A Natural Approach To Health
Living With STDs
I had a question the other day about STDs.
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are spread by sexual contact involving the genitals, mouth, or rectum, and can also be spread from a pregnant woman to her fetus before or during delivery.
STDs, which affect both men and women, are a worldwide public health concern.
Although most STDs can be cured, some can’t, including HIV (which causes AIDS), genital herpes, and human papillomavirus (HPV), which can cause genital warts.
STDs can be spread by people who don’t know they’re infected.
Always use protection every time you have sex, including oral sex, until you’re sure you and your partner aren’t infected with an STD.
Completely avoiding sexual contact, including intercourse or oral sex, is the only certain way to prevent an infection.
Even though a sex partner doesn’t have symptoms of an STD, he or she may still be infected.
Some STDs, like HIV, can take up to 6 months before they can be detected in the blood.
Genital herpes and the HPV can be spread when symptoms aren’t present.
>Watch for symptoms of STDs, like unusual discharge, sores, redness, or growths in your and your partner’s genital area, or pain while urinating.
>Don’t have more than one sex partner at a time.
The safest sex is with one partner who has sex only with you.
Every time you add a new sex partner, you’re being exposed to all of the diseases that all of their partners may have.
Your risk for an STD increases if you have several sex partners at the same time.
>Use a condom every time you have sex.
A condom is the best way to protect yourself from STDs.
Latex and polyurethane condoms don’t let STD viruses pass through, so they offer good protection from STDs.
Condoms made from sheep intestines don’t protect against STDs.
>Use a water-based lubricant like K-Y Jelly or Astroglide to help prevent tearing of the skin if there’s a lack of lubrication during sexual intercourse.
Small tears in the vagina during vaginal sex or in the rectum during anal sex allow STDs to get into your blood.
>Avoid douching if you’re a woman, because it can change the normal balance of organisms in your vagina and increase your risk of getting an STD.
Avoid sexual contact if you have symptoms of an infection or if you are being treated for an STD or HIV.
If you or your partner has herpes, avoid sexual contact when a blister is present and use condoms at all other times.
To deal with STDs it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily hydrates body and brain cells and flushes toxins (whether thirsty or not!).
*Review my post on candida.
*Increase exercise, relaxation techniques.
*Increase fresh, raw fruits and veggies (organic when possible).
*Consider fresh juicing.
*Consume plenty of fresh, raw, unroasted pumpkin seeds.
*Increase fiber intake.
*Ensure good bowel function; avoid constipation.
*Consider a liver and/or colon cleanse.
*Decrease toxic exposures (food and environmental).
*Decrease any and all hydrogenated, trans fats, deep-fried foods, margarine, fast foods, artificial sweeteners.
*Decrease sugar, sweets, white flour products, processed foods.
*Avoid tobacco, alcohol, caffeine, soda pop.
*Understand your medications and possible side effects.
*Maintain a healthy weight.