Treating Shingles Naturally

Shingles is the version of chicken pox for adults and it is no fun at all. Shingles can be a very painful disease that occurs in two stages, first there are the prodromal stage and then the eruptive stage.

In the first stage there is fever, chills, nauseas and a headache and then numbness will appear on either the left or the right side of the face or the body accompanied by tingling, burning or shooting pains on the same side. The pain is sometimes constant and can seem unrelenting while at other times it may wax and wane. Often there is itching on the affected side of the face or body.

Eruptive Stage

Once the eruptive stage sets in the pain is then accompanied by redness and swelling and then there will appear clusters of blisters that are filled with a clear looking kind of fluid. New blisters can continue to show themselves fro up to a period of as many as five days.

Using an IUD

The intra uterine device, common called an IUD, is a contraceptive device that must be inserted into the uterus by the woman’s health care provider. The first thing that needs to be cleared up about this device is its name.

It can be confusing to many women when one contraceptive method goes by many names. The IUD has also been called the Coil. This name comes from the days, back as far as the 1960s, when this device was shaped like a coil.

They were also known as the Loop around the same time; again for the shape. Another name that this has been called is the Copper T. This time it reflects its shape and what it is made of.

With all this confusion a woman needs to know what the device she is going to use is called. She must avoid the confusion of thinking it is an IUS which is a device that uses hormones in its method of birth control.

Small but Effective

Contraceptive Implants

Researchers, physicians and those who market contraceptives continue to search for products that will be safe, useful and appeal to the men and women who might use them. The fact is that most of the responsibility for contraceptive use falls to the woman in the relationship. If it fails she is the one who will get pregnant and have the life time responsibility of parenting.

That is why researchers devote more time to working on contraceptives that will both appeal to and be easier to use for woman.

Short History

The implant method of contraception was first discovered in the late 1960s. But it was not until 1983 that they were first made available for women to use. The first one was six sticks that were implanted under the skin that released progestogen for five years.

This product is no longer on the market but has been replaced by improved products. A new one, made by the same company, requires only two sticks to be implanted under the skin and lasts for three years.

The Contraceptive Sponge

The contraceptive sponge is usually made from polyurethane foam. It is shaped somewhat like a saucer and is rated at between eight four ands ninety one percent effective. This wide spread rating is based on the fact that many women do not know how to properly use this barrier method and so the sponge is often inserted incorrectly making it not very useful.

When it is put in properly it works fairly well in preventing pregnancy. Women who choose this method of contraception need to learn the right way to insert it to ensure it offers them the protection they are looking for.

Over the Counter

There are several different kinds of these contraceptive sponges and so use varies slightly based on brand. One of the more useful types is also one of the more popular contraceptives that women can buy over the counter. It needs so prescription, no specialized fitting is necessary and the cost is relatively inexpensive. This brand also has a spermicide as part of the device and so requires no extra protection to be used.

What is Tubal Ligation?

A tubal ligation is a procedure which cuts or blocks the fallopian tubes to prevent a woman from becoming pregnant. It is considered a permanent solution to unwanted pregnancies. But there are many things women worry about when they consider this solution.

For example, tubal ligation is also referred to as a woman having her tubes tied. This phrase presents all the wrong images. The surgeon does not go in and tie the fallopian tubes into a neat little bow. They are surgically closed off in a manner that cannot become undone.

No Going Back

A woman must be sure she wants this surgery. Doing it to please her partner is the wrong reason. It could bring regrets later. As a matter of fact, studies have shown that up to fifty percent of women regret having the surgery even if they no longer have the desire to have another child. There seems to be something about not being able to, even though they do not want to, that haunts them.

What is Spermicide?

One method of contraception that has been used effectively since the 1960s is spermicide. Available in multiple forms including creams, gels, suppositories or foams, the job of the spermicide is to kill the sperm or at the very least prevent them from moving around. But this type of thing has actually been around for hundreds of years.

In the times of the Egyptians they used crocodile dung and it seemed to work the same way. In the early 1900s women were told to use spermicides after intercourse. OF course this was wrong. The early ones worked so poorly that in the 1930s this method of contraception had only a thirty percent success rate.

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The Diaphragm Contraceptive Option

The diaphragm is a birth control device that is also referred to as a barrier device. If a woman chooses to use this method must have her health care provider measure her to get a diaphragm that fits her perfectly. There is no such thing as a one size fits all when it comes to using this method.

Once a diaphragm has been chosen the physician, or their nurse, will need to teach the woman how to correctly put it in. If it is not placed exactly right then it will have no effect on preventing pregnancy.

It looks a lot like a wide condom before it is opened. It is made from thin, soft, supple rubber in the shape of a bowl.

Spermicide Usage

As long as a woman uses it correctly then it has an effective rating of ninety five percent but a spermicide must be used with it. Some women, who are living with their partner, even on a part time basis, will put it in before bed to ensure a worry free night of lovemaking if it should occur.