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Flibanserin, a New Pill Developed to Treat Low Sexual Desire in Women, Sparks Debate

Published: Jul 2 2010
In a New York Times article, "Push to Market Pill Stirs Debate on Sexual Desire," reporter Duff Wilson explored the response to Flibanserin, a new drug developed by German pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim that is designed to increase sexual desire in women. Unlike previous drugs released, Flibanserin is said to work by...

The TSA Hates Your Vibrator

Published: Jun 14 2007
    In this SF Gate article, author Violet Blue gives a heads-up on travelling with sex toys without having your toys confiscated or displayed for all your fellow passengers to see. She tells you how (and where) to pack your lube, vibrating toys, and sensation play gear to minimize problems and delays. Ms. Blue also touches on...

Stress and Libido

Published: Feb 27 2006
  How stress adversely affects our health in general and our libido in particular, and how you can learn to relax We all know that stress can have a negative affect on our lives. But did you know stress can actually alter your brain chemistry, adversely affecting your physical and mental health? Libido and sexual health are usually two of...

Will there ever be a female Viagra?

Published: Feb 27 2006
  Centered around a search for a female arousal pill, new research into women’s orgasm is producing some fascinating results Imagine participating in a scientific study in which you were told to watch Candida Royalle erotic films and masturbate while an electronic device measures your brain waves. Doesn’t sound too bad, does it? Current...

Sex is good for your health

Published: Feb 27 2006
  Regular sex can have some interesting health benefits Many of us have heard that sex can be good for our health. But did you know that regular orgasms can help you have better bladder control? According to recent studies, regular sexual activity can improve our sense of smell, reduce risk of heart disease, contribute to weight loss and...

Visual erotica and sperm quality

Published: Feb 27 2006
Study reveals that pornography can increase sperm quality According to a recent study, viewing images of men and women having sex can have a positive effect on sperm quality. The study measured motility and overall health of sperm provided by donors for in vitro fertilization procedures, and found that the sperm from the men who were watching...

A premature-orgasm pill for women?

Published: Feb 27 2006
  Drug company patents premature-orgasm pill for women From the What are they thinking? department - drug company Pfizer, maker of the popular male impotence drug Viagra, has announced plans to begin working on a pill to treat premature orgasm in women. This isn’t a problem we hear much, if anything, about, so we wonder whether the money...

More sleep = More sex

Published: Feb 27 2006
Not getting enough sleep can have negative effects on our sex lives More sleep = more, better sex! A new study has found that people who are chronically sleep-deprived have less sex, contributing to an overall decline in health. According to researchers, those of us who don’t get an adequate amount of sleep end up irritable and tired all...

Do opposites really attract?

Published: Feb 27 2006
  A study has found that we tend to associate more closely with people who are very much like us -- in fact, our friends and partners are as similar to us as our siblings are. Have you ever had a friend or romantic partner with whom you were so close, it felt like you could be siblings? According to a recent study, there may be a genetic...

Big-Budget Porn Goes Mainstream?

Published: Mar 1 2006
A new big-budget film from Vivid Video is gaining popularity in mainstream media A remake of the porn classic "The Devil in Miss Jones" is being released in September with the nearly-unheard-of budget of $250,000 (a LOT of money for an adult film), and the most-read newspaper in the country -- the New York Times -- recently ran an article about...

Creative uses for the female condom

Published: Feb 27 2006
  Creative uses for the female condom The female condom may have not yet really "caught on" in America, but its use worldwide is increasing daily. This article provides some interesting insights into ways the female condom is used around the world - sex workers in Sri Lanka market it to their male clients as a sex toy, and in India some...

Many cases of erectile dysfunction are physiological, not psychological

Published: Feb 27 2006
  "If you turn on your kitchen faucet and you don’t get any flow, either the faucet’s broken or the pipes are clogged." According to a recent article, many cases of erectile dysfunction (ED) could be indications of an underlying cardiovascular condition. Men, if you’re having erection problems, your doctor should be one of your first...

