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OpEd: Fish Oil, Omega-3, & ‘The Orgasm Diet’


No woman wants to discuss fish when talking about the inner workings of the vagina.  The crude schoolyard jokes come more easily than orgasms.

Most women have heard about the book The Orgasmic Diet: A Revolutionary Plan to Lift Your Libido and Bring You to Orgasm by Marrena Lindberg, but I had never read it. I heard it was mostly about taking lots of fish oil to get the libido going.  As someone who doesn’t like seafood and who’s on the fence about the whole primal/vegetarian diet thing, this didn’t seem like the diet for me.

For full disclosure, my copy of the book hasn’t arrived yet.  I’ll write a full review once it appears in my mailbox!  But I wanted to share a little bit of what I’ve found as well as what I’m currently doing.

In November 2011, I had a great breakthrough with my pursuits, experiencing orgasms like I never had before, and one event in particular that had me literally ready to die in the throws of orgasmic bliss if need be.  Then the holidays hit: Thanksgiving, the Financial Shop-apolooza formerly known as a Holy Day (Christmas), New Year’s — even Martin Luther King, Jr., Day now earns shoppers coupons and discounts.  Joy to the world, indeed.

The holidays, the stress, the being a single mom all took their toll.  Living in an apartment building, I stopped my practice because I didn’t want to scare the neighbors with my screams of pleasure, and I wasn’t home alone for the week of Thanksgiving, the 2.5 weeks of Christmas/New Year’s, the long 3-day weekend for MLK.  I just didn’t have any privacy anymore.

With no one to blame my lack of libido other than myself, I started to look at what I was doing in the Fall that I wasn’t doing now.  Sex drive is all about hormones, and I wanted to see if I had been eating or doing something back then that was beneficial to my sex hormones.

Last Fall, I wasn’t drinking caffeine, and I was losing weight thanks to a product that affects the hypothalamus in the brain, controlling blood sugar and insulin release in the body.  Even still, I was eating out quite a bit, mostly healthy burgers and only the occasional doughnut, but I lost weight anyway.  And I was able to kick my horrible Diet Coke habit!

With the stress of work deadlines and the growing frustration of the people around me seemingly never going to work, my orgasm practice came to a halt, and my libido slowly frittered away.  I went off the weight loss product as a test to see if I would gain back the weight.  Miraculously, I didn’t — but I didn’t lose any more weight either.  I started drinking caffeine again; I was ordering way too many pizzas — did I mention the stress I was under? — and I knew I was on a slippery slope of gaining back the 33 pounds I’d lost.

I recently went back on the product.  My cravings for “bad food” have gone away, and I eat a lot less when I do eat.   I’ve started losing weight again.  So this is good.  I got off Diet Coke again, so that’s even better.  But my libido wasn’t back, and I was even feeling a bit … dry … down there … regularly.  I’ve never been dry!  In fact, a former partner used to lament that I would get “too wet” during sex and he’d lose friction.

I’m 39, but I think this is way too young to be dealing with vaginal dryness.  This impelled me to seek answers from Dr. Google on the much-hyped fish oil and orgasm diet.

Fish oil seems to have many health benefits, including anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties as well as potential use in treating numerous mood issues such as depression, anxiety, and even ADD/ADHD.

What most people are looking for in a fish oil supplement is the Omega-3.  Some doctors report that Omega-3 can help people suffering from heart disease, alcoholism, obsessive compulsive disorder, insomnia, agoraphobia, and withdrawal from narcotics.

According to the University of Maryland’s website:

“Research shows that omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and may help lower risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and arthritis.  Omega-3 fatty acids are highly concentrated in the brain and appear to be important for cognitive (brain memory and performance) and behavioral function.  In fact, infants who do not get enough omega-3 fatty acids from their mothers during pregnancy are at risk for developing vision and nerve problems.  Symptoms of omega-3 fatty acid deficiency include fatigue, poor memory, dry skin, heart problems, mood swings or depression, and poor circulation.”

