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Gay Men Are Cutting Back on Sex to Avoid Monkeypox

A survey conducted among American gay and bisexual men in early August found about half saying they'd cut down on sexual activity -- including one-night stands and app-based hookups -- in response to the global monkeypox outbreak.

The survey, conducted online Aug. 5-15, was led by Kevin Delaney...

Vaginal or C-Section, Method of Childbirth Won't Affect a Couple's Sex Life Later

Childbirth shouldn't put any dent in your future lovin', regardless of the way your baby was delivered, new research assures.

Sexual enjoyment isn't affected at all by method of delivery in the years following childbirth, according to a study involving the mothers of more than 14,000 babies bor...

B 8/11 -- Lung Cancer Can Diminish Sexual Health for Women

Sexual dysfunction is a common side effect among women with lung cancer, a new study finds.

"The SHAWL [Sexual Health Assessment in Women with Lung Cancer] study is about bringing women's sexuality to the forefront of scientific discussions because it has been significantly understudied," said researcher Dr. Narjust Florez (Duma), associate director for the Cancer Care Equity Program at D...

Breast Cancer Treatment Effects on Sex Life a Hidden Burden

Women with breast cancer commonly see their sexual health decline, yet their doctors aren't telling them what to expect -- or what to do about it.

Those are among the findings of a new study that asked breast cancer patients about their sexual well-being. It showed that most women had sexu...

Many Older Women Have Active Sex Lives, But Menopause Can Interfere

Many women remain sexually active into their 70s, but for others, menopause symptoms and chronic health issues get in the way.

That's among the findings from the latest University of Michigan Poll on Healthy Aging, which surveyed more than 1,200 U.S. women ages 50 to 80.

Overall, 43% said they were sexually active, be tha...

Orgasm's Key Role in Women's Sexual Satisfaction

The more orgasms you have, the more you come to expect.

And the reverse is also true, according to a new study of the so-called orgasm gap -- in which men climax far more often than their female partners.

"Our expectations are shaped by our experiences, so when women orgasm less, they will desire and expect to orgasm less," said study author Grace Wetzel, a doctoral student in ...

A New Male Birth Control Pill Works - in Mice

Science is moving closer to a male contraceptive pill, and human clinical trials of a non-hormonal version could begin later this year, researchers say.

The experimental contraceptive works in mice, according to a preliminary study scheduled for presentation Wednesday at an American Chemical Society (ACS) meeting in San Diego.

"Scientists have been trying for decades to develop an ...

Sex in the Senior Years: Why It's Key to Overall Health

Lovemaking isn't just for the young - older people gain a lot of satisfaction from amorous relations as well.

But things get complicated as people age, and many folks let this important part of life drift away rather than talk about sexual problems with either their partner or their doctor, experts told HealthDay Now.

"Not many people talk about sex with their doctors, espe...

Hints That Viagra-Like Drugs Might Help Prevent Dementia

Viagra-like drugs might do more than rejuvenate sex lives: A new study suggests that medications for erectile dysfunction may also help treat vascular dementia.

The medications are designed to increase blood flow to the penis in order to treat erectile dysfunction, so U.K. researchers decided to test whether one called

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  • Could Semen Hold Key to New Over-the-Counter Contraceptive?

    No contraceptive is perfect, and scientists continue searching for safer, more effective methods.

    Now, researchers have found a way to trap sperm in semen's natural gel state, and they believe their findings could point the way to a new type of birth control.

    Normally, semen liquefies after ejaculation, which enables sperm to swim through a woman's reproductive system to fertilize a...

    Fragile Male Egos Have Many Women 'Faking It' in the Bedroom

    A trio of new studies are confirming what millions of women already know: Reacting to your man's insecurities can have you pretending the sexual satisfaction you do not feel.

    The more a woman thinks her partner's ego is fragile, the more likely she is to protect those feelings and fake orgasms -- and then be less satisfied with the sex they do have, researchers discovered.

    "I...

    Death During Sex Very Rare Among Those Under 50

    It's a familiar trope of TV and movies -- a couple is engaged in passionate sex when the guy's heart suddenly gives out.

    "Usually it's a middle-aged man. Usually he's cheating with somebody else. It's funny, there's this myth in our mind that this can happen," said cardiologist Dr. Martha Gulati, who refers to the concept as the "Hollywood heart attack."

    But ardor simply isn't that ...

    Dolphins Have a Functioning Clitoris, Study Finds

    The sex lives of dolphins may seem to be an esoteric scientific subject, but there are researchers who wondered if a certain part of a female dolphin's anatomy might produce pleasure.

