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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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'Low T' Therapy Has Yet to Be Proven: FDA

Posted 19 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 19, 2015 – Testosterone supplements have long been marketed to aging men as a fountain of youth and virility, but there is still no proof they are safe or effective, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Writing in the Aug. 20 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine, FDA officials said that only controlled clinical trials can show whether men benefit from treatment to reverse age-related dips in testosterone. The agency is now requiring product manufacturers to conduct those trials. As it stands, testosterone supplements are approved only for men with certain medical conditions that cause abnormally low levels of the hormone – such as damage to brain areas that control testosterone production. But once the FDA approves a drug, doctors are free to prescribe it as they see fit. And most American men on testosterone therapy have no clear medical ... Read more

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Study Debunks Notion That Condoms Always Hamper Erections

Posted 18 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 18, 2015 – Advocates for safe sex often run up against the notion that men's ability to maintain an erection will be compromised when condoms enter the scene. But a new study of nearly 500 young American men found that while some did complain of loss of erection, many of these men also experienced erectile difficulties generally – whether condoms were used or not. Compared to men without such issues, men with condom-linked erectile issues "were significantly more likely to also report erection difficulties before penetration and during intercourse when not using a condom," reported a team led by Stephanie Sanders of Indiana University's Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction. Reporting Aug. 17 in The Journal of Sexual Medicine, Sanders' team said that while there have been studies looking at erectile issues with condom use in the past, there has ... Read more

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Testosterone Treatments Won't Help Men With Ejaculatory Issues

Posted 9 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 9, 2015 – Testosterone supplements won't help men with low testosterone ease any problems they have with ejaculatory function, a new study suggests. According to researchers led by Dr. Darius Paduch of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City, issues with ejaculation affect anywhere from 10 percent to 18 percent of men. These conditions include an inability to ejaculate, low ejaculation volumes and force, and delayed time to ejaculation, the researchers said. They added that there is currently no U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved treatment for ejaculatory dysfunction. Could testosterone replacement therapy help men who face these problems, and who also have low levels of testosterone? "This is the first clinical trial examining the treatment of a very common but poorly understood condition that affects men's physical health as ... Read more

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More Sex, Better Testosterone Levels?

Posted 13 Mar 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 13, 2015 – Experts have long assumed that as a man's testosterone level declines, so does his sex life. But a new study suggests the reverse may be true. "Most people in or out of medicine assume that a lowered serum testosterone may cause reduced sexual activity. But our study questions, if not fully refutes, that assumption and suggests it is the other way around," said Dr. David Handelsman, a researcher at the University of Sydney, in New South Wales, Australia. And skyrocketing sales of testosterone supplements are being fueled by that popular assumption, even though it might not be correct, Handelsman added. But one doctor not involved with the study questioned the finding, noting that other lifestyle factors might be affecting testosterone levels as men age. And the study wasn't designed to take those factors into account. In the study, the researchers evaluated ... Read more

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Pelvic Exercises May Help His Sex Life

Posted 14 Apr 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 14, 2014 – Pelvic exercises can benefit men with chronic premature ejaculation, according to a new study. Premature ejaculation – defined as occurring within one minute – affects many men at some point in their lives. Although different treatments exist, some men don't respond to any of them. This study included 40 men, aged 19 to 46, with lifelong premature ejaculation who had tried different treatments – including creams, antidepressants and behavioral therapy – without success. They were trained to exercise their pelvic floor muscles and did this for 12 weeks. At the start of the study, the men's average time to ejaculation was about 32 seconds. That improved to almost 2.5 minutes – a more than fourfold increase – by the end of the three-month pelvic exercise program. Only five men in the study had no significant improvement, according to the findings that were ... Read more

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Spray May Delay Ejaculation

Posted 1 Dec 2009 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 19 – A spray touted as the first potential treatment for premature ejaculation has proved effective in a second study, according to the company that developed it. PSD502 – which combines the drugs lidocaine and prilocaine – is sprayed on the head of the penis before intercourse. The study of men in Canada, Poland and the United States found that those treated with the spray five minutes before intercourse were able to delay ejaculation up to five times longer than those who used a placebo. In addition, men who used the spray and their partners reported improved sexual satisfaction. The findings, presented recently at the annual meeting of the Sexual Medicine Society of North America, are consistent with those from a previous trial in Europe, according to San Diego-based Sciele Pharma Inc. "Premature ejaculation can have a powerful negative impact on the emotional and ... Read more

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