Sexual Health

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Herb Sex Boosters

Deep in the Amazon rain forest, you can find two legendary plants -- catuaba and muirapuama. Are they really effective sex enhancers, or is that just a myth?

Horny Goat Weed: More Than Just a Name

Behind the funny name of horny goat weed stands a time-tested aphrodisiac that increases libido in men and women, and improves erectile function in men.

Maca: Peru's Natural Viagra

Peruvian maca root is a legendary sex-enhancing root passed down from the Inca. Does it really work like a natural Viagra?

Hot Sex: When Your Partner is Hot and You're Not

What should you do when your partner is hot and you're not? Learn how it can affect your relationship when your partner is hot and you're not.

Sexual Dysfunctions and Sexual Performance

Many men and women find that aging and the stress of modern living can result in a weakened libido or physical problems with sexual performance. Aphrodisiacs may not work, but modern pharmaceuticals may offer relief.

Teens, Sex and STDs

Are you ready for sex? Deciding when to engage or not engage in sexual relations is one of the most important decisions a person, of any age, can make.

Tantric Sex

What is the definition of tantric sex? Learn how tantric sex can rejuvenate lovemaking and enhance your sexual experience.

Passion and Sex: A Sacred Space

How can passion and sex be enhanced with a sacred space? Learn to create a sacred space for lovemaking to increase passion and sexual pleasure.

Erection Self-test

What is an erection self-test? Learn more about who is a candidate, how it is performed and what the result mean in this article.

Men's Sexual Health Questions Answered

Sexual health is just as important as mental and physical health. Get answers to all of your sexual health questions with the help of this article.

Erectile Dysfunction

Do you know what causes male erectile dysfunction? Learn more about the signs, causes and risks associated with this ailment.

The Little Blue Pill ... Plus Other Impotence Options

What options are available to a man that suffers from impotence? Take a look at what we have gathered for you here on medications and other options for treating impotence in males.

Has your sex drive pulled a disappearing act?

If your sex drive has taken a turn for the worse, consider asking your health professional these questions to determine the possible causes and treatments for your reduced sex drive.

Making Love Again: When a Medical Problem Imperils Your Sexual Life

How do you make love again when a medical problem imperils your sex life? Keith and Virginia recount the story of their fight to regain physical intimacy after Keith chose to undergo radical prostatectomy.

Science Uncovers Clues About Male and Female Dysfunction

The future of sex is fabulous, if the great strides made in sex research during just the past year are any indication. Here's a sampling of recently discovered scientific clues about men's and women's sexual function and dysfunction.

Self-test for Diagnosing Erectile Dysfunction

Men, if you have problems getting an erection, it may be a psychological problem. A good way to pin down the reason is to take a simple at-home test that involves the use of four to six postage stamps.

Sexual Desire Skin Patch Looks Promising

There are several products undergoing development and testing that are intended to promote sexual health in men and women. Learn about which products are showing promise in combating the effects of impotence.

Are you suffering from sexual dysfunction?

Many men and women experience sexual dysfunction as they get older, but seeking treatment can often result in the revival of your libido. Learn about treatment options for sexual dysfunction.

Are Supplements the Solution for a Sex Life Gone South?

Many people turn to herbal remedies before seeking out prescription drugs to help with sexual dysfunction. But make sure that you consider the risks of these herbal alternatives in addition to their benefits.

10 Little-Known Sexual Dysfunction Facts

These ten little-known sexual dysfunction facts may surprise you. Learn the truth about sexual dysfunction with these tidbits of information.

How Menstruation Works

The menstrual cycle is the female reproductive cycle that makes eggs available for fertilization. Learn about the different phases of menstruation.