Painful joints have become a bigger and more real reason than the good old excuse of “having a headache” for people abstaining from physical intimacy, according to new research.
Arthritis Research Britain conducted the survey to reveal the everyday challenges couples face in their relationships, and to raise awareness of the challenges faced by people with Arthritis and joint pain to stay intimate in their relationships.
Two-thirds of the respondents between the age group of 55-69 felt that their relationship was less intimate than when they first got together and nearly a quarter of married couples say they’re unsatisfied with their current love life.
Nearly a third of the couples surveyed don’t cuddle or hold hands enough anymore, nearly half feel that they aren’t having enough sex and have sex less often than once a fortnight, reports femalefirst.co.uk.
“As we rush around leading busy lives, it’s easy for relationships to suffer. The survey shows that couples want to be more physically intimate with one another, holding hands, having a cuddle and having sex are all important to keep a healthy relationship,” said sex expert Tracey Cox.
Joint pain can affect many parts of the body including hands, hips, knees, fingers, back and neck. This makes movements that many of us take for granted, like having sex, holding hands or cuddling incredibly painful.
Previous studies have shown that 13 percent of people with Arthritis found joint pain impacted their sex life. (Bollywood Country)
More than half of young women in Australia experience some form of sexually-related personal distress — feeling guilty, embarrassed, stressed or unhappy about their sex lives.
A study conducted Monash University reported, for the first time, an overall picture of the sexual wellbeing of Australian women between the ages of 18 and 39.
Results showed 50.2 per cent of young Australian women experienced some form of sexually-related personal distress, with one in five women having at least one female sexual dysfunction (FSD).
A concerning 29.6 per cent of women experienced sexually-related personal distress without dysfunction, and 20.6 per cent had at least one FSD. The most common problem was low sexual self-image, which caused distress for 11 per cent of study participants.
Arousal, desire, orgasm and responsiveness dysfunction affected 9 per cent, 8 per cent, 7.9 per cent and 3.4 per cent of the study cohort, respectively, revealed the findings published in the international journal, Fertility and Sterility.
“It is of great concern that one in five young women have an apparent sexual dysfunction and half of all women within this age group experience sexually-related personal distress,” said Susan Davis, senior author and Professor of Women’s Health at Monash University.
“This is a wake-up call to the community and signals the importance of health professionals being open and adequately prepared to discuss young women’s sexual health concerns.” The study, funded by Grollo Ruzzene Foundation, recruited 6,986 women aged 18-39 years, living in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.
All women completed a questionnaire that assessed their sexual wellbeing in terms of desire, arousal, responsiveness, orgasm, and self-image.
Participants also evaluated whether they had sexually-associated personal distress and provided extensive demographic information.
Sexual self-image dysfunction was associated with being overweight, obese, living together with partner, not married, married and breastfeeding.
Professor Davis said if untreated, sexually-related personal distress and FSD could impact relationships and overall quality of life as women aged.
Women who habitually monitored their appearance, and for whom appearance determined their level of physical self-worth, reported being less sexually assertive and more self-conscious during intimacy, and experienced lower sexual satisfaction. (IANS)
We all feel cold during the winters. Especially during these winters which have been termed as the coldest winters in 118 years! One of the most exposed and vulnerable parts of our body is our feet. There are several reasons why our feet become and remain cold in winters. These include reasons related to extrinsic causes (surrounding environment), intrinsic causes (due to normal human physiology) and/or specific diseases.
Dr Dhananjay Gupta, Director, Orthopaedic Surgery, Fortis Flt Lt Rajan Dhall Hospital, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi explains what the ailment is all about and hot to beat it.
Extrinsic causes is when normal temperature is reduced it causes the constriction of the peripheral vasculature to save body heat loss by restricting circulation.
High stress or anxiety, causes release of adrenaline into circulation which in turn leads to peripheral blood vessel constriction, this is an intrinsic cause.
