All right, Teen Mom, enough from you already.
Who doesn't want a healthy and satisfying sex life? And yet, a substantial and growing percentage of people struggle with low libido and sexual dysfunction issues. Overcoming this challenge in order to benefit from the many emotional and physical benefits of lovemaking should be on the top of your list when you consider that hundreds of major medical studies correlate an active sex life with a longer life, better heart health, a healthier immune response, reduction in chronic pain symptoms, lower rates of depression and even protection against some cancers.
How does the stress of being a busy mom affect us? We overeat, do not exercise, and of course our sex life goes kaput, as does our intimacy with our partner, our confidence and our self-esteem. More and more, we see mothers suffering from the deadly disease of perfectionism. You assume that to "do it right," you must execute all tasks flawlessly and ignore the need for self-care. In turn, we see higher rates of exhaustion-related illnesses, low self-esteem and partner-related issues, due to mother's burn out. It's time to drop the "supermom" ideal.
Welcome to our new YourTango Expert series on motherhood and love! Women are natural givers who do their best to make sure everyone else's needs (and wants) are met, often at the expense of their own. After all, there are only 24 hours in a day, right? Our first topic is sex, because countless studies and surveys show that moms are chronically overworked and undersexed. We recently asked our experts how can mothers shift their mental energy (their attitudes and approach to sex) and their physical energy (their schedules, their bedroom routines) to help make sex more of a priority.
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Tying the knot or getting divorced could make your waistline grow. A recent study found that women have a tendency to gain a few pounds after getting married, while men are likely to do the same after divorce.
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Teenage puppy love (like Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber's!) and its, uh, consummation may be keeping kids of trouble. That's if you don't consider teenage sex trouble already. A new study from the University of Texas at Austin reveals that adolescents in committed sexual relationships are less likely to be delinquents than their super-promiscuous or virginal classmates. That's right moms, sex can be good for teens!
When it comes to protecting yourself from unplanned pregnancy, keeping your options open is critical. There are so many contraception choices out there you are bound to find ONE that is right for you. And just in case you haven’t seen the magical graphs and charts posted in your local doctor's office, here are some of the choices you have in birth control.
Ever have a sneaking suspicion that your mom wished you were a boy? You might be right. According to an anonymous survey of more than 26,000 moms conducted by TODAY.com and Parenting.com, ten percent say they wish their child was the opposite sex. And of that ten percent, 60 percent have boys. Sorry, boys!
Forget Kim Kardashian's butt: This year, it's all about Pippa Middleton's rear. "The latest craze here in the U.S. and all over the world is to get the Pippa Butt Lift," a Miami plastic surgeon tells the U.K.'s Telegraph, declaring Pippa the "new queen of booty."
Watermelon, that tasty, refreshing, (and inexpensive) fruit most of us grew up slurping on as kids, has a lot more going for it than a dessert treat.
Does your partner like your curves, but you want to stay slim and healthy? YourTango expert and health coach, Nicole Burley, gives the advice you need to get him or her on board with your weight loss. In this video, you'll learn how easy it can be to share your passion for a healthly lifestyle without compromising your relationship. 10 Tips For Losing Weight As A Couple Couples yoga, anyone?