Female Orgasm Is Evolution’s Happy Gift
Yale’s Gunter Wagner, the Alison Richard Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and Professor Mihaela Pavlicev from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio, have theorized that the orgasm is a sort of happy evolutionary gift inherited from older lineages of animals who only ovulate during copulation.
Yale Alumnus Pledges $5 Million for Yale School of Public Health Fund and Professorship to Advance LGBTQ Mental Health
Yale School of Medicine alumnus David R. Kessler, M.D. ’55, is directing $5 million from his estate to the Yale School of Public Health, part of which is intended for the creation of a David R. Kessler Endowed Professorship. The professorship and accompanying resource fund will support teaching and research associated with improving LGBTQ mental health.
Surgery – and an Environment – that Breaks New Ground
Yale was the first medical center in New England to provide gender affirming surgery for male-to-female transgender patients and remains the only site in Connecticut to offer the procedure. The Director of the Gender Affirming Surgery Program, Dr. Stanton Honig, is most proud of the environment that his team has created.
Can a Mobile App Reduce Intimate Partner Violence?
Dr. Trace Kershaw, Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences, will develop a data-driven behavioral intervention using a mobile app designed to improve decision-making for mothers and daughters exposed to violence in the home and reduce high-risk behaviors and future intimate partner violence.
Raising the Volume: Yale student-run biomedical journal focuses on sex and gender
One of the primary missions of Women’s Health Research at Yale is training the next generation of scientists to study the influence of sex and gender. And perhaps there is no one better to voice that necessity than a member of that generation.
The Best Supplements For Your Penis
There’s no bedroom bummer quite like having to fly at half mast, but your penis problems are likely more common than you think: As many as 30 million American men suffer from erectile dysfunction, and one in four who seek treatment for ED are actually under the age of 40, according to a study in The Journal of Sexual Medicine. We all know there’s a little blue pill that can fix the failure to launch—but you don’t necessarily have to fill a ‘script to save your stiffy. ED can be caused by a handful of things, but one thing's for sure: You need a healthy supply of the neurotransmitter nitric oxide (NO) to get and maintain an erection. NO is produced in nerve tissue and helps jolt your Johnson by relaxing the smooth muscle so blood can fill the penis. After the initial release of NO, your body releases a cascade of chemicals—including more of the neurotransmitter—to help keep you hard and happy, according to a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Ready for Round Two? Why Your Guy Needs a Break Between Orgasms
Summary: Why are women ready to go again post-climax but it takes longer for males? If you and your partner have recently had sex and you're laying there wondering when he's going to be ready for round two, you may be waiting awhile. Even though your man may want to have sex again, his body physically might not be able to. This is known as the male refractory period (MRP), which is the time span after ejaculation when he is unable to get an erection again. MRP can last for a few minutes to a few days. Why does this happen? After an orgasm happens, both your body and brain are overwhelmed with sensation. The nerves that were stimulated during sex are sending signals to the pleasure part of your brain, releasing oxytocin, a powerful brain chemical (also known as the love hormone) that can make you feel closer and more connected with you partner. Is there anything you can do to help reduce MRP? Charles Walker, MD, shares what MRP is and why your guy needs a break between sex sessions.
Outsmarting Herpes: Researchers Use the Body's Natural Defenses to Stop Outbreaks
Ever since receiving the first of two seed grants from Women’s Health Research at Yale in 2003, Dr. Akiko Iwasaki’s lab has established groundbreaking insights into the transmission, treatment and possible prevention of herpes.