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5 Common Causes of Condom Failure

Posted by on Oct 26, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Wearing a condom, or having your partner wear one, is vital to protect against STDs, STIs, and unplanned pregnancies. Unfortunately, condoms are not invulnerable to damage, and there are plenty of things you can do that will impair their ability to work effectively. Here are just five common causes of condom failure. 1. Incorrect Storage Condoms need to be stored correctly if they are to remain effective. This means placing them in a cool, dry place and not exposing them to direct sunlight. Condoms can be quite sensitive to both heat and light, which can make the condom drier and more brittle, thereby increasing the chances of tearing. Additionally, don’t carry a condom around in your wallet. That might be fine for a night if you expect to get lucky, but keeping a condom in your wallet for weeks or months at a time will expose it to regular stress. 2. Using the Wrong Lubricant A bit of extra lubrication can be fantastic, but you need to make sure you use the right sort. Water-based lubes are ideal, but you want to avoid oil-based products since they can damage the latex of the condom. This can cause a small amount of sperm to leak through. If you’re using a lubricant that has been specifically designed for use during sex, you should be fine. If you’re using an oil or cream that isn’t designed for use during sex, you might need to worry. 3. Going Beyond the Expiration Date                         It can be tempting to go beyond the expiration date given on your condom, but this can easily lead to breakage. Once the expiry date is reached, the latex will begin getting harder and any spermicidal lubrication will begin to lose its effectiveness and start to break down. This won’t just increase the likelihood of breakages – it will also make wearing the condom far less comfortable. 4. Not Leaving Space at the Top Putting on a condom might seem easy, but mistakes can be made. One of the most common issues is failing to leave space at the tip to catch the sperm ejaculated during orgasm. Try leaving around half an inch to make sure that there is enough room for the sperm to be caught. If there is no space at all, the sperm might leak out. 5. Exposure to Sharp Objects Most people understand that condoms shouldn’t be exposed to sharp objects, then they open up the packaging with their teeth or with a pair of scissors anyway. It might seem fine, but even the slightest nick in the surface of the condom can cause it to break; alternatively, a small hole may be created that neither sexual partner notices. Always open the individual package by hand at the tear-strip provided. If you think you may have contracted an STD, STI, or think you may be pregnant, you can go to a sexual health...

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Does your partner suffer from sleep apnoea? Stay sane with these three tips.

Posted by on Jul 22, 2016 in Uncategorized |

While sufferers of sleep apnoea experience poor quality sleep, their partners suffer in a different way, exhausted by constant snoring each night. This situation can quickly put strain on your relationship and respect for your partner. If your partner suffers from sleep apnoea, check out these three tips to help you stay sane and preserve your relationship. Be supportive and encourage treatment If your partner has recently been diagnosed with sleep apnoea, it will take a little while for them to adjust to the diagnosis and treatment solutions. It is important to be supportive during this period of adjustment, and support your partner as they embark on treatment. There are a range of different treatment options based on the severity and nature of your partner’s condition. Therapeutic medical treatment solutions, such as a CPAP device or oral appliance, may take time for your partner to acclimatise, so be patient and sympathetic as they become comfortable. Lifestyle changes, including losing weight and quitting smoking or alcohol will similarly require your strong support and encouragement to alleviate sleep apnoea symptoms. If your partner is yet to be diagnosed for sleep apnoea, and they suffer from chronic snoring or breathing pauses during sleep, encourage them to undertake a sleep study to determine a conclusive diagnosis and treatment plan. Turn down the volume One of the major disruptions to your sleep as the partner of a sleep apnoea suffer is the sheer noise associated with either chronic loud snoring or the CPAP device. If you find yourself struggling to achieve restful sleep because of the noise, it is important that you take steps to reduce the volume in your sleeping quarters. Wearing noise-cancelling earplugs or headphones while you sleep is a quick and easy way to reduce the impact of your partner’s loud snoring overnight. Alternatively, you may wish to consider temporarily moving to another room to sleep until your partner’s condition becomes more manageable. Prioritise your sleep quality While your role as a partner is to be compassionate, patient and positive, chronic sleep deprivation can be just as tortuous for you. As such it is important that you prioritise your own sleep quality to ensure that you are in the best possible position to provide support and care for your partner. Help yourself get a good night’s sleep by removing stimulants such as alcohol, tobacco, sugar and caffeine from your diet. Make your bedroom conducive to sleep by keeping it dark, comfortable, cool and free from electronic devices. Optimise your diet, exercise and lifestyle choices to improve your sleep naturally, and contact your trusted medical practitioner for expert advice if you continue to have trouble sleeping. For professional advice and assistance in dealing with your partner’s sleep apnoea, make an appointment with your local sleep apnoea specialists today to discuss your unique...

