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7 Habits That Are Killing Your Sex Drive

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Sex can be exciting, no doubt, but for many people, it can also be undesirable, and this is where your sex drive plays a key role.

Your sex drive/libido is your overall desire for sexual activity. It may be heightened or reduced by various biological, psychological, or physical factors. For sexual health awareness month, we’ll take a look at a few habits which can cause a decline in your sex drive.

It is not news to sexually active people to experience a decline in their sexual urges, this decline may however be triggered by some lifestyle choices or situation at the time. It is perfectly normal to go through phases where you experience less of an urge to engage in sexual activity, however, if this occurs frequently then you might have to look into some of your lifestyle choices or habits.

What habits might be killing your sex drive?

 1. Lack of Excercise

lack of exercise can contribute to reducing your sex drive

A lack of exercise or active body movements can result in laziness during sex. Sitting in one place for hours limits blood flow to your private parts, and can be harmful to your sex drive. So If you have a desk job, we recommend that you exercise regularly to improve your blood circulation.

 2. Lack of Sleep

When you don’t get enough sleep, your body produces the stress hormone, cortisol, which reduces your sex drive. Studies have shown that women with sleep issues often do not feel like having sex.

 3.  Too much Alcohol

effects of alcohol on sex drive

Drinking too much can ruin your sex life. It will slow down your process of reaching an orgasm, and some women may even feel less aroused. Too much alcohol can also slow down the functioning of your brain during sex, affecting your mood in the process.

4. You Stick to the Same Old Routine

Sometimes a stale sex spell is just a matter of being stuck in a loop. You might have a routine and not even realize it. If you notice this, have an open conversation with your partner and figure out ways you can spice things up.

5. You Might be Overweight

Is your scale showing a higher number than usual these days? Shedding a few pounds could boost your performance in the bedroom. One study found that men with a waist over 40 inches were more likely to have erectile dysfunction than those with slimmer stomachs.

 6.  Smoking

 There’s a long list of ways smoking harms your health, and slashing sexual desire is on it.  Chemicals in tobacco can mess with blood flow, which can cause sexual problems, especially for men.

Many people go through challenges with their sex drive and sex life in general without speaking to their partners about it or getting professional help, and this can easily make the problem worse.

You can always privately talk to a licensed doctor online, with the Tremendoc app on your smartphone and get immediate advice or prescriptions for any sexual health concerns you might have. Click here, to get started.

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The Importance of Virtual Care During a Pandemic

Virtual care isn’t new, but it’s carving out a niche in this time of a pandemic. In fact, WeForum hails it as a game-changer as the world navigates this health crisis. That’s because hospitals are the battlegrounds of this pandemic, and have become risky places both for healthcare workers and patients. Add to the varying lockdown and shelter-in-place measures implemented by governments, and the result is a need for alternative modalities to dispense unimpeded medical care (pandemic-related or not) that doesn’t put anyone at risk or require travel. Virtual care is a viable modality in that regard, which is why its popularity has risen meteorically these past few months.

However, this isn’t just a trend — telemedicine is something that’s bound to stay the course for the foreseeable future in light of shelter-at-home recommendations across the country, as well as the need to obviate physical interaction between healthcare professionals and patients for safety reasons. This, of course, is something Tremendoc has been providing since 2017, when we first began offering our doctor-on-demand services through chat or video calls.

Further underscoring the need for virtual care during this pandemic is the increasing number of people in Nigeria who are now working from home (WFH). Like virtual care, remote work isn’t new, but its meteoric rise in this time of crisis has magnified not only its benefits (e.g., increased productivity, improved employee morale), but also its drawbacks, the most notable of which concerns people’s health. A Tech Times article on the cons of WFH notes how remote work takes “a shocking toll” on health, as it can increase susceptibility to backaches, insomnia, and, most seriously, burnout. This is why writer James Gonzales emphasizes the importance of not overdoing it when it comes to remote working, as employees have the tendency to overwork given how easily tasks can be done in the moment. Such is the recipe for burnout, which often leads to complications like high blood pressure and even depression — two conditions that certainly require medical attention.

