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13 Feb

What's Love Got To Do With It?

Find out how romantic relationships impact stress and sleep.

21 Dec

The Benefits of Family Dinner

Want to help your teens eat better? Here's one important tip.

31 Aug

On-Again, Off-Again

On-again, off-again relationships can harm your mental health.

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WEDNESDAY, June 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Face-lifts and hair transplants. Chin implants and forehead lifts and lip augmentation.

Baby boomers hoping to retain their youth -- and maybe get back into the dating scene -- are seeking plastic surgery in ever-increasing numbers, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Nearly 50,000 more cosmetic procedures were perf...

MONDAY, June 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Parents who find a sex-based text on their teenager's phone should be on the lookout for other problems in their child's life, a new evidence review suggests.

Teens who share sexually explicit images are much more likely to be involved in other troubling activities, including unsafe sex, alcohol and drugs.

"The kids who are sexting are e...

THURSDAY, June 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Men who are victims of domestic violence find it hard to get help and the support they need, British researchers report.

"While both men and women are reluctant to seek professional help for their abuse, there is an added barrier for men voiced in these studies, that they may be falsely accused of being the perpetrator. The men also raised w...

WEDNESDAY, June 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Much research has explored the mental and physical health benefits of maintaining social contacts well into later life. Studies also show that maintaining sexual health can have profound benefits that may include slowing down the aging process.

Besides the exercise value of sex, research has found that sexual pleasure and intimacy may help e...

WEDNESDAY, May 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- "No sex for six weeks" used to be the standard advice following childbirth and, according to many doctors, it is still a good practice to allow healing. But it's not a hard-and-fast rule.

Although a woman is at the highest risk for infection during the first two weeks postpartum (a period that could be longer if she had vaginal tears or a ce...

THURSDAY, April 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Having sex after a heart attack is a concern not only for men, but for many women, too. Because of fear and a lack of information, many may think it's no longer possible to enjoy a sex life. Fortunately, that's rarely the case.

However, while many women do resume their sex lives within months after having a heart attack, they often do so fe...

THURSDAY, April 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- For transgender teens and young adults, deciding whether to freeze their sperm or eggs in case they want children later on is a complex decision.

A transgender person is one whose gender at birth does not match the gender they identify with. In the past, trangender adults would transition with surgery and hormones. Now, new medical directio...

MONDAY, April 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Many people are plagued by self-criticism, that inner voice that questions every decision and every move. It can keep you from reaching goals and erode self-confidence. And when it happens during intimacy, it can ruin your sex life and your relationship.

No topic is taboo for the inner critic's scrutiny -- your attractiveness or your attracti...

WEDNESDAY, April 3, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to online love, it may really be about location, location, location.

In a new study, researchers used a state-of-the-art algorithm to analyze 15 million two-way interactions on a major online dating site. They discovered that geography was the key factor when two users exchange messages.

"We were looking not just at ...

WEDNESDAY, April 3, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A sure-fire antidote to the blues is to focus on others, a new study suggests.

"Walking around and offering kindness to others in the world reduces anxiety and increases happiness and feelings of social connection," said study author Douglas Gentile, a professor of psychology at Iowa State University.

"It's a simple strategy that...

TUESDAY, March 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Women who get pregnant when using certain contraceptives might have their genes to blame, a new study suggests.

A gene variant that breaks down hormones in birth control could be the culprit, researchers reported.

"When a woman says she got pregnant while on birth control, the assumption was always that it was somehow her fault," s...

WEDNESDAY, March 6, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- There's no doubt that a first baby changes the dynamic between spouses. Here are steps you can take to stay close.

First, you need a creative plan to get some sleep. Beyond feeling tired, being sleep-deprived affects your mood and your ability to think clearly. It can lead you to over-react to little things and argue more.

Next, p...

FRIDAY, March 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Your long-term happiness in marriage may hinge on the genes you and your partner bring to the union.

A Yale University study suggests marital bliss could be influenced by a genetic variation that affects oxytocin, the so-called "love hormone" that is involved in social bonding.

"This study shows that how we feel in our close relation...

