5 common myths about your sex drive— busted

Like every other aspect of human health, your sex drive has been the subject of lots of scientific scrutiny. And, like every other aspect of human health, the answer experts give when asked about your libido is, “It’s complicated.”

One popular idea that’s at least partly hokum: That a man’s libido peaks when he’s young, while a woman’s jumps up in her 30s and 40s. (Here’s your essential guide to better sex at every age.)

While it’s true that some research has shown women aged 27 to 45 tend to have more sex than their younger selves, there’s little evidence a woman’s libido actually heats up during her 30s, says Susan Davis, PhD, director of the Women’s Health Research Program at Australia’s Monash University. (Looking for more simple, smart tips? Discover Prevention—and get 2 FREE gifts when you subscribe today.)

So what explains the uptick in sex that women in this age group experience? It’s possible that women in their 30s feel more comfortable with their bodies and with sex—and that the men they’re sleeping with are more competent at satisfying them, suggests research from the University of Texas. (That’s just one theory among many.)

As far as the guys go, testosterone levels play an important role in male libido. (They do for women, too.) And yes, T tends to drop steadily as a man ages. But research shows men, in general, tend to have stronger “let’s do it!” impulses than women, and that these urges don’t fall off a cliff after a guy leaves his teens. (Just never ever do these 7 things before or after sex.)

So no, men’s and women’s libidos aren’t mismatched the way popular theories would have you believe.

Here, a few more sex drive myths.

Oysters make you horny.

There is no evidence that so-called “aphrodisiac” foods crank up your sexual desire, says Debra Herbenick, PhD, director of the Center for Sexual HealthPromotion at Indiana University’s Kinsey Institute. Going out for a romantic seafood dinner with your partner might lead to some bedroom fun afterward, but it’s not because of the mollusks.

Birth control will kill your sex drive.

Davis says some women could experience a drop-off in sex drive while taking birth control. But research in the Journal of Sexual Medicine suggests some women actually experience a libido boost while taking hormonal contraceptives. As the authors of the JSM study put it, birth control has a “mixed” effect on a woman’s enthusiasm for sex.

After menopause, a woman’s libido plummets.

Again, while it’s true that some women experience a drop in libido post-menopause, 50% of post-menopausal women report no difference in sex drive compared to their pre-menopausal selves, finds a study from Rutgers Medical School. (This is how your vagina changes during menopause—and what you can do about it.)

If you’re not into sex, your libido must be low.

Both Davis and Herbenick say relationship happiness and getting along with your partner are linked with an increased desire to have sex (Here’s what it’s really like to be in a sexless marriage.) This comes as no shock, but a new sexual partner is also associated with a ramped up sex drive, Davis says. All this suggests your interest in sex depends on your relationship status—and, really, whether you have someone fun to roll around in the sack with.

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Apart from finding a new and exciting partner, living a healthy lifestyle is associated with a healthy sex drive, Davis says. Herbenick agrees, and says regular exercise and a good night’s sleep seem to promote a greater interest in sex. Also, “a Mediterranean diet and yoga have each, independently, been linked with positive sexual function, including sexual desire,” she adds.

Playboys and misogynists more likely to have mental health problems: study

Men who behave like promiscuous playboys or feel powerful over women are more likely to have mental health problems than men with less sexist attitudes, according to a study released on Monday.

The analysis found links between sexist behavior and mental health issues such as depression and substance abuse, said the study which appeared in the Journal of Counseling Psychology, published by the American Psychological Association.

“Some of these sexist masculine norms, like being a playboy and power over women, aren’t just a social injustice but they are also potentially bad for your mental health,” said Joel Wong, an associate professor of counseling psychology at Indiana University Bloomington and lead author of the study.

Its release comes on the heels of the election to the U.S. presidency of Donald Trump, whose comments about women that emerged during the election campaign were condemned by many as sexist and misogynist.

The research synthesized results of more than 70 U.S.-based studies involving more than 19,000 men over 11 years.

This involved looking at 11 norms generally considered by experts to reflect society’s expectations of traditional masculinity including a desire to win, risk-taking and pursuit of status, Wong said.

