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Women today have more choices for birth control methods compared to women who lived during the 18th to early 20th century. Though birth control pills and condoms are among the popular choices. however, in this article, another alternative birth control method is gaining popularity among women. Get toknow another vaginal barrier birth method known as contraceptive sponge.

Submerge Into Another Birth Control Approach

Submerge Into Another Birth Control ApproachWomen today have many more choices to make with birth control than they did in the past when abstinence, withdrawal, and condoms made of linen cloth or animal intestines were the only known options. With all of the reliable and more hygienic modern contraception methods out there today, finding the one thats right for your lifestyle and health history can be a bit confusing.Birth control pills were first made available in the 60s and half a century after, this method is still the most widely prescribed form of hormonal contraception. With proper use, the pill is 99.9% effective, making it the most reliable option on the market. Female condom may not be as popular as the male condom, but it is still one of the alternatives available to women. Female condom is a sheath made of thin, transparent, soft plastic that a woman inserts in her vagina before sex. It has two rings: a flexible removable ring at the closed end to aid with insertion, and a larger flexible ring that stays outside the vagina at the open end to help protect the external genitalia.But even if youve had some tricky situations with condoms or remembering to take pills on time, you can rest assured there are plenty of new "birth control" methods that might be better for you. such as the use of sponge birth control method.The contraceptive sponge is a vaginal barrier method that prevents pregnancy by keeping sperm from fertilizing an egg that the ovaries produce each month. It is a small, donut-shaped foam sponge that contains a a spermicide called Nonoxynol-9. It is a non-hormonal vaginal barrier method of birth control that is fairly easy to insert.After it is placed in the vagina, the sponge prevents pregnancy by releasing a spermicide called Nonoxynol-9. This spermicide works by killing or paralyzing sperm that comes into the vagina. A dimple on one side of the sponge fits over your cervix to form a barrier to sperm, to prevent sperm from reaching an egg. The dimple also lowers the chances that the sponge will move out of place during sexual intercourse. The other side of the sponge has a loop for easy removal. The sponge is more effective with women who have never given birth than with women who have. The failure rates depending on how the method is used. With typical use of the sponge, about 16 percent of women will experience pregnancy within one year. With consistent and correct use of the sponge, about nine percent of women will experience pregnancy within one year. Since vaginal barrier methods like the sponge help protect the cervix, these contraception aids may also help prevent some sexually transmitted infections including gonorrhea, chlamydia, and trichomoniasis. Studies about the protective effect of vaginal barrier methods are not consistent, however, so women should also use condoms to prevent sexually transmitted infections.

