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.
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.
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).
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.
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.