Can Having Too Much Anal Sex Stretch out Your Rectum?

Can Having Too Much Anal Sex Stretch out Your Rectum?

Perhaps you’re curious about anal sex or you’ve tried it — maybe you do it a lot. The truth is, anal sex mechanics can seem confusing. The big question many have is: Can anal sex do permanent damage? This is a legitimate concern. Ian Kerner, Ph.D. says he hasn’t heard of a rectum getting permanently stretched out from anal sex, but it could happen to the anal sphincter muscle, which is right at the end of the anus. “That muscle is designed to tighten to retain feces until released, so the sphincter could potentially weaken,” he says.

But you don’t have to give up butt play for fear of damaging that muscle. In fact, kegels — mainly known for strengthening the pelvic floor muscles — can also tone up the sphincter. Read on to learn a few other things you should be doing to keep your butt healthy.

Use Plenty of Lubrication

This is incredibly important for anal sex. The tissue is sensitive and the rectum doesn’t lubricate, so there is a possibility for easy tearing that would be painful. Not enough lubrication can also cause hemorrhoids, so be sure to keep things very lubricated back there,

Loosen Up

Your sphincter will probably be tense if you are. A sphincter that is tight can lead to tearing and pain, which you definitely do not want.

Use a Condom

It’s important for safe sex, of course, but particularly important for anal sex. Your anus contains a significant amount of bacteria, which is easily spreadable. Be sure that he uses a condom to protect himself from the bacteria and to keep the bacteria from getting on you during any action after penetration.

Know Your Gastrointestinal Tract

Don’t do it if you suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome, for example. Kerner explains that anal sex can actually trigger a bout of it, which is definitely a mood killers. Keep in mind that: “If something feels wrong, it probably is wrong,” says Kerner. “If you detect any kind of irritation, it’s time to give the butt a break.”


Severe PMS Can Threaten a Woman’s Heart Health

Severe PMS Can Threaten a Woman's Heart Health

Do you suffer from terrible PMS symptoms such as excruciating headaches, cramps that make it impossible to function, surprise mood swings, and hot flashes that come on suddenly? If these are part of your experience each month, there may be some more not-so-good news on the way.

According to a recent study that was published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, women who had PMS symptoms that were more severe were significantly more likely to end up with serious heart health issues as they got older. Researchers got information from 3,720 women (average age of 40 at the study’s start) and documented their PMS symptoms and intensity of symptoms over a period of 20 years, every two years.

The results for those who experienced the most extreme PMS symptoms were very surprising. The study’s findings showed that women who reported symptoms that were moderate-to-severe had at least a 40 percent higher chance of developing hypertension or high blood pressure compared to the participants who showed few or no symptoms at all.

Even though there is a possible link, physicians are not clear about the direct connection between high blood pressure and PMS. But they presented a bit of hope to these findings. Those women who consumed high levels of vitamin B also said they felt less severe PMS and were also less likely to develop high blood pressure as a result. So, it’s important to make sure you’re eating the right foods and taking supplements that may help you combat PMS.

Foods rich in B vitamins include broccoli, spinach, parsley, beets, lentils, mustard greens, romaine lettuce, asparagus, and bell peppers. Be sure to speak with your doctor about the best diet for you, especially if you experience severe PMS symptoms.

This new study is critical for figuring out exactly how to best keep high blood pressure at bay, as roughly 32 percent of women develop the condition.


9 Egg Freezing Facts You’ll Want to Know

9 Egg Freezing Facts You'll Want to Know

Have you ever heard of “oocyte cryopreservation”? It’s egg freezing and it is a process that can cost upwards of $12,000. There is a bit of controversy surrounding the process, but the following are basic facts:

Why egg freezing?

Women choose egg freezing for a variety of reasons. For example, a diagnosis of cancer may call for radiation, surgery, and chemotherapy, and get in the way of present family planning.

The process.

If a person says they are interested in egg freezing, a referral to a reproductive endocrinologist will usually be required. This is where she should be completely educated on the process and its risks.

Eggs are readied for extraction.

A specialist will usually prescribe a daily self-injection of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), 10 days before extraction to prepare the eggs. In addition, regular ultrasounds will be taken to figure out when the eggs are ready for extraction.

The procedure.

The procedure only takes about 10 minutes and the patient is sedated throughout it. In order to extract eggs, a needle is inserted about an inch into the vaginal wall and ovaries.

Possible side effects.

A lot of women report side effects linked to the FSH injections, such as bloating, gas, nausea, and breast and ovary pain, Usually the more eggs that are produced the more severe the side effects tend to be. It’s usually recommended by doctors to take the day of extraction off from work. The majority of women return to their regular activities the following day with mild discomfort for about a week. This usually includes abdominal bloating and pressure.