Tips to Choosing a Tanning or Sunscreen Agent

Tips to Choosing a Tanning or Sunscreen Agent

Remember the days of ordering a coffee at your favourite caf -when your most difficult decision was to choose between an espresso, a cappuccino or a flat white? Today of course, your choices are much more diverse throw in Affogattos, Machhiatos, Viennas, Melloccinos, and Mochas (to name but a few). Of course, your choices dont end there. Will that be with skim milk or whole? Decaf or regular? In a mug or a cup...?Now of course thats just a simple example using coffee. But how do you feel about your choices when it comes to selecting a tanning or sunscreen agent?Not surprisingly, when faced with the variety and range of products on the market today, the average consumer can find this selection process a little more overwhelming than ordering a cup of coffee.Tanning products or "sunscreen agent" s are not only available in multiple forms including sprays, lotions, sticks, gels etc.: they can also be targeted to different activities, age ranges and skin types. They are produced by both smaller (less familiar) manufacturers, as well as by the more popular brand name manufacturers such as Banana Boat', 'ChapStick', 'Clarins', Clinique, Coppertone, Estee Lauder, Johnsons, Neutrogena, Oil of Olay, and Vaseline.In response to the demands of consumers, manufacturers continue to provide an ever increasing number of products for you to choose from, with many targeted to specific markets. However, the variety of choices doesnt mean it makes the selection process easy.So where on earth do you start?Besides your skin type, here are some simple tips to consider when making your selection from the variety of tanning and sunscreen products available:a) Chosen Activity: Being outdoors is not the only element to take into consideration when factoring in your amount of exposure to the sun. You also need to note the intensity with regards to climate, the season, location and time of day.For example, just because you may be hiking in a cool mountain region or snow skiing, doesnt mean you should throw all caution aside. Wind and UV rays still reach you, so protection would be wise. Consider also any exposure to surfaces with reflective qualities (i.e. snow, water, sand, etc.), as these can intensify UV ray harm. Activities that make you work up a sweat or those involving water (e.g. basketball, jogging, sun bathing on a hot beach, biking, water skiing, jet skiing, parasailing, outdoor work and exercise etc.), have the potential to wash off your sunscreen, and therefore need to be addressed also.Choose a "sunscreen product" for these activities with both UVA and UVB protection and an SPF of 15 or higher, when possible. As for water / sweat activities, choose a product that offers a waterproof or water-resistant agent.Tip: Where appropriate, you should also consider dressing to cover up as much skin as possible (e.g. wearing long sleeves, a scarf or hat, slacks or jogging pants).b) Age: There are only a few words of caution about age. First of all, health care providers do NOT recommend using alcohol-based sunscreen products on children. And they do NOT recommend using sunscreen agents of any type on babies under the age of 6 months. For children older than 6 months, a lotion is the preferred form of sunscreen, over a spray, for example. And the SPF should be a minimum of 15.c) Use on Your Body: Your choice of tanning product also depends upon where you are going to apply the lotion, gel, spray or other form. And it also depends upon the health of the area of the body.For example, there are lip balms with sunscreen (solid or gel-based ones), which not only help the lips, but can also touch up spots in a hurry. Also if youre trying to apply protection to fingers, ears, nose and other small areas, a physical sunscreen agent, lotion or gel may be easier than a spray. If you have dry skin, you might want to try a product in lotion or cream form. For oily skin, gel-based or alcohol forms of sunscreen might be better choices. N.B: A word of caution: Do not use alcohol-based products with inflamed skin or eczematous.Keeping the above considerations in mind, should give you a great starting point from which to choose your "tanning product" or sunscreen agent.In addition, a recommendation from a friend for a particular product, (assuming they have similar skin type and circumstances), - or even a particular brand name (remembering that the more popular manufacturers produce products catering to different "skin types" , activities etc.), can sometimes also be helpful in narrowing down your choices.Ultimately the choice should be based upon your individual situation, your skin type, and your personal preferences. What works for one person may not be the most ideal for another.Once you've done some basic research and have found a particular product you feel is suitable, then why not just start with that product. If you find it doesnt offer you the results you expected, then simply be prepared to do a little more research, look around further and modify your choices accordingly. While there may be some trial and error involved initially, by becoming more familiar with your preferences and the types of products available, you're sure to find the product thats right for you.

Sporting Ideas: Putting The Fun Back In Fitness

Sporting Ideas: Putting The Fun Back In Fitness

We all know that we need to exercise (for our health) but hitting the gym first thing in the a.m. or right after work can be anything BUT fun. Still experts suggest that staying fit (and trim) CAN be fun, by simply finding the right routine (and activity) for you.1. Hoofing It: Walking and/or running are two of the most popular activities for all ages, especially since walking is something most of us "have" to do, and since neither requires any special equipment. And they add that walking is an excellent activity for fitness "fanatics" of all ages, even those who may have cardiac conditions or other "inhibitory" ailments. Plus you can do it indoors, outdoors, or on a treadmill, the important thing is that you keep moving. Running will burn twice the amount of calories as walking but is also harder on your heart, joints and muscles. And for those already off to a running start, make sure you invest in the best shoes you can afford and that your shoe is comfortable and properly fits.2. Stroke Your Ego: Doing the stroke or swimming is one of the best exercises for the entire body building not only muscle but physical endurance as well. If you happen to be a bit overweight or out of shape, you can start by doing some (supervised) aqua aerobics in a pool, which is generally easier on the joints.3. Getting A Jump Start On Health And Fitness: Skipping rope is an inexpensive way to work out and you can do it practically anywhere. Not only does jumping rope tone and condition muscles, but also builds coordination. However, it can be hard on ankles, knees, feet, and back. And experts suggest looking for another exercise alternative if you already experience orthopedic problems.4. Putting The Pedal To The Metal: Stationary or mobile, biking can be beneficial both indoors and out, as cycling build both muscle and stamina.5. Twenty-Three SKI-do: Cross-country skiing is a great way to get some exercise and some fresh air during those cold winter months. Besides helping to generate heat, the relatively easy to learn sport with a low injury rate, also helps build endurance while working your upper and lower body, heart, and lungs.

