Anyone born in the last fifty years has been met with increasingly sexy advertising and entertainment. At the same time, premarital, extramarital and so-called "casual" sex are also on the rise. But, as recent film Zack & Miri Make A Porno questions, is sex ever just "f*cking" or does it always have meaning, despite what our sexually liberal culture might lead us to believe?
I have come to pump you up! Will older women finally be able to take a testosterone-laden sex patch, the female equivalent of Viagra? Only in Europe, as the sex patch Intrinsa may not be available in the U.S. for some time, reports the Wall Street Journal. Procter & Gamble has sought approval for the female sex patch since 1999, but regulators are concerned that the increased amount of testosterone could up an older woman's cancer risk.
Well-educated Aussie women usually divorce poorer-educated men, sometimes guys dump you even when they like you, a 30 day survival guide to cohabitation, surviving the sexless marriage, a Testosterone patch for women's libidos, memorable safe sex campaigns, more birth weight worries and a video about friends with benefits.
Lots of attention is paid to male sexual function, and lots of money is paid to pharmaceutical companies to fix it: a multi-billion dollar industry was created to make sure men of any age can get it up and get it on. Without a visible dysfunction, many women suffer through low libido problems and uncomfortable sex assuming nothing can be done. But there's no need to suffer. A number of things—from your diet to your birth control pills—could be dampening your sex drive, and the good news is, it may be easily fixed.
You may have read Genevieve’s recent “sexless marriage” post; cnn.com has run a pretty thorough companion piece worth mentioning. The basis for their “Surprising Reasons You’re Not Having Sex” article is this stat: “Women today have less time for sex than their 1950s counterparts. And it's estimated that 40 million Americans have what experts call a sexless marriage (having sex less than 10 times a year).” Okay, that does not sound good. Check out the article for common problems, such as body-image issues (duh), to not-so-common, like you’re bedroom’s way too boring (huh).
A clinical trial is underway at the University of Virginia on a testosterone gel used to increase depressed libido in women. This product could improve the sex life of countless couples.
Many women go through a postpartum libido drought. This dry spell is caused by natural bodily changes and may be the result of depression or even breast-feeding! Sometimes it can even last for months and can cause a significant strain on your relationships. Are our hormones too out of balance to even think about doing THAT? Or is there something more to it? Elizabeth Uppman gets to bottom of this all-too-common phenomenon in a very personal essay.