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Women and Sexuality: The Myth of the First Time

Women and Sexuality: The Myth of the First Time

I was enjoying the film, Something’s Gotta Give, until the menopausal character was portrayed in the throes of pleasure from her first sexual experience in 10 years. Especially in a film focusing on the realities of an older woman’s personal life, why did they choose to glorify what is potentially an uncomfortable physical and emotional experience? …

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Acupuncture for Erectile Dysfunction

Acupuncture for Erectile Dysfunction?

When sildenafil (Viagra) was introduced fifteen years ago, it revolutionized the treatment of male sexual dysfunction. For one thing, this important but intensely personal issue came out from under the covers. Men began to approach sexual woes as medical problems, not personal failings. For another, the problem got a new and more accurate name: Erectile dysfunction (ED) …

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Erectile Dysfunction and Heart Disease

Erectile Dysfunction and Heart Disease

Suppose for a moment that you’re one of the millions of guys who develop a problem with erections. After putting it off, you finally go see your doctor. You expect to walk out with a prescription for Viagra, perhaps after your doctor checks your testosterone levels with a blood test. Instead, though, your blood tests …

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Women: Help for a Declining Libido

Women: Help for a Declining Libido

The female sexual response is complex; many factors—physical, men­tal, and interpersonal—are involved. So when a woman experiences loss of libido, arousal problems, painful intercourse, or inability to have an orgasm (a cluster of conditions controversially labeled “female sexual dysfunction”), it’s difficult to pinpoint the exact cause, let alone find a “cure.” Certain medical conditions (diabetes, …

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