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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Relationships

How Anxious Thinking Can Affect Your Sex Life

When apprehension tips over to anxiety, that’s when intimacy problems really start.

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What Might Sexual Orientation Mean for Heart Health?

Heart disease risk is higher in bisexual men than in heterosexual men, based on several modifiable risk factors, suggests a study conducted at New York University.

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Dating

How Should You Talk to Your Partner About Psoriasis Before Being Intimate?

Shame and embarrassment can make it difficult for those of us living with psoriasis to share details with potential partners. When should you disclose the condition? Alisha tells us to trust our instincts.

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Relationships

Sex and Attachment Anxiety

Are you an avoidant or anxious person in relationships? Either one could be putting a strain on your sex life.

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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.

Meet the Experts

Alisha Bridges
Patient Expert

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 Expert

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