The traits, or norms, most closely linked to mental health problems were playboy behavior, or sexual promiscuity, power over women and self-reliance, he said.

“Men who have trouble asking for directions when they’re lost, that’s a classic example of self-reliance,” Wong said.

Also, men who exhibited those attitudes were also less likely to seek mental health treatment, the study said.

The researchers said there was one dimension for which they were unable to find any significant effects.

“Primacy of work was not significantly associated with any of the mental health-related outcomes,” said Wong in a statement.

“Perhaps this is a reflection of the complexity of work and its implications for well-being. An excessive focus on work can be harmful to one’s health and interpersonal relationships, but work is also a source of meaning for many individuals.”

Terminally ill teen won historic ruling to preserve body

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A 14-year-old girl who wanted her body to be preserved, in case she could be cured in the future, won a historic legal fight shortly before her death.

The girl, who was terminally ill with a rare cancer, was supported by her mother in her wish to be cryogenically preserved – but not by her father.

She wrote to the judge explaining that she wanted “to live longer” and did not want “to be buried underground”.

The girl, who died in October, has been taken to the US and preserved there.

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A High Court judge ruled that the girl’s mother should be allowed to decide what happened to the body.

The details of her case have just been released.

The teenager, who lived in the London area and cannot be named, used the internet to investigate cryonics during the last months of her life.


The teenager’s letter to the judge

“I have been asked to explain why I want this unusual thing done.

“I am only 14 years old and I don’t want to die but I know I am going to die.

“I think being cryopreserved gives me a chance to be cured and woken up – even in hundreds of years’ time.

“I don’t want to be buried underground.

“I want to live and live longer and I think that in the future they may find a cure for my cancer and wake me up.

“I want to have this chance.

“This is my wish.”


The judge, Mr Justice Peter Jackson, visited the girl in hospital and said he was moved by “the valiant way in which she was facing her predicament”.

His ruling, he said, was not about the rights or wrongs of cryonics but about a dispute between parents over the disposal of their daughter’s body.

It was brought to court for the first time on 26 September and the judge made his decision on 6 October.

Future hope

Cryonics is the process of preserving a whole body in the hope that resuscitation and a cure are possible in the distant future.

It is a controversial procedure and no-one yet knows if it is possible to bring people back to life.

There are facilities in the US and Russia where bodies can be preserved in liquid nitrogen at very low temperatures (less than -130C) – but not in the UK.

The cost of preserving the body for an infinite amount of time in this case was £37,000, which was paid by the girl’s mother’s family.


Media captionChrissie de Rivaz said one of her children had called her “bonkers”

Chrissie de Rivaz, from Cornwall, has decided to be cryogenically preserved after her death – as has her husband John – and she has committed £28,000 to the plan.

“I can’t see any reason to just send me up the flume and I hate the idea of being buried in the ground, so why not take this chance to come back again?”

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Simon Woods, an expert in medical ethics from Newcastle University, thinks the whole idea is science fiction.

He said: “The diagnosis of death is that death is irreversible, and for people who seek cryopreservation, they’ve died of a serious disease, in this case it’s cancer.

“The person is in a pretty bad state of health to begin with, and there’s absolutely no scientific evidence that the person could be brought back to life.”

‘Mr Hero Peter Jackson’

The girl’s solicitor, Zoe Fleetwood, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme it had been a “great privilege” to be involved with the case of an “extraordinary individual”.

When the girl was told about the court’s decision, she had been “delighted” and referred to the judge as “Mr Hero Peter Jackson”, her lawyer said.

“It was a difficult process. Some might say the girl’s mother’s attention was directed towards that procedure rather than grieving at this time,” Ms Fleetwood added.

Media captionLawyer for terminally ill teen who won fight to be cryogenically frozen speaks to Radio 4’s Today programme

“But her daughter had passed away, the procedure needed to be carried out.”

The case had not set a precedent for future cases around cryopreservation, she said.

Family conflict

The girls’ parents were divorced and the girl had not had any contact with her father for six years before she became ill.