THURSDAY, Feb. 28, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Same-sex couples benefited emotionally from the U.S. Supreme Court's federal recognition of gay marriage, researchers say.

The 2015 decision recognizing same-sex marriage throughout the nation reduced mental distress and improved life satisfaction among gay and lesbian couples, University of Illinois researchers found.

For the stud...

TUESDAY, Feb. 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Is forgive and forget always the right approach after hurtful behavior from your spouse or significant other?

Research done at the University of North Carolina suggests it could actually set up a pattern of continued bad behavior, one in which you forgive and your spouse forgets the mistake and does it again.

Research...

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Apart from the health benefits that weight-loss surgery can bring, a new study shows it could boost a patient's sex life.

Even better, that boost may often be a lasting one.

After tracking the impact that weight-loss surgery had on the sex life of about 2,000 patients, investigators found that roughly half reported notable improve...

THURSDAY, Feb. 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Valentine's Day is a time to celebrate love, but a new study suggests you have to be ready for a relationship to make it work.

"Feeling ready leads to better relational outcomes and well-being," said Chris Agnew. He is a professor of psychological sciences and vice president for research at Purdue University in Indiana. "When a person feels ...

THURSDAY, Feb. 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Sure, he may snore. She may steal the covers. But if a relationship is solid, your partner will help you sleep better this Valentine's Day and far into the future, a new study suggests.

Good relationships in early adulthood seemed to lead to less disruptive life events, which in turn appeared to lead to better sleep years later, researchers...

THURSDAY, Feb. 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A global study about what men and women want in a mate seems to confirm -- to a point -- long-established stereotypes.

Men still go for looks -- in general they said their preference is for a partner who is younger and physically attractive. Women said they'd prefer an older partner who's ambitious and has good financial prospects.

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 6, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Forget the mellow slacker image -- pot smoking might actually make men more potent.

Men who've smoked marijuana appear to have significantly higher sperm concentrations than those who've never given it a try, a new study reports.

There's also a potential link between pot use and testosterone, said senior researcher Dr. Jorge Chavar...

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 30, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The research is in its early days, but Chinese scientists say they're using bartenders' tricks to stir up a new, reversible male contraceptive.

In experiments with rats, the method successfully kept sexually active males from impregnating females for more than two months.

"The two most widely used male contraceptives are condom an...

THURSDAY, Jan. 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Research confirms that a good sex life is a key to strong feelings of intimacy and satisfaction for both partners in a relationship.

Yet for many, sex goes by the wayside, often because of life's demands, from the boss at the office to the kids at home. Responsibilities can leave you feeling drained and longing for nothing more than a solita...

TUESDAY, Dec. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Folks feeling lonely as the holidays approach have a lot of company, a new study suggests.

Loneliness appears to be widespread among Americans, affecting three out of every four people, researchers have found.

Further, loneliness appears to spike at specific times during adulthood. Your late 20s, mid-50s and late 80s are times when ...

THURSDAY, Dec. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- People seeking more satisfaction in their later years might find sex is the spice of life, new research suggests.

For the study, researchers analyzed survey data from nearly 6,900 older adults, average age 65, in England. The investigators found that those who said they'd had any type of sexual activity in the previous 12 months had higher l...

THURSDAY, Dec. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Heart patients taking part in cardiac rehabilitation could receive a spicy side effect from the program -- a boost in their sex life.

Attending cardiac rehab is associated with improved sexual function and more frequent sex, according to a new evidence review.

The program likely helps by increasing the patient's physical fitness, sa...

MONDAY, Dec. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If you bicker a lot with your spouse, it could be because you're running low on energy. Low energy translates to less self-control and a greater chance of aggression.

The good news: A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that a steady blood glucose level can translate into fewer fights with your sp...

FRIDAY, Nov. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Emotional abuse may add to the woes of menopause, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that women who are emotionally tormented by a spouse or partner may suffer from more night sweats, painful sex and hot flashes when their periods stop.

"The data show that experience of domestic violence and emotional abuse, sexual assault and...

FRIDAY, Nov. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Wondering if having a second child will affect your marriage even more than baby number one did?

