Researchers Prove BPA Halts Sperm Production

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April 15th, 2015

It has long been suspected but an element in some plastics known as bisphenol-A or BPA has now been proven to interrupt sperm production.  University of Washington scientists conducted the study that has just proven so, published in the journal PLOS GeneticsThe team showed that BPA disrupts DNA interactions which are pivotal in making sperm. Lead investigator, geneticist Pat Hunt and her colleagues say they may have proven a theory behind the phenomenon called the “sperm crisis” or the plummeting of male sperm counts in industrialized countries around the world. Sperm levels in first world nations have been in decline since the 1950’s. But the phenomenon wasn’t discovered until Danish scientists noticed this disturbing trend in the 1990’s. The case for one theory dubbed the “estrogen hypothesis,” was strengthened by this research. This is where endocrine disruptors in the environment, which register in the body as estrogen, enter men’s bodies and interfere with sperm production.  Hunt says though they went in through the “back door” this research gives insight into the sudden drop in male fertility in recent decades.

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The hormone estradiol was also found to affect men’s sperm counts. This is the birth control hormone which is allowed to pass through sewage treatment plants untreated. BPA is known to be in food containers, plastic drink bottles and the lining of certain cans. In this experiment, baby male mice were given doses of BPA orally. They were also administered synthetic estradiol. Those exposed to these while their testes were developing saw poorer meiosis—the process in which genetic material of the parent is packaged for delivery in the sperm. As a result, less sperm were produced correctly and so perished. Hunt has predicted that with each subsequent generation exposed, human sperm counts could continue to fall. Hunt’s words in the report are haunting. Noting that this phenomenon has been going on for decades, and with male infertility becoming more prominent, she asks, what happens after several generations have passed and also, “Are we creating the perfect storm?”

Sex Toy Helps Couples get Pregnant

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April 15th, 2015

Before Stephanie Berman’s invention, men with sexual dysfunction or disabilities, same-sex female couples and others who wanted to get pregnant had few sexy or romantic options. The seed which led to Berman’s invention was that she and her wife wanted to get pregnant, but the options available felt too cold, clinical and unloving. They wanted something more romantic and sexy. Besides a visit to a physician, the choices at the time were a turkey baster or a needleless syringe for use in insemination. Since she works in female reproductive health, she decided to develop something couples could use to make assisted pregnancy fun, safe, engaging and feel more like a bonding experience than a calculated, medical treatment. The result was Semenette. This is a dildo that has a pump used to engage ejaculation, making the process enjoyable and providing a more natural insemination experience. It can be used singly or with a partner.

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Now the inventor and entrepreneur is launching a crowd-funding campaign to bring about the next generation; the Semenette 2.0. Any couple struggling to get pregnant knows that it can take a heavy financial and emotional toll. This product can inject more fun into the experience. Berman says her product allows for intimacy, authenticity and privacy. It can also involve both partners in an enjoyable and engaging way. The newer version will come in different colors and sizes. Berman plans to use a silicon blend to make it slightly softer and give it a more realistic feel. Also the newer version will include a larger bulb, giving it the ability to deliver more fluid. Heterosexual couples who have been trying for 12 months without success should see a fertility specialist. If interested in using the Semenette for your fertilization needs, why not broach the subject with your doctor or specialist? They may not be familiar with it, so be sure to bring some information with you to your next visit. There’s no reason why such a process has to be cold and clinical. Now, every child can be created through a warm, deeply connected and loving process.

Overcoming Common Condom Problems

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April 15th, 2015

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are still a major issue today. In the U.S. 50,000 new cases of HIV occur each year. But that isn’t the only STI to watch for, one in six Americans ages 14 to 49 have genital herpes. There is even a strain of treatment-resistant gonorrhea going around.  One solution, condoms are easy to use, give great protection and are widely available. But many guys have problems using them. The truth is most of these problems are easy to overcome. In fact, lots of guys have happy, fulfilling sex lives while using condoms. Just a little knowledge can help any guy get over the frustration this method can cause. Here are some common condom problems and how to overcome them. Some guys hate having to stop in the middle of things to look for a condom. Why not place them all over the house? That way, there’s always one right in arm’s reach. Instead of stopping the action, make putting one on a part of foreplay. Have your partner put it on you. Or engage some sexy talk as you put it on, telling your partner how good they look and what you’re going to do to them.

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One of the most common complaints is the inability to feel anything while wearing one. Luckily, there are lots of options on the market today. There are ultra-thin condoms. Another option is the polyurethane variety. This transfers body heat which can add sensation. If this doesn’t work for you, seek out an Okamoto condom, the thinnest kind allowed by the FDA. Another common complaint is the lack of friction. Most guys are familiar with “ribbed for her pleasure.” But there are ones that stimulate the man too. Some guys say the condom they use doesn’t fit right. But there are so many sizes, shapes and varieties on the market to choose from. Do a little research and see which option is best for you. Why not grab your partner and go shopping for condoms together? There are flavored ones, numbing ones to make you last longer and even condoms that glow in the dark.