Incidentally, Daily Nation reports that private companies have directed staff to work from home these past few months of lockdown. More are possibly on the way as many professionals are now demanding a complete shift to remote work, both for safety reasons and the convenience it offers. Unfortunately, a portion of that working-from-home population is bound to have some health concerns at one point or another during this pandemic, whether it be anxiety, insomnia, a cardiovascular disease, or — knock on wood — something more serious. Fortunately, the advent of technology mitigates the risk of having to go to a hospital or clinic during such a time, as telemedicine lets those with ailing concerns get checked virtually. The Tremendoc App will prove useful in this regard, as it can connect patients to doctors, dispense health tips and diet plans, and allow for constant health monitoring.

Finally, virtual care is also a crucial component in terms of easing the burden off of our healthcare systems. In a recent study, researcher Bokolo Anthony Jr notes that hospitals are getting overloaded (here and in other countries) due to this pandemic, with healthcare professionals dealing with a host of challenges, particularly high risks of contracting a potentially fatal virus. Virtual care reduces some of that strain, as it replaces some processes with digital technology, like video consultations and remote monitoring of health metrics (e.g., blood pressure, heart rate, etc.). More importantly, it also helps minimize doctors’ and nurses’ exposure to both the virus and other communicable illnesses, hence keeping them safe and able to do their jobs well.

Written by Kyla Langstaff for tremendoc.com

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Vaginal Yeast Infections: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

Vaginal yeast infections, also known as candidiasis, occur when there is an overgrowth of the fungus (Candida Albicans)

Vaginal yeast infections are very common in women. It is estimated that 75% of all women will have at least one in her lifetime, and 40%-45% will have multiple cases. Yeast infections are an uncomfortable experience because of the redness, swelling, and itchiness it can cause in the vaginal area, as well as the thick, yellowish vaginal discharge that occurs. However, it is a condition that can be easily treated.

Normally, your body has enough good bacteria to contain a yeast infection, but when the body’s good bacteria is affected, it opens the door to a yeast overgrowth

What are the common symptoms?

  • Itching in the vaginal area
  • Odorless, thick, and yellowish vaginal discharge
  • Burning sensation during urination or intercourse
  • Vaginal pain and soreness
  • Redness and swelling of the vulva.

How can you prevent a yeast infection?

There are a few ways in which you can prevent the onset of a yeast infection. They include:

  • Wearing cotton underwear
  • Practicing good personal hygiene.
  • Avoid tight-fitting jeans and pants.
  • Keeping yourself dry and clean
  • Avoid using perfumed deodorant sprays on your vagina, scented tampons, and vaginal douches as well.
  • Relax and reduce stress.
  • Take natural yogurt with live cultures.

A yeast infection may clear up on its own. Oftentimes, vaginal yeast infections can be treated with over-the-counter anti-fungal creams and pessaries. However, if you get recurring vaginal yeast infections, you can privately consult with a doctor on Tremendoc, to get professional advice on how to overcome the condition.

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Hypersomnia: Causes, Symptoms and Health Risks of Sleeping Too Much

In a world where so many people constantly struggle to get enough sleep after the day’s hustle and bustle, the issue of sleeping too much might seem like a luxury problem, but regardless it can be a problem still.

Oversleeping or Hypersomnia is a kind of sleeping disorder, it poses a threat to the mental health of an individual, and can be a sign and also a cause of depression and other critical health conditions.

Sleeping too much is in fact linked to many of the same health risks as for insomnia (sleeping too little). Some of the similarities between hypersomnia and insomnia are the health complications they are linked with, such as; heart disease, depression, and anxiety, etc.

