We Still Don't Know Why Men Find Ovulating Women More Attractive

Are you in a public place? Look around. Can you tell whether any of the women you see are ovulating, just by looking at them? Neither can anybody else. But several small studies have suggested that men nevertheless find women’s faces more attractive when they’re most fertile. No one knows what signals the men are… » 7/01/15 7:00pm Wednesday 7:00pm

Why Birth Control Dispensers Look the Way They Do

The first working model of the now-iconic birth control pill dispenser is in the Smithsonian’s history collection. It’s built out of clear plastic, paper, and double-sided tape, held together by a snap from a child’s toy, with slices of wooden dowel standing in for pills. It was created to solve a vexing problem. » 7/01/15 3:00pm Wednesday 3:00pm

Here's How That New Sex Pill for Women Actually Works

Sometime in the next two months, the FDA will vote on whether to approve flibanserin, a new drug to treat women with hypoactive sexual desire disorder, or lack of desire for sex. The drug has been touted as “female Viagra,” in the sense that it helps bring sex back into these women’s lives. But flibanserin doesn’t… » 6/30/15 1:17pm Tuesday 1:17pm

The Beautiful Buffoonery of Craigslist Personal Ads

Let’s say you’re a straight woman who just moved to New York. You’d like to meet a guy, but your friend circle is too small for set you up; you hate the bar scene; and you can’t seem to get a match on Tinder. In your dark night of the soul, searching for any connection at all, you turn to the Craigslist personals.… » 6/22/15 6:30pm 6/22/15 6:30pm

This Book Got The Author Sentenced to Three Months Hard Labor

Charles Knowlton didn’t think much of the laws of Massachusetts, at least when they interfered with his medical practice. By the time he opened a practice in the town of Ashfield, he had already been arrested in Amherst, MA for selling “infidel” books and had spent two months in the Worcester County Jail for grave… » 6/19/15 9:33am 6/19/15 9:33am

The World's First Vibrator for Guys Isn't just a Marketing Gimmick

The Hot Octopuss Pulse II is billed as the world’s first “guybrator”, and claims to be fun to use flaccid or erect. I have to admit that I was exceedingly skeptical when I first heard about this product, but my trusted male reviewer helped me realize that this could be a very fun purchase for some guys. » 6/17/15 6:45pm 6/17/15 6:45pm

There's Better Birth Control Out There. Why Don't Women Hear About It?

Teen birthrates are at an all-time low, but unintended pregnancies among young women are still a serious problem that disproportionately affects low-income families. A new study in The Lancet suggests that more training for healthcare providers could improve contraceptive use for these women. » 6/17/15 6:25pm 6/17/15 6:25pm

Why This Adorable Squid Cuddles For Hours After Sex

Southern dumpling squids (Euprymna tasmanica) are natives of shallow, sandy Australian sea beds, and their small, squat bodies and huge eyes combine to make them one of the most frickin-adorable animals on the planet. They spend their days hiding under the sand, but at night they’re tenacious lovers.
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The Female "Sex Pill" Is Here -- But Is It Worth the Risks?

Earlier this month, an FDA advisory committee voted to recommend the approval of flibanserin, Sprout Pharmaceutical’s drug for women with persistently low sexual desire. The drug has a number of vocal critics, who believe that its side effects, relative to its modest effect, could be harmful for women. » 6/15/15 3:22pm 6/15/15 3:22pm

Two Sex Tracking Wearables That Might Actually Make It to Market

Given the explosion of sex advice and tracking apps for smartphones and the popularity of wearable fitness trackers, it was only a matter of time before they were combined into devices for more intimate activities. Perhaps it’s an idea whose time has come: two companies have announced plans to release “sex trackers”. » 6/12/15 7:50pm 6/12/15 7:50pm

In Mice, A Hormonal Switch Turns Off The Smell of Sex

Imagine that you could only smell food when you were hungry. Walk into a bakery after a full meal, and the tempting smells of chocolate, caramelized sugar, and baking dough would be absent. Your nose would only turn those smells back on after your stomach emptied. It’d be great for your diet. Now imagine that for sex. » 6/10/15 2:41pm 6/10/15 2:41pm