Today is February 3rd, or Wear Red Day promoting heart health for women. Serious stuff! Now you can skip my rambling and go to http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ByAudience/ForWomen/WomensHealthTopics/ucm117974.htm and check it out for yourself.
For your convenience, you can find the information in 18 different languages here: http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ByAudience/ForWomen/FreePublications/ucm126287.htm
There are four basic tenets:
- Eat a heart healthy diet. Basically low salt/sodium, limit trans fats and cut back on sugar. Stuff we all know how to do, but rarely practice. (Guilty!)
- Manage your health conditions. If you have high cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetic problems. Get on the wagon and take care of them. These can lead to heart problems. Take your medications and follow your doctor’s advice.
- Get the facts about aspirin. Taking a daily aspirin for preventing heart attacks and strokes is not right for everyone. So talk to your doctor. That way you can dial in the appropriate dosage, etc. And remember to remind them of any other medications you are taking. I know your doctor should know, but we cannot remember everything all the time.
- Know the signs of a heart attack. Men and women can have different symptoms, so be sure you go over the links I posted above. Also, check out this video that Elizabeth Banks did a few years ago. She had a heart attack in real life. https://youtu.be/t7wmPWTnDbE
Fine. That’s under your chest. Now let’s go downstairs. (I am great at foreplay!)
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease: An estimated 2.5 million women have an often symptomless infection of the urinary tract that can lead to infertility and lasting abdominal pain. The infection can be cured however, if left untreated long enough, the physical damage may be permanent. PID is a complication of a previous sexually transmitted disease or STD. https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/66/wr/mm6603a3.htm
Yes, we are talking about everybody’s friends chlamydia and gonorrhea. Around 1.5 million cases of chlamydia and 400,000 cases of gonorrhea were reported in 2015. That’s reported, and we know that not everyone reports their health situations. Here’s the thing: these diseases often do not show symptoms and can go undiagnosed and untreated. Now if that leads to PID:
“Pelvic inflammatory disease symptoms may include persistent abdominal pain, fever, abnormal vaginal discharge, or pain or bleeding during sexual intercourse. PID poses long-term hazards such as infertility, chronic pelvic pain and ectopic pregnancy. Ectopic pregnancies occur when an embryo implants in the fallopian tube instead of the uterus.
No single test can diagnose PID, so doctors often rely on symptom reporting. But PID often doesn’t cause symptoms. “That’s one of the scariest things because you may not know it’s even happening,” she said.” https://medlineplus.gov/news/fullstory_163399.html
Your background doesn’t matter. If you are sexually active, get tested every year or as often as your insurance will pay for it. (Adult actors test every month!) Because the more active you are with different partners, the bigger your risk. Make sure that use condoms or other barrier protections. It is a rough world out there.
So that was a very romantic and sexy return for Quantum Cogitation. But ladies, take care of yourselves. You cannot make a difference if you are not around. Plus, I still think I have a shot with you! Are you a beaver? Cuz, Dam!
I will be back more often so please keep sending those cards, letters, photos and videos coming.