There's no doubt that having a baby and changing from a couple into a family requires a lot of adjustment. But research shows that the adjustment period that follows a second child typically isn't as long.

For...

TUESDAY, Nov. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Like mother, like child?

Your mother's romantic history may influence how many partners you have, a new study claims.

"Our results suggest that mothers may have certain characteristics that make them more or less desirable on the marriage market, and better or worse at relationships," said study lead author Claire Kamp Dush, an ass...

THURSDAY, Oct. 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- In a finding that might come as a surprise, a new study suggests that people may stay in unfulfilling relationships because they feel they're doing their partner a favor.

People trying to decide whether to end a relationship consider not only themselves but also how important the relationship is to their partner, according to the researcher...

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Hugs.

Everyone knows they feel good, but new research shows they really can take the edge off of interpersonal conflicts.

Assessing more than 400 adults, scientists found that getting a hug on the day of a conflict was linked to smaller drops in positive emotions and a smaller rise in negative ones. The feel-good effects also appea...

FRIDAY, Sept. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Younger siblings are less likely than firstborns to hear about the birds and the bees from their parents, a new study suggests.

Instead, they may learn what's what from their older brothers and sisters, British researchers report.

"Although there has been much research into how the order in which children are born into a family may ...

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Almost $200,000 over the course of two years. That is the cost of the care that a family member typically gives a loved one with Alzheimer's disease.

That's according to a new study that attempted to put a price tag on the burden of the day-to-day help that millions of folks with the memory-robbing disease need for shopping, cooking, clea...

MONDAY, Sept. 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Reminding people to eat less or exercise usually gets their back up. That's one reason why public health messages fall on deaf ears, researchers say.

But investigators think they've found a better way. They suggest leaving your ego behind because it might open your mind to healthy activities that your natural defensiveness shuns.

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MONDAY, Sept. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests there is no perfume a man loves more than the scent of a fertile woman.

Researchers in Switzerland determined that women who are the "fittest" for reproduction have a distinctive scent that makes them particularly appealing to men.

"Women with high estrogen and low progesterone levels are most attractive to men...

FRIDAY, Aug. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Sexting can lead to dissing.

That appears to be one takeaway from a small survey of North American adults in committed relationships who share explicit visuals and/or texts via mobile phones with each other.

While the survey suggests that some couples who engage in sexting do see improvements in their real-world sex life, the virtual...

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Attention guys: Your tighty whities may not be doing your sperm any favors.

Men who wear tight-fitting briefs have sperm counts that suffer in comparison to men who wear boxers, according to results from the largest study to date on the controversial topic.

"Men who wore tighter underwear had lower sperm counts than men who wore th...

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Most people seeking romantic partners online try for someone "out of their league."

That's the conclusion of researchers who analyzed data from online dating networks in Boston, Chicago, New York and Seattle. They found most of the people contacted prospects who were considered 25 percent more desirable than the seeker.

The study, ...

THURSDAY, July 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A new study reveals why sex surveys tend to find that men have had far more sexual partners than women.

Researchers in Scotland analyzed the responses of more than 15,000 men and women in a survey that found the average number of lifetime sexual partners among men was 14, compared with seven among women.

Why the difference?

...

MONDAY, July 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- When someone is diagnosed with diabetes, other family members seem more likely to adopt health lifestyle changes, too.

A new study found that partners of people newly diagnosed with diabetes were 50 percent more likely to attend weight management classes and 25 percent more likely to get medication to help quit smoking.

They were als...

FRIDAY, July 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Women who choose to have their eggs frozen aren't necessarily putting off having children because they're laser-focused on their careers, new research suggests.

It's more likely that a lack of a stable, fulfilling relationship is what's behind those decisions, the Yale study authors found.

The study of 150 women undergoing egg freezin...

TUESDAY, June 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Add protection from heart disease and stroke to the health benefits of marriage, a new study suggests.

Researchers analyzed data from 34 studies that were published between 1963 and 2015. They included more than 2 million people between the ages of 42 and 77, in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, North America and Scandinavia.

The inv...

