Sexual Health News
- FDA-Cleared Panties Could Reduce STI Risk During Oral Sex
May 13, 2022 — The FDA has authorized ultrathin panties that can be worn to reduce the risk of sexually transmitted diseases during oral sex.
- FDA OKs First Condom for Anal Sex
February 24, 2022 — Already in stores, the prophylactic can now be marketed as a way to reduce STDs from anal intercourse.
- More Sex Partners, Higher Cancer Risk?
February 13, 2020 — During the 2012-2013 phase of the ongoing study, more than 5,700 participants were asked how many sexual partners they'd had during their lives. Researchers compared their answers to self-reported diagnoses of cancer.
- Gender Reassignment Surgery Benefits Mental Health
October 9, 2019 — The investigators found that those who underwent surgery were 8 percent less likely to reach out for mental health care services in the first year after surgery.
- Being Transgender Not a Mental Disorder, WHO Says
May 29, 2019 — The term gender incongruence is used by the WHO to describe people whose gender identity is different from the gender they were assigned at birth.
- Finding LGBTQ-Friendly Health Care a Challenge
February 19, 2019 — Health care providers are recognizing and trying to meet the need for more inclusive and LGBTQ-friendly health care.
- Father-Son Talks About Condoms Pay Off
December 17, 2018 — Sons in the study said they wanted their dads to tell them how to use condoms and problems with them, such as breakage and slippage, as well as incorrect use.
- LGBT in U.S. Typically Poorer Than Straight Peers
September 7, 2018 — Their study included more than 14,000 youths who were in seventh through 12th grades in 1994. The participants were followed until ages 24 to 34 in 2008-2009.
- Could Eating Fish Boost Sex Lives and Fertility?
May 23, 2018 — For the study, Harvard researchers tracked outcomes for 500 couples in Michigan and Texas for one year.
- Teen Sexting Often Tied to Past Sexual Abuse
May 9, 2018 — The research team surveyed nearly 600 teens living in a high-poverty area of the Bronx in New York City.
- Want to Know Gender Identity? Ask Away, Patients Say
March 9, 2018 — The new study involved nearly 500 patients being seen for the first time at three Mayo Clinic sites in Minnesota. They were given either routine intake forms or forms that included questions about sexual orientation and gender identity.
- Pot Smokers May Have Better Sex Lives
October 27, 2017 — The old image of the "pothead" who's too blissed out to make it in the bedroom may need revising.
- Could an Estrogen Patch Boost Women's Sex Lives in Menopause?
August 28, 2017 — Study suggests that, given this way, short-term use of the hormone may help those who report symptoms
- Only About One-Third of Americans Use Condoms: CDC
August 10, 2017 — They aren't the best method of birth control, but they do help prevent STDs, health experts say
- Study Sees Link Between Porn and Sexual Dysfunction
May 12, 2017 — It could be creating unrealistic expectations for young, inexperienced men, researcher says
- Health Risks Higher for LGBT Community
June 27, 2016 — Researchers suggest stigma contributes to higher rates of drinking, smoking and 'psychological distress'
- Why Some Bisexuals Won't 'Come Out'
June 24, 2016 — Interviews reveal common theme
- Genetics of Homosexuality in Men
October 8, 2015 — Researchers able to make accurate predictions 70 percent of time in study of twins
- Heart Attack Shouldn't End Your Sex Life
September 21, 2015 — Research shows it equals same level of physical exertion as a brisk walk
- Experimental Gel Could Cut Genital Herpes Risk
August 5, 2015 — But follow-up study of the gel for HIV prevention yields disappointing results
- Jealousy Can Drive Some to Problem Drinking: Study
July 28, 2015 — Researchers say findings could help identify people at risk for alcholism
- FDA Panel Endorses Women's Libido Pill
June 4, 2015 — Vote came after the agency twice rejected the daily sexual dysfunction medication due to side effects
- FDA Panel Weighing Women's Libido Pill
June 4, 2015 — Vote expected Thursday after agency twice has rejected the sexual dysfunction daily medication
- Think More Sex Will Make You Happier? Think Again
May 8, 2015 — Study of straight married couples found no emotional boost with more activity in the bedroom
- Gays, Lesbians Face Certain Health Challenges
July 15, 2014 — They're more likely to smoke, binge drink, but also more likely to get regular exercise
- Sex Is Important to Many Midlife Women
February 10, 2014 — Study finds some challenges with sexual function that can be remedied
- Is 'Sex Addiction' for Real? Study Says Maybe Not
July 23, 2013 — Brain scans failed to prove that highly sexed people have anything more than strong libidos
- Many Gynecologists Don’t Talk About Sex
March 22, 2012 — Many gynecologist aren’t asking women enough questions about their sex lives or sexuality, and this may compromise care.
