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.
Mary M. Gallenberg, MD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
Marjorie Green, MD, directs the Mount Auburn Menopause and Female Sexual Medicine Center, is a clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School, and serves on the advisory board of the Women's Sexual Health Foundation.
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