MONDAY, June 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Troubles in the bedroom can be a double whammy for older men: Researchers have found that erectile dysfunction ups the risk for heart disease.

Their four-year study concluded that men whose impotence is vascular-related, not emotional, are twice as likely to suffer a heart attack, stroke or sudden cardiac death.

This was true even w...

THURSDAY, May 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Thanks to divisive politics, Thanksgiving dinner got shorter after President Donald Trump's election, a new study suggests.

Americans shaved 30 to 50 minutes off the annual holiday gathering in November 2016, weeks after Trump won the presidency, researchers found.

Thanksgiving visits were reduced significantly more when folks trave...

THURSDAY, May 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- For many people, marriage is the next logical step after you've dated for a while and believe you've found "the one." But new research shows that a lot of Americans don't see marriage as the only choice.

Researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 17 percent of sexually experienced adults under age 45 choose ...

THURSDAY, May 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Women with sleep apnea might experience a boost in their sex life if they regularly use a CPAP machine, a new study shows.

Researchers found that women who used the device nightly reported a significant improvement in their sexual satisfaction after a year of treatment.

The same benefit was not seen in men, however.

Still,...

WEDNESDAY, May 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Adding more seafood to the diet could help get couples' sex lives, and even their fertility, back in the swim of things, new research shows.

The study couldn't prove cause and effect, but couples who ate more fish each week were more likely to conceive children during the year of the study.

"Our study suggests seafood can have man...

MONDAY, May 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Women looking for a husband tend to rule out flashy guys, a new study reports. But if she's just in it for sex, a dude with bling will do.

The study of more than 100 women found a man's practical side carries more weight than bling for those deciding on a lifelong mate.

For the study, more than 100 women read descriptions of two men b...

THURSDAY, May 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If you think seniors abandon their sex lives as the physical woes of aging descend upon them, a new survey suggests otherwise.

The reality is that 40 percent of older Americans still have sex, while 54 percent of older couples still do it, according to a new poll from the University of Michigan.

Even more couples -- 61 percent -- say...

THURSDAY, April 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Die-hard fans often hate to hear that their favorite musician is getting married because they fear it will break up the band. But instead, new research suggests that rock bands with married and unmarried members have the right mix for success.

The same is true for businesses, which can benefit from this type of "lifestyle diversity," a res...

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Anybody who met Mable Weaver several years ago would have never guessed she was in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. As the Berkeley, California, resident entered her 80s, she was alert and active, and she even held a job as a housekeeper. At that time, her next-door neighbor and daughter, LaFrancine Weaver Tate, was the only person who suspected a problem. And as Tate soon discovered, it w...

For both men and women, it takes a complicated chain of events to move from arousal to a satisfying orgasm. The mind has to stay focused, nerves have to stay sensitive, and blood has to flow to all the right places. Unfortunately, many things can break the chain -- including, perhaps, the pills in your medicine cabinet. Medicines often work by altering blood flow and brain chemistry, so its no...

Among those people who are online, there is a rich narrative of Internet romance, from marriages forged between local college students to marriages betrayed through virtual relationships. Even in heartland territory like Oklahoma City, the stories are everywhere. Rick, a 26-year-old aspiring musician, is engaged to a woman he met through the Internet. Andrew, a 22-year-old waiter, found something...

Sex is an undeniably rewarding form of exercise. But if it's the only type of exercise that you get, you're probably not getting the most out of your workout. Regular exercise outside of the bedroom will do more than improve your health and mood. In many ways, it's bound to improve your sex life. Setting the mood A single good workout can prime the body for sex, says Jim Pfaus, PhD, a professo...

Like most everybody else, people with heart disease spend a lot of time thinking about sex. But if your heart's in trouble, those thoughts can turn dark. You may worry that sex can kill you. You may also wonder what happened to your desire. If heart trouble has cast a shadow over your sex life, talk to your doctor. With a little help and reassurance, many people with heart disease can lead full, s...

When Marge Burger's husband died of a heart attack seven years ago, she made a sad discovery: Widows don't get invited to many dances. Or card games. Or dinners. "I still had loyal friends, but I just didn't seem to fit in," she says. Like many seniors her age, the 74-year-old resident of Portland, Oregon, slipped into a quiet, lonely rut. She enjoyed time with her children and grandchildren, but...

