November 2008

Are British Women the Most Promiscuous In the World?

Maybe not in the world, but in the Western, industrialized nations, they seem to hold the top spot, according to a new study. Britain comes out ahead of Australia, the US, France, the Netherlands, Italy and Germany in an international index measuring one-night stands, total numbers of partners and attitudes toward casual sex. Some believe that the reasons for British women's high ranking is due to the decline of religious scruples about extra-marital sex, growth of equal pay and equal rights to women, and a highly sexualized popular culture.  The researchers behind the study say high scores such as Britain's may be linked to the way society is increasingly willing to accept sexual promiscuity among women as well as men. The study was conducted by asking more than 14,000 people in 48 countries to fill in anonymous questionnaires. Respondents were asked about numbers of partners and one-night stands, and their attitudes were assessed by asking them how many people they expected to sleep with over the next five years.

Isn't There Another Way to Get "In the Mood?"

Has anyone heard of this new testosterone patch that promises to raise a woman's libido and increase the number of "sexually satisfying" encounters per month? According to an article in the journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 40% of women 18 years of age and older, report sexual problems.  The reported problems include low desire, limited arousal, and difficulties having an orgasm.  But the question on everybody's mind: how many consider this a problem?  The answer is 12%. You can read more about the figures and the patch here and here. There were a few things that came to my mind after reading these articles, questions about the long-term effects on the woman's health from taking hormones, and I wondered if this isn't another "disorder" that the pharmaceutical companies can bank on? A better question: what is the REAL problem? Is it biological? Psychological? Environmental?

Ladies, Do You Want To Say Good-bye To George W. Bush?

Dear readers,  my good friends at goodbye.us would like to extend an invitation to anyone who has something to say to President Bush to post an open letter to GW at http://goodbye.us . This is a project to essentially create a time capsule of feelings and thoughts about the outgoing administration. So please, check it out and share! This is your opportunity to voice your opinions, your feelings, your anger for what he has done in terms of women's health policy, or anything for that matter.

Great American Smokeout, Nov. 20

Don't forget, tomorro is the Great American Smokeout.  I encourage all the laadies who smoke to kick the habit, at least for 24 hours.  I have been smoke-free for six weeks and I''ve never felt better.  It's amazing how quickly you start feeling the effects of quitting.  It hasn't been easy, the temptation to smoke is always there.  Especially when co-workers are constantly reminding you about it, but don't get discouraged.  If your friends don't support your decision, find people who do.  That's one way to know who your real friends are. The ways that smoking affect our bodies is quite scary.  You should be scared!

Thanks to Bush, Government Enforced Pregnancies May Become A Reality

Before he leaves office, Bush wants to make it more difficult for women to have access to contraceptives, sterilizations and abortions.  In a last minute proposal, that even his own people are opposed to, Bush will allow health care professionals to refuse services that go against their religious beliefs.  The New York Times reports:
The proposed rule would prohibit recipients of federal money from discriminating against doctors, nurses and other health care workers who refuse to perform or to assist in the performance of abortions or sterilization procedures because of their “religious beliefs or moral convictions.” It would also prevent hospitals, clinics, doctors’ offices and drugstores from requiring employees with religious or moral objections to “assist in the performance of any part of a health service program or research activity” financed by the

Sperm Bank Meltdowns and the Human Fertility Crisis

All over the world, banks are going through a meltdown.  In the UK even the sperm banks are suffering.  After reversing confidentiality laws and limiting the number of women who can use sperm from one donor, Britain is now facing a sperm donor shortage. One reason, say experts, is that the identity of the donor fathers is not protected.  Children are now allowed to learn the identity of the donors, after a law was changed in 2005 that protected their anonymity.
"The only countries that seem to have enough sperm are those that pay — like the U.S. and Spain — or the countries that retain anonymity," said Allan Pacey, a member of the British Fertility Society that warned of the shortage in the British Medical Journal. "In the countries that have removed anonymity ...

Victoria's Dirty Secret: Formaldehyde In the Bra

So what is Victoria's secret?  According to an Ohio woman who is suing the lingirie giant, it is formaldehyde, the chemical used by morticians to embalm dead bodies. The woman claims she became "utterly sick" when wearing her new Angels Secret Embrace and Very Sexy Extreme Me Push-Up bras.   She states that the rash was "red hot to the touch, burning and itching."  Roberta Ritter, 37, sued Victoria's Secret in May.
"It was the type of thing that keeps you up at night." Ritter, a cosmetic chemist and occasional Cher impersonator, sued Victoria's Secret in May, and quickly learned she was not suffering alone. A lab test of Victoria's Secret bras like hers came back positive for the presence of formaldehyde, the suit says. Her lawyer, John Climaco, has filed a motion to give Ritter's suit class-action status.