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Testosterone Therapy May Be Linked to Serious Blood Clots

Posted 8 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30, 2016 – Testosterone treatment can increase a man's risk of potentially fatal blood clots, a new study suggests. Researchers found that men taking the male hormone seem to have a 63 percent increased risk of a blood clot forming in a vein, a condition known as venous thromboembolism (VTE). These clots can cause a heart attack, stroke, organ damage or even death, according to the American Heart Association. "Risk peaks rapidly in the first six months of treatment and lasts for about nine months, and fades gradually thereafter," said lead researcher Dr. Carlos Martinez of the Institute for Epidemiology, Statistics and Informatics in Frankfurt, Germany. Millions of American men currently use testosterone pills, gels or injections, hoping that the male hormone will boost their sex drive, stamina and strength. It's been known for a while that the estrogen in birth control ... Read more

Related support groups: Bleeding Disorder, Testosterone, Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), AndroGel, Testim, Axiron, Deep Vein Thrombosis, Androderm, Fortesta, Depo-Testosterone, Testopel, Sexual Deviations or Disorders, Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder, Testopel Pellets, Venous Thromboembolism, Testim 5 g/packet, Delatestryl, Coagulation Defects and Disorders, Striant, AndroGel 1.25 g/actuation

Menopause and a Decline in Intimacy

Posted 2 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 2, 2016 – Women might say "not tonight, dear" a lot more often in the year and a half before their final period, a new study finds. Sexual decline typically starts 20 months before a woman's final period and continues for several years after menstruation ends, the study authors reported. The researchers analyzed data from nearly 1,400 U.S. women at midlife, and also found that menopause-related declines in sexual function can vary according to race and ethnicity. A diminishing sex life is a serious issue, the researchers said, noting three-quarters of study participants said sex was moderately to extremely important to them. "This study highlights the need for health-care providers to have open conversations with their patients about their sexual issues, because there are many options for women to help maintain or improve their sexual lives as they transition to and ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Major Depressive Disorder, Hot Flashes, Menopausal Disorders, Postmenopausal Symptoms, Atrophic Vaginitis, Perimenopausal Symptoms, Dyspareunia, Sexual Deviations or Disorders, Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder, Vaginal Dryness

FDA Warns of Dangers From Testosterone Supplements

Posted 26 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 26, 2016 – Supplemental testosterone and related anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS) can cause heart attacks, personality changes and infertility, and are easily abused, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns. The agency said Monday that labeling on all prescription testosterone products – which are approved to treat men with low testosterone due to certain medical conditions – will be revised. Millions of American men currently use testosterone pills, gels or get injections in hopes of boosting their physical health or libido. Anabolic steroids are synthetic variations of testosterone and are legally prescribed to treat conditions such as delayed puberty and diseases that cause muscle loss, such as cancer or AIDS. But "testosterone and other AAS are abused by adults and adolescents, including athletes and body builders," according to an FDA news release. "Abuse ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue, Erectile Dysfunction, Testosterone, Drug Dependence, AndroGel, Agitation, Testim, Alcoholism, Axiron, Substance Abuse, Androderm, Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, Fortesta, Depo-Testosterone, Cardiovascular Risk Reduction, Testopel, Sexual Deviations or Disorders

Shedding Light on Low Male Libido

Posted 20 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 20, 2016 – Light therapy, commonly used to treat seasonal depression, may restore a measure of libido to men who struggle with a low sex drive, a small study suggests. Italian researchers said they found that men exposed to just two weeks of daily doses of bright light saw their testosterone levels increase more than 50 percent, and their sexual satisfaction levels more than triple. "We were not surprised to observe our results," said study author Dr. Andrea Fagiolini. He is chairman of both the department of mental health and the school of specialization in psychiatry at the University of Siena. Fagiolini said that his team's light-box experiment took its cue from nature. Prior investigations, conducted by his team and other researchers, have found that both sexual interest and testosterone levels naturally go up in tandem during spring and summer. Fagiolini said that, ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Major Depressive Disorder, Erectile Dysfunction, Premature Ejaculation, Sexual Deviations or Disorders, Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder

The Mystery of the Female Orgasm Solved?

