A new book called The Normal Bar, out Feb. 5, takes an in-depth look at relationship sex — who’s doing it, who’s not, where, when, why and how happy it makes them. That last part is key: Unlike most books based on sex surveys, this one also looks at which sexual norms are associated with varying degrees of happiness. More
Topic: sex drive
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• This awesome parody video explains how we feel about “legitimate rape” (The Frisky)
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• Keep produce fresher, longer with these refrigerator tips (FitSugar)
• Make the healthy gazpacho recipe to get your skin glowing (YouBeauty)
Is Wellbutrin really the “happy, horny, skinny” pill? Legally, no. But unofficially? Well, maybe … More
As we round out reproductive health week, we thought it was important to look at what often leads to reproduction in the first place–our libido. But for many women, a high sex drive is not always that easy. In fact, according to one study, 43% of respondents reported some level of sexual dysfunction. Of them, 39% reported low levels of desire, 26% had problems with arousal and 21% had difficulties with orgasm. If you fall into one of these categories (and who doesn’t from time to time?), not to worry! This week on Pimp My Health, we’re going to pimp your libido with some natural remedies that may just help you have great sex again. Take a look: More
In true Rosanne Barr style, she wrote a really outspoken essay on the joys–and curses–of menopause. In here, Barr starts out talking about 53-year-old Madonna‘s recent episode of kissing her 24-year-old boyfriend in public and saying that one day the Material Girl will too dislike her body and everything that post menopause brings. Starting with a dying sex drive. More
How many times are we made to feel inadequate or like there is something wrong with us because we are not living up to Hollywood’s set of ideals about how often we should be having sex? Women in the media are often portrayed as ravishing, insatiable sex-pots with libidos that blow the roof off any bedroom (female Viagra, anyone?) who seem to want sex all the time. But is that reality? Of course not. Still, that doesn’t stop us from wondering exactly what is normal when it comes to our sex drive. So we took our questions to sex expert, Dr. Kathryn Hall who is a clinical psychologist and author of Reclaiming Your Sexual Self: How to Bring Desire Back Into Your Life.
It’s kind of unfair—many women’s sex drives are highest when they’re on their periods, or when they’re ovulating. From an evolutionary standpoint, the horny-when-ovulating thing makes sense—but for those of us trying to avoid pregnancy at the moment, it’s kind of a drag that the times we want it most are also the times when we’re most likely to get pregnant. Ditto for the increased libido that often comes at that time of month when other reasons make sex least appealing. What’s behind the menstrual cycle/libido roller-coaster? More
Menopause is something we’re all headed towards, but most of us don’t know much about it until we’re in the middle of a hot flash and wondering what we’re supposed to do. While there’s no easy cure or way to sidestep the process, there are ways to get through it without resigning yourself to years of discomfort. Check out our top eight tips for getting through it, the sane way: More
Maybe our culture-deprived society needs to get out of the house and experience more art. A new study suggests that women find Georgia O’Keefe paintings “erotic” during their menstrual cycle, which is pretty much a no-brainer, considering O’Keefe’s flower paintings are infamous for their uncanny resemblance to female genitalia. According to researcher Jeffrey Rudski, a psychologist at Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania, who published the study in the Archives of Sexual Behavior, participants were more likely to use sexual terms to describe O’Keeffe’s art in the days leading up to and including ovulation. After ovulation, the paintings appeared less suggestive. By Georgia, put down that O’Keefe-reefer, and get a grip. O’Keefe is no more erotic than Michaelangelo’s David. But when you’re experiencing raging hormones from hell during your menstrual cycle, trust me, everything is erotic. More
Get this: According to a recent study in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 25% of Americans taking an antidepressant have not received any clinical diagnosis. More and more, people are getting treated for a mental health problem that may not exactly exist, or more likely, are receiving medication for the wrong condition.
Over the last few decades, the booming pharma industry has given us a myriad of pills to choose from in order to chase the blues. For those trying to decide on which one, it’s important to see a psychiatrist — the doctor who traditionally prescribes psychotropic medications — because other doctors may not be quite up to speed on the nuances of the various meds currently on the market.
“There’s a movement among primary care physicians to do more screening for depression,” says Dr. Gerald Hurowitz, assistant professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University College of Medicine, who runs a psychopharmacology and neuropsychiatry private practice in New York City. “But sometimes the diagnosis is not accurate.” Dr. Hurowitz says that oftentimes, clinical depression may actually be bipolar depression, which may require a different kind of medication all together. More
Check out this post about what men look for in women from Lemondrop.
A new poll asked single men what they’re really looking for in a woman, and it turns out that it’s okay that you’re totally crazy and don’t know what you want. Neither do they!
The guys surveyed said they wanted a successful, career-oriented woman who earns a lot of money, but they also want their partner to stay at home and raise the kids. Ha ha, weird conundrum, right? Whew, good thing this is a paradox men are confronting. Not like we’d want to have to deal with it or anything. More