Omega-3 is sadly lacking in many Americans’ diets because of the high amount of processed foods consumed in this country.  Processed foods, foods made with hydrogenated oils, foods made from unfermented soy, and meat from livestock and poultry raised on a diet of soybeans and/or corn all contribute to higher levels of Omega-6 in the body.  Taking an Omega-3 supplement may help get your body in balance.

The problem with fish oil capsules is that they can taste fishy.  Also, there is no known recommended allowance of fish oil itself — some people can ingest a lot and be fine, others have adverse reactions after taking very little fish oil. Only you and your medical professional can determine what is right for you.

For me, I just wanted to see if fish oil would help get my body nice and juicy again.  I looked in my spice cabinet in my kitchen, and lurking at the back of the bottom shelf was a bottle of fish oil capsules.  I checked the expiration date — it was still well within its “best before” date.  So I took one after dinner that evening, another after breakfast the next morning, and another after dinner that night.  The next morning, I felt a familiar sensation between my legs that had been missing for a couple of months: heat, throbbing, and best of all, juices — lots of juices.  The fish oil seemed to be working!  (Of course, I was also drinking a lot of water to keep my prostate hydrated for future uses.)

The fish oil I had on hand is a concentrated fish oil with 600mg Omega-3 per capsule.  Taking two per day, I’m getting 1200mg of Omega-3.  One potential complaint I have with Lindberg’s book is that she recommends taking 8 fish oil supplements per day.  I have seen Lindberg write that on various website forums as well.  With quantities of Omega-3 ranging from 300mg per capsule to over 1000mg per capsule, the amount of fish oil a person would be taking if they solely go by “8 per day” could be astronomic.  In her defense, her book, The Orgasmic Diet, also recommends eating a balanced diet, dark chocolate, and doing pelvic exercises.  So it can’t be all that bad, right?

In response to one query, Lindberg wrote:

“Fish oil protects against some cancers, in particular breast and prostate cancer.  ‘STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN.  Several test tube (in vitro) and animal experiments have clearly shown that the long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), the main components of fish oil, help inhibit the promotion and progression of cancer.  Their beneficial effect is particularly pronounced in hormone-dependent cancers such as breast and prostate cancer.  Some, but not all, epidemiologic studies have also found a beneficial effect.’  Larsson, SC, et al.  Dietary long-chain n-3 fatty acids for the prevention of cancer: a review of potential mechanisms.  American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 79, June 2004, pp. 935-45.

“I am not a medical doctor, but the doctor who wrote the foreword to my book is, and he approves of the diet, as does Dr. Joseph Hibbeln at the NIH, a leading expert on fish oil.”

In my own experiment, with 1200mg Omega-3 per day, I had a significant juice boost after only 36 hours.  I’ve noticed my nipples getting hard without any stimulation or lusty thoughts (or cold drafts); and that has brought back my lovely Kundalini cervical orgasms.  I have not had a practice session since last week, so tomorrow should be interesting!

My personal choice is to increase the Omega-3 dosage but not the amount of fish oil while increasing the libido effects.  I have seen several people report acne outbreaks from the consumption of fish oil capsules.  However, after some trial and error of opening the fish oil capsules and putting the fish oil directly on food, such as a Caesar’s Salad, their acne cleared up.  It seems to have been the capsule itself causing the reaction, not the fish oil.

In my search for the perfect ratio of high Omega-3 to as little fish oil as possible, I stumbled across Triple Strength Omega-3 GOLD – 1,060 mg of Omega 3 each capsule (1000mg EPA + DHA).

I’m not even waiting to finish this bottle I have.  I will be getting the Omega-3 Gold next week, and I’ll write an update on how the orgasms are coming then.

Want to buy fish oil for your libido?  Here’s what you should look for:

  • Concentrated fish oil – more Omega-3 in less fish oil
  • Tested to be free of potentially harmful levels of mercury, heavy metals, PCB’s, dioxins, and other contaminants
  • No gluten, yeast, or dairy
  • Enteric coated so the capsule remains intact in the stomach but dissolves in the small intestine, which helps eliminate “fish burps”
  • Odor controlled

So tomorrow will be my first go at a post-fish oil orgasm.  Once the results are in, I’ll report from the field!

