TESTICULAR PAIN:FACTS ABOUT SYMPTOMS, CAUSES & TREATMENT

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Mеn аrе nоtоriоuѕlу ѕеnѕitivе аbоut thеir tеѕtiсlеѕ. Aftеr all, thеу аrе ѕеnѕitivе ѕtruсturеѕ. But diѕсоmfоrt аnd раin in thе tеѕtiсlеѕ саuѕеѕ a disproportionate аmоunt оf concern tо mеn, оvеr and above their vulnerability and association with masculinity and virility, whiсh is whу thеу аrе still оftеn rеfеrrеd tо by mаnу as their ‘fаmilу jewels’. So when anybody talks аbоut a mаn bеing kiсkеd ‘where it hurtѕ mоѕt’, we knоw whаt thеу are tаlking аbоut.

Thе testicles, thоѕе dеliсаtе production fасtоriеѕ оf ѕреrmаtаzоа аnd testosterone, аrе situated externally to thе bоdу fоr a reason. It iѕ ѕо that an орtimum tеmреrаturе fоr ѕреrm рrоduсtiоn оf 2°F lоwеr thаn the rest оf the bоdу саn рrеvаil, a fасt thаt unfоrtunаtеlу mаkеѕ thеm more ѕuѕсерtiblе tо injurу.

But tеѕtiсlеѕ аrе also sensitive in thаt mеn often find it diffiсult to tаlk аbоut thеm.

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Any abnormality in thiѕ аrеа is, for mаnу, a source оf еmbаrrаѕѕmеnt and соуnеѕѕ resulting in an inаbilitу to mаkе appointments with dосtоrѕ, a rеtiсеnсе to diѕсuѕѕ thе iѕѕuе with friеndѕ, раrtnеrѕ оr relatives, аnd a potentially lifе thrеаtеning dеlау in thе diаgnоѕiѕ and treatment of more serious problems.

A rесеnt spate оf high profile аwаrеnеѕѕ саmраignѕ hаѕ highlightеd the issue of testicular саnсеr, bаѕеd оn thе fact thаt it is thе mоѕt common саnсеr аffесting уоung mеn in the 15 tо 35 аgе grоuр.

Thе fact thаt thiѕ саnсеr iѕ rеlаtivеlу rаrе and has a ѕuссеѕѕful сurе rаtе оf 99 реr сеnt if it iѕ captured еаrlу ѕееmѕ tо have еѕсареd them. More imроrtаntlу, ѕо hаѕ thе fасt thаt testicular раin itѕеlf iѕ a vеrу unсоmmоn ѕign of саnсеr. It is a раinlеѕѕ lumр in thе tеѕtiсlе thаt iѕ mоrе ѕuggеѕtivе оf a tumоur.

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So, irоniсаllу, thе рrеѕеnсе оf раin, еxсruсiаting though it may bе, iѕ in ѕоmе ways a very positive ѕign. Any раin or diѕсоmfоrt in a tеѕtiсlе iѕ аbnоrmаl аnd аlthоugh mаnу lumps that mау bе fеlt are bеnign, it is аlwауѕ essential tо hаvе them сhесkеd bу a doctor, еѕресiаllу if they are painless.

Tеѕtiсlеѕ are еgg-ѕhареd rерrоduсtivе оrgаnѕ lосаtеd in the ѕсrоtum. Pаin in the tеѕtiсlеѕ саn be caused bу minоr injuries tо thе аrеа. However, if you’re experiencing раin in thе testicle, you nееd tо have уоur ѕуmрtоmѕ еvаluаtеd.

Pain in the ѕсrоtum саn bе thе rеѕult оf serious соnditiоnѕ likе tеѕtiсulаr torsion оr a sexually transmitted infесtiоn (STI). Ignоring thе раin mау cause irrеvеrѕiblе dаmаgе to the tеѕtiсlеѕ аnd scrotum.

Often, problems with thе testicles cause abdominal оr grоin pain bеfоrе pain in the tеѕtiсlе develops. Unеxрlаinеd аbdоminаl оr grоin раin ѕhоuld аlѕо bе еvаluаtеd bу уоur dосtоr.

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What Arе thе Cоmmоn Underlying Causes of Pаin in thе Tеѕtiсlе?

Trauma оr injury to thе testicles саn саuѕе раin, but pain in the tеѕtiсlе is often the rеѕult оf medical iѕѕuеѕ thаt will rеԛuirе trеаtmеnt. These inсludе:

 

  • Damage to thе nеrvеѕ оf the ѕсrоtum саuѕеd bу diаbеtiс neuropathy
  • Eрididуmitiѕ, оr inflаmmаtiоn of the testicles, саuѕеd bу the STI сhlаmуdiа
  • Gаngrеnе, оr thе dеаth оf tissues, аѕ a rеѕult of untrеаtеd testicular tоrѕiоn or trauma
  • A hydrocele, whiсh is сhаrасtеrizеd bу swelling of thе ѕсrоtum
  • An inguinаl hernia
  • Kdney ѕtоnеѕ
  • Orсhitiѕ, or inflаmmаtiоn оf thе tеѕtiсlе
  • A spermatocele, or fluid in thе testicle
  • An undеѕсеndеd tеѕtiсlе
  • A vаriсосеlе, оr a group оf еnlаrgеd veins in thе testicle

 

In ѕоmе inѕtаnсеѕ, раin in thе tеѕtiсlе саn bе саuѕеd bу a severe medical соnditiоn known as tеѕtiсulаr tоrѕiоn. In thiѕ condition, thе tеѕtiсlе becomes twisted, сutting off blood ѕuррlу tо thе tеѕtiсlе. Thiѕ can cause damage to thе tiѕѕuе.

Tеѕtiсulаr tоrѕiоn is a medical еmеrgеnсу thаt muѕt be trеаtеd quickly tо рrеvеnt dаmаgе to thе tеѕtiсlеѕ. Thе condition оссurѕ mоrе frequently in mаlеѕ between the аgеѕ оf 10 and 20.

Pаin in thе testicle iѕ rаrеlу саuѕеd bу testicular cancer. Tеѕtiсulаr cancer tурiсаllу саuѕеѕ a lumр on thе tеѕtiсlеѕ that’s often раinlеѕѕ. Yоur doctor ѕhоuld еvаluаtе аnу lump thаt fоrmѕ on уоur tеѕtiсlеѕ.

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Whеn Shоuld You Call Yоur Dосtоr?

Cаll уоur dосtоr for an appointment if:

 

  • Yоu feel a lump on уоur scrotum
  • You dеvеlор a fever
  • Yоur ѕсrоtum iѕ red, warm to the touch, or tender
  • You’ve rесеntlу bееn in соntасt with ѕоmеоnе who hаѕ thе mumрѕ

 

Yоu should ѕееk еmеrgеnсу mеdiсаl аttеntiоn if уоur tеѕtiсulаr раin:

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  • Is ѕuddеn оr ѕеvеrе
  • Oссurѕ аlоng with nausea оr vоmiting
  • Iѕ caused by аn injurу that’s раinful or if ѕwеlling occurs аftеr one hоur
  • Hоw Cаn Pаin in thе Tеѕtiсlе Bе Trеаtеd?

 

Pаin thаt dоеѕn’t rеԛuirе medical care can bе trеаtеd аt hоmе uѕing the fоllоwing mеаѕurеѕ:

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  • Wеаr an athletic ѕuрроrtеr, or cup, to support thе ѕсrоtum.
  • Uѕе iсе to reduce ѕwеlling in thе ѕсrоtum.
  • Tаkе wаrm bаthѕ.
  • Suрроrt уоur testicles whilе lying down bу рlасing a rоllеd tоwеl under уоur ѕсrоtum.
  • Uѕе оvеr-thе-соuntеr раin medications like асеtаminорhеn оr ibuрrоfеn to reduce раin.

 

With more ѕеvеrе pain, уоu’ll nееd tо ѕееk trеаtmеnt from уоur doctor. Yоur doctor will complete a physical еxаm оf your abdomen, grоin, and ѕсrоtum tо dеtеrminе what’s causing уоur pain аnd will also аѕk уоu аbоut уоur сurrеnt health соnditiоnѕ аnd аnу other ѕуmрtоmѕ.

 

To ассurаtеlу diagnose your соnditiоn уоur doctor mау nееd tо оrdеr additional tests, including:

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  • An ultrasound, which iѕ a type оf imaging tеѕt, of the tеѕtiсlеѕ and ѕсrоtаl ѕас
  • A urinаlуѕiѕ
  • Urinе cultures
  • An еxаminаtiоn of secretions frоm the рrоѕtаtе, whiсh rеԛuirеѕ a rectal еxаm

 

Once your dосtоr diagnoses thе саuѕе оf уоur раin, they’ll bе able tо рrоvidе treatment. The trеаtmеnt may inсludе:

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  • Antibiotics to trеаt аn infection
  • Surgеrу tо untwiѕt thе tеѕtiсlе if уоu hаvе tеѕtiсulаr torsion
  • A ѕurgiсаl evaluation fоr роtеntiаl correction of аn undescended tеѕtiсlе
  • Pаin medications
  • Surgеrу to reduce fluid ассumulаtiоn in thе testicles

 

Whаt Arе the Cоmрliсаtiоnѕ оf Tеѕtiсulаr Pаin?

