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Sex History Calculator

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Slate features a sex history calculator. Input your age, gender (male or female) and number of sex partners since 18 and compare results with other participants.

Can you remember everyone?

Do you even WANT to remember everyone? 😉

Here’s the online calculator so that you can try it yourself:
Sex History Calculator

PS: Apparently I’ve done the deed more than 86% of my female peers. However, I should state that I’ve never been one to choose sexual partners lightly, and I don’t regret even a single one. I guess my age group tended to not be too sexually adventurous or something…

Canadian Government Finally Rescinds the Tampon Tax

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Starting on July 1st 2015, Canadian women will pay less for feminine hygiene products, as the government *finally* announced that they will be exempting the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) on “a supply of a product that is marketed exclusively for feminine hygiene purposes and is a sanitary napkin, tampon, sanitary belt, menstrual cup or other similar product.

Over the years, there has been a lot of pressure on the government to remove the tax on feminine hygiene products, however considering that they made $36,398,387 in taxes on feminine hygiene products in last year alone, they have extremely reluctant to make any changes. Several provinces currently still charge the provincial portion of the tax (PST) on these products and have not yet announced any changes to the tax.

Quebec passes dying-with-dignity bill

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Terminally ill patients in Quebec now have the right to choose to die. In a historic vote in the National Assembly, Quebec has become the first province to legalize doctor-assisted death as part of comprehensive end-of-life legislation.

The non-partisan Bill 52, also known as an act respecting end-of-life care, passed Thursday afternoon June 5th 2014, in a free vote at the National Assembly in Quebec City.

Bill 52 outlines the conditions in which a terminally ill adult patient who is of sound mind may request continuous palliative sedation that would lead to death. Patients would need to have an incurable illness and be in “an advanced state of irreversible decline in capacities.” They would also have to be in constant and unbearable physical and psychological pain that doctors would view as impossible to relieve through medication.

The procedure for making the request would be supervised by the attending physician and approved though consultation with the hospital’s medical team. And, finally, a patient could at any time withdraw a signed request for medical aid in dying.

For more details:

CBC Montreal: Quebec Passes Dying-With-Dignity Bill

Globe & Mail: Quebec Adopts Right-To-Die Legislation

Bad timing for a painful episode

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So, last night my switch partner, Oudjat, and I were getting ready to go out for our regular Saturday night at Club L’Espace, our favourite Montreal fetish club and dungeon. The theme was “Black & Red” and we were looking forward to making our most suitable choices from within our respective kink wardrobe.

But first, I decided that it would be a good idea for me to have a light bite to eat; as it had been a while since I had ate anything and I knew I needed some fortification for the night’s activities. I already had a very light headache that had been affecting me for the past hour; but had already taken a few meds, trusting them to get rid of it shortly.

Unfortunately, not long after eating, I got a sudden wicked back ache and decided to lie down flat on my back in bed for a few minutes, with my knees bent, to help relax my back and to let the pain subside. (For those who are not familiar with my situation; I have old back and knee injuries that seriously affect my mobility at times.) I had just taken some Robaxacet about 10 minutes earlier, and figured that it would just take a few more minutes for it to take effect.

However, after about another 10 minutes, I felt a very strong wave of nausea sweep over me — it felt very strange and I was wondering if there had been something wrong with anything that had been in my steak & cheese sandwich.

The nausea did subside slightly but was replaced by an increase in pain of my headache and it started to throb on the left side and back of my skull — a sure sign of impending migraine for me. Unfortunately, it hit really quickly and soon had me in tears and clutching my skull from the intense pain.

Worst of all, I have a condition called “Hyperalgesia”, which is a hypersensitivity to pain. It is one of the reasons why I am so very careful of causing pain in others, even consensual pain — I need to satisfy myself that it is indeed what they want, because I myself have a hard time enduring it.

End result, I was in agony for several hours and it was finally only when I resorted to a much heavier painkiller that I was able to have a minor respite from the distinct feeling that resembled having a shovel smacked against my skull. Repeatedly. For hours.

When it finally eased off to more of a dull throb, I was so exhausted that I fell into a very restless sleep; because I still would get the occasional feeling of an icepick behind my left eyeball. I truly appreciate the tender care of my Sweetheart, who helped me with getting meds, ice packs, as well as some hot sweet Jasmine tea afterwards to help me relax.

