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Sensual Music

Sex

Our sexual health is one of the most important elements of our whole being and natural existence and yet, one that is often shunned, ignored or found to be down right "dirty". A mentor of mine once said, "You should look at EVERY person as a sexual being!". Want to know more?

Tantra uses the energies of the body and sometimes the sexual energies, to transcend worldly attachments. Pleasure teaches us how to connect. It assists us in learning to feel more love, greater touch, and emotional healing. Sacred sexuality goes beyond this to teach us about the deeper inner realms of our psyche and provides us with true understanding and compassion. Through passionate, sensual awareness you can increase the quality of your sexual life. Want to know more?

On this page. "Allow the power of sex and the Universe to transcend all boundaries of prejudice, ignorance and disbelief." Learn the 20 sacred sexual secrets. Discover the difference between great sex and sexual addiction. Know how to have safe sex. Enhance your love making with supplements for love, lust and libido and find out about your sexual health and terminology.

Gifts for Sex and Sexual Energy






Empowerment Kits

Our Sex Kit is a great motivator! These "Priority of Life" kits are fun, educational, and a reaffirming way of creating positive energy, confidence, and the desire to achieve what you want in life!! It is a cross between a craft project and a meditation for the soul!

These are positive affirmation kits that help you to connect, learn and find focus. They are designed to assist you in creating your intention, putting your desires out to the Universe and manifesting what you wish. Ask, Believe, Receive. Priority of Life kits are a wonderful "tool" to help you achieve your ultimate goal: BALANCE.

Each kit contains the specific ingredients for completing your "Affirmations" and also contains herbs, a candle, essential oil, incense and complete instructions. Each kit also comes with a FREE HEALING CRYSTAL and Beautiful Gift Bag Try our Sex Empowerment Kit!

Product Name: Priorities Of Life Kit $29.95 Add to Cart

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"Art of Sensual Massage" Kit

Based on the Tantric school of thought. Tantric combines the principles of yoga and meditation to weave together sensuality and spirituality. It is rooted in ancient Hindu and Buddhist texts and practices dating back to the sixth century A.D. Tantra is honest communication, creating intimacy and realization. Realization that your self is infinite and beyond space and time.We are proud to be able to bring this to all those who seek to learn its services and discover how it can provide soothing relaxation, stimulating arousal and sensual pleasures, as well as, the ability to embrace it's power

This wonderful kit includes "How to Give a Sensual Massage", an "aromantic" 6 oz. bottle of our "Garden" Massage Oil (with Rose petals, Lavender buds, French Lavender, White Gardenia and Bulgarian Rose essential oils), a aromatic botanical candle, a pack of our incredible incense called "Aphrodisia " (burn this exotic blend of rare flowers, resins, and oils. A scent, like its name, to be remembered for its spell of love, rich in roses and musk), an incense holder and a FREE GIFT! This massage kit is for anyone wanting to learn the Art of Sensual Massage.

Product Name: The "Art of Sensual Massage" Kit $45.00 Add to Cart

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Find Your Celestial Love Match

Astrological Charting is the art of forecasting! We are proud to introduce Tonio, one of the most renowned, most incredible astrological intuitives to Peacefulmind.com. For over 20 years Tonio has become most noted for his "Celestial Relationships"(tm) and finding the right astrological combination for YOU!

Tonio's unique method is based on the psychology of each sign. We all know that each sign has specific traits and is influenced by their associated planets, moon and sun signs. Sun sign compatibility takes into account only one of hundreds of compatibility factors. Many other factors are involved when evaluating the compatibility of two people. Are you ready for love? Find your match now! Also, discover your free personal horoscope and love forecast each day! Aries * Taurus * Gemini * Cancer * Leo * Virgo * Libra * Scorpio * Sagittarius * Capricorn * Aquarius * Pisces




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Sacred Tools for Women Kit

Based on the tantric origins from the Ayurvedic/Indian traditions, these sacred stones of the Goddess are tools for the sensual woman. Andrew's tools are used to awaken the erotic innocence and his pleasure tools and rules are featured in Dr. Saida Desliets' book, Emergence of the Sensual Woman-Awakening Our Erotic Innocence.

Andrew has gathered an assortment of crystals sold in a convenient sensuality kit! This tantilizing kit includes: complete and sexy instructions, (1) medium Shiva Lingam: The True Tantric Stone, (2) varied size crystal eggs, (1) of our famous jade spheres and (2) of our Chinese Ben Wa Balls! (Please note: stone colors and sizes will vary slightly, depending on availability). Also in this kit, 0.5 oz Egyptian Musk: Offering to Goddess Isis sacred oil, sensuous, lubricating Rose Oil and a free download to Andrew's newest ebook "Sensuality Massage -The Art of the Rub".

Deepen and activate your power to explore. It's an invitation to embody what it means to be an erotically alive and compassionate woman. Explore new dimensions of sexuality and consciousness through awakening the erotic innocence of the Feminine. Enjoy better relationships, more vitality and expand your orgasmic potential by cultivating your vital life force (sexual energy).

Product name: "Sacred Tools for Women" Kit: $69.00 Add to Cart

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Your Downloadable E*book:
Sensuality Massage -The Art of the Rub

Deepen and activate your power to explore. It's an invitation to embody what it means to be an erotically alive and compassionate human being. Explore new dimensions of sexuality and consciousness through awakening the erotic innocence, allowing touch to be your form of communication and sharing the tantric energies of your partner. Enjoy better relationships, more vitality and expand your orgasmic potential by cultivating your vital life force (sexual energy) through Sensuality Massage - The Art of the Rub.

Learn more about this great form of expression!



Ben Wa Balls

These finely crafted, authentic Ben Wa Balls or Pleasure Balls have been around since about 500 A.D., used in the orient. Ben Wa Balls were originally meant to provide the man with extra pleasure during intercourse but then it was apparent that Ben Wa Balls had a positive effect on the woman. The feeling of the balls floating freely in the vagina and constantly massaging the vaginal walls caused intense sexual arousal. Thanks to modern knowledge, it is know known that Ben Wa Balls are excellent at strengthening the pubococcygeus (PC) Muscles, also called Kegel exercises. Kegel exercises are recommended to increase the intensity of an orgasm. Ben Wa Balls strengthen the vaginal sphincter and many men and women report intense sensations while the woman squeezes her vaginal muscles tightly around her partner. You will have constant sexual arousal while you are wearing them.

These are small size approximately 40-45mm in diameter and fit comfortably in your hand and comes in a variety of Cloisonné designs.

Now in larger size 65-70mm too!

Feng Shui Cures: For strength and sexual health. Generates, stimulates and strengthens Qi.

Product Name: Ben Wa Balls with silk box $24.95 Add to Cart

Product Name: Big Ben Wa Balls with silk box $34.95 Add to Cart

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Candle with Intention

When the time is right to visit your sacred space, allow us to enlighten the journey. Each of our herbal magic candles has been designed with a specific intention using a unique blend of essential oils. Each candle comes with an affirmation and inspirational message.



Seduction is a sensory blend of Musk, Patchouli, Pine, Cedar, Juniper. Use to attract a lusty relationship. Use in combination with our Love candle to put a spark back into a mundane relationship. This candle is a "self object". A self object is an object that is a reflection of our self, a reflection upon which we can act. The candle reflects the spiritual and ethical changes we would like to bring about in ourselves as we heal the body, mind and soul.




Power is a sensory blend of Clove, Musk, Patchouli. Use your candle to create a positive mind space for empowerment. Helpful for maintaining balance, inner attunement and a strength within your life. Light and burn your candle for 20 minutes. Resight the affirmation. Blow out your candle and allow your intention to go to work.





Harmony is a sensory blend of Orange Blossom, Rose, Sassafras, Juniper, Myrrh, Dragon's Blood. Use your harmony candle to create a harmonious and happy environment. Use as a cleansing and energizing tool to resonate with energy on a higher vibration.

Product Name: Reiki Charged Pillar $9.95 Add to Cart

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Candle Gift Set Collection

Our Candle Gift Set Collection is one of our top selling products. The line has been lovingly and mindfully created to celebrate life and it's special occasions. Each collection comes with four square candles uniquely designed with complementary colors and scents, and wrapped with a beautiful illustrative band. They make great gifts for any occasion.

Romance is a set of 4 candles uniquely created to embody one of the four basic elements of romance. It includes Friendship, Seduction, Love and Harmony scents.

Product Name: Candle Gift Set Collection $9.95 Add to Cart

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Angel's Mist Massage Oils

Ocean-This delighful oil is light Grapeseed based with the calming, tranquil sensation of Coconut and Chamomile essential oil.
Garden-This wonderful oil is Sunflower based with the nurturing scent Bulgarian Rose, White Gardenia and French Lavender essential oils.
Meadow-This alluring oil is Safflower based with the soothing aroma of Oriental Sandalwood and aromatic Juniper essential oil.
Woodland-This pleasing oil is Sweet Almond based with the centering combinations of Baltic Cedarwood and Canadian Pine essential oils.

Product Name:"Angel's Mist" Massage Oil 6oz. $15.00 Add to Cart

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Angel's Mist Massage/Body Lotion

Water soluble based lotion, provides good, smooth absorption with long-lasting staying power. Great "Glide" for massage, as a moisturizer, and a skin hydrator. Blended with healing Essential oils. Choose from: Ocean Breeze, Citrus Twist, Lavender Fields or Romantic Glow.

Product Name: "Angel's Mist" Body Lotion 6oz. $12.00Add to Cart

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Hot Stone Massage Oil

We have formulated these beautifully scented oils especially for hot stone massage! It provides good, smooth absorption with long-lasting staying power. Massage it into your hot stones too! Great "glide" for massage, as a moisturizer, and a skin hydrator. These unique blends are created with healing essential oils. All these oils are infused with real basalt stones! Choose from:

Calm: Soothing grape seed oil combined with relaxing Lavender and Clary Sage essential oils.

Emotional Balance: Restoring sunflower oil combined with peaceful Geranium and Rose essential oils.

Increase Circulation: Invigorating safflower oil combined with stimulating Rosemary and Sweet Orange essential oils.

Pain Care: Healing jojoba oil combined with relieving Eucalyptus and Ginger essential oils.

Product Name: "HotStone" Massage Oil 8 oz. $15.00 Add to Cart

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Chakra Massage Oil

Created by Andrew for his acupuncture and energy medicine practice, Chakra Massage Oil is a hand blended oil infused with 7 real crystals representing each chakra energy center. Andrew blends light sunflower oil with healing jojoba oil and gives you the option of enjoying a non scented oil or a light scent of Angel's Mist Essential Oil of Lavender. These oils are enhanced with the energy of earth's amazing gemstones. Our special process infuses the bio-electric energy from the gemstones into the oils without damaging the healing properties. This product is essential for any skin type in order to enrich and moisturize and balance the ph levels of the dermis.

Product Name: Chakra Massage Oil 8oz. $19.00 Add to Cart

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Crystal Body Oil

This is one of Andrew's most unique creations. Crystal Body Oil is a non scented oil infused with real crystals within a blend of jojoba and sesame oils, the two best natural oils for the skin. These oils are enhanced with the energy of earth's amazing gemstones. Our special process infuses the bio-electric energy from the gemstones into the oils without damaging the healing properties. This product is essential for any skin type in order to enrich and moisturize, as well as balance the ph levels of the dermis. Andrew has differentiated these oils based on the crystal's properties and their association with the skin.

