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Painful Sex for Women: Causes and Treatments

Did you know that many women experience pain during sex? The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists estimates that three out of four women will have painful intercourse at some point during their lives. 

What causes the pain? There are many factors to consider, both physical and psychological. 

Our latest blog post provides an overview of the most common sources of female sexual pain, including hormonal changes, infections, certain gynecological conditions, stress, and anxiety. You'll also learn about coping strategies and treatment options.

Click here to learn more! 

Statins Don't Affect Men's Sexual Health, Study Says

A recent study published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine found that statins don't have any effects on men's sexual health. 

Statins are a type of medication often prescribed to lower cholesterol. They may also be used to reduce inflammation. 

Past research on statins and men's sexual function have had mixed results. Some studies showed a link between statins and low sex drive and erectile dysfunction (ED). Others suggested that using statins could help a man's erections.

For this study, the researchers analyzed data from a large group of patients - over 20,000 men. They specifically looked for connections between statin use and ED, enlarged prostate, infertility, testicular problems, and psychosexual dysfunction. But they found no associations. 

"The results of our study suggest that statins may not be beneficial for prevention of sexual dysfunction, nor do they increase the risk of such events,” they wrote. 

Find out more about their research here

Did You Know?

Men with erectile dysfunction might benefit from shockwave therapy. How does this treatment work? 

In a recent survey, 12% of married Americans hadn't had sex in the previous three months. Find out more about sexless marriages. 

Testosterone and Sexual Function in Older Men

Testosterone is an important hormone for men, young and old. 

Levels of testosterone drop as men get older, however. And it's hard to know whether sexual problems they might experience are linked more to this decline or to other aspects of aging.

Recently, a study of 788 men aged 65 years and older found that testosterone was, "to a small degree" associated with desire, erections, and sexual activity for these men.

The study was first published online in December in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Please click here for more information. 

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