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Suzi Godson writes a weekly sex and relationship column for The Times newspaper and is the editor of www.moresexdaily.com. Suzi is also the author of the award-winning The Sex Book (Cassell) which has been translated into fifteen languages. A selection of her best Times articles were published in the book ‘Sex Counsel’

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Ten Things You Need to Know Before You Get Your Hopes Up About a New Male Pill

(1) Comments | Posted 18 March 2016 | (23:00)

1. Work on the male pill began in the 1920's when scientists managed to control sperm production in rats by manipulating their pituitary glands.

2. In the 1950's, Dr. Marthe Voegeli discovered that soaking the testes in hot water at 116˚ F (46.7˚ C) once a day for three weeks...

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Ten Things You Need to Know Before You Presume That Your Teenager Would Report a Sexual Assault

(0) Comments | Posted 22 January 2016 | (23:00)

1. Macdowall, et al., (2013) surveyed 15,162 British men and women aged 16-74 years to estimate the incidence of non-volitional sex in the population. They found that one in five women and one in 20 men in Britain had experienced attempted sex against their will (Macdowall et al., 2013).

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10 Things You Need to Know Before You Misinterpret Hardened Attitudes to Infidelity

(3) Comments | Posted 12 January 2016 | (23:00)

1. Most committed couples are monogamous at the outset, but between 20-40% of heterosexual married men and 20-25% of heterosexual married women have an extramarital affair at some point in their life time (Tafoya & Spitzberg, 2007, Laumann et al., 1994).

2. Traditionally, men have reported engaging in sexual infidelity...

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Ten Things You Need to Know Before You Presume That Old People Don't Have Sex

(11) Comments | Posted 14 December 2015 | (23:00)

1. In the past, most surveys of sexual behavior had an upper age limit of sixty because it was presumed that older people were no longer sexually active. In 2015, this oversight was properly addressed with the publication of Dr. David Lee's paper Sexual Health And Wellbeing Among Older Men...

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Ten Things You Need to Know Before You Get Hung Up About Sexual Frequency

(0) Comments | Posted 24 November 2015 | (23:00)

1. Several psychology studies have documented a positive association between sexual frequency and romantic relationship satisfaction. Having more frequent sex is also associated with greater overall well-being. (Cheng and Smyth, 2015; Laumann, Gagnon, Michael, and Michaels, 1994, Byers, 2005, Blanchflower and Oswald, 2004).

2. Human beings enjoy having sex....

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10 Things You Need to Know Before You Become a Sperm Donor

(2) Comments | Posted 8 November 2015 | (23:00)

1. In August, there was a predictable media hoo-ha when Laura Witjens, chief executive of The National Sperm Bank admitted that since opening their doors eleven months earlier, just nine men had registered as sperm donors.

2. To be fair, although just nine men registered, many more probably tried...

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Ten Things You Need To know Before You Download 'Anal Heterosex Among Young People And Implications For Health Promotion: A Qualitative Study In The UK'.

(3) Comments | Posted 30 October 2015 | (23:00)

1. In July 2014, The British Medical Journal published Dr Cicely Marston's academic paper 'Anal Heterosex Among Young People And Implications For Health Promotion: A Qualitative Study In The UK'.

2. Marston, who is based at the Faculty of Public Health and Policy, at the London School...

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10 Things You Need to Know Before the Government Cuts Sexual Health Services

(0) Comments | Posted 23 October 2015 | (00:00)

1. In June the government announced a £200million pound cut to the health budget. The cuts were apparently based on projected local authority underspends, so they were not supposed to affect frontline services.

2. Really? How come the Central and North West London (CNWL) NHS Foundation Trust is now trying...

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Ten Things You Need To Know Before You Watch 'Girls to Men'

(4) Comments | Posted 10 October 2015 | (11:49)

1. On Tuesday 13 October at 10pm, everyone will be watching Girls to Men, Channel 4's much publicised documentary about three young people who were assigned a female gender at birth, but who have always believed that they were born in the wrong body.

