Have sex and add meaning to your life

Image: iStock/Drezen_ Having sex could help you feel as though your life is more meaningful. This might sound dramatic, but it's the discovery of a new survey by researchers at George Mason University in the US. The team recruited 152 college students and asked them to keep a record of their sexual behaviour in the form of a daily diary, including their emotions and feelings, for three weeks. Each diary was then assessed for positive feelings, mood and how meaningful people generally rated […]

Australian scientists create new type of condom

Image: iStock/Brasil2 Australian scientists believe they have created the condom of the future, designed to feel like the wearer has nothing on at all. Eudeamon Technologies won a share of a multi-million dollar grant from the Australian government aimed at supporting medtech innovators trying to get their ideas and inventions off the ground. It used the money to create condoms made from 'hydrogel', a material so like human skin that it should feel almost undetectable. The condoms were already […]

How people aren't having sex as often as you think

Image: iStock/PeopleImages It's easy to assume, particularly if you aren't in a regular sexual relationship yourself at the moment, that other people are having far more sex than you are. They're probably at it every night while you catch up on repeats of Eastenders, right? Wrong. Actually, other people are not likely to be having intercourse anywhere near as frequently as you think. According to a new study by King's College London, we tend to have extremely skewed perceptions of the sex […]

Official advice is not to reuse condoms. No kidding

Image credit: iStock/matt_benoit It's great to have concern about the environment, particularly at a time when plastic use is a major worry. However, there are times when it's possible to take that devotion a little too far - let's just say there are things you should absolutely not be recycling. If you're wondering what we're talking about, we're referring to the recent news that American organisation the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued advice stating that condoms should not be […]

Andrea McLean opens up about post-menopause sex

Image: devonyu via iStock The menopause is one of those things that we Brits aren't too brilliant at talking frankly about. We call it 'the change' as though it's some kind of mutation in a superhero film, and it's seen as taboo to discuss it in polite conversation. But it's something that will affect every woman - and with some going through the menopause relatively early in life (sometimes even in their twenties), isn't it time all this changed to reflect modern society? Shouldn't we be […]

Are we too isolated to have sex?

Image: martin-dm via iStock We're used to living as busy a life on social media as we do offline, with most of us feeling a need to check sites like Instagram on a regular basis throughout the day. However, could this online obsession be coming at the expense of real-life relationships and experiences? Could young people in particular be ditching those exciting first sexual encounters in favour of Facebook likes and YouTube subscribers? A new study seems to suggest this is the case. According […]

Russian couple stun motorists by having sex through sunroof

You'll never think of a sunroof in the same way again (Image: gogosvm via iStock) They might still be riding high on a wave of euphoria after hosting a wildly successful World Cup tournament, but one couple in Russia seemed to be taking their happiness levels to a whole other place this week - by having sex in a traffic jam. A host of videos have popped up online and on local news media that appear to show the man and woman enjoying a tryst in a stationary vehicle. Rather than attempting to […]

Summer of love? Protect yourself against 'superbug' STI, experts urge

Image: iStock/wildpixel Whether you're heading abroad this year or just staying in the UK for this golden summer, it may be that you're looking forward to some great dates that could lead to a bit of fun between the sheets. While this is perfectly OK, experts have reminded anyone thinking of engaging in sex with a new partner to protect themselves with condoms amid fears that a little-known sexually transmitted infection (STI) could become a superbug. Mycoplasma genitalium (MG) was first […]

'No such thing as normal', concludes study on vulvas

Image: grinvalds via iStock Women should not get hung up on whether or not their vagina looks like other people's - because there is absolutely no such thing as normal, according to the results of a new study. Researchers at Lucerne Cantonal Hospital in Switzerland assessed 657 women between the ages of 15 and 84 over the course of two years. They took a number of measurements, including length of the labia majora and labia minora, distance between clitoris and urethra and length of the […]

No more dick pics, begs beleaguered researcher

Image: iStock/Slphotography When a sociologist set out earlier this summer to perform a study on penis size and links to self-esteem, she was optimistic that her results could provide a valuable contribution to science. However, she perhaps didn't think the collection side of her research through quite thoroughly enough - and she has been forced to abandon the entire thing after the general public got hold of the idea and had a practical joke field day. Missouri State University professor […]