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San Luis Obispo, California: Things that could secretly be killing your sex drive

Antonio R. Cheesman 1022 Leisure Lane San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Having a different sex drive than your partner can be a tough obstacle to overcome. Of course, there is no magic number of times you should be having sex, but if you feel like you're just not enjoying sex like you used to or don't want to have sex as often than you used to, you might be suffering from a low sex drive.

While you won't know for sure what the culprit is until you talk with a doctor, these common reasons for low libido may point you in the right direction.

You're really tired.​

Being too tired to have sex is an old cliche, but it turns out there may be more to it than we once thought. A study by the National Sleep Foundation found that one in four married Americans say they are often too tired at the end of the day to have sex with their partner.

A study in The Journal of Sexual Medicine also found that lack of sleep can have a negative effect on your sex drive.

So if you want to get busy between the sheets, you've gotta get busy with your pillow.

You're stressed out.​

If you're really feeling the pressure at work or you're beefing with a friend, your cortisol levels are probably high as a result of stress.

That cortisol is a total mood killer and may be suppressing testosterone and other hormone productions, making the thought of getting it on less appealing to you.

Your hormones are out of whack.​

If you were born with naturally-low testosterone, whether you identify as male or female, you may have always had a low sex drive. Your doctor can test you to see if your hormones are imbalanced.

But sometimes it doesn't just happen naturally. If you're a person who takes birth control, switching pills or suddenly getting off a pill may be to blame.

While the pill has not been proven to affect sex drive, it can affect your hormones, and many people who have taken it report a sudden shift in how much they want to have sex.

In all of these cases, you can talk to your doctor to see if another form of contraception might be right for you.

You're depressed.​

When your mental health is not in order, you may not want to do much of anything, let alone have sex. If you've been experiencing symptoms of depression or any other mental illness, this can be taking a toll on your desire to have sex, Dr. Constantine George told INSIDER.

Additionally, if you are currently on anti-depressants, that can also affect your sex drive. But that doesn't mean you should stop treating your symptoms to get your libido back: You can talk to your doctor if you're concerned the medicine is the culprit and try to find a prescription that's better for you.

Your thyroid is off-balance.​

If you have a thyroid disease or abnormal thyroid levels, that can take a major toll on your sex drive, according to several studies. Hypothyroidism can affect your metabolism, which in turn slows down your sexual hormone production.

It's important to have your thyroid levels tested when you go to the doctor, especially if you were assigned female at birth, to see if this might be the culprit. You're not hitting the gym (or the yoga mat or the trail).​

Getting the blood pumping in your workouts can help you get the blood pumping in the bedroom. A lack of exercise can greatly decrease your desire to have sex, Dr. William Kolbe, author of “The Rejuvenating Power of Masturbation,” told INSIDER because it can affect your hormones.

“Being physically inactive, putting on extra weight, mental stress can all cause changes in our hormone production, especially the sex hormones testosterone and estrogen,” he said. “Testosterone has many functions, among them is maintaining sexual desire, our libido. When our sex hormone production is diminished or out of balance, then generally it becomes more difficult to find the initiative for sex.”

You're not eating well.​

We all love a good piece (or three) of pizza, but if you're not giving yourself a balanced diet, your sex drive may be suffering a big blow.

Fried and salty foods can make you bloated, and if you've ever eaten a plate of french fries, you'll know that sex is often the last thing you want.

Studies have also shown that a balanced diet can increase your sex drive along with certain foods, so if you need a little boost, put down the corn dog and pick up the watermelon (who knew?).

You're not feeling yourself.​

If you're not feeling good about yourself, you're probably not going to want to have sex with someone else. Your self-image might actually be plaguing your chances at a happy sex life.

“People harboring attitudes of low self-esteem, low self-worth, or lacking in self-love can easily lose interest in sex,” Kolbe said. “The mind is our foremost erogenous zone and if it is mired in negative or limiting self appraisals, feelings of not being worthy, then consequently people will regrettably choose to forgo activities such as sex that are stimulating and satisfying.”

If you feel yourself thinking negative thoughts about yourself and your body, talk to your partner about how you can make yourself more comfortable during sex. Find a way to make yourself feel sexy again and, if need be, talk to a therapist about how to regain confidence.

You're dehydrated.

Chances are you've been bombarded with reasons to drink more water during the day, but here's one more: not getting enough H2O could be destroying your urge to get it on.

Lack of hydration causes headaches, and no one wants to have sex with a throbbing head. On top of that, lack of hydration can cause vaginal dryness which can make sex uncomfortable.

If you're just not feeling it, try sipping on an extra glass of water throughout the day and see if it does the trick.

You've started new medication.​

If you've started a new medication, it can have an unintentional chilling effect on your libido.