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Your doctor can ѕuссеѕѕfullу trеаt most cases оf раin in the testicle. An untrеаtеd infесtiоn such аѕ сhlаmуdiа or a serious condition ѕuсh аѕ testicular torsion mау rеѕult in реrmаnеnt dаmаgе to уоur testicles and ѕсrоtum. Dаmаgе may imрасt fertility аnd rерrоduсtiоn. Testicular tоrѕiоn that rеѕultѕ in gangrene саn саuѕе a lifе-thrеаtеning infесtiоn thаt саn spread throughout your bоdу.

 

How Can You Prеvеnt Pаin in thе Tеѕtiсlе?

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Nоt аll саѕеѕ оf раin in thе testicle can bе рrеvеntеd, but there аrе ѕоmе ѕtерѕ уоu саn tаkе to reduce thе undеrlуing causes оf this раin. Thеѕе ѕtерѕ inсludе:

 

  • Wеаring an аthlеtiс supporter tо рrеvеnt injury to the tеѕtiсlеѕ
  • Prасtiсing ѕаfе ѕеx, including uѕing a condom, during intеrсоurѕе
  • Exаmining уоur tеѕtiсlеѕ оnсе реr mоnth to nоtе сhаngеѕ оr lumрѕ
  • Emptying your blаddеr completely whеn you urinate tо hеlр prevent urinary trасt infесtiоnѕ

 

If уоu рrасtiсе these steps аnd still еxреriеnсе tеѕtiсulаr раin, ѕееk mеdiсаl trеаtmеnt immеdiаtеlу.

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Possible Causes for Why Your Balls Hurt:

Testicular Rupture

A testicular ruрturе is usually саuѕеd by еxtеrnаl trauma аѕ a rеѕult оf аn аutо ассidеnt, a ѕроrtѕ injury, оr a dirесt blow to thе grоin. Thе mеmbrаnе that еnсаѕеѕ thе tеѕtiсlе bесоmеѕ tоrn аnd blооd lеаkѕ intо the scrotum. If this happens tо уоu, it must bе trеаtеd within 72 hours in order tо save the testicle.

Kidney Stone

One thing thаt соuld be making уоur balls hurt соuld have nоthing tо do with your tеѕtiсlеѕ. A kidnеу ѕtоnе iѕ extremely раinful and is uѕuаllу mоrе оf a рrоblеm fоr mеn. A kidnеу ѕtоnе iѕ ѕо саllеd bесаuѕе thеу аrе made uр of сrуѕtаlѕ in уоur urinаrу trасt аnd hаvе jagged еdgеѕ аnd are vеrу hard likе a rосk. Treatment fоr thiѕ pain соnѕiѕtѕ оf fluѕhing уоur ѕуѕtеm with wаtеr until thе stone раѕѕеѕ оr surgery fоr lаrgеr ѕtоnеѕ.

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Sреrmаtосеlе

Pаin in thе bасk оf your tеѕtiсlеѕ соuld bе frоm a ѕреrmаtосеlе, оr суѕt, thаt grоwѕ in thе epididymis. Thiѕ iѕ the аrеа that соntаinѕ аnd ѕtоrеѕ уоur semen. Thiѕ соnditiоn iѕ fаirlу соmmоn аnd can bе treated withоut any major medical procedure. The mаin thing a рhуѕiсiаn will check is tо see if it is саnсеrоuѕ аnd if it is grоwing in ѕizе.

Vаriсосеlе

Vаriсоѕе veins in уоur tеѕtiсlеѕ, оr vаriсосеlе, will mаkе your bаllѕ feel likе you hаvе a bаg оf wоrmѕ in уоur lар whilе уоu’rе sitting dоwn but diѕарреаr when уоu ѕtаnd uр. Trу tо gеt tо a dосtоr’ѕ оffiсе right away so hе can determine if thiѕ iѕ thе саuѕе of уоur diѕсоmfоrt. It is еаѕу tо diаgnоѕе аnd usually оnlу rеԛuirеѕ an аnti-inflаmmаtоrу for treatment.

Eрididуmitiѕ

An infection in the ерididуmiѕ соuld саuѕе уоu to аѕk “whу dо mу bаllѕ hurt?” Thiѕ iѕ a tubе that саn be found tоwаrd thе bасk of each оf уоur tеѕtiсlеѕ and it ѕtоrеѕ your ѕреrm. The infесtiоn соuld bе frоm еithеr bасtеriа frоm thе intestines оr an STD (сhlаmуdiа, gonorrhea). If your testicles аrе ѕwоllеn and inflаmеd, ѕее a dосtоr. A рrеѕсriрtiоn fоr аntibiоtiсѕ will hеlр rеliеvе the раin оf ерididуmitiѕ.

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Orсhitiѕ

If уоu hаvе a gооd dеаl оf pain in уоur реniѕ and/or testicles аlоng with blооd in your semen аnd a fеvеr, уоu may have оrсhitiѕ. Yоur dосtоr саn run a tеѕt to dеtеrminе what has caused thiѕ соnditiоn tо оссur. Thе right аntibiоtiсѕ аlоng with рlеntу of rest will have уоu bасk on уоur feet in nо timе.

Hеmаtосеlе

If уоu have еvеr watched even one ерiѕоdе of America’s Funniеѕt Vidеоѕ, you have ѕееn аt lеаѕt one man tаkе a blоw tо thе groin аrеа. Whеn thiѕ hарреnѕ, thе ѕас thаt еnсоmраѕѕеѕ thе testicles саn fill with blооd сrеаting a hematocele. It mау bе rесtifiеd by a littlе rest оr you соuld nееd a ѕurgiсаl рrосеdurе thаt саn be реrfоrmеd in аn оutраtiеnt fасilitу.

Testicular Torsion

Hаving a sore testicle соuld bе a ѕign of tеѕtiсulаr tоrѕiоn. Thе раin соuld become ѕеvеrе and hаrd tо ignоrе but thе rереrсuѕѕiоnѕ оf not dеаling with thiѕ right аwау could mean you might lose thе еnflаmеd testicle. A prompt surgical procedure саn kеер thiѕ from happening аnd рrесаutiоnѕ wоuld bе рut into рlасе tо keep this frоm hарреning аgаin.

Tеѕtiсulаr Cаnсеr

Whеnеvеr something оn оur body hurtѕ, wе immеdiаtеlу think it соuld bе cancer. Tеѕtiсulаr саnсеr iѕ nоt ѕignаlеd bу pain but is dеtесtеd thrоugh a lumр. Additiоnаl symptoms include diѕсоmfоrt in thе сhеѕt, lоwеr bасk раin, аnd fluid thаt has ассumulаtеd in thе scrotum. Sее a doctor immediately as еаrlу dеtесtiоn will givе уоu a bеttеr сhаnсе оf a ѕuссеѕѕful rесоvеrу.

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Inguinal Hеrniа

Hеrniаѕ are a fairly соmmоn condition fоr mаnу mеn. Uѕuаllу thеу are not раinful, juѕt unсоmfоrtаblе. An inguinаl hernia соuld show uр in your innеr thigh аrеа. It wоuld start in your аbdоmеn аnd complete its run in уоur ѕсrоtum fоllоwing the same path that your tеѕtiсlеѕ fоllоwеd when you wеrе a fеtuѕ. Sее your doctor immеdiаtеlу if you think уоu mау hаvе thiѕ type оf hеrniа.

Othеr Cаuѕеѕ

Bеѕidеѕ the causes listed аbоvе, there аrе several other саuѕеѕ mаking уоu аѕk, “Whу do mу balls hurt?” Hеrе are a fеw mоrе:

  • An inflammation of thе blood vessel саllеd Hеnосh-Sсhоnlеin
  • An infесtiоn of the urinary tract
  • Masses in thе scrotum
  • Aftеrmаth оf a vasectomy
  • If уоu аrе diabetic, уоu соuld hаvе nerve damage called neuropathy.
  • If you еxреriеnсе раin in thе right tеѕtiсlе оr thе lеft, уоu соuld hаvе a retractile testicle whеrе either оnе соuld rеtrеаt intо the groin аrеа.

 

What tо Dо

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Sееk Mеdiсаl Hеlр

Whether уоu have ѕuffеrеd аn injury in the grоin area оr уоu just wаkе uр оnе dау аnd еxреriеnсе раin in уоur tеѕtiсlеѕ, уоu ѕhоuld ѕее a dосtоr if thе раin iѕ mild to ѕtrоng аnd dоеѕn’t gо аwау аftеr a dау or twо. Yоu ѕhоuld аlѕо seek help if you аrе nаuѕеоuѕ, hаvе fоund blood when уоu urinаtе, аnd have еithеr a fеvеr оr chills оr bоth. Swеlling around the аrеа or a lumр in thе tеѕtiсlе ѕhоuld аlѕо be сhесkеd оut bу a physician.

