Sex and Relationships

Sex and Relationships : Burning Question
A mate's sperm can reportedly trigger chemical feelings of affection and closeness in women. 

Semen: Nature's antidepressant?

A controversial new study finds that women who regularly have unprotected sex are healthier, happier, and generally sleep better than women who don't

Sex and Relationships : Forecast
Men may soon have more birth control options than just condoms, thanks to a pill that reduces sperm count.

A male birth-control pill... that doesn't kill sex drive?

Scientists discover a chemical that temporarily stops the production of sperm, an effect that doesn't cause side effects and that appears to be 100 percent reversible

Sex and Relationships : Instant Guide
Before saying "I do," some brides are stripping down for a sexy photoshoot as a pre-wedding gift to their grooms-to-be.

Boudoir photography: The divisive new wedding trend

More brides-to-be are stripping for the camera as a pre-wedding gift for their grooms. Is this just a regrettable fad or an empowering form of body art?

Sex and Relationships : Fact Sheet
If the spark isn't there, just reach for your bad-date rescue app to fake-call your way out of the awkwardness.

The sneaky bad-date rescue app

The love pros at eHarmony invent an iPhone app that can be programmed to call with a fake "emergency," allowing you to graciously escape a lame date

Sex and Relationships : Instant Guide
Women may now be able to stop that biological clock from ticking, thanks to a breakthrough technique that removes a piece of a woman's ovary, to be grafted on later when she wants to have children.

Discovered: A way to delay menopause... forever?

A groundbreaking ovary transplant could allow women to have children much later in life — potentially several decades later

Sex and Relationships : Opinion Brief
With this ring, I thee view with paranoia: This titanium "anti-cheating" wedding band temporarily brands your partner's finger with the words, "I'm Married."

The anti-cheating wedding ring that brands your finger

If your wedding band stamps "I'm married" on your skin, are you less likely to slip it off in pursuit of extramarital action?

Sex and Relationships : Instant Guide
Soon women may be able to skip the daily pills and have their men use a gel that limits their sperm count.

A birth control gel... for men?

A non-invasive form of male birth control could be on the horizon thanks to a breakthrough that significantly reduces sperm production

Sex and Relationships : In-depth briefing
Since the ancient world, marriage has evolved from a preservation of power to a personal contract between two equals seeking love, stability, and happiness.

How marriage has changed over centuries

Critics of gay marriage see it as an affront to sacred, time-tested traditions. How has marriage been defined in the past?

Sex and Relationships : Controversy
When your marriage disintegrates, try a weekend at the "Divorce Hotel," where you can meet with lawyers and notaries to make things official.

The 'Divorce Hotel': Will it speed up messy splits?

A Dutch entrepreneur is planning a luxury destination for couples who want to take a permanent vacation from each other

Sex and Relationships : Analysis
In the 1980s movie "Revenge of the Nerds," the nerds got the girls, and, it turns out, the same thing happens in real life.

Why women prefer geeky guys

Early in human evolutionary history, women started opting for the loyal and loving Beta male over his big-bicepped Alpha brethren

Sex and Relationships : Instant Guide
"You know when someone's at the top of their game, and they carry themselves differently? Well, imagine that in a mouse," said one researcher involved in a study that uncovered some interesting effects of yogurt on mice.

Yogurt: The secret to male sexual prowess?

Mice who were fed a probiotic-rich diet were noticeably thinner, healthier, and — strangely — sexier than mice who were fed other food

Sex and Relationships : Instant Guide
Viagra will rake in an estimated $2 billion in sales next year, but the newly FDA-approved competitor Stendra may cut into future profits.

Stendra: A guide to the new FDA-backed Viagra rival

Vivus, the manufacturer of a new erectile dysfunction drug, says the pill can work in as little as 15 minutes, which would make it the first "on-demand drug" for sex

Sex and Relationships : By the numbers
Some 45 percent of women questioned in a new study said they thought birth control pills and condoms were more effective than they really are.

Overestimating the effects of birth control: By the numbers

A new study finds that many women have unmerited faith in their choice of contraception's ability to prevent unplanned pregnancies

Sex and Relationships : The List
A "16 and Pregnant" star juggles homework and parenting: MTV's less-than-glamorous portrayal of teen parents may be contributing to the recent drop in U.S. teen births.

America's sharp drop in teen births: 4 explanations

The teen birth rate has plunged 44 percent since 1991. What's behind the decline?

Sex and Relationships : Burning Question
Women comprised roughly 70 percent of attendees at New York City's first-ever divorce expo.

Divorce expos: A sign of the times?

Forget the tiered cakes and floral arrangements that pack the halls of wedding expos. Divorce showcases are brimming with life coaches and dating experts

Sex and Relationships : By the numbers
Wedding costs are up, especially in Manhattan where the average nuptials set families back $65,824.

The skyrocketing cost of U.S. weddings: By the numbers

Here comes the bride, there goes your savings. For the first time since 2008, wedding inflation is back in vogue

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