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Urinating After Childbirth: How To Deal with Stress Incontinence

Posted by on Jun 6, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Your pelvic floor goes through a lot of changes when you’re pregnant and can be severely affected whether you have a Caesarean or a vaginal delivery. This is due to your pelvic floor stretching during labour and the birth process, which happens so that your baby’s head is able to exit your womb and vagina. Many women are left with subsequent soreness, and sometimes swelling and bruising. The problem can be worse if your baby was on the large side, if you had forceps used on you during birth or you had a large tear. A lot of times, the problem will go away in a few weeks, but sometimes problems can arise from a weakened pelvic floor. One of the most common problems is incontinence; having a weak pelvic floor makes it harder for you to squeeze the muscles and sphincters at the bottom of your bladder, which means that you may have trouble controlling them when you urinate. Many women find that the problem happens mostly when they laugh or cough; this is called stress incontinence, and, luckily, there are things you can do to fix the problem. Read on for tips that will mean you can once again laugh without the fear of urination. Wear a large pad If it’s still only a few days since you gave birth, there is a good chance that your incontinence will soon clear up. If you had an epidural to help with pain, the nerves surrounding it may still be numb, which is a common reason for incontinence in the early post-natal days. Make sure you wear extra-large sanitary pads to absorb any wee; they’ll also help absorb post-natal bleeding. Once you’ve finished bleeding, you can wear ordinary incontinence pads. Do pelvic floor exercises It’s crucial that you do pelvic floor exercises, otherwise known as Kegel exercises, after having a baby. Doing so will help strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, and can help immensely with stress incontinence. To be sure you’re working on the correct muscles, next time you have to wee, start to go and then stop. The muscles you’ve just used to control the flow are the pelvic floor muscles. Before you perform your exercises, make sure you have an empty bladder. Then, tighten your pelvic floor muscles and count to 10. Relax, and count to 10 again. Repeat this process 10 times; try to do the exercises about 5 times throughout the day.  See a professional If it’s been a couple of months and you’re still experiencing incontinence, it’s time to speak to your doctor about it. It’s probable that you’ll be referred to a women’s health physiotherapist, who will be able to check your pelvic floor to see what is causing the problem, as well as check to see if you are performing your pelvic floor muscles...

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Trouble Hearing? 2 Reasons Why You Should Choose A CIC Hearing Aid

