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Scientists Pinpoint When a Woman's Sex Drive Declines

It seems to start 20 months before her final menstrual period

(Newser) - Sex is important to most middle-aged women, a fact established by a new study in the journal Menopause, which found that 75% of 1,390 middle-aged women reported sexual functioning to be moderately to extremely important. But roughly 20 months before menopause hit, these women reported a "notable decline... More »

Sweden to Study How Good Sex Is in Sweden

Health minister concerned by reports that Swedes are having less sex

(Newser) - Sweden is the land of meticulous recordkeeping that dates back to 1749, which makes it the perfect place to pull off large scientific studies. (The country recently discovered that for the first time in those nearly 300 years it has more men than women .) Now the Swedish government has... More »

Women With No Sex Drive: Check Your Heart Rate

Study links sexual readiness to heart rate variability

(Newser) - Women who experience sexual dysfunction or lack interest in sex altogether may want to check their heartbeat. A study of 72 women aged 18 to 39 linked their heart rate variability (HRV)—the variation in the time that lapses between one heartbeat and the next—to their overall sexual health,... More »

For More Sex, Get More Sleep

Every extra hour makes sex likelier, researchers say

(Newser) - Women who sleep more are a lot more likely to do other things in bed, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of Michigan's Sleep and Circadian Research Laboratory tracked 171 college-age women over 14 days and found that those who got more sleep had more—and... More »

Married Couples' Sex Lives 'Rebound'—After 50 Years

Those in first marriages have sex more frequently than those who remarried

(Newser) - It's no secret that most married couples have less sex as the years go by, but those who stick it out tend to see something of a romantic renaissance—it just takes five decades to get there. Researchers looking at 1,656 married adults ranging in age from 57... More »

No. 1 Birth Control? Female Sterilization

Reproductive health expert says not to demonize it

(Newser) - The practice of sterilization as a family-planning method is facing scrutiny after 13 women died following such procedures in India. But female sterilization is actually the most common form of birth control, with some 223 million women undergoing the procedure in 2009, NPR reports. A reproductive health expert tells NPR... More »

How Obesity Affects Women's Sex Lives

Girls in particular feel the brunt of it, says new book

(Newser) - American childhood obesity has soared in the past 30 years, and that's bad for people's sex lives—particularly women's, according to a new book. In XL Love, health-policy journalist Sarah Varney talks to experts about how obesity affects females as girls and adults, the New York Post... More »

For Better Sex, Lower Your Cholesterol

Researchers find men taking statins reported improved erectile function

(Newser) - Drop your cholesterol before dropping your pants, or so suggests a new study out of Rutgers University. Researchers there analyzed 11 studies on erectile dysfunction and statins, which are prescribed to lower cholesterol along with heart attack and stroke risk. What they found was that in addition to lowering those... More »

Women Fake Orgasms for ... Pleasure

Study shows some women are faking it for themselves

(Newser) - Thanks to Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally, even guys know that women fake the big O—but who knew they did it for pleasure? A study published in the Journal of Sexual Archives says women will fake orgasm not just for the relationship or their own insecurity, but... More »

People Who Have Sex 4 Times Weekly Earn More

And those who have no sex earn the least: study

(Newser) - Have an active sex life? You're probably earning more money than people who think beds are for sleeping, according to a new study . A close look at 7,500 people in Greece, aged 26 to 50, shows that those having sex at least four times a week earn 5%... More »

Bicycling Can Hurt Women's Sexual Health

Low handlebars seem to be the big problem, say researchers

(Newser) - Previous studies have shown that riding a bicycle regularly can take take a toll on men's sexual health, and new research from Yale suggests the same holds true for women, reports the New York Times . The one stand-out finding: the lower the handlebars, the greater the trouble. If a... More »

Sex Survey Bares Gender 'Orgasm Gap'

Shocked? Men and women report different rates of female orgasm

(Newser) - Figures may not lie, but people do—especially, it seems, when it comes to sex. The most comprehensive study of Americans' sex lives since 1994 finds a strange "perception gap" related to orgasm: While 85% of the male respondents said their latest sexual partner had an orgasm, only 64%... More »

Health Law Slips in $250M for Abstinence-Only Education

Critics charge approach is ineffective, dangerous

(Newser) - Obama's health care reform includes $250 million for abstinence-only sexual education. To receive the funding, programs must teach that abstinence from sexual activity is "the only certain way to avoid out-of-wedlock pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and other associated health problems." They must also tell young people that pre-marital... More »

China Reports 13M Abortions Annually

Health officials blame lack of birth control for unmarried women

(Newser) - China performs about 13 million abortions every year, mostly for single young women who experts say know little about contraception, according to a rare disclosure by government health officials. China imposed strict birth controls in the 1970s, limiting most couples to just one child, but the policy tends to overlook... More »

New Regs to Prep UK Scouts for Sex

Guidelines will encourage counselors to promote safe sex

(Newser) - Britain's Boy Scouts may soon be as prepared for healthy sex as they are for camping and woodworking, reports the Guardian. Counselors will discuss sexual health with Scouts, may even hand out condoms to prevent unprotected sex, and take their boys on visits to clinics under new guidelines to be... More »

It Shows in Her Walk, Study Claims

Sexologists say they can tell who's prone to orgasm from gait

(Newser) - You can tell from a woman's walk what kind of sex she has, a bunch of researchers in Scotland claim. Women who are able to have vaginal orgasms from intercourse alone have a sashay distinct enough that these "trained sexologists" could distinguish them 4 out of 5 times, the... More »

Viagra Benefits Women on Antidepressants: Study

Effects are limited; finding stirs debate over cause of sexual issues

(Newser) - Viagra increases sexual performance in women suffering from arousal problems as a result of antidepressant drugs, a study finds. Some 72% of the women in the small study—funded by Pfizer, which makes the pill that has become a blockbuster for men seeking improved sexual function—noted an improvement, compared... More »

To Spitzer or Not to Spitzer? Playboy Answers Question

Disgraced ex-guv now has his very own verb

(Newser) - Playboy's June issue introduces a new term into modern sexology parlance—"to Spitzer"—the New York Post reports. The flesh mag defines the nod to disgraced former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer as the act of asking a prostitute for sex sans condom, as in "I Spitzered... More »

Quickies Are the Way to Go

Study shows 3-13 minutes is gtoo long in bed

(Newser) - Size may or may not matter when it comes to sex, but length (of time) definitely does, reports the AP. A recent survey of sex therapists reveals that 3-13 minutes is ideal. One researcher wanted to refute the notion that "more of something good is better, and if you... More »

Top 10 Aphrodisiacs—for Real?

Respect works better than Spanish Fly and African tree bark, LiveScience reports

(Newser) - Most aphrodisiacs are pure bunk, but it's fun to read about tonics that have beguiled lovers for centuries—and look at a few that may actually work. LiveScience lists its top 10:
  1. Respect. Dr. Ruth talks about the feeling that sparks all meaningful relationships, and makes for good sex too.
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