Quartz Crystal Body Oil: The most neutral, over all healing oil (Crown Chakra)
Amethyst Crystal Body Oil: Cooling, detoxing, destressing oil (Third Eye Chakra)
Blue Chelcedony Crystal Body Oil: Soothing, flowing self expressiing oil (Throat Chakra)
Aventurine Crystal Body Oil: Emotional, loving, heart-healing oil (Heart Chakra)
Amber Crystal Body Oil: Warming, empowering, skin problem oil (Solar Plexus Chakra)
Carnelian Crystal Body Oil: Reproductive health, energizing oil (Spleen/Naval Chakra)
Jasper Crystal Body Oil: Grounding, centering oil (Root/Base Chakra)

Product Name: Crystal Body Oil 8oz. $19.00 Add to Cart

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Sexy Single Herb Tinctures

Herbal tinctures are concentrated liquid extracts of the medicinal properties of herbs. Tinctures represent one of many different ways to prepare and use herbs. The terms tincture and extract are often used interchangeably. Single Herb Tinctures are an effective way to take herbal medicine. For increasing blood flow and sex drive, may we recommend: Damiana, Dong Quai, Ginkgo Biloba, Ginseng, Muira Puama, Nettle, Oat Straw or Yohimbe Bark. There is a variety of sizes. Choose from:

Our "Kare Kit" is any three single herb tinctures at a 10% discount. Add to Cart

Product Name: Herbal Extract Tinctures- 2 oz bottles $19.00 Add to Cart

Product Name: Herbal Extract Tinctures- 4 oz bottles $35.00 Add to Cart

Product Name: Herbal Extract Tinctures- 8 oz bottles $44.00 Add to Cart

Product Name: Herbal Extract Tinctures- 16 oz bottles $85.00 Add to Cart

Product Name: Herbal Extract Tinctures- 32 oz bottles $125.00 Add to Cart

Product Name: Herbal Extract Tinctures- 1 gallon $245.00 Add to Cart

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Enticing Herbal Formulas

These are a combination of herbal extract tinctures blended together for specific situations. We blend the best of single herbs together to create a very potent herbal formula. To enhance great sex, may we recommend: Circulation Support, Ginseng Energy, Male Power, Mood Support, Passion and Women's Balance

Product Name: Herbal Extract Combinations- 2oz bottles $21.00 Add to Cart

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Male Performance

This all natural remedy for vitality is used to help increase libido, and sperm count and testosterone levels. This is a safe herbal granule blend in capsules developed by our Chinese medicine specialist based on a traditional blend of herbs used for centuries. This amazing formula's ingredients include epimedium leaf and ligustrum fruit. (Based on personal research, Andrew recommends 2,000 mg in divided doses of the amino acid L-Arginine to compliment the action of these great herbs). No artifical ingredients. Laboratory tested for heavy metals and pesticides. These capsules are vegan, all natural and gluten free vegatable capsules. Take 2 caps, twice a day,(morning and evening). Serving per container, 100.

Product Name: Male Performance $38.00 Add to Cart

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Shiva Lingams: The True Tantric Stone

Shiva Lingams originate at the Narmada River in the central western part of India, which is one of India's seven holy sites. Accessible only during the dry season, these stones are collected from the river bed. Lord Shiva is the supreme being revered by Hindus, and this fertility stone is often worshipped as his embodiment. Lingam describes the egg-like shape that is hand-polished to balanced proportions. Lingam is the sacred Sanskrit word for phallus.

In Tantra, the shape embodies the masculine energy; dynamic expression and knowledge. The markings or Yoni depicts female energy; wisdom and intuition. The Tantric Shiva Lingam unifies the dualistic female/male world into harmonious balance. This Sacred Stone relates to the Heart Chakra representing the harmony and balance of the soul that is maintained within the hearts of all of us. It also represents the Spleen/Sacral Chakra representing the stimulation of your reproductive organs.

The Shivas pictured, are approximately 1 1/2 inches in length, (small). and approximately 2 1/2 - 3 inches in length (medium)

Product Name: Shiva Lingam (small) $18.00 Add to Cart

Product Name: Shiva Lingam (medium) $38.00 Add to Cart

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Shiva Drop Tantric Stone

This sensual pendant represents the Tantric principles of duality! It is one of the "passion stones". These phallus stones have been gathered from the Narmada River in the central western part of India, which is one of India's seven holy sites. Accessible only during the dry season, these stones are collected from the river bed. I have paired them with a silver bale and cobra chain! These stones measure 1". These are very unique, natural stones, no 2 pieces are exactly alike.

Lingam is the sacred Sanskrit word for phallus. In Tantra, the shape embodies the masculine energy; dynamic expression and knowledge. The markings or Yoni depicts female energy; wisdom and intuition. The Tantric Shiva Lingam unifies the dualistic female/male world into harmonious balance. This Sacred Stone relates to the Heart Chakra, and represents the harmony and balance of the soul that is maintained within the hearts of all of us. Shiva Lingham stones are used for spiritual detox, allowing us to see the higher knowledge within ourselves. The stone gives us the capacity for hanging on to the beliefs which work the best for us and letting go of those beliefs which no longer serve us. When used during meditation, lingam shows us how to connect with our physical and spiritual energies and therefore, our higher selves.

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Angle Bolster

The Angle Bolster is a foam-filled bolster; It provides extra support and comfort and helps to relieve muscle strain in ANY position. 19.5 inches x 10 inches x 27 inches. It can assist in reaching the "hard to get to" areas and can easily adjust to your needs. Click add to cart to choose your color!

Product name: Angle Bolster $65.00 Add To Cart



Crystal Elixirs

These wonderfully scented oils come in .05 ounce roll-on bottles and contain genuine crystals in vibrationally compatible essential oil blends. They are fantastic for Chakra work, energy healing, as an Aura Balancer, as a balancing perfume oil or simply as a "refresher" for your Gem Potpourri. $9.95


Choose from:
Carnelian-Passion/Sexuality: Musk, Patchouli
Amethyst Oil-Meditation/Psychic Awareness: Lavender, Sandalwood
Aventurine Oil-Emotional Healing/Good Luck: Peppermint, Rosemary
Blue Topaz-Harmony/Balance: Clary Sage, Lavender
Citrine-Awareness/Power: Orange, Lemon
Clear Quartz-Enlightenment/Spirituality: Sandalwood, Rose
Garnet-Inspiration/Self Love: Rose, Ylang Ylang
Hematite-Courage/Protection: Cedarwood, Pine
Iolite-Truth/Heartfelt: Lavender, Rose
Moonstone-Love Drawing/Intution: Jasmine, Nightbloom
Obsidian-Letting Go/Protection: Thyme, Patchouli
Peridot-Healing/Wealth: Spearmint, Peppermint
Red Jasper-Energy/Grounding: Cedar, Clove
Rose Quartz-Heart Awakening/Self Love: Rose, Tuberose
Smoky Quartz-Protection/Spirit Lifting: Orange, Musk
Tiger's Eye-Money Drawing/Will Power: Sandalwood, Cedar
Tourquoise-Friendship/Healing: Lemon, Neroli

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A Drop of Passion

Passion is an intense emotion compelling feeling, enthusiasm, or desire for something. Passion is the creative, stimulating or empowering drive behind your favored actions. The joining of Rhodonite, Rose Quartz and Garnet unites our heart with our sexuality. Garnet stimulates our creative expression of love and passion. Rose Quartz and Rhodonite remove and heal any blocks in our hearts so that we can be true creative selves. This can relate to the Law of Rhythm. Want to know more?

These are very unique, handcrafted stone combinations, each item individually made, so no 2 pieces are exactly alike. This necklace is approximately 3/4 to 1 inch in diameter. All transformers come with black satin cord and satin pouch and include helpful information on how to work with your transformer stones.

Product Name: A Drop of Passion Necklace $39.95 Add to Cart

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Transformational Soulmate Amulet

The Soulmate Amulet contains Rose Quartz, known as the love stone. Rhodonite, notorious for springing love into action. Garnet stimulates compassion & love. Amethyst is a conscious healing stone, giving divine love awareness. It is believed that when Rose Quartz and Amethyst are used together, the direction of energy is transformed into awakened consciousness to self-love. When worn, the wearer will initiate a time of nurturing and forgiveness, reprogramming the heart to love itself.

'You are a wonder to my soul, a breath of beauty. Your spirit dances upon my heart, as only two spirits blend into one.'

These are very unique, handcrafted stone combinations, each item individually made, so no 2 pieces are exactly alike.

Amulets are approximately 1 to 1 1/2 inches in diameter. All amulets come with black satin cord and satin pouch.

Product Name: Transformational Amulet $39.95 Add to Cart

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Crystal Empowerment Pouches

These pouches are individually filled with several crystals to strengthen and enhance the best energy for each situation. Each suede pouch comes with several crystals and best way to use, cleanse and energize them in order to get what you want out of life!! Choose from:

Love Pouch: Rose Quartz, Rhodonite, Sugilite, Unakite

Astral Travel Pouch: Angelite, Obsidian, Moonstone, Quartz
Luck Pouch: Chrysoprase, Moonstone, Jade, Tiger's Eye
Happiness Pouch: Citrine, Moonstone, Onyx, Quartz
Healing Pouch: Quartz, Sodalite, Sugilite, Turquoise
Money Pouch: Amazonite, Aventurine, Citrine, Tiger's Eye
Protection Pouch: Bloodstone, Carnelian, Hematite, Obsidian
Psychic Awareness: Amethyst, Herkimer Diamond, Blue Agate, Tiger's Eye
Stress: Agate Stone, Amethyst, Quartz, Rhodonite
Weight Loss Pouch: Sodalite, Amethyst, Obsidian, Apatite
Work Place Pouch: Hematite, Amethyst, Citrine Chelcedony

Product Name: Empowerment Pouches $14.95 Add to Cart

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Aromatic Love Kit

Discover the many ways these natural mood enhancers can complement any romantic love experience. This sampler gives you several different ways to experience the power of the metaphysical. This set includes A Crystal Empowerment Pouch with four crystals that can be scented like potpourri and information on their mood enhancing properties, Crystal Elixir perfume/bath oil, An herbal pillar candle with a Love Affirmation, Rose scented Sea Salt Bath Crystals, Our famous Aphrodisiac stick incense, assorted cone incense and a portable incense holder.

Product Name: Aromatic Love Kit $39.95 Add to Cart

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The Deluxe Meditation Kit

Meditation can ready us for sex! Meditation will calm an agitated mind, creating optimal physical and mental health, undo our sense of separateness, which is the common root of fear and misery, unify consciousness, putting us in touch with our higher self and connect us to higher consciousness. Meditation restructures the mind, allowing us to achieve our full potential as human beings. This powerful tool teaches you a life-long discipline granting you the power of self-love and realization. This powerful tool teaches you a life-long discipline granting you the power of self-love and realization.

This beautiful kit features the "How to Guide" to Meditation, a pack of our Sacred Incense, an Incense Holder, an Amethyst Crystal (the "stone of meditation"), our Herbal Pillar Candle and a Meditation Music CD.

Product Name:The Meditation Kit $35.00 Add to Cart

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The Deluxe Incense Set

Set the mood! The unbelievable power of exotic scents can align our mind and spirit and help in relieving stress, calming the central nervous system and stimulating our emotional centers. This "scentful" 10 piece set features the "Guide To Working With Incense", a pack of our Sacred Incense Sticks, Sage Incense, Cone Incense, Powdered Incense, Herbal Incense, Feng Shui Incense, A natural seashell vessel, a pack of charcoal, and two different incense holders!

Product Name:The Deluxe Incense Set $28.50 Add to Cart

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Botanical Healer Candles

When the time is right to visit your sacred space, allow us to enlighten the journey. Each of our herbal magic candles has been designed with a specific intention using a unique blend of essential oils. Approximately 12 inches tall, they are long burning and will burn 80-100 hours. Each candle comes with an affirmation and inspirational message to help you bring your wish to fruition!

Choose from:

Abundance -Clove, Citronella, Lemon Balm, Cinnamon, Nutmeg
Ascended Masters & Guides - Dragon's Blood, Olive Oil, Saffron, Peppermint, Musk
Astral Journey - Rosemary, Frankincense, Myrrh, Citronella, Cypress
Compassion - Orange Blossom, Vanilla, Chamomile
Confidence - Pine, Patchouli, Salt, Cypress
Courage - Grapefruit, Pine, Rosemary
Creativity - Iris, Rose, Cinnamon
Dreams - Lavender, Rosemary, Ylang Ylang
Friendship - Musk, Carnation, Wisteria
Good Health - Clove, Nutmeg, Lemon Balm, Poppy Seed, Cedar, Honeysuckle, Juniper
Harmony - Orange Blossom, Rose, Sassafras, Juniper, Myrrh, Dragon's Blood
Healing - Cedar, Ocean, Lemon Balm, Heather
Housewarming - Cinnamon, Apple, Orange
Joy - Plumeria, Jasmine, Sandalwood
Laughter - Citrus
Love - Olive Oil, Patchouli, Rose, Clove, Lavender, Dragon's Blood
Manifest A Miracle - Magnolia, Honeysuckle, Rose
Money - Clove, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Myrrh, Citronella
Mother - Orange Blossom, Chamomile, Vanilla
Motivation - Sunflower, Myrrh, Frankincense
Peace - Vanilla, Clove, Myrrh, Ginger Root, Caraway
Positive Energy - Frankincense, Dragon's Blood, Sandalwood, Saffron
Power - Clove, Musk, Patchouli
Problem Solving - Rosemary, Honey, Honeysuckle
Protection - Frankincense, Sandalwood, Rosemary, Clove

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Soy Candles

Our Rich, Scented Soy Candles come in a modern decorative square jar and are made with healing soy and fresh scented oils. This 11oz. candle has a burn time of about 70 - 80 hours. A votive candle can be used numerous times as a replacement in the beautiful glass container. They are wonderfully scented in the following scents , Cinnamon, Lilac, Lavender, Ocean, Rose, Vanilla.

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The Metaphysical Sampler

This beautiful gift set includes 2 varieties of Incense, an Incense Holder, one of our famous Crystal Healing Pouch and properties, one 0.5 ounce bottle of Crystal Elixir perfume oil, Herbal Candle with affirmation and Color Therapy bath salts.