Posted by on Jun 6, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you’ve noticed that your hearing has gotten worse and it has begun to impair your quality of life, it may be time to look into getting a hearing aid. Hearing loss is a natural part of life, so there’s no reason to fear it. One of the biggest misconceptions about hearing aids is that they are gigantic and ugly. This may have been true a few decades ago, but the technology has drastically changed since then. Most hearing aids in the 21st century are almost invisible. CIC (Completely-In-Canal) hearing aids are the best option when it comes to effective and attractive hearing aids. Here are two of the main reasons why they are the best option on the market: 1. Discreet CIC hearing aids are one of the most discreet aids available. The aid is placed deeply into the ear canal, so that it becomes hidden away from sight. The aid, which is called a shell, is shaped and crafted to fit directly into the canal. This makes it the smallest hearing aid ever made. Since, every ear is different; a CIC hearing aid will be custom-made to fit your ear mould before it is sent to a professional audiologist who installs it. This makes the device incredibly sturdy and secure in your ear. Despite being a very small device, a CIC hearing aid still has a significant amount of power. It works particularly well for mild to moderate hearing loss. As a result, it is ideal for your first hearing aid. Not only is a CIC hearing aid discreet; the aid itself is very light, so you won’t feel distracted by the sensation in your ear. Along with this, CIC aids will have a small plastic wire attached to the end, so that you can easily remove the aid by pulling the wire. 2. Effectiveness The greatest benefit of a CIC hearing aid is the technology. The aid has a microphone, interior circuit and receiver sets installed into the small device. Because the aid is placed directly into your ear canal, it effectively acts like an enhanced extension of your own ear. The sounds are picked up through the small microphone before being transferred to the receiver. Because the device is so close to the eardrum, the sound enhancement is much more noticeable.  There you have it, if you think you might need a hearing aid, don’t fear it. With a CIC hearing aid, you won’t even notice that it’s in your ear. Nor will anyone...

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Road to Recovery: How Your Occupational Therapist Can Prepare You for Driving After a Stroke

Posted by on May 18, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Stroke patients are normally told that they should not drive for at least one month after suffering a stroke. Depending on the severity of the stroke, this waiting period can be much longer, in which time stroke survivors can understandably become increasingly nervous and even terrified at the prospect of driving again. Thankfully, the very same occupational therapist who aids and assesses your mobility at home can also assess the same of your physical and neurological ability to drive again. Returning to the wheel is crucial to the independence of many stroke patients and your OT will gladly support you in making this happen through regular physiotherapy. Read on to see how your occupational therapist can help prepare you for driving after a stroke. Combat your fatigue Driving requires you to be alert and focused, and one of the first major obstacles following a stroke is overcoming a great sense of fatigue. This fatigue can manifest itself in both a physical and mental tiredness, which is why your occupational therapist will advise a balance of exercise and regular resting periods to help reduce fatigue and conserve your energy. Post-stroke fatigue can occur even when little or no energy is expended, so it is important that you don’t push yourself too much. Your physical therapist will suggest that some days of the week be devoted to being active i.e. short walks or gentle indoor exercises such as yoga. Other days meanwhile, can simply involve practicing cognitive exercises that work to combat your mental fatigue such as crossword puzzles, brain teasers and even playing board games with family and friends. Your OT may also advise that you take things easier in your day to day life by practicing coping strategies for your fatigue at home. Making these steps a part of your daily pattern will help to improve alertness and physical strength – skills which will greatly benefit you once back in the driver’s seat. Exercise your memory and cognitive abilities Your cognitive abilities allow you to multitask when driving, and these abilities can be made weaker following a stroke. Fortunately, your occupational therapist can support you in strengthening clarity and memory with a number of exercises and problem solving tasks. As driving relies heavily on your motor skills and particularly your fine motor skills, mastering hand dexterity exercises will be crucial in determining your ability to drive again. Your physical therapist may assess your efficiency in feeding yourself, for example, or how well you can manipulate small objects such as a pen. Learning to move your fingers, hands and limbs in a coordinated manner again can gradually help your brain re-wire itself and re-learn the driver instincts you can lose following a stroke. As part of your recovery, your physical therapist may also assist you in daily tasks such as cleaning, preparing food and paying bills – these all involve reasoning and problem solving and by combining this with the aforementioned exercises, your OT can aid you in returning to a normal daily routine. Once your OT has made you feel confident about your cognitive abilities in a familiar home setting, you will come to feel comfortable about putting these into practice in the more complex arena of driving and in many other normal aspects of your life. Road test...

