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Pure Romance Shows Its Pride in Cincinnati

At Pure Romance, we take pride in the work we do and in our thousands of Consultants who change lives, empower, educate and entertain women every day. But on June 24th in our home town of Cincinnati, Ohio, we got to show off that pride during the Cincinnati Pride Parade and Festival, where more than 60 of our staffers showed their support and represented the Pure Romance Family.

Pure Romance served as a Rainbow sponsor for the Cincinnati Pride Parade because we believe that every person should have access to sexual health information, be provided a safe environment to learn and explore their sexuality, and be accepted regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.

We had the chance to join hundreds of other marchers and thousands of spectators to celebrate individuality and what makes you beautiful (the t-shirts and sunglasses were big hits, as well!).

Congratulations to everyone who took part in Cincinnati Pride. It was a beautiful day filled with love, pride, and unity. We are proud to stand with the LGBTQ community and celebrate diversity. You can see more from the day on the Pure Romance Facebook page!

June Is Men’s Health Month

Just as October is set aside for women’s health issues, especially breast cancer, the month of June is a time to focus on men’s health. You might have noticed major league baseball teams wearing touches of light blue on their uniforms this month to raise awareness of prostate cancer issues.

But having a month to concentrate on men’s health doesn’t mean men are necessarily going to open up about their health issues—especially sexual health, according to a study commissioned by Orlando Health.

The survey found that men under the age of 35 were far behind women of the same age in talking about not just sexual health, but health problems that might run in families such as cancer or mental illness.

Dr. Jain Brahmbhatt and Dr. Sijo Parakattil, both urologists at Orlando Health, led the study. The findings revealed that learning about family health history at a younger age is important, because between the ages of 18 and 34 is when men are likely to be most sexually active and also most likely to start a family.  Knowing the risks, the doctors say, can help men notice any developing symptoms and start medical treatment as soon as possible.

Dr. Brahmbhatt added that “It’s okay to talk to your friends and family (about sexual as well as overall health) and it’s really not as awkward as a lot of guys think.”

According to researchers, knowing family history and hereditary risks is extremely important in preventing future health problems.

Have you talked with your husband or boyfriend about sexual health? Don’t wait for him to start the conversation. Let him know it’s all right to have questions—especially during his visits to the doctor.

A good way to start that conversation is by sharing this article: Read more at http://www.deccanchronicle.com/lifestyle/sex-and-relationship/310517/men-tend-to-avoid-talking-about-sexual-health-study.html

Improve Your Health, Improve Your Love Life!

Research shows that exercise has positive effects on a woman’s sex drive. A study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine revealed that intense, short-duration exercise (20 minutes with a target heart rate of 70 percent) significantly enhances the physiological sexual arousal of women (i.e. genital arousal).

We all know that when we feel good, everything else falls into place. We have more energy, more vitality, a zest for life. A healthy lifestyle of regular exercise, proper diet and lowering of stress can do more than just make us feel good: It also leads to a better sex life.

Dr. Sheldon Marks talks about the correlation, saying that if we take care of ourselves, we’ll have a great sex drive and a happy sex life. “If on the other hand,” he says, “you’re abusive, you do drugs, you smoke, you drink, you eat too much, those things will all come back to haunt you and will impact probably not only your lifespan, your quality of life, but your sexual life.”

We can all do a better job of getting into the habit of a healthier lifestyle. For me, I enjoy walking. And like we discussed in an earlier blog, walking and exercise is also great for sexual health. For you, it might be yoga or Pilates or even running.

And then, there’s the nutrition angle. Experts say that women need fewer calories but more nutrients than men to be healthy, largely because of the differences in our hormones. One thing most of us need more of is iron, especially during childbearing years. And, of course, good prenatal nutrition is vital for the health of you, and your baby.

As you get older, calcium becomes important to promote bone density. That, in turn, will help keep osteoporosis at bay. Whether you get these nutrients in your food or in supplements, keep in mind that it’s all part of a long-term healthy lifestyle. And that, in turn, can lead to a long-term healthy sex life.

Cheers to your health!

Empowering Women Half a World Away

The Patty Brisben Foundation is dedicated to women’s sexual health not just here, but around the globe. Every time you donate to the Foundation, or when you sign up for this Fall’s Queen Bee Virtual 4-Miler, you are helping women become proactive about their sexual health and helping young girls learn about their own sexual well-being.

