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Emergency Contraception: All You Need to Know About Ella

Safe sex is happy sex. But despite efforts to increase sexual education in schools, as well as wide accessibility to condoms and birth control, we’re only human. Emergency contraception was first available in the 1960’s, but was restricted as treatment for women who had been raped. After decades of trial and error and women’s rights battles, the “first progestin-only method of emergency contraception” was approved by the FDA in 1999. In the following years, new options began to emerge and accessibility became less of an issue.  

Taking emergency contraception for the first time can be daunting, especially when you’re in a rush and are feeling anxious or scared. But don’t fret — at KwikMed, we offer a quick-turnaround for you to receive your medication the next day. If you’re still wondering how this all works, you’re not alone. We’re breaking down everything you need to know about Ella:

Ella was approved by the FDA in 2010 and became available by prescription at pharmacies around the country. Today, Ella is a major emergency contraception brand, and is easily accessible through your doctor or online providers such as KwikMed. So how does it even work? According to Very Well Health, “Ella contains ulipristal, a non-hormonal drug that blocks the effects of key hormones necessary for conception.” Ulipristal is used at such a low, but effective dose, that it will prevent the conception, but enable to provide an abortion (as opposed to similar drugs that are approved by the FDA). For that reason, Ella is effective up to 5 days after unprotected sex — but the sooner, the better. It’s been suggested that if your BMI is over 25, the “morning-after pill” may not be as effective. Yet, doctors still recommend taking the pill after having unprotected sex. It’s important to speak to one of our licensed physicians to see if this is the best option for you.

Unfortunately, experiencing side effects when taking emergency contraception is normal. These can include menstrual pain, nausea, or dizziness. According to Insider, EC pills are up to 90% effective in preventing conception. So if you’re not ready for an unintended pregnancy, taking Ella can give you peace of mind. Learn more about KwikMed and how to get Ella shipped to you here: https://www.kwikmed.com/buy-ella/




Common ED Myths: Busted

Most people head to the Internet for answers when they encounter a health problem or when something just doesn’t feel right. Unfortunately, a lot of false information can make its way around news sites and discussion boards, causing assumptions and self-diagnosis that are simply incorrect. With so many factors playing into Erectile Dysfunction, it’s easy for the truth to get lost when trying to find answers for your health problems. That’s why we’re here to bust (and confirm) some common ED myths:

  1. ED only affects older menMYTH. Despite age being the most common and significant factor for the almost 52% of men who suffer from ED, it can occur in men of all ages. According to a study in the American Journal of Medicine, “15% of men [ages 20 to 39] have difficulty with their erections at least occasionally during sex.”
  2. It’s all mental — Most likely a MYTH. Psychological factors such as stress, guilt, or embarrassment do play a role in erectile dysfunction, though it’s more likely that there’s a physical reason things aren’t going great down there.  
  3. All treatment is the same MYTH. KwikMed offers a variety of ED medication such as Viagra, Levitra, Stendra, and more. Though these medications are similar, the level of effectiveness and benefits may vary depending on your lifestyle or severity of your erectile dysfunction. Speak to a one of our U.S. licensed physicians to see which option may be best for you.
  4. Smoking will affect your ED TRUTH. Lifestyle habits such as smoking, poor dieting, and excessive drinking can all contribute to your erectile dysfunction. According to Men’s Health, making certain decisions like “cutting down on booze can also improve erections. It helps the vessels in your body rush blood to your penis, keeping it there so you can perform.” Keeping your overall health in check can have a positive impact on your ED symptoms.
  5. ED is not dangerous  — It depends. Erectile dysfunction is common and for many, is harmless and can be easily treated. Unfortunately, it can also be a sign of more serious health problems related to your vascular health, such as diabetes or high blood pressure. Rule out any of these bigger health issues by consulting with your physician if you’re having trouble getting or maintaining an erection.

