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Symptoms People with nasal polyps often complain about having a cold that has lasted for months or years. Symptoms include: Mouth breathing Nose feeling blocked ( nasal obstruction ) Reduced or complete loss of sense of smell (not common with sinus infection) Runny nose Headaches or pain are NOT common unless there is also a sinus infection. Signs and tests Examining the nose shows a grayish grape-like mass in the nasal cavity. A CT scan of the sinuses will show opaque (cloudy) spots where the polyps are.
Q. Since I've started going through menopause,
I'm really not in the mood for sex very often. And even when I am, it's
painful! What's going on?
A. Loss of sexual desire and painful intercourse
are two hallmarks of menopause. The villain is your body's lack of hormone
production. Your ovaries' and adrenal glands' production of estrogen and
progesterone diminishes over time; and, while it takes longer, eventually
testosterone production lessens, too.
What does all this mean? Testosterone is the
hormone that produces sexual desire (libido) in women. Without it, you have a
hard time getting excited at the prospect of making love. Think of how you
felt, sexually, as a child; the lack of testosterone is taking you back towards
that libido-free zone.
What can you do about this? It used to be
thought that testosterone cream, applied topically to the vagina, would bring
back your feelings of sexual excitement; but recent studies have pretty much
disproven that. So, ...
Back in high school biology we all learned that there are many different organ systems in the body--the circulatory system, the respiratory system, the reproductive system, the urinary system and so forth. I think of them as having separate organs and operating differently. So it never made sense to me that something that had to do with the reproductive system (sex) would affect the urinary system (urinary tract infections). But Oh! How wrong I was.
Just about every young woman who begins her adult sexual life, no matter what her age, has dealt with the dreaded urinary tract infection ( watch a UTI video ), often as a result of sexual activity.
But why? My anatomy & physiology classes have come in handy; now I know that the urethra, which carries urine from your bladder to the point where it is excreted, is really, really close to the opening of the vagina, both of which are right above the opening of the anus, where your solid waste is excreted. Bacteria that's hangin...
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