Tuesday, 3 March 2020

One for the Girls*: Handy Tips For Maintaining Your Sexual Health

The term 'girls' and any reference to female/woman in this article refers to anyone who owns
'female' genitals and the same advice could be given to those non-binary, gender fluid etc. *There is talk of sexual intercourse including non-consensual sex in this article.

Your sexual health is just as important as your overall physical health, and should always be a top priority. Sexual health problems can have a knock-on effect on our physical health, fitness, and mental wellbeing, which can become long-term problems if not addressed quickly.  


But lack of available information - and let’s face it, a bit of embarrassment - can mean that we don’t know as much about maintaining our sexual health as we should. Don’t worry, this is pretty common. But if you don’t know your STIs from your IUDs, then it might be time to get stuck into some research.




Good sexual health may relate to your physical body (cleanliness, sexually transmitted diseases and infections),
but is also covers the process of reproduction (your period, contraception, and how to have a baby), and mental
health practise in relation to your sex life (safety, body positivty, healthy sexual relationships). 

There are lots of issues connected to these main areas of your sexual health. In this article, we will go over some
key ideas and provide some top tips on how to keep yourself happy and healthy throughout your sex life. But if
you have any further questions, get in touch with your local sexual health clinic.   




Knowing When the Time is Right 


So, first things first - how do you know when you’re ready to have your first sexual experience? If you're thinking
about losing your virginity or having sex with a new partner, here are seven main things to think about:


1. It's your decision - Remember, only you can decide whether or not you’re ready to have sex, and it’s more
than ok to say “no”. 


2. No means no - It’s important not to pressurise anyone else to be sexually active if they don’t want to be.
You must respect that. No means no.


3. Do you know about the law? -The legal age of consent in the UK is 16; any younger than that and it’s against
the law for you to be having sex. This is true for boy/girl sex, girl/girl sex, boy/boy sex and basically for all sex,
with anyone! But when you get to 16, that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily the right age for you to start having sex.


4. Non-consensual sex with a person who is drunk or under the influence of drugs is rape - If a person is
unconscious, or if their judgement is impaired by alcohol or drugs, legally they are unable to give consent to sex.
Having non-consensual sex with a person who is drunk or under the influence of drugs is a crime.


5. Communicate with your partner about sex - It’s really important to communicate with your partner about
being sexually intimate so you can find out each other’s likes and dislikes. It’s also important to wait until you’re
ready to progress to sex


6. Talk about safe sex - It’s vital that you talk about safe sex before you get to having sex; you need to protect
yourself from STIs and the risk of unplanned pregnancy.


7. You might not be ready to have sex if.....You feel embarrassed or uncomfortable talking about points 4 or 5
above with your partner. 


Avoiding STIs 


Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are infections that are spread by sexual contact. STIs can cause severe
damage to your body—even death. Except for colds and flu, STIs are the most common contagious
(easily spread). Some STIs can be treated and cured, others cannot. 


The most common STIs are: Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Genital herpes, Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
infection, Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, Syphilis, Trichomoniasis, and Hepatitis B.


A person with an STI can pass it to others by contact with skin, genitals, mouth, rectum, or body fluids. Anyone
who has sexual contact with another person may get an STI. 


The following factors increase the risk of getting STIs:


  • Having more than one sexual partner
  • Being with a partner who has or has had more than one sexual partner
  • Having sex with someone who has an STI
  • Having a history of STIs
  • Using  intravenous drugs (injected into a vein) or partner use of intravenous drugs


And these are THE BEST ways to reduce the risk of getting an STI: 


  • Know your sexual partners — Your partner’s sexual history is as important as your own. The more partners you or your partners have, the higher your risk of getting an STI. 
  • Use a latex condom—Using a latex condom every time you have vaginal, oral, or anal sex decreases the chances of infection. Condoms lubricated with spermicides do not offer extra protection. Frequent use of some spermicides can increase the risk of HIV.
  • Avoid risky sex practices—Sexual acts that tear or break the skin carry a higher risk of STIs. Even small cuts that do not bleed let germs pass back and forth. Anal sex poses a high risk because tissues in the rectum tear easily. Body fluids also can carry STIs. Having any unprotected sexual contact with an infected person poses a high risk of getting an STI. 
  • Get immunized—Vaccinations are available that will help prevent hepatitis B and some types of HPV.