A look at vintage erotica

Published: Feb 27 2006
  A look at vintage erotica Searching for something new and interesting to view online? You might be interested in this article about a vintage erotica website. We especially enjoy the author’s point that it’s healthy and fun to view erotic images of women who look very different than many of the erotic models of our time. In vintage...

Dispatch from a Sex Toy Conference

Published: Feb 27 2006
Ever wondered what it’s like to attend a sex-toy industry conference?For most jobs in the business world, expos and product fairs are commonplace. The sexual health and sex-toy industries are no different! This column provides an interesting, accurate, and informative look into what goes on at these expos. Sounds like the author even...

Erectile Dysfunction and Sleep Apnea

Published: Oct 23 2008
Recent research is showing that a characteristic of Sleep Apnea called "Chronic Intermittent Hypoxia" (CIH) or lack of oxygen in the body, may contribute to Erectile Dysfunction (ED). In a study of mice, University of Louisville researchers found a decrease in erectile functioning after one week with CIH. After five weeks with CIH,...

More people utilizing online Sex Ed

Published: Feb 27 2006
More people utilizing online Sex Ed This article reports on a growing trend -- Sex Ed online. More and more adults of all ages are showing an increased demand for sexuality information and education on the Internet. There are probably several reasons for this increased demand; namely, convenience (you can access the information almost anywhere...

Sex Tips for Women with Diabetes

Published: Mar 1 2006
Women with diabetes often face sexual problems as a result of their diabetes. From the effects of blood sugar conditions, to what to do about diabetes-related depression, this article does a good job of detailing the whats and the whys of enjoying healthy sexuality with diabetes. Link: http://www.ivillage.com/diabetes-and-sex-how-heal-your-love...

Environmentally Friendly Sex Toys

Published: Feb 27 2006
Environmentally Friendly Sex Toys For many of us, using environmentally friendly and/or organic products whenever possible is important. Why should sex toys be any exception? This article does a great job of outlining some of the dangers (to the environment and to humans) of some sex-toy materials, and what we can do to become more informed...

Author talks about sex after kids

Published: Feb 27 2006
    A Seattle website has an interesting interview with "naughty mommy" Heidi Raykeil. Raykeil is the author of the book "Confessions of a Naughty Mommy: How I Found my Lost Libido", which details her struggle with a low libido after the birth of her first child. Postpartum drop in libido is a rarely discussed but often-experienced...

Brits want a range of condom sizes

Published: Aug 16 2006
Britain’s FPA (Family Planning Association) has recommended that the NHS (National Health Service) distribute a wider selection of free condoms at clinics, citing the prevalence of STIs and a recent survey indicating that one out of every three people has experienced condom breakage. The FPA claims that condom fit is a major factor in...

Eight common misconceptions about sex

Published: Jul 14 2006
  We all get lots of contradictory, and sometimes just plain wrong, information about sex from various media, friends and family. This article delves into eight of the most common misconceptions about sex, and de-bunks them. For example, how many times have you heard that sex is something that comes naturally, and you should just "...

Affairs of the Lips: Why We Kiss

Published: Feb 12 2008
  Why do human beings kiss? Does kissing serve an evolutionary purpose? This article explores some of the research about kissing and why we do it. The lips have the thinnest skin on the human body and a dense concentration of blood and nerve endings, which is why they are so sensitive. Kissing releases important chemicals like oxytocin...

Sex lives better for those in countries with more gender equality

Published: Apr 20 2006
According to a recent survey of 27,500 adults aged 40-80, people who live in countries with more equality between the sexes report greater satisfaction with their sex lives. The countries with the highest sex-life satisfaction rates include Austria, the United States, Spain, and Canada; those with the lowest satisfaction rates are Japan and...

Six health benefits of regular sex

Published: Apr 26 2006
  If there was an exercise that was fun to do, good for your skin, helped keep you toned and fit, and helped you live longer, you’d do it, right? Well, did you know sex can do all these things for you? Check out this article for six health benefits of regular sex. Remember that we recommend having at least one orgasm a week, and...

