Archive for March, 2011


There’s no consensus on how successful Viagra will be in perking up women’s sex lives. Although studies show it can increase vaginal lubrication and genital blood flow, some doctors point out these are not the typical complaints of sexually dissatisfied women.

Lack of desire, rather than sexual dysfunction, is the most common grievance of women with lackluster sex lives. Viagra won’t do anything about making a ho-hum mate in frayed underwear seem red-hot irresistible.

Does this mean we should just say no to the little blue pill even before it makes its debut? Not if you speak to women who have participated in pilot trials of the drug and say they have experienced their first orgasm in years. But you should keep these points in mind first:

  • Viagra for women has the same potential adverse effects as it has for men. Minor side effects include stuffy nose, headaches and a blue tinge to the vision. But for women who are taking nitrates for heart conditions, the consequences may include severely lowered blood pressure, heart attack and even death.
  • Viagra may be very helpful to postmenopausal women who cannot take estrogen to increase vaginal lubrication. Similarly, it may help women whose vaginal dryness is related to such conditions as high blood pressure and diabetes, as well as certain antidepressants.
  • Viagra must be avoided by women who have not ruled out future pregnancies. Pregnant rats given Viagra were found to give birth to blind babies.


  • Viagra may improve sexual functioning, but it cannot boost desire.
  • Women taking Viagra may experience the same side effects as men. These include headaches and blue tinge to vision. In women taking nitrates,
  • Viagra can cause heart conditions.
  • Viagra may be helpful to women whose vaginal dryness is related to diabetes, high blood pressure and certain antidepressants.
  • Viagra should be avoided by women who have not ruled out future pregnancies.

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Sex toys are here to stay.

According to two recent studies, millions of Americans use one or more sex toys. We’re talking vibrators, dildos and butt plugs, as well as blindfolds, handcuffs and nipple clamps. We’ll leave whips and leather underwear for another discussion.

Like all technology, sex toys are an extension of the body. They are hands, tongues and genitalia that are bigger and stronger, and never tire. They are tools that help us give pleasure to ourselves and to each other.

Sex toys can be equally great for partner sex and masturbation. Any sex that can be improved by something that probes, stimulates, squeezes or alters sensation can be enhanced by a sex toy.

Unfortunately, some would-be users are self-conscious about feeling they need assistance. Others are concerned that their partner will feel inadequate. But this is like feeling self-critical that you need a comfortable chair to enjoy a movie. Our shyness about using sex toys really expresses the shame we feel about admitting we’re sexual in a sex-negative culture.

It’s no illusion. Until recently, for example, most national magazines refused vibrator advertising — including Ms. magazine. And only last year, the state of Alabama criminalized the production or sale of “sexual devices marketed primarily for the stimulation of human genitals.”

Why the controversy about a 5-inch battery-powered piece of buzzing plastic? Sex toys are about sexual pleasure, not about reproduction or romantic love (although many romantic, loving people and couples use them).

A vibrator or nipple clamp in your hand is the smoking gun of pleasure — you simply can’t deny that getting off is exactly what you have in mind.

So sex toys are a vehicle for sexual empowerment — for learning about our eroticism, for pleasuring ourselves, for encouraging our partners to feel things more deeply. They are, literally, the way we take our sexuality into our own hands. No wonder so many authorities frown on sex toys and make us hide them under the covers. Using a sex toy is, after all, a political act.

And it feels damn good, too.

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If your name is Sarah, Emma or Kelly, doctors may be more likely to view you as a woman of “easy virtue” — if they’ve read the latest issue of the British Medical Journal.

The Journal found those were the top three names in an analysis of data from a British clinic that treats women for sexually transmitted diseases. The data included 1,462 patients aged 16 to 24 from a Southampton hospital.

According to lead researcher Dr. Elizabeth Foley — whose own name is not among those listed — the analysis contradicts the popular stereotype that promiscuous women in Britain are more likely to be called Sharon or Tracey. Both are associated with the “Essex girl,” a much snickered about stereotype of a low-class, loose young woman.

Instead, Sharon and Tracey were found about half as often as was expected given the popularity of these names, the researchers reported. Also included in the top 10 were Louise, Cla(i)re, Lisa, Rachel, Michelle and Nicola.

The article has received a lively response from British doctors. According to one cardiologist from a hospital in Birmingham, Foley’s work is a “fine and timely study.”

“Readers interested in recreational liaisons now know exactly who they should approach if they want to avoid nasty little rashes afterwards,” he wrote in a reader’s letter.

A list of the 10 most popular names for American girls born in 1998 cites Sarah in the No. 3 slot. Emma and Kelly are not listed.

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