Whether you think you’re too young or too healthy to have ED, there’s always a root to the problem. Always consult your physician to make sure there aren’t other serious health factors contributing to your erectile dysfunction, or head to KwikMed to see which medication is best for you: https://www.kwikmed.com/




Hair Loss: All You Need to Know

We all hate to see signs of aging, but some symptoms show up far earlier than we expect or hope. Premature and excessive hair loss, or androgenetic alopecia, affects millions of men, and despite efforts to slow down loss or boost hair growth, many still struggle to find a solution. Although Propecia can slow down the effects of excessive hair loss, contributing factors do vary. Men’s Health magazine has dug deep to find what could be the root of the problem, besides natural aging. The following are just some factors to keep in mind when finding a solution that’s right for you:

  1. Thyroid Issues — Both low and high thyroid activity can contribute to your hair loss. This however, will likely cause hair loss throughout the whole head or even on your body, as opposed to just a contained part of your scalp. Dr. Robert Anolik, M.D. of New York City told Men’s Health, “most screenings involve checking these routine blood levels with a simple test,” so your doctor will let you know if your thyroid should be checked out.  
  2. Inflammation of Scalp — Inflammation of the scalp or an “extreme case of psoriasis” may also play into hair loss. Most inflammatory conditions can be treated with over-the-counter products like dandruff shampoos, but according to the article, prescription care can treat more severe symptoms. Infections that reach your scalp (like ringworm) can also cause excessive hair loss in one contained area. Luckily, once treated, hair growth should resume back to normal.
  3. Autoimmune Diseases — Certain autoimmune diseases can deteriorate hair-producing cells. This is known as alopecia areata, and according to the American Academy of Dermatology, can contribute to both patchy and widespread hair loss. If you see signs of poor autoimmune functions, see a doctor immediately.
  4. Certain Medications — Like most prescription medications, side effects are common and can affect all parts of your health, including hair growth. Certain prescriptions, particularly blood pressure medication, as well as strong supplements can also play a role. If you’re taking multiple medications, supplements, steroids, etc. be sure to confirm with your doctor that they are not directly factoring into your hair loss.
  5. Genes and Environmental Factors — Of course, genetics and your environment are incredibly important to your overall health. If hair loss is common in your family, you will be more susceptible to experiencing it yourself. Additionally, staying on top of your health and wellness, such as your blood pressure or cholesterol metrics, can also help you avoid premature or excessive hair loss.   

Generally, these factors are easy to pinpoint with the help of a doctor, but it can be difficult to know where to start. Luckily, KwikMed offers consultations with U.S. licensed physicians to see if Propecia is the answer for your hair loss.

Learn more about KwikMed and Propecia here: https://www.kwikmed.com/buy-propecia/




Risk of Cancer Low When Battling Hair Loss With Propecia

With all prescription medication comes the risk of side effects, both mild and serious. Common side effects for most prescription drugs include nausea, dizziness, or mood swings. Yet some drugs, such as Propecia, a common hair-loss medication for men, have been linked to more serious side effects to the reproductive and nervous systems, as well as a high risk of prostate cancer. A recent study conducted by SWOG’s Prostate Cancer Prevention Trial however, suggests otherwise. The results are significant, as they confirm earlier findings from a 2013 report published by the National Cancer Institute.

The original study, published in 2013, not only suggests that men taking Propecia shouldn’t fear the risk of prostate cancer, but rather “indicates that taking finasteride can actually lower a person’s risk for developing prostate cancer”, according to Guy Counseling. Despite these findings, many have continued to correlate Finasteride [which is branded as Propecia], with the cancer in recent years.

The Prostate Cancer Prevention Trial, which was launched 25 years ago by SWOG, confirms through their initial findings that “finasteride not only significantly reduces a man’s risk of prostate cancer; it is safe to use based on very long-term follow-up in our study,” said Dr. Ian Thompson, Jr. who led the trial. He went on to say “In PCPT, we found no increased risk of prostate cancer death in men who took finasteride compared with men who did not. These results are transformational.”

This is good news for men seeking treatment for excessive hair loss, but have feared the side effects and risk of developing prostate cancer, the most commonly diagnosed cancer in American males.

Despite these optimistic findings, always consult with a doctor to find out if Propecia is right for you as results and side effects do vary. Speak with one of KwikMed’s U.S. licensed physicians today to get started: https://www.kwikmed.com/buy-propecia/




Does Emergency Contraception Work for Everyone?

