For First Time in Years, Rates of Syphilis, Gonorrhea and Chlamydia Are Rising

November 18, 2015

The number of cases of three key sexually transmitted diseases increased last year for the first time since 2006.

HPV Vaccination Sends Genital Wart Cases Plummeting: Study

April 19, 2013

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

March 8, 2013

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

February 26, 2013

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

December 4, 2012

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

November 26, 2012

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 […]

Adoption Can Boost Quality of Life for Infertile Couples, Study Finds

November 20, 2012

Couples who adopt children after unsuccessful treatment for fertility problems typically have a high quality of life, a new study finds. Swedish researchers compared outcomes for a variety of types of couples: those whose in-vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment failed; those whose IVF treatment resulted in children; couples who decided to adopt after unsuccessful IVF treatment; and couples with no fertility problems.

Testosterone Gel Fails to Boost Viagra’s Effects

November 19, 2012

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Nov. 19 (HealthDay News) — Men who have erectile dysfunction and low testosterone may get no extra benefit from adding the hormone to their Viagra prescription, a new study suggests.
The first-choice treatments for erectile dysfunction are drugs called PDE5 inhibitors, which include sildenafil (Viagra), vardenafil (Levitra) and tadalafil (Cialis). They work […]

Too Much Dairy, Carbs Might Harm Men’s Sperm

October 26, 2012

Diet can have a notable impact on reproductive health, a group of new studies suggests. One set of findings: The more carbohydrates or diary a man eats, the poorer the quality of his sperm. Similarly, two other studies focused on in vitro fertilization (IVF), and found that women who lowered their carb intake while upping their protein consumption stood better chances of becoming pregnant.

Is ‘Sex Addiction’ Real? Some Experts Say So

October 26, 2012

In recent years, media reports of celebrities — usually men — citing “sex addiction” as the reason they’ve been unfaithful have made headlines. But is what’s known to psychologists as “hypersexual disorder” a real pathology or just a lame excuse for bad behavior? The issue is a real one, since there’s been talk of including hypersexual disorder in the upcoming revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), considered the “bible” for psychologists and psychiatrists.

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