexual activity to avoid this potentially embarrassing situation.

*It is important to note that women must wait for their doctor’s approval before resuming sexual intercourse. This will allow their body enough time to heal following their pregnancy. For most women, they must wait at least six weeks following childbirth before having intercourse again.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Low Libido

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What is a low libido?
A person with a low libido (or sexual arousal disorder) is considered to have a low sex drive and
low sexual desire. However, the definition of a low libido is based on each individual person. For
example, if two people in a relationship have little desire to have sex, and both people are comfortable
with this, they may not consider themselves to have a low libido. If a woman has little desire in sex
and it does not bother her, she may not consider herself to have a low libido. Having a low sex drive
becomes an issue if it interferes with a person’s relationship(s) or causes distress to the person.

Who has a low libido?
It has been estimated that millions of women are affected by low libido. Men can also have low
libidos, although it may be less common. A person’s libido can change throughout their life and
can be impacted by various events. For example, losing a family member, a new job, or changing
medications can all affect a person’s libido.

What are the symptoms of a low libido?
The most basic symptom of a low libido is having no desire for sexual activity. A low libido is usually
caused by other issues, such as depression, certain hormonal conditions, stress, or pain during
intercourse. If you think you have a low sex drive and this is not normal for you, it is important to
consult your health care provider to determine the cause for the decrease in sexual desire and to
rule out a serious health issue.

How do I know if I have a low libido?
This is something that you may be able to determine on your own. However, your health care
provider would be able to give you an accurate diagnosis, as well as provide you with information
about treating your low libido.

What are the treatments for a low libido?

If another health issue is causing your low libido, such as depression or stress, treating that disorder
may help to increase your sex drive. Some women use hormone therapy to help increase their
libido, but this can have potentially serious side effects for some women, such as an increased risk
for breast cancer or heart disease. Stress management, exercise, or counseling might also help.
Some women find it helpful to focus on other ways to be intimate with their partner if they are
experiencing a decrease in sexual arousal, such as holding hands or cuddling. This will allow you
to stay close with your partner without engaging in sexual activity until both of you are ready.
Satisfaction is something that you and your partner define and the definition may change over your
lifetime.

What products does Pure Romance offer to help improve my libido?
If you find that you have a decreased libido, you may want to try an arousal cream, such as Ex-TCee,
Nympho Niagra, or X-Scream. It is also important to use a water-based vaginal lubricant each
time you engage in sexual activity. Try Just Like Me or Sweet Seduction, which are both gentle and
non-irritating. You can also talk to your Pure Romance Consultant or visit our Web site for more
information about your libido and which products may be right for you

Saturday, May 29, 2010

All About Breast Health

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What is breast cancer?
Breast cancer is cancer that begins in the breast tissue. There are many types of breast cancer. It is possible for breast cancer to spread to other areas of the body.

What causes breast cancer?
No one is sure what causes breast cancer, although there are certain factors that can increase a woman’s risk for breast cancer. These include genetics, lifestyle choices (such as diet and alcohol use), and reproductive factors (such as age of first period and menopause).

Who gets breast cancer?
Both women and men can get breast cancer, although it is more common in women. Breast cancer is most common among women over 50, although it is possible for women younger than 40 to get breast cancer. The risk of breast cancer increases with age.

How do you treat breast cancer?
There are many different treatments for breast cancer and they vary depending on the type of cancer. Surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and certain medications are all possible breast cancer treatments. A woman’s treatment program will be determined by her health care provider.

How can I prevent breast cancer?
Studies have shown that certain behaviors can help reduce a person’s risk for developing breast cancer. These behaviors include:
• Limiting alcohol consumption
• Maintaining a healthy weight
• Exercising regularly
• Avoiding long-term use of certain hormones, if possible
While these methods are not guaranteed, they have been shown to reduce the risk for breast cancer.

What is early detection?
Early detection refers to screening (also known as tests or exams) to find breast cancer early, before it has progressed into another stage, or spreads to another part of the body.