Needless to say; we missed out on attending our evening at Club L’Espace — which is such a shame, because we always look forward to it so much.

Today (Sunday), I contacted my best friend (and fellow migraine sufferer) and asked if she happened to have gotten one too around the same time. Turns out that indeed she had, and was still suffering some of it’s effects into Sunday.

Now, I would never wish a migraine on *anyone* (they are that nasty), but somehow there is a small solace in knowing that it’s not just me. We’ve always believed that there is often an environmental factor that can trigger some of our migraines, such as sudden changes in barometric pressure caused by changing weather patterns. Knowing that we both get one at almost the exact time, despite being 20km apart gives strength to this theory.

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For more info regarding migraines, their symptoms and possible treatment, check out this “Migraine Fact Sheet“.

Definition of Hyperalgesia

Death in the Family

Yesterday, I received news that the only other woman I called “Mom” (besides my own Mother) had passed away suddenly the day before.

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It was a terrible shock, as I had been tracking her recent illness and progress via my friend’s FB statuses and text messages. They had done emergency surgery and installed a pacemaker and everything seem to be on the upswing; but she passed away peacefully the following day.

It’s been very difficult to accept, and in my grief I have not felt up to blogging very much; so you’ll have to forgive me if I go silent for a while…

Article: BDSM Kinksters Healthier Than Vanilla People

Although the concept is something that us kinksters seem to have been aware of for some time; a recent study seems to have opened up the eyes of the scientific community.

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“Despite the fact that their sexual preferences are listed in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders as potentially problematic, people who play with whips and chains in the bedroom may actually be more psychologically healthy than those who don’t.”

“A new study finds that practitioners of bondage, discipline, sadism and masochism, or BDSM, score better on a variety of personality and psychological measures than “vanilla” people who don’t engage in unusual sex acts. A new study, published May 16 in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, finds that, in fact, BDSM practitioners may be better off psychologically than the general public.”

Read the full article: 
http://www.livescience.com/34832-bdsm-healthy-psychology.html

Been out of commission as of late…

Well, the new year 2010 has not been a particularly good one for me so far — at least on the health front…

Shortly after New Years Day, I managed to strain an old back injury quite badly; necessitating the better part of 3 to 4 weeks of recovery. Unfortunately, most of that time was spent flat on my back in bed — with an electric heat pack and painkillers. Not a particularly productive month, to say the least! sigh

Woman with back pain

Just as I was starting to get some semblance of slow mobility back around the middle of February, I caught a nasty cold. At first it took it’s usual run, with sneezing, sniffling, sore throat and coughing. But then, the sore throat got worse and so did the coughing — *really* worse. Like, muscle-cramps-in-my-upper-back-from-coughing-so-hard and I-can’t-get-any-sleep-because-of-the-coughing kinda worse. I have days were I have almost no voice because of the coughing or because I could barely breathe. Talk about non-consensual breath play!!

So, after suffering over a week of that, I figured that something else serious had developed from the cold. Based on years gone by; I know that I am particularly prone to upper respiratory infections; so I made the trek out to one of the emergency clinics on the West Island early on a Sunday morning. At least that way there wouldn’t be much of a crowd as usual, and my Sweetheart would be able to keep me company. After a relatively short 2.5 hour wait (I’ve known people to wait 6 hours or more in other clinics or to be outright turned away); my suspicions were confirmed — I have a case of acute bronchitis. (At least it had not degenerated into pneumonia!)

Woman with inhaler

I’ve had this before and it tends to really stick longer with me than with most folks. It was not caused by a bacterial infection, so antibiotics were not necessary or recommended. At least I got a prescription of some inhalers to help me breathe more easily. The inhalers have done a good job so far, in that they allow me to finally get some sleep! I was barely managing on 3-4 hours a day, because every time I lay down, I’d start coughing up and feel like I was choking and couldn’t breathe. The sleep has done me a lot of good, but I still have a long way to go before I’m completely well again.

So, long story summarized — I’m still mostly out of commission for the next while and will be restricting my activities in order to be able to rest and recuperate. I want to be able to enjoy Spring when it finally arrives!! So don’t worry too much if you are one of the Montreal locals and haven’t seen me lately; it’s only temporary and I hope to be back out and active as soon as my health allows…