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For Teens: Are You Ready?

Teens, are you ready to start having sex? How can you be sure? These are questions we've all grappled with and, unfortunately, there are no easy answers.

There are many angles to consider. Why do you want to have sex? Do you know how sex "works"? Can you talk to your partner openly and honestly about it?  Are you mature enough to handle a pregnancy or infection, if they happen? Can you talk to a trusted adult?

In our latest blog post, written specifically for teens, we look at these questions in more detail. We also suggest some topics that teens and their partners can discuss together as they make this big decision.

Click here to learn more! 

Nerve-Sparing Surgery May Have Better Sexual Outcomes for Women With Cervical Cancer

Surgical treatment for cervical cancer often involves a radical hysterectomy - removal of the uterus, cervix, and a small portion of the vagina.

It's common for women to develop sexual problems after this surgery. But Italian scientists have found that a nerve-sparing, laparoscopic approach might have better results for sexual health. 

During conventional surgeries, some of the nerves may be removed along with the targeted tissues. Nerve-sparing techniques aim to keep as many nerves as possible in the body.

The scientists analyzed data from 40 women having surgery for cervical cancer. Half of the women had traditional laparoscopic radical hysterectomy and the other underwent nerve- sparing procedures. 

While all of the women had some sexual issues after surgery, the women who had had nerve-sparing surgery had better scores on a questionnaire designed to assess women's sexual function. 

The researchers said that their results were preliminary and that more research was still needed. 

The study was published last fall in The Journal of Sexual Medicine. Please click here for more details. 

Did You Know?

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is considering new draft recommendations on circumcision. What might this mean for patients and parents? 

Scientists have found that HPV vaccination doesn't lead teenage girls to have unsafe sex. More info. 

Past Experiences With Women Could Affect Men's Sexual Health

What does a man's past relationship with his mother have to do with his adult sex life? And how might the age at which he first fell in love influence his performance in the bedroom?

A pair of Czech researchers looked at these questions in light of erectile dysfunction (ED) and premature ejaculation (PE)

Their study involved 960 Czech men between the ages of 15 and 88 years. Their average age was 43.  

The men completed questionnaires about ED and PE. They also provided information about their early relationships with their mothers and the ages they first fell in love. 

The researchers discovered that men with ED were more likely to also have PE. They also found a link between poor relationships with mothers and first falling in love at an older age. 

Men who fell in love later tended to have more sexual issues. 

Please click here to learn more about this research, including the scientists' thoughts on the results. 

The study appeared in The Journal of Sexual Medicine last November. 

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