Social drinking may affect fertility. One study found that three drinks per day for three weeks interfered with menstruation. Another study of nearly 2,000 women revealed that women who enjoyed one drink or less per day had a higher risk of endometriosis, a condition of the uterine lining, that can result in infertility.
When alcohol and sex mix, the sex arousing powers of alcohol makes you believe you are sexually more potent regardless of other inhibiting factors. In at least three studies, women reported an increase in sexual pleasure as their blood alcohol level increased, despite a decrease in the blood volume that should have lessened ‘Enhanced sexual feeling’.
Even as the sexual urge declined with drinking, 69 women who kept diaries of their sexual experiences reported that drinking ‘Enhanced their desires’. And, of course, men were more sexually aroused when they believed, that they had consumed alcohol, even though they had not.
If you believe alcohol makes you feel sexier, you probably will feel and act that way. Even though it may not be so. As Winston Churchill once said, “I have taken more out of alcohol than it has taken out of me”.
A word of caution however! Alcohol is a very potent and habit–forming substance. Excessive use of alcohol can adversely affect your physical, social, spiritual, and mental health, as well as your sex life. Drink within limits if you must. Drink responsibly, know your limits, and never drink and drive.
Varicose VeinsIt is definitely a woman’s worst foe. There are women who even choose not to have kids since it’d happened to their friends after childbirth.
No, we’re not discussing weight–gain here, but varicose veins! Well, you’d be interested to know just who is vulnerable to it.
First of all let us understand how our veins are made. Our veins are frail structures any how, and any damage to their walls could result in enlargement and/or damage to the valves within. This damage could in turn result in a buildup of what is known as “Static pressure”, causing the veins to bulge–a condition that is symptomatic of varicose veins.
Although the condition is up to four times more common in women, men could also suffer the agony of these enlarged and painful veins. They usually appear as knots and cord–like strands in the legs. Generally, they affect people in their middle age. Those whose jobs require them to stand for long periods of time are especially prone to it, since pressure in the veins could go up by ten times while standing. Other risk factors include obesity and pregnancy. When varicose veins occur around the area of the anus, they are known as hemorrhoids or piles. Fortunately, varicose veins do not pose much of a risk. However, the condition could deteriorate rapidly sometimes, particularly when it involves deeper veins and may even lead to thrombophlebitis, pulmonary embolism, heart attacks and stroke.
A low–fiber diet that is high in refined foods contributes to the development of varicose veins. Such a diet leads to constipation and straining of one’s bowels, which in turn increases pressure in the abdominal region. Over time, walls of the veins weaken, leading to varicose veins or piles. Exercise is vital to those who want to avoid the condition. Standing for too long ought to be avoided first of all. Walking, jogging and cycling could prove beneficial, since contraction of the leg muscles aids circulation.
Some Old Time–Tested Remedies
Horse Chestnut Plant
Among herbs for varicose veins Horse Chestnut (aesculus hippocastanum) is a favorite. The seeds of the plant improve the tone and strength of vein walls. It contains Aescin, which has an anti–inflammatory action to reduce pain and swelling of enlarged veins.
Other herbs that are popular since they lack the side–effects associated with newer forms of treatment are Butcher’s Broom (ruscus aculeatus), Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) and Ginkgo biloba (maiden Hair Tree).