Editor’s Selections: The Elusivity of the Female Orgasm, Anti-aging, and Meaning

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By Krystal D'Costa

Krystal D'Costa Krystal D’Costa selects interesting and notable ResearchBlogging.org posts in the social sciences, including anthropology, research, and philosophy. She blogs about anthropology, technology, and urban life at Anthropology in Practice.

  • The female orgasm apparently mystifies a fair number of people—men and scientists alike (though those two groups may not be wholly unrelated). Greg Laden explores the evolutionary biology of orgasms in humans in response to a paper that investigates the genetic origins of the female orgasm. He delivers an excellent discussion on the ways changes to social groups may have driven the development of the orgasm, including its function in maintaining relationships.
  • From orgasms to vanity: staying the aging process is also something that has held fascination for many (e.g., Ponce de Leon). At Inkfish, Elizabeth Preston discusses research on senescence (aging—the weakening we experience as we get older). Science is trying to understand why some species do not experience this phenomenon, and if they can crack it, it could change the meaning of “successful aging.”
  • To round out these discussions, David Winter muses on the meaning of “meaningful,” as he shares research on the reasons some activities are more meaningful than others—including work.

I’ll be back next week with more from anthropology, philosophy, and research.

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    Important: Alcohol increases arousal but for most women makes the ability to orgasm more difficult. So, I’d recommend no alcohol.

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    If a woman is over 25, then she should have blood testing done for sure. If testosterone levels are low, it’s very difficult for most women to experience an orgasm.

    Also, there’s a procedure using blood-derived growth factors to stimulate multipotent stem cells to rejuvenate the tissue of the vagina–leading to increased ability to orgasm (and helping with stress incontinence). It’s called the O-Shot (R). You can find more about the procedure and research about sexual dysfunction at http://OShot.info

    The big thing to remember is that sex really is an art that becomes better as you learn more about your body and your own psychology. So, relax, keep educating yourself by listening to your own body and by reading all you can about sexuality and health.

    Hope this helps.

    Peace & health,

    Charles Runels, MD

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