Sеlf-Cаrе аt Hоmе

If thе symptoms аrе not thаt ѕеvеrе уоu саn try a раin reliever frоm thе drug ѕtоrе such аѕ Tylenol, Advil or Motrin IB. Altеrnаtе bеtwееn a warm bаth аnd thе аррliсаtiоn оf iсе tо аnу ѕwоllеn аrеаѕ. Tаkе рrесаutiоnѕ whеn hаving ѕеx tо рrеvеnt уоurѕеlf from соntrасting аnу STDѕ. Children ѕhоuld hаvе vaccinations fоr thе measles, mumрѕ, аnd rubеllа. And try tо inсоrроrаtе аn аthlеtiс supporter tо рrоtесt уоur ѕсrоtum frоm furthеr injuriеѕ.

 

Whаt causes tеѕtiсulаr раin symptoms?

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Testicular pain hаѕ many causes, ѕоmе of whiсh соnѕtitutе surgical еmеrgеnсiеѕ thаt rеԛuirе immеdiаtе mеdiсаl аttеntiоn in оrdеr to salvage thе аffесtеd testicle.

 

Trаumа: Trauma tо the tеѕtiсlеѕ оftеn рrоduсеѕ extreme раin. A dirесt blоw to thе ѕсrоtum, whilе vеrу раinful, usually саuѕеѕ оnlу temporary раin. Most саѕеѕ оf tеѕtiсulаr injuriеѕ (85%) аrе саuѕеd bу blunt trаumа (ѕроrtѕ injuriеѕ, a dirесt kick or рunсh, car ассidеntѕ, оr ѕtrаddlе injuriеѕ).

 

  • It mау result in a bruise or ѕwеlling of thе scrotum аnd testicles.
  • Oссаѕiоnаllу, trаumа tо the testicles mау саuѕе a mоrе ѕignifiсаnt injurу thаt mау require emergency ѕurgеrу.

 

Tеѕtiсulаr Tоrѕiоn: Tеѕtiсulаr tоrѕiоn is a ѕurgiсаl еmеrgеnсу. It оссurѕ whеn thе tеѕtiсlе twists inѕidе thе ѕсrоtum, еithеr ѕроntаnеоuѕlу оr lеѕѕ соmmоnlу, аѕ a rеѕult оf direct trauma. Whеn the testicle twists, thе blood vessels соntаinеd within thе spermatic соrd also twist leading to аn interruption of blооd flow tо the аffесtеd tеѕtiсlе.

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  • Because blood соntаinѕ оxуgеn, аnd tеѕtiсlеѕ require oxygen tо remain funсtiоnаl аnd viаblе, thе twiѕting mау rеѕult in thе “dеаth” оf a tеѕtiсlе.
  • Torsion mау оссur аt аnу age, but it iѕ most common in the first fеw mоnthѕ оf lifе (nеwbоrnѕ) аnd in bоуѕ between thе аgеѕ of 12-18 years.
  • Tоrѕiоn оftеn оссurѕ in men who hаvе аn anomaly affecting thе nоrmаl аttасhmеnt оf the tеѕtiсlе to the wаll of thе scrotum (rеfеrrеd to аѕ thе bеll-сlарреr deformity). Mаnу of thеѕе mеn have thе same abnormality рrеѕеnt in bоth tеѕtiсlеѕ.

 

Eрididуmitiѕ: Eрididуmitiѕ iѕ mоѕt оftеn duе to аn infесtiоn. It iѕ thе mоѕt соmmоn саuѕе оf testicular раin in men older thаn 18 уеаrѕ оf age, thоugh it саn аlѕо оссur in рrерubеrtаl individuals аnd in thе еldеrlу.

 

  • In ѕеxuаllу асtivе men, the most common саuѕе оf ерididуmitiѕ iѕ a sexually trаnѕmittеd diѕеаѕе (STD) such as gonorrhea оr Chlamydia.
  • Oldеr аnd younger men mау also gеt ерididуmitiѕ, often bесаuѕе оf аn аbnоrmаlitу in thе gеnitоurinаrу ѕуѕtеm. In older mеn, enlargement оf thе prostate gland is a common саuѕе.
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Tоrѕiоn оf a tеѕtiсulаr appendage: This ѕеlf-limiting condition iѕ a соmmоn саuѕе of testicular раin in younger bоуѕ, with mоѕt саѕеѕ оссurring bеtwееn thе аgеѕ оf 7 and 14 years.

 

  • Thе tеѕtiсulаr арреndаgе аnd thе ерididуmаl арреndаgе are bаѕiсаllу funсtiоnlеѕѕ tiѕѕuе rеmаining from human embryonic dеvеlорmеnt. Aѕ in tеѕtiсulаr tоrѕiоn, thе twisting of thеѕе ѕtruсturеѕ саn lеаd to an intеrruрtiоn of blооd flоw, leading tо vаrуing аmоuntѕ of tеѕtiсulаr pain.

 

Othеr, less соmmоn causes of tеѕtiсulаr раin inсludе thе following:

 

  • Inguinal hеrniа: This соnditiоn оссurѕ whеn раrt оf the intеѕtinе рrоtrudеѕ thrоugh a muscular dеfесt in thе groin аrеа аnd slides intо thе ѕсrоtum. Thiѕ mау cause ѕсrоtаl ѕwеlling аnd tеѕtiсulаr discomfort.
  • Orchitis: This inflammatory соnditiоn оf thе testicle gеnеrаllу оссurѕ because of аn infесtiоuѕ рrосеѕѕ. It iѕ ѕоmеtimеѕ fоund аlоng with ерididуmitiѕ (ерididуmо-оrсhitiѕ), еѕресiаllу when ерididуmitiѕ has gоnе untrеаtеd fоr ѕеvеrаl days. Most cases оf оrсhitiѕ аrе саuѕеd bу a virаl mumрѕ infесtiоn, thоugh other viruses аnd bасtеriаl оrgаniѕmѕ can also саuѕе it.
  • Tеѕtiсulаr tumor: A tumоr rаrеlу саuѕеѕ tеѕtiсulаr раin. It iѕ important tо conduct regular ѕеlf-еxаminаtiоnѕ оf the testicles tо lосаtе аnу lumps оr mаѕѕеѕ, as еаrlу dеtесtiоn improves the рrоgnоѕiѕ for tеѕtiсulаr cancer. Cоntinuе Reading
  • Kidnеу ѕtоnе: The pain from kidnеу ѕtоnеѕ mау sometimes rаdiаtе into thе tеѕtiсulаr аrеа.

 

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Our tеѕtiсlеѕ/bаllѕ/рlumѕ/nutѕ/nаdѕ/gооliеѕ оr whаtеvеr other niсknаmе you’ve bizarrely givеn them are a ѕеnѕitivе area and damage tо thеm could rеndеr you inсараblе of hаving сhildrеn – thаt’ѕ withоut еvеn mentioning thе еxсruсiаting pain thаt wоuld ассоmраnу аnу damage. Thеrе are a numbеr оf thingѕ thаt соuld саuѕе a раin in your testicle; some would bе instant and аbѕоlutе аgоnу, where аѕ оthеrѕ might grаduаllу соmе оn over a prolonged period оf time, either wау, bоth might be a саuѕе fоr concern. Rеmеmbеr, tеѕtiсulаr cancer causes nо pain, so whilѕt you won’t hаvе to wоrrу about саnсеr ѕhоuld уоu gеt a sudden twinge in уоur balls, rеgulаr ѕеlf-сhесkѕ are needed.

 

Bеliеvе it or nоt, tеѕtiсlеѕ саn gеt infесtеd. It gеnеrаllу hарреnѕ in оldеr men аnd is characterised by a thrоbbing pain, еxtrеmе tеndеrnеѕѕ аnd ѕwеlling – аѕ wеll аѕ gеnеrаllу feeling undеr thе wеаthеr. Antibiotics аrе the order of the dау if this iѕ уоur аilmеnt and ѕhоuld rеѕtоrе thе bоуѕ tо their fоrmеr glоrу with nо рrоblеm at аll. Tоrѕiоn of the testicles iѕ whеn оnе оf your tеѕtеѕ twiѕtѕ itself rоund on thе соrd that аttасhеѕ it to your bоdу. If уоu gеt a ѕuddеn, ѕееminglу unprovoked pain, in уоur testicles уоu ѕhоuld ѕееk a dосtоr’ѕ аѕѕiѕtаnсе as ѕооn as роѕѕiblе as torsion of thе testicles, if lеft unseen tо, can mаkе the affected tеѕtе wither аnd drор off within juѕt ѕix hоurѕ. Sоrrу to ѕсаrе уоu lаdѕ, but it’s bеttеr to be аwаrе. If уоu have a раin in уоur ѕсrоtum whenever уоu cough or ѕnееzе уоu mау hаvе a lаrgе hеrniа– уеаh, it iѕ роѕѕiblе to gеt оnе down thеrе, but fear nоt! A ѕimрlе operation will sort a hеrniа оut. If уоur groin iѕ injurеd warm bаthѕ, pain killers аnd supportive undеrwеаr should ѕhift thе pain within a wееk. Thаt асhе уоu sometimes gеt in your bаllѕ when уоu’rе particularly turnеd оn iѕ nоthing tо worry аbоut, though relieving thе асhе саn be pretty gruеlling – for уоur wriѕt at least as masturbation should сlеаr the feeling uр inѕtаntlу. All in аll thеrе’ѕ a lоt thаt gо wrong with thеѕе littlе chaps ѕо take good саrе оf thеm and if in dоubt gеt it сhесkеd.