Egg freezing and in vitro fertilization (IVF) share similar surgical risks (infection, ovary damage, and bleeding). During extraction, a full feeling on the abdomen and bloating usually occurs.

Ideal age.

There is quite a bit of debate about the ideal age for egg extraction and freezing, even among fertility experts. Many claim that the best time is before age 25 and day that a decline in egg quantity and quality begin at age 35 and then after age 38. Some experts claim the best age is anywhere between 30 and 35 years old. The decision is a very personal one and opinions differ.

The best quantity.

The more eggs that are extracted, the better the success rate. Infertility professionals at UCSF go for between 15 and 20 extracted eggs per patient.

Success rate.

A woman won’t necessarily be guaranteed a successful pregnancy just because she decides to freeze her eggs. A lot of factors can have an impact of conception. For example, a woman’s age upon freezing and embryo implantation, sperm quality of the partner, the successful joining of sperm and egg, and more can impact the process.

9 Symptoms of Endometriosis

9 Symptoms of Endometriosis

Sometimes typical female aches and pains such as stomach cramps, nausea, painful bowel movements and more can indicate a serious condition known as endometriosis, which is chronic and affects women. This disease occurs when the endometrial lining of the uterus starts to expand cell growth outside of the uterus to other pelvic organs, such as the ovaries. Endometrial cell growth can end up damaging other organs such as the intestines, bladder, appendix, and even cause infertility. Read on to learn nine symptoms of endometriosis.

Pelvic pain.

The first indication that something may not be right could be mild-to-severe pelvic pain.

Pain during urination.

Painful urination is common to those with endometriosis because of the pressure of increased water retention, which creates bladder pressure and pain. It’s possible that you’ll notice an increase in bladder infections, too, particularly after intercourse, and the need to urinate more urgently and frequently.

Lowered immune defenses.

Often those with endometriosis suffer from weaker immune systems, leaving them more susceptible to allergies, common colds, bladder infections, and sensitivities to certain foods.

Sore shoulders and lower back.

Most of those suffering from endometriosis report tension build up and achy muscles in the lower back and shoulder areas during and after menstruation.

Intestinal pain.

This can happen, especially during your period, ovulation, while having a bowel movement or urinating, and during or after intercourse.

Mood issues.

Because of unbalanced hormone levels, those with endometriosis tend to suffer from extreme mood swings caused by high levels of the hormones progesterone and estrogen.

Blood clotting,

Bleeding that is irregular or heavy with your monthly period may indicate endometriosis, especially if your menstrual blood turns dark and stale looking and appears to be sticky or stringy clots or lumps.

Bowel changes and discomfort.

If you have endometriosis you may experience explosive diarrhea, especially after a meal. You might also notice traces of blood around the anus after a difficult bowel movement or diarrhea. You may have periods of constipation after a loose stool and this cycle of diarrhea/constipation might come and go with your menstruation cycle.

Studies have shown that 40 percent of women who have endometriosis also have problems conceiving children. If endometrial tissue grows outside the uterus and attaches to the fallopian tubes and ovaries, getting in the way of ovulation and causing scarring, the risk of infertility is greater.

7 Common Breast Cancer Misconceptions

7 Common Breast Cancer Misconceptions

Breast cancer is a serious threat to individuals. According to the American Cancer Society, it’s the most common cancer in the U.S. among women — 12 percent of women will develop it during their life. There are some common misconceptions about breast cancer. Read on to learn of them.

Myth #1 – If you have a lump, you have cancer.

The National Breast Cancer Foundation notes on its website that “Only a small percentage of breast lumps turn out to be cancer.” It’s important to monitor the lump for changes and to book a breast exam if it does not go away on its own. Your doctor will order scans to find out the nature of the lump if they have any concerns.

Myth #2 – It is highly hereditary.

According to, about five to 10 percent of breast cancer cases are believed to be hereditary. But the National Breast Cancer Foundation says that if you have an immediate member of your family — like your mom — who has developed breast cancer under the age of 50, you should probably get regular screenings.

Myth #3 – Antiperspirants and deodorants cause breast cancer.

The National Cancer Institute says that its researchers haven’t come across any conclusive evidence that proves a link between deodorant/antiperspirant use and breast cancer.

Myth #4 – Only women are affected by breast cancer.

Breast cancer mainly affects women, but not only. It affects over 2,000 men in the U.S. each year and kills more than 400. Men who develop breast cancer typically find a hard lump under the areola and nipple. Because instances in men are lower, a lot of men delay diagnosis, which leads to higher mortality rates.

Myth #5 – Breast cancer risk can be increased by bra type.

