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Hot Pregnant Sex: Urban Legend?

At seven and a half months pregnant, I am awkward. I am tired. I am gassy. I am not, despite my husband's daily protests to the contrary, sexy. My libido is as MIA as my waistline, and although sometimes I feel like I should throw my husband a bone, I'm at the point where when it's bedtime, I have absolutely nothing left.

Best-Selling Relationship Author John Gray Discusses New Book
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Best-Selling Relationship Author John Gray Discusses New Book

By Kari Arneson for Cupid's Pulse It’s no wonder that relationship therapist and healthy living coach John Gray, Ph.D., is the best-selling relationship author of all time. His enlightening, instructive and hugely popular Mars-Venus series has sold more than 50 million books, including 1992’s groundbreaking Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, which was the New York Times‘ number one best-selling book of the last decade. But Dr.

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Can The Web Protect Your Relationship From PMS?

Hormones can work FOR you. Your menstrual cycle may seem like a bummer but knowing it really well can be quite beneficial to your love life and life in general. That's where MyHormonesMadeMeDoIt.com comes in handy. They let you know how to make testosterone and estrogen work for you. Two new online tools aim to keep relationships happy and sane during bouts of PMS.

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Will Birth Control Gel Replace The Pill?

For women who need birth control, avoiding an unwanted pregnancy may someday come down to applying a little lotion. Researchers claim to have developed a topical contraceptive gel that works by rubbing it onto the arms, legs, shoulders and abdomen once a day. The gel's primary ingredients, estrogen and Nestorene, a synthetic form of progesterone, prevent the ovaries from releasing eggs once a month. Basically, it's like the patch, except that it's invisible and it doesn't come off.

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Managing Depression When You're Trying To Conceive

I try to divorce Michael at least once a month. I blame this on the PMDD, though I've also been diagnosed with chronic depression and anxiety and, once, a psychopharmacologist told me I had obvious bipolar tendencies. After the PMDD diagnosis, I realized that switching to Yaz was sufficient for managing my wild mood swings. Then, I decided to have a baby.

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Fast Cars Make Dudes Manlier

There is a belief that men who are really into their cars (be it slick, phallic sportsters or knobby-tired, pick 'em up trucks) have something to compensate for. Generally, that shortcoming is said to occur somewhere in the crotch region. And there may be some good reason for it. According to a recent study, men driving sports cars get a boost to their testosterone level.

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Testosterone Makes Chicks Think Like Dudes

You know how men are always thinking with their you know whats? And they do stupid things for love like spend money, fight really scary dudes and sometimes steal airplanes? Well, it turns out that the recklessness and derring-do may not originate from the nether regions after all. A study conducted jointly by the University of Chicago and Northwestern shows similar behavior between women with high testosterone and men: average men, and women with high testosterone were equally as likely to make risky choices with money. This could explain a number of things.

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Bulimia, Balding & 6 Other Secrets About The Pill

This is what we've known from the get-go: that the pill is good for people who want to avoid babies and menstrual cramps. This is what we've learned in the years since: that the pill is not so good for people who are scared of developing blood clots and dying of a stroke. But this is what you might be surprised to hear: that the pill can play a role in everything from how we lose our hair to what we choose to eat. Below, a list of eight facts you might never have come across about the pill, courtesy of LiveScience and our own YourTango archives.

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Theatrics, Rough-Housing And Safe Words

Sometimes a dramatic gesture can go a long way. A little bit of good crazy can relight the fire and get those hormones back into high gear. A touch of rough-housing is a nice way to remind your partner that you are a passionate, flesh-and-blood, sexy human. Em & Lo have a few top-notch suggestions. Just be sure to think of good safe words.

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Problems With Intimacy? Retrain Your Brain

Oxytocin is quite a busy hormone. When released in the brain, it facilitates sex, orgasm, birth and breastfeeding, as well as feelings of bonding, connection and trust. In her forthcoming book The Chemistry of Connecton: How the Oxytocin Response Can Help You Find Trust, Intimacy and Love, author and journalist Susan Kuchinskas describes the important role oxytocin plays in our love lives and how we can train our brain to better respond to love. In other words, we weren't born knowing how to love—we learn it.

Marilyn Monroe Hormone Identified
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Marilyn Monroe Hormone Identified

A group of scientists from the University of Texas think they've pinpointed a hormone that gifts women with an hourglass shape, an aura of attractiveness, and an intense desire to cheat on their boyfriends or husbands. Researchers think a hormone called oestradoil, dubbed the Marilyn Monroe hormone, is to blame for certain behaviors and physical attributes like a symmetrical face, large breasts, low waist to hip ratio, and a pattern of serial monogamy with infidelity.

Fall In Or Out Of Love By Taking A Pill
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Fall In Or Out Of Love By Taking A Pill

What if you could fall in love at will—and make him love you back? We've heard the "love is a drug" theory before, but researcher Larry Young believes love can be explained by a specific pattern of events in the brain—so specific, in fact, that scientists may be able to replicate it. It starts with the chemical oxytocin, a hormone that helps mothers bond with their new babies—Young thinks that this neurotransmitter and other chemicals are responsible for romantic love, and that scientists will one day discover how it all works.