The American Cancer Society recommends that women in their 20s and 30s have a clinical breast exam (typically done by hand) during their regular health exams every three years. Women in their 20s should perform monthly breast self exams (BSE). This will enable young women to become familiar with their breasts and help them determine if anything has changed or become uncharacteristic. Women 40 and older should have a clinical breast exam done by a health care professional every year, as well as a yearly mammogram (an X-ray of the breast). Women who have a higher risk for breast cancer, such as a family history, should talk to their health care provider about more thorough screening procedures.


Your Breast Health: Breast Self Examinations

What is a breast self examination?

Breast self-examinations (BSE) are a way for an individual to inspect their breasts to detect any changes or signs of breast cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, research has shown that BSE plays a small role in breast cancer detection compared to finding a lump by chance.

Who should do breast self examinations?
It is recommended that all women start BSE in their 20s and should continue doing them throughout their lifetime. Men can also do BSE.

Why should I do breast self examinations?
Regular BSE can help individuals become familiar with their breasts, which will enable them to detect any changes in the breast tissue or anything that is uncharacteristic. If a change has occurred, report the change to a health care provider.

How do I do breast self examinations?
The following are basic instructions for how to perform a BSE.
• Lie down and put your right arm over your head.
• Using the first three fingers of your left hand, move your hand in small, circular motion all over
your right breast. Use varying pressures to feel your breast tissue.
• Using the same three fingers, move your hand in up and down lines over your breasts to feel for
lumps.
• Repeat with your left arm over your head, using your right hand to inspect your left breast.
• Stand in front of a mirror and look for any changes in the appearance and shape of your breasts.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Mastering Foreplay

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"Although not all women orgasm during
intercourse, those that do often find that spending
time in sexually exciting and arousing types of
foreplay can make it easier for them to orgasm
during intercourse."



Why is foreplay helpful for better sex?
If foreplay feels sexually exciting and arousing for a woman, her vagina may be more likely to “tent,” which means that the vagina grows in length and width, thus allowing for more comfortable penetration. (The vagina is only 3-4 inches long when unaroused but grows to about 5-6 inches in length during sexual arousal). Arousal
also enhances a woman’s natural vaginal lubrication response, which can lead to more comfortable, pleasurable sex. The key is finding types of foreplay that feel arousing for a particular woman. Spending time in foreplay can also build arousal to the point where it becomes easier for men to maintain their erections and easier for both women and men to orgasm.

How do I know if the kind of foreplay we’re trying is right?
Ask each other! Some time when you’re not having sex or about to have sex, let your partner know that you’d like to talk about your sex life. Using your own words that feel comfortable to you, say that you’re happy with your sex life and would like to find ways to please each other even more. Specifically, say you’re curious
about what types of foreplay your partner likes: Kissing? Massage? Oral sex? Toy play? Additional clues can be found by paying close attention to how your partner responds during sexual play. Does he or she moan with pleasure more often when you’re engaged in certain types of sex play? Does he or she seem like they can’t
get enough of something fun that you two do?

Can foreplay make it easier for a woman to orgasm?
Yes, yes and Abso lut ely yes! Although not all women orgasm during intercourse, those that do often find that spending time in sexually exciting and arousing types of foreplay can make it easier for them to orgasm during intercourse. Some even find that spending more time in foreplay, building arousal, can make it easier for
them to have multiple orgasms during sex. Although having an orgasm can be a lot of fun and quite satisfying, try to not focus too much on it as a goal. Rather, try to focus on pleasure and enjoyment as part of the sexual experience.

Foreplay Tips
Here are some foreplay ideas to try out – see what feels comfortable or exciting for you and your partner:

• Kiss with your clothes on for at least 10 or 20 minutes or until you both feel extremely turned on.

• Lie in bed and talk for 30 minutes to an hour, with your clothes on, and kiss each other every now and then on the forehead, lips, cheeks or neck.

• Dance together in the kitchen.

• Build a fire and kiss in front of it.

• Use a water-based lubricant (like Sweet Seduction) to massage each other’s genitals. >>>

• Gently run your fingers through your partner’s pubic hair and/or kiss or lick your partner’s inner thighs.

• Use a vibrator on low speed on each
other’s genitals.

