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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 »

STD Makes Crickets Mate Like Crazy

Highly contagious iridovirus also causes infertility, death

(Newser) - A newly discovered virus boosts the libido, encouraging those infected—that would be crickets, not humans—to have sex more often and with more partners. The highly contagious iridovirus transmits itself via close contact while mating, but not via insemination; it apparently passes from one's antennae to another's... 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 »

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 »

Move Over, Tiger: Every Man's a Sex Addict

Having a male libido isn't a medical condition, psychiatrist writes

(Newser) - Sex addiction is just another term for a condition that affects all men at some point in their lives, and it shouldn't be treated like a medical condition, writes Dr. T. Byram Karasu. Unlike addiction to cigarettes or cocaine, "sex addiction" is a result of the biological urge to... More »

Best Aphrodisiac Foods

From the known (oysters) to the bizarre (banana bread), the sexiest foods

(Newser) - If you're looking for a Valentine's Day meal to put you and your lover in the mood, skip the chocolate—you'd need to eat 25 pounds to feel its euphoric effects. And despite the inclusion of popular aphrodisiacs like oysters on many V-Day menus, most meals are so heavy "... 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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'Women's Viagra' Targets Her ... Brain

Potential market huge for new drug that unleashes libido

(Newser) - Drug makers think sex is all in a woman's head—and they'll bet money on it. A German pharmaceutical company is putting the final touches on a pill designed to unleash a woman's desire by altering her brain chemistry. The pill, which the company says works by triggering the production... More »

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 »

What Gets Women Hot to Trot?

Scientists and psychologists study female desire

(Newser) - Nearly one in three women lack sexual desire, and sexologists are trying to help, Daniel Bergner writes in the New York Times. They've hooked up female sex organs to machines and run sexy movies, showing that unlike penises, vulva are excited by a wide range of stimuli—gay men, women,... 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 »

Watermelon: Nature's Viagra

Cool fruit just got hotter

(Newser) - New studies of the humble watermelon show it may pack a Viagra-like effect on men's blood vessels and increase libido. Watermelons are a primary source of the nutrient citrulline, which helps relax blood vessels, increasing blood flow in the body in much the same way Viagra does and with similar... More »

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