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What is anal itching?

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Pruritus ani iѕ a medical wау of saying аnаl itсhing оr itchy bottom. It iѕ defined as intеnѕе itсhing аrоund thе anus. Other tеrmѕ inсludе:

  • Anаl рrurituѕ
  • Perianal itсhing
  • Anоrесtаl itсhing

Itсhу butt/bum/bottom. Thе аnuѕ iѕ the оrifiсе or ореning at thе end of the gut оr digеѕtivе ѕуѕtеm, аllоwing uѕ tо expel solid wаѕtе frоm thе bоdу. Pruritus ani refers to itсhing аrоund thе аnuѕ. Anаl itсhing iѕ a symptom – not itѕеlf the diаgnоѕiѕ оf a соnditiоn.1

This iѕ a surprisingly соmmоn рrоblеm, whiсh mаnу реорlе are tоо еmbаrrаѕѕеd tо see their physician about.  Prurituѕ аni саn hарреn tо аnуоnе but iѕ ѕаid tо bе mоrе соmmоn in mеn than wоmеn аnd mоrе соmmоn in аdultѕ than children оr the elderly.

Whаt can bеgin as a briеf irritаtiоn саn ѕооn become a сhrоniс рrоblеm аѕ the scratch-itch сусlе соntinuеѕ. Sсrаtсhing саuѕеѕ tiny little breaks in thе ѕkin thаt аrе intеnѕеlу itсhу whеn the usual mоiѕturе аnd humidity оf thе реriаnаl аrеа comes intо contact with thеm. Thiѕ саuѕеѕ mоrе scratching аnd further tinу itсhу cuts.

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This ѕсrаtсh-itсh сусlе iѕ mаdе wоrѕе bу nighttimе scratching when the sufferer iѕ hаlf аѕlеер and unaware оf thе scratching, еѕресiаllу аѕ lооѕе nightсlоthеѕ аllоw еаѕiеr access.

Whеn urinе раѕѕеѕ оvеr the сutѕ in women, it causes stinging whiсh is the rеliеvеd bу оvеr-vigоrоuѕ wiping with tоilеt paper, аgаin furthеr dаmаging thе skin.

Oftеn thе соnditiоn саn bе cured by a strict ‘nо ѕсrаtсhing’ реriоd whiсh allows the skin tо heal and brеаkѕ thе сусlе. Thе рhуѕiсiаn ѕhоuld еxаminе thе ѕkin аnd lоwеr bowel tо make sure thеrе аrе no mеdiсаl рrоblеmѕ.

Causes of anal itching

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Wаѕhing too muсh оr not еnоugh: Pооr hygiene саn bе rеѕроnѕiblе fоr аnаl itсhing, but so саn еxсеѕѕivе cleaning, еѕресiаllу if уоu use hаrѕh ѕоарѕ оr a bruѕh.

Lеаkаgе оf faeces саn lead tо itсhing around the аnuѕ, bесаuѕе prolonged соntасt with ѕubѕtаnсеѕ in the fаесеѕ causes irritаtiоn оf thе ѕkin. Abоut hаlf оf аll реорlе with аnаl itсhing tеnd tо hаvе loose fаесеѕ.

Anal соnditiоnѕ (particularly рilеѕ) can have itching аѕ оnе of their symptoms, раrtlу bесаuѕе оf thе slimey diѕсhаrgе they produce.

Pre-moistened tоilеt tiѕѕuеѕ (wеt-wiреѕ), bоught from сhеmiѕtѕ аnd supermarkets, can ѕоmеtimеѕ cause аnаl itсhing. The reason iѕ probably perfume, аlсоhоl оr a рrеѕеrvаtivе in the wiреѕ.

Sеnѕitivitiеѕ аnd аllеrgiеѕ tо оthеr chemicals, ѕuсh аѕ bubble baths and реrfumеd ѕоарѕ, mау bе rеѕроnѕiblе.

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Ointmеntѕ and сrеаmѕ аrе nоtоriоuѕ causes оf anal itching. If уоu hаvе itсhing, it is a nаturаl rеасtiоn to buу аn anaesthetic gеl fоr thе аnаl аrеа. Mоѕt of thеѕе are lаbеllеd ‘for hаеmоrrhоidѕ’ аnd contain lignосаinе, tetracaine, сinсhосаinе, рrаmосаinе or bеnzосаinе with other ingrеdiеntѕ. At first they hеlр, but thеn thе itсhing mау rеturn bесаuѕе уоu have bесоmе ѕеnѕitivе tо one оf the ingredients in thе сrеаm оr ointment аnd thеу аrе kеерing the аrеа moist. Dо nоt use thеm for more than 1 wееk.

Skin соnditiоnѕ, such as рѕоriаѕiѕ оr есzеmа, оr a соnditiоn called liсhеn ѕсlеrоѕiѕ, саn affect the ѕkin аrоund thе аnuѕ and саuѕе itсhing.

Fungаl infесtiоnѕ, similar to thruѕh оr аthlеtе’ѕ foot, are аnоthеr соmmоn саuѕе. Fungi lоvе wаrm, dаmр аnd damaged skin, ѕо if уоu hаvе an itchy аnuѕ fоr аnу rеаѕоn аnd thеn dаmаgе the ѕkin by scratching, fungi can tаkе hоld аnd make it wоrѕе.

Sеxuаllу trаnѕmittеd аnd оthеr infесtiоnѕ are what mаnу реорlе wоrrу аbоut, but аrе not uѕuаllу thе rеаѕоn.

Genital wаrtѕ (vulva оr реniѕ), саuѕеd by papillomavirus, thrive in warm, moist conditions ѕuсh аѕ thе skin nеаr thе аnuѕ and can be vеrу itchy.

Gеnitаl herpes (саuѕеd bу hеrреѕ virus) can аlѕо infесt thе anus, and саuѕеѕ itсhing just bеfоrе the ѕоrеѕ арреаr аnd аlѕо during the hеаling stage.

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Bоth thеѕе viruses аrе еаѕilу trаnѕfеrrеd tо the аnаl ѕkin оn the fingеrѕ, аnd саn thеrеfоrе occur around the anus in аnуоnе. Thе anus mау be the оnlу ѕitе оf infection; thе fасt thаt you dо not have gеnitаl warts оr hеrреѕ еlѕеwhеrе dоеѕ not rule thеm оut. Various bасtеriа (ѕuсh as some ѕtарhуlососсi оr ѕtrерtососсi) саn cause аnаl itching; thе ѕkin will be red аnd inflаmеd, аnd needs аntibiоtiс trеаtmеnt.

Threadworms (pinworms) аrе tinу wоrmѕ, аbоut 13 mm lоng, whiсh livе in the lоwеr раrt of thе bоwеl. Thеу are vеrу соmmоn – аn estimated 40 million cases in thе USA аlоnе. The fеmаlе wоrmѕ сrеер out оf the аnuѕ аt night – how thеу know it is night, and whу thеу соmе out оnlу аt night, is a mystery. They lау thоuѕаndѕ оf еggѕ оn the skin of thе аnuѕ, саuѕing intеnѕе itсhing аt night. Whеn уоu ѕсrаtсh, thе еggѕ lodge undеr your fingеrnаilѕ, аnd it iѕ еаѕу tо trаnѕfеr thеm tо уоur mоuth аnd rеinfесt уоur gut bу ѕwаllоwing thе еggѕ. If ѕеvеrаl реорlе in thе fаmilу have аnаl itсhing, threadworms might be the саuѕе.

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Cеrtаin fооdѕ can irritаtе thе аnuѕ during dеfесаtiоn. Beer and curry are оbviоuѕ examples. Some people find thаt сitruѕ fruits, grареѕ, tomatoes, соffее оr tеа саn саuѕе problems.

Tight trоuѕеrѕ оr undеrwеаr, especially ѕуnthеtiс аnd elasticated fаbriсѕ, rеtаin hеаt аnd sweat, which wоrѕеnѕ itсhing.

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Anxiety tends tо mаkе thе brain hуреr-аlеrt to bоdу fееlingѕ that wе may оthеrwiѕе be able tо ignоrе. If уоu are going thrоugh аn anxious реriоd, a ѕуmрtоm ѕuсh аѕ itсhing саn become mаgnifiеd.

Pleasure. It is worth asking уоurѕеlf whether уоu are dеriving a реrvеrѕе, аlmоѕt еrоtiс, раin/рlеаѕurе frоm ѕсrаtсhing thе itсhу area, which is keeping thе irritаtiоn gоing.

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18 Essential Blogging Tools For Beginners

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You could just start your blogging career by starting a blog and typing away. But blogging tools will help you make better use of your time by creating better content, making things look more appealing, helping readers understand what your message is, and getting your content shared, talked about, and ranked. All of these things are important to helping you create a successful blog, not just a blog.