    "Every time we dissected a vagina, we would see this very large clitoris, and we were curious whether anyone had examined it in detail to see if it worked like a human clitoris," explained study first author...

    U.S. Adolescents Are Getting Less Sex Education Now Than 25 Years Ago

    Sex Ed -- it's been a staple of public education for decades, but new research shows that only half of American teens are getting instruction that meets minimum standards.

    "The findings show that most adolescents are not receiving sex education that will enable them to manage their sexual lives," said study author Leslie Kantor, chair of the Department of Urban-Global Public Health at Rut...

    Gender-Affirming Mastectomies Give Boost to Patients' Mental Health

    Gender-affirming breast removal (mastectomy) can greatly enhance a patients' mental well-being, a new study finds.

    Gender-affirming mastectomy is the most common type of gender-confirming surgery, but there's "not a lot of information out there about how exactly these types of surgeries help people," said study co-author Dr. Megan Lane. She is a plastic surgery resident at Michigan Medic...

    Testosterone Levels Matter for Men's, Women's Sex Lives

    What launches guys on serial sexual conquests and prompts solo activity among women?

    It's testosterone, of course.

    As the primary male sex hormone, it plays a leading role in the sexual development of guys. But folks often overlook the role it plays in female sexuality. Yes, women have testosterone, too, though much less of it -- and it exerts a far different pull,

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  • Is It COVID? Early Signs May Differ by Age, Gender

    Exactly what symptoms of early COVID-19 infection you suffer may depend on both your age and gender, a new study finds.

    "As part of our study, we have been able to identify that the profile of symptoms due to COVID-19 differs from one group to another. This suggests that the criteria to encourage people to get tested should be personalized using individuals' information such as age. Alter...

    Who's Most Likely to Get Bullied at School?

    Bullying remains a threat to American teens, and a new study reveals which kids may be at highest risk.

    Race-based bullying takes a heavy toll on teens, the research found, but minority kids who are picked on for other reasons -- whether gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability or immigration status -- suffer a double whammy.

    Victims' physical and mental health suffer a...

    Sales of ED Drugs Boomed During Pandemic

    Think the sex lives of Americans took a hit during the pandemic? Think again.

    New research finds there's been a jump in sales of erectile dysfunction (ED) drugs, especially Cialis (tadalafil), in the United States over the past year.

    "We saw a huge spike in sales of daily use erectile dysfunction drugs, which suggests that some people were having more spontaneous sex than ever -- ...

    It's a Myth That Promiscuous Women Have Low Self-Esteem

    The old double standard lives on.

    A new study finds that many people still believe -- incorrectly -- that women who engage in casual sex have low self-esteem. And they don't think the same is true of men.

    "We were surprised that this stereotype was so widely held," said study first author Jaimie Arona Krems, an assistant professor of psychology at Oklahoma State University. "This st...

    New Study Examines Sexuality of People With Autism

    Adults with autism report a broad range of sexuality -- being much more likely to identify as asexual, bisexual or homosexual than people without autism, a new study finds.

    In a survey of nearly 2,400 adults, researchers found that those with autism were three to nine times more likely to identify as homosexual, asexual or "other."

    Among men, those with autism were over three times ...

    Better Sleep May Mean Better Sex for Women

    Good sleep might be the best prescription for sexual satisfaction among older women, a new study suggests.

    Women who did not routinely get restful slumber were nearly twice as likely to report sexual problems, such as lack of desire or arousal, researchers found.

    "Sexual dysfunction…is defined as the presence of sexual problems associated with distress, and this relationship was s...

    Regret That One-Night Stand? It Probably Won't Stop Another, Study Shows

    You might think regret has an upside -- to help you avoid repeating a mistake -- but new research shows it's just not so, especially when it comes to casual sex.

    Researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology asked volunteers to fill out a questionnaire about sexual regret -- twice, about 4½ months apart.

    "For the most part, people continue with the same sexual...

    Even Before Lockdowns, Young Americans Were Having Less Casual Sex

    Despite being the dating-app generation, young adults are largely saying no to casual sex, and less drinking and more video games are two reasons why, a new study suggests.

    Surveys in recent years have been finding that compared with past generations, today's young adults are not as interested in "hooking up."

    The new study is no exception: It found that between 2007 and 2017, the n...

    Estrogen Taken During Gender-Affirming Surgeries Won't Raise Blood Clot Risk: Study

    Most transgender women can safely continue their estrogen treatments during gender-affirming surgery, a new study finds.

    Estrogen therapy and surgery can increase the risk of blood clots, so experts have suggested that transgender women stop taking the hormone when having gender-affirming surgery.

    But the sudden loss of estrogen was sometimes very uncomfortable, causing symptoms sim...

