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Is it safe to fly during pregnancy?

Is it safe to fly during pregnancy?

Answers from Roger W. Harms, M.D.


Generally, commercial air travel during pregnancy is considered safe for women who have healthy pregnancies. Still, if you’re pregnant, it’s best to check with your health care provider before you fly.

Your health care provider might caution against air travel if your pregnancy is considered high risk or you’re at risk of preterm labor. Similarly, your health care provider might restrict travel of any type after 36 weeks of pregnancy.

If your health care provider approves air travel and you have flexibility in your travel plans, the best time to fly might be in the middle of your pregnancy — about weeks 14 to 28. This is when you’re likely to feel your best, and the risks of miscarriage and premature labor are the lowest.

When you fly:

  • Check the airline’s policy about air travel during pregnancy. Guidelines for pregnant women might vary by carrier and destination.
  • Choose your seat carefully. For the most space and comfort, consider requesting an aisle seat.
  • Buckle up. During the trip, fasten the lap belt under your abdomen.
  • Promote circulation. If possible, take occasional walks up and down the aisle. If you must remain seated, flex and extend your ankles often.
  • Drink plenty of fluids. Low humidity in the cabin can lead to dehydration.

Decreased air pressure during flight can slightly reduce the amount of oxygen in your blood, but this doesn’t pose risks if you’re otherwise healthy.

Likewise, the radiation exposure associated with air travel at high altitudes isn’t thought to be problematic for most business or leisure travelers who fly during pregnancy.

There’s a caveat for frequent fliers, though.

Pilots, flight attendants and others who fly steadily might be exposed to a level of cosmic radiation that raises questions during pregnancy. If you must fly frequently during your pregnancy, discuss it with your health care provider. He or she might limit your total flight time during pregnancy.

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Cloth Pads VS Sanitary Napkins

Cloth Pads VS Sanitary Napkins

This post discusses the use of sanitary napkins. Please do not find it offensive. It is only directed towards creating awareness. A sanitary napkin is an absorbent fabric worn by a woman while she is menstruating. A cloth menstrual pad is sanitary napkin that is reusable.

I was approached by Tiny Tapir to test using their cloth menstrual pads last week. In return, I will run a giveaway contest in this blog, promoting the use of reusable cloth menstrual pads. I would like to help, but how could I?

Me got 100% man‘hood’, me no using maxi pad.

At least I came to know the existence of cloth menstrual pads. And I could still help to create awareness here.

In early days before the birth of disposable pads, women used some form of cloth to catch their menstrual blood. Some of these clothes were washable and reusable. In some rural areas and poor families, women did not use anything to collect menstrual blood. When they menstruated, they left a trail of blood behind them (source from the Museum of Menstruation and Women’s Health).

Disposable menstrual pads were first commercially available around 1888. Back then, they were called Southall’s Pads, which was a wood pulp bandages used to catch menstrual blood and can be thrown away after use. These pads have up to 2 centimeters in thickness and leaks were a major problem.

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Southall’s pad (taken from the Museum of Menstruation and Women’s Health)

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Southall’s ads from the United Kingdom, 1892.

The design has been bettered in the last 20 years by adding “wings” and reducing the thickness of the pad.

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Modern disposable sanitary napkins

Introducing here the cloth menstrual pads. Have you ever heard of this one before? Do not get mistaken, these are not the same cloth pads used 2 generations ago. Modern cloth pads have “wings” too and they are so slim you will not realize you are wearing anything.

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Cloth pads – decorative too! (courtesy from Tiny Tapir)

Do you know it takes 500 to 800 years for disposable sanitary napkins to biodegrade? Cloth pads are made of 100% organic materials and thus more environmental friendly than disposable sanitary napkins.

Other advantages of cloth menstrual pad over disposable sanitary napkin are:

1. It is less expensive in long run because it will last for years.

2. It carries fewer odors as it is made of more breathable material (cloth) if compared to plastic.

3. It is more comfortable to wear if compared to plastic.Have I managed to pursuit you to switch to cloth menstrual pads?

Poor quality artificial hymen can cause lifelong infertility

Poor quality artificial hymen can cause lifelong infertility 2008-5-5 14:53 Yangcheng Evening News


These inferior products in the security hidden trouble. Experts Caution: girls best to stay away from it!

The number of colleges and universities in Guangzhou ladies’ room and even the accommodation blocks the numerous artificial hymen advertising. After an investigation, the reporters found that these self-proclaimed “no surgery, no injections, no medication, no side effects, offer a few hundred dollars” artificial hymen “is, in fact, some of the adult products market only $ 20 you can buy inferior products. Experts say, because of quality problems, these products will damage the user’s health, a serious cause of infertility for life, should be used with caution!

