Posts Tagged ‘sex’

Better Sex Through Therapy?

Monday, June 6th, 2011

Study Links Empathy, Self-Esteem, and Autonomy with Increased Sexual Enjoyment (jhsph.edu):

Sexual pleasure among young adults (ages 18-26) is linked to healthy psychological and social development, according to a new study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Thousands of Years of Monogamy

Monday, September 20th, 2010

There’ve been only thousands years of monogamy, that is–since agriculture got underway–according to the newish book, Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality. When people started farming, say the authors, they started thinking about things like ownership and where babies come from.  Monogamy followed–meaning that lifelong pairing doesn’t necessarily come naturally to us.

Here’s Dan Savage getting very excited about the thesis as he interviews author Christopher Ryan on his podcast [with the usual explicit language].  Not for everyone, but…if it’s for you, there’s more where that came from on Ryan’s Psychology Today blog .

Better Sex Through…Trying

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

A study posted at PsychCentral:  Simple Methods Heighten Women’s Sexual Satisfaction

New psychological research finds that many women with low sex drives reported greater sexual satisfaction after taking a placebo and participating in a clinical trial…Expectations to improve sex and a willingness to work on sexual problems appear to be key toward obtaining greater sexual satisfaction.

Selling “Pink Viagra”

Sunday, June 27th, 2010


NYT Business article about the efforts to make and market a female sex pill.

Regulators and doctors tend to be less tolerant of side effects in quality-of-life drugs than they are in medicines intended to mitigate life-and-death diseases. Some industry critics, meanwhile, contend that in the quest to find new and treatable quality-of-life problems, drug makers are not so much identifying unmet needs as they are stoking existing social anxieties to weld to their medicines.

“War on Sex”?

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

PsychCentral:  Views on Sex and Drugs Usually Related.

While people who are more religious and those who are more politically conservative do tend to oppose recreational drugs, in both study samples the predictive power of these religious and ideological items was reduced nearly to zero by controlling for items tracking attitudes toward sexual promiscuity.

Obesity and Sex

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

Less birth control, more unwanted pregnancies–so says a study of obesity and sex.

Unplanned pregnancies were four times higher among single obese women…Obese women were 70% less likely to use birth control pills and eight times more likely to use less effective methods, such as withdrawal….

A Female Sex Pill?

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

NYT:  Push to Market Pill Stirs Debate on Sexual Desire

[M]any experts say that unlike sexual dysfunction in men — which has an obvious physical component — sexual problems in women are much harder to diagnose. And among doctors and researchers, there is serious medical debate over whether female sexual problems are treatable with drugs. Some doctors advocate psychotherapy or counseling, while others have prescribed hormonal drugs approved for other uses.


Friday, June 11th, 2010

NYT:  No Sex, Please: You’re Sleeping

Some people sleepwalk; others talk in their sleep. Now a study finds that 1 in 12 patients with sleep disorders reported having had sex while they were asleep.

Yes, there’s a website on the subject: sleepsex.org.

Sex and Exercise

Friday, June 4th, 2010

Another reason to move around–not a shock: Exercise May Boost Men’s Sexual Prowess.

[M]en who were moderately active — walking briskly just 30 minutes a day, four days a week, or the equivalent — were about two-thirds less likely to have sexual dysfunction than their sedentary counterparts.

Dating, Sex, and Herpes

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

Dating, Sex, and Herpes, a Q&A at the NYT with Dr. Peter Leone.  Starts this way:

Can you have herpes but never even know it? Can the herpes simplex virus spread even if you don’t have symptoms? And how do you navigate the maze of sex and dating when you know you are infected with herpes?