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A Guide To Self Exploration (for women)

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Ever wonder why you should masturbate?

As A Woman’s Touch notes, “Besides feeling good, masturbation can strengthen your pelvic muscles, revitalize body tissues, fight insomnia, reduce depression, lessen period-related (menstrual) discomfort, and release emotional tension and stress. Masturbation is a way to learn what feels good to you without worrying about what anyone else thinks or needs. It can help you learn to build your arousal to higher levels, become orgasmic, or intensify your experience of orgasm. You can pleasure your own body with your own hands when you’re alone, or when you’re with a partner. You can use what you learn in your self-pleasuring sessions to show a partner what you like best. Masturbation is also a way to meet your own sexual needs if your partner is tired, ill, or on a different sexual rhythm. Masturbation is normal, healthy, and good for your body and your mind.”

Take a look at this great quick guide on female masturbation.If you’re thinking of incorporating some toys into your masturbation and self exploration, read through these tips from Babeland.

Positive Reviews For TRANS The Movie

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“When someone says to me, ‘What is this film about?’ I say, ‘It’s about human rights, injustice and discrimination,’” Mark Schoen, producer of “TRANS,” said. “And what I’ve learned is the gender spectrum is much wider than I ever thought it was and you know it’s not just transgender. There’s intersex, there’s genderqueer. I think the important thing is that we have to, as a society, let people be their authentic selves, whatever that may be.”- from The Eastern Echo

New Year’s Resolution To Work Out

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Have you made a New Year’s resolution to work out? Have you thought about exercising your pelvis? We hear about Kegels everywhere, but many don’t know what they are, what strengthening them can do for you, or how you use them to “work out” your pelvic muscles. This article by A Woman’s Touch will walk you through what’s important to know about pelvic floor health and how to regularly exercise your pelvic muscles. Fulfill your resolution to work out!

Seven Tips for Families with Newborns

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  1. You Are Not Alone!

    • Having a baby is a moderate to severe crisis that all parents go through.
  1. You can build the skills to keep a healthy family.
    • Therapy may use role plays, examples, research information, and communication exercises to help deepen your friendship, manage conflicts constructively, share values, heal distress, and enhance healthy patterns.
    • “The greatest gift a couple can give their baby is a loving relationship.”
  2. Delight in responding to your new baby.
    • In playing with your baby, it is important to stay emotionally warm and available. Stay responsive to your baby’s cues, slow down, repair overstimulation.
  3. Cool down conflicts.
    • Everyone has the best of intentions after their babies are born.
    • Getting sleep deprived, tired, and crabby is normal! We lose our sense of humor and can’t cope as well. We may feel more out of control than usual just as we have more anxiety about our responsibilities, persevere!
    • Do not fight in front of infants; Have a problem-solving meeting.
  4. Savor each other by building a strong friendship and a zesty sex life.
    • “Sexual intimacy arises from emotional intimacy. And emotional intimacy comes from partners making the effort to find each other through the maze of duties to perform. When partners feel cherished and appreciated, affection comes naturally… Then romance and passion can reawaken.”
    • Touch Often! Go on Dates!
  5. Warm fathering is wonderful.
    • Divvy up tasks and beware of cultural messages pushing father’s away.
  6. Create an intentional legacy.
    • Make choices with purposeful awareness and intention.

Adapted from And Baby Makes Three by John Gottman and Julie Gottman