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How to get the most out of physiotherapy for knee problems

Posted by on Apr 25, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Knee problems are quite common injuries that affect both young and old people. Knee injuries can be highly limiting as they make it harder to move. They can also be rather difficult to find relief for, as they are complicated to perform surgery on. One way to relieve knee pain without having to undergo surgery is by physiotherapy. Physiotherapy can help relieve the pain as well as help with curing the injury itself. In order to get the most out of your physiotherapy, there are a few things you can think about. The right gear As you go see a physiotherapist to get help for your knee problems, it’s important that you show up wearing the right gear. All clothes should be loose fitting and comfortable to move around with. You should also bring any tools you might use for your knee, such as kneepads, in case your knee is sore after the physiotherapy. The most important thing to bring, however, is well fitting shoes. Wear a sturdy pair of running or walking shoes that you’ve worn enough to not get blisters from. They should be supportive but still offer suspension as you put your foot down. This will help ensure that your feet are properly aligned as you do your physiotherapy exercises. Strengthening other muscles When you start doing physiotherapy, it’s also important to remember that the whole body is connected. If you strengthen other muscles in your body, your knee will benefit from it. Core strength is important for your entire body, as it benefits your balance and makes it easier to control your movements. It is also important to work your hips and your butt to help relieve knee pain. If you can support yourself on your rear and hip muscles, you won’t have to put as much strain on your knees. Exercising these muscle groups a couple of times per week can improve the results you get from your physiotherapy. Losing weight Another thing you should think about to get the most out of your physiotherapy is losing weight. Being overweight has a negative effect on your knees. Fat reduces the effectiveness of the muscles, and weighing too much can also put a lot of unnecessary strain on your knees. If you are overweight, losing some weight while also doing physiotherapy can make it more effective, as you’re not constantly putting more strain on your knees. Doing physiotherapy while still being overweight might still help with the pain, but you’re also going to risk that the pain will return after you’re done with the...

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How To Curb The Soreness Associated With Wearing Of Braces

Posted by on Apr 5, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Misaligned teeth can deny you happiness and lower your self-esteem. The good thing is that teeth misalignment is not considered a disease in the medical field, nor is it incurable. It is just a condition, and it can be corrected using different methods including the use of braces. When braces are applied, there is usually little or no pain felt by the patient. But three days after treatment, you may begin to feel some sort of discomfort in your teeth. This is pinned down to the fact that your teeth have started to realign. The adjustments together with the pressure applied by the wires generate soreness around the teeth. Here are ways in which you can deal with the soreness: 1. Use Salt And Warm Water A simple mixture of salt and warm water can reduce the pain and soreness generated by the braces. To come up with an effective solution, mix 8 ounces of warm water with one teaspoonful of salt. Then rinse your mouth vigorously with the solution whenever you are feeling pain. 2. Clip The Protruding Wire There are occasions where the discomfort is caused by a protruding wire. If that is the case, do not fret. Instead, use the back of a spoon or any other blunt instrument to push the wire so that it can lie flat against your teeth. If that seems too hard of a task, then clip the sharp edges of the protruding wire using a clean nail clipper that has been sterilized in alcohol. The aim is to get it out of the way so that it can stop causing you the pain. Sometimes, you may feel like the wire is getting longer at the back of the braces. This is because the spaces between your teeth are being closed as the teeth continue to align. In this situation, you may experience some form of soreness when the wire comes into contact with your mouth tissues. You can deal with the discomfort caused by the wire by using the orthodontic wax that is usually provided during treatment. Roll up some of the wax into a small ball and place it into the poking wire. In addition to soothing the area, the wax will ensure that your mouth tissues will not get caught by the wire. You can also use some over-the-counter medications to reduce the pain. Some of them include ibuprofen and acetaminophen. These medications will also get rid of the headaches that accompany the...