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Negative Energy Kit

Whether you are fighting the forces of evil, through the negative thoughts or actions of another, dealing with psychic attack, having a hard time coping with unsettling energies, being burdened by negative emotional patterns or energy vampires... this kit is for YOU!

My Negative Energy Kit has been created with genuine ingredients obtained from historically true and positive sources. My formulas for combating negativity and malicious energies are the result of my work and research with thousands of different case studies. These are tried and true solutions for working against those energies, that wish to suppress our creativity, our ability to grow and our loving spiritual connections! These are the exact same solutions I give my patients and now offer to anyone wishing to improve and protect their life path.

My Negative Energy Kit works with the traditional cleansing elements of water, fire, air and earth as I infuse a combination of negative energy fighting tools including sea salt, crystals, incense, herbs, essential oils, candle and color, which are harmonious with the work to be done. This is a complete system, leaving no stone unturn in its approach to achieving your specific goal!

My Negative Energy Kit was designed to cleanse and clear negative energy from any room, home or large space that needs protection. This kit also includes my ritual bath. I have infused specific herbs, oils and salt in an extra large bath bag. This bath is done to cleanse and protect you.

This kit includes:

- Sweetgrass Incense braid
- Coarse Deep Sea Salt
- 4 of the most powerful Crystals for dispeling negativity.
- 4 Whte Sachet bags
- Power of Intention Signature Candle
- 4 oz. Aura Myst Clearing Spray
- Your Personal Herbal Cleansing Bath
- The Protection Bracelet
- Positive Thoughts and Affirmations
- Complete Instructional Booklet on what to say, what to do, how to do it

This kit comes complete with every element you need to rid yourself and your surroundings of malicious, negative energies and the approach to keep it clear forever!

Product Name: Negative Energy Kit $74.95 Add to Cart

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Fertility Quartz

The Sceptre Crystal or fertility stone is considered a naturally formed crystal that belongs to the quartz family. These crystals can have a unique clarity that almost looks like water. The crystal actually looks like a ruler's sceptre; a rod at the base with a crown-like configuration on the top. The clearer the point on the sceptre the stronger it's ability as a healing tool. This crystal has an excellent configuration for the transmission of directional energy. Because of the phallic point, it is believed to harness' the energies of quartz as a tool to enhance fertility.

Sceptres act as a purifier and tunes into the frequency of each individual. Will unblock specific areas or organs blocked from transmitting or receiving the flow of energy throughout the body. Helpful in guiding our search for the meaning and importance of existence. It will amplify the effects of individual stones and attune the treatment to the energy of an individual person. These fertility stones are tiny pocket size stones that are approximately 3/4 to 1 1/4 inches tall and make it easy to carry with you as needed. It assists in meditation and can be used in conjunction with any other stone or gem for specific physical problems.

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Ritual Baths for Empowerment

A ritual is a set of actions, performed for their symbolic value or to reach an outcome. Brushing your teeth or eating breakfast is a ritual. We do them everyday. A ritual bath or magic ceremony involving the use of water to immerse or anoint a subject's body and prepare them to be more aware, conscious and open for new opportunites. It can be used to cleanse the mind, the body, as well as embrace the spirit. Ritual baths can clear negative energies and prepare yourself for accomplishments.

My ritual baths are made with genuine ingredients obtained from historically true magical sources. My formulas are the result of my research with recipes from my mentor and teachers of metaphysical studies, ancient Chinese medicine remedies I have learned and Classical Wiccan practices. These are tried and true bathing rituals I give to my patients and now offer to anyone wishing to improve their life path.

My ritual baths work with the traditional cleansing element of water and infuses a combination of sea salt, crystals, herbs, essential oils and color, which are harmonious with the work to be done. This is a complete system, leaving no stone unturn in its approach to achieving a specific goal!

I have infused all these elements in an extra large tea bag. Simply run your bath water, state the intention provided and add the ritual tea bag to the water. Follow the instructions and enjoy your bath.

Please note: these are serious rituals that work! I have spared no expense in organizing these ancient formulas for all to take advantage of. Your true intention is an important element in the ritual and I hope you honor the process. All these rituals start with two of my mantras: "do no harm" and "be careful what you wish for". I have created over 50 rituals for empowerment. Click the Add to cart link to choose the ones you need most.

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Feng Shui Pouches

These crystals can be used in any room for a fast and effective way to clear the energy, calm the mind, body, spirit, bring good health, assist in bringing in wealth and for finding help in love and romance. Hold the I Ching coin in your hand as you place one stone in each corner of the room you need help in. Say the positive affirmation that is included in each pouch. This is a great feng shui tool that anyone can use! Choose from:

Love/Romance: 4 Rose Quartz tumblestones, 1 I Ching Coin
Declutter/Clearing: 4 Clear Quartz tumblestones, 1 I Ching Coin
Calm/Meditation: 4 Amethyst tumblestones, 1 I Ching Coin
Good Health: 4 Aventurine tumblestones, 1 I Ching Coin
Wealth/Fortune: 4 Jade tumblestones, 1 I Ching Coin

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Complete Chakra Healer Kit

The Complete Chakra Healer Kit are the seven healing crystals used for complete balancing and healing of the Chakra energy system. The Chakra are energy centers that seem to be aligned with the major nerve plexus centers in the body. This set includes your seven healing crystals to align your Chakra, all come smudged (blessed), in a silk gift bag, with complete instructions, tips, and specific healing information on how to balance, re-align and improve your energies around these major nerve centers. $29.95

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Aura Crystal Cleanse Kit

The Aura Crystal Cleanse Kit utilize the colors of the aura and provide a guide in understanding our emotions, consciousness, energy processes and centers. This kit includes seven color healing stones coordinating to the seven energy layers and accupressure points, as well as One quartz point to complete the total aura balancing. All come smudged (blessed), in its silk gift bag, with complete instructions, aura-color therapy cleansing tips, and healing information on each layer of the aura. $35.00

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Complete HotStone Set

We are very proud of our HotStone Massage Therapy Set. It is a fantastic supplement for any massage therapist, spa therapist or holistic healer. The Complete Set has:

* Complete step by step written instructions
*HotStone Massage Therapy DVD
*HotStone Facial Massage DVD
*HotStone massage techniques
*Tips for Body and Facial Work
*50 Variety sizes of Baltic River Rocks
*7 Chakra Stones
*8 Cold Stones
*Hot Stone Crystal Facial Kit including:
*8 Peripheral Baltic Facial Stones
*1 Hematite
*1 Blue Turquoise
*2 Amethyst
*2 Quartz
*2 Jade Tumbled Palm Stones
* As a BONUS, we include a 6 oz. bottle of our wonderful Angel's Mist Massage Oil and the 8 Toe Stones "FREE"!
*We will also include a "SPECIAL DEAL" on the HotStone Thermal Blanket.
*We will also include a "SPECIAL DISCOUNT" on our MASSAGE TABLES!

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PLEASE NOTE: All of the stones we sell are natural stones with all the variation that nature can provide, including variation in shape and color, and may have some natural folds or texture. These variations will not be felt by your client during hot stone massage. We hand-pick the stones, to be sure you do not receive any with cracks or sharp edges. If, by any chance, you receive cracked stones, or stones with sharp edges, they will be replaced free of charge. Returns for natural variations in the stone will not be accepted.

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Love Teas

Sexy Teas can set the mood! Herbal excitement comes in the form of natural herbal teas combined with the best ingredients for creating a warming, loving, exciting atmosphere! Here are some of our suggestions:

Aphrodisiac Tea A great mood enhancer and helps to amplify the libido. Increases blood flow through the body and allows a warm sense of stimulation. Damiana, Rosehips, Gota Kola, Ginko, Shiazandra Beny, Murita Punanma Root, Yohimbe, Sasparilla, Siberian Ginseng, Stevia.
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Energy Tea No caffeine. Provides important vitamins and minerals. Increase blood flow, circulation, and oxygenation. Decreases fatigue and depression by stimulating the nervous system. Blackberry Leaf, Sarsaparilla Root, Siberian Ginseng Root, Muira Puama, Ginger Root, Roasted Chicory Root, Roasted Dandelion Root, Guarana Root.
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Female Balance Tea Helps restore balance to hormones, estrogen and nourish the female system! Builds the reproductive system. Chase Tree Berry, Schizandra, Fo-Ti, Rosebuds, Nettle, Red Raspberry, Peppermint, Strawberry Leaf, Blessed Thistle, Stevia.
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Ceylon Orange Pekoe Tea- Ceylon tea comes from partially fermenting young tea leaves and is revered as a lively classic with a smooth taste that is not too bitter to the palate. It makes a very nice afternoon tea and works great with snacks. A very robust and fragrant tea blend sure to give you pleasure! Contains caffeine.
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Jasmine Tea, Floral - Jasmine tea is characterized by tea flavor as well as the fragrance of jasmine flower. Top grade Jasmine tea always has enduring fragrance and unforgettable aftertaste. Jasmine tea is made through scenting tea with fresh flower buds. This fabulous "all purpose" tea is full of flavor! Contains caffeine.
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Male Balance Tea Stimulating mixture of herbs and minerals. Builds vital energy. Strengthens the adrenal and reproductive glands. Useful in circulatory problems, diabetes, lack of energy, and stress. 4 Ginsengs including Suma Pata, Iotal, Horse Chestnut, Muria Punama, Schizandra Berry, Hawthorn Berry.
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These medicinal health blends of nature's most appropriate herbs are combined to make these tea blends just right! Our delightful teas are sold in 4 oz. or 1 lb blends.

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Sexual Health

Our most sexual organ is the brain! Our minds can create the most perfect fantasies or sexual relationships. It is the power of our minds that can enhance the desired sexual experiences and is what realizes our Sexual Health.

Sexual health refers to the many factors that impact sexual function and reproduction. These factors include a variety of physical, mental and emotional issues. Disorders that affect any of these factors can impact a person's physical and emotional health, as well as his or her relationships and self-image.

Aspect of our sexual health may includewhether anyone will find us sexually desirable, whether we will ever enjoy sex again, whether we can still have children or whether our sexual partners will stay with us,

Our "sexual-esteem" or positive reverence for and confidence in our capability to experience our sexuality in a satisfying and enjoyable way are all a part of our sexual health and are a very important part of our well being.


Tantric Energy: Sacred Sexuality

Passion: is feeling physically aroused and attracted to someone. Passion is what makes you feel "in love" and is the feeling most associated with love. It also rises quickly and strongly influences and biases your judgment. Passionate love involves continuously thinking about the loved one and also involves warm sexual feelings and powerful emotional reactions.

The Tantric school of thought combines the principles of yoga and meditation to weave together sensuality and spirituality. It is rooted in ancient Hindu and Buddhist texts and practices dating back to the sixth century A.D.

A loose tradition to begin with, Tantric teachings offer no clear record of their origins, even when it comes to the meaning of the term Tantra, which has been variously defined as "web," "weaving," "expansion," and "liberation." No matter what the definition, at the heart of Tantra is honest communication, creating intimacy and realization.

Realization that your self is infinite and beyond space and time. Realization that leads to complete peace of mind and contentment. It does not require you to change your spiritual beliefs in order for the process to work.

20 Sacred Sexual Secrets

1.Be In The Moment: Most people miss what is going on for them in the moment. Be present for the fun.

2. Make Conditions Right: Turn off the TV, get focused, feel rested and take advantage of the desire.

3. Cultivate Sexual Mindfulness: Be playful, attentive, erotic and be involved in the sensory moment.

4. Create A Sensual Atmosphere: Utilize the power of light, the scent of aromatherapy, the magic of incense and the toning of music.

5. Entice with Natural Aphrodisiacs: Nature holds the key to with sensual foods with a reputation such as oysters, cocoa and juicy fruits.

6. Open Your Mind: Expectations can kill the moment! Try things that empower, enlighten and return you to the magic of youthful energy.

7. Let Go of Fears: Inhibitions are useless and block who you really aspire to be. This is really the time to complete who you are. The more you let go of your fears, the more highly aroused and more deeply impacted you will be by the sexual experience.

8. Be In Tune With Your Surroundings: Feel each sensation, your breathing, your environment, your sounds, your motions. Whether you are alone or with a partner, be conscious.

9. Experience The Power of Color: Use color therapy by incorporating candles of color, lingerie, lighting or fabric in order to bring color into your environment.

10. Use Your Chakra Energies: The Chakra are stations along the central axis of your being. Each one is a point at which energy can be expressed in a certain set of actions, attitudes and emotions.

11. Rev Up Your Kundalini: This major life force energy is an ancient system originating from India that helps the student awaken and emerge their spiritual natures.

12. Give Up Control: Allow for the give and take of each others' lead. The giving up of power can be just as arousing!

13. Flow With The Rhythm: Entrainment is the tendency of two oscillating bodies to lock into phase, so that they vibrate in harmony.