Everything You Need To Know About Thrush!


There are some other common infections which affect your sexual organs, which are NOT STIs, but which may be caused or worsened by sexual activity (though they can occur for other reasons). The most common of these infections is thrush. 


Thrush is a very common vaginal infection, caused by an overgrowth of yeasts which live normally in the bowel and may be present in other parts of the body, such as the mouth, skin and vagina. Some women are more susceptible to thrush, and the symptoms can be exaggerated by poor sexual hygiene, hormonal changes, and some medications (especially steroids and antibiotics).


Symptoms of thrush in women include: vaginal itch, discomfort or irritation, vaginal discharge, redness and/or swelling of the vagina or vulva, stinging or burning when passing urine. Other conditions, such as genital herpes or urinary tract infection may have similar symptoms, so it is important to have the diagnosis confirmed.


The best way to avoid thrush is to keep your vagina clean. Avoid perfumed soaps, gels and antiseptics as these can affect the healthy balance of bacteria and pH levels in the vagina and cause irritation. Use plain, unperfumed soaps to wash the area around the vagina (the vulva) gently every day, particularly after sex.


If you do develop thrush, don’t worry - it is common and fairly easy to treat. You can either go to your doctor, or try an over-the-counter treatment like Canesten Duo, which contains fluconazole. This works from within to clear the thrush infection, while the double strength Canesten thrush cream (containing clotrimazole) effectively calms the itch.    


Know Your Contraceptives


Contraceptives are designed to prevent you from becoming pregnant during sex. There are many different types of contraceptives available to explore. All that matters is that you find the right one for you, and that you are comfortable using every time you have sex. 






It can take some time to find your perfect system. So go and speak to a sexual health professional, whether that be your doctor, gynecologist, or sexual health nurse, and talk through your options.  

Physical Fitness and Sexual Health 


Fundamentally, the very best thing for your overall sexual health, is maintaining good physical health, fitness, and diet. Your sexual health is, after all, just an extension of your physical health. 




Not only will diet and exercise keep your whole body fit, help you defend against infections and injuries, and keep your reproductive organs stay healthy - it will also help you enjoy sex more. That’s right - getting your fruit and veg intake and hitting the gym will actually make you better in bed!  


Sexual Health Clinics 


Last but not least: get to know your local sexual health clinic. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, and if you have any concerns about your sexual health - make an appointment. The staff will always be discreet, friendly and non-judgemental, happy to help solve your problem, whatever it is.  And if you are sexually active, you should have regular STI tests every time you change partners. 

*Collaborative article

Thursday, 20 February 2020

Spring Bargains - How To Shop Savvy

I bet I am not alone in loving to online shop. I am sure many people love to highstreet shop too but the lack of plus-size options in the real world plus the chance of it being cold & wet means I am far more likely to shop online from the comfort of my own home!

Shopping Online

One of the great things I love about shopping online is that there is always a bargain to be hand. Online retailers have it really easy when it comes to discounting products and offering money off so this tends to be something regularly offered online. Which is great news for me!

Discount codes are one of my favourite things about shopping online. If you're not familiar with these then you really need to be! Often following a brand online means you'll see when they have posted a discount code or when they have a sale on, which makes it a great time to shop.

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Making Sure You Don't Miss Out

One of the best ways to save money is when you are a new customer. With so much competition out there for products online you'll often find that brands what to do what they can to tempt you to shop with them. This means as a new customer, you have a lot of bargaining power!

I would recommend a website such as Sign Up Offers. As the name says, this website lists the best sign-up offers for being a new customer. Having all of the offers in one place makes life easy when it comes to bagging a bargain. You can simply browse their website, find the shop you want to use & see what discount offer(s) they have for new customers. Follow the link & you'll get the discount/free gift/introductory offer, it really is that easy!

