What Is Female Genital Mutilation?

Female genital mutilation, also known asFGM refers to all procedures which partially or completely remove the external female genitalia. FGM also includes any other injury to a woman's or girl's genitalia for reasons other than medical ones. In most parts of the world, FGM is done by non-medical practitioners who also attend childbirths and carry out male circumcisions. According to WHO (World Health Organization), over 18% of all female genital mutilation procedures are carried out by health care professionals in clinical setting, a trend which appears to be growing. Virtually every country in the world agrees that female genital mutilation is a violation of a female's human rights. It is seen as an extreme form of discriminating against females in the community. As most procedures are carried out on young girls, it is also a violation against children's rights. According to WHO: "(female genital mutilation also) violates a person's rights to health, security and physical integrity, the right to be free from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, and the right to life when the procedure results in death." The World Health Organization informs that there are four main types of female genital mutilations: FGM may involve cutting out all or part of the clitoris, the labia majora and/or minora, and stitching the labia together so as to narrow the opening Clitoridectomy - the clitoris is partially or completely removed. The clitoris (see picture)is the most sensitive erogenous zone of the human female, and the main cause of her sexual pleasure. It is a small erectile part of the female genitalia. Upon being stimulated, the clitoris produces sexual excitement, clitoral erection,...

What Is Male Candidiasis (Male Thrush)? What Is Penile Yeast Infection?

Candidiasis, also known as thrush, candidosis, moniliasis, and oidiomycosis, is a mycosis (fungal infections) caused by Candida albicans, one of the Candida species (all yeast). Candidiasis can occur in various parts of the body, including the male or female genital area. Thrush infections are relatively common in women and men. This article focuses on male thrush (penile yeast infection). Informally, male thrush is known as "jock itch". Candida naturally exists in several places in the body. When it is normally balanced by good bacteria, the level stays low and causes no problems. However, when this delicate balance is disturbed, the risk of developing a yeast infection rises significantly. The most common yeast infection is vaginal thrush. Male thrush or penile yeast infection is also fairly common. A male can become infected with thrush if he has sexual intercourse with an infected sexual partner. Treatment consists of over-the-counter (OTC) anti-fungal creams and ointments. People with a weak immune system may require closer medical supervision. There is a small risk of complication among patients with compromised immune systems - thecandidiasis might evolve into a more serious case of persistent infection called invasive candidiasis. Infection passes into the bloodstream and starts to spread throughout the body requiring hospitalization. According to Medilexicon's medical dictionary, Thrush fungus is: "A fungal species ordinarily a part of humans' normal gastrointestinal flora, which only becomes pathogenic when there is a disturbance in the balance of flora or in an impairment of the host defenses from other causes; resulting disease states may vary from limited to generalized cutaneous or mucocutaneous infections, to severe and fatal systemic disease including endocarditis, septicemia, and meningitis". Culture of the...

He Thought He Was A Man, But He Was Also A Woman

A prominent Denver photographer who thought he was a man, found out after an ultrasound screen to examine a kidney stone that he was also female. He has lived his whole life as a man, sometimes receiving comments about some female traits, only to find out that he was, in fact, born intersex. Steve Crecelius told Fox News that he remembers secretly putting on his mother's clothes and applying makeup when he was younger. He went on to explain that he had frequently identified with being female, and from a very young age - but he has lived his life as a male until a few years ago. Steve told Fox News: "When I was 17, I was working my first part-time job at a TV station as a floor cameraman and the person in charge said to me, 'You know, you walk like a queer.' And I thought I was hiding who I was, and I wasn't. I had a kidney stone and we're in the emergency room. The nurse is reading theultrasound and says, 'Huh, this says you're a female'." What is intersex (intersexuality)? According to Medilexicon's medical dictionary, Intersexuality means: "The condition of having both male and female characteristics; being intermediate between the sexes." Intersex refers to a group of conditions, often termed DSDs (disorders of sexual development) - there is a discrepancy between the appearance of the external sexual organs and the internal ones. The older terms hermaphroditism or pseudohermaphroditism are rarely used by healthcare professionals, and have given way to intersex or intersexuality. The revelation validated everything Steve felt inside When his intersexuality was discovered, Steve said that it validated everything he had always felt inside. Initially, the...

G-Spot Scientifically Identified

A study published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine verifies the anatomic existence of the G-Spot. Until now, it has never been determined whether the G-Spot indeed exists, even though women have been reporting engorgement of the upper, anterior part of the vagina during sexual excitement for centuries. After dissecting the anterior vaginal wall on an 83-year-old cadaver, Adam Ostrzenski, M.D., Ph.D., of the Institute of Gynecology in St. Petersburg, FL, was able to confirm that the G-spot exists. Ostrzenski found a well-delineated sac structure located on the back (dorsal) perineal membrane, 16.5 mm from the upper part of the urethral meatus, creating a 35 degree angle with the lateral (side) border of the urethra. He also found that the G-spot has 3 distinct regions, with dimensions of length (L) of 8.1 mm x width (W) 3.6 mm to 1.5 mm x height (H) 0.4 mm. After Ostrzenski removed the entire structure with the adjacent margin tissues, he discovered that the G-spot stretched from 8.1 to 33m. He concludes: "This study confirmed the anatomic existence of the G-spot, which may lead to a better understanding and improvement of female sexual function." According to Irwin Goldstein, editor-in-chief of The Journal of Sexual Medicine, studying women's sexual health issues is vital. He says: "This case study in a single cadaver adds to the growing body of literature regarding women's sexual anatomy and physiology." What is the G-Spot? The G-Spot, also known as the Gräfenberg Spot, is a bean-shaped area of the vagina. A significant number of females report that it is an erogenous zone, which can lead to strong sexual arousal when stimulated, resulting in powerful orgasms and female ejaculation....

Abortion Rates Stop Falling Globally

A study from the World Health Organization (WHO) and Guttmacher Institute reveals that worldwide, the long-term substantial decline in abortion rates has stalled. According to the study entitled "Induced Abortion: Incidence and Trends Worldwide from 1995 to 2008" by Glida Sedgh et al., the overall number of terminations per 1,000 women, between the age of 15 to 44 years, has decreased from 35 per 1,000 to 29 per 1,000, between 1995 and 2003, and 28 per 1,000 in 2008. The study was published online by The Lancet. According to the United Nations, the stall in abortion rates coincides with a decline in contraceptive uptake, which has been observed particularly in developing nations. Furthermore, the study discovered that almost half of all terminations carried out across the world are unsafe, with the majority of unsafe terminations occurring in the developing world. In 2003 and 2008, the termination rate in the developing world was 29 per 1,000, after dropping from 34 per 1,000 between 1995 and 2003. In the developed world, rates fell slightly from 20 per 1,000 in 1995, excluding Eastern Europe where rates were considerably lower - 17 per 1,000. Gilda Sedgh, senior researcher at the Guttmacher Institute and lead author of the investigation, explained: "The declining abortion trend we had seen globally has stalled, and we are also seeing a growing proportion of abortions occurring in developing countries, where the procedure is often clandestine and unsafe. This is cause for concern. This plateau coincides with a slowdown in contraceptive uptake. Without greater investment in quality family planning services, we can expect this trend to persist." An estimated 13% of...
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