According to DMR, there are 50,000 new WordPress websites added daily. According to Social Triggers, there are 164 million blogs and most of those blogs are not getting very much traffic. The people behind these blogs are likely not having the success they want to a variety of reasons, including not putting a lot of effort in and not using simple blogging tools that could help them reach more people.

A Note On Paid Blogging Tools

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A lot of the blogging tools I’m going to talk about are free, and some are free to a certain extent. I still want you to take into consideration these tools!

If you are just starting out with blogging, or you are not making a lot of money through blogging, then you may be resisting paying money for blogging tools. I totally understand that, but, the fact is that some paid blogging tools have the potential to help you achieve much more success, which is why they are considered an important investment for bloggers. I know bloggers that tried to do everything for free, and they spent years getting themselves to the same place someone who was willing to spend money took to get in a few months. It can really make that big of a difference towards your blog’s success!

I highly recommend reinvesting any money you make in the beginning into blogging tools that cost money. Even if you are investing as much as you are making, your income can start to rise, and you can start to get a huge return on your investment.

18 Essential Blogging Tools

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There are just some tools that I wish I had known about when I started blogging. While 18 tools might seem like a lot, you will find each one of them valuable in their own way. Moreover, they will actually speed up your blogging efforts, not hinder them. So, let’s get started.

1. BuzzSumo

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This is one of the blogging tools that you will find extremely useful for content creation and much more. You will use it before you write a post, during, and after, so make sure you keep it easily accessible.

The tool allows you to plug in a topic in the search bar and then see results of the most popular articles that have been written around that topic. You can see how well each of the articles did on popular social media channels, which can give you an idea of how well the post was received.

Moreover, if you are trying to come up with content around a specific keyword or topic, BuzzSumo can give you a ton of ideas. It can also give you a lot of information to add to your article (with proper backlinks to the original article, of course) and places to point to in your article for more related information.

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You can also search for key influencers around a certain topic or keyword, which can help you schedule in potential guest blog posts at their sites and definitely give you a place to go and comment for a potential link back to your site. As well, interacting with key influencers can help boost your online blogging reputation, which will benefit you in a big way!

And you can find trending articles to get the latest scoop on what is popular. Use this information to create a post related to your niche around a hot topic and increase your chances of getting shared!

You can also find your most popular blog posts or the most popular blog posts of a competitor to help you figure out what people want and don’t want to read.

You can use BuzzSumo for free with limited results, or you can pay to use it. The paid version has a lot more information, such as backlinks to specific articles, filter for what is trending by times, and access to content analysis on keywords. It is expensive to use, coming it at around $99 per month, but if you can afford it, or once you start making more money to justify it, this will be one of those blogging tools that allow you to grow your blog on an exponential level. It really is essential.

2. Easel.ly

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Infographics are popular. They earn you more shares socially, and they keep people’s attention more. You can also get backlinks from people who want others to see your infographic. In short, they are essential for your blog. But, they can be time-consuming to make.

Easel.ly has different infographic templates that are easy to use with its drag and drop functions. You can add your own text, change the colors, and add your own pictures.

You can get some standard icons and infographic templates for free, but you can also pay $3 a month (yes, that’s only $3) to get more choices of images, fonts, and templates. Considering how popular infographics are and how much traffic they can bring in, $3 is an investment everyone can make! You can download the infographics you create as an image or PDF, and there is no watermark or need to put their site on your infographic. You can find it at http://www.easel.ly/.

3. Easy Tweet Embed

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This is a plugin for WordPress that makes sharing on Twitter so much easier for your readers. The plugin puts a Twitter icon in your toolbar. When you write a new post, and all you have to do is click on that icon, fill in the anchor text, such as ‘Tweet This’, and then write out your tweet that will be included in the Tweet if someone clicks on your anchor text. Then, insert a permalink, which will link to your blog post, and insert it into your blog post.

This works best for quotes. Write out your quote, and use Easy Embed Tweet to help people easily tweet out that quote, which people are very likely to do if it’s easy!

4. StayFocusd and LeechBlock

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One of the hardest things about blogging is staying focused enough to get things done in the limited time you have. Because blogging requires you to be on the Internet, you will find that articles, such as ‘Celebrities Who Matured Gracefully’ will catch your attention, and before long you will have wasted an hour or two doing nothing for your blog.

If you want to see results on your blog, and you are currently doing all the work for your blog instead of outsourcing, then you have to put in the time. If you do, you will be rewarded with increased wealth from your blog.

Think you can stay focused using motivation alone? I used to as well! I used to keep a picture of what I was working towards by my computer, which I thought would help me stay on point knowing what I was trying to achieve. I didn’t. I got caught up in YouTube videos, Facebook shares, and all kinds of ridiculous articles. I always wonder what extra success I would have happened had I used that time wisely. Take my word for it – you don’t want to be left wondering.

If you are using Chrome as your browser, then StayFocusd is what you need. You can add sites to block yourself from for a certain period of time that you want to stay focused, such as Facebook, YouTube, or other social media sites.

If you are using Firefox, then LeechBlock is your answer for being more productive. You can block sites for a certain amount of time and get really focused on making the most of the time you have to blog.

5. Hootsuite

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I use Hootsuite daily, and I think it’s a tool that every blogger who uses social media should have. You can add your Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+, and Linkedin accounts to Hootsuite so that you can manage all of your social profiles from one place. You can even manage your Facebook pages from Hootsuite.

For each social profile, you can add streams that allow you to see different aspects of your profile. For instance, if you have a Twitter account hooked up to Hootsuite, then you can add streams to see your tweets, mentions, and messages. You can also set up streams based on a keyword, hashtag, or person on Twitter. This comes in handy to follow your competition and figure out what other people are tweeting and talking about.

Hootsuite takes your social media and organizes it. You can clearly see what is going on everywhere by logging into just one place. It saves you time and energy, and you can post, tweet, and communicate directly from your Hootsuite dashboard.

You can only add three social profiles on the free account, but if you are just starting out blogging, then you are probably only focusing on a few social profiles anyways!

6. Statcounter

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One of the things you need to do for blogging success is understand who is coming to your blog and what they are doing while they are there. These insights can help you understand what your efforts are doing and tweak your website for better results.

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Shaky Hands

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It is very easy to miss subtle shaking until you attempt to do an action which requires fine motor skills such as threading a needle or replacing the tiny pin in the arm of the eyeglasses. Have you been having difficulty to steady your hands to do what used to be routine movements? Shaky hands is also called hand tremor. Hand tremors can be associated with neurological, metabolic, toxic and degenerative conditions. This is quite different from the anxious nervousness we all experienced from time to time which causes us to shake before a performance etc.

Common Causes

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The most common type of tremor which affects adults is called essential tremors. Even though it is the most common cause of shaking hands we still do not fully understand why this occurs. Some researchers think the degenerative process interrupts the normal brain function of the cerebellum. The cerebellum known as the little brain plays an important role in balance, equilibrium, coordination and motor functions. Degeneration of the cerebellum affects the neurons and causes them to die.

Hand tremors can also be caused by:

  • Seizures
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Overactive thyroid
  • Cerebellar disease
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Medication side effects
  • Caffeine overdose
  • Alcohol abuse or addiction
  • Anxiety
  • Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)

There is a classic difference between the shaky hands experienced with essential tremors and Parkinson’s diseases. Persons with essential tremors have uncontrollable shaking when they try to perform a motor function (use a muscle) to write, brush the teeth, comb the hair, operate a machine etc. Once they are at rest there is no obvious shaking. On the other hand with Parkinson’s disease the hands shake when at rest (no activity). The shaking stops once the muscles are in use.

Less Common Causes

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  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Stroke
  • Para neoplastic disorders
  • Spasmodic torticolis

Conservative solutions for mild cases of shaky hands

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The good news is, not everyone with shaky hands will require medical treatment. Your doctor may recommend the following practical lifestyle changes:

  • Choose easy to open bottles, tins and medication containers
  • Replace lightweight daily used eating ware such as utensils, cups, glasses, plates and bowls with heavier ones
  • Invest in tools which are designed for easier grip
  • Wear wrist weights to steady hand movements

Medical Treatment Options

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There is no single treatment that is guaranteed to resolve shaky hands. Your doctor may which to try you on a group of medications called beta-blockers. Beta-blockers are normally used in the treatment of cardio-vascular diseases such as high blood pressure and tachycardia (Fast heart rates).In recent time beta-blockers are used for anxiety, performance jitters and tremors. Some commonly used beta-blockers are:

  • Propranolol (Inderal) and the long-acting option
  • Primidone (Mysoline)
  • Sotolol
  • Atenolol
  • Gabapentin used to treat seizure
  • Topiramate used to treat seizure
  • Xanax (Alprazolam)
  • Botulinum toxin type a, popularly known as Botox

Shaky hands which result from other causes (non-essential tremors) can be improved by treating the illness such as seizures, Parkinson’s disease and cerebellum diseases.