In addition to anti-depressants and oral contraception, as mentioned previously, Beta blockers and ACE inhibitors can also be culprits, according to Dr. George, among many others.

If you're suspicious that your pills are to blame, take a peek at the side effects and talk with your doctor about what you can do about it.

You haven't been getting anything out of sex.​

If you're not getting your needs met by your partner, there's really not going to be much motivation for you to want to have sex at all.

Think about what you'd like your partner to do that would make you more excited at the prospect of sex and ask them if they'd be comfortable doing it. Your partner should be open to finding some way to make sex good for you too, so talk it out.

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Holcomb, Missouri: Diabetes and diminishing climax

George M. Wicklund 3497 Mandan Road Holcomb, MO 63852

Type I diabetes is essentially a medical condition characterised by the diminished production of insulin following the destruction of cells in the pancreas.

Compared to the type II diabetes, this condition is more acute in its onset and tends to have higher prevalence in younger age groups.

Although the exact mechanisms of both diabetes are believed to be different, the medical complications faced by sufferers are usually the same.

As type I diabetic patients tend to present as young adults, the possibilities of diabetic related problems are more likely to occur over a longer interval.

Because of lifetime risks of complications, the sufferers have been “coached” to take charge of the condition seriously from an early age.

The common destruction of organs in diabetic patients include neuropathy (destruction of nerves), retinopathy (destruction of retina), vasculopathy (destruction of vessels), cardiomyopathy (destruction of heart) and nephropathy (destruction of kidneys).

As the condition results in so many “opathies”, this warrants the involvements of a team of “ologists”.

A multi-disciplinary team comprising an endocrinologist, cardiologist, podiatrist and dietitian controls the stringent monitoring.

However, such facility is commonly lacking in many institutions, as such cautions are often not part of diabetic care among adults.

Although urologists are not part of the team of specialists participating in the care, the specialist involvement during the sexually active age is often encouraged.

The most common diabetes related problem is undoubtedly erectile dysfunction. Often times, the “heart” doctor also take on the roles as the “hard” doctor.

However, when patients encounter more complex problems such as recurrent urinary tract infections and infertility, early interventions from a urologist can ensure better outcome in patient care.

Type I diabetic patients may face the issues of retrograde ejaculation, or commonly known as dry orgasm, following the destruction of the parasympathetic nerve system that is responsible for the contraction of relevant muscles to ensure the propulsion of semen forward.

The sufferers will notice the diminishing amount and the “power” of ejaculation during climax. Some may even describe the lessening of the intensity of orgasm.

Although the intensity of climax is difficult to quantify, the diagnosis of retrograde ejaculation can easily be established with a bit of coordinated efforts, with the microscopic examination of the urine immediately after sexual climax.

Many sexual dysfunctions are often associated with guilt and sufferers tend to reflect on the “damage” caused by too much sex or masturbations.

There is no evidence to suggest too much ejaculation can result in semen “drying up”.

The bad news - there is no effective treatment available to reverse retrograde ejaculation. But the good news - the sperms swimming in the urine are often “alive and kicking” and mostly suitable for test-tube babies.

Although the diminishing climax may be a cause of misery for Kee, keeping healthy will hopefully continue to bring happiness for him in years to come.

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Los Angeles, California: This ONE thing is sabotaging your weight loss – even if you exercise regularly

Michael I. Ditch 3803 Peck Court Los Angeles, CA 90017

IF YOU’RE doing everything you can to slim down but the pounds won’t shift, this could be why.

We all know healthy eating and exercise are the two pillars of weight loss, but sticking to a strict diet all the time can be tough.

That’s why the “cheat meal” has risen in popularity, with many fitness fanatics recommending you ditch the salad and tuck into a cake instead.

The idea is that a naughty treat will keep you motivated by giving yourself a little of what you fancy, without massively veering off course.

But new research has revealed that Brits are sabotaging their gym goals with too many calorific treats.

According to a survey of 2,000 people by Benenden, a whopping 65% of us exercise on a weekly basis with most of us opting to work up a sweat between one and three times per week.

But slimmers are unconsciously undoing their hard work with weekly cheat meals and high-calorie snacks.

The shocking findings show that on average 44% of dieters actually treat themselves to as many as three fast food takeaways a week.

Furthermore, 58% of those surveyed confessed to eating up to three chocolate bars a week – sabotaging their weight loss efforts and counteracting the calories burned from exercise.

Researchers found that respondents burn 1,334 calories a week from exercising on average, but unwittingly consume 4,304 calories from treats, resulting in 2,971 excess calories.

So if you want to make sure your reach your fitness goals, steer clear of those cheeky treats and not-so-healthy snacks.

Jane Abbott, clinical director from Benenden, said: “Although exercise is associated with many health benefits and not just weight loss, it is important to make further lifestyle changes if weight loss is your goal.

