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Sex & Relationships

Get information and tips from experts and patients on sex and relationships, including sexual health, mental health, and more.

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Living With

Handling Intimacy With an Ostomy

How to address common concerns around sex and related issues for those with ostomies.

By Jim Mielke

The Latest

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Living With

9 Things You Need to Know About Rheumatoid Arthritis and Sex

Don't give up! It's worth the effort, and it might actually help our RA symptoms.

By Sheila M. Eldred
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Second Opinion

Afraid to Tell Your Partner About Your STI? Here’s Why It’s Important to Do It Anyway

Talking to your significant other or sex partner about sexually transmitted infections can be downright scary, but disclosing your status is crucial, according to herpes activists — here’s why.

By Emily Depasse
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Living With

Your Psoriasis Is Probably Messing With Your Sex Life

Just not in the mood lately? New research has found a strong link between psoriatic disease and sex drive. Read on for more info.

By Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.
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Living With

The Incredible Pain-Killing Powers of Orgasm

It’s difficult to harness the feel-good effects of sex when rheumatoid arthritis is in the room. We’ve got some strategies for getting in the mood and finding the pleasure that can trump your pain.

By Lene Andersen, MSW
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Relationships

Love, Sex, and Psoriasis

As many as 70 percent of people with psoriasis say the condition impacts their sexual relationships. Learn more about what you can do to ease symptoms and improve intimacy.

By National Psoriasis Foundation
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Caregiving

Sex In Nursing Homes Is Still Taboo For Many

Education can help normalize the idea that sexual interaction is part of being human, and that extends to older adults, even the very old.

By Carol Bradley Bursack
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Relationships

Sleep-Related Painful Erections: Causes, Solutions

Experiencing erections during sleep is perfectly normal; but they should not be painful.

By Martin Reed
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Relationships

How to Have a Sex Life With RA

Rheumatoid arthritis can really complicate your sex life. Here's why honest communication with your partner is so important.

By Cathy Kramer
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Lifestyle

Dating Over 50: What Online Profiles Reveal

How do people describe themselves on online dating sites? And which qualities are they seeking in a potential partner? Here’s what the latest research shows.

By Andrea Rock
Dating Over 50: What Women Really Want
Lifestyle

Dating Over 50: What Women Really Want

Emerging research is providing some surprising insights about how women age 50 and up feel about sex, dating, and long-term relationships.

By Andrea Rock

Meet the Experts

Alisha Bridges
Patient Advocate

Public speaker and award-winning writer and community advocate. She has lived and thrived with psoriasis for over two decades.

Jerry Kennard, Ph.D.
Medical Reviewer

Jerry Kennard, Ph.D., is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.

Cathy Kramer
Patient Advocate

Cathy Kramer shares her life experiences as they relate to rheumatoid arthritis.