14. Take Your Time: Only by exploring the erotic landscape, savoring all of the body's hot spots, can we find a road to ultimate fulfillment.

15. Express Your Joys: If it works, let your partner know. Being vocal about your pleasure may help entice your partner. If it's not, show them where it can.

16. To Release or Not To Release: Whether you're a believer in the great release of energy or simply transmuting this sexual energy through other channels, there is always pleasure through a Sacred Union.

17. Reach New Heights: Rediscover the deep interrelationship between sexuality and spirituality.

18. Sex Is The Common Denominator: Sex is the energetic healer of our mind, body, and spirit.

19. Honor Pleasure As A Divine Gift: Sex is the most honest aspect of the Universal creative life force, which electrifies every stage of our life.

20. Cultivate Pure Ecstasy: The goal of your Tantric practice is to bring high states of sexual arousal while remaining completely relaxed.


Sexual Addiction

Sexual addiction is rapidly becoming recognized as a major social problem with similarities more well-known to alcohol and drug addiction or compulsive gambling. We are becoming accustomed to hearing about sexual scandals in our communities, in the workplace, in churches and schools, even in the White House, involving those in which we place our trust. And sometimes we experience shocking sexual discoveries in our own families, involving people we know personally. Many of these situations are better understood if we have some knowledge about sexual addiction.

Based on a 10-year research study of 1500 sexual addicts, Carnes has estimated that about 8% of the total population of men in the US are sexually addicted, and about 3% of women. That translates into over 15 million women and men who suffer from this problem.

Some Characteristics of Sex Addiction

The sex is shameful. The addict feels shame about what he or she is doing, or more accurately, about what he or she has done, usually immediately after engaging in sex acts that violate some of the person's standards. Or the shame may be denied by calling it normal for "a real man," or by focusing on others: "She wanted it," or by engaging in it again right away so the shame is exchanged for pleasure. Thus a married man may feel remorse after having sex with his best friend's wife, rationalize that his friend wasn't sexually satisfying her, and avoid going to bed with his own wife afterward by staying up and masturbating while watching a movie on the sex channel.

The sex is secret. The sex addict more and more comes to live a double life--perhaps well-known, respected and admired in his visible life but secretly engaging regularly in sexual acts that would be shocking to those who know and love him. So a sexually addicted minister could be revered on Sunday morning for preaching on the sinfulness of adultery and fornication and then engage in those behaviors himself at a modeling studio or adult bookstore on Monday afternoon, having told the church staff or his family a lie about his whereabouts. Or a gay man might tell his relationship partner that he is going to visit a friend but goes to a park to cruise for anonymous sex instead.

The sexual behavior is abusive. It violates someone else's choice or exceeds their understanding. There is the man who manipulates or coerces his date into being sexual with him; the woman in a partially unbuttoned blouse who bends down toward an unsuspecting male coworker and "accidentally" exposes her whole breast; or the man who seeks out crowded shopping malls so he can meander among the throng to "cop a feel." Or adult men and women who manipulate the trust of children and abuse their power over them by tricking them into performing sexual acts with them. This is exemplified by the teacher who becomes sexual with a student, a scandal we've seen recently in the news, or the neighbor who hires a boy to mow the lawn and then invites the child inside and lures him into sex. The sex may also be abusive to the sex addict him or herself, such as masturbating to the point of physical injury or cutting or pinching oneself for sexual arousal.

"Sexuality needs to be a balanced desire with someone we admire."

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Safe Sex Tips

1. Use latex condom for vaginal and anal intercourse. Use water-based lubricant (K-Y, Astroglide, and Probe); oil-containing products (Crisco, Vaseline, baby oil, lotion, and whipped cream) can destroy latex. A drop of lube inside the condom may increase sensitivity. Don't use saliva as a lubricant.

2. Other contraceptive devices do not protect against AIDS. Product containing nonoxyno1-9 (a spermicide) can kill HIV and may provide extra protection, but should not be relied on alone. Some studies show that nonoxyno1-9 can cause genital irritation that may promote HIV infection, especially with very frequent intercourse. The effects of ingesting nonoxyno1-9 are unstudied.

3. Blood-to-blood contact is the most direct route of HIV transmission. Sharing needles (for drug steroids piercing or tattooing) razors or any implement that draws blood is dangerous since blood may be left on used implements. Clean needles by rinsing several times with bleach then with water. Avoid contact with blood in s/m scenes. Whips or knives that break the skin should not be used on another person until disinfected with bleach or a cleaning solution.

4. Use an unlubricated condom for oral sex if a man will come in your mouth. For oral sex on a woman or oral-anal sex (rimming) use a dental dam (latex square) a condom or latex glove cut to produce a flat sheet or non-microwaveable food wrap. Rinse powder off dams before use. Use all barrier only once and only on one person.

5. Oral sex on a man without ejaculation or on a non-menstruating woman is thought to be low risk activity. There is a risk that HIV could enter through small cuts of opening in the mouth gums of throat. Avoid brushing your teeth two hours before or after oral sex to minimize abrasions.

6. If you share sex toys like dildos or vibrators put on a fresh condom for each user (and when going from anus to vagina) or guard bleach alcohol or soap and water.

7. Use latex gloves for "finger penetration" or fisting to guard the wearer against infection through cuts on the hand or arm and to guard the partner against injury from fingernails.

8. Touching and kissing are safe. It is safe to get semen vaginal fluid or urine on unbroken skin. No AIDS cases have been traced to kissing, including deep (French) kissing.

9. Precautions against HIV infection can protect you from other sexually transmitted diseases such as gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamydia, herpes, yeast infections, amoebiasis, and hepatitis B.

10. Preventing other STDs can in turn minimize your chances of getting HIV infection, since many STDs cause sores in the genital or anal area or around the mouth which can provide a path for HIV transmission.


Supplements for Love, Lust and Libido

Every culture has it's own history and knowledge of aphrodisiacs. Whether it is from their own cultural surroundings or from myths, stories or objects. Even plants were labeled as such because of their shapes and textures.

Staying healthy is your best and number one bet for a great sex life! According to a Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) study reported on in February 1999, about 43 percent of women and 31 percent of men suffer sexual inadequacy for one reason or another. The reasons cited included low desire, performance anxiety, premature ejaculation and/or pain during intercourse. Interestingly, this is thought to actually underestimate the real level of sexual dysfunction in the U.S. While the study didn't look at the specific physical causes of sexual dysfunction, the research indicated that many of the sexual concerns were likely treatable, as they are due to physical and health issues. There are dozens of natural herbal and nutritional herbs that enhance sexual drive and pleasure in both men and women, along with enhanced erections and more satisfying orgasms and climaxes?and some of them are quite powerful. These natural herbs not only enhance libido, but they enhance most aspects of the human sexual response, particularly if they are used in combination.

Androstenedione:

Androstenedione, (pronounced "an-dro-stene-dye-own") is a metabolite of DHEA and a natural precursor of testosterone. For those whose testosterone levels may need a boost, 25-50 mg of androstenedione taken at bedtime, and perhaps again first thing in the morning, will mimic the body's normal diurnal rhythms. The same dose may be taken 30-60 minutes before exercise (for enhanced performance) or after completion of exercise (to enhance muscle recovery and growth). Serum levels of testosterone start rising about 15 minutes after oral administration and stay elevated for around 3 hours. Blood testosterone levels usually peak in around 1 to 1.5 hours after ingestion. Because the elevated testosterone levels swiftly return to normal baseline levels, there is little risk of negative feedback suppression of the hypothalamus, pituitary or testicles.

Arginine:

One of the more popular supplement ingredients for sexual dysfunction is L-arginine, also referred to as arginine. Arginine is required to carry out the synthesis of nitric oxide, a compound that, working through cGMP, relaxes blood vessels and allows more blood to flow through arteries. It has been hypothesized that taking extra arginine will increase nitric oxide levels and increase blood flow to the penis. Arginine appears to offer some modest benefit for sexual dysfunction in men. A double-blind, placebo controlled trial of 50 men with erectile dysfunction tested arginine at a dose of 5,000 mg per day for six weeks. Only about a third of the participants who received arginine showed improvement, but that improvement was greater than the 10% improvement seen in the placebo group. Moreover, erectile dysfunction is caused by a variety of factors. L-arginine may be effective only in those men whose erectile dysfunction is due to low levels of nitric oxide. Studies in animals provide some evidence for effectiveness as well.

Although arginine alone has not been studied as a treatment for sexual dysfunction in women, a reasonably good preliminary double-blind trial found evidence for benefit with a combination treatment providing a daily dose of 2,500 mg of L-arginine, as well as amounts of Panax ginseng, Ginkgo biloba extract, damiana, plus numerous vitamins and minerals. In a four-week, double-blind study, 77 women with decreased libido were given either the combination of these supplements or placebo. As expected, a high percentage of participants taking placebo showed improvement. However, participants taking the product showed statistically greater improvement such as increased reported sexual desire level in 71% of participants given the treatment vs. 42% in the placebo group. Other improvements noted included: relative satisfaction with sex life (74% vs. 37%), improved frequency of orgasms (47% vs. 30%), and improved clitoral sensation (53% vs. 35%). No significant side effects were seen in either group. There have been other studies of arginine for sexual dysfunction in women, but because they were not double-blind, placebo-controlled trials, they are of little scientific value.

Avena Sativa (Oat Straw):

An extract from wild oats straw, and a rather recent entry to the field of aphrodisiacs. While oats have a long reputation of being the most energizing grain, the alleged sexual effects have not commonly been recognized in previous centuries. Avena sativa is said to free up bound testosterone in both men an women. Most positive effects of testosterone, including sex drive, are attributed to free testosterone, while bound testosterone is mainly a subject of study when enlarged prostates are the primary concern. Although not much research has been done, there is much anecdotal evidence to suggest that it not only stimulates the interest to have sex but enable more and better orgasms.

Chrysin:

A bioflavonoid called Chrysin has shown potential as a natural aromatase-inhibitor. Chrysin can be extracted from various plants. Body builders have used it as a testosterone boosting supplement. Chrysin, commonly found in the plant Passiflora coerulea, is structurally defined as 5,7-dihydroxy-flavone. Chrysin has demonstrated an ability to maximize testosterone by inhibiting aromatase activity.* Aromatase is the enzyme responsible for the conversion of androstenedione and testosterone into esterone and esterdiol respectively. Testosterone is responsible for increases in lean body mass and strength. Chrysin is also a potent antioxidant that possesses vitamin-like effects in the body. It has been shown to induce an anti-inflammatory effect. Chrysin has one other property that could add to its libido-enhancing potential. A major cause of sexual dissatisfaction among men is work-related stress and anxiety as well as "sexual performance anxiety" that prevents them from being able to achieve erections when they are expected to.

Cocoa:

Yes, chocolate can be a pleasure herb. Compounds known as phenylethyamines work like natural neurotransmitter dopamine with epinephrine (also known as adrenalin) creating an elevation of senses and feelings of well being. So there is something to be said about that pound of chocolate for valentines day. These compounds are found in dark chocolate, NOT milk chocolate.

Damiana (Turnera Diffusa):

Damiana leaves have been used as an aphrodisiac and to boost sexual potency by the native peoples of Mexico, including the Mayan Indians. The two species used in herbal healing, both of which are referred to as damiana, are Turnera aphrodisiaca and Turnera diffusa. Historically damiana has been used to relieve anxiety, nervousness, and mild depression, especially if these symptoms have a sexual component. The herb is also used as a general tonic to improve wellness. Damiana has also been used traditionally to improve digestion and to treat constipation, as in larger doses it is thought to have a mild laxative effect. The libido-boosting power of damiana hasn't been tested in humans, although a liquor made from the leaves has long been used as an aphrodisiac in Mexico. How damiana works as an aphrodisiac is currently not known. It's mild stimulating properties is believed to be the catalyst for women and in men, it is said to irritate the urethra in men therefore sensitizing the penis and making it more responsive to stimulation.

DHEA (dehydroepiandosterone):

This is a natural steroid hormone, one of the hormones produced by the adrenal glands. After being secreted by the adrenal glands, it circulates in the bloodstream as DHEA-sulfate (DHEAS) and is converted as needed into other hormones. DHEA is chemically similar to testosterone and estrogen and is easily converted into those hormones. Though claims abound that DHEA stimulates sexual appetite, no well-controlled trial has investigated the effects of DHEA on sexual activity. However, preliminary research has suggested that it may help improve sexual function in men and women. DHEA has other potential uses, including the treatment of lupus. See dosage.