While the girl’s mother supported her wishes to have her body preserved, her father was against it.

He said: “Even if the treatment is successful and she is brought back to life in let’s say 200 years, she may not find any relative and she might not remember things and she may be left in a desperate situation given that she is only 14 years old and will be in the United States of America.”

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Although he then changed his mind, saying he respected his daughter’s decision, he subsequently wanted to see his daughter’s body after her death – something to which she would not agree.

The judge said the girl’s application was the only one of its kind to have come before a court in England and Wales – and probably anywhere else.

Need for regulation

Mr Justice Jackson said the case was an example of science posing new questions to lawyers.

The girl died peacefully in October knowing that her remains would be preserved, but the judge said there had been problems on the day she died.

Media captionTim Gibson from Cryonics UK explains how to prepare a body for cryopreservation.

He said hospital staff and bosses had expressed concerns about the way the process of preparing her body for cryogenic preservation had been handled.

This was carried out by a voluntary group in the UK before her body was flown to the US for storage.

He suggested that ministers should consider “proper regulation” of cryonic preservation for the future.

Bagged salad is Salmonella risk, study finds

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Bagged salad can fuel the growth of food-poisoning bugs like Salmonella and make them more dangerous, a study says.

University of Leicester scientists said the moist environment combined with nutrients leaching out of chopped leaves created the perfect breeding ground for bacteria.

The researchers said they were shocked at the way the bacteria thrived, even in the fridge.

They advised people to eat bagged salad on the day they bought it.

Despite their wholesome nature, fresh green leaves and salad foods are often involved in food poisoning.

An outbreak that affected more than 2,000 people across Europe in 2011 was traced back to bean sprouts and this year, officials in England traced an outbreak that killed two people back to bags of rocket leaves.

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Studies have shown that salad can carry bacteria, but the research team showed the bag made things much worse.

Bags are often moist to help keep the salad crisp and fresh and the plants have often been chopped into individual leaves for convenience.

The study showed sugars, proteins and minerals escaped from the cut leaves into the water in the bag.

“That’s a reasonable amount of nutrients if you’re a bacterium,” said researcher Dr Primrose Freestone.

The study, published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, showed that an initial contamination of 100 Salmonella bacteria would increase to 100,000 within five days.

“That’s more than an infectious dose,” Dr Freestone said.

Bacteria

She said she was also “shocked” that the bugs did so well in the chilled environment in the fridge.

The studies showed that Salmonella did especially well in bags containing spinach, while E. coli loved rocket leaves.

Dr Freestone told the BBC News website: “Juices that naturally leach from the leaves have the potential to increase the growth of any pathogen that might be present and establish them so strongly that washing wouldn’t be enough to eradicate them.

“Don’t be alarmed, we still eat bagged salad, but don’t keep bagged salad any longer than you need to, we normally buy it on the day we eat it.

“Buy the bag with the best sell-by date, avoid lots of mushed leaves and if it’s inflated then don’t use it.”

Bacteria on leaf

There are also suggestions that the bacteria become more dangerous in the bags.

A genetic analysis of the Salmonella showed they had gained the mutations that would help them to infect people.

Dr Freestone told the BBC: “We did see bacteria whose behaviour had turned more to virulence.

“I think the bacteria are making a molecular mistake and mistaking chemicals in the salad leaf for ones in the host.”

Dr Jeri Barak, from the Food Research Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said: “It would be fair to conclude that if Salmonella is present in salads, it might grow to infectious doses.

“The rates of produce that have been found to be contaminated are between 0%-3%.

“Consumers should treat bagged salads as temperature-sensitive food products, like milk and ice-cream.”

Dr Kimon Karatzas, from the University of Reading, said: “Avoiding fresh produce is not a solution, but if possible, it would be preferable to buy uncut fresh produce over chopped, and to always wash it before you eat – even the ones that are already washed.

“Furthermore, keeping these foods in the refrigerator is important.”

Adipex is safe

In the world of weight loss programs, Adipex weight loss drug has become very popular today. Adipex is the brand name for phentermine drugs. Earlier in the treatment of obesity compounds that were aphentermine in nature were very popular. But then it is proved that these are not safe.