Men more jealous of dominant males when female partner is ovulating

Published: May 3 2006
New research shows that men are more jealous of dominant men when their female partners are ovulating. Interestingly, females find more dominant males more attractive while they are ovulating (and are therefore most fertile). According to the researchers, " ... in humans, rated dominance increases when the female is most fertile. What is...

Elle magazine/MSNBC survey: most women satisfied with sex lives

Published: May 9 2006
    A new survey reports that 2/3 of the female participants are very happy with their sex lives with their long-term partners, whereas only half of male participants feel the same way. Women were also more likely feel emotionally satisfied with their sex lives, and were more likely to be content with the frequency of sex in their...

Sex tips for people with chronic pain

Published: Jun 1 2006
This article is focused on sex tips for people who deal with chronic pain, whether from a condition like fibromyalgia or chronic back, shoulder, neck or arm pain. The key? Be creative in your definition of "sex" -- branch out to include activities other than intercourse. Also, remember to keep the lines of communication open between you and your...

HPV vaccine also protects against vulvar and vaginal cancers

Published: Jun 7 2006
Researchers recently discovered that the newly developed HPV vaccine (which is still in experimental phases) not only protects against cervical cancers caused by HPV, but also against vulvar and vaginal cancers caused by certain strains of HPV. The vaccine, called Gardasil, is still undergoing an experimental phase; last month, an FDA advisory...

Study: Women's brains respond quickly to visual erotica

Published: Jun 16 2006
It’s always been said that men enjoy visual erotica more than women. A recent study, however, shows that women’s brains respond very quickly to erotic images -- faster than to other types of image. According to one of the study’s researchers, "Usually men subjectively rate erotic material much higher than women, so based on those data we would...

Travelling with Sex Toys

Published: Aug 17 2006
Air travel with sex toys and supplies (as with everything else) has become increasingly challenging as security tightens. And now, it’s nearly impossible to bring even lubricants or massage oils in your carry-on. You may have heard stories of travellers being singled out or harassed for taking sex toys through security, or even for...

100 Ways to Keep Sexual Freedom Alive

Published: Aug 17 2006
This list was compiled by Raven Kaldera, transgender activist and author. A lot of the ideas have to do with cultivating sex-positive attitudes and communities, promoting awareness and acceptance of sexual minorities, learning about your own sexual health, pleasure, and identity, and above all, loving yourself. While some of the suggestions are...

World Map of Penis Size

Published: Dec 23 2011
This great interactive map gives us insight into average (erect) penis size by country of origin, based on measured data from scientific studies. The data was collected by objective measurement--not self-reported by the male participants--so it provides an interesting look at the range of penis sizes across the world. Follow the link below, or...

Sex Education via Texting

Published: Jan 3 2012
At a time when sex education is getting minimal classroom attention in many school systems, how can teens access accurate, non-judgmental information about sexual health? This NY Times article features the work of organizations around the country that are developing creative answers to that question--by using the internet and text-messaging...

Arousal Gender Gap Myth Shattered

Published: Oct 11 2006
Many of us are familiar with the "common knowledge" that women are aroused more slowly than men. Women need lots of warming up while men are always ready and rarin’ to go, right? It turns out that this claim, largely supported by science, is completely wrong. A recent study found "no difference in the amount of time it takes...

Brain's "Pleasure Chemical" is involved in Pain Response as well

Published: Nov 7 2006
    A new study has found that dopamine, long known to be involved in our experience of pleasure, also plays an important role in our experience of pain. "It appears from our study that dopamine acts as an interface between stress, pain and emotions, or between physical and emotional events, and that it’s activated with both positive...