2. One of the participants...

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10 Things You Need to Know Before You Let Endometriosis Spoil Your Sex Life

(3) Comments | Posted 2 October 2015 | (00:00)

1. Endometriosis is a chronic and often progressive condition, which occurs when tissue similar to the lining of the womb begins to grow on the ovaries, the lining of the pelvis, behind the uterus, over the top of the vagina and on the bladder and bowel. No one knows exactly...

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Ten Things You Need To Know Before You Get Old

(5) Comments | Posted 9 September 2015 | (00:00)

For the past year I have been conducting research into the male experience of marriage and family; events which are more usually considered from a female perspective. Throughout August, BBC radio 4 Woman's Hour broadcast a series of my interviews with men aged from 20 to 85. The first week...

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10 Things You Need to Know Before You Dismiss The Institution of Marriage

(0) Comments | Posted 27 August 2015 | (00:00)

For the past year I have been conducting research into the male experience of marriage and family; events which are more usually considered from a female perspective. On Monday the 3rd of August, BBC radio 4 Woman's Hour began broadcasting my interviews with men which will continue through the month....

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10 Things You Need to Know Before You Become a Father

(2) Comments | Posted 17 August 2015 | (00:00)

For the past year I have been conducting research into the male experience of marriage and family; events which are more usually considered from a female perspective. Throughout this month, BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour is broadcasting my interviews with men aged from twenty to eighty. The first week focussed...

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Ten Things You Need to Know Before You Presume That the Kids Will Be All Right

(2) Comments | Posted 1 August 2015 | (00:00)

For the past year I have been conducting research into the male experience of marriage and family. On Monday the 3rd of August, the first of my interviews with men will be broadcast as part of BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour and the series will continue throughout the month. The...

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Ten Things You Need To Know Before You Sign Up To MyFreeImplants

(0) Comments | Posted 27 July 2015 | (00:00)

1. MyFreeImplants (MFI) is the largest cosmetic surgery financing website in the world. Women sign up to the website, post a set of photos and a 'beg' bio explaining why they desperately need cosmetic enhancement and sympathetic benefactors, who are 95% male, donate money to help them achieve their goal....

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Ten Things You Need to Know Before You Get Pregnant if You Have Diabetes

(0) Comments | Posted 11 July 2015 | (00:00)

1. Pregnancy can be a challenge for any woman, but for women suffering from diabetes, it presents a very particular set of problems. There are two different forms of diabetes; Type 1, which is relatively rare, and Type 2 which accounts for 90% of all diabetes. Both forms of diabetes...

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Ten Things You Need to Know Before You Have Pizza Rather Than Sex

(4) Comments | Posted 25 June 2015 | (00:00)

1. Marriage is associated with numerous health benefits, but it has one big downside. It makes us fat (Meltzer, 2013, Eng, Kawachi et al., 2005; Jeffery & Rick, 2002).

2. The Mating Market Model explains the phenomenon; prior to marriage, weight maintenance is motivated primarily by the desire to attract...

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Ten Things You Need to Know Before Flibanserin Gets FDA Approval on 18 August

(1) Comments | Posted 15 June 2015 | (17:15)

1. There are 26 approved drugs licensed to treat various sexual dysfunctions for men.

2. There are, as yet, ZERO approved drugs to treat female sexual dysfunction.

3. Hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) is the most common form of sexual dysfunction in women. It affects one in ten women and...

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Ten Things You Need to Know Before You Make Females Bear the Brunt of Male Infertility

(1) Comments | Posted 13 May 2015 | (00:00)

1. Professor Chris Barratt, who is head of the reproductive medicine group at the University of Dundee and one of the world's foremost experts on male infertility estimates that infertility affects one in seven couples, and in around 50 per cent of those cases the problem lies with the male.

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Ten Things You Need to Know Before You Blame Your Partner For A HPV Diagnosis in Mid-Life

(1) Comments | Posted 4 May 2015 | (14:00)

1. HPV (human papilloma virus) is contracted by more than 75% of sexually active women and men at some stage during their life.

2. Most people never experience any symptoms, but as carriers, they unknowingly pass the virus on to their unsuspecting sexual partners.

3. Often,...

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