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  • Jul 2019

    Ways to stop masturbating

    Masturbation is normal and healthy. However, it may be a problem if it impacts other areas of a person’s life. Tips to stop masturbating include avoiding pornography and getting lots of exercise. Learn more here.

  • Jul 2019

    Why do women have less sex as they age?

    Many women have less sex as they age, and the sex they do have gives them less pleasure. New research says this is not all down to health-related factors.

  • Jul 2019

    What to know about circumcised and uncircumcised penises

    Circumcision of the penis, or the removal of the foreskin, is not usually medically necessary. For many people, it is a choice. Whether or not it affects the level of sexual stimulation remains unclear. Learn more here.

  • Jun 2019

    What is the link between Vyvanse and hypersexuality?

    Vyvanse is a brand of amphetamine that doctors may prescribe for ADHD or binge eating disorder (BED). Some research links amphetamine use to hypersexuality, and both ADHD and BED may also affect sexual function. Learn more about the symptoms of hypersexuality and the effects of the drug here.

  • Jun 2019

    What to know about a cut on the penis

    The thin skin around the penis is prone to cuts and tears. Causes of a cut on the penis can include friction, scratching, and accidents. Symptoms of sexually transmitted infections can sometimes also resemble cuts. Learn more about the causes and treatment of a cut on the penis here.

  • Jun 2019

    What to know about friction burns on the penis

    Friction burns on the penis can cause red, swollen skin in the affected area. They can occur due to vigorous sexual activity or tight fitting clothing and may cause symptoms similar to those of a sexually transmitted infection. Learn more about penile friction burns, including how to treat and prevent them.

  • Jun 2019

    What to know about masturbation and testosterone

    Abstinence from masturbation and other forms of sexual activity may temporarily raise testosterone levels, but masturbation does not affect testosterone levels in the long term. Learn more here.

  • Jun 2019

    When and why is pain pleasurable?

    Some people find painful sensations pleasurable or arousing during sex or erotic play. How is this possible? Read this Spotlight feature to find out.

  • Jun 2019

    What can cause lower back and testicle pain?

    Lower back and testicle pain can indicate an underlying condition that requires medical attention. Possible causes include kidney stones, urinary tract infections (UTIs), and spinal problems. Learn more about the possible causes and when to see a doctor here.

  • Jun 2019

    What to know about precum and pregnancy

    It is possible to get pregnant from precum. Precum is a fluid that the penis releases before ejaculation. The fluid is a lubricant that may contain sperm. Learn more here.

  • May 2019

    What STDs can you get from oral sex?

    There are many sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) that people can get as a result of having oral sex, including gonorrhea, syphilis, and chlamydia. Learn about how people can transmit STDs orally, the symptoms they cause, and the available treatments here.

  • May 2019

    Are feminine hygiene products really necessary?

    Are intimate hygiene products, such as 'feminine' washes and douches, safe to use? Why or why not? In this Spotlight feature, we investigate.

  • May 2019

    What to do about dry skin on the penis

    Dry skin on the penis may have a variety of causes, including unlubricated sex or masturbation, eczema, or psoriasis. Many home remedies, such as moisturizers, can help. Learn more here.

  • May 2019

    Is it ok to masturbate during pregnancy?

    Most doctors agree that, in most cases, it is safe to masturbate while pregnant. In this article, we look at some of the myths and misconceptions that surround masturbation during pregnancy.

  • May 2019

    How to treat and prevent razor burn near the vagina

    Shaving the hair around the vagina can sometimes cause razor burn, which can lead to skin irritation and pain. Razor burn tends to get better on its own, but trying home remedies and over-the-counter creams can help provide relief. Learn more about how to treat and prevent razor burn in the pubic area here.

  • May 2019

    Causes and treatment of vaginal cuts

    Vaginal cuts and tears are common and can occur when a person is removing pubic hair or engaging in sexual activity. Minor cuts or tears are generally harmless and usually heal within a few days. However, a person with larger, deeper, or more numerous vaginal wounds may require medical treatment. Learn more here.

  • Apr 2019

    What to know about urethral syndrome

    Urethral syndrome, also known as urethral pain syndrome, can occur when the urethra becomes irritated. Symptoms can include urination difficulties and pain or discomfort in the lower abdomen. Learn more about the symptoms, risk factors, and treatment of urethral syndrome here.

  • Apr 2019

    What causes watery semen, and does it affect fertility?

    Ejaculating multiple times per day, living with certain medical conditions, and having nutritional deficiencies can all cause watery semen. Watery semen may indicate a low sperm count, but it does not necessarily mean that a person is infertile. Learn more about the causes of watery semen here.

  • Apr 2019

    Is it safe to mix Flagyl and alcohol?

    Doctors advise people to avoid drinking alcohol when taking the antibiotic Flagyl. This is because serious drug interactions and side effects can occur. Learn more here.

  • Apr 2019

    What to know about female sex hormones

    Summary description Female sex hormones, or sex steroids, play crucial roles in sexual development, sexual desire, and reproduction. They also influence body weight and hair, bone, and muscle growth. Learn more about the types and roles of these hormones here.

  • Apr 2019

    Is it safe to use coconut oil for vaginal dryness?

    Some people prefer a more natural approach to relieving vaginal dryness. Pure coconut oil is free from additives, and studies suggest that it is generally safe to use on the skin. Learn more here.

  • Apr 2019

    Is blue balls a real condition?

    Blue balls is the informal term for epididymal hypertension, which causes uncomfortable or aching testicles if a person is aroused but does not ejaculate. Learn more about the myths and facts here.

  • Apr 2019

    What causes a low libido?

    It is common for a person's libido to fluctuate throughout their life and according to their mood. However, a significant change in libido may be due to an underlying cause. Learn about low libido causes and how to treat them here.

  • Mar 2019

    What does herpes look like?

    Herpes is a condition caused by the herpes simplex virus. People may notice herpes symptoms across the body, including in the mouth, on the genitals, or in the eyes. This article discusses what herpes looks like, describes the symptoms, and provides pictures to help identify herpes.

  • Mar 2019

    Normal sperm count: Everything you need to know

    A sperm count is part of a larger test called semen analysis. A doctor may test a person’s sperm count if they have fertility concerns. Learn about average, low, and high sperm counts here.