Aroused once again,
trish

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Anatomy: The Female Prostate of Myth and Legend


The female prostate is a complex subject confounded by myth, male-dominated science, and male misconceptions of female anatomy and sexuality.

The female prostate is a gland of tissue that surrounds the women’s urethra, the tube that goes from the bladder to the opening of the body in the groin region so a woman can urinate.

This gland used to be called Skene’s Gland. Much like the myth of Christopher Columbus “discovering” America (the indigenous people already knew this land existed), since the female prostate was not invented or really discovered by “Skene,” the proper name is the female prostate. This is also the gland responsible for the taboo subject of female ejaculation.

A hundred years ago, Western science still maintained that women were incapable of orgasm. In fact, women used to go to their doctor regularly for manual stimulation to “fix” their “hysterium.”  Some women would have their hysterium “removed,” a procedure we still call a hyster-ectomy (removal of the hysterium).

Obviously more important to American society is the male penis. Big Pharma corporation Pfizer spent millions developing Viagra, which has been on the market since 1998. In 2008, Viagra earned $1.934 billion in sales in the U.S. (yes, that’s billion with a “B”). Imagine if TV and magazine ads promoted female ejaculation as readily as they promote Viagra?

Reinier De Graaf was the first to accurately find and describe the female prostate in 1672, noting how the gland produced a “pituitoserous juice.”  Western medicine did not fully accept the “female prostate” as a legitimate body part until 2001, when the Federative Committee on Anatomical Terminology voted to refer to the Skene’s Gland as the “female prostate” from that point forward in their reference book Histology Terminology.

It wasn’t until 2007 that Austrian urologists proclaimed they had indeed found the female prostate using ultrasound imaging. They had imaged two pre-menopausal women, ages 44 and 45, who had reported fluid expulsion during orgasm. Now, here at the beginning of 2012, we are still learning about the female prostate. But like most of the sexual organs, the female and the male have sympathetic sex organs, glands, anatomy, nerves, and purposes.

In the preface to The Hite Report: A Nationwide Study on Female Sexuality, Shere Hite directly addresses why it has taken so long for advances in understanding female sexual anatomy and ergo female sexuality.

“Women have never been asked how they felt about sex. Researchers, looking for statistical “norms”, have asked all the wrong questions for all the wrong reasons — and all too often wound up telling women how they should feel instead of asking how they do feel. Female sexuality has been seen essentially as a response to male sexuality and intercourse. There has rarely been any acknowledgment that female sexuality might have a complex nature of its own which would be more than just the logical counterpart of (what we think of as) male sexuality.”

The female prostate is known to have two primary functions: produce and store prostatic fluid as well as release hormones, such as serotonin.  The female prostate may be influenced by estrogens in the body, just as the male’s prostate is affected by levels of androgens in his body.  The female prostate may also be affected by DHEA, which is a precursor to hormones such as estrogen and androgen.  The suggestion has also been made that female ejaculate has an anti-microbial function for the urethra, protecting the woman from urinary tract infections.  This close proximity of the prostate and the urethra helps explain why urinating can feel very pleasant or even orgasmic.

The female prostate blends with the anterior wall of the vagina and can be felt with the fingers. While no two women are the same, for many women the prostate is readily noticeable by its ridgy texture — think of corduroy fabric.

The female prostate that is inside of the vagina is also home to the Goddess-Spot (G-Spot, a.k.a. Grafenberg Spot). But the G-Spot is only one little spot, sometimes just a little flap of tissue, whereas the prostate is a larger area of vaginal real estate. Direct stimulation can make the ridges even more pronounced, so if you don’t notice the prostate or the G-Spot at first, they may be noticeable after some stimulation — another great reason for foreplay!

As with any play that happens within the vagina, use clean hands, clean toys, and never use scented oils, lube, or lotions inside the vagina.

trish

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REVIEW: Aloe Cadabra – 100% Natural Edible Lubricant


Aloe Cadabra is an all-natural lubricant, made with 95% organic aloe vera and 5% other stuff that is safe and also edible. After having numerous problems with two different K-Y products, I surfed the net for lubricants that would meet my standards, and this one has.

