By: Terry Graedon September 10, 2017 4 Comments
    Mint Tea Lowers Her Sex Drive to Match His

    What can a woman do when her sex drive is more powerful than her partner's? We have heard from innumerable women with this problem. Sex and desire are still sufficiently taboo topics that there are ve…

    By: Joe Graedon June 26, 2017 5 Comments
    Dutasteride (Avodart) Sexual Side Effects Can Be…

    Avodart was approved by the FDA in 2001 to treat symptoms of an enlarged prostate gland. Dutasteride (the generic name) inhibits an enzyme called 5 alpha reductase (5AR). This reduces the conversion o…

    By: Joe Graedon March 16, 2017 9 Comments
    Will Drugs for Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (BPH)…

    Millions of men are discovering that an enlarged prostate gland is negatively affecting the quality of their lives. But two popular prescription drugs designed to treat benign prostate hyperplasia (BP…

    By: Terry Graedon October 27, 2016 6 Comments
    What Is the Trouble with Too Much Testosterone?

    The FDA has just issued a stronger warning about the hazards of too much testosterone. The previous warning from January, 2014, told men that taking testosterone could put them at risk for heart attac…

    By: Joe Graedon September 26, 2016 1 Comments
    Sex Problems Result from Tamsulosin for Urinatio…

    When the prostate gland gets big, it can make it harder to urinate. Men with benign prostate hypertrophy (BPH) often complain that they have to get up three or four times a night to pee. Medications …

    By: Joe Graedon September 26, 2016 5 Comments
    Prescription for Licorice Pills Was Almost Letha…

    When most people think of licorice (or liquorice in the UK), they imagine candy such as licorice twists, Panda All Natural Soft Licorice, Twizzlers, Good & Plenty or Dutch Licorice Cats. But licor…

    By: Terry Graedon September 22, 2016 4 Comments
    How to Improve Men’s Sex Drive Without Dru…

    Italian researchers have found a way to improve male libido without drugs. Although popular stereotypes have pegged low libido primarily on women, many men also suffer from this problem. These scienti…

    By: Joe Graedon July 4, 2016 7 Comments
    Testosterone Side Effects: How Scary Are They?

    Treatment with the male hormone testosterone has been highly controversial for years. The FDA makes it clear that testosterone side effects are worrisome and physicians should NOT prescribe the hormo…

    By: Joe Graedon March 3, 2016 5 Comments
    Is Flibanserin, the Female Sex Pill, A Big Fizzl…

    An article published in JAMA Internal Medicine this week reports that the new female libido-enhancing drug flibanserin (Addyi) led to "one-half of an additional sexually satisfying encounter per month…

    By: Joe Graedon February 28, 2016 17 Comments
    What Are the Pros and Cons of Testosterone Thera…

    Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) has been one of the most controversial and contentious treatments in medicine for decades. Now, TRT (testosterone replacement therapy) is following a similar trajecto…

    By: Joe Graedon February 18, 2016 17 Comments
    Will Testosterone Turbocharge Your Sex Drive and…

    A new federally-funded study about testosterone therapy published in the New England Journal of Medicine has created quite a stir. It seems that when testosterone gel (AndroGel) was given to men over …

    By: Joe Graedon October 12, 2015 17 Comments
    Husband Seeking Ways to Lower Wife’s Libid…

    Q. I am a male and I feel horrible that I can't match my wife's libido any more. We are both in our 30s, and my sex drive has decreased over time while her libido has drastically increased. I've been …

    By: Joe Graedon September 14, 2015 3 Comments
    Anti-Anxiety Drug Causes Problems in the Bedroom

    There are so many things that can interfere with a satisfying sex life that it sometimes amazes us. Many of these problems do have solutions, though, including one of the most common: an incompatibili…

    By: Joe Graedon August 24, 2015 7 Comments
    Is It Safe to Use Testosterone to Boost Sex Driv…

    When most people think about differences in sex drive between men and women, they automatically assume that men want sex a lot more than women. That is not always true. We have received an amazing num…

    By: Joe Graedon August 20, 2015 14 Comments
    The Inside Story on the Female Sex Pill Flibanse…

    There has been a great deal of excitement about the FDA's announcement that it has finally approved Addyi for women with low sex drive. Not surprisingly, this is the hot health story this week and the…

    By: Joe Graedon June 15, 2015 5 Comments
    Sex Pill for Women Cracks Medical Taboo

    The topic of women's sexuality has been taboo for centuries. Both men and women are often uncomfortable discussing female libido. Men's sexuality, on the other hand, has received a lot of attention. P…

    By: Joe Graedon June 4, 2015 5 Comments
    FDA Panel Votes to Approve Flibanserin, the Firs…

    The third try was the charm. In two previous presentations to the Food and Drug Administration the makers of flibanserin (Addyi) failed to pass muster. But on Thursday afternoon, June 4, 2015, a pane…

    By: Joe Graedon March 16, 2015 16 Comments
    Statins Sap Sex Drive and Lower Testosterone

    As visitors to this website know, statin-type cholesterol-lowering medicines remain among the most popular drugs in the pharmacy. Many cardiologists maintain that such medications are extremely safe, …

    By: Terry Graedon February 17, 2014 29 Comments
    How Long Do Drug Side Effects Last? For Some, Pe…

    When most physicians prescribe medications, they may not realize they could be in danger of violating the Hippocratic principle to first do no harm. That's because virtually every drug has the potenti…

    By: Terry Graedon February 13, 2014 3 Comments
    Will Drug for Boosting Women’s Libido Pass…

    An experimental drug for low libido in women may yet find a way to earn FDA approval. Flibanserin failed to receive a green light last year because the agency determined that the drug's effects were t…

    By: Joe Graedon October 17, 2013 320 Comments
    What Can A Woman Do To Kill Her Sex Drive?