Posted 1 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 1, 2016 – The female orgasm – famously faked by Meg Ryan in "When Harry Met Sally" – may have its true roots in evolution as an aid to conception, new research suggests. In their study, researchers at Yale University noted that while the male orgasm's role in getting the sperm to meet the egg has long been clear, the female orgasm's role has been a mystery. It has no obvious role in the success of reproduction or in the number of children, so scientists have long tried to determine why women have orgasms, said a team led by Yale professor of ecology and evolutionary biology Gunter Wagner. He and co-researcher Mihaela Pavlicev, of Cincinnati Children's Hospital, studied other mammals for clues into how the female orgasm evolved. They looked at non-human mammals and focused on a specific reflex that goes along with orgasms in women – release of the hormones prolactin and ... Read more

Related support groups: Female Infertility, Ovulation Induction, Sexual Deviations or Disorders, Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder, Primary Ovarian Failure, Follicle Stimulation

Impotence Drugs Won't Raise Melanoma Risk, Study Suggests

Posted 14 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 14, 2016 – Three widely used erectile dysfunction drugs – Cialis, Levitra and Viagra – aren't likely to boost the risk of melanoma skin cancer, a new study reports. Why the concern in the first place? Laboratory tests suggested that lower levels of an enzyme that's inhibited by certain erectile dysfunction drugs might increase the growth of melanoma cells. Melanoma is the most deadly type of skin cancer. But studies examining melanoma risk among men who take these drugs have had conflicting results, the researchers said. The new study included more than 145,000 men who used either Viagra (sildenafil), Cialis (tadalafil) or Levitra (vardenafil). These impotence drugs inhibit an enzyme called phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5). The investigators compared the men taking the drugs to nearly 561,000 men who didn't use them. Although the study couldn't prove no cause-and-effect ... Read more

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No Sex Please, I'm a Stressed New Mom

Posted 9 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 8, 2016 – First-time parents may see their sex life hit the skids if mom feels stressed about her parenting skills, a new study suggests. Researchers found that when a new mother was anxious about her parenting abilities, she and her partner tended to be less satisfied with their sex life, compared to other first-time parents. For men, it was different: Only their partners' stress levels – and not their own – seemed to affect their views on their sex life. It's no secret that having a baby affects a couple's sex life. But it's not only because caring for an infant can be exhausting, said Chelom Leavitt, the lead researcher on the new study. A first-time mom's worries about her new role may be one of the other factors, said Leavitt, a doctoral student in human development and family studies at Penn State University. The findings are based on interviews with 169 couples ... Read more

Related support groups: Delivery, Postpartum Bleeding, Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder, Labor Pain, Cesarean Section, Labor and Delivery including Augmentation

Anatomy May Be Key to Female Orgasm

Posted 21 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 21, 2016 – Despite what's often portrayed in movies and on TV, most women can't orgasm with penetration alone during sexual intercourse. And simple anatomy is to blame, a new evidence review suggests. Each woman's ability to orgasm during sex depends almost wholly on physical development that occurred while she was still in the womb, according to the review authors. During gestation, the clitoris begins to drift up and away from the vaginal opening, the researchers said. But among women whose clitoris drifted too far up, it may be very difficult or even impossible to have an orgasm during sex, because traditional lovemaking doesn't provide enough friction to stimulate the clitoris, said Dr. Maureen Whelihan. She's an obstetrician and gynecologist in West Palm Beach, Fla., and an expert with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. "It's not her fault. ... Read more

Related support groups: Birth Control, Contraception, Emergency Contraception, Erectile Dysfunction, Postcoital Contraception, Female Infertility, Premature Ejaculation, Ovulation Induction, Sexual Deviations or Disorders, Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder, Hypersexuality State

Women's Sex Lives Get a Boost After Non-Surgical Fibroid Treatment

Posted 4 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 4, 2016 – Women with bothersome uterine fibroids saw improvements in their sex lives and significant symptom relief a year after undergoing a type of non-surgical treatment called uterine fibroid embolization, a French study finds. Nearly eight in 10 women who completed surveys a year after treatment reported improved sexual function, a measure that reflects pain, desire, arousal and satisfaction. About nine in 10 had better overall quality of life, researchers said. "UFE [uterine fibroid embolization] is not a new intervention," said Dr. Marc Sapoval, one of the study co-authors. Sapoval is a professor of clinical radiology at Hopital Europeen Georges Pompidou in Paris. "What's new in this data is the fact that we focused on sexual function," he said. The study results were scheduled to be presented Sunday at the Society of Interventional Radiology's annual scientific ... Read more

Related support groups: Uterine Leiomyomata / Fibroids, Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder

'Female Libido' Pill May Not Be Worth It: Researchers

Posted 29 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 29, 2016 – The much-touted "female libido" pill seems to cause a host of serious side effects while failing to spark much additional passion in a woman's life, a new review suggests. Addyi (flibanserin) quadruples the risk of dizziness and sleepiness, more than doubles the chances of nausea, and increases the risk of fatigue by more than half, according to the analysis. For all that trouble, a woman taking Addyi can expect to gain one-half of one additional satisfying sexual event per month, on average, according to the report. It was published online Feb. 29 in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. "We found women had, on average, 2.5 satisfying sexual events per month before entering the study, and flibanserin added one-half additional satisfying sexual events per month," said senior study author Ellen Laan, a professor of sexology and psychosomatic gynecology at the ... Read more

Related support groups: Sleep Disorders, Nausea/Vomiting, Fatigue, Sexual Deviations or Disorders, Addyi, Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder, Flibanserin

Testosterone Therapy May Boost Sex Drive in Older Men ...