- Teens Use Condoms More Often Than Adults
October 4, 2010 — A new survey on the sex habits of Americans shows that teenagers use condoms more often than adults.
- 'Placebo Effect' May Help Women's Sexual Problems
September 16, 2010 — The "placebo effect" may help treat some women with sexual dysfunction, a study shows.
- 'Female Viagra' Is Rejected by FDA Panel
June 18, 2010 — An FDA advisory panel unanimously rejected what some had hoped would become the first drug approved to boost sexual desire in women.
- Study: Obese People Have Less Sex, but Risky Sex
June 16, 2010 — Obesity may have a significant negative effect on sexual health, and researchers note that given the prevalence of obesity, it is possible that sexual problems may also become more common.
- Exercise May Boost Men's Sexual Prowess
June 4, 2010 — Men who exercised had substantially higher scores on a sexual-function questionnaire than men who were sedentary, researchers report.
- 1 in 4 Teen Girls Has an STD
November 23, 2009 — One in four teen girls has a sexually transmitted infection (STI), according to a new study.
- Teen Girls' Chlamydia Drives STD Rate Up
November 16, 2009 — U.S. chlamydia cases increased 9.2% last year, with highest rates in teen girls and young women.
- Beware of Sexual Partners
April 10, 2009 — A new study shows that your sexual partner’s activities may have more to do with whether or not you get an STD than your own behavior.
- Economy Down, Vasectomy Up
March 26, 2009 — U.S. urologists report a near doubling of vasectomy requests since the economic crisis began. Men are using their lapsing health insurance to limit family size.
- FDA OKs FC2 Female Condom
March 12, 2009 — The FDA has approved the FC2 Female Condom, which shares the same design as the first female condom but will cost up to 30% less.
- STD Trends: Chlamydia, Syphilis Rising
January 13, 2009 — Chlamydia and syphilis are on the rise and gonorrhea is holding steady, according to the CDC's latest report on sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
- Think Sex, Sneeze More?
December 19, 2008 — Some sneezes may happen just by thinking about sex or having an orgasm, British doctors report.
- Male Sex Hormone Gets Women in the Mood
November 5, 2008 — A testosterone patch helps women with low sexual desire get more satisfaction out of sex, but questions remain about the treatment’s safety.
- Douching Increases STD Risk
October 27, 2008 — Researchers have found that teens who report douching regularly are significantly more likely to develop a sexually transmitted disease (STD) than those who say they never douche.
- E-Cards Notify Sex Partners About STDs
October 20, 2008 — Four years after the launch of inSPOT.org, which allows people with sexually transmitted diseases to notify sexual partners via email, nearly 50,000 e-cards have been sent, according to an article published in PLoS Medicine.
- Pill to Treat Gonorrhea Is Back
April 29, 2008 — The CDC is getting the word out that a pill to treat gonorrhea is back on U.S. pharmacy shelves.
- Syphilis Skyrockets in U.S.
March 12, 2008 — CDC: A raging epidemic in gay/bisexual men drove U.S. syphilis rates up 12%. Meanwhile, tests are missing 1/3 of these men's gonorrhea infections.
- 1 in 4 Teen Girls Infected With an STD
March 11, 2008 — One in four teenage girls in the United States is infected with a sexually transmitted disease, according to data released by the CDC.
- International Teen Sex Survey
January 11, 2008 — Among 15-year-olds, sexual-experience rates range from 38% in England to 14% in Croatia. 82% of these teens use effective birth control.
- Spermicide Nonoxynol-9 Gets FDA Warning
December 18, 2007 — The FDA has ordered gels and foams containing the spermicide nonoxynol-9 to warn that the products don't protect against HIV or other STDs.
- ED Drugs May Boost Orgasm Hormone
August 27, 2007 — Erectile dysfunction drugs Viagra, Levita, and Cialis may increase oxytocin, a hormone released during orgasm, say Univ. of Wis. scientists.