Sexual satisfaction is a complex process that vexes many women and their doctors

Marriage and Family Health, Mental Health, Woman's Health
Continuing our Valentine's Day theme of sexual satisfaction in marriage, I thought you might find this article from the Washington Post of interest. It's penned by Daphne Miller, a family physician, who is the author of "The Jungle Effect: The Healthiest Diets From Around the World -- Why They Work and How to Make Them Work for You": My patient Debra practically waltzes into my office. She is giggling and barely waits for the door to close before she announces: "I am having sex again and really enjoying it. Not only that, but I'm actually having random lusty thoughts." What a change from a couple of months ago, when sex was no more interesting to her than office furniture. Her husband is also delighted, she tells me. He plans to shower…
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What to Do When Heart Disease Hurts Your Sex Life

Heart Health, Marriage and Family Health
This article, from Health.com, will be, I would think, very helpful for married couples where one or both spouses has cardiovascular disease. It answers a number of common questions my patients ask: If movies and soap operas are anything to go by, sex can be dangerous for people with heart conditions. While research shows that sex can indeed trigger heart attacks in some people, especially men, the odds of literally succumbing to passion are very low. Sexual activity is a contributing factor in less than 1% of heart attacks, according to a 1996 study by Harvard Medical School researchers. Although heart attacks during sex are rare, no one wants to be among the unlucky few who die while getting lucky. So if you have cardiovascular disease (CVD), or even if…
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Poll Shows Majority of Americans Say Abstinence Effective, Want Parents Involved

Children's Health, Parenting
Abstinence-only program helps kids postpone sex A new Rasmussen poll shows a majority of Americans believe abstinence education programs are effect and a commanding majority would rather have parents than schools teaching sex education, according to a report in LifeNews.com. The survey follows on a new study showing abstinence more effective than sex education. According to the Rasmussen poll, released yesterday, 50 percent of American adults believe abstinence-only education programs are at least somewhat effective in preventing teen pregnancy. Some 15 percent say they are very effective. Just 42% of Americans disagree and a smaller 13 percent take the strongest position saying they are not at all effective. Overall, 68% of adults nationwide approve of health education classes teaching children about sex or abstinence while only 21 percent of Americans…
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