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Science Uncovers Clues About Male and Female Dysfunction

Clues About Sexual Dysfunction

Buproprion ... Least Likely to Depress Sexual Function?

Among six new-generation antidepressants — bupropion (Wellbutrin), citalopram (Celexa), fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem), paroxetine (Paxil), sertraline (Zoloft) and venlafaxine (Effexor) — sexual dysfunction was least common in women taking bupropion, according to a study reported in late 2003 at a meeting of the North American Menopause Society. More than 95 percent of women taking one of the six new antidepressants experienced at least one type of sexual dysfunction, with most reporting trouble in the arousal and desire phases.

Jellyfish ... Cure for Impotence?

An Australian researcher says toxins from the potentially deadly Irukandji jellyfish cause prolonged erections in male stinging victims. The toxins, which can cause excruciating pain, paralysis and a potentially deadly blood pressure spike, are far from a point of being tamed for marketing as a sex enhancer, though.

Urinary Tract Trouble and Male Sex Dysfunction ... Common Cause?

A Mayo Clinic study suggests a link between lower urinary tract symptoms and sexual dysfunction in older men. The most common urinary tract symptoms associated with sexual dysfunction included urgency to urinate, weak urine stream, straining to start urination, and the need to get up many times each night. Researchers hope that the finding of a connection will lead to the development of medical treatments for both conditions.

Women With Genital Pain ... Sensitive to All Pain Stimuli?

Women who experience painful discomfort in the vulva, known as vulvodynia, may be especially sensitive to pain in general, according to researchers from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. The fact that women with vulvodynia also felt more pain from pressure applied to the shin, thumb and deltoid (shoulder muscle) supported this conclusion: Some women who suffer from pain during sex might benefit from treatments focusing on general pain control.

Women's Sexual Arousal ... Bisexual by Nature?

A mid-2003 Northwestern University study finds that women have a bisexual arousal pattern when watching erotica — heterosexual women were just as sexually aroused by watching female-only sex as by watching males. This is fundamentally different from men's patterns, researchers say, which track sexual orientation: Gay men are aroused by images of men, and heterosexual men by images of women.