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 arouse or increase sexual desire, or that it will improve sexual performance.” In 2015, scientists analyzed approximately…CONTINUE READING
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. • Their circumstances. Young, busy parents might have short sexual encounters when…CONTINUE READING
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. The current study examined women’s perceptions on how marijuana use – in general and specifically before sex – affected their…CONTINUE READING
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 infection in the gums. If left untreated, gingivitis worsens into periodontitis. The infection spreads…CONTINUE READING
BDSM Participants Have “Almost No Concerns” About Lifestyle, Study Finds
BDSM practitioners might be more sexually satisfied and have fewer sexual concerns than people who are not involved with BDSM, according to a recent Journal of Sexual Medicine study. The acronym BDSM refers to “bondage-discipline, dominance-submission, sadism-masochism,” a group of sexual behaviors that may include role playing, control, pain, or humiliation. Such practices are consensual, and participants…CONTINUE READING
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, but the good news is that nowadays there are many different ways of replacing your dwindling hormones. You’ve probably been driven by frustration…CONTINUE READING
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 masturbating and swears he will never do it again – anywhere. His friends are not convinced, and…CONTINUE READING
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. Produced in the brain by the hypothalamus, kisspeptin triggers a series of chemical processes that ultimately results in production of the…CONTINUE READING
Peyronie’s Disease Surgery: Can Penile Length be Preserved?
Men with Peyronie’s disease should be aware of possible penile shortening after surgical treatment, experts say. But some procedures might be able to preserve length. Peyronie’s disease is a benign condition characterized by areas of hardened scar tissue called plaques that form just beneath the skin of the penis. Typically, Peyronie’s disease goes through two phases….CONTINUE READING
Penis Enlargement Surgery: Men Should Know About Complications
Penis enlargement surgery can have serious complications, and men should be aware of them before undergoing any procedure, according to a recent Journal of Sexual Medicine study. Penis enlargement surgery aims to increase length and/or girth, often because the man is not satisfied with the size of his penis. Augmentation may involve injections of silicone, injections of…CONTINUE READING