Have you ever heard your dad talk about the day you were born? He may be able to describe the weather or the big story on the television news. Chances are, though, he can't talk about your actual birth. Back then, fathers were often barred from the delivery room. While your mother was pushing, your dad was probably in another room, worrying and looking at his watch. When you talk to your kids, the...

Josh Kraft and his wife originally planned to have their first baby in a hospital. But as the months went by, the idea seemed less and less appealing. "My wife wanted to control things," Kraft says. "She didn't want a doctor saying, 'Well, it's 5:30 on a Friday, let's move this thing along.'" Eventually, they decided to have the baby at home, where they could be in charge -- at least until the bab...

It was the call that every adult child dreads: My mother had become terminally ill with Lou Gehrig's disease, and my father was dying of cancer. Both of my parents were dying, and I lived 1,200 miles away with a career and family of my own. In my youth, when my parents were healthy, I had longed to leave their nest; now that they were ill, the distance between us weighed heavily. When I went home...

Don't let pregnancy put a damper on an intimate life with your partner. Many parents-to-be fear that intercourse could trigger a miscarriage or somehow harm the baby. But unless you have a high-risk pregnancy, you don't have to worry: Sex poses no danger to either the mother or the child. To answer some questions you may be too embarrassed to ask, no, your partner's penis does not have any contact...

When her 69-year-old husband died of Alzheimer's disease, Dorothy Wellborn was surrounded by loving friends and family. She wept with them at the memorial service. She watched as the coffin closed on her husband's frail body, then went home with her children. But a few weeks later, when they flew back to their respective homes, she woke up to an empty house. The solitude was agonizing, especially...

Does someone close to you constantly insult you or humiliate you? Do you feel like you're always walking on eggshells in an effort to keep that person from blowing up at you? Are you starting to believe the accusations that person levels at you? If you answered "yes" to any of the above questions, you may be a victim of verbal abuse. This form of abuse, though it may not leave the easily discernib...

As many parents who have adopted overseas know, sometimes your heart's desire turns up in a place you never expected. Amy Davis* of the California Bay Area said she never expected to adopt from Guatemala. But her adoption agency encouraged her to look into international adoption, and once she made her choice, she never looked back. "I fell madly in love," she said of the baby girl to whom she was...

If you're married, you already know that your spouse is an enormous influence on your life. What you may not realize is that he or she also can also have a profound effect on your health. A study published in the journal Physiology and Behavior noted that the simple act of being married can add years to a person's life. Marriage can even lower the risk of all sorts of diseases, including cancer, ...

Many people equate "domestic violence" with an angry husband hitting his wife. In reality, that's only one possible scene. Although women are much more likely to be victims of domestic violence, it's not so uncommon for wives to hit husbands, boyfriends to hit or verbally abuse girlfriends, girlfriends to hit or abuse boyfriends. There's more than one way for a relationship to turn violent or abus...

Despite the talk about the "stages of grief," there's no real guide to mourning. Each person reacts to loss in his or her own way. Still, there is one universal component of grief: Almost every loss, no matter how expected, will be accompanied by stress and disorientation. In the words of a report from the National Mental Health Association, "The loss of a loved one is life's most stressful event....

Women aren't the only ones who get hot flashes in their later years. Aging men can get them, too, along with osteoporosis, dwindling energy, fading sex drive, and a host of other problems that would be familiar to millions of menopausal women. Over the years, health journalists, members of the general public, and a few doctors have embraced the term "male menopause" to describe the changes that so...

When getting pregnant doesn't happen easily, it may come as a surprise. But when pregnancy is unattainable after repeated fertility treatments, the stress can precipitate a crisis among even the most loving couples. Each time a treatment is unsuccessful, many couples begin to doubt the value of going through further procedures, especially if they are expensive, as in vitro fertilization (IVF) can...

