Cantharidin is a blistering agent which has long been associated with sexual pleasure. Otherwise known as the active ingredient of Spanish Fly men have long turned to this chemical as part of their arsenal of romantic tricks.
However – what does this chemical actually do – and is it effective as part of a romantic approach to women.
The answer is no. Cantharidin is a blistering agent that is obtained from the crushed carapaces of Blister Beetles. This powder or dust does cause inflammation – and when applied to the genital region will cause inflammation. However when given orally the best result will be an inflammation of the urinary tract – and most often in men.
The Cantharidin toxin is often referred to as ‘Spanish Fly‘ and almost always bought as an aphrodisiac. The result of ingestion is more often than not extremely disappointing. It simply does not work. The irritant is part of the Blister Beetle’s defense when other predators try to eat it. It doesn’t create anything like pleasure – it simply irritates the parts that it comes into contact with.
Eat or ingest it and it will cause swelling and pain when it is excreted. In men this is usually when it is extracted via the urinary tract. In other words the penis will become engorged. This is by no means pleasant – it’s painful.
In women the effect is much less pronounced – if you want to affect a women ‘ Spanish Fly’ is possibly one of the least effective ways to do it.
And the ‘Spanish Fly you’re buying is usually bogus. The retail versions usually contain very little Cantharidin – the active ingredient.
Take the lady out for dinner and make the most of your personality – it’s going to be much more effective.
As someone who’s successfully been through two of my own full term pregnancies, I’m well aware of the fact that expectant mothers are constantly being inundated with the same few endlessly repeated health tips from unintentionally annoying well wishers. By the my second trimester, I had lost the ability to recall the number of times someone had told me to drink lots of water, watch the liquor, and get some mild exercise. I’ve been through it, and I’m fully aware of how awful it is. To combat all the dumb advice given to pregnant women, here’s some of the stuff you’ll want to know that they won’t tell you.
Moisturize your skin more than you think you need to. It’s the only real way to reduce your risk of stretch marks, and it’s a nice little way to indulge yourself.
You don’t have to exercise like an old lady. I asked my physician my second time around, and he confirmed that as long as you’re not belly flopping or doing the worm, exercise can only help you.
Most of all, don’t just think about your baby’s health. Consider your own physical and mental well-being. Your health and your baby’s health are linked, and it’s part of your job as a responsible mother to take care of yourself.
So I’m headed to a barbecue in a few hours, so I’m going to keep this brief. This post was inspired by my friend Karen, who just found out that she’s expecting and asked for some pregnancy tips. I’m not entirely sure if this whole childbearing thing is really my wheelhouse (I generally think of lighter fare like naming dogs and playing badminton as my wheelhouse), but I’ve definitely picked up some stuff throughout my three pregnancies. Here are the basics:
Coconut oil is your friend. While popular culture tends to show pregnant mothers as radiant and glowing like a
candle, that’s rarely how it actually goes. Moisturizing frequently can help prevent stretch marks, and will help you feel a little more cheery.
Eat well. This is one of those super traditional tips everyone hears over and over again, but I’m serious. It’s for your own good; pregnancy messes with your digestive processes, and eating healthy will keep you from feeling like a bloated mess.
When in doubt, do what feels right. As long as it’s not a medical issue, everyone is free to carry out their pregnancy as they wish. Don’t sweat the details; in the end, eating some Chinese food instead of quinoa and steamed vegetables isn’t the end of the world.
Being pregnant and carrying a new member of your family is one of life’s greatest blessings. In order to take care of yourself and the baby, however, it is important to make healthy choices.
Taking prenatal vitamins is one step you should take. These give you the nutrients that you and your growing baby need.
Also, stay active. Most pregnant mothers are able to take part in regular exercise. This helps control your weight, keeps your mood elevated, allows you to sleep better, and improves your circulation.
Another good health tips is to avoid, or at least cut back on caffeine. It can have harmful effects on the little baby growing in your belly.
Along with avoiding caffeine, you should also avoid smoking and alcohol. These can also harm the baby.
Other things you can do to have a healthy pregnancy are to visit your doctor on a regular basis. Also, make sure that you take the advice of him or her to assure that you will have a pregnancy that is as healthy for you and your baby as possible. The little life growing inside of you is counting on you to protect him or her.