Today there are many drugs available for weight loss some are prescription and others are over the counter drugs. Even for obese and severe overweight individuals there are effective drugs available. Today for these purposes people usually go for phentermine or Adipex. Know more about safely taking Adipex-P.

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Safety:

Adipex is similar to amphentemines. So it is classified into controlled substance. There is chance that it will get misused or abused. It is recommended only for short term use. So it can be used for few weeks and not more than that. The dosage should be taken under the careful monitoring of a doctor or a oversight of a medical professional. It should be avoided by breastfeeding women and pregnant women.

Adipex, suprenza, and Adipex-p all these are prescribed only for obese and severely overweight individuals.

Adipex and weight loss:

The drugs meant for weight loss like phentermine will work in one of the 4 ways mentioned below.

  • They will regulate the process of lypolysis. This is the process of producing fatty acids by breaking down fats. They even influence the process of lipogenesis and production of glycerol.
  • Energy expenditure can be enhanced and that will lead to weight loss. This achieved by stimulating the metabolism hence increasing the metabolic rate.
  • Food intake is reduced by suppressing the appetite. So this will result in lessening the calories and increasing the energy.

Today two drugs are popular in weight loss those are phentermine and fenfluramine. These drugs are sometimes used together as well. Fen-phen is the popular name for their combination. But this combination sometimes results in severe side effects that include heart valve malfunction and valvular which are severe conditions. So, today this combination is removed from the market.

If it is clinically significant obese treatment then there are two drugs meant for this purpose. Those are sibutramine and orlistat. Meridian is the brand name for sibutramine. It works by enhancing the heart rate. Xenical is the brand name for orlistat. This will help in reducing the fat absorption. But there are many unpleasant side effects observed by the use of these to drugs.

Molecular structure of amphentermine or uppers and phentermine are very similar. So they made phentermine a schedule IV drug and it can be purchased only through prescription. This is because there is risk of misuse, abuse, addiction and even there is a possibility of overdose of these drugs. Of course there are studies which have stated against all these. But for safety, till today it is regarded as a controlled substance.

If phen is used under the oversight and monitoring it can be most effective when it come to weight loss. But either doctor or bariatric specialist’s observation is a must.

Children who drink full-fat milk end up slimmer than those on skimmed

Milk on doorstepChildren should drink full-fat milk until the age of at least six, research suggests – as they are likely to grow up slimmer.

In recent years, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has recommended that toddlers switch to semi-skimmed milk from the age of two, as part of efforts to prevent obesity.

But research on more than 2,700 children found those given full-fat versions ended up with a significantly lower body mass index than those given semi-skimmed varieties.

Those taking part in the Canadian study were also found to have higher levels of vitamin D, which protects the bones and immune system.

For decades, children in Britain were encouraged to drink full-fat milk, as part of post-war efforts to build the nation’s health.

But in 2009, the FSA warned that children were now consuming so much fat that it was clogging their arteries. Parents are now advised to switch their children to semi-skimmed milk from the age of two.

The new research suggests such efforts could be counter-productive.

Children who drank full-fat milk were likely to end up less hungry, researchers suggested, making them less likely to snack on high calorie foods.

The Canadian research, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that those children who drank whole milk had a Body Mass Index score that was 0.72 units lower than those who drank one or two per cent semi-skimmed milk.

Listening to this song ‘can make you 65 per cent more relaxed’

Sound therapy can help people relax and improve health and well-being.2011 study into music and relaxation has resurfaced online in recent days, with many music fans sharing a song dubbed the ‘most relaxing ever’.

The track is called Weightless, and was created by Manchester trio Marconi Union, who worked in collaboration with sound therapists to create a piece of music that would help slow the heart rate, reduce blood pressure and lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

For the study, commissioned by bubble bath brand, 40 women were monitored to determine their levels of stress while listening to a number of pieces of music.

Weightless was determined to be the most effective at reducing stress – so much so that one neuropsychologist urged people not to listen to it while driving.

