sex meds

  1. Sex is safe for heart patients

    Just because you're a heart patient doesn't mean you have to miss out on some Valentine's Day romance.

    Sure, you might need to skip the bonbons -- not that you should be eating candy anyway, even if you're not a heart patient -- and your doctor might have a long list of other "don'ts" you need to follow.

    But there's still one "do" you can do: If you can climb a flight of stairs without suffering chest pain or a bout of gasping, you can have sex -- even if you had a heart attack just last week, according to the latest advice from the American Heart Association.

    AHA doctors say sex is only a very tiny risk factor for a heart attack -- and that risk is the same regardless of whether or not you've already suffered one.

    That being the case, I can't think of a better way to help yourself recover from a heart attack -- because sex itself is actually one of the best ways to boost your ticker in the first place.

    One recent study found that men who have sex at least twice a week are 50 percent less likely to suffer a fatal heart attack than men who do it less than once a month.

    Regular sex can also cut the risk of prostate cancer -- and sex in general, for men and women alike, can lower levels of stress, boost general well-being and may even help you to live longer.

    Of course, the AHA gets a lot wrong -- carb-heavy, low-fat diet, anyone? -- so naturally, they've managed to botch this one too.

    Instead of just telling men it's OK to have sex after a heart attack and leaving it at that, they had to add that it's safe for them to try penis pills like Viagra, too (unless they take nitrates) -- despite the fact that there's nothing safe about sex meds.

    Along with links to heart problems, especially in heart patients, sex meds can rob you of both your vision and your hearing. They can also cause headaches, stomach problems and painful erections that won't go away without the help of an ER doc with a sharp instrument.

    If you're having problems down there, forget meds. Try losing weight first.

    Obesity causes testosterone to plunge and estrogen to rise -- a one-two punch right where it hurts most. In most cases, dropping those pounds will put you right back on your game, no meds necessary.

    More importantly, losing weight will also help boost your stamina -- so you'll actually have the energy you need to get moving in the bedroom again, too.

  2. The nondrug answers for female sex problems

    Ladies, let's talk about sex--because talking about it might do something all the failed sex meds in the world cannot: Make it better.

    In fact, researchers say they may have actually found the secret hidden in the results of one of those drug failures, and it's not about what drug you take... but how hard you try.

    First, a little history: After the runaway success of Viagra, the drug companies began testing erectile dysfunction meds on women to see if they'd have a similar effect.

    They didn't, of course, or we'd be watching some very different commercials right now.

    But recently, researchers noticed something very unusual when they went back and reviewed old data from a failed trial of Cialis in women: They found that a surprisingly large percentage of participants in the control group began having remarkably good sex.

    The participants in this group, 50 premenopausal women between the ages of 35 and 55, were given a placebo, but neither they nor their doctors knew it. They were also asked to have sex at least three times a month, and keep a journal about their efforts and the results.

    And 35 percent of them reported significant improvement in their sex lives during the 12-week study period.

    Those improvements stretched across every aspect of their sex lives--these women reported stronger desire, easier arousal, better lubrication and more orgasms... not to mention orgasms that were easier to attain.

    The researchers believe the placebo alone wasn't responsible for the sexual improvements, but the whole package: Talking about the problem with a doctor, making a concerted effort to have sex, keeping a journal about it and taking a pill that they believed would help.

    These are simple activities that anyone can try--just make sure that the doctor you talk to is an experienced naturopath, and not someone who might try to rope you into a dangerous off-label med or worse.

    After all, Big Pharma hasn't created a successful female sex med yet... but that won't stop them from trying.

    Their most recent attempt, flibanserin, was just rejected by the FDA. As I told you over the summer, the drug is really just a failed antidepressant that only boosted the number of sexual encounters by .8 per month over a placebo.

    And it came with some frightening side effects to boot-- including nausea, diarrhea, urinary infections, fatigue and headaches.

    So speak to a doctor, buy a good diary and pop those sugar pills instead.

    If it works for you, then keep at it--it's one of the only times I'll recommend sugar with a good conscience.

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