Lost love. It's difficult to think of great literature without this enduring theme. Would, for example, Emily Bronte's Heathcliff and his passion for Cathy have captured our imaginations if they had lived happily ever after in Wuthering Heights? And would Romeo and Juliet have been as memorable if they had quietly married with the blessing of their families? Unfortunately, what makes for great...

Sexual dysfunction. You've seen the ads on television, you've heard the jokes, and, if you're like most men, you've tried your best to block it from your mind. But if you have diabetes, this is one touchy subject you shouldn't ignore. A full 75 percent of diabetic men have some trouble achieving or maintaining an erection long enough to have intercourse. But diabetes doesn't have to be a deathbl...

The sex lives of men can seem like something akin to an Aesop's fable. As years go by and youth fades, we may stop aspiring to the mating style of rabbits and become more like red foxes, lonely animals that make do with one brief breeding season each year. The moral: Even if you're a happy rabbit now, don't take your sex life for granted. You could still turn into a fox. Lasting desire This ...

"Sure, I love my family, but nothing will ever take the place of my job!" This was our first meeting and "Patti" was sitting in my psychotherapy office explaining to me that her life was over. She felt her boss had betrayed her; she had left work on disability; she no longer had an identity. I wasn't surprised. Over the past seven years I have met with dozens of women and men who seek out psychoth...

Work of the eyes is done, now go and do heart work on all the images imprisoned -- Rainer Maria Rilke My friend Barbara calls marriage a crucible. In her second union for eight years, she's just come out of a difficult year in which both she and her husband were jobless and fighting constantly. She called it the time of the great questioning: Doubts, regrets, fears of aging, and painful recrimi...

What's so great about the Pill? Birth control pills (also called oral contraceptives or simply "the Pill") are one of the most popular methods of birth control. About 34 percent of women in the United States use them. Taken properly, the most common form of the Pill is better than 99 percent effective in preventing pregnancy. You may have shorter, lighter, and more regular periods while on the Pil...

What is a vasectomy? A vasectomy is an operation designed to make a man sterile. A doctor simply cuts the tubes -- called the vas deferens -- that carry sperm from the testes to the pouch that holds the semen, blocking the only chance for sperm to leave the body. If you get a vasectomy, you can still have sex and you'll still ejaculate. The only thing you won't do is worry about causing a pregnanc...

Even in the Age of Viagra, when jokes about the little blue pill can be heard at every turn, impotence is rarely a topic among men. It is not for lack of interest or experience. Most of us have known that desperate, humiliating moment when our sexual machinery fails to operate -- and some of us have known it more than others. A few years ago, it became all too evident that I was edging toward impo...

How fast is too fast? You don't need a stopwatch to decide whether you have a problem with premature ejaculation. If you're reaching orgasm before you really want to, that's premature enough. That said, a definition from the International Society For Sexual Medicine notes that men who suffer from premature ejaculation "always or almost always" reach orgasm within about one minute of starting sex. ...

Sarah Schwartz* grew up in a fairly close-knit family where relatives were unafraid to express anger. When they were angry, they sometimes exploded and even yelled -- sometimes at the top of their voices. Although these displays were unpleasant, they were never catastrophic. Eventually, Sarah learned, the anger cooled, apologies were offered, and life went on. Her husband Paul, however, was raised...

Love and commitment, most people would agree, are the essential ingredients of a good marriage. Yet, as divorce rates still hover around 40 to 50 percent, there is a growing recognition among psychologists, therapists, counselors, and other professionals that this recipe often falls short for altar-bound couples. A lack of listening skills Some experts cite one main reason for this failure: lack ...

Nothing is more irritating to author Connie Goldman than the stereotypes out there about older people and sex -- especially the one about seniors not having sex. "People see an older couple that has just gotten married or who are holding hands, and they say, 'Oh, how cute,' " says Goldman, a former public radio producer. "It's belittling." At age 76, Goldman spends a great deal of her time trying ...

What would the world be like if everyone stopped having sex? Ratings for late-night talk shows would soar, and stock in Pampers would plummet. We'd have more time to think about other things, like a plan for peace in the Middle East or plot lines for the next great American novel. And we'd be miserable. The human brain is hard-wired to seek out and enjoy sex, a fact that helps explain the 6 billio...