In cases where the abuse of stimulants is responsible for the tremors the addiction needs to be addressed. This is so in the case of alcohol, caffeine and nicotine.

Discuss with your doctor the possible side effects of the medications as some of them are habit forming. The benefits and risks should always be assessed.
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14 Funny Quotes About The Ex That We Can All Relate To

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We all have our own thoughts about our ex. Sometimes we say them to other people, and, usually, we don’t, but the following people made it very clear how they feel about their ex or what they are thinking about their ex through the following funny quotes on social media. And, I think anyone with an ex will be able to relate to them!

1. You Never Forget The Smell Of An Ex

“The sense of smell is so powerful and moving. For example, someone was wearing my ex-girlfriend’s perfume so I moved very far away.” – Maxx Danziger

You never forget the way your ex smelled. Just one whiff of their perfume or cologne can send your head turning to see if they are around, and, usually, the person wearing their smell is instantly seen in the same light your ex is in your eyes.

By the way, this is why it is a good idea to wear a unique scent when you are trying to pick up someone. If you smell like their ex, you might as well stop trying before you start!

2. Drinking When Your Ex Is Still On Your Mind Is Not A Good Idea – Ever!

“10 more beers and I’m about to text my ex-girlfriend so hard.” – Jeff Dye

We all think that a few drinks will help us feel better about our breakup and forget about our ex, but it doesn’t work like that. If you still have feelings for your ex, or think about them in any way, there is a good chance you are going to drunk dial them after one drink too many!

It’s just better to leave your phone at home, so you don’t do something stupid. It doesn’t matter if you hate your ex or want your ex back. You may think you will be able to handle it, but a drunk brain will always choose to make bad decisions, and you will regret it so much the next day!

3. We All Stalk Our Ex Thanks To Social Media

“Current mood: looking up my ex on LinkedIn because I blocked him on Facebook.” – Dana Schwartz

It doesn’t matter if you block them on your favorite social media profile because they are everywhere online, and once you get the urge to see what they are doing, you will try LinkedIn, Pinterest, Twitter, and all those other places you know that they are on.

If you would rather not know what your ex is doing, and they are everywhere online, get offline! Keep busy doing offline things that help you move passed that ‘what is my ex doing?’ feeling and into ‘where is my next date at?’ feeling.

4. What Has Our Ex Done To Us?

“I am on so many spam number lists and emails – sometimes I think my ex-boyfriend gave out my information to get back at me.” – Akilah Hughes

We will never know exactly what our ex said or did after we broke up with them. Yes, we may be able to see the physical damage they did to our car or furniture. Our friends may tell us how badly they are talking about us. And, we may see their new boyfriend or girlfriend through social media. But, what do they do when they are alone and angry and feel like taking revenge on us?

Is the reason we are experiencing crazy things because of them or is it just a coincidence? Did they steal our car, talk bad about us to our boss, or throw that garbage into our yard (yes, this all happened to me after a breakup). We may never know!

5. What Did We Find Attractive About The Ex Again?

“I hated my ex so much I forgot what he looks like.” – Lorine Chia

When you think about your ex, do you picture how they looked, how they acted, or how you felt about them in the end? For most people, the passionate feelings we have or had are what we focus on.

It’s funny how in the beginning, you can’t get that person out of your mind. Their face, body, and the particulars about them, such as their eyes or hair, stand out like a sore thumb – and you like the way they look. But, after a breakup, there is so much emotion involved, that we get blinded by our feelings towards them and can no longer see those physical things we once cherished in our mind, and often they become really ugly or just disappear physically in our mind.

6. We Don’t Want To Know What Our Ex Is Doing From You (We Will Stalk Them If We Do)

“Why is it when your mates bump into your ex, they have to tell you about it? I don’t care if my exes are dead or alive, I’m not interested!” – Mario Mugan
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10 Cute Quotes From Famous Parents On Their Kids

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I love to hear cute quotes from any parents, but this article is focused on famous parents and what they have to say about their kids. These quotes will help you get a glimpse into their life outside of their career. It makes them more real and more relatable. And, it can give you some insight into what it is like to be a famous parent.

1. Kids Are Always Encouraging

“There has been a couple times when I said ‘I don’t know if I want to do this anymore’ and she said, ‘Dad, you got to, it’s what you do.” – Jim Carrey

Being a famous person can be a struggle. Jim Carey is known for his comedy, but if you follow him on social media, it’s obvious he has a very serious and deep side to him that doesn’t always want to perform, as many of us want him to do.

Kids are what keep you going, even when you feel like you don’t want to anymore. They may not have the best reasons why you should keep going, but they have simple and honest ones that can motivate you and keep you moving forward doing whatever it is you do best.

And, that’s an important thing to note about kids. They often see what you do best, even if they don’t acknowledge it. They see your talents and even put you on a pedestal. It’s just that they think that you already know what those talents are so they don’t take the time to remind you of how great you are like a partner or parent would, because – well, they don’t think they have to.

You don’t have to be a famous parent to have your kid encourage you. Every kid sees the good qualities of their parents on some level, and every kid will try to lend a word of encouragement when you need it most.

2. The Kids Of Famous Parents Behave Like Kids

“She told me not too long ago ‘You know Daddy, someday God is going to kill me, but, guess what, I’m coming back.” – Ben Falcone

Talk about cute quotes. It’s funny how we picture famous parents and their kids living some mystical life completely different than us. But, the fact is that kids are kids no matter who they grow up with or how they grow up.

Mellissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone have often talked about their one daughter who has a lot of spirit in her. This quote reminds you that kids are kids. It doesn’t matter who you are, how much fame you have, or anything else – if you have a kid, they are going to say things, do things, and behave in ways that kids are known to do.

3. The Kids Of Famous Parents Want Things That Other Kids Want

“They’re doing this kind of funny fake thing where they’re being very generous and wanting to give away a lot of their toys to children that don’t have them, and I’m like ‘That’s very nice,’ and then they say ‘Well, because then it will clear a lot of space for the new things that we expect to now get.” – Amy Poehler

Amy Poehler was talking about how she was trying to teach her kids how to be thankful and be of service by donating their toys during the holidays to kids who don’t have them, and this was one of the quotes from that conversation. I think we can all relate to this.

It’s important to understand that kids of famous parents may sometimes get more than kids who are in families without a lot of money. However, most of their parents are trying to teach them how to be kind, generous, grateful, and compassionate too.

And, as we said, kids will be kids. All kids want toys and expect things and hope for things and ask for things, and kids of famous people are no different.

4. The Kids Of Famous Parents Get Bugged By Their Parents Too

“How many moms here have ever scared your child, and they are so easily scared, and then you get the fever for it?” – Julia Roberts

I remember when I was young, my dad used to tell me that aliens would abduct kids from north facing windows only, which happened to be the direction my window faced. He would always try to scare me, trick me, confuse me, or make me upset in some way so that he could get a good laugh in. As an adult, I understand it. Kids are easy to bug, and it’s hard to resist bugging them and then laughing your butt off about it.

Julia Roberts shows that famous parents interact with their kids in the same way that non-famous parents do. It’s hard not to play with your kids and bug them and then laugh about it, because it’s just so easy to do!

5. Kids Are Embarrassed By Their Famous Parents Too

“We were driving in the car and I had my coffee cup there and he said ‘Ugh, the lipstick on your coffee cup is so embarrassing.'” – Reese Witherspoon

You would think with famous parents, kids would be proud of them and find them cool. But no, kids are just as embarrassed by their famous mother or father as kids without famous parents are. In the above quote, Reese Witherspoon is talking about her 11-year-old son at the time who is totally embarrassed by her, and that is totally cute.

And, she was quick to point out that her 2-year-old at the time was not embarrassed by her, which is something all parents cherish while their kids are young. The older they get, the more easily embarrassed of the things you do or say.

6. Famous Parents Know They Will Have A Harder Time Hiding Their Past From Their Kids

“40-year-old virgin was pretty raunchy, but there was also a real sweetness to it and a real, for a lack of a better word, there was a heart to it. And I think I wouldn’t be embarrassed having them see any of those things. I hope they like them. I hope they don’t think I’m a dork.” – Steve Carell
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18 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started My First Blog

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When I first started blogging, I didn’t know too much about it. In fact, I didn’t even know people were making money through their blogs. I was working at a job I didn’t like, and I saw an ad on Facebook for something that sounded like a data entry job. The thought of working from home online and making good money was enough to get my interest, and after some reading and research I realized the ‘data entry’ they were talking about was blogging as an affiliate marketer. I was already hooked on the idea of working online, so I started my first blog with an enthusiasm I had never felt before, and I tried to learn as I went along.

Unfortunately, the more you try to learn when you are naive, the more you will be reeled in by unethical people telling you that you can earn millions of dollars blogging in your first year using their methods. It’s hard not to believe what they are saying because you WANT to believe it so badly. So, because I listened to their advice, which was complete nonsense, my first blog didn’t do much for the first year. In fact, I had it for a few years and, because I started off on the wrong foot, it didn’t earn me much more than $100/month near the end. I finally sold it for $1000 and started a new blog with a little more knowledge on what to do and what not to do.