Lyz Cooper, founder of the British Academy of Sound Therapy, said: “The song makes use of many musical principles that have been shown to individually have a calming effect.

“By combining these elements in the way Marconi Union have has created the perfect relaxing song.

“It contains a sustaining rhythm that starts at 60 beats per minute and gradually slows to around 50.

“While listening, your heart rate gradually comes to match that beat.

“It is important that the song is eight minutes long because it takes about five minutes for this process, known as entrainment, to occur.

“The fall in heart rate also leads to a fall in blood pressure.

“The harmonic intervals – or gaps between notes – have been chosen to create a feeling of euphoria and comfort.

“And there is no repeating melody, which allows your brain to completely switch off because you are no longer trying to predict what is coming next.

“Instead, there are random chimes, which helps to induce a deeper sense of relaxation.

“The final element is the low, whooshing sounds and hums that are like buddhist chants.

“High tones stimulate but these low tones put you in a trance-like state.”

Patrons, staff at Washington homeless shelter sickened by norovirus

 Patrons and staff at a homeless shelter in Spokane have been sickened by norovirus.

KREM-TV reports that about 140 people slept in tents outside the House of Charity on Saturday night rather than inside the shelter due to the viral outbreak.

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Officials are asking anyone who stayed at House of Charity since last Thursday to return to the shelter for treatment.

As of Sunday 60 people have been sickened by norovirus. Officials say the virus is a common, non-life-threatening virus and symptoms include stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea, fever, headaches and body aches.

Doctors see surge in men seeking surgery-free double chin solution

Scott, before (image courtesy subject)Even though Scott Kaiser had a healthy diet and stayed active with regular cardio and weight lifting, he realized he was developing a double chin, something that also seemed to plague other men in his family.

Sure, he would indulge in a glass of wine or a slice of pizza on the weekends, but “it wasn’t worth giving up some of the fun stuff to lose the weight,” Kaiser, 50, said.

Five years ago, he met with plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Burgdorf to talk about liposuction. When Burgdorf told him about Kybella, a non-invasive fat dissolving treatment that wouldn’t require him to go into hiding for a few days, Kaiser was in.

“It sounded like a much better route without having downtime,” he said.

Men feel emasculated

Since Kybella first emerged on the market in 2015, experts say they have seen an increase in men between the ages of 30 and 70 opting for the treatment.

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In fact, 73 percent of people say they don’t like the extra fat under their chin and neck, according to a survey by the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery found.

Between 2000 and 2015, cosmetic minimally invasive procedures for men increased 69 percent, according to a report by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. What’s more, men underwent more than 26,902  procedures of nonsurgical fat reduction in 2015, according to a report by The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

“Men associate masculinity with sort of a chiseled jawline, a wide lower face and the absence of a double chin,” Dr. Joseph A. Russo, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Newton, Massachusetts, said.

Once that area becomes softer, men tend to feel less masculine and confident. Although being overweight is one culprit, age or genetics can cause a double chin. The extra fat can also make people look overweight even if they’re lean and fit.

Experts say sometimes men’s wives or partners persuade them to get treatment.

“Men are a little more skittish about coming into the plastic surgeon and [Kybella] is a little more of an acceptable treatment,” Burgdorf, the founder and president of Music City Plastic Surgery in Nashville, Tennessee, said.

Before Kybella became available, doctors offered liposuction or a direct incision as options for double chin improvement, but both are invasive, carry more risks and side effects and include significant downtime.

Kybella is a more benign option, though it does involve injections and possible side effects. In clinical trials, 4.3 percent of participants experienced temporary nerve paralysis as a side effect.

If the solution is injected superficially, the hair follicles can be damaged and result in bald areas, or a skin sore that will heal. Numbness can last up to six weeks.

Some patients may also feel as though they have difficulty swallowing or even breathing after the treatment, but it’s a mental perception, not a physical side effect, Russo said.

What’s most attractive to men about Kybella is that there is little to no downtime before they can resume their normal activities.

“They want to come in, get it done and be back to work the next day,” Burgdorf said.

How does Kybella work?
Kybella is a synthetic form of deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring bile salt found in the body that dissolves fat, then is absorbed and eliminated through urine.

