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Articles on sex, orgasm and mating

Kinsey Institute Moves Beyond the Study of Sex: Now It’s Love

Sue Carter, Director of the Kinsey InstituteSome authors speculate about "the healing power of love" in romance novels. C. Sue Carter, the director since November of the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction, at Indiana University, explains it in molecular-biology journals.

As a pioneer in the field of behavioral neuroendocrinology, she has studied the roles of hormonal processes in how humans act and feel, including in relation to desire and love. She says her four decades of studies convinced her that it makes no sense to view sexuality in isolation from other aspects of human sentience.She reasons: "The same neural substrates that regulate sexual behavior regulate social bonds, regulate how we feel the emotional systems of our body. So, even if you wanted to separate them, it would not be biologically possible."

Could Orgasm-Free Sex Save Troubled Marriages?

couple cuddlingThis different approach to sex helps establish a deeper connection between husband and wife.

An important fabric of marriages is sex, and with fulfilling, mutually satisfying sex, relationships can reach a higher level of intimacy, closeness and connectedness. However, because many couples experience challenges in their marriage and as individuals, leaving little room for “genuine intimacy, caring and interaction,” sex begins to lose its pleasurable, loving value.

What is Oxytocin?

Can a nasal spray make someone fall madly in love? Dozens of marketers of oxytocin nose sprays would like buyers to think so, but buyer, beware: This hormone is more complex than it seems.

Oxytocin is a hormone secreted by posterior lobe of the pituitary gland, a pea-sized structure at the base of the brain. It's sometimes known as the "cuddle hormone" because it is released when people snuggle up or bond socially. Even playing with your dog can cause an oxytocin surge, according to a 2009 study published in the journal Hormones and Behavior.

"I Love Her But the Sex Has Died": The Brain Chemical That Can Kill Libido in Long-Term Relationships

distant coupleFrom an anonymous male, aged 40+

I have been in several very loving, amorous, “serious” relationships as an adult, none frivolous and none (at least on a conscious level – who the hell knows what’s going on with me subconsiously) with the intention of being short-term. Inevitably, however, my sexual attraction for my partner wanes to the point where we become virtually non-sexual.

Why It’s A Good Thing That Men Are Reflecting About Masturbation

“I’m resetting my dick and my brain,” said Greg Barris of his decision to give up porn, sex and masturbation. Barris is one of the men featured in New York magazine’s piece about the male anti-masturbation movement. According to the piece, a number of men are reflecting on their masturbation habits — even abstaining from “fapping” altogether in order to be able to perform better with women and to be better men in general.

Be Mine Forever: Oxytocin May Help Build Long-Lasting Love

The hormone oxytocin increases empathy and communication, key to sustaining a relationship between mates

Two locks on a fence with a heart on each.If cupid had studied neuroscience, he’d know to aim his arrows at the brain rather than the heart. Recent research suggests that for love to last, it’s best he dip those arrows in oxytocin. Although scientists have long known that this hormone is essential for monogamous rodents to stay true to their mates, and that it makes humans more trusting toward one another, they are now finding that it is also crucial to how we form and maintain romantic relationships.

A handful of new studies show that oxytocin makes us more sympathetic, supportive and open with our feelings—all necessary for couples to celebrate not just one Valentine’s Day, but many. These findings have led some researchers to investigate whether oxytocin can be used in couple therapy.

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