DIM (diindolylmethane):

This is a plant compound called an indole, and has been shown to help regulate and promote a more efficient metabolism of estrogen, and an optimal ratio of estrogen metabolites. DIM balances estrogen levels, promoting health and well-being. This powerful phytonutrient is found in broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and brussels sprouts, unlike other phytonutrients like soy isoflavones, has no hormonal properties in itself. Men can also benefit from DIM supplementation. Studies show it works indirectly by increasing the activity of enzymes that control estrogen production. DIM boosts levels of "good" estrogens called 2-hydroxy estrogens and reduces levels of "bad" estrogens which are 16-hydroxy and 4-hydroxy estrones. Both forms of "bad" estrogen are carcinogens, and studies show that women with elevated levels of 16-hydroxy estrone have a high rate of breast cancer. There's evidence that benign prostate enlargement and some types of prostate cancer may be related to a buildup of estrogen in that gland, not testosterone. In overweight men because fat cells convert DHEA and testosterone to estrogen, DIM supplementation can be especially helpful. A combination of DHEA and DIM together for one month is a recommended treatment for increasing testosterone levels. See dosage.

Dong Quai (Angelica Sinensis):

Dong quai has been called the "female ginseng" and is excellent as an all purpose women's herb. It has been used for centuries in China for regulating the menstrual cycle and easing menstrual pain and cramping. It can be used to help women regain normal menstrual cycles after taking "the Pill." It has proven helpful for relieving hot flashes during menopause. Dong quai can be used for insomnia and blood pressure stability for both men and women. (The affect on blood pressure can be an overall lowering although sometimes it may rise slightly first, followed by a decline). It can reduce PMS and may help anemia, suppressed menstrual flow, uterine bleeding, abdominal pain after childbirth, dry intestines, chronic pelvic disorders and constipation and headaches due to blood deficiency. Dong quai helps the liver utilize more oxygen and therefore can be useful in treating hepatitis and cirrhosis. It may also help with abnormal protein metabolism. Dong quai helps dilate peripheral blood vessels, increase circulation, and has been used as a mild laxative. Dong quai contains estrogenic substances that may exert some regulating effect on estrogen levels and on estrogenic biological mechanisms. They seem to enhance estrogenic effects when estrogen levels are too low, and compete when levels are too high. This would be in keeping with the idea of a menstrual tonic. It is doubtful if dong quai has any direct estrogenic effects.

Ginseng:

The herb Panax ginseng has a traditional reputation for enhancing sexual function in men. One study supports this use for a particular form of ginseng: the steamed and heat-dried product called red ginseng. This three month double-blind, placebo-controlled study evaluated the effects of Korean red ginseng in 90 men with erectile dysfunction. Participants received either red ginseng at a dose of 1,800 mg daily, the drug trazodone (an antidepressant with marginal effects on erectile dysfunction) and placebo. The results indicated that red ginseng improved erectile function compared to placebo. Contrary to some reports, ginseng does not appear to affect estrogen or testosterone levels, or mimic their effects. Find ginseng granules here.

Ginkgo Biloba:

Ginkgo biloba is an herb that can improves sexual function in men. Case reports and open trials suggest that Ginkgo biloba may be an effective treatment for antidepressant-induced sexual dysfunction in both men and women. Ginkgo not only helps brain circulation but also penile blood flow. A study using a standardized extract showed 78% in regained erections which where known to be caused by poor blood flow.

Holy Basil (Tulsi):

This cortisol modulator supports normal blood sugar and promotes a healthy inflammation response. A gift from the Ayurvedic system of medicine, Holy Basil is the ultimate adaptogen. Holy Basil helps support blood sugar levels already in the normal ranges, supports detoxification, promotes healthy gastric tissue, encourages healthy immune function, and is radioprotective. It contains several biologically active compounds found to support a healthy inflammation response, including eugenol, apigenin, and ursolic acid. Holy Basil contain the most active constituents: eugenol, caryophyllenes, and triterpenoic acids, including ursolic acid and oleanolic acids. This herb also goes by the name of Tulsi

Horny Goat Weed (Herba Epimedium grandiflorum):

Yin Yang Huo in Traditional Chinese Medicine which has been loosely translated by some as "licentious goat plant" and explains why Western supplement companies have adopted the titillating name by which it is known in the U.S: (horny goat weed). Epimedium is grown as an ornamental herb in Asia and the Mediterranean region, and various species are used for medicinal purposes. The use of epimedium as a medicinal herb dates back to at least 400 A.D., where it has been used as a tonic for the reproductive system (boosting libido and treating impotence) and as a rejuvenating tonic (to relieve fatigue). Epimedium is thought to work via modulation of cortisol levels (the primary stress hormone). Under conditions of high stress, the increased cortisol levels are known to cause fatigue and depress sex drive - so bringing cortisol levels back into normal ranges is also thought to help restore normal metabolism, energy levels and libido. There is also evidence that epimedium can restore low levels of both testosterone and thyroid hormone (bringing low levels back to their normal levels) - which may account for some of the benefits of epimedium in improving libido (sex drive). Animal studies using epimedium have shown a reduction in bone breakdown, an increase in muscle mass, and a loss of body fat-each of which may be linked to the observed return of abnormal cortisol levels back to normal values (and rhythm). In a series of studies conducted in humans and animals by Chinese researchers, immune-system function was directly suppressed and bone loss was accelerated, by using high-dose synthetic cortisol (glucocorticoid drugs). Subsequent administration of epimedium extract reduced blood levels of cortisol and improved immune immune-system function (in the humans) and slowed bone loss and strengthened bones (in the animals). You can find this herb as the main ingredient in our Male Performance formula.

Nettle Leaf Extract:

About 90% of testosterone is produced by the testes, the remainder by the adrenal glands. Testosterone functions as an aphrodisiac hormone in brains cells, and as an anabolic hormone in the development of bone and skeletal muscle. But testosterone that becomes bound to serum globulin is not available to cell receptor sites and fails to induce a libido effect. It is, therefore, desirable to increase levels of "free testosterone" in order to ignite sexual arousal in the brain. A hormone that controls levels of free testosterone is called sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG). When testosterone binds to SHBG, it loses its biological activity and becomes known as "bound testosterone," as opposed to the desirable "free testosterone." As men age past year 45, SHBG's binding capacity increases almost dramatically-by 40% on average-and coincides with the age-associatedloss of libido. A highly concentrated extract from the nettle root provides a unique mechanism for increasing levels of free testosterone. Recent European research has identified constituents of nettle leaf that bind to SHBG in place of testosterone, thus reducing SHBG's binding of free testosterone. As the authors of one study state, these constituents of nettle leaf "may influence the blood level of free, i.e. active, steroid hormones by displacing them from the SHBG bindings site." The prostate gland also benefits from nettle. In Germany, nettle leaf and root has been used as a treatment for benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlargement of the prostate gland) for decades. A metabolite of testosterone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT) stimulates prostate growth, leading to enlargement. Nettle root inhibits the binding of DHT to attachment sites on the prostate membrane.

Puncture Vine - Tribulus Terrestris:

This herb found in the Chinese Materia Medica, Bai Ji Li (Chinese) also known as Gokshura and Gokhru (Ayurveda), traditionally has been used for sexual and kidney dysfunctions as well as colic pains, hypertension and hypercholesterolemia. It has a long standing use of being a revitalizer and energizer. Research indicates it actually may possess the ability to increase sexual desire verses just being a physical stimulant. It is a promising herb in the areas of menopause and infertility. Tribulus terrestris (tribulus) is thought to increase DHEA levels, so it has been proposed as a treatment for sexual dysfunction. However, investigation of tribulus has largely been limited to trials in animals. Bulgarian studies have shown that this herb stimulates luteinizing hormone, which stimulates the production of testosterone in men.

Muira Puama (Ptychopetalum olacoides and Ptychopetalum unicatum):

Popularly referred to as potency wood, muira puama is an old Brazilian folk aphrodisiac and cure for sexual impotence. Salves, tinctures, and other formulations are made from the trunk or roots of these two shrubs. Muira puama is typically touted for sexual potency. Despite a lack of evidence that it actually works, men continue to take muira puama to prevent impotence and enhance sexual desire. There is also little evidence to support its use for rheumatism, for which it is also often used. Muira puama is employed around the world today in herbal medicine. Early European explorers noted the indigenous uses and the aphrodisiac qualities of muira puama and brought it back to Europe, where it has become part of herbal medicine in England. It is also used in Europe to treat impotence, infertility, nerve pain, menstrual disturbances, and dysentery. In Germany, muira puama is employed as a central nervous system tonic, for hookworms, menstrual disturbances, and rheumatism. Muira puama has been gaining in popularity in the United States, where herbalists and health care practitioners are using it for impotence, depression, menstrual cramps and PMS, nerve pain, and central nervous system disorders.

Rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea)

Restores energy, supports emotional health and improves cognitive and physical performance. Growing in harsh sub-arctic climates and high altitudes of Siberia, this is the herb that has been described by Richard P. Brown, M.D. and Patricia L. Gerbarg, M.D. as “nature’s perfect energizer”: Extracts from the root of rhodiola have been the subject of intensive pharmacological and clinical investigations in Russia and Scandinavia for more than thirty-five years. The results of these studies strongly support the use of rhodiola as an adaptogen: a substance that normalizes physiology in response to stressors. As such, rhodiola provides a solid foundation for restoring and maintaining health. It promotes cognitive and physical performance, supports positive emotional states, immune function and cardiovascular health, and restores balance to the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis. This herb is harvested after a minimum four-year growth in the forests of the Altai regions of Siberia. It is then carefully dried at low-temperatures and meticulously extracted to preserve the herb’s precious phytonutrients including rosavins, salidrosides and other biologically active compounds.

Spanish fly (Cantharides):

No discussion of aphrodisiacs would be complete without mention of Spanish fly, the most legendary of the love drugs, but also the most dangerous. Spanish fly, or cantharides, is extracted from dried beetle dung. Reported sexual excitement after taking Spanish fly stems from its ability to irritate the urogenital tract, causing a rush of blood to the genital area. And that's the upside. The dangerous downside: Spanish fly is a poison that burns the mouth and throat, and can cause urinary infections, scarring of the urethra and, in some rare cases, death.

Yohimbe:

Yohimbe is made from the bark of the Pausinystalia johimbe tree found in Africa. It contains the chemical, yohimbine, which is an FDA-approved drug that is marginally effective for male erectile dysfunction. Yohimbine is believed to act through the nervous system to increase blood flow to the penis. Most clinical studies have been conducted with yohimbine rather than yohimbe bark. These days, some call it the herbal Viagra. Unfortunately, there are side effects, and for some men can be very serious. Side effects of yohimbe can include anxiety, weakness, overstimulation, paralysis and hallucinations.


Crystals Associated with Passion

From the phallus stones to the deep red crystals that stir our "sexual-self esteem", passion is endowed by the power of the rock hard stones in this "favorites collection". These are some of the most notable crystals throughout history that have been traded for virginity, offered as a sacred sacrifices and given as gifts to allure its receiver!

"Passion Stones": Sexual Energies and Carnelian

Sexual relations can be the most intimate and satisfying communication two people experience. Yet sex is difficult for people to talk about, let alone improve, when problems occur. We are all sexual beings. It is important to acknowledge and always celebrate this fact. We are sexual beings so it's natural that we are sexually attracted to others. Carnelian represents confidence, boldness, initiative, dramatic abilities, assertiveness, outgoingness. Precision, analysis, appetite, and awareness of feelings. Used at both the Sexual/Spleen Chakra and Solar Plexus Chakra, this stone warms emotions, passion, sexuality, physical energy, celebration, and the reproductive system. Helps you feel anchored and comfortable with your surroundings. Provides a connection to the past or to historical events. Strongly influences the reproductive organs and fertility. This stone can improve motivation. Helps one achieve greater success in career or personal matters.

"Passion Stones": Warmth of Blood and Spirit with Coral

Part of the mineral kingdom, red and orange coral stimulate the Root and Sacral/Spleen Chakra for energy, warmth and fertility. Energizes the emotions. Best used for blood and blood circulation issues. Coral is a symbol of joy and happiness. It enables the wearer to enjoy their life and strengthen their capabilities. Red coral is attuned to Scorpio and is one of the 9 sacred Vedic stones associated with Mars.

"Passion Stones": Phallic Passion of Fertility Quartz

Aka the sceptre crystal or fertility stone is considered a naturally formed crystal that belongs to the quartz family. These crystals can have a unique clarity that almost looks like water. The crystal actually looks like a ruler's sceptre or male phallus; a rod at the base with a crown-like configuration on the top. The clearer the point on the sceptre the stronger it's ability as a healing tool. This crystal has an excellent configuration for the transmission of directional energy.

