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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 marijuana later this year. With marijuana more freely available, people do have health concerns. In regard to sexual and reproductive…


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 in a Sexual Medicine study.  All of the women had had anal…


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 available through an additional study. Vitamin D is essential for skeletal health, as it…


FDA Warns Against Three “Sexual Enhancement” Supplements

The manufacturer of a supplement called The Beast has issued a voluntary recall of the product after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) discovered an erectile dysfunction (ED) drug among the ingredients. The agency has advised consumers to stop using The Beast capsules and return them to the place of purchase. The capsules are…


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 help even more. In a recent Sexual Medicine paper, researchers explain that men’s erections don’t usually go back to how they were before prostate cancer…


FDA approves new treatment for hypoactive sexual desire disorder in premenopausal women

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Vyleesi (bremelanotide) to treat acquired, generalized hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) in premenopausal women. “There are women who, for no known reason, have reduced sexual desire that causes marked distress, and who can benefit from safe and effective pharmacologic treatment. Today’s approval provides women with another treatment…


Aquablation for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia in Large Prostates

OBJECTIVE To report 12-month safety and effectiveness outcomes of the Aquablation procedure for the treatment of men with symptomatic benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and large-volume prostates. METHODS One hundred and one men with moderate-to-severe BPH symptoms and prostate volumes of 80-150 cc underwent a robotic-assisted Aquablation procedure in a prospective multicenter international clinical trial. Functional…


Methylation Urine Biomarker Test in the Surveillance of Non–Muscle Invasive Bladder Cancer

OBJECTIVES To investigate prospectively the clinical utility and influence on decision-making of Bladder EpiCheck™, a non-invasive urine test, in the surveillance of non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC). MATERIALS AND METHODS Urine samples from 440 patients undergoing surveillance for NMIBC were prospectively collected at five centres and evaluated using the Bladder EpiCheck test (NCT02647112). A multivariable nomogram…


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…


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…


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