Advertisement appeared University <br> in a university located in Tianhe District, a teacher, told reporters the artificial hymen ads last month began to appear on campus, at first in the girls toilets, later in the student dormitory can see such as posting ads. An ad posted in the ladies room last week said it was just imported from Japan, the fifth-generation artificial hymen, and introduced this product without any side effects, 100% real “price of 300 yuan a set, such as More than five sets% discount “.

  Another university, a student told reporters that the school “artificial hymen” advertising time for two months, a 11-storey teaching building, almost each floor of the ladies room can be found in this kind of advertising. The campus cleaners who used to rip these ads, but a few days the ad will again appear.

The reporter then dialed the phone on the left in an ad, a woman answered the phone, she told reporters, students soon to be a holiday, so a month all artificial hymen has a special price, such as “red night” a past 280, now only $ 200, “Lady film also dropped from the previous 200 yuan to 160 yuan the Japanese original Joan of Arc Red” by 400 yuan to 280 yuan. She also boasted of these products feel realistic, simple to use, and “Fallen flowers” exactly like the real thing, and will not cause any harm to the body.

No certificate of sale

The reporter went to Station Road, adult products wholesale market, found inside the shops are not artificial hymen on the pavement, I began to ask the shop staff will hesitated to look into the boss. When a reporter said he was a college student, introduced by the familiar customers over the artificial hymen wholesale back to school sales, the boss he called the employee to another place the artificial hymen model of the two brands bring in a shop.

According to the shop owner, the store sold two artificial hymen price difference, the cheaper one is 18 yuan, and another sold at 25 yuan. Allegedly, the campus a few hundred dollars retail, in fact, these around $ 20 product. The boss said, these artificial hymen does not allow the sale of the sale of certificates, and therefore can not be placed in the storefront sale, only regular customers business.

Can cause lifelong infertility
A gynecologist said, artificial hymen on the quality and safety there is a big hidden danger, if the blind, easily lead to physical illness and even left a life-long regret, the best girls away from it.

According to experts, the artificial hymen is in private illegal trading of what is inside the red liquid, which ingredients are unclear. The experts cited the artificial hymen may bring a variety of hazards: because of its rough texture, easily lead to scratch the vaginal wall, vascular bleeding; due to poor health, it is easy to bring the the fungal inflammation, trichomoniasis, gonorrhea or pelvic inflammatory disease, sepsis etc.; inside liquid of unknown origin, rupture may produce chemical reactions, burns the vagina, causing infertility, to bring the rest of his life.

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Women Tolerate Pain Better than Men

Women Tolerate Pain Better than Men

May 19, 2003

By Colette Bouchez, HealthScoutNews Reporter

HealthScoutNews — She gets a tooth pulled, then drives herself home, makes dinner for four, does the laundry and helps the kids with their homework.

He gets a tooth pulled and his universe slams to a halt, as he waits for the pain to go away.

Caricatures? Sure. But the debate over who can really stand more pain has been one of the more interesting battles of the sexes, spanning generations.

Now, however, new research is bringing that battle into a whole new arena, with strong evidence that the traditionally “weaker” sex may be hardier after all.

“I think men have always secretly suspected that in order to go through childbirth a woman has to be pretty tough. Now we have some new science to back up the idea that women may be better able to cope with pain than men — at least during certain periods of their life,” says Dr. James N. Dillard, author of the The Chronic Pain Solution and an assistant clinical professor at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City.

The secret weapon? Estrogen. Produced by the ovaries in peak amounts during the reproductive years, and in lesser amounts later in life, the hormone’s influence may extend far beyond a woman’s reproductive tract. Its powers may reach straight to the pain centers of the brain.

“Although pain is influenced by many factors, it’s clear that estrogen plays an important role in the individual response,” says Dr. Jon-Kar Zubieta, a neuroscientist at the University of Michigan who has published several studies investigating links between sex hormones and pain.

One way estrogen helps women to cope with pain, he says, is by increasing the availability of endorphins — brain chemicals that help dampen the pain response.

When estrogen levels are high, there’s an increased number of areas in the brain where endorphins can “park.” The more “parking places” available, Zubieta says, the more endorphins there are on call, waiting to flood the body with “feel good” chemicals capable of overriding pain signals.

“That’s one reason why women can get through the pain of childbirth — right before they give birth, their estrogen levels are soaring, so their ability to cope with pain is expanded,” Zubieta says.

Conversely, studies show this same level of pain protection may drop precipitously the closer a woman gets to menopause, a time when estrogen levels can plummet. That fact, says Dillard, may be one reason why so many women begin to feel more aches and pains as they cross the threshold into mid-life.

“It’s not that they are experiencing more things going wrong with their body, as much as they are experiencing a level of pain they were not feeling before,” Dillard explains.

