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Studies Show Senior Women Still Have It 1

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A study of 2,000 U.S. women ages 45-80 found 60 percent had been sexually active in the previous three months, researchers said. The study, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, also found 43 percent of the women reported at least moderate sexual desire, challenging conventional wisdom that women lose interest in sex due to their own physical problems. Researchers at the University of California-San Francisco said half of all sexually active participants described their overall sexual satisfaction as moderate to high. More than one-quarter of women age 65 years or older remained moderately or highly interested in sex, and more than one-third of women in this age group had been sexually active in the past three months. Read the full article at: NewsRadio A Canadian survey found similar results: "The boomer generation is embracing its golden years with a bang. In a recent survey of about 500 Canadians over the age of 50, close to half said they are satisfied with their sex lives. To be more graphic: 41 per cent said they are "sexually adventurous," 40 per cent said they consider themselves "frisky," and 16 per cent described themselves as "ferocious" in bed. "Ferocious? I guess you can define that as being very energetic – I don't know if it means hanging off the chandeliers," says Dr. David McKenzie, a Vancouver-based relationship therapist and sexologist who was flown to Toronto by the drug company that sponsored the survey to answer media questions. The survey's findings weren't a surprise to Ruthy Mueller. She owns Happy Hedonist, a swingers club in Mississauga, with her husband David. "We have people of all ages," she says of the club's weekend gatherings of over 100 people. "We get people in their 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s." Read the full article at
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Study Shows Love Not Enough to Hold Marriage Together 3

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Living happily ever after needn't only be for fairy tales. Australian researchers have identified what it takes to keep a couple together, and it's a lot more than just being in love. A couple's age, previous relationships and even whether they smoke or not are factors that influence whether their marriage is going to last, according to a study by researchers from the Australian National University. The study, entitled "What's Love Got to Do With It", tracked nearly 2,500 couples -- married or living together -- from 2001 to 2007 to identify factors associated with those who remained together compared with those who divorced or separated. It found that a husband who is nine or more years older than his wife is twice as likely to get divorced, as are husbands who get married before they turn 25. Children also influence the longevity of a marriage or relationship, with one-fifth of couples who have kids before marriage -- either from a previous relationship or in the same relationship -- having separated compared to just nine percent of couples without children born before marriage. Women who want children much more than their partners are also more likely to get a divorce. Read the full article at In love? It's not enough to keep a marriage, study finds
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Sexuality and Spirit in the News, November 20 0

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Image via Wikipedia"]Hoverfly on flower[/caption] Getting back to basics can be helpful for some couples and sometimes looking at our animal friends and their habits can offer some insight on what we should or should not be doing in the bedroom. Check out Of mice and men: 10 sex lessons from the wild for some cute insight as to how animal studies can relate to people. In other news, some college students, sick of the hook up culture, are looking for something more meaningful and powerful than than casual sex but are still not interested in abstinence, which to many frustrated students, seems like the only two options, unfortunately. The prevalent hook up culture on most (if not all) college campuses is a sad indication of our overall detached attitudes towards our bodies and spirits and the movement seeking something different is exciting. In Sex and the Soul: Juggling Sexuality, Spirituality, Romance, and Religion on America's College Campuses, a new book by Donna Freitas, a college student at St. Michael's college, Donna explores the movement at both her college and other colleges nationwide. The Salt Lake Tribune has a great article about Donna's project and the new revolution on college campuses toward meaningful relationships. From the article" "Students at the small Catholic school in Vermont told Freitas they were tired of alcohol-fueled casual sex and theme parties where young men and women role play "CEOs and Office Hos." These norms were destructive, they said, but they felt powerless to resist. They yearned for real romance that would include talking or a walk in the woods. They weren't interested in abstinence but wanted more meaning in their sexual experiences. They decided to start a campuswide conversation about sex to see if they were alone in these frustrations. It was an immediate success."Salt Lake Tribune
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Skip the Viagra, Try Watermelon Instead 14

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Image via Wikipedia"]viagra is a commercial produced medicine conta...[/caption] If Viagra sales and email spam are any indication, male libido is big business. For men with an interest in the benefits of Viagra, but without the harmful side effects, there is of course a natural solution. According to a recent study, eating watermelon will have the same basic effects as taking Viagra but watermelon provides additional health benefits rather than dangerous side effects. The citruline in watermelon is responsible for its Viagra-like effects, because the citruline is converted in the body to is changed into arginine, an amino acid that benefits the heart and the circulatory and immune systems. Your blood vessels will subsequently be relaxed by as the arginine boosts your nitric oxide levels. Increased nitric oxide levels will also help with angina, high blood pressure and cardiovascular problems. The highest concentrations of citruline are found in the rind and if you only eat the delicious watermelon flesh, you will need about six slices to replicate the effects of one Viagra pill. If watermelon rind doesn't sound good to you, try an arginine supplement. Learn more at and
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Multiple Factors Responsible For Sexual Orientation 1

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Image via Wikipedia"]English: Gender symbols, sexual orientation: h...[/caption] A new study by British and Swedish researchers found that a number of factors are responsible for sexual orientation in both men and women. The results of the study refute the myth of single "gay gene" causing homosexuality. As it turns out, both homosexual and heterosexual behavior is influenced by a variety of genetic and environmental factors. Shared or family factors, genetic factors and environmental factors, such as hormone exposure while in the womb were considered in the study . Worth noting, is that the family, or shared environment had an impact in sexual orientation of about 16% of the women, but zero impact on the men studied. Read the full results of the study at
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