In South Africa, it’s through the Topsy Foundation NPC, and its Executive Director, Dr. Jana Oosthuizen.

The Topsy Foundation became connected to the Patty Brisben Foundation through a chance introduction. “One of our board members, Dave Heidrich, introduced us to the Foundation when Silvia de Jager, the executive director, visited Crossroads Church in Cincinnati last year,” Dr. Oosthuizen said.

This is the second year that the Patty Brisben Foundation has supported Topsy’s Women’s Health Programme for women in rural Mpumalanga, South Africa. This area, often referred to as a forgotten part of the country due to its scant infrastructure and lack of large-scale industry, is home to several large rural communities. The Topsy Foundation is the only organization of its kind with an active presence in these communities.

The Women’s Health Programme includes:

  • Cervical cancer awareness and pap smears (Topsy provides transportation as well as lunch)
  • Breast cancer awareness and screening (women are trained in breast self-exams)
  • Training of staff
  • Sexually transmitted disease education
  • Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) of HIV education
  • Girls and young women vulnerability
  • General women’s health

And the number of lives the Women’s Health Programme has touched already is impressive. Since November of 2016 the clinic has conducted 268 pap smears, treated more than 2,500 adult females through home based care, done 36 X-rays, performed 278 breast examinations, referring 21 of those women for mammograms, and screened 284 women for tuberculosis. Remember, this is a rural area of South Africa where families don’t have access to regular health care. While it’s a women’s clinic, staffers test hearing and eyesight and treat other maladies when they think it is needed.

Here are a couple of case studies, the first from Joan van Maanen, a professional nurse:

“A lady (33 years old) came in with her mother for a pap smear but it was very clear that she was not well. She had significant trouble breathing and clearly was in distress. She had been to her local clinic on several occasions, with no real solution.

“After taking a chest X-ray, it was clear that she had TB and she was referred to her local clinic, where she can start treatment and have an opportunity to get better and be around for her children. Without Topsy’s Women’s Health Programme, it would have gone unidentified and she might have died.”

Here’s another example from Betty Skosana, a community worker:

“With all the myths that we have about a pap smear, this story is a positive one. One of the myths is that a pap smear causes a woman to be infertile. I was visiting one of our patients who came to Topsy because of an STI (sexually transmitted infection). She didn’t want to come, but I motivated her. When she came in she was treated with antibiotics and had a pap smear. The result was she needed a colposcopy to be done. When I visited her again to give her the results, she told me she is now pregnant and the pap smear was the problem solver. She wants to name the child Topsy.”

You can see how a little bit of help goes a long way to communities that do not have the health care we take for granted. “The statistics clearly show how many women we reach with the support of the Patty Brisben Foundation,” said Dr. Oosthuizen.

We applaud Dr. Oosthuizen and the work of the Topsy Foundation. We are proud to be a small part of the amazing work they are doing there.

To learn more about the change this group is making, visit http://www.topsy.org.za/.

In-vitro Births Reach the Million Mark in the U.S.

The country reached a pretty significant milestone last week—doctors have figured out that at least one million babies have been born in America using in-vitro fertilization techniques.

Over the years we’ve become accustomed to hearing on the news, or even hearing from our neighbors, about in-vitro fertilization pregnancies. But you have to remember when all this started, it was quite controversial.

The very first IVF (you may have also heard the term ‘test tube’) baby was Louise Brown, who was born in Britain in 1978. The first IVF baby born in the U.S. was in 1981.

The Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology says nearly 68,000 babes were born using one of now-several techniques of IVF in 2015, the last year where figures are available. And there are more locations where IVF techniques are available—more than 440 clinics, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In addition, women are making the choice to opt for frozen eggs, either from themselves if they choose to delay a pregnancy, or from a donor. More than 3,200 attempts use a frozen egg, according to the Society.

When it comes to making decisions about family, it’s good to know that women can still make those choices about when and how, with the help of their doctors.

Want to learn more about the millionth IVF birth? WHere’s the NBC News story that I saw that triggered this post:http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/million-babies-have-been-born-u-s-fertility-help-n752506.