    This article was written several years ago in response to a question from a visitor to this web site. Since that time we have received over 300 comments from other visitors to this page. Many are hear…

    By: Terry Graedon March 5, 2012 1 Comments
    Advice on Lowering Libido Raises Ire

    Q. I am incensed about your response to the woman who wrote asking about differences in libido. She reported they only have sex three times a month "if she is lucky." Her partner's excuse was stress f…

    By: Joe Graedon March 1, 2012 2 Comments
    Can DHEA Turbo-Charge Sex Life?

    Q. Is DHEA a safe way to increase testosterone and improve libido? My wife and I take good care of ourselves, but we do have some health problems that require medications. Our sex life has suffered ov…

    By: Terry Graedon February 1, 2012 6 Comments
    Older Women Are Still Interested in Sexual Satis…

    People often assume that older people are not interested in sex. A new survey from Southern California suggests that is not true. 800 women between the ages 40 and 82 answered questions about their se…

    By: Joe Graedon June 23, 2011 41 Comments
    Widows Disagree On Coping With Sexual Urges

    Sex sure gets people excited. They fuss and fret about every aspect of this human behavior. Frequently readers of this column agonize over lack of sexual desire or inability to perform or enjoy the ex…

    By: Terry Graedon October 14, 2010 3 Comments
    Drug Fails to Boost Female Libido

    A medication that supposed to boost women's libido has flamed out. Flibanserin was hyped as the female Viagra because it was expected to improve sexual arousal. Researchers initially thought this comp…

    By: Terry Graedon June 14, 2010 185 Comments
    Women Who Want Sex More than Men

    There's a popular stereotype that guys have only one thing on their minds. SEX! The implication is that women have to fend men off and that they are much less interested in making love. Based on our u…

    By: Joe Graedon March 25, 2010 4 Comments
    What Women Can Do for Sexual Dissatisfaction

    Dr. Anita Clayton is one of the country's leading experts on female sexuality. We talked with her recently about hypoactive sexual desire disorder, or low libido. She discussed the use of bupropion an…

    By: Terry Graedon March 3, 2010 1 Comments
    Bupropion Helpful Against Low Sex Drive

    Women with low libido may find that it contributes to relationship problems. There is new data to suggest that one particular antidepressant might help improve hypoactive sexual desire disorder. While…

    By: Joe Graedon November 19, 2009 1 Comments
    New Pill May Restore Female Sex Drive

    An experimental drug called flibanserin may offer hope for women with a flagging sex drive. Women who took the pill at bedtime for six months experienced a significant boost in libido and had 22 perce…

    By: Terry Graedon September 28, 2009 7 Comments
    Sexless Marriage Makes Him Desperate

    Q. I am one of those old-fashioned men who was brought up believing sex was for after you got married. I never thought about the possibility my wife would have no sex drive at all. After 21 years of l…

    By: Joe Graedon January 12, 2008 3 Comments
    Testosterone To Boost Libido In Women?

    Q. What do you know about compounded testosterone cream? I am a 64-year-old woman with a very low libido. A friend of a friend uses this cream before sex, applying it to the inner thighs. She has grea…

    By: Joe Graedon September 10, 2007 257 Comments
    Seeking Ways To Suppress Sex Drive

    Check your email and chances are you will find spam. Even with a filter to block out unwanted messages, some junk slips through. These ads frequently offer to enhance your sex life. But what if you do…

    By: Terry Graedon May 13, 2007 9 Comments
    Sex Drive Differences Divide Couples

    Ask a sex therapist about the most common complaint couples have and it is likely to be mismatched sex drives. In other words, one partner desires sex more frequently than the other.In a recent column…

    By: Joe Graedon March 5, 2007 0 Comments
    Sex Under Siege In America

    Americans are confused about sex. Many of the first colonists were Puritans and a strong puritanical streak still runs through our culture. Although our sitcoms and soap operas rely on sex to keep vie…

    By: Joe Graedon April 11, 2005 0 Comments
    Not Enough Time For Sleep or Sex

    Americans are obsessed with sex. Racy innuendos sell everything from soap to cars. Now the ads are practically selling sex itself. Turn on the evening news and you are likely to see a commercial featu…

    By: Joe Graedon January 3, 2005 0 Comments
    FDA Has Double Standard On Testosterone

    SEX! From the beginning of human history sex has been a topic of compelling interest. And people can't seem to get enough. They have been trying to concoct aphrodisiacs for thousands of years. Truffle…

    By: Joe Graedon December 1, 2003 0 Comments
    Women Care About Sex Too

    For hundreds of years men suffered impotence in silence. The very word implied weakness, so it's no wonder the topic was taboo. Then Viagra brought a new terminology. Bob Dole introduced "erectile dys…

    By: Joe Graedon August 11, 2003 0 Comments
    Is Sex Becoming Extinct In America?

    For millions of married Americans, sex has nearly disappeared. Hectic lifestyles and pressures from work and parenting are the enemies of romance and intimacy. Some experts estimate that as many as on…