There are many people who think that wearing a bra with underwire puts them at a greater risk for breast cancer. This is because the wire compresses the breast, stinting the lymphatic system and building up toxins as a result. But there is no proven correlation to getting breast cancer, no matter how tight your clothing or your type of bra.

Myth #6 – Breast implants significantly increase your risk.

According to the Mayo Clinic, there has been a possible link to breast cancer and implants, but the occurrence is very low and more research needs to be done to know the extent of the link.

Myth #7 – Breast size is directly related to your risk.

There is no concrete link between breast size and breast cancer risk, according to But it might be more difficult to detect breast cancer if you have larger breasts with clinical breast exams and even advanced imagine. You should be screened regularly, no matter your cup size.

Weight Loss Can Help PCOS Symptoms

Weight Loss Can Help PCOS Symptoms

Losing weight is a foundation in the treatment of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). This is a common female endocrine disorder where the cause is unknown. But scientists know that even a little bit of weight loss can improve the symptoms of PCOS. It’s important to work with your doctor to develop a healthy exercise and diet program for you if you suffer from PCOS.

People with PCOS have ovaries that produce excess androgens, which are commonly referred to as male sex hormones. It’s normal for healthy ovaries to make small amounts of androgens, but too much causes hormonal problems, such as menstrual irregularities, fertility problems, excess hair growth, obesity, and acne. According to Brigham and Women’s Hospital, as many as 80 percent of those with PCOS are either overweight or obese.

A hallmark of this disorder is insulin resistance. The pancreas secrete this hormone in order to regulate blood glucose levels, but a lot of women with PCOS are resistant to its effects; therefore, the pancreas secrete more insulin, which leads to increased insulin levels. Insulin also stimulates androgen production in both polycystic and normal ovaries, which suggests that high insulin levels that come from insulin resistance contribute to excess androgens.

The main goal for people with PCOS is improving insulin resistance, which is where weight loss comes into the picture. You can help decrease abnormalities in hormones by losing body weight. In fact, losing as little as five percent of your body weight can improve insulin resistance and lead to improvements in certain PCOS symptoms such as menstrual function, reducing androgen levels, and improving cholesterol.

According to data from review in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, a diet that is geared towards the improvement of insulin sensitivity is likely to offer more promising results that a traditional, low calorie diet. Researchers looked at existing data on diets for weight loss with different compositions in those with PCOS. Even though weight loss happened on all diets, regardless of composition, a controlled carbohydrate diet led to more improvements in insulin sensitivity, cholesterol, menstrual regularity, and quality-of-life. According to the review, a high carbohydrate diet led to higher androgen levels.

7 Facts about Menstrual Cups You Need to Know

7 Facts about Menstrual Cups You Need to Know

The chances are good that you’ve heard about menstrual cups. They’re the latest in period protection. They’ve actually been around since the mid-1900s, but women in the US are rediscovering these small silicone devices, and many consider them an eco-friendly, less expensive alternative to pads and tampons. Read on to learn some important factors to consider about menstrual cups.

They are eco-friendly.

Feminine products generate a lot of trash, so cutting back on the amount you throw away can make a big difference in your ecological footprint. Menstrual cups last three to four years.

They’re budget-friendly.

Just consider how much you spend on feminine products over the course of three to four years and compare that to about $30 for a menstrual cup.

They come in different sizes.

Most brands carry two: one for women under 30 and who have not been pregnant and another for women over 30. It’s nearly impossible for one to be too large. “They’re not very big—maybe 3 to 4 centimeters across, and they collapse,” says Jen Gunter, MD, director of pelvic pain and vulvovaginal disorders at Kaiser Permanente San Francisco.. “The vagina is built to stretch.”

They take a little practice.

They are fairly simple to insert, but “there’s a little bit of a learning curve with taking them out, just to make sure you’re not spilling,” says Gunter. You should get the hang of it after a few tries. Also, you shouldn’t feel it (like a tampon); it’s in the wrong spot if it’s uncomfortable.

They carry risks like tampons.

The warning notice for toxic shock syndrome (TSS) applies to your menstrual cup, too. TSS is rare, but it’s important to follow instructions and remove and clean it at least every 12 hours.

They’re important to clean.

You have to be sure you’re cleaning your menstrual cup correctly when you take it out. “You’re supposed to wash it with oil-free, unscented soap every 12 hours,” says Gunter. If you happen to be in a public restroom, rinse it with drinkable water or wipe it out with a tissue. Don’t use a feminine wipe because it can irritate the vagina. Wash it properly the next time you get a chance. Gunter recommends giving it an extra thorough wash or boiling it in a pot of water for five to 10 minutes at the end of each cycle.

They are sanitary.

Menstrual cups are not gross. As long as you’re taking care of it properly, they are just as sanitary as any other product.