PROS:

  • The product itself is a healthy and safe product, not only for the exterior of the body but pH balanced for the interior of the vagina (a unique ecosystem that must maintain an acidic pH around 3.8 to 4.5).
  • It is edible… though that is not something I would need to know, others might.
  • It is a thick gel so it will stay where it is put till you can put the cap on and get back to your genital yoga.
  • It comes in 3 flavors – Natural Aloe, Tahitian Vanilla, and Lavender.
  • The product has a nice hand feel to it. It is not greasy, slimy, or messy.
  • It doesn’t take much. I use a 2-3 dots of the lube on my toy before insertion. (I don’t use any lube for hands only play, just for insertibles.) More than that feels like I’ve used too much and lose contact with my skin and texture inside.
  • This lube is safe for condoms, which is an important factor in safe-sex practices.
  • The company seems like a small but well-run operation. The product shipped very quickly. And the shipping was free (to a USA address)…. However, you CAN buy it via Amazon, but only in multi-packs. I didn’t want to invest in several bottles until I knew if I liked it, so I bought 1 tube directly from the company for $9.95 USD and free shipping.
  • And they gave me a special offer, that as a new customer, if I buy two (any flavor), I get one free (any flavor). So this would cost $19.90 whereas their regular 3-pack costs $29.95.

CONS:

  • The product itself is on the small side – only 2.5 ounces… though, the PRO side to this is that it fits comfortably in smaller hands.
  • Scented products should NEVER be used INSIDE the vagina (oils, lubes, tampons, etc.), so buying flavors other than the Natural Aloe would be a waste of money (unless you can be sure you won’t get any flavored product in the vagina, or you will use it anally).
  • Because it is a natural product and not greasy or slimy, you may need to re-apply during your play session. Each time I’ve used it, I have reapplied once during a session. But because the product is thick, I can leave the top off the first time I use it for faster reapplication on the 2nd without ruining the “mood.”

I really do like the product and will keep buying Aloe Cadabra’s Natural Aloe.

trish

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Anatomy: A-Spot, G-Spot, K-Spot, P-Spot, & U-Spot!


nude-woman-artistic-female-formA-Spot – ak.a., AFE – the Anterior Fornix, a.k.a., the Anterior Fornix Erogenous zone; a zone on the anterior of the vaginal wall near the cervix. Can be stimulated by fingers or penis/toy from a facing each other/missionary position. Stimulating this area may also activate the bladder (so be sure to go to the bathroom first!). The A-Spot/AFE has also been called the “female degenerated prostate.” The A-Spot is also said to increase lubrication if stimulated 5-10 minutes/day for a week (for women who have dryness).

G-Spot – Goddess spot (formerly named after a penised-person, but we women of the world prefer Goddess Spot), and I use the term “She Spot”. The G-Spot lives within or on the top edge of the female prostate (noted by its rippled, ridgy texture) about an inch or so inside the vagina, on the anterior wall.  *** NOTE: EVERY WOMAN IS DIFFERENT! ***

K-Spot“Kundalini” spot; the sensitive spot just above the anus but below where the top part of the cheeks separate to go around the anus. Can require deep pressure for full effect (similar to perineum stimulation on men). The easiest way to reach the K-Spot is when facing each other and reaching a hand around, between your partner’s cheeks and using a (middle?) finger to” hook” onto the area just below the cleft of the tush cheeks, above the anus. Works on both men and women (bonus!).

P-Spot – The Posterior Fornix, a.k.a Posterior Fornix Erogenous Zone, is a spot complimentary with the A-Spot, near the cervix on the posterior wall, most usually stimulated directly with fingers or penis/toy while in rear entry position.

*** NOTE:  It has become increasingly popular amongst men to use the phrase “P-Spot” to refer to the Perineum or even the Prostate (which is located in the anus of the man).  We’ll let them call their boy bits what they want.  But on the female, the P-Spot is inside the vagina, posterior, at the top.

U-Spot – the highly sensitive erectile tissue just above the urethra, between the clit and the urethra, and even surrounding the urethral opening. Can be stroked or tapped to increase arousal (with the female’s permission).