"Passion Stones": Intimacy and Garnet

Intimacy is feeling close and connected to someone (developed through sharing and very good communications over time). Intimacy is what makes you want to share and offer emotional and material support to each other. This is where garnet can help. Intimacy implies the desire to strengthen our moral character in a relationship. It allows us to find and keep, as well as show our best side to others. Garnet stimulates creativity, passion, and the circulatory system. Red garnet stimulates the Root and Spleen Chakra. It is a warming stone and energizes us emotionally and physically. It is also a very grounding stone. Used by ancient cultures to stimulate life force and sexuality, hormone balance, fertility, persistence, stamina, passion, confidence (and stubbornness). This stone is Yang in nature. Red represent passion and helps the wearer to strive for improvement in moral conduct. Garnets teach patience and constancy. They help us develop love and compassion. They sharpen self-perception and extend that openness to others.

"Passion Stones": Vitality and Stamina with Ruby

Joy, love, sexual energy and power are all traits of this warm, deep red stone, It is an energizes stone after that strengthens the physical and emotional heart or Heart Chakra. Courage, confidence, vitality, stamina, strength, leadership, success over challenges are the empowering abilities given to this stone. It has been used to intensify all emotions (including passion, jealousy, impatience, love...) Attempted use for pressure/control (for love) backfires onto its user, when used for selfish reasons. Used for reproductive connections of both the Root and Sacral/Spleen Chakra, it also helps with sexual blocks. A wonderful stone whose stimulating energy can bring startling things to light. An amplifier of energy (both positive and negative). It stirs up passion. Can also amplify positive energy. Helps us in all matters of love, including love of ourselves. Stimulates motivation and visualization. Ruby is famous for promoting sexual energy when moved back and forth over the genital area.

"Passion Stones": The Yoni Power of Shiva Lingham

Lingam is the sacred Sanskrit word for phallus. In Tantra, the shape embodies the masculine energy; dynamic expression and knowledge. The markings or Yoni depicts female energy; wisdom and intuition. The Tantric Shiva Lingam unifies the dualistic female/male world into harmonious balance. This Sacred Stone relates to the Heart Chakra, and represents the harmony and balance of the soul that is maintained within the hearts of all of us. Shiva Lingham stones are used for spiritual detox, allowing us to see the higher knowledge within ourselves. The stone gives us the capacity for hanging on to the beliefs which work the best for us and letting go of those beliefs which no longer serve us. When used during meditation, lingam shows us how to connect with our physical and spiritual energies and therefore, our higher selves.


Sexual Health and Terminology

A * B * C * D * E * F * G * H * I * J * K * L * M

N * O * P * Q * R * S * T * U * V * W * X * Y * Z

A

Abdominal Hysterectomy: The surgical removal of the uterus through an incision in the abdomen.

Adenocarcinomas: Cancer that begins in the cells lining the glands of the body.

Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS): A viral infection that attacks the immune system of the body and causes a syndrome in which many different, harmful organisms can attack the body and cause disease.

Amenorrhea: When a woman does not get her monthly period.

Amputation of the Penis: (See penectomy.)

Antibiotics: Medicines that kill infection-causing germs.

Antidepressants: Medications used to treat depression.

Anti-Hypertensives: Medications used to treat high blood pressure.

Anti-Inflammatory Drugs: Drugs that reduce inflammation (swelling) by modifying the body's immune response.

Aanorgasmia: The delay or absence of sexual climax (orgasm).

Anus: The opening of the rectum to the outside of the body.




B

Bacterial Vaginosis: The most common vaginal infection in women of reproductive age. Bacterial vaginosis often causes a vaginal discharge that is thin and milky, and is described as having a "fishy" odor. Bacterial vaginosis is caused by a combination of several bacteria.

Balanitis: An inflammation of the skin covering the head of the penis.

Balanoposthitis: Inflammation of the head and the foreskin of the penis.

Bartholin's Glands: The small, mucus-producing glands on either side of the vaginal opening.

Benign: Not cancer, as in a benign tumor.

Biological Therapy: A treatment that uses the body's own immune system to fight cancer. It uses materials made by the body or made in a laboratory to boost, direct or restore the body's natural defenses against disease. Biological treatment is sometimes called biological response modifier (BRM) therapy.

Biopsy: The removal of a small sample of tissue for testing.

Birth Control: A way for men and women to prevent pregnancy.

Bisexual: A person who is attracted to members of either gender.

Bladder: The sac that holds urine.

Blood Test: A procedure in which a sample of blood is taken and analyzed in a laboratory for evidence of infection or disease.

Bulbourethral Glands (Cowper's glands): Pea-sized structures located on the sides of the urethra just below the prostate gland. These glands produce a clear, slippery fluid that empties directly into the urethra. This fluid serves to lubricate the urethra and to neutralize any acidity that may be present due to residual drops of urine in the urethra.




C

Cancer: A disease that occurs when abnormal cells in a part of the body divide and grow out of control.

Candida: A species of fungus that normally lives in small numbers in the vagina, as well as in the mouth and digestive tract of both men and women.

Carcinomas: A type of cancer that arises from the lining cells of the body, called epithelial cells. Epithelial cells form the outer layer of the skin, and the membranes lining the digestive tract, bladder and uterus, as well as the tubes and ducts that run through the body's organs.

Carcinoma in situ: This is a condition that is considered a pre-cancer, because cancer cells are found on the surface of the organ or tissue. ("In situ" literally means "in its proper place.")

Cervix: The lowest part of the womb, or uterus, through which babies pass when they are born.

Cervical Cancer: Cancer that occurs when abnormal cells in a woman's cervix -- the lowest part of the uterus (womb) through which babies pass when they are born -- divide and grow out of control.

Cervical Biopsy: A procedure in which the doctor removes a small amount of tissue from the cervix to be examined more closely.

Chemotherapy: The use of drugs to kill cancer cells.

Chest X-ray: X-rays use high-energy radiation in low doses to create images of the body to help diagnose diseases and determine the extent of injuries. A chest X-ray is done to check that the heart and lungs are healthy.

Chlamydia: A germ that is primarily sexually transmitted and that can infect genital organs.

Chronic Hepatitis: An ongoing infection of the liver that can lead to cirrhosis, a hardening of the liver that causes liver tissue to scar and stop working.

Circumcision: An operation in which the doctor removes the foreskin from the penis. The foreskin is the skin that covers the tip of the penis.

Clear Cell Adenocarcinoma: A special type of adenocarcinoma that occurs in women who were exposed to the drug diethylstilbestrol (DES) while in the womb. (Many pregnant women from 1945 to 1970 were given DES to prevent miscarriage.)

Clinical Trial: An organized research program conducted with patients to evaluate a new medical treatment, drug or device.

Clitoris: The small structure at the front of the vulva. The clitoris is very sensitive to stimulation and helps a woman reach sexual climax.

Clitorectomy: The removal of the entire clitoris and the adjacent labia (the external and internal folds of skin, or lips, that protect the vaginal opening).

Colposcopy: An examination of the cervix (lower part of the uterus) and the wall of the vagina. It is performed using a special microscope (colposcope) that gives a magnified view of the tissue lining the cervix and vagina. A special solution may be applied to the cervix that causes abnormal cells to turn white or yellow so that they may be more easily viewed.

Computed Axial Tomography (CAT or CT scan): A technique in which multiple X-rays of the body are taken from different angles in a very short period of time. These images are collected by a computer and give a series of cross-sectional "slices" of the body.

Conception: The fertilization of an egg by a sperm.

Condom: A device usually made of latex (a type of rubber), plastic or animal membrane that is used for birth control and to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. Male condoms are fitted over the erect penis. Female condoms are inserted into the vagina. The closed end of the condom covers the cervix, and the open end covers the area around the opening of the vagina.

Condyloma (genital warts): Growths or bumps on the penis, vagina, vulva (vaginal lips), cervix (the opening between the vagina and womb), rectum or groin. Genital warts are spread by a sexually transmitted virus.

Connective Tissue: A group of supporting body tissues that connect fat, muscle, blood vessels, nerves, bones and cartilage.

Corpus Luteum: The structure formed during the luteal phase of a woman's menstrual cycle. The corpus luteum secretes estrogen and progesterone. Progesterone prepares the uterus with the rich lining needed for the fertilized egg to implant.

Cowper's Glands (Bulbourethral glands): Pea-sized structures located on the sides of the urethra just below the prostate gland. These glands produce a clear, slippery fluid that empties directly into the urethra. This fluid serves to lubricate the urethra and to neutralize any acidity that may be present due to residual drops of urine in the urethra.

Cross-Dressing: A preference for dressing as the opposite sex.

Cryosurgery: The use of extremely cold temperatures to freeze and destroy abnormal tissues. This procedure is used to treat pre-cancerous tumors. It often is used to remove abnormal tissue of the cervix, the lower part of the uterus (womb) that opens into the vagina (birth canal).

Cryptorchidism: A condition in which the testicles do not descend from the abdomen, where they are located during development, to the scrotum shortly before birth. Also called undescended testicle.

Culdocentesis: A procedure in which a needle is inserted behind the vagina. Fluid is removed through the needle and examined for signs of bleeding or infection.

Cystoscope: A procedure in which a lighted tube is passed up the urethra to view the bladder.




D

"Date" Rape: When one person forces another person to have sex. It differs from rape because the victim agreed to spend time with the attacker. Perhaps he or she even went out with his or her attacker more than once.

Diagnostic Laparoscopy: A surgical procedure used to examine a person's internal organs. A laparoscope, a thin viewing tube similar to a telescope, is passed through a small incision in the abdomen. Using the laparoscope, the doctor can look directly at the organs.

Diaphragm: A round piece of flexible rubber with a rigid rim used by women for birth control. The woman places the diaphragm in her vagina and against her cervix. The diaphragm prevents semen from entering the womb. Spermicide must be used with a diaphragm.

Diethylstilbestrol (DES): A drug given to many pregnant women from 1945 to 1970 to prevent miscarriage. Exposure to DES is a risk factor for a special type of vaginal cancer (adenocarcinoma), as well as other abnormalities of the genital tract.

Diagnosis: The process by which a doctor determines what disease a patient has by studying the patient's symptoms and medical history, and analyzing any tests performed (blood tests, urine tests, brain scans, etc.)

Digital (finger) Rectal Exam: An exam in which the doctor inserts a gloved finger into the rectum and feels for abnormal areas.

Dilation and Curettage (D & C): A procedure in which the opening of the cervix is stretched with a special instrument, and the walls of the uterus are scraped gently.

Douche: A liquid used to clean a woman's genitals and vagina.

Dysmenorrhea: The medical term for the painful cramps that may occur during a woman's menstrual period.

Dyspareunia: Pain during intercourse.

Dysplasia: A pre-cancerous condition involving changes in the surface cells of the vulva and/or cervix. It also is called vulvar intraepithelial neoplasia (VIN) or cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN).




E

Ectopic (tubal) Pregnancy: A pregnancy that occurs outside the uterus, often in the fallopian tubes.

Ejaculate: The fluid that is expelled from a man's penis during sexual climax (orgasm).

Ejaculation: When sperm and other fluids come from the penis during sexual climax (orgasm).

Ejaculatory Ducts: The structures formed by the fusion of the vas deferens and the seminal vesicles. The ejaculatory ducts empty into the urethra.

Embryo: A fertilized egg.

Emergency Contraception: Also called emergency post-coital oral contraception (EPOC) or the "morning after pill." It is a form of birth control that may be used by women within 72 hours of having unprotected sex. The most commonly used emergency contraception consists of two doses of hormone pills taken in one day 12 hours apart.

Endometrial Biopsy: A procedure in which a small sample of tissue from the lining of the uterus (endometrium) is removed for evaluation and testing.

Endometrial Cancer: Cancer that occurs when abnormal cells in the endometrium -- the lining of the uterus (womb) -- divide and grow uncontrolled.

Endometriosis: A condition in which tissue that looks and acts like endometrial tissue is found outside the uterus, usually inside the abdominal cavity.

Endometrium: The tissue that lines the inside of the uterus.

Epididymis: The long, coiled tube that rests on the back side of each testicle. It transports and stores the sperm cells produced in the testes. The epididymis also brings the sperm to maturity, since the sperm that emerge from the testes are immature and incapable of fertilization. During sexual arousal, contractions force the sperm into the vas deferens.

Epididymitis: Inflammation of the epididymis.

Epithelial Cells: The cells that form the outer layer of the skin, and the membranes lining the digestive tract, bladder and uterus, as well as the tubes and ducts that run through the body's organs.

Erectile Dysfunction (impotence): The inability to attain and/or maintain an erection suitable for intercourse.

Exhibitionism: A disorder characterized by intense, sexually arousing fantasies, urges or behaviors involving exposure of the individual's genitals to an unsuspecting stranger.




F

Fallopian Tubes: The narrow, muscular tubes attached to the upper part of the uterus that serve as tunnels for the ova to travel from the ovaries to the uterus. Conception, the fertilization of an egg by a sperm, normally occurs in the fallopian tubes.

Female Circumcision: The removal of part of a female's external genitalia (reproductive organs), usually the clitoris. Also called female genital mutilation.