Teenage Nicotine Addiction: Smoking Away Young Lives

Teenage Nicotine Addiction: Smoking Away Young Lives

Because of advertisements and other forms of media that promote smoking, many teens think it is okay and cool to smoke. And the result is that many teens are getting addicted to nicotine and cigarettes. All over the world, smoking begins as a teenage experience. Few smokers have begun smoking as adults. In the United States, on an average day, at least 3,000 young people become regular smokers, and more than 6,000 adolescents try to smoke their first cigarette. The outlook for regular smokers who began smoking as teenagers and continue into adulthood is grim. Research shows that people who start smoking before the age of 21 have the hardest time quitting. It is also estimated that about 30% of youth smokers who continue smoking well into adulthood would die early from a smoking-related disease. While smoking may be legal for adults, the medical costs associated with it are enormous. Many of those who suffer and die from smoking-related illnesses actually took up the habit in their teens. In today's health news, there seem to be startling new statistics regarding teen smoking. It appears nearly one in five 13-to-15-year-old students worldwide uses some form of tobacco, according to the global youth tobacco survey started seven years ago, as a joint effort by the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Students from more than 130 countries responded to questions about tobacco, including personal use, secondhand exposure and advertising. The study found that Europe and the Americas had the highest rates of cigarette smoking, at approximately 18 percent. In all regions, the use of other tobacco products was generally more common among boys than among girls. Nearly a quarter of high school students in the US smoke cigarettes. Another 8% use smokeless tobacco. In addition to the innate dangers faced by the smoker, there are dangerous effects of secondhand smoke to non-smokers as well. Secondhand smoke causes many serious health problems. It contributes to as many as 300,000 cases of pneumonia, bronchitis, and other respiratory infections in infants and children every year. It is also one of the risk factors in the development of childhood asthma, causing 8,000 to 26,000 new cases each year. Smoking has many health risks for everyone. However, the younger a person starts to smoke, the more problems it can cause. The tobacco industry spends about $34 million per day to market cigarettes, and most of this marketing is targeted at kids. To stop this kind of unethical advertising, critics argue Congress should pass legislation that would give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration the authority to regulate tobacco products and marketing, as well as to ban candy-flavored cigarettes.Combating teen smoking in America is a really serious public health issue. It is relevant as well to the problems in developing countries faced with smoking by children and adolescents. The issues on teen smoking clearly speaks to policy makers, health personnel, researchers, and young people. Each group has a role to play to address the growing health problems among minors.

