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A Tiny Detail, Often Forgotten: The Pre-Marital Check-Up

Congratulations, you’re getting married! A wedding is one of life’s biggest events to plan, and you have probably thought of everything by now, even the prenup. Except there is one detail that brides-to-be often forget before embarking on the blissful honeymoon: a gynecological exam.

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As unpleasant as going to the doctor can be, it is essential to make sure your vaginal health is in good order before the honeymoon. Not only can certain vaginal conditions make sex uncomfortable or impossible, but sex can irritate the vagina and make an existing condition worse. Here are some symptoms and conditions to look out for and ask your doctor to test for before your big day:

STD Tests and Bacterial Tests

If you’re having mysterious symptoms that don’t match any particular criteria, an STD and bacteria screening may be in order. Maybe you have unusual discharge, sores on the genitals, or chronic fatigue. These can be caused by common STD’s or bacterial imbalances, some of which are easily cured by a visit to the doctor. You don’t want to have painful sex on your honeymoon or give an infection to your partner. Be safe and get checked before the wedding for a happy and healthy start to your marriage.

Yeast Infections

Vaginal yeast infections are marked by itchiness, dryness, irritation and pale, sometimes foul-smelling discharge. These infections happen because the pH balance of the vagina is off and yeasts are allowed to grow out of control. They can be caused by things like soaps, chemicals near the vagina, stress, and diet, to name just a few. Sex can irritate the vagina further if there is a yeast infection present, and the smell and discharge can be unpleasant.

Vaginal Dryness

Vaginal dryness could be a particularly surprising ailment that you might not have thought about affecting your marriage. The biggest symptom of vaginal dryness is the inability to become naturally lubricated through arousal. But there are other symptoms such as vaginal discomfort, burning, itching, and irritation. When the cervix is not producing enough moisture for the vaginal walls, sex can be very painful. Also, a dry vagina is not cleaning itself as it should and leaving the area vulnerable to infections. Painful sex and chronic infections don’t make for a happy and healthy sex life. Fortunately, vaginal dryness is relatively easy to diagnose and treat with a little help from your doctor.

Urinary Tract Infections

These infections occur when foreign bacteria (usually from the anal area) makes its way into the urethra. The symptoms include a burning feeling while urinating, blood in the urine, painful sex, pelvic pain and even fever. It is simple for doctors to diagnose and treat these infections, but it should be done right away as a UTI can spread to the kidneys and cause severe damage. Frequent sex and specific birth controls can cause and aggravate UTI’s, so get checked before the big day to avoid unnecessary pain.

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Former Supreme Court Justice Souter on The Danger of America’s ‘Pervasive Civic Ignorance’

Former Supreme Court Justice David Souter sat down with Margaret Warner and answered an audience question concerning the appropriate role of schools to produce civic engaged students.

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Former Supreme Court Justice Souter on The Danger of America’s ‘Pervasive Civic Ignorance’

Former Supreme Court Justice David Souter’s answer during a 2012 open forum at UNH Law School was nothing short of prophecy for what was to come in 2016. And more greatly, he touches on the way to solve it, political literacy.

When asked about the decline of civics education in the schools and what effect that has on government, Souter launched into a lengthy answer that portended the rise of Donald Trump. Rachel Maddow featured this video in a longer report on her show.

The entire clip is worth watching, but if you just want the prophecy, skip to 4:00 or so. This is the transcript from that point forward below.

“But the reason I said I think it is the most significant problem that we’ve got is that I think some of the aspects of current American government that people on both sides find frustrating are in part a function of the inability of people to understand how government can and should function.

“It is a product of civic ignorance.

“What I worry about is a remark that Benjamin Franklin made and Susan Leahy quoted Jefferson at the beginning about how “an ignorant people can never remain a free people.”

“Democracy cannot survive too much ignorance.

“Franklin, in effect, had a comment to which the Jefferson comment is a kind of an answer or a response. You’ve probably heard this but it bears repeating.

