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Hot flashes don't hurt your heart, and may help
February 24th, 2011
04:00 PM ET

Hot flashes don't hurt your heart, and may help

Most women who are going through menopause can vent about the perils of hot flashes. They happen alongside a reduction in the hormone estrogen, and relate to instability in the skin's blood vessels, but the precise cause is still mysterious. As many as 50% to 80% of women experience hot flashes.

Annoying and troublesome as hot flashes may be, new research suggests that they don't raise heart risks, and may actually be associated with some protection from stroke and cardiovascular events. The study will be published in the journal Menopause.

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When men don’t want sex
February 24th, 2011
09:49 AM ET

When men don’t want sex

Ian Kerner, a sexuality counselor and New York Times best-selling author, blogs about sex on Thursdays on The Chart. Read more from him at his website, GoodInBed.

“Not tonight, honey. I have a headache.” How many times has a guy heard that before? Husbands around the world are all too familiar with being sexually rejected. But now, more than ever, those words, (or some variation), are being expressed by men, to their female partners. While the conventional wisdom has been that it’s usually the woman in the relationship who inevitably loses interest in sex, the opposite is often true. Low male desire is at all-time high, and is likely to occur for any number of reasons:

Biological. There are many possible physical causes of low male sexual desire, from heart disease, to antidepressants, to alcohol or drug use, to low levels of testosterone. If he’s ruled out other factors, it’s a good idea for him to pay a visit to his doctor.

Emotional. A guy’s sex drive is often closely tied to his self-esteem - when one suffers, so does the other. The economic downturn has sent lots of men into a funk: Job changes or loss, financial worries, and depression can all add up to a low libido. He may feel like less of a man, no matter how much his partner tells him that money doesn’t matter.

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