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  • What is female sexual dysfunction?

    What is female sexual dysfunction?

    A woman’s sexual responsiveness is not the same as a man’s. Ignoring its complexity can make difference look like dysfunction. The more things change, the more they remain the same. Just when it began to seem as though gender-specific medicine was here to stay, medical research in males is once again being applied to women. […]

  • Pill-free ways to improve your sex life

    Pill-free ways to improve your sex life

    Exercise, smoking cessation, and alcohol moderation can help bring sexual activity back into the bedroom. Sex is important to health. It revs up metabolism and may boost the immune system. Frequent sexual intercourse is associated with reduced heart attack risk. And it’s fun. So why aren’t we having more of it? “There are many reasons […]

  • Stay a step ahead of urinary tract infections

    Stay a step ahead of urinary tract infections

    Drink plenty of uids to help flush out bacteria in the urinary tract. Drink enough each day so that your urine is almost clear in color. Image: Thinkstock Keep hydrated, and empty your bladder often to stave off these risky infections. Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are among the most common infections in older adults, especially […]

  • Does the way I urinate make me more prone to UTIs?

    Does the way I urinate make me more prone to UTIs?

    Image: Thinkstock Ask the doctor Q. Your recent article on recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs) didn’t mention much about urination. One of my friends told me that it could influence my chance of getting a UTI. Is that true? A. Actually, your urination habits are a good place to start if you’re trying to prevent […]

  • Matters of the heart: Sex and cardiovascular disease

    Matters of the heart: Sex and cardiovascular disease

    Image: Thinkstock Cardiovascular disease may change many aspects of your life, but sexual intimacy does not have to suffer as a result. Thanks to early screening, lifesaving interventions, and sophisticated pharmacology, millions of people live full, active lives after a heart disease diagnosis. That can include sex. Although the physical and emotional strains of cardiovascular […]

  • Endometriosis

    Endometriosis

    Endometriosis is a painful condition caused by the growth of the endometrium — tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus — in other parts of the body. Endometrium can grow in the ovaries outer surface of the uterus fallopian tubes ligaments that support the uterus bladder Abnormal endometrial tissue acts just like normal […]

  • Addyi is not a “female Viagra,” but it can open an important discussion

    Addyi is not a “female Viagra,” but it can open an important discussion

    Many of my patients, colleagues, friends, and even neighbors have asked me about the new drug flibanserin (Addyi), which the FDA recently approved for treatment of low sexual desire in women. Flibanserin has generated more questions, comments, and media inquiries for me than I’ve ever experienced in my 20-year career as an obstetrician/gynecologist. While there […]

  • Enjoying sex later in life

    Enjoying sex later in life

    Images: Thinkstock Doing things you used to enjoy at the beginning of your relationship may restore intimacy. If sustaining intimacy is becoming more difficult, there are many approaches that can help. Satisfying sex depends on several things—presence of desire, arousal, absence of pain, and an ability to reach orgasm. After menopause, libido declines, and physical […]

  • Has the new sexual desire drug panned out?

    Has the new sexual desire drug panned out?

    Image: iStock Flibanserin is the first treatment of its kind. But it comes with a steep price tag and severe health risks. It’s now six months since the FDA approved flibanserin (Addyi), which is the first medication for sexual desire disorders. The drug was hailed as a “female Viagra,” but is it living up to […]

  • Spice up your sex life with these 6 steps

    Spice up your sex life with these 6 steps

    Image: Thinkstock Consider medical intervention and lifestyle changes such as weight loss and exercise. Getting busy in the bedroom can be a challenge in our older years. Sometimes it’s the result of age-related physical changes, such as an enlarged prostate for men; for women, estrogen loss after menopause can reduce libido and vaginal lubrication and […]

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