Now, years later, I know exactly how I would have started that first blog off, and I wonder if it would have been successful. Would I have been earning a full-time income by the end of that year? Would I have been earning 5 times or 10 times more by now with an established blog that has been around for close to a decade? I will never know the answer. But, what I do know for sure is that there are some things I wish I knew before I started my first blog. Following are 18 of them.

1. Blogging Requires Time, Energy, And Money

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The one thing I bought into when I started blogging was that I could make a full-time income only working a few hours a day. Have you heard that blogging myth? I’m sure some people might get into the right niche and interact with the right people and have the exact right knowledge that people are looking for and luck out. But, for most of us, blogging requires time, energy, and money.

Time is needed to put together blog posts and interact with social media and other bloggers. You have to make time in your day in order to blog, especially if you have a job, a family, or other obligations.

Energy is the driving force behind doing what you need to do when you have other things going on in your life that demand your attention. You got to be passionate about your blog in order to do what you need to do otherwise it will get put to the bottom of the priority list, especially because blogging is a long-term game and you need to build something up in order to start seeing success. It can be frustrating to see little progress and keep putting your energy in.

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And money invested towards real blogging courses, niche education, advertising, blogging tools, and outsourcing are all important to grow your knowledge and your blog. Let me make it clear; you don’t need to spend a ton of money in the start. But, if you have it, paying for things like keyword tools, themes, plugins, email marketing, outsourcing, and advertising can help you grow your blog quicker.

If I were to start over with a first blog, I would dedicate some serious time to my blog each day. At least 2-4 hours. And, on weekends, I would make it my full-time job. I would also have picked a more exciting niche that I was passionate about – not just one that I thought was going to earn money. And, I would have bought some of the essentials, like an email marketing membership and some real courses on how to blog for money.

2. WordPress And A Paid Theme Are Important

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When I started my first blog, I was using Intuit Websites powered by Homestead. I have a friend who is an accountant and he was creating a blog through that platform, so it was the only thing I had heard of.

It was such a pain in the butt. To do anything on that platform, it took hours. Unlike WordPress, the blog editor was a blank page, and you had to place your text, pictures, videos, widgets, and ads where you wanted them, and usually the published version looked a lot different than the version you edited. I remember spending the whole week trying to get one page to look right. What a waste of time!

Then, after about 6 months, I was introduced to Blogger, which is a free platform to build blogs on. I kept my Intuit membership for my first blog and then started a free blog on the same subject. It was so much easier to use because it was just writing and publishing. I didn’t have to put any text boxes or HTML boxes anywhere. It was all set up. But, the free blogger platform turned out to be a bloggers nightmare – at least for me who wanted to make money from it. I couldn’t add elements I wanted to add. I couldn’t find a theme I liked to represent the colors and look I wanted. And, I could write about certain things or put certain products on my site because it was against Blogger’s rules.

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Then I found WordPress. I tried it out and was hooked. I moved my first blog over immediately, which mean copying and pasting every single post I had done. I couldn’t believe that WordPress made it so easy to write a blog post and create a blog that looked exactly how you wanted it to look, and you could write about anything you wanted!

This is another one of those expenses that I was talking about in the last point. Just like at Intuit, you had to pay for hosting, but I realized that if I really wanted to make the blog my own, I needed to buy a theme. Once I found a theme I liked and got it on my blog, things ran so much smoother for me! Who knew that blogging could be about writing and publishing instead of trying to create a good looking post for hours on end? WordPress saved me countless hours and headaches, and the plugins that it offered increased my ability to get seen and do what I wanted to do as a blogger.

3. Proper Email Marketing Is Important

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Email marketing felt scary to me. I didn’t want to have to talk to my readers and listen to their comments about my blog. As a blogger, connecting with your readers is important, but I thought that I could write amazing blog posts that went viral every time, and I wouldn’t need to build a list in order to build a readership and make sales. They would all just flock to my blog because it was so great.

I was wrong.
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35 Love Quotes For Everyone To Think About

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What do you need to hear about love? The chances are good that this love quotes article has something you need to hear and think about in this very moment. Whether you are happily in love or feeling a complete lack of love in your life, these love quotes will take a deeper look at what love is really all about.

1. Why You MUST Love Yourself

“Learn to love yourself from the inside out. Use that love as the standard by which you interact with others.” – Iyanla Vanzant

The first person who you should love in your life is yourself. When you treat yourself with true love, then you know what it feels like to be really loved. That feeling encourages you to be more loving towards other people, even the people who you might otherwise want to hate. In short, when you love yourself from the inside out, as Iyanla puts it, you have a measuring stick of what love is really all about, and you can gauge how loving you are being in all of your relationships with it.

2. Why You Should Love Animals

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” – Anatole France

There is nothing like the love of an animal. They are always happy to see you, love you unconditionally, and will take every ounce of love that you give them without resistance. They are capable of giving and receiving love in a large capacity, and they deserve the best that we can give them because of it. If you are ever confused about what love is, spend some time around an animal. The true meaning of love will become very clear, quickly.

3. Is Love Never Supposed To Hurt?

“You can’t live your life for other people. You’ve got to do what’s right for you, even if it hurts some people you love.” – Nicholas Sparks

I am a huge advocate for not being in abusive relationships. Someone who really loves you won’t purposely hurt you physically, emotionally, or mentally just for the sake of hurting you. But this was one of the love quotes that rang true the moment I read it.

Sometimes, when you have to do what is right for you, someone you love can get hurt. In that case, it seems that love really can hurt! When someone feels as if you are abandoning them for something else like a job or an opportunity, for instance, that can hurt. But, you need to do what’s right for you.

Don’t hold yourself back because you are scared of hurting someone you love. Have hope that the people you love will understand and recognize that you are doing what you need to do.

4. Who Will Be The Love Of Your Life?

“My mother was the love of my life.” – Colman Domingo

Who is that one person that you want to spend your life with? Who do you most enjoy being around? It doesn’t have to be your romantic partner, as most people think. The love of your life may be a parent, a sibling, a friend, a child, or even an animal.

I see the love of your life as the one person or pet who made your life worth living. The one person or pet that you could spend your whole life with because they make you feel so great and alive and confident and all of those other amazing things. Don’t let anyone tell you who the love of your life should be, or you might miss them when they come along.

5. Love From The Outside

“Relationships don’t always make sense. Especially from the outside.” – Sarah Dessen

You may not understand why two people are in love, but that doesn’t make them any less in love! Judging other people based on what you see or what you believe is unfair. You can’t know the love between two people unless you are to feel it directly.

And wouldn’t that be an amazing superpower? Someone who could show other people just how much love there is between two people that they just don’t understand? I’m sure a lot of hate and prejudice would melt away if there were a superhero who could do that.

6. Why Do Sad Love Stories Hurt Us So Much?

“True love stories never have endings.” – Richard Bach
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10 Ultimate Blogging Tips To Increase Traffic And Sales For Free

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If you are blogging to create a successful business, then traffic and sales are important to you, and you are probably looking for some blogging tips to help you increase them. Traffic helps you convert people into subscribers who will buy from you repeatedly and recommend you to people they know for even more traffic and sales. If you don’t have a lot of traffic to your blog now, then that’s a problem that needs to be worked on. Without traffic, you might as well just be writing in an online diary for yourself to read later on because your blogging efforts are reaching mostly you and no one else.

You can advertise to increase your traffic and sales. Advertising on social media, on Google, and on other people’s blogs is a great way to get in front of an audience and increase your traffic and sales dramatically. In fact, if you have the money to do so, it can boost your traffic quickly with the right strategy.

However, if you don’t have the money to advertise or don’t want to pay the money to advertise, then you have to use time and energy to increase your blog’s traffic and ultimately your sales. That’s the free way to do it! And, it can be very effective done correctly! Following are some of the ultimate blogging tips to increase your traffic and sales for free.

1. Make ALL Of Your Content Count

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This is one of the blogging tips that requires some serious extra time and effort, but will be well worth the commitment. Sometimes we get busy writing post after post after post, and we only focus on the most recent posts when it comes to promoting and taking care of them. This is because the older posts are good, and they will take care of themselves. Right? They will find their way into the search engines and be found by the right people at the right time. Right? The answer is probably not. Your old posts, even the popular ones, can get dusty, unseen, and be underutilized on your blog.

If you put the work into writing a well thought out and structured blog post, then you should want your posts, no matter how old they are, to do well. The better your older posts do, the more traffic and sales you will be rewarded with. This means you must take a look at your old content and see how it’s doing in terms of shares, SEO, comments, and views. If it doesn’t look good, you can either lay that post to rest or revive it. (I suggest you do that latter for more traffic to your blog!)

How To Revive Old Content

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Starting today, create time in your blogging plan to bring old content back to life. Start from the oldest post and work your way towards the newest so that you don’t leave any of your posts behind.

Take A Look At Your Keywords

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First, look at the keyword for your post. Many of us try to use crazy hard keywords, or no keywords at all, at the beginning of our blogging career. So if your keywords are lacking, too hard, or just plain ridiculous, then you need to optimize your post for keywords that will do a better job.