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Is Hypnotherapy Right for You? Here’s What You Need to Know

Posted by on Mar 21, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Many people’s idea of hypnosis is limited to the entertainment aspect of the process. Perhaps you’ve even seen a stage show where participants are hypnotised into impersonating an animal or a celebrity. This is merely one part of the general concept of hypnosis and is very different to clinical hypnosis for a particular condition. Hypnotherapy can be extremely helpful when it comes to treating some conditions, but is it right for you? And how easy is the process? Which Conditions Can Be Treated with Hypnotherapy? Hypnotherapy is generally used to treat anxiety, addictive behaviour, depression, and a variety of phobias and habitual disorders. Deciding whether hypnotherapy is right for you begins by having a conversation with your doctor. How Can You Obtain a Referral for Hypnotherapy? Your doctor can easily refer you to a range of different types of psychological treatment under clause 2710 of the Better Outcomes in Mental Health Care scheme. This referral includes the possibility of hypnotherapy and allows for a Medicare rebate. Your doctor will be able to suggest the idea if they feel that hypnotherapy will be helpful for you. Of course, you can also raise the possibility yourself and discuss it with your doctor. A referral is not actually necessary, but it’s a good idea in order to obtain the rebate. It’s also wise so that your doctor remains involved in all aspects of your treatment. Is the Process Anything Like Stage Hypnosis? Remember that hypnotherapy is vastly different to a stage hypnosis performance, where entertainment is the name of the game. It’s a (generally) one-on-one process in a safe, private environment. Can Anyone Be Hypnotised? Not everyone can be so easily hypnotised, but even those who are resistant are more likely to be hypnotised in the safe environment of a clinical office. Studies have shown that those who are more prone to quick decision making and judgements are less easily hypnotised. This might make it necessary for the hypnotherapist to try a different approach for the session to be effective. Can You Bring a Friend or Family Member? If you are concerned about the possibility of being hypnotised, you might wish to bring a trusted friend or family member. You can discuss this with the hypnotherapist prior to your first appointment. Please remember that you will possibly be elaborating on certain sensitive events during the session, and so the friend or family member will then become aware of this information if they weren’t already. You need to choose someone to accompany you accordingly. There’s no set limit as to how many hypnotherapy sessions will be needed, as is the case with almost any type of psychological consultation. You might find it to be extremely helpful, but you won’t know unless you consider the possibility. But remember, it should all start with a conversation with your...

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Treatment Options for Tooth Abscesses

Posted by on Feb 26, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Tooth abscesses develop when bacteria makes its way into the tooth’s dental pulp. The pulp is soft tissue that comprises nerves and blood vessels that keep your tooth alive. When you acquire a chip or crack to your tooth, this creates an entryway for the bacteria. Left unattended, the bacteria can spread to the tooth’s root and even start eating away at your jawbone. Some of the symptoms associated with tooth abscesses include a bitter taste in your mouth, chronic pain, bad breath, swollen gums, swollen lymph nodes, headaches and more. If you have a tooth abscess, it is prudent to visit a dental hospital to ensure that the infection does not spread. Here are some of the treatment options that are prescribed for tooth abscesses. Treatment through antibiotics If the dentist performs an X-ray and finds a tooth abscess, yet there are no visible chips or cracks in your teeth, then they will opt to treat it using antibiotics. This is because the abscess may not be extensive enough to warrant invasive dental procedures. The commonly used antibiotic for this is penicillin. The antibiotic treatment works toward alleviating the symptoms associated with the abscess as well as eradicating the infection. Treatment through cavity filling If the tooth abscess is limited to one tooth, the dentist will opt for cavity filling. The process will start off by draining of the abscess to eliminate any pus that may have accumulated in the tooth. Once the pus has been drained, the dentist will clean the affected tooth to eliminate all traces of the bacteria so as to prevent it from spreading. After cleaning, the dentist will conclude by filling the cavity thus eliminating any additional access into the tooth. Treatment through root canal therapy In the event that the abscess spreads down to the root of your tooth, your dentist will have to opt for root canal therapy. This treatment procedure works toward eliminating all the diseased pulp as well as affected root tissue to ensure that the infection does not spread into the jawbone. It should be noted that root canal therapy can only be carried out if a sufficient amount of the structure of the tooth is can be saved. Treatment through tooth extraction If the abscess has compromised most of the tooth, then the dentist may have to opt for complete extraction. Once the affected tooth has been removed, the dentist will carry out a procedure known as curettage. This involves the scooping out of all the soft tissue infected by the abscess. The extraction is concluded by a thorough cleaning of the area to prevent a reoccurrence of the...

