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NEW! Fall 2011: The Sex Files

NEW! Fall 2011: The Sex Files

 Most people recognize and know how to meet their basic needs when it comes to doing things like eating and drinking, or turning the heat up or down. And they don’t even think twice about it. But what about when it comes to sex? Do we trust ourselves? Recently, I attended an international conference where […]

Summer 2011: The Sex Files

Summer 2011: The Sex Files

 We’ve come a long way since the pill was introduced in the 1950s. Today, there are many birth control options available—some of them over the counter (OTC), others prescribed by a medical practitioner (MP). Ask your health provider about which method might be best for you. BARRIER METHODS Barriers block the sperm from reaching the […]

Spring 2011: The Sex Files

 Quite a few women with uterine fibroids suffer in silence, unaware of how common their condition actually is and not knowing where to turn for help and support. Between 20 and 35 percent of women ages 25 to 50 have symptomatic uterine fibroids (leiomyomata). And African American women have an even higher chance of developing […]

Winter 2010: The Sex Files

Winter 2010: The Sex Files

 They define your female curves, respond to your lover’s caress and allow you to nurse your newborn. Sure, they can also hurt like hell just before your period and you may think that yours are either too large or too small. But, trust me, your breasts are precious friends you need to take good care […]

Fall 2010: The Sex Files

Fall 2010: The Sex Files

An image of it was found on a 13,000-year-old etched plaque discovered during an archeological dig in Enlene, France. Hemingway’s novel The Garden of Eden centers around it. Go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and you will find ancient Greek vases depicting scenes of it. Pick up the latest issue of Playboy and see […]

NEW! February 2010: The Sex Files

NEW! February 2010: The Sex Files

  Ask your partner or your friends “What does sex mean to you?” and you might be surprised. What seems like a simple question is not so at all. People often have very different ideas about what “having sex” means. To some, the answer seems simple—and they often wonder why I ask such a weird […]

November 2009: The Sex Files

November 2009: The Sex Files

“So I had cooked a special dinner, lit candles everywhere, and really was in the mood that night and then guess what happened? Nothing! He could not get it up! I never thought that would happen to me. I felt so miserable; I probably won’t see him again.” “I think my boyfriend is losing interest […]

August 2009: The Sex Files

Why is it that so many women are unhappy with their bodies? How many girlfriends do you have who are on a diet right now? A few weeks ago, I read an article in the Wall Street Journal about cankles, fat or swollen ankles that merge with the calf without a clear demarcation between the […]

May 2009: The Sex Files

May 2009: The Sex Files

Many women find it difficult to have an orgasm. Or perhaps, a woman can have an orgasm when she is by herself, but not with her partner. Often these women don’t realize that this is a very common problem and naturally, they feel quite alone in their struggles. On top of that, occasionally a partner […]

February 2009: The Sex Files

February 2009: The Sex Files

How will pregnancy affect your sex life? Ask your girlfriends who have been pregnant whether they had sex during their pregnancy and you will likely get quite a mix of answers—from “I was constantly horny and felt like having sex every single day,” to “No way, I felt nauseous the first few months and then […]

November 08: Sex Files

November 08: Sex Files

More than half of all Americans will get a sexually transmitted infection (STI) at some point in their lifetime. If you’re one of them, how will your sex life be affected, during and after treatment? First, let’s take a quick look at some general facts. The majority of STIs are asymptomatic, which means that there […]

September 08: Sex Files: Got the giggles? Good

September 08: Sex Files: Got the giggles? Good

Sometimes, couples want to introduce new elements into their sex lives, such as using toys or role-playing, but they may be worried about feeling too self-conscious. I was asked the other day, how can you overcome the giggle factor with each other? Here’s what I tell people: The more you giggle the better! It’s the […]

A pound of prevention

A pound of prevention

There are no more excuses not to step up HIV prevention efforts, especially in the black and gay male population, after a new study has found that the incidence of new HIV cases in the U.S. may be much higher than previously thought.

Born free

Born free

Imagine my surprise during my first Danish triathlon when, emerging from the ice-cold water, I passed naked butt after naked butt lined up in the transition area where you get ready for the bike part of the race.

Always too early

Always too early

My previous column focused on the most common sexual problem for women: low libido. Now I will address the most frequent male concern: rapid or premature ejaculation (PE).

Sex Files: Love goes on holiday

Sex Files: Love goes on holiday

A vacation can work wonders for any relationship, even if you can only get away for a few days. Of course, it can also turn into a stressful nightmare, so plan a little bit ahead. The beauty of traveling to an unfamiliar place is that suddenly there are no house chores to do. You can’t […]

Sex Files: Slippery when dry

Sex Files: Slippery when dry

A personal lubricant is a godsend for anyone suffering from vaginal dryness—breastfeeding moms, for instance, who often don’t know (and often aren’t told) that as long as they nurse, their estrogen levels will be low, causing them to be as dry as the Sahara. No, it’s not that they no longer like their partner. It’s […]

Sex Files: Love hurts

Sex is not much fun when it hurts. About 15 to 20 percent of women in the United States report having pain during intercourse, and yet this problem often makes women feel alone. Unlike a backache or tennis elbow, it’s not something you can easily share with friends or colleagues. It’s not unusual for a […]

Sex Files: Food for hot

Sex Files: Food for hot

Humans have hunted for magical love potions for thousands of years—to the extent that the black rhinoceros, whose horn bends up like an erect penis, is almost extinct. Tigers are another endangered species, since their penises—believed to possess extraordinary virility—are a hot trade object in some cultures. Aphrodisiacs are named after Aphrodite, Greek goddess of […]

Facts about and symptoms of common STIs

More feature articles: Playing around with sex edOne girl in four has an STI. Something has to change. Grading the presidential candidates on sex edPlanned Parenthood’s Becky Reid on McCain, Clinton and Obama For more information…Organizations and articles on the Web HPV Most people infected with HPV will not have any symptoms. HPV infection is […]