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Sexual Health

Although sex is not vital for good health, it’s definitely good for you. It can boost circulation, help depression, soothe chronic pain, and reaffirm the joys of living. And sexual problems often signal deeper ills: Low libido, erectile dysfunction, genital infection, or sexual pain may hide a serious health problem such as diabetes or heart trouble.

Sexual Health Journey

We Still Don't Talk Enough About This Aspect of Good Health

Sex may sell, but sexual problems are rarely as openly discussed or as well understood as other common health issues. For all the candor about erectile dysfunction (thanks to Viagra and its offspring), topics such as sex drive, sexually transmitted diseases, and women’s sexual dysfunction don’t get as much attention as they deserve.

Sexual Health News

  • HPV Vaccination Sends Genital Wart Cases Plummeting: Study

    In the five years since launching a nationwide human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination program among girls between the ages of 12 and 26, Australia has seen a huge drop in the number of cases of genital warts, new research reveals. Among Australian girls in the targeted age range for vaccination, the country saw genital wart cases plummet by 59 percent within just the first two years of the program’s launch in 2007.

  • Petroleum Jelly Tied to Vaginal Infection Risk in Study

    Women who use petroleum jelly vaginally may put themselves at risk of a common infection called bacterial vaginosis, a small study suggests. Prior studies have linked douching to ill effects, including bacterial vaginosis, and an increased risk of sexually transmitted diseases and pelvic inflammatory disease. But little research has been conducted on the possible effects of other products some women use vaginally, said Joelle Brown, a researcher at the University of California, San Francisco, who led the new study.

  • FDA Approves Drug for Older Women Experiencing Painful Sex

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug to treat postmenopausal women who experience pain during sex, the agency announced Tuesday. The drug Osphena (ospemifene) mimics the effects of estrogen on vaginal tissue, which can become thinner, drier and more fragile from menopause. The pill, taken with food once a day, makes vaginal tissue thicker and less fragile to reduce pain during sex (called dyspareunia).

  • Severe Gum Disease May Be Linked to Impotence

    By Barbara Bronson GrayHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Dec. 4 (HealthDay News) — If you’re a man, new research suggests that brushing and flossing regularly could have an impact on your sex life. A small Turkish study found that men in their 30s who had severe periodontal disease were more than three times as likely to suffer from erection [...]

  • Give Teens Access to Emergency Contraception, Pediatricians Say

    By Carina StorrsHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Nov. 26 (HealthDay News) — Doctors should let their teenage patients know about emergency contraception, such as Plan B, and write them a prescription for it if they are sexually active, according to a new policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics. The new guideline is an update to the 2005 [...]

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