Mandatory Condom Use on French TV

Published: Dec 5 2006
Cable TV in France features 9 channels that can broadcast explicit programming, and sometime after the end of the year, these channels will be required to show condom usage on screen. The French broadcasting watchdog, High Audiovisual Council, says that unprotected sex "sets a dangerous example and promotes delinquent behavior"...

Global Orgasm for Peace

Published: Dec 5 2006
Mark your calendars! On December 22nd, you can join people all over the world in having an orgasm for peace. Here’s the general idea: "The mission of the Global Orgasm is to effect change in the energy field of the Earth through input of the largest possible surge of human energy...The intent is that the participants concentrate any...

Violet & the Dildo Factory

Published: Dec 5 2006
    Author Violet Blue gives us a fun, behind-the-scenes peek at how silicone dildos are made at Vixen Creations factory in San Francisco. Make sure you check out the pictures on Violet’s website as well.   Link to article: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2006/11/09/violetblue.DTL Link to photos: http:/...

Condoms can be fun, too!

Published: Dec 12 2006
Safer sex = Better sex? That’s the message that seems to inspire couples to reach for condoms. The authors of an article in the UK Medical Journal The Lancet note that pleasure is the main reason that people engage in sexual behavior, and suggest that this reason must be addressed when motivating people to use safer-sex...

Throat Cancer and HPV Linked

Published: Sep 25 2007
According to new research, oral HPV infection is a strong risk factor for throat cancer, an even greater risk than tobacco or alcohol use. Having multiple oral sex partners increases the risk. However, as one of the researchers states, throat cancer is not very common, and many people with oral HPV never develop this cancer. No matter what, it...

The Physics of Sex

Published: Jan 30 2007
Friction and lubrication. Oscillation and vibration. Mattress springs. These are all things that can play a part in our sex lives, and they also have to do with physics. You didn’t think you’d ever hear "physics" and "sex" in the same sentence? Think again, and check out this delightfully informative blog about...

Sex Toys in the Produce Department?

Published: Jan 30 2007
Using fruits and vegetables as sex toys is nothing new, although we don’t recommend it. That said, this site provides a dose of humor with its ingenious depictions of vibrating produce that functions as one-of-a-kind, perishable sex toys. Celery clitoris stimulators? Vibrating eggplant and cucumber dildos? Papaya masturbation sleeves? It...

Ongoing Studies Addressing Questions About HPV In Men, Effect On Women

Published: Mar 28 2007
Researchers are trying to determine if the HPV vaccine Gardasil, currently prescribed for women only, could protect men from the virus. Because men can carry HPV without showing any symptoms, they can unknowingly transmit HPV to their female partners. Therefore, vaccinating men against HPV could be very important not only for their own health,...

More bad news about phthalates

Published: Mar 28 2007
    In addition to everything else harmful about them, phthalates are now being linked to "abdominal obesity and insulin resistance in adult males." Studies on animals have shown that phthalates depress testosterone levels, and studies in humans have shown links between phthalate exposure and poor semen quality in men and slight...

Girth and Nudity, A Pictorial Mission

Published: Sep 25 2007
Did you know that Leonard Nimoy (aka Mr. Spock, from Star Trek) is an accomplished photographer? His recent work is a series of photos of nude extra-lusty women. He claims the work is "a direct response to the pressure women face to conform to a Size 2." This article (NY Times, free registration required) discusses the inspiration for,...

Study: Pre- And Post-menopausal Women Equally Responsive To Most Sexual Desire Cues

Published: Jun 26 2007
    A new study examined how women respond to "sexual desire cues," that is, what kinds of things make them desire sexual activity. The study compared the responses of pre- and post-menopausal women, and had them fill out a questionnaire assessing their reactions to certain cues (like "feeling a sense of love with a partner," or ...

Female Cancer Survivors Aren't Getting the Sex Info They Need from Doctors

Published: Aug 1 2007
    The August issue of the Gynecologic Oncology journal features the results of a survey given to 219 women between the ages of 40 and 50 who have survived genital/reproductive cancers. Three out of 4 of these women wish their doctors would have provided them with information about the possible ramifications their disease and...