Fetishism: A disorder in which a person has sexual urges and engages in behavior associated with non-living objects.

Fibroids: Nodules of smooth muscle cells and fibrous connective tissue that develop within the wall of the uterus (womb). Medically, they are called uterine leiomyomata (singular: leiomyoma).

Fimbriae: The finger-like projections on the end of the fallopian tubes. The fimbriae sweep the egg into the tube.

Flank: The fleshy side of the body between the ribs and hip.

Fluorouracil: A chemotherapy medication in cream form that is applied directly to the skin. It is used to treat certain skin problems, including cancer and conditions that could become cancerous if not treated. Fluorouracil works by interfering with the growth of abnormal cells.

Follicle-Stimulating Hormone (FSH): A hormone produced by the pituitary gland (at the base of the brain). In men, FSH is necessary for sperm production (spermatogenesis). In women, FSH stimulates the growth of follicles, the small, fluid-filled cysts that hold the eggs and the supporting cells responsible for the growth and nurturing of the egg.

Foreskin: The loose skin that covers the head of the penis.

Frotteurism: A disorder in which the focus of a person's sexual urges is related to touching or rubbing his genitals against the body of a non-consenting, unfamiliar person

G

Gender: Being male or female.

Gender Identity Disorder: A disorder in which a male or female feels a strong identification with the opposite sex.

Genital Warts (condyloma): Growths or bumps on the penis, vagina, vulva (vaginal lips), cervix (the opening between the vagina and womb), rectum or groin. Genital warts are a sexually transmitted disease, or "STD," which means that they are spread by having sex with an infected person.

Glans: The head of the penis.

Gonorrhea: A serious bacterial infection that is caught by having sex with an infected person. A person can become infected when the bacteria enter any opening in the body, including the penis, anus, vagina or mouth. Gonorrhea also is called "clap" or "drip."




H

Hepatitis: A disease involving inflammation of the liver. Most types of hepatitis are caused by viruses, but alcohol, drugs and other factors also can cause the disease. Hepatitis can cause damage to the liver, but not always.

Hepatitis B: A type of hepatitis that can be spread from another person who has the virus. Most commonly, it is spread by having sex with an infected person or by sharing a needle.

Herpes: A virus spread by close personal contact, such as kissing or sexual intercourse. There are two types of herpes. The first type is herpes simplex type 1 (or HSV-1). HSV-1 occurs most often on or near the mouth and appears as a chancre or cold sore. The second type, herpes simplex type 2 (or HSV-2), occurs most often on or near the sex organs and is sometimes called "genital herpes." Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease, or "STD."

Heterosexual: A person who is attracted to individuals of the opposite gender.

HIV Test: A test to look for signs of HIV in the blood.

Homosexual: A person who is attracted to individuals of the same gender.

Hormones: Chemicals that stimulate or regulate the activity of cells or organs.

Hormone Therapy: The use of hormones, usually taken in pill form, to kill cancer cells.

Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT): The use of hormones, usually estrogen and progesterone, as a therapy, often used to treat the discomforts of menopause or to replace hormones (especially estrogen) lost after menopause.

Human Papillomavirus (HPV): A group of more than 70 types of viruses that can cause warts (papillomas).

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV): The virus that causes AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome). HIV weakens a person's ability to fight infections and cancer. People with HIV are said to have AIDS when the virus makes them very sick and they develop certain infections or cancers. A person gets HIV when an infected person's body fluids (blood, semen, fluids from the vagina or breast milk) enter his or her bloodstream. The virus can enter the blood through linings in the mouth, anus or sex organs (the penis and vagina), or through broken skin.

Hypogonadism: A disorder in men that occurs when the testicles (gonads) do not produce enough testosterone.

Hysterectomy: The surgical removal of the uterus.




I

Immune System: The body's natural defense system against infection or disease; a system of cells that protects the body from bacteria, viruses, toxins and other foreign substances.

Impotence (erectile dysfunction): The inability to attain and/or maintain an erection suitable for intercourse.

Incontinence: Loss of bladder and/or bowel control.

Infibulation: This procedure involves performing a clitorectomy, including the removal of the labia. The tissues are then sewn together, leaving only a small hole for the flow of urine and menstrual blood. In many cases, a second procedure is necessary later to allow for sexual intercourse.

Inhibited or Retarded Ejaculation: When ejaculation does not occur.

Inhibited Sexual Desire (reduced libido): A decrease in desire for or interest in sexual activity.

In situ: "In its proper place."

Intrauterine Device (IUD): A small, plastic, flexible, T-shaped device that is placed into the uterus (womb). The IUD is a form of birth control.

Intravenous Pyelogram (IVP): This is a special type of X-ray that outlines the organs of the urinary and reproductive systems.




K

Keloid: A dense scar formed by the excessive growth of fibrous tissue following an injury to the skin.




L

Labia Majora: Part of the female external reproductive system, the labia majora are the two outer lips that are covered by pubic hair in adult women.

Labia Minora: Part of the female external reproductive system, the labia minora are the two inner lips that surround the opening of the vagina (the birth canal) and the urethra (the exit tube for urine.)

Laparoscopy: A procedure in which the doctor inserts a small device through an incision in the abdomen. He or she then views the reproductive organs and pelvic cavity using the device. A sample of tissue may also be collected for testing.

Laparotomy: A procedure in which the doctor opens the abdomen to inspect the internal organs.

Laser Surgery: The use of a narrow beam of light to remove or destroy cancer cells, or to cut tissues.

Leiomyomata (singular: leiomyoma): See uterine fibroids.

Leiomyomectomy: Surgical removal of uterine fibroids only, leaving the uterus intact.

Leiomyosarcoma: A type of sarcoma that develops in the uterine muscle wall.

Liposarcoma: Cancer that develops from fat cells ("lipo" means fat).

Luteinizing Hormone (LH): A hormone produced by the pituitary gland (at the base of the brain). In men, LH stimulates the production of testosterone, which is necessary for sperm production. In women, LH causes the dominant follicle to release its egg from the ovary (ovulation).

Lymphadenectomy (lymph node dissection): The removal of lymph nodes.

Lymph Nodes: Small, bean-shaped structures found throughout the body. Lymph nodes produce and store infection-fighting cells.




M

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI): A test that produces high-quality images of the body's internal structures without the use of X-rays. MRI uses a large magnet, radio waves, and a computer to produce these images.

Malignant: Cancerous, as in a malignant tumor.

Malignant Melanomas: A cancer that develops in the pigment-producing cells that determine skin color.

Masturbation: Self-stimulation of the genitals to achieve sexual arousal and pleasure, usually to the point of orgasm (sexual climax).

Melanoma: Cancer of the cells that produce pigment in the skin.

Metastasis: Cancer cells that break from a tumor and spread to other parts of the body.

Menstruation: The periodic shedding of the uterine lining.

Menopause: When a woman's ovaries stop producing hormones because the number of eggs (follicles) is limited. At this time, regular menstrual periods stop.

Metronidazole: The most common medicine used to treat trichomoniasis. Common brand names for this medicine are Flagyl and Protostat.

Microsurgery: Surgery utilizing a microscope to enable doctors to operate on very small areas. Microsurgery is used to target a specific area and to protect as much of the surrounding healthy tissue as possible.

Mittelschmerz: The pelvic pain that some women experience during ovulation. (Ovulation generally occurs about mid way between menstrual cycles; hence the term mittelschmerz, which comes from the German words for "middle" and "pain.")

Monogamy: The practice of having sex with only one partner.




N

Neoplasm: An abnormal mass or colony of cells.

Nocturnal Penile Tumescence and Rigidity Testing: A test used to monitor erections that occur naturally during sleep. This test can help determine if a man's erectile problems are due to physical or psychological causes.

Non-Coital Behavior: Physically stimulating activity that does not include intercourse (such as sensual massage).

Non-Infectious Vaginitis: A form of vaginitis (infection or inflammation of the vagina) that may result as a reaction to certain substances or chemicals, such as soap, laundry detergent or fabric softener.

Non-Semonima: A type of testicular cancer that tends to be aggressive and occurs most often when men are in their 30s. Non-seminomas consist of more than one type of testicular cell. There are four types of non-seminomas: embryonal cell carcinomas, teratomas, teratocarcinomas and choriocarcinomas. When these non-seminomas occur in combination, they are called mixed tumors.

Norplant: Six match-sized rubber capsules that are surgically implanted underneath the skin of a woman's upper arm. The sticks contain the hormone progestin, which releases slowly into the body and prevents pregnancy for up to 5 years.




O

Omentectomy: The surgical removal of the fatty tissue covering within the abdomen.

Oncologist: A doctor who specializes in cancer treatment.

Oophorectomy: A surgical procedure in which one or both of the ovaries is removed.

Orchiectomy: A surgical procedure to treat testicular cancer in which the doctor removes one or both testicles through an incision (cut) in the groin.

Orgasm: Sexual climax.

Oocytes (ova or egg cells): The female cells of reproduction.

Ovarian Cancer: An abnormal growth of tissue (tumor) that develops in a woman's ovaries.

Ovarian Cyst: A sac filled with fluid or a semisolid material that forms on or within one of the ovaries, the small organs in the pelvis that make female hormones and hold egg cells.

Ovary: A small organ in the pelvis that makes female hormones and holds egg cells which, when fertilized, can develop into a baby. There are two ovaries: one located on the left side of the uterus (the hollow, pear-shaped organ where a baby grows) and one on the right.




P

Paget's Disease of the Vulva: A condition in which cancerous cells are present in the skin of the vulva. This skin condition may be linked to vulvar cancer.

Pap Smear: A screening test in which a sample of cells is taken from a woman's cervix. The test is used to detect changes in the cells of the cervix.

Paraphilias: Impulse disorders (mental illnesses) that are characterized by recurrent and intense sexual fantasies, urges and behaviors. Paraphilias are considered deviant -- outside of acceptable patterns of behavior -- because they involve unusual objects, activities or situations not considered sexually arousing to others.

Paraphimosis: A condition in which the foreskin of the penis, once retracted, cannot return to its original location.

Penile Cancer: Cancer of the penis.

Partial Vulvectomy: A procedure that removes less than the entire vulva.

Pedophilia: A disorder in which a person has fantasies, urges or behaviors that involve sexual activity with a pre-pubescent child or children (generally age 13 years or younger).

Pelvic Cavity: The space inside the pelvis that holds the reproductive organs.

Pelvic Examination: An examination during which a doctor inserts a speculum (an instrument that lets the clinician see inside the vagina) and examines the vagina, cervix and uterus. The doctor will feel for any lumps or changes. A Pap smear is usually done during a pelvic exam.

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID): An infection of the female reproductive organs usually contracted through sexual contact.

Pelvic Ultrasound: A test that uses sound waves to produce an electronic image of the organs of the pelvis, especially the ovaries.

Penectomy: The surgical removal of the penis. In a partial penectomy, part of the penis is removed. In a total penectomy, the whole penis is removed.

Penetration: The insertion of an erect penis into a woman's vagina.

Penis: One of the external structures of the male reproductive system, along with the scrotum and testicles.

Perineum: The space between the vagina and the opening of the rectum.

Peritoneum: The lining of the abdominal cavity.

Peyronie's Disease: A condition in which a plaque, or hard lump, forms on the penis. The hardened plaque reduces flexibility, causing pain and forcing the penis to bend or arc during erection.

Phimosis: A condition in which the foreskin of the penis becomes constricted and difficult to retract.

The Pill: A medication containing hormones which women take to prevent pregnancy.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS): A common disorder in women caused by a hormonal imbalance. Symptoms of PCOS include irregular or no periods, acne, obesity and excess hair growth. This disorder often prevents ovulation (the release of an oocyte by the ovary), leading to infertility.

Premature Ejaculation: Ejaculation that occurs before or soon after penetration.

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS): A combination of physical and mood disturbances that occur after ovulation and normally end with the onset of the menstrual flow.

Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD): A severe form of PMS. The symptoms of PMDD are similar to those of PMS, but are severe enough to interfere with work, social activities and relationships.

Prepuce: The fold of skin that covers the head of the penis (also called the foreskin). Prepuce is also the hood or covering of the clitoris.

Priapism: A persistent, often painful erection that can last from several hours to a few days.

Primary Amenorrhea: A condition in which a young woman never gets her first period.

Proctoscopy: An examination of the rectum.

Prognosis: Chance of recovery from an injury or disease.

Progesterone: A female hormone that acts to prepare the uterus (the womb) to receive and sustain a fertilized egg.

Prostate: A male sex gland located below the bladder and in front of the rectum. About the size of walnut, the prostate makes a milky fluid that joins with sperm during ejaculation (when sperm and other fluids are expelled from the penis during orgasm).

Prostate Cancer: Cancer of the prostate gland.

Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) Test: A test to screen for prostate cancer and to help monitor treatment.