Horny old broads, dirty old men. These commonly used terms speak volumes about how society views older people who are interested in sex. Experts say such derogatory labels reflect a deep level of discomfort in our youth-oriented culture with the idea that seniors are sexually active. Sex is identified with reproduction, youthful attractiveness, and power -- and most young and even middle-aged peop...

Robin Stanton supposes her appreciation for younger men was honed during the feminist revolution. Growing up in Ohio in the 1950s, she married her high school sweetheart at age 22. They had two children, but before long she realized her traditional marriage was killing her soul. To Stanton's dismay, her husband seemed threatened by her intelligence and high spirits, as well as her singing career. ...

Happy couples argue about housework. And money. And the "incident" at last summer's family reunion. They keep secrets, they hold grudges, and they mistakenly believe that their partner can stand to hear one more word about the injustices unfolding on American Idol. Here's the real secret of happy couples: They aren't always happy. They're just able to keep the negative in check by balancing it wi...

If you have an explosive temper or simply snap at people more often than you'd like, you would probably benefit from being able to control your anger more. Remember, anger is only a feeling; how you deal with that feeling is your choice. With a little practice, you can learn how to avoid blow-ups that only harm you and the people you care about. 1. Recognize the warning signs Can you recognize wh...

Think about the worst boss you ever had. You could probably rattle off a laundry list of his or her faults -- if you had a free afternoon. But if you had to describe the boss-from-hell in just a few words, it would probably go something like this: He (or she) just didn't listen. Just about everyone claims to be a "good" listener -- including, most likely, your old boss. But how many people actuall...

Even smart, sexy, and successful people -- people like yourself, of course -- can struggle in the dating world. Where do you go? What do you say? How can you get your date to come back for more? Take this short quiz to find out how much you know about being a great date. 1. What's the single most important step when preparing for a date? a. Developing a positive mindset b. Making a mental list ...

You've found a terrific partner, someone who's sweet and fun and compassionate. It should be an ideal match. So why do you keep doing things that drive the two of you apart? Whether we realize it or not, many of us have become experts at undermining perfectly good relationships. Take this short quiz to find out how much you know about relationship sabotage. 1. Which of these can be considered an...

It's a fact of life that nearly all couples argue. It's also a fact that many relationships manage to weather these storms, while others don't. How much do you know about resolving conflicts and protecting your relationship? Take this short quiz to find out. 1. Noted psychologist and relationship expert John Gottman, PhD, has identified what he calls the number-one rule for successfully resolvin...

Time-outs aren't just for kids with temper tantrums. Sometimes adults in a tense situation need to step back and take stock, especially if emotions are running high. One strategy is to take a time-out: a temporary break from a tense situation that will buy you the time to calm down. The key to taking action is recognizing the warning signs -- physical and emotional -- that could signal that an exp...

Are you the only one in your family who didn't marry in his or her early 20s or 30s? So what! Marriage and domestic partnerships work well for many people, but others enjoy flying solo. Even if you're ready for a long-term relationship, you'll want to get the most out of single life till that happens. How much do you know about living single? Take this short quiz to find out. 1. A large majority...

The human erection is an amazing feat of engineering. The progression from flaccid to firm requires close cooperation between the brain and the nerves, blood vessels, and muscles that control the penis. Unfortunately, the delicate process can break down for many reasons, making erections either difficult or impossible to achieve. Impotence (the inability to have intercourse because of erectile dys...

Going on a first date is exciting. There's a certain romantic mystery about it -- what will this new person be like? Will you hit it off instantly and talk nonstop over dinner until the restaurant is ready to close and the waiter herds you out with an indulgent smile? The truth is, that scenario is more likely to appear in a movie than in real life. Sure, you and your date may find common ground ...

Cooking for a crowd can be a good way to earn compliments. Preparing a special meal for a date gives you a chance to show off your cooking skills. But you won't get showered with compliments when you cook for yourself, and motivation can be elusive, too. Small wonder single people don't always feel like putting a lot of effort into their meals. With no one else to feed, and with no one else to hel...

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