    Study Outlines Role of Oral Sex in Rare Throat, Mouth Cancers

    People who began having oral sex at a young age or at greater "intensity" may face an increased risk of a type of throat cancer, a new study finds.

    The study, published online Jan. 11 in the journal Cancer, focused on oropharyngeal cancer caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). The sexually transmitted infection can, in a small number of people, become persistent and lead to cancer...

    Viagra Doesn't Solve All Sexual Problems, Men Discover

    Viagra, the wonder drug for men suffering from impotence, is not a cure for all sexual health ills, a new study shows.

    Since it hit the scene, men aren't complaining about erectile dysfunction or premature ejaculation as much as low sexual desire and curvature of the penis, a new Italian study finds.

    "Over a 10-year period we have seen a real change in what concerns men whe...

    Coronavirus Baby Boom? Survey Says Maybe Not

    Will the stay-at-home orders issued in March and April result in a "coronavirus baby boom," as some have predicted?

    Perhaps not, according to a new survey of more than 1,000 U.S. adults, conducted by researchers from Indiana University.

    Around half of the people questioned reported no change in their sex lives during the early part of the coronavirus quarantine from mid-Mar...

    More Young Americans Are Going Without Sex

    Sex, and lots of it, has long been the primary preoccupation of young adults, but more of them are now going months and years without any intimate encounters.

    New research shows that one of three men between the ages of 18 to 24 have not had any sex during the past year, putting to rest all the talk of the "hookup culture."

    Men and women aged 25 to 34 in the United States al...

    Love During Lockdown: Survey Shows How Couples Have Coped

    As U.S. states issued stay-at-home orders in March and April, one of many questions was how couples would fare under lockdown together. Now a new survey offers an initial snapshot: some more arguments, regular declarations of love, and a good dose of same-old, same-old.

    The survey included close to 2,300 U.S. adults who were living with their partner when the pandemic hit -- forcing m...

    Women Still Left Out of Much Medical Research

    Your sex matters when it comes to your health, yet women may still be an afterthought in research studies.

    Despite policies and grant requirements to include females in research studies, many researchers still don't analyze their data by sex, a new study found. If researchers don't look at their results by sex, it's impossible to know if diseases, drugs or vaccines might impact each ...

    Baby Boom After Pandemic Lockdowns? Maybe Not

    It's happened before: Couples stuck at home during blizzards, hurricanes or other natural disasters enjoy some "alone time" -- and a baby boom follows.

    But a new survey from researchers at the University of Florence in Italy suggests the same probably won't unfold during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Why?

    "What we found the main reasons that led people to not wanting to c...

    You Can't Get Coronavirus Through Sex, Study Suggests

    You can't hug or shake hands these days without risking coronavirus infection, but new research finds that sexual intercourse might be safe.

    Researchers analyzed semen samples from 34 men in China an average of one month after they were diagnosed with mild to moderate cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus.

    Laboratory tests did not detect the coronavirus in...

    Births of Boys in Liberal Areas of Canada Fell After Trump Won: Study

    Experts have long known about a quirky postscript to stressful events like earthquakes and terrorist attacks: The ratio of boys and girls born temporarily turns upside down.

    Now, Canadian researchers are reporting the same change in Ontario's birthrates following Republican Donald Trump's victory in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

    The percentage of boys born in Canada's...

    Med Schools  More Diverse Now, But Study Finds Minorities Still Mistreated

    Race, gender and sexual orientation are tied to mistreatment of medical school students by faculty, physicians and fellow students, according to a new report.

    For the study, Yale University researchers analyzed more than 27,500 surveys of students at 140 accredited medical schools in the United States.

    The researchers found that women, Asians, under-represented minorities, a...

    Restful Romance: Smelling Your Lover's Shirt Can Help You Sleep

    Bedtime without your partner on Valentine's Day could make sleep elusive. But a new study suggests one remedy: Cuddling up with a piece of his or her clothing.

    Researchers say having a loved one's natural scent nearby could be as effective a sleep aid as melatonin.

    "One of the most surprising findings is how a romantic partner's scent can improve sleep quality even outside o...

    More Sex Partners, Higher Cancer Risk?

    If you need more than two hands to count the number of lovers you've had in your life, new research suggests you might want to worry about your cancer risk.

    People who have had 10 or more sexual partners had higher odds of being diagnosed with cancer than those who were less sexually active, researchers report.

    Women with that many sex partners had nearly double the risk of ...

    Sex Isn't Always What Drives 'Sexting'

    "Sexting" may sound salacious, but it isn't always about sex, a new study shows.

    In fact, two-thirds of adults who send these sexually oriented text messages don't have sex in mind at all, the Texas Tech University researchers report.