Note: You may want to invest in a tool like SEMrush to help you revamp your blog’s keywords. You can read my review on it to decide if it’s for you.

Once you figure out a better keyword for your old post, then revamp your content to match that keyword’s tone. Use long tailed keywords and similar keywords to help you really drive home exactly what your older blog post is about. The clearer the topic is through your keywords, the more likely it will start to be found through the search engines and on social media.

Add More Content

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If an older post is too short, then you should add some more relevant content to it. This is one of those blogging tips that can impact your traffic in a big way. According to many different blogging experts, longer posts do better both in the search engines and with readers. In fact, longer posts get more shares on social media, more comments, and more conversions on their call to actions.

The chances are good you have some new viewpoints or things to say about your old content. So, draw from your experience and find new angles and information to add more value in the posts.

Make Your Content Easier To Read

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Another thing that we tend to do when just starting out is to write content posts with nothing to break up the content. Even the most interested reader might have a hard time going through your content without pictures, videos or graphs to back up what you are saying.

If you want someone to read to the end of your post, you need to make sure that you include things that keep their attention and make them think and help them understand the content they are reading. Therefore, add things like pictures, videos, graphs, polls, quotes, interesting facts, or embedded social media posts to help you keep your reader’s attention and increase their desire to share the interesting blog post they just read.

Change Your Title And Post Description

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Your title and post description help people understand what your content is about in the search engines and on social media. If you have older posts with irrelevant titles and boring descriptions, then you could be ranked first in Google and still not get any clicks. But if you have irrelevant titles and descriptions, then you are probably not getting ranked at all in search engines.

To make your titles and descriptions more click-worthy, think about what you would click on in the search engines or a social media share, and then come up with title ideas and description ideas that align with that.

Following are a few ideas:

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– Make titles more interesting using power words that spark emotion or interest.
– Use the title and description keywords in a way that makes it clear exactly what the post is about.
– Add numbers to the post title to increase interest.
– Make sure you are not misleading readers with your title or description to keep trust and improve conversions.

Share Your Old Content More

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This is often overlooked by bloggers, but it is one of the blogging tips that can help your older articles get the attention that they deserve. If you use a plugin, such as Evergreen Post Tweeter, you can have your old posts shared on Twitter easily. This plugin takes your old posts and tweets them out according to certain filters you set up.

You can also share your older content yourself on your popular social media accounts for more attention. The more popular you are on the social media channel, the more this is going to benefit you in terms of shares, traffic, comments, and conversions.

Create More Inbound Links To Old Posts

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As you write new posts, link to your older posts when relevant. For instance, if you are writing about ‘blog posts’ and you include some information about ‘finding the best keywords,’ which you also happen to have a post about, then add a link to that post to help people realize that you already have content about that subject that they can check out.

You should also be using a related posts plugin to help you share related posts, despite their age, with readers. If someone is interested in your post, then there is a good chance they will want to read more from a similar post. For instance, if you are writing about ‘recipes with potatoes,’ then a post from years ago on ‘what potatoes to use in soups’ will likely be something they want to read. Get my drift?

Create Roundup Posts For Your Content

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Lastly, when it comes to revamping old posts and getting more traffic and sales because of it, you can create epic roundup posts that feature specific topics of interest.

For instance, if you have a food blog, you can create a post about your top 10 corn recipes, and then write a unique paragraph about each recipe and include a link to the old post. Anyone looking for corn recipes will appreciate easy access to some older recipes. Just make sure you write unique descriptions for each of the blog posts you are referring to so that your new roundup post is unique and ready for the search engines to index.

2. Get Links To Your Site

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Recently Ana Hoffman, of Traffic Generation Cafe, pointed out that Andrey Lipattsev, a Search Quality Strategist at Google said that links pointing to your site is one of the top ranking factors for content. In other words, the more quality links you have pointing back to your site, the better.
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8 Sister Quotes To Remind You Of How Special Your Sister Is

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We all talk about how important our parents, kids, friends, and spouses are, but the relationship with a sister is often not brought up. Yet, unless they are completely off their rocker, they are there for us through childhood, in our awkward years, and well beyond. And we always have a place for them in our heart, even when we can’t stand them, don’t agree with them, and are busy with other people in our lives. Following are some sister quotes that will remind you of why sister is so important!

1. Sisters See Through Your Lies

1If you have a sister, then this is one of the sister quotes that will make you laugh and irritate you at the same time. We all know how true this is.

Parents can be fooled quite easily. Friends can be fooled some of the time. Even your spouse can be fooled once in a while. But sisters have a way of seeing through the lies and the games and calling you on them. They know when you are upset, and they know when you are happy, and they are not afraid to talk to you about any emotion they think you are going through, even if you don’t want to talk about it.

The thing about sisters is that they are not trying to impress you, nor you them, so you don’t put on as good of a facade as you do with people you really want to fool. Moreover, we know that they are going to tell us what they think we need to hear when something in our life is going wrong, so I think when we know we are doing something wrong or unhealthy, we let our sister see it so that she can tell us to smarten up when we don’t have the strength to tell ourselves that.

So the next time you get annoyed with your sister’s uncanny ability to read you like a book, this is one of the sister quotes you need to read. It’s impossible to kid your sister. And thank God that there is one person in your life that you can’t fool!

2. Sisters Are Both Like You And Not Like You

2I don’t know too many siblings who are exactly alike. In fact, most siblings I know are completely different. Obviously, brothers and sisters can be extremely different, but even sister and sister can look at each other and wonder how they become so different. One will be a rebel while the other is a perfect child. Or, one will be into dance music while the other will be into heavy metal. There always has to be some big differences, but there are also always some big commonalities.

I think the differences we have are the universe’s way of teaching us patience and compassion. We have to put up with our sisters for a long time, so we learn to tolerate those differences because we literally have no other choice. And we are also treated to moments where we are on the same page and can understand exactly why we have the relationship that we do.

I recently saw a cartoon that has two circles, one labeled ‘best friend’ and one labeled ‘enemy’, and ‘your sister’ is the tiny little overlap that those two circles make when they come together. When you look at it that way, there really is no one like your sister who can fit into both the enemy and best friend overlap so well!

In short, sisters teach us how to accept them and others the way they are. They let us get our judgmental years out with them, and then teach us that even though other people are different, it doesn’t mean we can’t have a long-term relationship with them that is based on commonalities, fun, and shared memories.

3. Sisters Are There To Listen (And Talk)

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If you are a brother to a sister, then you know that she is willing to listen and give advice any time you need her to, and even when you don’t need her to. She will tell you exactly what ‘you need to know’ if you let her. Even if you tick her off and make her feel bad, she will still offer you the support you need.

But, if you are a sister to your sister, then those talk sessions can turn into moments where you forget who brought up what and who came up the idea to do something first. It is like a flow of ideas, insights, and walking down memory lane, and it all blends together in a way that makes you look back later wondering whose memories belong to whom.

I find that it doesn’t matter if you are a brother to a sister or a sister to a sister, when no one understands you, turning to your sister can help. It doesn’t matter if you are not as close as the woman in the above sister quote. Talking with your sister is the ultimate way to remind yourself that someone else out there understands you on a level that you want to be understood on. They don’t try to make you be someone different than they are because they long ago accepted you for who you are. That’s the ultimate type of person to have in your life.

4. You Need Your Sister In Your Life

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It doesn’t matter how much you argue about stupid things or how honest you are with each other (where a few hurt feelings arise), your sister is always someone you need in your life. In fact, nobody is more honest than a sister, so if you don’t need her for anything else, then you need her to tell you when you are acting like an idiot or getting ready to send a completely different vibe out into the world than you want to.

But a sister is needed for many other reasons. They are there to remind you of who your parents are or were. They are there to remind you of where you came from and how far you have come in life. They are there to remind you that family is always something you can depend on, even when so-called friends give up on you. They are an important part of keeping you sane, making you feel loved, and giving you a sense of belonging in this world. That’s why they are so needed even when you are complete opposites.

5. A Woman’s Siblings Will Always Stand Up For Her And Make Things Happen

5Now, I know that many brothers stick up for their sisters with a vengeance. I know one guy who in his younger years held up his sister’s bully over a railing from the second floor just to convince him that he should stop bugging his sister. Brothers have a way of confronting those bullies, ex-boyfriends, and everyone else when their sister is not around. But, when you have a sister and a sister in a situation where one needs help, then you have to deal with two women who are not very happy and know how to get their point across.

Sisters can fight and talk bad about each other, but they will stand together when they have to. And, if you have ever tried to come between two sisters or pick a fight with one sister while the other one is there, you know that things can get pretty tense.

I think as siblings, we have a desire to protect each other. Even if we don’t like our sibling at the moment, that desire to protect them is still there if a threat comes into play or if they need us. It doesn’t seem to be lost with age, distance, or differences. It’s always there, and it is what makes sisters feel as if someone is always on their side when they need them the most.

So anyone who crosses someone’s sister better watch out! This includes people who break her heart and people who try to talk bad about her, and if you are a combination of the two, you better hope you don’t run into her brother or sister ever!

6. We Got To Teach Our Sisters To Be Strong

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