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Sex and Covid-19

Across the world, people are doing their part to slow down the spread of the coronavirus. We’re hunkering down, avoiding crowds, and keeping our distance. What does all this mean for sex? It’s important to know that the coronavirus can be spread...

Apr 15th, 2020
Pregabalin Could Be Viable Pe Treatment Option

A Double Blind, Placebo Controlled, Randomized Trial to Evaluate the Efficacy and Tolerability of On-Demand Oral Pregabalin (150 mg and 75 mg) in Treatment of Premature Ejaculation Mohamed Refaat El Najjar MD; Mohamed El Hariri MD; Ali Ramadan MD;...

Apr 13th, 2020
Many Men Having No Sex at All

How many men around the world aged 60 and under abstain from sex? The answer may depend on how you define “sex,” but a recent review of studies suggests it could be up to 84%.

Apr 6th, 2020
How Might Breastfeeding Affect a Woman’s Sex Life?

When a woman is breastfeeding, she might develop some sexual difficulties, which may be related to hormonal factors, physical discomfort, fatigue, psychological factors or a combination of all the above.

Feb 20th, 2020
Is Oral Sex Safe for Pregnant Women?

In most cases, yes, giving and receiving oral sex is safe during pregnancy. However, pregnant women should be careful if they decide to have oral sex, as there are some risks. Air Embolism Women who receive oral sex should warn their partners against...

Feb 20th, 2020
Take Advantage of Cancer Rehabilitation Options

When you’re finished with cancer treatment, you might feel relieved and excited to start a new chapter in your life. It can be a hopeful time. However, treatment itself can have side effects that last for years, in ways that you might not expect.

Jan 27th, 2020
More Research Needed on Stem Cell Therapy for Ed

Scientists have investigated stem cell therapy for the treatment of erectile dysfunction (ED), but few studies have focused on human subjects. A recent review paper in Sexual Medicine Reviews discusses human trials and stresses the need for more research.

Jan 22nd, 2020
Are Sexual Fantasies Normal?

Yes. In fact, sexual fantasies are quite common. In certain ways, sexual fantasies allow people to explore sexual relationships and activities that might not be realistic or acceptable in real life. For example, a person might fantasize about having...

Jan 9th, 2020
Only 51% of Women Tell Partners Sex is Painful

Many women don’t tell their partners when sex is painful, suggests a recent Journal of Sexual Medicine study. When asked why, many feel that pain is just a normal part of sex or that their partner’s pleasure is the priority.

Dec 26th, 2019
Nonorganic Ed Might Be Managed With Pharmacotherapy

An Evaluation of a Clinical Care Pathway for the Management of Men With Nonorganic Erectile Dysfunction Lawrence C. Jenkins MD, MBA; Matthew Hall MD; Serkan Deveci MD; Patricia Guhring RN; Marilyn Parker RN; Christian J. Nelson PhD; John P. Mulhall MD,...

Nov 14th, 2019
Does Marijuana Improve Sex?

When it comes to marijuana (cannabis) and sex, there are many conflicting views. Some say the substance enhances sexual experiences, while others say it does nothing for them or even makes sex worse.

Nov 14th, 2019
Peyronie’s Surgery Safe and Effective for Older Men

Surgical treatment of Peyronie’s disease is generally safe and effective for men age 65 and over, reports a recent study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine. Eighty-five percent of the men in the study were satisfied with their results.

Oct 31st, 2019
Why Viagra for Women Still Doesn’t Exist

In 2009, Amanda Parrish started her clinical trial for the Addyi, the drug dubbed the first “female Viagra.” She took one pink pill per night and was told she might feel “something” in 30 to 60 days. Parrish, then 46, felt tingles in two weeks.

Sep 23rd, 2019
Problematic Pornography Use Uncommon in Women

About 3% of women have problems with online pornography, according to a recent study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine. Past research suggests that women spend less time visiting internet porn sites than men do, but both men and women are using...

Sep 13th, 2019
Fibrosis Could Be Key to Understanding Peyronie’s Disease

Peyronie’s disease is a complicated condition, especially since scientists still aren’t sure of its exact cause. And while current treatments, like surgery and injection therapy, can be effective, they manage symptoms rather than target causes.

Sep 6th, 2019
Common Fears of Shockwave Therapy for Ed Dispelled

Erectile dysfunction (ED) affects upwards of 30 million men in the United States alone. The causes can include aging, high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking, depression, nerve damage, medication side effects, low testosterone, or a variety of other issues.

Sep 1st, 2019
The Benefits of Treating Ed With Shockwave Therapy

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is considered the most common sex problem reported by men. In fact, ED is said to affect about 50 percent of men between the ages of 40 and 70. While having problems with erections from time to time is completely normal,...

Aug 13th, 2019
Are Sound Waves the Key to Better Orgasms?

I haven’t been paying enough attention to my clitoris. That’s the first thought that floated into my brain as Briana Oster, M.D., a former pediatrician who now works at Revitalize Laser Care’s Denver office, talked me through a diagram of the female...