As far back as 1993, an animal study published in the journal Pain found that when their ovaries were intact, female rats were far less likely to experience pain than when the ovaries were removed. More recently, studies conducted at the University of Massachusetts revealed that women may have more muscle endurance during exercise than men, thanks again to estrogen, which works to reduce soreness and pain after exertion.

Research also shows testosterone levels make little difference in how male rats experience pain, indicating this hormone may not have the same effect on men as estrogen does on women.

But when it comes to perceiving pain, it’s not just hormones that matter. Dillard says social and cultural conditioning matters as well.

“We know that pain pathways go directly into the primitive emotional parts of the brain — the limbic system. But the degree to which you react to that pain is culturally learned,” says Dillard.

What can also matter: Previous experience with pain.

Because women are preconditioned to at least some degree of monthly menstrual pain, not to mention a pretty hefty level of discomfort during childbirth, Dillard suspects they may react with less alarm when other types of pain occur. And this, he says, may make a big difference when it comes time to have that tooth pulled.

“Research has shown that the more upset somebody is about pain — man or woman — the more they tend to amplify pain signals and the worse the pain feels,” Dillard says. “So, if a woman is used to pain, she will be less alarmed by pain signals, and that leads to better tolerance.”

The study of gender-based pain is still in its infancy. And while it’s beginning to appear as if women may have some biochemical advantages, ironically, women are also more likely to suffer from pain syndrome illnesses — conditions such as fibromyalgia, lupus, multiple sclerosis and migraine headaches.

Why Sex Makes Us Women Moan

Why Sex Makes Us Women Moan

By Diane Driscoll September 17, 2010 11:00 AM


Why Sex Makes Us Women Moan

According to Lady Hillingdon in her 1912 journal entry, when doing the deed women are supposed to “lie back and think of England.” Husbands will have their way. And sex? Downgrade it to a wifely duty with no pleasure in it for us. Tsk tsk. And yet, women moaned and moaned and moaned…throughout every age.

On second thought, not so ladylike and more like the phrase “a whore in the bedroom”. But if women are supposed to be so coy about their libidos, why are we the only ones doing all the moaning, screaming, panting and yelling when the guys we are with are, for the most part, keeping mum?

It’s called FCV (Female Copulatory Vocalization) and it’s a conundrum to a lot of scientists. For most of history and still even today, sex has been considered private, sometimes “dirty”, and yet here we women are announcing our sexual pleasure for all the world (or at least our neighbors) to hear. And guess what? Female primates do it too. Now, in the minds of scientists, in terms of evolution, this doesn’t make sense for early woman or for female primates who share this trait with us. Say you’re said early human or a primate, like a baboon, who has sex on the ground and not in a tree…and there the female is getting busy and moaning up a storm. A loud and clear signal for predators that now is a good time to come and eat us…so why wasn’t this trait naturally selected out? A female baboon’s FCV call can be heard, even by the human ear, from 328 yards away. You go, baboon girl. And you’d think that would lead to a lot of dead early humans and primates, and scientists would agree.  Apparently the more promiscuous the species is, the more complex the FCV. Sadly us more monogomous humans have a relatively mundane FCV comparatively. But if you ask any red blooded human male, most likely he’d say what we’re doing is doing the trick.

So let’s agree we’re not so coy after all. We loves us some heart pumping, mind blowing, orgasm reaching, pelvic pumping sex just like men and we’re not afraid to let you know, even at risk of death by predator. So then what is the reasoning behind all that vocalization? A few theories come to mind…that it helps the male come to the ejaculatory phase…? Nah, most scientists cross this one out because in nature, turns out the primate males need no urging to ejaculate and it happens pretty quickly. I’m sure you’ve encountered this with a few human male counterparts too. No, what most scientist think is that it’s a call to other males, “Here I am…ready and willing, come have sex with me.” Women are broadcasting, whether we know it or not, that we want sex…we want to orgasm…we can have your babies. Nice strong babies that can be the survivors of the species. Because during orgasm, that’s when our FCVs intensify in volume and rate.

According to an article in Psychology Today, British primatologist Stuart Semple “recorded more than 550 copulation calls from seven different female baboons and…found that these complex vocalizations contained information related both to the female’s reproductive state (the vocalizations were more complex when females were closer to ovulation) and to the status of the male ‘inspiring’ any given vocalization (calls were longer and contained more distinct sonic units during matings with higher-ranked males). Thus, in these baboons at least, listening males could presumably gain information as to their likelihood of impregnating a calling female, as well as some sense of the rank of the male they’d find with her if they approached.” Does that mean we human females are also looking to trade up and will moan longer and louder with an alpha male?  And if so, imagine the noises Michelle Obama must be rockin’ the White House with now!

Of course, this brings to mind another interesting conundrum…why then do lesbians moan? Scientists? Lesbians?

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