Opioid epidemic might finally be waning + Female masterbation impacts partnered sex

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New study shows how female masturbation impacts partnered sex (survey data)
https://www.psypost.org/2020/10/new-stud...-sex-58151

INTRO: A study published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine provides new insights into the relationship between masturbation and sexual outcomes in women. The research suggests that increasing alignment between masturbation and partnered sexual activities could result in improved orgasmic response and lower orgasmic difficulty.

“Many women, perhaps as high as 30-40%, experience some-to-great difficulty reaching orgasm during heterosexual partnered sex, particularly if the primary form of stimulation occurs through penile-vaginal intercourse,” said study author David L. Rowland, a psychology professor at Valparaiso University.

“The issue is relevant because sometimes masturbation by women is “prescribed” as a way of improving orgasmic probability during partnered sex. But masturbation has also been hypothesized to interfere with orgasmic response during partnered sex.”

“The rationale for the first hypothesis is that women who learn and know their pleasure points are more likely to find ways to orgasm than those that don’t; the rationale for the second hypothesis is that women who use stimulatory techniques for masturbation (e.g., vibrator, or strong direct clitoral stimulation) may find it more difficult to reach orgasm during partnered sex because the stimulation from intercourse does not simulate the stimulation during masturbation,” Rowland said.

The researchers surveyed 2,215 women living in the United States and Hungary, and found that... (MORE - details)


Signs America's Opioid Epidemic Might Finally Be Waning (survey data)
https://www.usnews.com/news/health-news/...-be-waning

INTRO: Here's some heartening news on the opioid painkillers front: Abuse of the prescription medicines in the United States fell by more than one-quarter between 2007 and 2018.

"Prior research has shown slight reductions in abuse rates, but our analysis shows we're tracking statistically significant year-to-year declines in abuse, indicating that the decrease is not an anomaly and truly represents a trend in falling prescription drug abuse levels," said study author Mario Moric, a biostatistician at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.

He and his colleagues analyzed data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an annual survey of about 70,000 Americans aged 12 and older who are asked about their use of tobacco, alcohol and drugs. For the study, prescription opioid abuse was defined as use without the consent of a physician... (MORE)
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