10 Good Reasons to Have Sex

Published: Aug 1 2007
    Researchers at a Texas University have just released the results of a 5 year study investigating the reasons people have sex. And - surprise, surprise - physical attraction and physical pleasure topped the lists for both men and women. This article lists the top 10 and bottom 5 reasons men and women have sex. The original survey...

Vaginal Renewal Makes Headlines

Published: Aug 23 2012
Our local newspaper, The Isthmus, published an article on A Woman's Touch and the Vaginal Renewal program, which we've developed to help women experiencing vaginal dryness due to menopause, surgery, or radiation related to cancer. We hope you'll enjoy reading it.  Follow the link to the Ithsmus' website here: http://www.thedailypage...

Sex Toy Injuries

Published: Jun 19 2009
We here at A Woman's Touch make a concerted effort to educate customers about the products we sell, and how to use them pleasurably and safely. There's a reason for that: sex toys, when used improperly (or when poorly made, which is why we screen all the toys we sell) have the potential to cause pain or even a trip to the emergency room. If you...

Teaching Our Daughters About Sex: Sexual Mothers, Sexual Daughters

Published: Apr 14 2009
In this column from the Huffington Post, Joyce McFadden advocates for parents to overcome their own anxieties about sex, and to talk more clearly with their kids about it than their own parents may have. We like how directly she points out that children are sexual beings, and so need to be given accurate, non-judgemental information...

Vibrator Use Among Gay and Bisexually Identified Men in the U.S.

Published: Nov 12 2010
In a study recently published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, researchers from Indiana University's Center for Sexual Health Promotion surveyed 25,294 gay and bisexually identified men from around the U.S. about vibrator use, both during solo masturbation and partner sex with other men. (These are the same Indiana University researchers...

National Survey of Sexual and Health and Behavior Releases Largest Study on Sex Since 1994

Published: Oct 8 2010
Sexual health researchers at Indiana University recently published the National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior (NSSHB), a landmark study documenting the sexual experiences, condom use and partner choice of U.S. Americans. The largest study of its kind since 1994, the survey included responses from 5,865 people ranging from ages 14 to...

Sex and Disability

Published: Jan 26 2011
In an article on the Huffington Post entitled Sex and Disability: How Would it Change Your Life?, Richard C. Senelick, M.D. examines how healthcare professionals and the general public often experience discomfort when discussing sexuality and disability as well as sexuality among the elderly population.This article begins with a nice...

Talking to Teens About Sex

Published: Jan 26 2011
In Safe Sex: The 411 (Huffington Post) Evelyn Resh, CNM, MPH, presents three concrete ways parents can educate themselves around sexuality and, in turn, provide accurate information to their teens. Not making assumptions about how your child defines sex and who they're being sexual with, learning about STIs and birth control options beyond...

WHO Regional Office for Europe Releases New Guidelines for Sexuality Education; Recommend Starting Sexuality Education at Birth

Published: Feb 25 2011
The World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe recently released comprehensive guidelines for sexuality education, developed by a team of 20 experts in the field. The guidelines recommend starting sexuality education from birth in an effort to normalize the discussion of sexuality and reintegrate it as a part of physical and mental...

Teaching Good Sex

Published: Nov 22 2011
In this New York Times Magazine article, writer Laurie Abraham profiles high school educator Al Vernacchio and his class Sexuality and Society — an elective for seniors at the private Friends’ Central School in Philadelphia. 'In its breadth, depth and frank embrace of sexuality as, what Vernacchio calls, a “force for good...

Sexual Arousal: Baby Bear, part 5

Published: May 29 2014
In Fairytale Language: Baby Bear has nothing to do with sex. He's off playing in the other room, and sometimes you can hear him, but he isn't directly involved. Parasympathetic Nervous System (SUDO), Acetylcholine neurotransmitter of the sudomotor system. The sudomotor portion of the parasympathetic system gently cools the body down...