Bliss Journal — Relationships

Sex without pain is a basic human right!

Sex without pain is a basic human right!

Sex is meant to be about pleasure and not pain, right? The American survey, the ‘National Survey of Sexual Health and Behaviour’ described as the ‘the largest national sex survey ever published’, found that one in three American women experienced some pain the last time they had sex. 75 percent of women have experienced pain during sex at some point in their lives, according to the American College of Gynecologists and Obstetricians. Painful sex happens for a whole range of reasons, including endometriosis, adenomyosis, pelvic floor issues, and the list goes on.   Does this concern anyone else? It is one of the reasons...

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May is International Masturbation Month.

May is International Masturbation Month.

The concept was started in May 1995 by American Sex shop Good Vibrations. The focus was to raise awareness and promote masturbation as a healthy, safe and natural way to express one's sexuality, thereby removing the shame and stigma. The move was in response to the US president at the time, Bill Clinton, firing the then surgeon-general Jocelyn Elders following a speech she gave at the 1994 United Nations World AIDS Day. Elders was asked by an audience member about masturbation as a way of discouraging risky sexual activity among young people. She responded, "I think it is something that...

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5 tips for self care but not as you know it.

5 tips for self care but not as you know it.

Self-care gets talked a lot alongside chronic illness but it isn’t easy for everybody to practice. I talk about it a lot in my practice and I have had to teach myself how to do it effectively. Believe me, I know that it is hard to stop and fit it into a busy life, even one with chronic illness. I know meditation is not for everyone, it is not for me. Pedicures don’t go so well when you have chronic pain in your feet. Reading a book in a gorgeous setting is not possible with a busy family and neither...

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Endometriosis  and Sexuality - 13 quick tips

Endometriosis and Sexuality - 13 quick tips

Chronic illness, including endometriosis, may impact on your sexuality. For many, being unwell can completely change your sexuality and therefore have an impact on your general health and wellbeing, which can extend into other parts of life. It may have an impact on your body image, self‐esteem, and intimate relationships. For many sex is not an easy topic to discuss and yes even health professionals can find issues relating to sex difficult to discuss. Even if you feel embarrassed or uneasy, it is important that you seek assistance for your sexual health concerns. The following suggestions may help.  1. Chronic illness can...

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