Myths about sexual activity during pregnancy abound, but the idea that sex will harm the baby or the mother, or that the baby somehow “knows” mommy and daddy are having sex, are simply false. Unless there are complications such as a history of miscarriage or leaking amniotic fluid that may prompt your health care provider to advise against it, sexual activity during pregnancy is normal, natural and healthy. Whether you desire sex while you are pregnant is a different matter altogether.
Breasts are significant features of the female anatomy. Girls may start to develop breasts as early as 8 years old, but breast development may not start until the early teens. Most women’s breasts are fully developed by the time they reach their early 20s, and breast size will remain fairly stable, though it may fluctuate due to overall weight gain or pregnancy. Breast size is unique to each woman and is generally dictated by genetics.
The process of growing from infancy to girlhood, young adulthood and old age is significantly impacted by both the presence and absence of natural hormones. A woman’s hormones tell her body when to enter puberty, when to prepare for and feed a baby and when the child-bearing years should cease. Hormones regulate her monthly periods and influence her moods, sex drive and complexion. They are also linked to significant diseases such as breast cancer, osteoporosis and heart disease.
Laugh lines, frown lines, crows feet, glabellar lines — they are all facial wrinkles that are common to both men and women. Women, unfortunately, tend to get more and deeper wrinkles around the mouth than men do, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. A wide variety of products claims to reduce the appearance of wrinkles visibly, but the effectiveness of over-the-counter medications is limited, due to the minimal amounts of active ingredients. Effective wrinkle treatment usually requires a prescription.
Teething is an important part of childhood development. Infants use their sensitive oral faculties to explore their environment and will gum and chew any object they can fit into their mouths. Primary teeth, sometimes referred to as baby teeth, are essential for helping children chew their food and learn to speak. Baby teeth also serve as a placeholder of sorts for the permanent teeth that will emerge later.
Most people will experience an acne breakout at one time or another. The most common skin condition in the United States, it afflicts up to 85 percent of all teenagers, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Acne is not limited to teens: People of all ages can have a breakout. While acne is not a debilitating or life-threatening condition, it can have serious emotional repercussions, particularly when it results in deep, unsightly scars.
Wrinkles are part of the natural aging process. There are plenty of causes, including exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun, reduced production of skin oils, natural thinning of the skin and the loss of deep-layer body fat that comes with age. Sometimes the repeated facial expressions you make every day can contribute to lines and wrinkles around your eyes, forehead and lips. Many women, and a fair number of men, elect to treat their lip wrinkles with Botox.
Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed form of cancer among women, excluding non-melanoma skin cancers. Breast cancer is the second most deadly form of cancer among women, exceeded only by lung cancer. The survival rate for breast cancer is significantly higher in women who are diagnosed at earlier stages of the disease.
Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States. It afflicts up to 50 million Americans each year, including approximately 85 percent of the teen population, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. The unsightly pimples, nodules, cysts and scars that may accompany an acne breakout usually don’t qualify as a serious health issue, but they can cause significant emotional and psychological distress. Many myths surround acne, including the idea that some foods can cause it.
Breast cancer is a catchall phrase for a number of different types of cancer of the breast, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The type of breast cancer that develops is dependent upon the type of cells within the breast that develop into cancer cells. Breast cancer is the second most prevalent form of cancer among women in the United States, exceeded only by nonmelanoma skin cancer.