Seven Things Science Has Taught Us About Infidelity

Seven Things Science Has Taught Us About Infidelity

There is a massive body of scientific research on cheating and infidelity focused on how common it is, who does it, and why it occurs. A recent review paper on the subject, in press at the journal Current Opinion in Psychology, offers a glimpse into some of the more interesting findings that have emerged over the years. See below for a brief taste, but check out the full paper for more, along with a set of helpful suggestions for improving future research on this topic. 

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What You Need to Know About Flibanserin, The So-Called "Female Viagra"

What You Need to Know About Flibanserin, The So-Called "Female Viagra"

Flibanserin, a drug some of you probably know more commonly as "female Viagra" or "pink Viagra," has been in the news a lot lately. This is a drug that is widely misunderstood and very controversial, so let's take a moment to set the record straight on it. In the video below, Indiana University physician and health researcher Dr. Aaron Carroll explains what we do and do not know about Flibanserin. He starts by describing the differences between how Flibanserin and Viagra actually work, and explains why the media's common usage of the term "female/pink Viagra" is inaccurate and misleading. He then breaks down the data on the effectiveness of Flibanserin, it's side-effect profile, and what the FDA's recent vote on drug really means. Overall, this video offers an excellent look at what the science actually says about Flibanserin, without all of the media spin.

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Medicated Sex: How Many People Use Drugs To Enhance Their Sexual Performance?

Medicated Sex: How Many People Use Drugs To Enhance Their Sexual Performance?

Using drugs to enhance one’s libido or sexual performance is nothing new, but there are certainly more options today than ever before. This includes prescription drugs (e.g., Viagra for erectile dysfunction and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors for premature ejaculation), as well as recreational drugs (e.g., crystal meth for heightening arousal and amyl nitrate/“poppers” for enhancing the experience of anal sex). Surprisingly little research exists regarding the prevalence of “medicated sex,” not to mention who does it and the factors associated with it; however, a new study published in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections provides some revealing insight.

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A Painful Clitoral Erection That Last For Days? It Happens To Some Women

A Painful Clitoral Erection That Last For Days? It Happens To Some Women

If you have ever seen a commercial for Viagra or any other erectile dysfunction drug, you've probably heard the advertiser warn male users to seek medical attention if they develop an erection lasting longer than four hours. I know some of you are probably thinking that a four-hour hard-on sounds like a positive side effect, but it isn’t. An erection that won’t go away on its own is a serious medical condition known as priapism (on a side note, priapism derives its name from the Greek god Priapus, who was always depicted in paintings and sculptures as having a gigantic, permanently erect penis). Such erections are not caused by prolonged sexual stimulation; rather, they result from blood being trapped in the penis instead of circulating normally. This condition is often quite painful and, if let untreated, can be very dangerous. In fact, without proper bloodflow, blot clots can develop and the penile tissue can become damaged or even die, which can potentially result in a permanent case of erectile dysfunction. As it turns out, however, priapism isn’t a problem that is unique to men—in fact, some women have developed priapism of the clitoris.

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What Americans Did During Their Most Recent Sexual Event (Infographic)

How are Americans "getting busy" these days? Check out the infographic below to learn what a nationally representative sample of men and women reported doing during their most recent sexual experience. For additional findings from this study, read this story.
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Men Who Earn Less Money Than Their Wives Are More Likely To Use Viagra

Traditional gender roles dictate that men should be the primary breadwinners in heterosexual marriages. Throughout most of modern history, men have almost invariably brought home bigger paychecks than their wives; however, this has changed in recent years. In fact, more than one in five heterosexual married couples in the United States today features a wife who earns more than her husband.1 As a result, scientists have been wondering what, if any, psychological implications there might be for men who suddenly find themselves out-earned by their wives. A new study published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin argues that there may be sexual costs for such men.2 However, before you go making too much of the findings, you’ll want to take a closer look at the data.
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Have Scientists Really Found The Next Viagra?

There was a recent media frenzy about a new study suggesting that the hormone oxytocin may improve male sexual desire and functioning. Among some of the more provocative headlines I came across were “Oxytocin could be new Viagra” and “Forget Viagra, the 'Cuddle drug' could be the new way to boost performance in the bedroom.” These and numerous other headlines around the world made very bold claims about oxytocin’s ability to enhance men’s sexual abilities. But were they justified? A closer look at the research reveals yet another case of the media jumping the gun and making sensationalized claims that go far beyond the available science.
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Sex Question Friday: How Much Sex is Too Much? Is Female Ejaculation Real? And What Are the Health Risks of Viagra?

Sex Question Friday: How Much Sex is Too Much? Is Female Ejaculation Real? And What Are the Health Risks of Viagra?
Every Friday on the blog, I answer a few burning sex questions submitted to me by actual college students. This week, we’re going to talk about whether it’s possible to have too much sex (to the point where it damages your body), whether female ejaculation really exists, and why guys taking Viagra should be concerned if they experience an erection lasting more than four hours.
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