Yeast Infections: What Increases Your Risk

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Vaginal Cosmetic Surgery

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The Truth About “Designer Vagina” Cosmetic Surgery—Labiaplasty, Vaginal Tightening and More

Two years ago, I reported on a cosmetic surgery trend, called labiaplasty, in which the labia minora, the inner “lips” surrounding the vaginal opening, are surgically trimmed and shaped. (read that article below) After all, I cover the news—and this was news. But given that it is almost always done for strictly aesthetic reasons, I had hoped that labiaplasty and other so-called “designer vagina” procedures, including vaginal tightening, would prove to be fads that would soon go the way of pet rocks and hula hoops.

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Do You Wash your Hair Everyday??

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How Often Should You Wash Your Hair?


Shampoo less, we dare you.  About 90% of Americans shampoo daily. One hundred years ago, people only washed their hair monthly, and in the 1950s, it was customary for women to have their hair washed and set once a week at the salon.

A clean head of hair feels fresh and smells great but over-washing can turn one’s healthy locks into a pile of straw. The average person’s hair grows less than half an inch per month so long strands that have been subjected to a lot of shampooing (as well as chemical treatments, blow drying, and the elements), tend to get dried out and dull at the ends and even break off. Dirtier hair-gasp-also holds a style better.

How often you need to shampoo depends on Read the rest of this entry »

Ovarian Cancer

The pink ribbons we see everywhere this month make it seem like breast cancer is a woman’s worst nightmare. But, in fact, we know that there is another even more insidious cancer to fear — ovarian cancer. It’s true that this type of cancer is rarer, but it can be more lethal and harder to detect, in part because its symptoms are commonplace and dismayingly vague, including abdominal bloating, digestive difficulties and fatigue. While not as public, researchers are working hard on understanding and beating ovarian cancer, and there is news — some good, some bad. Read the rest of this entry »

Ladies – Boost Your Energy

——-  in 8 Minutes or Less
When you feel drowsy or droop with fatigue, every task seems monumental and even fun activities feel like work.
Helpful: Take a double-pronged approach to invigoration — including on-the-spot techniques for an immediate energy burst… plus simple strategies that take just minutes to do, yet give you long-lasting stamina day after day.

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Facial Moisturizers with Sunscreen Protection


What a smart business move it was for cosmetic and skin-care companies to formulate facial moisturizers that also contain broad-spectrum sunscreen (meaning that they provide UV-A and UV-B protection) to save our vulnerable faces from the sun’s damaging UV rays — the ones that not only cause premature aging of the skin, leaving you with brown spots, lines and wrinkles, but also melanoma, the deadly skin cancer.

Trusting that these products actually will protect you turns out not to be such a smart move, however! A new study tested 29 facial moisturizers that promised to offer broad-spectrum UV protection, ranging in sun protection factor (SPF) from 15 to 50, and found that only a few of these products really did the trick.

Shame on the marketers! I talked to Steven Q. Wang, MD, a dermatologist with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and one of the study’s authors, about how this could be so, and he explained the problem: Most of the moisturizers protect you from UV-B waves — in fact, the SPF number on the label refers only to UV-B — but they don’t protect you from UV-A waves. Read the rest of this entry »

Treatment for Pelvic and Genital Pain


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Easy, Soothing Treatment for Pelvic Pains – and other Private Parts

An unusual form of gynecological health treatment is “gathering steam” around the country — pelvic steam baths, also known by the catchier name, vaginal steam baths. Although this is a new idea to most of us here in the US, this traditional therapy has long been used in Korea (where it is called Chai-Yok) as well as in parts of South America (where it is called Bajos). While calling it a vaginal steam bath is definitely attention-getting, it is a misnomer, says Laurie Steelsmith, ND, a naturopathic physician and acupuncturist and author of  Natural Choices for Women’s Health. It’s not the vagina, an internal structure, that is the focus but rather the outer genital area, the vulva. Furthermore, these so-called baths are not exclusively for women — men, too, can benefit from sitting over steam… for reasons I will explain.

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