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Some of the Most Commonly Asked Questions About Australia’s Bulk Billing

Posted by on Feb 16, 2016 in Uncategorized |

A bulk billing medical center is one that accepts a payment from Medicare for your treatments. Your treatments are services are then considered paid in full. If you’ve been referred to a bulk billing medical center or have heard about bulk billing, you may have some questions about how this arrangement works. Note a few of these common questions here, and then discuss these with your doctor or Medicare representative if you still need more information.   1. Does every doctor bulk bill? Whether or not to participate in the bulk billing system is at the discretion of the physician or medical center. They are not obligated to use bulk billing as payment for their treatments or services even if they accept Medicare. This is why it’s good to always call in advance before you visit a new doctor or medical center if you have Medicare, so you can know if they do accept bulk billing. 2. Are there forms to sign if a medical center does accept bulk billing? A doctor or medical center that uses bulk billing will handle all the billing for your services through Medicare. However, you will still need to sign certain forms at a medical center, including a form about bulk billing. This is done so you know how the bulk billing works and agree that you are eligible. This form should not be a bill but it may also include a statement of services and treatments you received. 3. Are there specialists who participate in bulk billing? Medicare in Australia does cover the cost of certain specialists, including optometrists. However, whether or not a specialist accepts bulk billing is, as mentioned above, up to them. Don’t assume that bulk billing is only for your everyday family doctor as even your optometrist may bulk bill, but again, check with any doctor before making an appointment. 4. How is Medicare different than bulk billing? Bulk billing is part of Medicare; the two are not actually different than each other. When bulk billing is employed, the doctor doesn’t charge you any additional fees for your services, and this includes administrative fees, fees for medicines and bandages, and the like. While bulk billing is part of the Medicare system, it simply eliminates the patient from the billing process. It is not a type of additional Medicare coverage or another form of insurance, but simply a different way for doctors to bill...

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Why You Should Consider Hiring a Funeral Director

Posted by on Jan 25, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Death may not be so bad after all. Well, that goes for the funeral directors, who are otherwise known as undertakers or morticians. For you, the experience of losing a loved one to the harsh jaws of the reaper is just inexpressible. Limitless crying, hugging, fake smiles, and long gazes, among others are all a part of this heart breaking process. Carrying out a funeral on your own could sometimes be very difficult. That’s why you should consider hiring yourself a mortician (such as one from Tony Hollands Funerals). Below are a few irreplaceable benefits they would bring along.   Body embalming In case you have never handled a funeral, embalming is the act of preserving a dead body using special spices and preservatives. Sometimes, the deceased may have undergone a tragic cause of death, and their body may have been completely disfigured. When this happens, it has to be restored and manipulated to assume that ‘just-sleeping’ position. This process can be involving and practically impossible to do on your own relative or friend. It is simply horrific and only a mortician can do this for you. Great reference point Funeral directors have connections to most individuals concerned with funerals. With them, you do not have to worry about searching for clergy services, newspaper contacts, and insurance. They not only make communication easier for you, but also save you the time and hassle of moving up and about. With you till the end Apart from planning the funeral, the mortician can also be a comfort partner. Equipped with the right words and plenty of hugs, your funeral director is obliged to ensure a smooth burial ceremony and somehow set you on track for a smooth recovery. In addition, they don’t just leave when the body is now six feet under. They may escort you home and even link you with good counsellors to aid you during the healing process. Sensible stress relievers Just imagine a wedding without a wedding planner. The stress the couple usually goes through is just unhealthy. Who will send the invitations, is the décor right, are the seats fine, where will the casket be? All questions to be answered in planning pretty much any ceremony. In sad situations like funerals, it is only logical to find someone to relieve you of this burden so you can get more time to grieve properly. That someone is a funeral director, since their services aim at alleviating such...

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