• Perform oral sex on each other, with or without a flavored lubricant.

• Use a massage cream to sensuously massage each other’s back, legs or feet (note: if you are using latex condoms, avoid oil-based massage products; the residue on your hands could cause the condoms to break).

• Use a flavored product like Dust Me Pink in five places on your body. Have your partner locate them with his/her tongue.

• Take turns reading a favorite passage from Tickle His Pickle or Tickle Your Fancy to each other.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Sexual Response Cycle

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What is Normal?: Sexual Response Cycle

The sexual response cycle describes what changes the body undergoes as it becomes aroused. It is an individualized process; everyone experiences the cycle differently, although almost all people go through a similar process. It is important to note that the cycle takes place during any sexual activity where a person becomes aroused—masturbation, intercourse, manual stimulation by a partner, oral sex, fantasy, and more.

Over the years, researchers have explored the sexual response cycles of men and women. There are two popular sexual response cycles: Masters and Johnson’s Four Phase Model and Kaplan’s Three Phase Model.


Masters and Johnson’s Four Phase Model

Excitement
The first of the phases, excitement can last anywhere from less than a minute to several hours. There is also an increase in heart rate and blood pressure. Typically, the sexual organs, including the clitoris, labia, and breasts, become engorged with blood (vasocongestion) and often become a
deeper color. Lubrication is usually produced in the vagina during the excitement phase.

Plateau
The plateau phase is generally short in length (a few seconds to a few minutes) and the sexual tension that started in the excitement phase continues to grow. Extending the plateau phase sometimes can lead to more intense orgasms. Everything that occurred during the excitement
phase continues to occur, but with more intensity—breathing becomes heavier, the sexual organs become a dark color, heart rate and blood pressure continue to rise, and muscle tension increases.

Orgasm
The orgasm phase is the shortest phase of the sexual response cycle, generally only lasting several seconds. Women do not always enter into the orgasm phase; sometimes they stay in the plateau phase. Most women experience rhythmic muscle contractions during the orgasm phase,
which can occur in the genitals, as well as all over the body.

Resolution
The resolution phase is the final stage to the sexual response cycle. During the resolution phase, all sexual organs return to their non-aroused shape, size, and color. This change begins immediately after orgasm as long as there is no additional stimulation. The amount of time it takes for a
person’s sexual organs to return to their non-aroused state varies between individuals.

Kaplan’s Three Phase Model

Desire
A unique stage to this model is the desire phase; most other sexual response cycles do not include this phase. In the desire phase, it is assumed that people want to engage in sexual activity; that they desire the activity and/or another person. Not all sexual activity is desired, though. For
example, a couple trying to conceive a child may have sex even if they do not desire the activity.

Excitement
The first of the phases, excitement can last anywhere from less than a minute to several hours. Myotonia, which is categorized by increased muscle tension and flexing and contractions of the muscles, occurs during the excitement phase. There is also an increase in heart rate and blood
pressure. Typically, the sexual organs become engorged with blood (vasocongestion), including the clitoris, labia, and breasts, and often become a deeper color. Lubrication is usually produced in the vagina during the excitement phase.

Orgasm
The orgasm phase is the shortest phase of the sexual response cycle, generally only lasting a few seconds. Most women experience rhythmic muscle contractions during the orgasm phase. It is not unusual for people to pass back and forth between phases or for people to miss a phase.

Not everyone follows the sexual response cycle exactly as is shown here. It is also common for people to experience the cycle differently each time they engage in sexual activity. The sexual response cycle simply serves as a model to help to understand the variety of sexual responses that
people may experience.

Here is a nice model of the difference between Men and Women

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

What is your libido?

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What is your libido?

The libido is also known as your sexual desire or sex drive. Everyone has a libido, although each person’s libido level varies. It is possible for a person’s libido, or sexual desire, to be affected or change numerous times over their lifetime.

What can affect or change my libido?
There are many different reasons why a person’s libido can be impacted, including physical and psychological stresses or changes.

