In some cases, testosterone-lowering medications may be considered for individuals who have committed sexual offenses in order to reduce their sex drive and the likelihood of them repeating the offense. Pharmacological interventions vary depending on the severity of the offense and the risk of reoffending, but some examples of medications used to reduce sex drive are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), cyproterone acetate (CPA), and gonadotropin-releasing-hormone (GnRH)-agonists. For very severe cases, GnRH-agonists may be used in combination with CPA.
The experience of female orgasm is still somewhat poorly understood and described in medical literature. While several studies have examined orgasm occurrence, frequency, and/or dysfunction in women, few have explored the physical and psychological sensations associated with the experience.
Pregnancy, childbirth, and becoming a mother can all have an effect on a woman’s sexual function. Breastfeeding may also impact a woman’s sex life. While past studies have shown conflicting results on whether breastfeeding has an overall positive or negative effect on one’s sex life, the following are some of the ways in which it may have an impact.
For women who are going through or are survivors of breast or gynecological cancer, sexual dysfunction can be a very unwelcome side effect. Common sexual health complaints for women after cancer treatment are vaginal dryness, low sexual desire, and pain during sexual intercourse (dyspareunia). Cancer and its treatments can also give rise to concerns about a partner’s sexual satisfaction and feelings of low self-esteem.
Many people occasionally view pornography to enhance a masturbation experience or a partnered sexual interaction. For the most part, studies have indicated that recreational pornography use is not associated with any form of sexual dysfunction or sexual difficulties.
Menopause is the point in a woman’s life when she permanently stops having her period. Specifically, it occurs 12 months after a woman’s last period, but most women go through a transition called perimenopause that lasts several years.
The BDSM (bondage-discipline, dominance-submission, and/or sadism-masochism) community has often faced stigma for their sexual preferences. In fact, past and present medical literature has described BDSM (or kink) as “bizarre,” “unusual,” and even indicative of a mental disorder or dysfunction.
Peyronie’s disease is a medical condition in which scarring develops on the penis, causing it to bend or curve during erections. It occurs in two phases: the acute phase and the chronic phase. These two phases have distinct characteristics and should be handled differently, so it is important to know how to tell one from the other.
Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, have become an increasingly popular method of consuming nicotine in recent years, especially among young adults. Designed to look similar to actual cigarettes, e-cigarettes are electronic devices that hold a solution containing nicotine and other flavored ingredients. This solution is turned into vapor when people activate the device and inhale, which is why the practice is known as “vaping.”