Saturday February 29, 2020

Poor Sexual Health More Common in Women: Study

Poor sexual health more common in women than men

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Poor sexual health is more common in women and affects them in more diverse ways than men. Pixabay

Researchers have found that poor sexual health is more common in women and affects them in more diverse ways than men.

According to the study, published in the journal BMC Public Health, out of 12,132 men and women included in the research, 17 per cent of men and 47.5 per cent of women in the UK reported poor sex health.

“Sexual health is an umbrella term that covers several different health risks, such as sexually transmitted infections (STIs), unplanned pregnancy, function problems and sexual coercion,” said study lead author Alison Parkes from the University of Glasgow in the UK.

“A greater understanding of how these risks are patterned across the population is needed to improve the targeting and delivery of sexual health programmes,” Parkes added.

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According to the study, published in the journal BMC Public Health, out of 12,132 men and women included in the research, 17 per cent of men and 47.5 per cent of women in the UK reported poor sexual health. Pixabay

To get a better idea of how sexual health varies within the UK population, a team of researchers investigated patterns of health markers, such as sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or sexual function problems, in 12,132 sexually active men and women, aged 16-74 from England, Scotland and Wales, who were interviewed between 2010 and 2012.

They also examined associations of sexual health with socio-demographic, health and lifestyle characteristics, as well as with satisfaction or distress with a person’s sex life.

Based on markers of sexual health that were most common in different groups of people, the researchers identified sexual health classes, four of which were common to both men and women; Good Sexual Health (83 per cent of men, 52 per cent of women), Wary Risk-takers (four per cent of men, two per cent of women), Unwary Risk-takers ( four per cent of men, seven per cent women), and Sexual Function Problems (nine per cent of men, seven per cent of women).

Two additional sexual health classed were identified in women only; a Low Sexual Interest class which included 29 per cent of women and a Highly Vulnerable class, reporting a range of adverse experiences across all markers of sexual health, which included two per cent of women.

Highly Vulnerable women were more likely to report an abortion than all other female sexual health classes except unwary risk takers, and most likely to report STIs, the study said.

“We identified several groups who are not well served by current sexual health intervention efforts: men and women disregarding STI risks, women with a low interest in sex feeling distressed or dissatisfied with their sex lives, and women with multiple health problems,” she said.

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However, the researchers also noticed that poor sexual health groups had certain characteristics in common.

They were generally more likely to have started having sex before the age of 16; and to experience depression, alcohol or drug use, the research said. (IANS)

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This Self-Care Routine May Help in Taking Care of Your Skin During and After Pregnancy

While looking for a product that can manage stretch marks, you can never go wrong with products that are infused with an herb-oil-butter complex

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According to health experts, for healthy skin, the first step is to adopt a pregnancy-safe skin care routine. Pixabay

 In the process of bringing a new life into the world, a woman goes through many emotional and physical changes, and following a self-care routine will help you take the best care of your skin during and after pregnancy.

According to health experts, for healthy skin, the first step is to adopt a pregnancy-safe skin care routine.

“Your old skin care routine might not be suitable anymore because of the changes your skin undergoes during pregnancy. Most women are bound to experience skin changes likes dry and itchy skin, rashes, acne, skin redness and stretch marks,” said Subhashini, an ayurveda expert with The Himalaya Drug Company.

“With your skin being the most delicate during this phase, what you need is a skin care routine that is safe. This and a good massage and regular moisturisation are the easy ways that can help manage common skin concerns,” Subhashini added.

Subhashini also shared a few tips for your daily skin care routine: Indulge in a light massage and moisturise in the morning.

“Massage helps improve blood circulation and manage dry skin. It also helps relieve pregnancy pain and stress and helps rejuvenate your skin. Indulging in a massage every day, either before bed or bath with an oil infused with Aloe Vera and Ashvagandha, helps take good care of your skin,” Subhashini said.

“Moisturising your skin in the morning will help keep your skin nourished throughout the day. It is advisable to use a body butter cream that is safe and enriched with natural ingredients like Cocoa Butter and Glycerin,” she said.

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In the process of bringing a new life into the world, a woman goes through many emotional and physical changes, and following a self-care routine will help you take the best care of your skin during and after pregnancy. Pixabay

“When the moisture balance in the skin is maintained, it results in hydrated, softer, and supple skin. It reduces itchiness due to dryness too,” she added.

With the above two tips, one can manage stretch marks as well, a common skin concern faced during and after pregnancy.

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While looking for a product that can manage stretch marks, you can never go wrong with products that are infused with an herb-oil-butter complex.

They have the right blend of herbs, oils, and butters, which help intensely nourish the skin, relieve skin dryness, and itching associated with stretch marks, the expert said. (IANS)