Posted 18 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 17, 2016 – Testosterone therapy may restore some sexual desire and function in older men whose natural hormone levels have declined, clinical trials suggest. However, the treatments didn't do much to improve vitality or physical function in men 65 or older, as many have believed, said co-researcher Dr. Thomas Gill. "Men who are experiencing low desire or low sexual activity and are interested in improving in those areas, testosterone treatment would be reasonable to consider," Gill said. But, "a physician probably wouldn't be encouraged to prescribe testosterone solely for problems with physical function or solely for low energy, based on these results," he added. Gill is a professor of geriatrics and epidemiology at Yale University and director of the Yale Program on Aging in New Haven, Conn. The use of testosterone replacement therapy has nearly doubled in recent ... Read more

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Illegal Toad Venom 'Aphrodisiac' Linked to NYC Man's Death

Posted 5 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 5, 2015 – "Stone," an illegal aphrodisiac that contains substances derived from toad venom, may have claimed the life of a New York City man and should be avoided, city health officials warned. Last week, a hospital told the New York Poison Control Center about a 39-year-old man who died after taking the product, also known as Piedra China, Jamaican Stone, Love Stone, Black Stone or China Rock. Similar products caused poisonings and deaths in the 1990s, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said in a news release. Since 2000, there have been seven such cases, including the most recent one and one earlier this year. These supposed aphrodisiacs are banned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration but are imported illegally. Stone is a hard, dark brown substance typically sold as a solid chunk less than a square inch in size. Stone's active ingredients ... Read more

Related support groups: Erectile Dysfunction, Premature Ejaculation, Substance Abuse, Poisoning, Sexual Deviations or Disorders, Toxic Reactions Incl Drug and Substance Abuse, Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder

Better Sex Life May Be a Weight-Loss Surgery Bonus

Posted 4 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 4, 2015 – Following weight-loss surgery, activity in the bedroom may pick up as the pounds fall away, a new study finds. The research suggests the effect may be long-term, and similar for both men and women. "Improvements in sex life are an additional benefit that goes beyond weight loss," said Dr. John Morton, president of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). He was not involved in the new study. The findings were to be presented Wednesday in Los Angeles at Obesity Week, an annual meeting hosted by ASMBS and The Obesity Society. The study was led by Dr. Kristine Steffen, associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences at North Dakota State University in Fargo. Her team tracked outcomes for more than 2,000 people – nearly 80 percent women – who were surveyed about their sex lives for five years after they underwent weight-loss (bariatric) ... Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Erectile Dysfunction, Weight Loss, Sexual Dysfunction, SSRI Induced, Premature Ejaculation, Sexual Deviations or Disorders, Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder

Pill for Low Libido in Women Goes on Sale on Saturday

Posted 16 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 16, 2015 – The so-called "little pink pill" – the controversial drug intended to boost flagging sex drive in women – goes on sale on Saturday. Flibanserin (Addyi) is the first U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved drug designed to help women with low libido. But that approval, announced in August, came with significant restrictions because the drug can cause severely low blood pressure and loss of consciousness, the FDA warned. Addyi's label will include a boxed warning saying the drug shouldn't be taken while drinking alcohol, and shouldn't be used with certain other drugs and by women with liver problems. And the once-daily pill, to be taken at night, can only be prescribed or dispensed by doctors and pharmacists who have been thoroughly briefed on the drug and its benefits and risks, the FDA added. "Today's approval provides women distressed by their low sexual ... Read more

Related support groups: Sexual Deviations or Disorders, Addyi, Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder, Flibanserin

U.S. Report Urges End to 'Conversion' Therapy for LGBT Youth

Posted 15 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 15, 2015 – Less than a year after the Obama Administration came out against so-called "conversion" therapies for gay and lesbian youth, a new government report calls for the practice to be eliminated nationwide. "No evidence supports the efficacy of such interventions to change sexual orientation or gender identity, and such interventions are potentially harmful," said the authors of the report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). "Efforts should be taken to end the practice of conversion therapy," the report added. Conversion therapy has already been banned in four states and the District of Columbia, while another 21 states and the U.S. Congress are considering bans. The SAMHSA report authors said that "federal regulatory action" may be used in the future to restrict use of conversion therapy for minors. At issue is the long-held ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety and Stress, Sexual Deviations or Disorders, Gender Dysphoria, Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder

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