What are the core symptoms of hypersomnia?
  • Sleeping for extended hours at night (typically well beyond the 7-8-hour general norm)
  • Difficulty waking up in the morning (including sleeping through an alarm)
  • Trouble rising from bed and starting the day
  • Grogginess on and off or consistently throughout the day
  • Trouble concentrating

However, due to individual differences, it is important to identify what sleeping pattern works best for you. What you consider as hypersomnia might not be for the next individual. There is no single right amount of sleep that applies to everyone.

How can you tell exactly how much sleep is too much for you?

There are a few factors to consider when trying to decide if you might have Hypersomnia. Here are some of them:

  • Individual genetics: Your genes can influence the two primary, biological sleep systems, which are your circadian rhythms (a natural, internal process that regulates the sleep-wake cycle) and your internal sleep drive.
  • Age: Depending on your stage of life, you might require it may be normal for you to have slightly longer hours of sleep. For example, you may find you need 7 hours of sleep in your 20s, and 8 hours or 9 hours in your 50s or 60s.
  • Activity level: Sleep is a form of energy for the body and mind, and gives time for the body to recover from exertion. The more active you are, the more sleep you may need.
  • Health: When coping with health issues, you may very often need additional rest. This applies to short-term illnesses like colds and flu, as well as long-term or chronic conditions, from arthritis to cancer.
  • Life circumstances: Stressful periods and periods of change can temporarily increase your need for sleep. If stress is chronic, it can create a chronic sleep debt. It’s not just negative or unwelcome life events that can drive up a need for sleep, big life changes that are positive can demand more sleep too.
What are the health risks of sleeping too much?
  • Obesity: Sleeping too much or too little could make you weigh too much, as well. One recent study showed that people who slept for 9 or 10 hours every night were 21% more likely to become obese over a six-year period, than people who slept between 7 and 8 hours. The association between sleep and obesity remained the same even when food intake and exercise were taken into account.
  •   Headaches:  For some people prone to headaches, sleeping longer than usual on a weekend or vacation can cause head pain. Researchers believe this is due to the effect oversleeping has on certain neurotransmitters in the brain, including serotonin. People who sleep too much during the day and disrupt their nighttime sleep may also find themselves suffering from headaches in the morning.
  • Depression: Although insomnia is more commonly linked to depression than oversleeping is, roughly 15% of people with depression sleep too much. This may in turn make their depression worse. That’s because regular sleep habits are important to the recovery process

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  • Heart disease : a recent nurses’ health study involving nearly 72,000 women, showed that women who slept 9 to 11 hours per night were 38% more likely to have coronary heart disease than women who slept eight hours. Although researchers have not yet identified a reason for the connection between oversleeping and heart disease.
What can you do to avoid oversleeping?

Here are some tips you can follow to ensure your body gets just the right amount of sleep, and not too much

  1. Set an alarm or two.
  2. Get to bed before midnight – the 90-minute sleep phase before midnight is very rejuvenating and will help to prevent morning fatigue, which causes people to stay in bed longer than normal.
  3. Eat breakfast within 30 minutes of rising – People who eat breakfast are more likely to wake with energy and habitually eating breakfast increases metabolism (and promotes better sleep at night).
  4. Drift off to sleep thinking of something that you’re looking forward to the next day. No matter how small the thing is, it’ll have you motivated to get up the next day.
  5. Withdraw consciously from technology to enable your sleep to hit deeper levels so you wake up more refreshed.
  6. Deal with emotional troubles which might be causing you to escape into sleep and pull the duvet over your head.
  7. Address the true sources of your fatigue – do you need to exercise more? Eat more healthily? Get a new job? Leave that toxic relationship?
  8. Live a meaningful and purposeful life – know what you care about and do it. People who have a purpose tend to wake up with energy.

If you seem to be doing everything right and still find yourself sleeping excessively, you should talk to a doctor online with the Tremendoc app. The doctor can assess your symptoms and let you know if your excessive sleep might be linked to any health conditions you may not be aware of.