Diet Tips To Lower Your Cholesterol Levels Naturally

Are you gaining weight? Does this make you worry about your cholesterol level? Do you feel like you need to do something about your eating habits particularly your cholesterol diet?What is the first thing to consider in a low "cholesterol diet" ? Knowing the purpose of a low cholesterol diet will make you adhere to it more sincerely. Then before indulging in any strict diet, low cholesterol diet included, you have to know why some foods are safe to eat and why some are not. However, a lifestyle change that would include a good cholesterol diet as a first step would work best.The basic of cholesterol lowering diet is the decrease in the total intake of saturated fat, calories, and cholesterol in the body to decrease weight. These types of foods are mainly fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables have very high fiber content; this soaks cholesterol like sponge and disposes it out of the body. Apples, oranges and pears are high fiber foods. This includes oats and carrots. Pasta, whole grains and potatoes are samples of complex carbohydrates. If you want to go on a cholesterol diet you should minimize your intake of the days total saturated fat calorie by 7% and fat by 25-35 percent. Limit your sodium intake by 2400 milligrams daily.Remember, cholesterol lowering diet and maintaining a daily exercise are major factors in lowering the cholesterol level.Here are some tips on cholesterol diet approaches:Taking fiber-rich foods such as whole grains as your primary source of carbohydrates. This should go hand in hand with an increase intake of fresh fruits and vegetables such as berries, oranges, apples, pears, grapes, bell peppers, broccoli, kale, cauliflower, tomatoes, dark leafy greens celery, squash and eggplant among others.Staying away from saturated fats which are mostly found in animal foods such as meat, poultry and dairy products is a good cholesterol diet. Opt for un "saturated fats" instead, specifically omega-3 fatty. Good sources of these would be the vegetable and fish oils.Source out protein from soy protein, poultry, and fish instead of meat.Major lifestyle change as a part of cholesterol diet would mean weight control, exercise, and quitting smoking.If you want to dine out and still stick on your [*_*], here are some tips for you to follow so that you will be able to maintain your [*_*].Find out which restaurants have low saturated fat and have a low cholesterol menu. Sharing your dish with your companion or taking some home is advisable, better yet, you can also ask for appetizer-size servings or a side dish.Ask to separate the gravy, butter, rich sauces and dressings. You can control your cholesterol and saturated fat much easier that way.Ask the extras (salad, fries, baked potato) to be left off or substitute them.If you are craving for pizza, order the one that has vegetable toppings (green pepper, onions, and mushrooms) instead of meat or extra cheese. Or to make it easier for you, order it with half of the cheese or no cheese at all.If your dining on a fast-food restaurant, order salads, grilled skinless chicken sandwiches (fried and breaded are a no no), regular-sized hamburgers or roast beef sandwiches. Avoid large burgers, sandwiches and french-fries.Choose the dishes that are cooked on a low cholesterol method (broiled, steamed, au jus, garden fresh, baked, roasted, poached, tomato juice, dry boiled and lightly saturated)Be mindful of dishes that are high in saturated fat and cholesterol. (butter sauce, fried, crispy, creamed, au gratin, au fromage, escalloped, parmesan, hollandaise, barnaise, marinated, stewed, basted, sauted, casserole and pastry crust)Take note that if you lose weight, your calorie needs will also be lowered. It will decrease the amount of saturated fat and the fat that you will be able to consume on the [*_*]. If you are having a hard time of making changes with cholesterol lowering diet, consult a nutritionist or dietitian so that you can work up some sample diets.

What Is Hypnosis

Weight Loss Hypnosis - What is it?Many of my clients often ask me, Just what is hypnosis?Hypnosis is a natural state of mind. It is also a process where the client and the therapist cooperate for the benefit of the client.What does that mean?Although the word "hypnosis" comes from the Greek word "sleep" the hypnotized individual is not asleep. Nor are they unconscious. Amazingly, while an individual is hypnotized they are more alert than ever.I like to say it is a hightened state of awareness. Interestingly, after a session of hypnotherapy most clients express feelings of profound relaxation and peace.Hypnosis is a feeling that one must experience to fully appreciate.Hypnotherapy is completely safe. It is very helpful when applied to medical issues: pain control, stress reduction, sexual problems, phobias, insomnia, smoking cessation, weight loss and lack of motivation.If you, or you doctor, ever thought that your problem is "all in your head", then hypnotherapy may be your ideal solution. If your mind created your problem, then your mind can also be used to make you well.The only people who cannot be hypnotized to a depth that will be helpful are the feeble-minded, the insane and the senile. Also very young children who have not yet developed sufficient mind power cannot be hypnotized.Since hypnosis is a natural state of mind, you do not have to work hard for hypnotherapy to be effective. In fact just the opposite is true.Whether it is eliminating the smoking habit, losing weight and getting into great shape, hitting a golf ball with more concentration than you ever imagined...or overcoming the fear of rejection in a sales situation...or actually enjoying your next visit to the dentist...hypnotherapy can help you achieve results faster that you ever dreamed possible.Hypnotherapy is a pleasant and enjoyable way to unlock the potential of your sub-conscious mind. For more in-depth information see Weight Loss Hypnosis.

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Women today have more choices for birth control methods compared to women who lived during the 18th to early 20th century. Though birth control pills and condoms are among the popular choices. however, in this article, another alternative birth control method is gaining popularity among women. Get toknow another vaginal barrier birth method known as contraceptive sponge.