“Combining both exercise and healthy eating together is a more effective way to lose weight and stay trim.

“It’s clear to see that we cannot out-exercise a bad diet and although treats should be incorporated into our diet, it is vital that consumption is monitored to ensure a steady weight loss and a healthy balance.

Meanwhile further research revealed that eating during the day, but not during the evening, is the key to losing weight.

Scientists warned that midnight snacking makes you pile on the pounds.

In fact people who have a meal at night don't actually lose weight – even when they are on a diet.

At night time we are much less active so don’t burn off as many calories because the body's metabolism is regulated by a person's biological, or circadian, clock.

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Avoca, Pennsylvania: Butea superba (Roxb.) improves penile erection

Roy S. Starks 2668 High Meadow Lane Avoca, PA 18641

The objective of the present study was to investigate the effect of ethanolic extract of Butea superba (Roxb.) on erectile dysfunction in diabetic rats by the measurement of intracavernous pressure (ICP) and on cavernosal smooth muscle relaxation. Male Sprague–Dawley rats were induced to become diabetic by a single intravenous injection of Streptozotocin (55 mg kg−1 body weight). The ethanolic extract at the concentration of 1, 10 and 100 mg kg−1 BW was administered orally once a day to diabetic rats in each group for 4 weeks. Diabetic rats showed a significant decrease in both ICP and the relaxation of the cavernosal smooth muscle compared with the normal rats. The extract of B. superba significantly increased the ICP with the effective dose of 10 mg kg−1 BW (61.00 ± 11.11 mmHg versus 39.61 ± 11.01 mmHg in the diabetic control group). Moreover, the B. superba-treated group also showed enhanced relaxation of the cavernosal smooth muscle with EC50 of 1.17 mg ml−1. These results suggest that the extract of B. superba enhanced penile erection in diabetic rats by increasing the ICP. This might be explained by the increased blood flow as a result of the relaxation of the cavernous smooth muscle.

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Eulonia, Georgia : Optimal sex and Torture

Robert N. Vandervort 3015 Yorkie Lane Eulonia, GA 31305

Optimal sex up to an advanced age, and if necessary, aided by vascular and neurotropic agents like Pfizer’s Blue, yohimbine, dopaminergics, or testosterone enhancers like tongkat ali and butea superba, very much is a concern of modern civilisation. In medieval and ancient times, people were quite content if they were not tortured to death (never mind the optimal sex, thank you). An amazingly high number of people in medieval and ancient times (let's avoid designating them as ancient civilizations) were brutally tortured to death, often for the entertainment of onlookers. This included all mentally ill, and all enemies of rulers or ruling elites. Public torture is an extremely effective political tool. Not for the extraction of confessions, though. But torture one poor victim cruelly to death, and every onlooker will get the message: do not challenge authority!

DISTURBING Medieval Torture Facts (YouTube 6:00)

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Waco, Texas: Does ejaculation affect testosterone levels?

Leonard I. Jones 1113 Beeghley Street Waco, TX 76710

Higher serum testosterone levels are seen during abstinence (3 weeks in cited study). Non-significant Luteinizing Hormone increases have also been noted. The difference between abstinence and non-abstinence appears to be about 0.5ng/ml when averaged out.

Although higher testosterone levels are seen with abstinence, orgasm does not acutely affect testosterone levels in the blood. Although there is not much evidence for the spike in testosterone during abstinence, there does not appear to be counter evidence at the moment; it is an understudied topic.

Orgasm can cause a significant spike in prolactin levels (approximately 10 to 15ng/ml) immediately after and upwards to 10-20 minutes later, at which it starts to decline. This spike is dependent on ejaculation, and does not occur under non-orgasmic arousal. This spike may serve to suppress further sexual desires.

Various cardiovascular parameters, such as heart rate and catecholamine (adrenaline, noradrenaline) levels are increased during sex/masturbation and orgasm. Some measure of increase is seen during arousal.

Other various markers, such as Vasopressin and Follicle-Stimulating Hormone (FSH) remain unchanged.

Biochemical markers do not differ significantly when comparing orgasm after abstinence and orgasm without abstinence. Slight increases were seen in heart rate and catecholamine (adrenaline) levels, but may be due to self-reported higher arousal on average.

Testosterone has minimal interactions with orgasm, but is seen as a positive regulator of sexual desire or libido alongside dopamine. Agents that increase dopamine levels or act like dopamine can increase frequency of erections and subjective sexual arousal.[11][12] Prolactin is the opposite here, and is a negative regulator of sexual appetite.

The actual ejaculatory process and erection process is mediated by serotonin and Nitric Oxide, as well as various mechanical contractions in the pelvic and penile region.[9] Drugs or supplements that interfere with serotonin reuptake (such as SSRIs) can reduce the orgasm response, and may be useful in treating premature ejaculation.

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