Aug 12th, 2019
Pubic Hair Removal More Common Among Women Than Men

Removing pubic hair is a “widespread” practice, researchers report in the Journal of Sexual Medicine. But it’s more common among women than men. The research team surveyed 2,687 men and 1,735 women in Flanders, the northern section of Belgium.

Aug 6th, 2019
Marijuana and Male Fertility

Marijuana (cannabis) use laws have been changing rapidly in North America. Last week, Illinois became the 11th U.S. state to legalize recreational marijuana, and such use became legal across Canada last October. Mexico might legalize recreational...

Jul 18th, 2019
Women and Anal Intercourse

Over a third of women in the United States have had heterosexual anal intercourse, experts say. But what do they really think of it? Researchers asked 20 women between the ages of 18 and 50 to tell them more about their experiences, which were reported...

Jul 1st, 2019
Mindfulness After Prostate Cancer Treatment

Prostate cancer survivors and their partners often face long-term sexual problems, especially erectile dysfunction (ED). Medical treatments can be effective, but some experts think adding other therapeutic approaches like mindfulness and acceptance may...

Jul 1st, 2019
Genetic Vitamin D Deficiency Associated With Low Testosterone

Men with genetic vitamin D deficiency could be at greater risk for low testosterone, according to a recent study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. The finding is based on a study of 4,254 Chinese men whose genetic information was...

Jul 1st, 2019
Are There Any “natural Aphrodisiacs” That Actually Work?

For centuries, men and women have searched for foods, herbs, and other substances that could enhance their sexual experiences. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) defines “aphrodisiac” as “any product that bears labeling claims that it will...

May 9th, 2019
How Long Should Sex Last?

There is no official rule on how long sex should last. The duration of sex varies from couple to couple and can depend on many factors, such as: Their preferences. Some couples want sex to be fast. Others like to take a slower pace...

Apr 29th, 2019
Women Report Better Sex With Marijuana Use

Women’s orgasms might improve with marijuana use, a recent Sexual Medicine paper suggests. Some marijuana users claim that the drug boosts their sexual function and pleasure. But little scientific research had been conducted to support these claims.

Apr 22nd, 2019
What is the Link Between Erectile Dysfunction and Gum Disease?

Research suggests that men who have gum disease (also called periodontal disease) are more likely to have erectile dysfunction (ED) than those who do not. The milder form of gum disease is called gingivitis, which occurs when there is inflammation or...

Apr 16th, 2019
Is Hormone Therapy Right for Me?

To Use or Not to Use Hormone Therapy for Menopause? Some women are terrified by the prospect of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) thanks to scary stories in the media over the years,

Feb 22nd, 2019
What Should Men Know About Masturbation

You might recall a 1992 Seinfeld episode called “The Contest.” At the beginning, friends Jerry, Kramer, and Elaine are sitting in their favorite coffee shop when fellow friend George walks in, looking upset. He reveals that his mother caught him...

Feb 20th, 2019
Hormone Kisspeptin Linked to Sexual Arousal

A hormone called kisspeptin might eventually be useful in the treatment of pychosexual and mood disorders, new research suggests. The hormone could be involved with sexual behaviors, but more research is needed, scientists say.

Feb 6th, 2019
Female Cancer Survivors and Sex Health Issues

If you’re a woman going through cancer treatment, you’ve probably had to adapt to a lot of changes in your life. You might have seen some dramatic changes in your sex life, too – changes you might not have been prepared for.

Jan 8th, 2019
Coping With Mismatched Sex Drives

You and your partner probably have a lot in common. Or if you’re not partnered, you likely seek common traits in a prospective mate. Whether it’s a love of baseball, camping, or rock concerts, these commonalities help keep you close as a couple.

Nov 29th, 2018
Is Oral Sex Related to Certain Types of Cancers?

Yes, some oral cancers, which affect areas in and around the mouth, are linked to oral sex – stimulating a partner’s genitals with the mouth or tongue. Sometimes, the anus is stimulated this way.

Nov 12th, 2018
Vitamin D Important for Men’s Sexual Health, Study Finds

Taking vitamin D might improve a man’s sexual health, suggests new research in the International Journal of Endocrinology. Low levels of vitamin D have been linked to poor male sexual function (especially erectile dysfunction) in previous studies.

Oct 26th, 2018
Erectile Dysfunction May Signal Early Diabetes in Some Men

One in five men with new-onset erectile dysfunction (ED) could have unrecognized prediabetes, according to new research in the Journal of Sexual Medicine. The association between diabetes and ED has been widely reported, but there is less information...

Oct 15th, 2018
Orgasm Shot Boosts Bride’s Libido Ahead of Her Wedding…

‘Orgasm shot’ boosts bride’s libido ahead of her wedding… and helps her have multiple orgasms for the first time ever. After being stuck in a sexless relationship for seven years, 35-year-old Roxanne Macias from London opted for a quick 45-minute...

