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How pharma weaseled its way into the bedroom and left us wanting

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Female sexual desire has always been suspended on a tricky societal tightrope. In the past, it was something to be repressed and undiscussed. Violate these norms — or just appear to — and the consequences were grim. Today, for many women, the pendulum has swung in the other direction: Wanting and having a lot of sex is frequently portrayed as an integral part of leading a healthy, balanced, modern life.


The real reason women should drink less than men

Woman holding a wine glass filled with red wine.
Woman holding a wine glass filled with red wine.
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It’s no surprise to anyone that drinking has increased dramatically as a result of the pandemic. As a pattern, drinking increases with any extreme stressor, and recent market research shows that alcohol sales went up by 55% during the pandemic’s peak.


An OB-GYN answers questions and explains best practices

After testing positive for Covid-19 earlier in the morning, Manuel Carchipulla cries as he sees his wife Diana Garcia Garcia hold her baby Danaey for the first time via FaceTime, at Mount Sinai South Nassau Hospital in Oceanside, New York on April 28, 2020. Photo: Newsday LLC/Getty Images

“Will they take my baby away if I have the coronavirus?


A New York ear, nose, and throat doctor on the prospect of hormone therapy

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As an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) doctor in private practice in Manhattan, I’ve been considering — as have other doctors and researchers — a way to fight Covid-19 that may have been sitting under our noses all along.


For health care workers, ‘the simple act of coming home from work is now a potential threat to our loved ones’

A photo of two healthcare workers wearing masks standing at a counter against a teal background.
A photo of two healthcare workers wearing masks standing at a counter against a teal background.
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I return home from the hospital and remove my clothing in the garage. I sprint to the shower in my underwear. I avoid touching anything in the house, including my wife and kids.


Physicians are learning to ask more questions about periods to get a better understanding of a person’s overall health

An illustration of a woman holding a glowing tear drop.
An illustration of a woman holding a glowing tear drop.
Illustration: Sophi Gullbrants

It happens monthly, for two up to seven days at a time. A woman will menstruate for about seven years during her lifetime, on average. And yet there are still plenty of unknowns and misunderstandings around the effect menstruation has on women’s health.


Women need to exercise for longer periods at a lower intensity in order to optimize fitness

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The typical clichés around exercise are that his idea of getting in shape is pumping iron, while she’d rather pull out the yoga mat. These are indeed stereotypes and there are plenty of women who rave about their latest triathlon and many men who are amazing yogis. However, there are real physiological differences between the sexes that may cause different responses to exercise.


Please go away and never come back

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Dear Hot Flashes,


Vaginal cannabis suppositories have grown in popularity, but their safety and efficacy are still up for debate

Suppositories containing CBD are seen on display in a shop in Paris. Photo: Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/AFP/Getty Images

Since 2010, Stepfanie Romine, 38, has suffered with intense monthly menstrual cramps. “My pelvis feels like it’s tightening and pulling down, and my entire body feels like it’s trying to contract,” she says. Like approximately 32% of women, Romine’s menstrual pain caused her to miss work. “I was tired of losing a day every month to cramps,” she says.


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60% of cancer survivors experience sexual dysfunction. Kristin Rojas breaks down taboos with a lot of determination and some lube.

The sun has set on Please, an “educated pleasure shop” in Brooklyn. Against a rainbow of vibrators and dozens of intriguing how-to and history books, Dr. Kristin Rojas is surveying the latest wares. There’s the Ohnut, a set of stretchy seafoam green rings designed to limit the depth of a penetrating partner, and a smartphone-connected Kegel device for coping with incontinence.

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