Pubic Lice: Tiny insects that live in the pubic hair and other hairy areas, except the scalp. Pubic lice are spread through close physical contact with someone who has them. They also are called "crabs."




R

Radiation Therapy: The use of high-dose X-rays or other high-energy rays to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors. Also called radiotherapy.

Radical Hysterectomy: A surgical procedure to remove the cervix, uterus, fallopian tubes and part of the vagina.

Radical Inguinal Orchiectomy: A surgical procedure to treat testicular cancer in which the doctor removes one or both testicles through an incision (cut) in the groin.

Radical Local Excision: A surgical procedure that involves the removal of cancerous growths and a large portion of normal tissue around the cancer.

Radical Vulvectomy: A procedure that removes the entire vulva. The lymph nodes in the groin usually are also removed.

Rape: A situation when a person has sex with another person against his or her will.

Recurrent Disease: A term used to describe a disease that has come back (recurred) after it has been treated.

Reduced Libido (inhibited sexual desire): A decrease in desire for or interest in sexual activity.

Refractory Disease: Disease that is no longer improving after being treated.

Retrograde Ejaculation: A condition that occurs when, at orgasm, the ejaculate is forced back into the bladder rather than through the urethra and out the end of the penis.

Rhythm: Also called natural family planning, rhythm is a method of birth control that focuses on learning to recognize the days a woman is fertile, and abstaining from sex before and during those days.

Risk Factor: A factor that increases a person's chance of developing a disease or predisposes a person to a certain condition.




S

Sarcomas: Tumors of the connective tissues under the skin that tend to grow rapidly. Connective tissues include fat, muscle, blood vessels, deep skin tissues, nerves, bones and cartilage.

Sarcoma of the Uterus: Cancer of the muscle of the uterus.

Scabies: A skin condition caused by tiny mites that burrow under the skin, producing small red bumps and severe itching. The mites easily spread from person to person, especially among people who share close living spaces.

Scrotum: The sac of skin that surrounds the testicles.

Secondary Amenorrhea: A condition in which a woman who has had normal menstrual cycles stops getting her monthly period.

Semen: The fluid containing sperm (the male reproductive cells) that is expelled (ejaculated) through the end of the penis when the man reaches sexual climax (orgasm).

Seminal Vesicles: The sac-like pouches that attach to the vas deferens near the base of the urinary bladder. The seminal vesicles produce a sugar-rich fluid (fructose) that provides sperm with a source of energy and helps with the sperms' motility (ability to move). The fluid of the seminal vesicles makes up most of the volume of a man's ejaculatory fluid, or ejaculate.

Seminiferous Tubules: Coiled masses of tubes within the testes that are responsible for producing the sperm cells through a process called spermatogenesis.

Seminoma: A type of testicular cancer that is made up of a single type of cell. Seminomas tend to be slow growing and occur most often when men are in their 40s.

Sensory Testing: Testing to measure the strength of nerve impulses in a particular area of the body.

Sex (gender) Reassignment Surgery: Surgery to change the appearance of a person's anatomy to match as closely as possible the anatomy of the opposite sex.

Sexual Addiction: The behavior of a person who has an unusually intense sex drive or obsession with sex.

Sexual Dysfunction: This refers to a problem during any phase of the sexual response cycle that prevents the individual or couple from experiencing satisfaction from the sexual activity.

Sexual Health: Sexual health refers to the many factors that impact sexual function and reproduction. These factors include a variety of physical, mental and emotional issues. Disorders that affect any of these factors can impact a person's physical and emotional health, as well as his or her relationships and self-image.

Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD): A disease passed from one person to another by unprotected sexual contact. You can get a sexually transmitted disease from sexual activity that involves the mouth, anus or vagina.

Sexual Masochism: A disorder in which a person uses sexual fantasies, urges or behaviors involving the act (real, not simulated) of being humiliated, beaten or otherwise made to suffer in order to achieve sexual excitement and climax.

Sexual Orientation: A term used to refer to a person's emotional, romantic and sexual attraction to individuals of a particular gender (male or female).

Sexual Response Cycle: The sequence of physical and emotional changes that occur as a person becomes sexually aroused and participates in sexually stimulating activities, including intercourse and masturbation. The sexual response cycle has four phases: excitement, plateau, orgasm and resolution.

Sexual Sadism: A disorder in which a person has persistent fantasies in which sexual excitement results from inflicting psychological or physical suffering (including humiliation and terror) on a sexual partner.

Shaft of the Penis: The long, slender cylinders of tissue inside the penis that contain spongy tissue and expand to produce erections.

Simple Vulvectomy: A procedure that removes the entire vulva but no lymph nodes.

Skinning Vulvectomy: A procedure to remove only the skin of the vulva that contains cancer.

Smegma: A thick, bad-smelling substance that results when oily secretions from the skin accumulate under the foreskin of the penis.

Sonogram (ultrasound): The use of sound waves to form an image of internal organs.

Speculum: An instrument inserted into the vagina to allow the doctor to view the inside of the vagina.

Sperm: The male reproductive cells.

Spermicide: Foams, jellies, tablets or suppositories that a woman places in her vagina and up next to the cervix (the opening leading from the vagina to the womb) before sex to prevent pregnancy. Spermicides block the cervix and paralyze the sperm, making them unable to travel into the womb.

Spermatic Cord: The structure that secures the testicles within the scrotum.

Spermatogenesis: The process of producing sperm, the male reproductive cells.

Squamous Cells: The thin, flat cells that line the surface of many organs of the body.

Squamous Cell Carcinomas: Cancer that begins in the squamous cells.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Vagina: The most common type of vaginal cancer in which cancer cells grow from the surface of the vaginal lining.

Stages: The course of disease progression defined by levels or periods of severity: early, mild, moderate, moderately severe, and severe. Stages of cancer usually indicate the extent of the disease and how far the disease has spread to other areas of the body.

Sterilization: A form of contraception that involves surgically blocking the release of reproductive cells. In women, the fallopian tubes are blocked so that oocytes (eggs) cannot reach the uterus. In men, the tube that carries sperm from the testicle to the penis (vas deferens) is sealed, tied or cut (vasectomy).

Stoma: An artificial opening of the intestine made in the abdomen to allow wastes to be released.

Surgery (cancer): A procedure to remove a tumor or other abnormal tissue associated with cancer.

Syphilis: A serious sexually transmitted disease (STD) that, without treatment, can lead to heart disease, nerve disorders, brain damage, mental disorders, blindness and death.

Sunna Circumcision: The removal of the tip of the clitoris and/or its hood or covering (prepuce).




T

Testicles (testes; singular testis): Part of the male reproductive system, the testicles manufacture the male hormones, including testosterone, and produce sperm, the male reproductive cells. The testicles are located inside the scrotum, the loose sac of skin that hangs below the penis.

Testicular Self-Examinations (TSE): A procedure to detect changes in the testicles by rolling them between the fingers and thumbs of both hands to check for any lumps.

Testicular Torsion: A condition in which the spermatic cord gets twisted around a testicle, cutting off the testicle's blood supply. Symptoms of testicular torsion include sudden and severe pain, enlargement of the affected testicle, tenderness, and swelling. This condition requires emergency treatment.

Testosterone: The male hormone that is essential for sperm production and the development of male characteristics, including muscle mass and strength, fat distribution, bone mass and sex drive.

Total Abdominal Hysterectomy and Bilateral Salpingo-Oophorectomy (BSO): A surgical procedure in which the uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries are removed through an incision (cut) in the abdomen.

Total Bilateral Salpingo-Oophorectomy (BSO): The removal of the fallopian tubes and ovaries.

Total Pelvic Exenteration: A surgical procedure that involves the removal of the bladder, the lower part of the colon, the rectum, the female reproductive organs and sometimes the vagina. It is a radical surgery that usually is done only when cancer has spread within the pelvis.

Transvaginal Ultrasound: Ultrasound uses sound waves to create images in internal organs. During a transvaginal ultrasound, a probe inserted into the vagina releases sound waves that echo off the tissue of the pelvic organs.

Transsexual: An individual who is committed to altering his or her physical appearance -- through cosmetics, hormones and, in some cases, surgery -- to resemble the opposite sex.

Transvestitism: The practice by heterosexual males of dressing in female clothes to produce or enhance sexual arousal. Also called transvestic fetishism.

Trichomoniasis: An infection that most often occurs in a woman's vagina. A man also can get the infection in the urethra (the tube that carries urine out of the body), as well as in the prostate. It is caused by a tiny single-celled organism known as a "protozoa."

Tubal Ligation: Surgery to "tie the tubes" (fallopian tubes) of a woman, which causes permanent sterility by preventing transport of the egg (ovum) to the uterus.

Tumor: A mass of tissue that forms when cells abnormally divide. Tumors can be benign (not cancer) or malignant (cancer).




U

Ultrasound (sonogram): The use of sound waves to form an image of internal organs.

Undescended Testicle: A condition in which the testicles do not descend from the abdomen, where they are located during development, to the scrotum shortly before birth. Also called cryptorchidism.

Urethra: The tube that carries urine from the bladder to outside of the body.

Urinary Tract Infection (UTI): A condition that occurs when bacteria from outside the body get into the urinary tract and cause infection and inflammation.

Urologist: A doctor who is specially trained to treat problems of the male and female urinary system, and the male sex organs.

Uterine Fibroids: Nodules of smooth muscle cells and fibrous connective tissue that develop within the wall of the uterus (womb). Medically, they are called uterine leiomyomata (singular: leiomyoma).

Uterus: The hollow, pear-shaped organ where a baby grows.




V

Vagina: The tube that joins the cervix (the lower part of uterus, or womb) to the outside of the body. It also is known as the birth canal.

Vaginal Cancer: Cancer of the vagina.

Vaginal Discharge: A clear or whitish fluid that comes out of the vagina. The uterus, cervix or vagina can produce the fluid. A foul-smelling, yellow or green discharge is abnormal and should be evaluated by a doctor.

Vaginal Intraepithelial Neoplasia (VAIN): A condition that often begins as pre-cancerous changes in the surface cells of the vagina.

Vaginectomy: The surgical removal of the vagina. It is sometimes used to remove cancerous growths. If all or part of the vagina is removed, the vagina must be reconstructed using tissue from another part of the body.

Vaginoplasty: A procedure in which the bulk of the penis tissue is removed, but the outer skin is reshaped, turned "inside out" and inserted into the body to form a vagina. This procedure is done during male to female gender reassignment surgery.

Vaginismus: A painful, involuntary spasm of the muscles that surround the vaginal entrance.

Vaginitis: A medical term used to described various disorders that cause infection or inflammation of the vagina.

Vascular Assessment: An evaluation of blood flow.

Vasculitis: An inflammation of blood or lymphatic vessels. This inflammation can lead to the formation of scar tissue.

Vas Deferens: The long, muscular tube that travels from the epididymis into the pelvic cavity, to just behind the urinary bladder. The vas deferens transports mature sperm to the urethra in preparation for ejaculation.

Vasectomy: A permanent sterilization procedure for men. The operation, usually done in a doctor's office, requires cutting and sealing the vas deferens, the tubes in the male reproductive system that carry sperm. A vasectomy prevents the transport of sperm out of the testes.

Viral Vaginitis: A form of vaginitis (infection or inflammation of the vagina) caused by viral infection. One form caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV) is often just called "herpes" infection. These infections also are spread by sexual contact.

Virus: A microorganism (germ) that causes various infections.

Voyeurism: A disorder that involves achieving sexual arousal by observing an unsuspecting and non-consenting person who is undressing or unclothed, and/or engaged in sexual activity.

Vulva: The area of skin between a woman's legs that includes all of the visible (external) organs of reproduction.

Vulvar Cancer: Cancer of the vulva.

Vulvar Intraepithelial Neoplasia (VIN): Pre-cancerous changes in the surface cells of the vulva. Also called dysplasia.

Vulvectomy: Removal of the vulva. Skinning vulvectomy is a procedure in which the skin of the vulva that contains the cancer is removed. Simple vulvectomy is a procedure in which the entire vulva is removed, but no lymph nodes. Partial vulvectomy is a procedure that removes less than the entire vulva. Radical vulvectomy is a procedure in which the entire vulva is removed, and lymph nodes in the groin usually are removed.

Vulvo-vaginitis: Inflammation of both the vagina and vulva (the external female genitals).




W

Watchful Waiting: Careful observation without immediate treatment.

Wide Local Excision: A procedure in which the doctor removes only the cancer and some normal tissue surrounding the tumor.




X

X-ray: High-energy radiation used in low doses to create images of the body to help diagnose diseases and determine the extent of injuries.




Y

Yeast Infections: Infections of the vagina caused by one of the many species of fungus called Candida. A change in the chemical balance in the vagina allows the fungus to grow too rapidly and cause symptoms.




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