The Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan’s life was cruelly marred by the dark shadows of her past. The tragic star – who died today aged 46 – suffered vile abuse at the hands of a sexual predator when she was just eight. After that came anorexia, a nervous breakdown, a bipolar diagnosis and a suicide attempt. […]

In partner sex, some people—both men and women—take quite a while to work their way up to orgasm. Sometimes, it’s situational. If you’re drunk, fatigued, in pain, taking antidepressant medication, or pre-occupied by emotional stress, it may take longer than usual. But some people usually or always take quite a while, which may engender self-doubt […]

In 1948, Los Angeles urologist Arnold Kegel, M.D., (Kay-gell) was treating women suffering from stress incontinence, embarrassing urine leakage triggered by coughs, sneezes, and laughter. He wondered if the cause might be weak urinary sphincter muscles unable to stay closed under the abdominal pressure caused by these actions. The urinary sphincter muscles are located between […]

From the 1980s through the millennium, I answered the sexuality questions submitted to a leading marketer of sex toys. Vibrators were—and still are—the most popular toys, so not surprisingly, many questions dealt with them. Thirty years ago, the questions often showed that people were anxious about vibes. Women asked: • If I need a vibrator […]