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by Emma Thake

What You Need to Know About Lubricant if You’re Trying to Conceive

Sexual lubricants, especially scented varieties, can interfere with conception. In general, they are too acidic for the sperm to survive and/or swim well in. In addition, the concentration of salts in the lubricants can cause sperm to either shrink or swell beyond their capacity to perform normally. That being said, if you find that you need […]

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Treating the Sexual Side Effects of Medication with Chinese Medicine

Sexual desire and function are common concerns for our patients at the Yinova Center. In our experience, the causes of sexual dysfunction for both men and women can be caused by biological factors (age, constitution, etc.) or can be the result of prescription medication use. Thankfully, the latter can be very treatable.

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How to Have Sex (if you’re trying to conceive).

I’m going to presume you pretty much have a handle on how to have sex. If you’re looking for inspiration, however, I did write a book on this subject. It’s called Sex Again: Recharging Your Libido and you can buy it here or pick up a copy in our center.

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Beyond Chocolate and Oysters

Valentine’s Day brings with it a lot of pressure. We’re expected to have a perfect night out with champagne, flowers, and candlelight. Unfortunately, most of the time, the reality is that it is a crowded night to be out, with a prix fixe meal, you and your date are squeezed into a busy restaurant where […]

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Sex Again? Move that Qi!

Lackluster bedroom experiences may ultimately be traced back to a few different sources, but for many people, and a good deal of my patients, the main blame for lack of sex and lack of desire for sex can be summed up in just one word: stress.

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Mindful Sex

Many of my female patients have trouble reaching orgasm because they get distracted from the business at hand. Fortunately, staying focused is a learned skill— and one of the best ways to start is by meditating.

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Is Pelvic Pain Preventing a Better Sex Life?

What’s worse than dealing with a pain in the ass?  Dealing with pelvic pain! You’re not alone.  Chronic pelvic pain, also known as vaginal pain, perineal pain, ‘pain down there’, or pelvic floor muscle pain, is a common problem. It affects approximately one in seven women. In one study of reproductive-aged women in primary care […]

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Is Your Sex Life Craving Chocolate this Valentine’s Day?

Eating chocolate leads to higher levels of sexual satisfaction and an increase in libido. That was the finding of urologists from San Raffaele hospital, in Milan, Italy in a study that was published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine. The researchers questioned 163 women about their chocolate habits, as well as how satisfied they were […]

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Yin, Yang, and Your Relationship

One of the keys to a happy sex life in Chinese medicine is the ability to balance and connect. The ancient Taoists believed that every relationship is a complex balancing act, namely balancing yin and yang. You can read more about yin and yang in Chapters 3 and 4 of Sex Again: Recharging Your Libido. In […]

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Follow the Kidney Meridian to an Erogenous Destination

Perhaps you’ve heard an acupuncturist speak of the system of meridians on the body and how they plan to use points along them to address certain issues at hand. To give a simple visual, I like to imagine the meridians as rivers. They course the lengths of the body, branching with siphons and into reservoirs […]

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Sexless Marriage? The Ancient Taoists Can Fix That For You

The following article was featured in Huffington Post: Post 50. To read the original post, visit here. “Hope Springs,” the cringingly funny mid-life comedy about a marriage that has lost its sexual spark, seems to have struck a chord with audiences in its opening weekend. It’s a departure for the movie industry, which usually creates […]

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Is Stress Lowering Your Sex Drive?

I wrote Sex Again: Recharging Your Libido  because patients tell me they wish they were more interested in sex and when I ask them what they think lowers their libido they often mention stress. Stressed out people usually don’t feel like having sex, which is a shame really because sex is a great stress reliever. The […]

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