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    HealthyWomen answered:
    Numerous things affect a woman's desire, ranging from work stresses to physical exhaustion to being unhappy with her looks. Even your cultural or religious background can play a role.

    For instance, if you grew up in a culture that was open to women being sexual, you're more likely to be sexual. Ant...Read More
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    If you don't like going to the gym, find ways to exercise that are fun, from dancing to gardening. Read more.
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    Eating disorders most often begin early, usually between the ages of 12 and 25, but are not limited to people within these ages.

    Screening is important because it is so difficult to change body image attitudes and unhealthy eating patterns once they form. Primary prevention needs to take place...Read More
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    If you have lost a fair amount of weight in a short amount of time, you may have eating disorders symptoms. If you binge by consuming large amounts of food at a time, often in secret, and perhaps follow it by purging and feelings of guilt and shame, you may be struggling with an eating disorder....Read More
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    Symptoms of binge eating disorder include:
    • episodes of binge eating when not physically hungry
    • cycles of frequent dieting
    • feeling unable to stop eating voluntarily
    • awareness that eating patterns are abnormal
    • weight fluctuations
    • depressed mood
    • feelings of shame
    • antisocial behaviors
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    The only antidepressant approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treatment of bulimia is the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) fluoxetine (Prozac), but doctors may also prescribe other antidepressants for the condition, including the SSRIs sertraline (Zoloft) and pa...Read More
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    Because the consequences of eating disorders can be so severe, early diagnosis is crucial for lasting recovery. Eating disorders in general can disrupt physical and emotional growth in teenagers and can lead to premature osteoporosis, a condition where bones become weak and more susceptible to fr...Read More
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    Parents, loved ones and other role models can help keep children from developing eating disorders by preventing poor self-images from occurring by examining their own attitudes about their bodies and by fostering healthy, positive body images. Take these steps, even with young girls, to discourage...Read More
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    If a compulsion to exercise is driven by a desire to lose weight, despite being within a healthy weight range, or if the compulsion is driven by guilt due to bingeing, then, yes, this compulsion to exercise is a dimension of an eating disorder. There are also individuals who compulsively exercise...Read More
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    Over the years, it can be easy to fall into a romantic rut with your partner. With everyday stresses putting a strain on your bond, romance might all but disappear from your relationship, replaced by routine sex and shallow conversation. But it doesn't have to be this way.

    Consider these tips...Read More
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    February is the month to honor your heart and make sure it stays healthy year-round. I learned more about heart health from the American Heart Asso...Full Post
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    Eating disorders are mental illnesses that cut across the socioeconomic and ethnic spectrum; they know no age or lifestyle. And while both men and women can have eating disorders, 85% to 95% of those suffering from the condition are women. Read More
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    When it comes to sex and desire, many women discover that each decade gets better -- as long as they remain open enough to keep learning, changing and communicating with their partners.

    That said, menopause reduces the levels of the hormones estrogen and progesterone in your body (testosterone has been...Read More
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    HealthyWomen answered:
    If you want to restore your feelings of sexual desire, you can. You may need to try more than one approach to find the best combination of answers for you. Here are several suggestions:
    • Take your time. You -- and very possibly your partner, if you have one -- may need more time to get from zero to
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    Depending on the severity of your disordered eating behaviors, there are various treatment options:
    • Inpatient treatment programs offer 24/7 support and medical monitoring and are designed for those whose eating disordered behaviors have led to extremely low body weight and/or serious medical
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