Being a Savvy Shopper

One of the best pieces of advice I have when it comes to shopping online is only buying what you need. It is really tempting to get carried away with discount codes and go wild in the (online) aisles. However, if you're buying items you don't need, how much are you really saving?

There are so introductory offers out there that you don't need to spend needlessly. Think about what you need and where you want to shop and Sign Up Offers will do their best to save you some money in the process!

What's the best online bargain you've ever bagged?

Debz xx

*Collaborative Post

Thursday, 13 February 2020

Say Hello To Get Virtual Assistance!

If you follow me on social media then you might well remember that in the summer I was made redundant. It was a job I loved so it is something I took quite badly. I've taken some time to think about what I want to do next and I'm proud to announce - Get Virtual Assistance.

I have always loved content writing & customer service so I thought this would be the perfect way to combine the two! As a Hampshire based Virtual Assistant, I'll be offering remote admin assistance to busy business owners who don't have enough time on their hands.

What Services Will I Be Offering?

I've done some research over recent weeks and discovered that as a virtual assistant there is so much I can offer! I like to think of myself as a remote working secretary who can throw in a splash of SEO content marketing, social media help and speaking to businesses customers if they'd like me to!



I'll still be blogging on the side, although keep your eye out for something new and exciting on that front shortly, for now I am really excited to get my teeth stuck into a brand new project. I know that it will take some hard work and a little luck to get it off the ground properly so please keep your fingers crossed for me and if you fancy following me on social media I can be found on Facebook and Twitter!

Thanks

Debz xx

*Not a paid ad but I am promoting my own services.


Monday, 27 January 2020

The Importance of Ear Health


When it comes to taking steps to ensure we feel our best, many of us already know what this is for us and our personal health journey. It might be a luxury bubble-bath or it might be a walk around a muddy field, you have to work with what works for you. One thing that many of us over-look as super important is looking after our ears, which Auris Ear Care can certainly help with!

Looking After Your Ears

Hearing is something many of us take for granted, but it is really essential that we do what we can to look after our ears. I know mine took a bashing from far-too-loud 90's boybands hits blasting out from my CD walk-man, but I am not sure many people would admit to that!

Looking After Yourself


I bet most of us don't even consider our ears when it comes to health care. We generally book dentist appointments, get regular eye-tests and take ourselves off to the doctors when we don't feel 100%. However ears are something left behind and that really should not be the case. When it comes to feeling great we should learn to take care of our ears and that includes having checkups and treatments if/when necessary.

Getting Help

One thing that I noticed Auris Ear care do is at home ear wax removal. I'm one of those guilty parties that still use cotton buds, but I know that when it comes to ear care they're really not good for you. However, Auris offer ear wax removal, which helps to clean out your ears which can improve your hearing and help if you're suffering with ear pain.

What is important to remember is that ear wax does have a job, and it protects your ears from damage and helps keep them healthy. It is only when you get a build up of too much wax that it can become a problem.

Rather than risk cotton buds which can actually make things worse, it is well worth considering a recommended ear wax removal specialist.


Debz x

*Collaborative post.

Sunday, 26 January 2020

What is Multi-Car Insurance and Who Needs It?


Many of us nowadays live in multi-car households. You might be a family where both mum and dad need a car for work. Your kids are growing up quickly and will soon learn to drive. You may share a house with a bunch other people who are not family and you all have your own cars.
Getting a good deal on motor insurance is essential. Banding together and opting for multi-car insurance could potentially save you money and be a lot more convenient.

The Benefits of Multi-Car Insurance

Instead of insuring each car separately, you have one policy that covers everyone. As long as each car is registered at the address, it doesn’t matter whether it’s for a family member or someone that you share a flat with or have bought a house with.
Many insurance companies are now offering this kind of insurance. It makes sense for them as they are able to get higher premiums and more customers onto the books. A lot of companies also offer discounts for each car that is added onto the policy. That can make the overall cost of insurance much cheaper as long as you pick the right product.
While each car is on the same insurance, they can have their own level of cover. If you want one car to be fully comprehensive and another simply third party fire and theft, you can. Options like no claims discounts are also protected. That means if someone on the policy has an accident or their car is stolen, it won’t affect your car’s no claims status.
Some insurance companies will cover as many as six cars and 12 drivers, so for large families or groups, this can be a flexible and sensible way to get the right policy at a better price.
Of course, your existing insurances may have different renewal dates. Most multi-car insurance policies work by waiting for each car to reach the end of it’s existing commitment and then transferring them, eventually achieving one renewal date for everyone.