Millions of women around the world rely on birth control to keep them protected from unwanted pregnancy. Despite widespread accessibility and education, life does happen, and sometimes women must rely on an emergency contraceptive to ensure that they will not get pregnant after unprotected sex. The fear remains however, that the medication might not do its job as intended.

According to an article from SELF, whether or not emergency contraception is effective for women who have a slightly higher body mass index has been under speculation for years. In a study referenced from 2011, women with a BMI over 25 were found more likely to get pregnant after ingesting an EC pill. Though the study only took around 3,400 women into consideration, it sparked questions about the effectiveness of such medication, especially considering that the average adult BMI is 26.5, according to Livestrong.

Ella, which acts as an anti-progestin, unlike other emergency contraceptive pills on the market, shows no statistical evidence that weight is a crucial factor in its effectiveness, according to the SELF article. However, it’s still a factor to be considered. “Weight should be a consideration for everyone purchasing emergency contraception,” according to Dr. Rebecca Stone from the University of Georgia. “It’s one of several factors that doctors and pharmacists take into account when walking patients through their options.” Despite these worries, Stone recommends to SELF Mag that women should still take their emergency contraceptive if needed, since there’s no statistically significant reason not to.

There are still ongoing studies to determine what other factors may contribute to the effectiveness of emergency contraceptives or other birth control medications. If you’re worried that your medication will not work for you, consult your physician to learn more about your options.

Purchase Ella, effective up to 5 days after unprotected sex, through KwikMed today: https://www.kwikmed.com/buy-ella/




Avoiding Hair Loss: Is It Possible?

A seemingly inevitable part of aging, you may feel that avoiding hair loss is a lost cause.The reality is that although halting or reversing hair loss seems impossible, there are many preventative methods men can implement to minimize and slow down balding.

Prescription medications like Finasteride and Propecia have proven most effective. Though these drugs slow down hair loss, they can’t stop or reverse it completely –  The focus is to strengthen the hair that is left. So what other options are there? Easy lifestyle style changes like these can help prevent the balding you’re fearing become a reality:

  • Stress can play a major  role in male hair loss . Controlling that stress and exercising regularly can help subside rapid balding.
  • According to Men’s Health, a deficiency in Vitamin D could also play a part in hair loss. In turn, it’s more common to shed more hair in the winter months. Make sure you’re getting enough Vitamin D through supplements or direct sunlight.  
  • If possible, avoid brushing or combing your hair when wet, as you’ll increase the chances of premature hair loss by excess tugging and pulling.
  • Smoking cigarettes can slow hair growth and weaken follicles as it reduces blood flow to your scalp! Consider quitting or try reducing how much you smoke and you may see a difference in hair loss. Chantix can help you kickstart your journey to quitting.
  • If you have longer hair, avoid pulling it back into buns or ponytails, as the constant wear will eventually lead to overall hair loss.
  • Side effects of other medication you are taking may include hair loss, which could be the underlying cause of dramatic or premature balding.

If nothing seems to work, medication may be your next step. Speak to a physician at KwikMed to see if prescription medications are right for you and your hair loss. Learn more here: https://www.kwikmed.com/




So Long Viagra?

Until recently, being diagnosed with erectile dysfunction left men with limited options for treatment. Most have turned to Viagra, helping men get or keep an erection during sexual activity. The drug, though the most popular treatment option, is expensive and provides short-term results. A new study from Denmark however, suggests that new research and technology may actually open the door to better, more effective treatment that will allow you to do away with that pill bottle for good.

According to Newsweek, the study involved stem cells from the participant’s abdomen being injected into the base of the penis. Though the study focused on “men whose prostate glands have been removed due to cancer” further research will conclude if this stem cell injection is effective long-term for “men struggling with ED caused by aging as well as health conditions, such as heart disease.” Results have been positive, with the first eight who have undergone treatment having successfully restored their sexual function. According to the article, full results are pending for the study which included 70 participants.

If that research comes back strong, this will be good news to men who suffer with erectile dysfunction. According to the Cleveland Clinic, nearly 52% of men will experience impotence at some point in their lives. Though this new research gives hope to the 30 million who suffer with ED, there is a still a long way to go before stem cell injections become the norm for treatment.

