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Bright Light Stimulates Men's Sex Drive

Light therapy shown to increase testosterone production

(Newser) - Men with low sex drive might try switching on a light, a new study shows. Taking a cue from depression treatment, researchers at the University of Siena in Italy found that bright light stimulates testosterone levels and led to better results in the bedroom, reports the BBC . Using a light... More »

Why Americans Are Poaching Wild Ginseng

It grows mostly in Appalachian and Ozark public parks, and 95% goes to Asia

(Newser) - A federal judge earlier this month sentenced a North Carolina man to six months in jail. The crime? Illegally possessing more than 500 ginseng roots he harvested in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, reports the Asheville Citizen-Times . He's far from the only domestic ginseng poacher: By New York... More »

Look Out, Viagra: Testosterone Drugs Gain Popularity

But doctors worry they'll be dangerously overused

(Newser) - New drugs designed in part to save the sex lives of aging men could become the biggest thing since Viagra, reports Bloomberg . The problem is that the testosterone boosters from Eli Lilly and Abbott are becoming so popular that doctors worry men who don't need them for strictly medical... More »

The Root of All Evil: Men's Sex Drive

Male desire for battle is deeply rooted in our genes: British study

(Newser) - Wars, brawls, defense budgets, riots: All of these aggressive male by-products are genetically rooted in men's drive to win as many mates as possible, according to British scientists. A study published this week blames the world's conflicts on this male "tribal" attitude, saying it "might not... More »

Jane Fonda: Testosterone Ignited My Sex Life

Actor advises older women to take the hormone

(Newser) - Jane Fonda has a confession to make: Testosterone has fueled her intense septuagenarian libido. "I discovered testosterone about three years ago, which makes a huge difference if you want to remain sexual and your libido has dropped," she tells the Telegraph . "Use testosterone. It comes in a... More »

Lack of Sleep Kills Men's Sex Drive

Testosterone levels drop without enough shut-eye

(Newser) - It's important to get a good night's sleep for lots of reasons: mood, proper cognitive functioning, and, this just in, sex. A study from the University of Chicago suggests that men who don't routinely grab quality shut-eye have less of a desire to do other things in... More »

As Women Near 40, Sex Drive Revs Up

Researchers theorize biological clock at work

(Newser) - The closer women get to 40, the stronger their sex drive, according to a new study from the University of Texas. Researchers surveyed 900 women about their sex lives, breaking them into three groups: the women at prime fertility (age 19-26), women with declining fertility (age 27-45), and those who... More »

FDA Skeptical About Women's Viagra

Review casts doubt on effectiveness of new drug

(Newser) - Hopes that a drug to boost women's sex drive—nicknamed Pink Viagra—would pass FDA muster took a hit today with the publication of an agency review. It found that the drug, called flibanserin and under development by the German firm Boehringer Ingelheim, produced results that were not "particularly... More »

Why Men Get Sicker Than Women

Men 'live fast, die young,' so immunity is traded for sex drive

(Newser) - The phenomenon euphemistically referred to as “man flu”—the notion that men get sicker and sick more often than women—is real, researchers say. British doctors swear the theory is upheld by sophisticated computer models: The male immune system is underdeveloped compared to the female because men are... More »

Pork Is Natural Viagra: Argentine President

Cristina Kirchner describes 'impressive' pork-fueled weekend

(Newser) - Pork is no longer just the other white meat, but also the other blue pill, according to Argentina's president. That’s right: porcine meat is good for your libido. “Pork consumption improves sexual activity,” Cristina Kirchner said as she announced lower meat prices. “Some nicely grilled pork... More »

Four Contenders in the Quest for the 'Female Viagra'

Not in the mood? Maybe one of these new drugs will help

(Newser) - Good news for women with lagging libidos: The market for drugs and devices that stoke a woman’s desire is set to explode in the coming years. Vogue looks at some of the pills, shots, and jolts in development:
  • Orgasmatron: The decidedly unsexy combination of electrodes in your lower spine
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11 Anti-Aphrodisiac Foods

Corn Flakes isn't the only bland creation aimed to curb our sex drive

(Newser) - Like sex itself, aphrodisiacs are an eternally popular subject. But what about anti-aphrodisiacs (more properly known as anaphrodisiacs)? Among the top sexual depressants, per 11 Points:
  • Corn Flakes. John Harvey Kellogg was a proponent of abstinence and invented Corn Flakes in the belief that a bland, meatless breakfast would calm
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Women on Pill Shun 'Manly Men' for 'Boys'

With fertile days gone, women tend to like more feminine features, caring personalities

(Newser) - Women have been on the pill for so long that its impact on their hormones may have significantly reduced their attraction to "manly men" in favor of more boyish males, say researchers. Forty years of contraception use could explain the change in Hollywood idols from tough guys like Jimmy... More »

Women Want Sex Just as Much as You

The Fox 'sexpert' debunks myths about the fairer sex

(Newser) - Men have a lot of screwy ideas about women and sex, but Dr. Yvonne K. Fulbright, Fox News’ “sexpert” is here to set them straight. And she’ll use the whip if she has to. Here are some myths she’s debunking:
  • She needs an emotional connection, not a
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Coming Soon: Viagra Ice Cream

Libido-boosting ice cream cocktail hits London

(Newser) - The Viagra of ice cream is hitting a London department store, and as long as you’re over 18, you can try a cool scoop of the hot stuff yourself: The Sex Pistol packs in libido-boosting ingredients like arginine and guarana and comes with a shot of absinthe on the... More »

Not Feeling Sexy? 'Just Do It.'

New book reveals reasons behind lack of sex in marriage

(Newser) - Why does passion so often fizzle in a marriage? Prepare to be shocked: Bettina Arndt’s The Sex Diaries reveals the reasons aren’t what you think, the Daily Mail reports. Included in the nearly 100 couples who kept diaries for a year are many men who love their wives... More »

Being Vegetarian Doesn't Make You Better in Bed

PETA's banned ad is misleading

(Newser) - The idea makes for one steamy ad campaign, but vegetarians don’t necessarily have better sex, Nina Shen Rastogi writes for Slate. PETA’s claim that meat makes people “fat, sick, and boring in bed” is a little misleading—the research is based on people who ate low-fat, low-cholesterol... More »

Testosterone Patch Boosts Female Sex Drive

Treatment significantly lifted libido in study of menopausal women

(Newser) - A testosterone patch boosted menopausal women's sexual desire and satisfaction in a new study, the Chicago Tribune reports. The women reported a big leap in libido, and their number of satisfying sexual experiences rose from twice a month to once a week. Some suffered side effects, including facial hair growth.... More »

Why Take the Risk of Public Sex?

Confessionals, beaches, bathrooms: 22% of Americans are oddly willing

(Newser) - The story of a quickie in an office bathroom got one scribe wondering: Why risk job, humiliation, and even prison to do it in a public place? Diane Mapes admits in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer to fooling around by a river, but never on a beach or a church during Mass—... More »

Big Differences Found in Male, Female Brains

They're apparently based on different genetic blueprints, studies find

(Newser) - The brains of men and women are so physically different they amount to different organs and may have developed from distinct genetic blueprints, new research shows. Distinct anatomical differences between male and female brains likely explain many well-established differences of perception and behavior between the sexes, from problem-solving strategies to... More »

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