PHYSICAL

• Menopause - A decline in estrogen levels can affect a woman’s libido

• Dyspareunia - Painful sexual intercourse

• Vaginismus - The involuntary contraction/spasm of the vaginal muscles, which makes penetration difficult, if not impossible

• Pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding—Changes in hormone levels can increase or decrease sexual desire

• Infections – Yeast infections, urinary tract infections, or a sexually transmitted infection could affect a person’s libido

• Problems with orgasm - Being unable to reach orgasm or to reach it within a reasonable period of time

• Illness - Certain illnesses and their medications can alter a person’s libido

PSYCHOLOGICAL


• Depression - Lack of motivation, feeling sad, and withdrawing from activities, including sex

• Performance anxiety - A fear of painful sex, or pressure to have sex or r
each orgasm can decrease libido

• Fatigue - Being too tired to have sex

• Lack of time - Busy schedules could leave insufficient time for intimacy

• Familiarity - It is not uncommon for a couple’s desire for sex to decrease over time

• Relationship problems - Difficulties in a relationship can make a couple’s sexual desire suffer

• Stress - Stress hormones can dampen sexual desire and response

• Certain drugs - Antidepressants, oral contraceptive pills, and certain other prescription drugs, as well as illegal drugs and excessive alcohol use, can lower a person’s libido

• Exercise - Too much or too little can affect the libido

• Traumatic experience - Sexual harassment, sexual abuse, or rape can have an impact on your libido

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Intimacy After Childbirth

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Intimacy After Childbirth: Sexual Activity and Pregnancy

Worries about safety during pregnancy are common. What will happen if I have an orgasm? Will the thrusting of the penis harm the baby? Might sexual activity cause a miscarriage? Are there any products I can’t use during pregnancy? Is sexual activity safe during pregnancy?

There is no medical evidence that suggests that sexual activity during pregnancy does any harm whatsoever. The only times you are likely to be advised against having sex are:

• If you have had a tendency to miscarry, your health care provider might suggest that you avoid intercourse for the first three months, or at the times during those months when your period would normally have been due, as your hormone levels may be at their lowest then.

• If you have a history of premature labor, you might choose to avoid intercourse during the later stages of pregnancy.

• If you have a low-lying placenta, your health care provider may suggest you avoid intercourse. The baby is very well protected by the muscular walls of the uterus, by the bag of water, which has a cushioning effect, and by the mucus plug which seals off the neck of the uterus. No injury will occur during gentle, loving intercourse.

What will happen if I orgasm while I’m pregnant?
Women often experience mild contractions during arousal and orgasm, but these contractions are not powerful enough to start labor unless it is imminent. While sex won’t start labor unless the woman’s body is ready, nipple stimulation and intercourse are natural ways to help induce labor in late pregnancy if your baby is overdue. Semen can soften the cervix, and hormones released by nipple stimulation encourage the uterus to contract.

Are intimate enhancement products safe to use during pregnancy?
It is best to always check with your health care provider before using any new products during a pregnancy. Usually, mild products are best to use while pregnant, including water-based lubricants, such as Just Like Me and Sweet Seduction.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

All About Me

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Well where to start? My name is Meghan Cooper and I am a Pure Romance consultant in Atlanta, GA! But first I'm a mother and wife to the most awesome family in the world. My amazing supportive husband and my beautiful daughter Serenity.

I got into this business for a couple of reasons:
  1. To educate women about their sexual health. To empower women to take charge of their bodies and love life.
  2. To spend time with my daughter after getting laid off due to the crappy recession.
  3. Making my own schedule and making just as much money as a part time to full time job!
  4. I get paid to party! Is there anything else to say?
Pure Romance carries a sophisticated line of educational books, sensual lotions, exciting adult toys, and much more!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Starting Over

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I fell victim to some one elses computer issues! My Blog was mark as a Spam blog when it certainly was not. Anyone who read it clearly knew what I was writing about. I don't personally think anything was done in bad taste but after nearly two months of begging Goggle to restore my blog, even just to access the content I haven't been able to. I don't know if someone reported me or the robots just didn't like some code on my page. Either way I'm starting over. And I appreciate all of you for baring with me while I get everything up and running. I lost all my followers so your support is much appreciated!
 

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