Were You Sexually Assaulted? I Believe You

I believe you. Even though your face isn’t bruised, even though your bones aren’t broken. Even though it’s been days or weeks since it happened. Even if, at some point in your life, you thought you loved him, or you really did love him. This time, you said no. Maybe you were still together; maybe you were broken up, or breaking up. It doesn’t matter what you wore or what you drank. You said no. More than once. ...more

Relationship Stamina Hinges on Couple’s Sexual Connection

Good sex when you are newlyweds is important, in fact it is one of the strongest relationship builders. Research is clear that the couple’s sexual connection in the first years of a marriage is related to their ability to stay married.If a couple can learn to have mutually enjoyable sex together that first year or so, the couple’s chance of staying together remains higher than for those couples who have unsatisfying sex during this phase of life. Sex is that important for you two!...more

Deciding if Hormone Replacement Therapy is Right For You

Why do so many doctors or doctor’s wives take Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)? Because a body of scientific evidence supports its safety and health benefits....more

The Truth about Hormone Replacement Therapy

In July 2002, the NIH Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) made a dramatic public announcement suggesting a link between Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) and increases in heart attack, stroke and breast cancer in women.I still remember seeing the headlines at my work desk. Like perhaps everyone else, I worried for women....more

Consumer Alert: Swiss Navy Lubricant Is Mislabeled

Like many others, when I see a glycerin-free label on the a product, I trust that information is correct.However, as I was all set to write a review for Swiss Navy Flavored Lubricant in Pina Colada flavor, I happened to glance at the listed ingredients, which do not appear on the Spicy Gear site....more

The Best Personal Lubricants For Sensitive Skin

Like many folks out there, I have sensitive skin. Whenever anyone buys me fancy smelling soaps or lotions, they always go into my guest bathroom or risk being unused. Nope, it’s coconut oil and hydrocortisone for this girl. Even certain smells or foods can set my skin aflame, making it itch.But I’m also a lubricant connoisseur. And over the years, I’ve come to discover what works for me best, and now I’d like to share that with those of you out there while also need a little more tender loving care when it comes to your skin....more

Depression and Menopause – An Important Link and a Sex-Killer

Most of us understand that the chemical serotonin in our brains helps protect us from mood disorders, but it does much more than that.Nearly all of our approximately 40 million brain cells are influenced by serotonin in some manner. Serotonin impacts mood, sexual function, appetite, sleep, memory, temperature regulation, and social behavior.Hmmm… all the things that menopause messes with!...more

Angelina is Fighting Sexual Violence

By Paula Kweskin Armed conflict continues to fill the news, and with it, stories of a grim humanitarian crisis, both among refugees and local civilian populations. Though warfare affects everyone it touches, it has the potential to unleash particularly catastrophic effects on women.  Vulnerable to sexual aggression – whether from combatants or unsavory elements in an unstable society – women are at special risk....more

What Do We Really Mean by “Menopause?”

As a Reproductive Physiologist I had always known menopause was coming sometime in my 40s or 50s, but I remained unsure what to do about it—specifically, whether I would need a hysterectomy at some point, and whether or not to go on hormone replacement therapy (HRT) at some point.Starting in 2002, data from the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) turned many of the approximately 45 million baby boomer women in the generation ahead of me off of HRT (with up to an 80% reduction in HRT use over the following 5 years)....more

I Saw A Sex Doll at the Zoo. Twice

I witnessed Lars and the Real Girl come to life. Again: This is an update to my Sex Doll at the Zoo post because... I saw the man again! Him and his latex lady love were well, enjoying a stroll near the rhinos at Brookfield Zoo in Chicago [suburbs]. ...more