Who Needs Multi-Car Insurance?

There are different groups of people that will benefit from this kind of insurance policy.
·         The most obvious are families that have more than one car. According to the statistics, that’s more than 1 in 3 family homes in the UK.
·         It’s also suitable for families that use each other’s cars.
·         Some policies will also cover students who are away from home at university.
·         If you are friends sharing a house, a multi-car insurance policy may also be a good idea. It’s important, however, to work out how people pay their share.
·         Of course, you might be fortunate to have more than one car yourself and a multi-car policy is a convenient and often cheaper way to put everything on one policy.

Is Multi-Car Insurance Cheaper?

While many people, especially with the discounts companies are offering, will find multi-car insurance cheaper, this does depend on a number of factors. The types of cars that you are insuring will define the premiums, with higher-end vehicles attracting higher prices. The experience of the drivers will also impact on the premium you pay.
Shopping around and finding the best deal might, for example, mean you get a better price for a new driver with one company and a healthy discount for yourself with another. Combined they may offer best value compared to a multi-car insurance deal.
As with any insurance product, it’s essential that you do your research and compare like for like. Take your time to look at the market and what’s on offer before you commit to any particular policy.

*Collaborative Post*

Sunday, 19 January 2020

Using Your National Culture As A Wedding Theme

Weddings are different all around the world. In Asia, they often wear traditional clothing such as the Japanese early modern style. For the many different nations in the world, there are even more cuisines to choose from. In the south of Italy, more classic Mediterranean cuisine is common for weddings while in the north, you have a more rustic and refined cuisine. In the Western world, a white wedding dress is the most common while in the East, red is far more frequent. With so many variations of weddings to choose from, it's little wonder that national cultures are often used as the themes for weddings. Depending on your nation, you can implement this style for your wedding. It all depends on what nation you’re from and the ways in which you will do it.




The colour scheme
The easiest way to visualise your national culture playing a part in your wedding is to imagine the colours of your flag, becoming the theme of your party. If you’re from France, white, blue, and red shall be seen all over the place. The flowers will be in these colours, the table cloth and seating covers can also be in these colours and you can even have the confetti in your nation’s colours. It's important to not become so predictable and be creative. It can seem a little lazy and unimaginative if the most obvious things are in these colours. Small details like the china pattern and colours can be utilised in the design. How about the ceiling lights, the colour of the candles or even the ribbons hung around the stairs and doors?
The dress code theme
Guests will be observing you and your groom, but your personal team as well. So pick out some classy clothes for your bridesmaids and groomsmen, but they can be in your nation’s colours. If you’re Swedish the navy blue weddings dresses on searchbycolors.com would be a treat. Check out the Alfred Sung Plus Chiffon v-neck sleeveless maxi dress for your bridesmaids. To go with it, they could wear golden earrings and headbands to symbolise the yellow in the flag. The cross back strap Dessy collection crepe dress would be sublime with some bright yellow flowers such as Begonias. For the groomsmen, their options might be limited in terms of suit colour, but they can wear cufflinks, ties, pocket squares and tie clips in your nation’s colours. There’s always plenty of options for a cultural dress code theme.



Your carriage awaits
Arriving at the church in a national icon is definitely something you will never forget. If you’re from the UK, arriving in a classic Rolls-Royce or Bentley would be a perfect way to pay homage to your nation’s culture. Think of the most classic and iconic cars from your nation and consider the top models when renting your wedding carriage.
Wanting a traditional wedding according to your nation's culture is quite a splendid choice of theme. There’s so much history you can pick from and make your wedding particularly connected to your country’s culture.