Sep 19th, 2018
Do Orgasms Change Over Time?

Like many aspects of sex, orgasms are always changing. You might have one night of passion that feels like an out-of-body experience. You might have another that is pleasant, but not necessarily powerful. And you might have another that is just humdrum.

Sep 12th, 2018
Low Testosterone Linked to Chronic Diseases

Men with low total testosterone may be more likely to have two or more chronic diseases, according to recent research in Scientific Reports. The association was especially strong for younger and older men, the study found.

Sep 7th, 2018
Unpacking the Latest Testosterone Therapy Guidelines

The American Urological Association (AUA) is a professional organization for urologists. Founded in 1902, the organization now has over 21,000 members. One of its many roles is to provide guidelines on various aspects of urologic health so that doctors...

Aug 22nd, 2018
Experts Recommend Routine Clitoral Exams

Clitoral adhesions can cause significant pain, and routine clitoral examinations could benefit women with sexual dysfunction, researchers say. In their recent Sexual Medicine study, the research team focused on the prevalence and risk factors of...

Jul 12th, 2018
How Many Women Have Hsdd?

In basic terms, hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) is a persistent lack of sexual desire in women that causes distress. But HSDD is actually quite complex. The following terms are used to describe HSDD: General – It’s present most of the time.

Jun 13th, 2018
Flavonoids Associated With Improved Erectile Function

Young men might be able to improve their erections by consuming more fruits and vegetables and fewer alcohol and dairy products, new research suggests. The key appears to be flavonoids, an antioxidant found in most fruits and vegetables.

Mar 23rd, 2018
What Are Multiple Orgasms? How Common Are They?

Multiple orgasms occur when a person climaxes more than once during a period of sexual activity. They are more common in women, but not all women have them. Most women have the capacity to have multiple orgasms, but past research suggests only about...

Mar 23rd, 2018
How Common is It to “fake” an Orgasm, and Why Do People Do It?

Both men and women pretend to have orgasms, and the practice of “faking” is fairly common. Research suggests that women are more likely to fake orgasm than men are. For example, a 2009 study published in the Journal of Sex Research reported that among...

Mar 23rd, 2018
Topical Gel Might Help Men With Erectile Dysfunction (Ed)

MED2005, a topical gel, could be a viable on-demand treatment for erectile dysfunction (ED), according to a recent phase II trial. The gel contains 0.2% glyceryl trinitrate and uses DermaSys technology for quick absorption into the skin of the...

Feb 9th, 2018
Shock Wave Therapy for Erectile Dysfunction

If you are among one of the millions of men suffering from erectile dysfunction, then you may be a candidate for a novel new minimally invasive therapy called Low-Intensity Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (Li-ESWT).

Jan 16th, 2018
Impact of Fibromyalgia on the Sexuality of Women

Reviewed by Christopher Gharibo, MD, Medical Director of Pain Medicine, NYU Langone Medical Center Hospital for Joint Diseases, New York, NY Fibromyalgia, characterized by widespread pain, difficulty sleeping, and a range of other somatic and...

Aug 30th, 2017
What is Asexuality?

In general terms, asexuality refers to people who don’t feel driven to have sex. They do not necessarily have negative feelings about sex. They just don’t feel sexual attraction to others. However, asexuality is not quite that simple.

Jun 13th, 2017
Health Benefits of Sex

Good sexual health is part of good overall health. That’s a fact we consider often here at SexHealthMatters.org. But have you ever wondered just how having sex is good for your health? Here are just some of the benefits:...

Apr 20th, 2017
FDA Approves Intrarosa for Sexual Pain in Postmenopausal Women

Postmenopausal women who experience moderate to severe pain during intercourse may have a new treatment option. Last November, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a drug called Intrarosa (prasterone) for sexual pain caused by...

Mar 15th, 2017
FDA Issues Supplement Warnings

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced recalls for many supplements marketed to men who seek sexual enhancement.In lab analyses, FDA officials found undeclared ingredients in the following products:...

Feb 27th, 2017
Orgasm Problems: What Can Women Do?

Would it surprise you to learn that an estimated 10% to 40% of women have trouble reaching orgasm? And that some women have never had an orgasm at all? The clinical term is anorgasmia and it troubles many women. It can distress partners, too,...

Oct 11th, 2016
Health Talk – Star Ledger of New Jersey Features

Erectile Dysfunction (ED), defined as the inability to obtain or maintain an erection, effects approximately 30 million men in the United States. Until recently, all treatment modalities for ED have been based on a symptom, not a cause.

Jun 18th, 2016
Shock Wave Therapy Found Efficacious in Treating Ed.

Shock wave therapy found efficacious in treating ED. New reports find that low intensity extra corporeal shock wave therapy (LIESWT ) a safe, effective and well tolerated treatment for erectile dysfunction (ED) including men who do not respond to oral...

Dec 1st, 2015