It's long been said that a fall in hormones is the reason why women undergoing the menopause endure a loss of libido. But scientists have now claimed the common problem may be triggered by erectile dysfunction among their ageing husbands. University of Pittsburgh academics quizzed 36 women over the age of 60 about their low libido. They discovered their lack of sex drive stemmed largely from their partner's difficulty to maintain an erection. Some of the women admitted impotence made sex less satisfying or caused hard conversations, leading them to lose interest. Other factors were postmenopausal vaginal symptoms - such as dryness, fatigue or body pain, life stressors and negative body image. Menopausal often lose their libido because of their husband's sexual dysfunction, scientists claim on the back of interviews with women (stock) Writing in the journal Menopause, Dr Holly Thomas and colleagues said it shouldn't be assumed low libido is simply a 'normal' part of ageing. She … [Read more...] about It’s not me, it’s YOU! Loss of libido in menopausal women is often down to erectile dysfunction in their husbands, scientists claim
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We’re 15 minutes into the Monday morning class at Hot 8 Yoga in Beverly Hills. Francesca Asumah, one of the most sought-after instructors in California, is putting 48 perspiring humans through a sequence of 26 poses and two breathing exercises popularised by the celebrity yogi Bikram Choudhury. The temperature is a sapping 40C. Sweat slicks over yoga mats. Beautiful bodies melt into shapes that seem beyond the realm of ordinary human geometry. Asumah’s class, titled A Dance With The Ancients, falls somewhere between gym session and sermon. “You must learn to love yourself, guys!” she encourages us in a northern English accent (she’s half-Ghanaian, half-English, and from Manchester). “If everyone loves themselves, then the whole world will be loved. And beware false gurus! Gurus are middlemen. We are all born in the temple. If anyone claims to be your guru, run a mile, people!” The message has a special charge in this room. This is the home of … [Read more...] about ‘He said he could do what he wanted’: the scandal that rocked Bikram yoga
“THE idea of owning my own home is laughable. The situation is genuinely hopeless and I find it terrifying to think about the future. “I’ve never voted Labour, but the lure has never been stronger. I’m by no means a socialist, but when a modest ambition like owning a decent home to start a family is out of reach for so many, we know something is seriously wrong in our society.” As a newspaper columnist, I get many letters from the public. This one pulled me up short. I’ve just written a book, Home Truths: The UK’s Chronic Housing Shortage, which has provoked plenty of reader feedback. And the young voter who wrote this heartfelt missive put his finger on the key to the outcome of the most important General Election since World War Two. Housing is the dog yet to bark in this campaign. No mention was made of it in last night’s leaders’ debate.But our political classes — and even some in the media — seem to have forgotten … [Read more...] about There was no mention in the leadership debate, but Boris Johnson cannot ignore the agonies of Generation Rent
What is mental illness? There are dozens of different kinds of mental illness, from common disorders that affect tens of millions of people such as depression and anxiety, to rarer afflictions like paraphilia (sexual compulsion) and trichotillomania (a compulsion to remove hair). The “bible” of mental illness, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (its fifth iteration, DSM-5, was published in 2013), groups them under about 20 subheadings* (see below). Mental illness is not sadness, insanity or rage (though it can involve these in some of its forms); it is not binary or exclusive, but complex and universal. Another way to think of it is as a spectrum, a continuum that we all sit on. At one end is mental health, where we are thriving, fulfilled and at ease. In the middle reaches, people can be described as coping, surviving or struggling. At the far end sit the range of mental illnesses. Most us move back and forth along this line our entire lives. How … [Read more...] about Mental illness: is there really a global epidemic?
Bad Food Britain: How a Nation Ruined its Appetite by Joanna Blythman (318pp, Fourth Estate, £7.99) The Omnivore's Dilemma: The Search for a Perfect Meal in a Fast-Food World by Michael Pollan (450pp, Bloomsbury, £12.99)Insatiable: Competitive Eating and the Big Fat American Dream by Jason Fagone (302pp, Yellow Jersey, £7.99) We are obsessed with food and, currently, with books about it. So much so, that Joanna Blythman can write a tirade on how rubbish we are at cooking, eating and buying our daily meals, consuming "more junk than the rest of Europe put together", yet gamble on there being enough of us willing to read her to underwrite an advance - a contradiction as beguiling as our watching hours of Gordon Ramsay while stuffed with the very filth he imprecates. She does a fine demolition job on British pretensions to culinary sophistication, throwing into a bubbling pot of disdain our infinite appetite for potato crisps and snack foods, our inability to eat meals at … [Read more...] about Train your tastebuds