    Some sexting is about foreplay for sex later on. Sexting is also used for reassurance about the relationship. And sometimes it's done to scor...

    It's Not Just Menopause to Blame for Older Women's Flagging Sex Drive

    It's not uncommon for a woman's sex life to slow down with age, but hormones aren't the only reason she might not be in the mood, a new study suggests.

    Postmenopausal issues, such as vaginal dryness or pain during sex, definitely put a damper on a woman's desire. But just as often, it was issues with her partner that brought sexual activity to a halt.

    "Low libido is commo...

    How to Amp up the Quality of Your Sex Life

    Quality over quantity is an approach that can lead to a better sex life. Studies show that feeling satisfied with the sexual aspect of their relationship is more important to many people than how often they have sex.

    How can you start to enhance the quality of your sex life? You may be surprised to know that improving intimacy begins before you ever set foot in the bedroom. It's impor...

    Could the Female Orgasm Be a Happy Remnant of  Evolution?

    Have scientists solved the mystery of the female orgasm?

    As a team of researchers pointed out, during intercourse the male orgasm serves an obvious reproductive function: Without it, ejaculation can't happen.

    But the reproductive role of female orgasm has been much less clear, because ovulation in humans occurs whether a woman has recently had an orgasm or not.

    So ...

    First Sexual Experience Was Forced for 1 in 16 U.S. Women

    Changes wrought by the #MeToo movement can't come soon enough, say researchers who found that for 1 in 16 U.S. women, their first sexual experience was forced.

    "In a nationally representative sample of more than 13,000 women, 6.5% said their first sexual encounters was forced as opposed to voluntary," said the study's lead author, Dr. Laura Hawks.

    That's equivalent...

    How Much Sex is Right for You and Your Partner?

    Are you having enough sex? It's a loaded question. "Enough," like "a lot," means different things to different people -- it could mean every night, twice a week or twice a month.

    Many studies have tried to pinpoint how often the average couple has sex, how that number might change at various stages in a relationship and the ideal amount for happiness.

    But one of the most in...

    'Swinging' and Illicit Drugs Often Go Together, Study Finds

    When swingers gather for sexual mixers, drugs are often part of the equation, new Dutch research reveals.

    And that combination is known to increase the risk of sexually transmitted infections, the researchers added.

    In an online poll of more than 1,000 swingers, "we found that almost half, 44%, used drugs during sex in the past six months," said study author Ymke Evers. ...

    Testosterone May Rejuvenate Older Women's Sex Drive

    Many older men take testosterone to boost their sex drive, but new research suggests that postmenopausal women who struggle with a sagging libido might want to follow suit.

    Applied topically, the hormone appears to increase women's sexual function and satisfaction, according to a new review of 36 clinical trials involving nearly 8,500 women.

    Women naturally produce testoster...

    Too Much Smartphone Time May Invite Host of Health Woes

    With most people never far from their cellphones, new research on college students finds that "problematic" use is tied to a variety of mental health problems, as well as lower grades and more sexual partners.

    The study, which surveyed more than 3,400 students in the United States, also found that alcohol misuse was markedly higher in those with problematic smartphone use, compared to...

    Is Sex Good Medicine for Parkinson's?

    Can sex help improve the health of a Parkinson's patient?

    It might -- at least for some.

    So claims a new two-year study that tracked the sexual habits and disease progression among 355 Parkinson's patients.

    "This is in line with data showing a close relationship between sexual health and general health, both in healthy individuals and in patients with chronic dis...

    Why Older Women Have Less Sex: It's Not as Simple as You Think

    More than biology is at play when it comes to why older women have less sex as they age.

    A number of psychological factors contribute to the drop in libido, a new study claims.

    Those factors include body image concerns, self-confidence, perceived desirability, stress, mood changes and relationship issues.

    Previous research has focused mostly on biological causes of...

    Testosterone Supplements Not All They're Cracked Up to Be

    SATURDAY, May 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Buyer beware: When it comes to testosterone supplements, men should know a new study finds there is precious little evidence to support claims they will boost testosterone levels, sex drive, strength and overall energy.

    To come to this conclusion, the researchers first broke down 50 testosterone supplements into their component parts.

    ...

    HIV Meds Cut Transmission Risk to Zero, Even Without Condoms: Study

    Even if they never use a condom during sex, gay men whose HIV is undetectable due to ongoing antiretroviral treatment cannot infect their male partner, new research reveals.

    "Whether men who are in monogamous relationships in these circumstances chose to use or not to use condoms is up to them, but there is no need to do so to prevent HIV transmission to the negative partner," said the ...