And before you men start fretting over all these “spots” you never had to worry about before feminism, just remember the average vagina is only 3 to 4 inches long … so you can probably find them all with a little effort.

trish

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REVIEW: ‘Yoni Massage: Awakening Female Sexual Energy’ by Micahela Riedl


I just got this book, Yoni Massage: Awakening Female Sexual Energy, and overall I really liked the information, the layout, and the readability of Reidl’s work.  I especially liked the interviews she included.  *** For men, check out her book, Lingam Massage: Awakening Male Sexual Energy. ***

“Yoni” is the Sanskrit word for the vulva and vagina area.  Yoni puja is an ancient practice of worshiping the Yoni, usually by men, who understand that within woman lie most if not all the mysteries of life.

For the ADVANCED Yoni devotee:
I bought this book hoping to find some advanced techniques or esoteric pearls of clandestine, archaic knowledge lost to the passages of time (due to the Westernization of the world).  However, this book has a good deal of what I’ve read in other books and online, so, I didn’t learn anything new (with one caveat noted below).

Another downside to this book and similar books on the Western market, is that the author’s tone to the reader assumes that the reader is unsure about the practice or has hesitations (psychological, religious, social, et al).  And while these are legitimate reasons people might not be sure they want to try the Eastern-influenced yoni massage, I’m tired of almost all the books available having this same attitude.  For once, I’d like a book on Tantra, sex, fingering, positions — whatever! — be written FOR a reader who wholeheartedly (and whole-bodily!) embraces sexuality and the immense possibility of incredible orgasms using various techniques from multiple modalities…. (This is why I’m writing my own book :)

One thing I did learn was a name for the intense orgasm I experienced and described and that I described in hindsight after reading Yoni Massage… It is called a uterine orgasm.  And while I’ve had and heard of cervical orgasms, learning there was a name for that doubled-over, intensely emotional reaction to orgasm was a good thing… it helped me know that if I experience it again, it is normal for that kind of sex.

For the NEWBIE to Yoni worship:
Yoni Massage: Awakening Female Sexual Energy is a great book, and it is so much more than just fingering techniques. If you’re really new to this subject (Tantra-based vulva/vagina worship), this is a good book to start with at only 176 pages.

General Review:
While many books focus on the clit OR the prostate, Riedl genuinely loves the entire yoni, and that is definitely female empowering!  Rather than work the clit (which gets old and can start to hurt), Riedl presents the Tantra finger positions that explore all the zones inside the vagina, with special notes on using multiple fingers (3 and even 4) as well as a brief paragraph on fisting.

The clit is not ignored, of course, but the clit is just one part of the yoni, one part of the female sexual organ system. The clit is not the beginning nor the end of female orgasm; the clitoris is one important part in a complex of important parts, the sum of which being the yoni, female sexuality, and the expanse of orgasms that women are capable of experiencing.

REASONS to Buy This Book:

  • Great information on anatomy, even the anatomy of the egg, sperm, and fetus at various stages of development (in regard to the production of the sex organs)
  • Numerous photographs of actual finger positions (yes, “money shots”)
  • Detailed illustrations on the anatomy of the female sex organs, from resting state to aroused state (YES, the clitoris gets erect, too!)
  • Numerous interviews with women on whom Riedl does the yoni massage, and they explain what they felt physically, emotionally, and even psychologically during and after.
  • Female-Female focus and interviews, THOUGH the receivers tend to be “hetero” women looking to find out more about themselves so they can enjoy sex more with their husbands/partners… (makes you wonder why the husbands aren’t Googling “yoni massage” and learning a few things to try so the wives don’t have to get all yoni’d up by another woman?!)…
  • It’s only 176 pages

REASONS NOT to Buy This Book:

  • It’s only 176 pages…
  • You’re a yogi master in India.
  • You have a doctorate in female anatomy and its uses for orgasm.
  • You already bought it but forgot you had it…. (or I am the only one who does stuff like that?)

Though I didn’t learn much, I’m not sorry I bought it; I’ll just keep it on the shelf for reference later. If YOU are new to all this, then by all means, GET Yoni Massage: Awakening Female Sexual Energy!

Agree or disagree?  If you’ve gotten the book, please leave your opinion of it in the comment section below!

trish

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