Until then, Viagra still reigns as the most popular treatment for ED, along with lifestyle changes and therapy. A generic version of Viagra known as Sildenafil, has hit the market making it easier for men to afford the pill. If you’re struggling to find a solution for your ED, KwikMed can help you find a method that’s right for you.




New Study: Viagra May Have Other Health Benefits

Viagra is widely known as a treatment for erectile dysfunction in men, but a new study suggests that it can actually have other health benefits as well.

The study, now published in the journal Cancer Prevention Research and supported by the National Cancer Institute, suggests that small daily doses of Viagra may actually reduce the risk of developing colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer affects both the colon and the rectum, and according to Medical News Today, is “the third most commonly diagnosed form of cancer overall; around 1 in 22 men and 1 in 24 women are likely to develop it at some point.”

The study was conducted on a group of mice that received very small doses of sildenafil (generic Viagra) in their water daily. Over time, the size of their tumors decreased about 50%. Researchers found that sildenafil actually raises levels of cyclic guanosine monophosphate, or cGMP, which allows muscle cells, pituitary cells and retinal cells to function properly. This “suppressed some of the cells that were proliferating in excess in the gut. A second beneficial effect of the Viagra increased cGMP was that it aided the natural process of abnormal cell death and elimination,” as described by Medical News Today.

Though human trials have yet to be conducted, doctors have high hopes that these findings can reduce the number of people suffering with colorectal cancer. Learn more about Viagra and how to find out if it’s right for you here: https://www.kwikmed.com/




Emergency Contraception Myths: Busted

There’s no doubt that Emergency Contraception is a safe and effective way to prevent pregnancy after engaging in unprotected sex. Unfortunately, there are a lot of myths associated with ECP’s (emergency contraception pills) that cause confusion for women who may be in need of a quick solution. Here are our Emergency Contraception myths, busted:  

ECP’s cause abortion. False. According to the World Health Organization, ECP’s do not impact an already established pregnancy, but rather prevent a pregnancy from ever implanting in the uterus. This is why taking your pill as soon as possible after having unprotected sex is your best bet (within 5 days).

The more you take an ECP, the less effective it will be. False. According to Insider, if you follow the instructions, your ECP will be just as effective the first time as it will be the tenth or twentieth time. However, they are more effective the sooner you take it after unprotected sex, so keep that in mind when delaying your purchase.

An emergency contraceptive will make you very sick. Well, it depends. Common side effects include nausea, headache, dizziness, and vomiting, but every woman and body is different.

Taking an ECP will make it harder to get pregnant in the future. False. No studies have shown that an emergency contraceptive will harm fertility or lessen chances of getting pregnant in the future, so you’re in the clear.

Emergency contraception is hard to get. False. There are dozens of generic ECP’s on the market available at pharmacies or local clinics. We offer Ella, a newer pill that requires a prescription which can be issued online through KwikMed.

 

Speak to one of KwikMed’s U.S. licensed Physicians to see if Ella is right for you and how you can get it delivered straight to your door, when you need it most. Learn more here: https://www.kwikmed.com/buy-ella/




Standing Desks May Have No Health Benefits

Portrait of young woman working with laptop in her workspace

If you work in an office, you probably know at least one person who raves about their standing desk. In fact, it’s hard to ignore all the advertising and claims that standing all day at work can actually increase your energy, lessen back pain and improve your posture. It all sounds pretty impressive, right?

A new analysis, however, has shown that there may actually be no truth to these claims. Have we all fallen prey to a marketing stunt? Take a look at the facts and see what you think.

We have long known that sitting all day is not good for our health. In fact, many studies have even shown it may be fatal over time. Our chances of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity and even cancer are increased by living the sedentary office lifestyle, but why does everyone seem to think standing desks are the answer?

This new analysis suggests that there is no evidence-based science to back up the health claims most marketers use when selling these standing desks.

The report was recently published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.

What may surprise you is that standing desks actually didn’t make much of a difference when it came to how often people still sit at work. In fact, standing desks only appeared to decrease workplace sitting for between 30 to 120 minutes each day. There was, however, a decrease in the amount of time spent consistently sitting. But is this enough to live up to all the health claims? Analysts aren’t so sure.

What do you think? Do you have a standing desk? Do you feel healthier and more energized? 




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