“Franklin was asked by someone I think on the streets of Philadelphia shortly after the 1787 convention adjourned in what kind of government the constitution would give us if it was adopted. Franklin’s famous answer was “a Republic, if you can keep it.” (edited)

“You can’t keep it in ignorance. I don’t worry about our losing republican government in the United States because I’m afraid of a foreign invasion. I don’t worry about it because I think there is going to be a coup by the military as has happened in some other places.

“What I worry about is that when problems are not addressed, people will not know who is responsible. And when the problems get bad enough, as they might do, for example, with another serious terrorist attack, as they might do with another financial meltdown, some one person will come forward and say, “Give me total power and I will solve this problem.”

“That is how the Roman republic fell. Augustus became emperor not because he arrested the Roman senate. He became emperor because he promised he would solve problems that were not being solved.

“If we know who is responsible, I have enough faith in the American people to demand performance from those responsible.

“If we don’t know, we will stay away from the polls. We will not demand it. And the day will come when somebody will come forward and we and the government will in effect say, “take the ball and run with it.”

“Do what you have to do.”

“That is the way democracy dies. And if something is not done to improve the level of civic knowledge, that is what you should worry about at night.”

-Former Supreme Court Justice Souter on The Danger of America’s ‘Pervasive Civic Ignorance’

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Billie Eilish LIVE at the Forum 2020 – Full Concert

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Billie Eilish LIVE at the Forum 2020 – Full Concert

The five-time Grammy Award winner is on tour!

The Grammy award-winning popstress is heading out back out on tour in 2020! Having only just finished her When We Fall Asleep Tour Billie Eilish is back on the road for her Where Do We Go? World Tour! With her debut album, 2019’s “When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?”, hitting the number one spot in over ten countries and garnering the 2020 Grammy award for Album of the Year Eilish has catapulted into superstardom with no sign of her being just a one-hit-wonder.

Eilish first turned musical ears when the song she wrote with her talented brother and on stage ally, Finneas went viral in 2015. “Ocean Eyes” was just a taste of things to come and heralded a bold, out-of-the-box pop persona that mixes avant-garde fashion and a tough-as-nails swagger, all tied up with an incredibly expressive and beautiful voice. Garnering five Grammy awards at the 2020 ceremony (Record of the Year for “Bad Guy”, Album of the Year, Best New Artist, Song of the Year for “Bad Guy” and Best Pop Vocal Album) Billie has proved that she’s no one-hit wonder! Don’t miss your chance to this superstar live!

BILLIE EILISH

Wherever Billie goes next, the world will be watching and drawn to her hypnotic live shows. And to be honest, she seems to be well up for whatever comes next.

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Setlist:

  • 01. Bad Guy
  • 02. My Strange Addiction
  • 03. You should see me in a Crown
  • 04. Idontwannabeyouanymore
  • 05. COPYCAT
  • 06. All the Good Girls go to Hell
  • 07. Everything I Wanted
  • 08. Bellyache
  • 09. Ocean Eyes
  • 10. When the party’s Over
  • 11. Bury a Friend

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2020: The Musical

Jimmy and Andrew Rannells recap the year 2020 through Broadway songs like “Defying Gravity” from Wicked, “Memory” from Cats and “My Shot” from Hamilton.

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Andrew Rannells from The Book of Mormon and the film version of The Prom. It’s 2020: The MusicalJimmy Fallon‘s latest late-night extravaganza that recaps the train wreck that was 2020 through remixes of Broadway hits.

“Defying Gravity” from Wicked becomes “Losing My Sanity” for the quarantine crowd, “Suddenly Seymour” from Little Shop of Horrors becomes “Suddenly COVID,” “You Can’t Stop the Beat” from Hairspray becomes a “You Can’t Stop the Count” anthem for the election, and “My Shot” from Hamilton becomes about the COVID-19 vaccine shot.

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