Circulation issues are another reason. There is decreased circulation to distal parts of the body and in turn leads to cold hands and feet. This can be due to a sedentary lifestyle, various heart conditions which lead to decreased cardiac output, tobacco smoking, atherosclerosis.
Anaemia also leads to decreased oxygen supply to body parts resulting in decreased metabolic activity at cellular level.
Raynaud’s disease is a condition in which spasm of arterioles occurs in cold temperature.
Nerve disorders: Cause for nerve damage are either external (injury, trauma, burns, frostbite) or internal (liver or kidney diseases, nutrient deficiency, infection). These patients also have additional symptoms of nerve damage.
Diabetes mellitus: It causes narrowing of blood vessels on the other it is also responsible for nerve damage.
Hypothyroidism: Reduced thyroid hormone level leads to reduced metabolic activity and in turn to cold hands and feet.
SYMPTOMS- Either cold feet can occur in isolation or in combination with other symptoms which include numbness, paraesthesia, sores on weight bearing areas, skin changes (rashes, scales, thick skin), fatigue, weight loss or gain, fever, joint pain
Management: If one has cold feet with no underlying condition, then they just must cover up and bundle themselves up in better woollen clothing. However, if on is predisposed to some condition, management is directed towards the cause per se. The approach should be to identify the factors responsible and then to manage it accordingly.
Movement: it is one of the easiest ways to warm up. It acts by increasing circulation and in turn increases the foot and hand temperature. Jumping, running, brisk walking or simply moving around is more than enough.
Thick socks and slippers: warm thick and well insulated socks and shoes.
Warm water foot baths is the easiest and most effective way; instant effect within 10-15 mins.
Heating pads, hot water bottles or room heaters for bedtime.
Heating insoles are ideal for people who have outdoor jobs. They are battery operated and chargeable.
Prevent crossing your legs for long while sitting.
Exercise on regular basis enhances blood flow and is an effective way to prevent cold hand and feet.
Winter can be a difficult season for those battling joint pain.
A chronic osteoarthritis condition is caused when the cartilage in your joints wears down and the bones begin to rub and scrape against one another, causing stiffness, joint pain and loss of movement.
Here are some of the measures suggested by Dr. Partap Chauhan, Director, Jiva Ayurveda, which you can use to prevent joint pain from making your life difficult.
1. Daily joint rotations
Include daily joint rotations in your workout routine along with some low impact exercises like cycling and swimming. It will help you ease the joint pain and prevent worsening of the condition. Additionally, walking can also prove to be helpful, but make sure you don’t walk too fast and wear comfortable shoes that are relatively flat.
2. Practice Abhangya
It is a form of full body massage with medicinal oils. This therapy helps reduce vata and mobilises the toxins from tissues. To give yourself a proper massage, heat approximately one cup of organic sesame oil and apply on the entire body from scalp to toes. Massage using vigorous long strokes for at least 10 minutes each day. If you have rheumatoid arthritis, do not practice Abhyanga.
3. Include ghee in your diet
Arthritis is seen as a disease of excess vata, which reduces moisture throughout the body and causes loss of lubricity. Consumption of ghee (clarified butter), sesame oil or olive oil can help soothe inflammation, lubricate the joints, and banish arthritis stiffness.
4. Gentle yoga
Yoga provides a gentle form of exercise that helps maintain mobility of the joints. Practicing poses like Tadasana (Mountain pose), Virabhadrasana (Warrior pose) and Dandasana (Staff pose) can help reduce the pain in arthritis and increases the mobility.
Maintaining a balanced diet is essential to managing joint pain. Consumption of grains like “raktashali” and “shasthika” lower the inflammation. Veggies and fruits like karela (Bitter Gourd), brinjal, neem and drumsticks are recommended along with berries and avocados.
Living with joint pain can be very difficult, especially if you’re getting on in age. While it’s possible to find short term relief by following the outlined tips, long term treatment of the condition will need professional intervention. (IANS)