Although it can help to tighten the skin, the goal of treatment is to reduce fat. The treatment is permanent so even if a patient gains weight, he can never make new fat cells in that area.

“Once they’re gone, they’re gone forever,” Russo said.

A typical treatment session last about 15 minutes and includes 25 to 50 small injections of the solution. Although it’s not painful, it’s uncomfortable.

“You have a warm feeling almost like you drank a shot of whiskey,” Burgdorf said.

While some doctors will use a local anesthetic or numbing cream, ice may be all that is needed.

After the treatment, welling will occur because the treatment creates an inflammatory response. Depending on the amount of fat, swelling can last for a couple of days or up to a month.

“It does actually look a little bit worse before it looks better because of the way the cells are destroyed,” Russo said.

After the treatment, patients should apply ice to reduce the swelling and take an over-the-counter pain reliever. They should also avoid shaving for at least two days to prevent the risk of infection. They may have to wait longer if they experience numbness.

Most patients undergo two to four treatments spaced out between 6 and 10 weeks to allow the swelling to resolve between appointments.

The cost of Kybella varies between $750 and $1,500 per treatment.

After Kaiser completed three treatments, he lost five pounds, friends and acquaintances started to take notice and he felt a boost of confidence on the dating scene.

“I would do it again in a heartbeat,” he said. “I look five years younger.”

 

 

Winstrol vs. Anavar – A knowhow

Both Winstrol and Anavar are same kind of steroids and are often used in cutting cycles. Winstrol and Anavar are anabolic steroids widely used to reduce weight and gain stamina and strength before performance. There are innumerable steroids available in the market today and user should consider one regarding certain purpose. Steroids are used in treating some medical ailments as well as bulking up and reduce weight. Few body builders combine both Anavar and Winstrol to initiate fast cutting process.

Winstrol is the steroid widely used by athletes, body builders to gain strength and performance during work outs. Winstrol is used by both men and women and is considered unisex steroid. Winstrol helps more during cutting cycles to attain desired physique. Winstrol is often known by different names like Stanozolol or Winny in short. Winstrol steroids are anabolic steroids and are advisable to combine with other steroids to achieve more effects.Image result for Winstrol vs. Anavar – A knowhow

Anavar which is also known as Oxandrolone is most preferred during cutting phases. Anavar possess very mild side effects and is mostly used by women rather than men. Initially anavar is meant to treat weight loss and to treat muscle issues since it is rich in hormone oxandrolone and is an anabolic steroid in dihydrotestosterone variants. Since anavar do not contain any androgenic qualities, it is considered by most of the women. Most anabolic steroids known to be damagers of liver but anavar are very mild.

Anavar vs. Winstrol

  • Both Winstrol and anavar works best in losing weight as well as gaining lean muscle mass.
  • These steroids targets only fat and burn more calories.
  • Athletes, body builders, sports persons and actors are more pleased by the bulking results obtained when combined with Anavar and winstrol anabolic steroids.
  •  The steroids work effectively in losing weight by increased metabolism resulting in fat loss.
  • When using both anabolic steroids like anavar and winstrol, users should consume in recommended dosages and are not advisable to consume high dosages to avail benefits faster without consulting physician.
  • High dosage for long time may cause permanent damage to the body.
  • Post cycle therapy or PCT is very important to undo damage caused to liver and maintain natural hormone levels.
  • Users should workout more while using these steroids to lose weight and gain strength.
  • Few users want to gain only strength and not muscle and they are advised to supplement with bulking steroids.
  • During the period of winstrol PCT lift lighter weights with increased repetitions to stimulate muscle.
  • Workouts are recommended thrice a week preferably cardio rather than resistance training till completing winstrol post cutting cycles.
  • Unlike other steroids, anavar do not possess any androgenic properties and it is one of the reasons that most women prefer using anavar.
  • Anavar is also most preferred by female athletes before their performances, since it is mild and works rapidly once after consuming.
  • Anavar and winstrol cycle will last from 6 to 10 weeks and should not be increased more as it causes serious side effects.