[S]cientists are now beginning to understand that the perceived feel-good effects of sexual intercourse are merely the tip of the iceberg. Sex, they are discovering, can offer protection from depression, colds, heart disease and even cancer.I would quote some more explicit details from this article, but then this post wouldn't be safe for work (heh heh). Oh, what the heck, I have to use this:
[S]tudies show "penile-vaginal intercourse is the only sexual behaviour consistently associated with better psychological and physiological health".So leave those triple-action mechanical rabbits in the bedstand and give a real lover a chance. The life you save may be your own!
Now, for you lovers beyond the flush of youth whose testosterone (the lust hormone) levels have fallen to where you just don't seem to hook up anymore, help is on the way.
Horn of rhinoceros. Penis of tiger. Root of sea holly. Husk of the emerald-green blister beetle known as the Spanish fly. So colourful and exotic is the list of substances that have been claimed to heighten sexual appetite that it is hard not to feel a twinge of disappointment on first beholding the latest entry - a small, white plastic nasal inhaler containing an odourless, colourless synthetic chemical called PT-141. Plain as it is, however, there is one thing that distinguishes PT-141 from the 4,000 years' worth of recorded medicinal aphrodisiacs that precede it: this one actually works.Woo Hoo!
And it could reach the market in as little as three years. The full range of possible risks and side effects has yet to be determined, but already this much is known: a dose of PT-141 results, in most cases, in a stirring in the loins in as little as 15 minutes. Women, according to one set of results, feel 'genital warmth, tingling and throbbing', not to mention 'a strong desire to have sex'.
Among men who have been tested with the drug more extensively, the data set is richer: 'With PT-141, you feel good,' reported anonymous patient 007: 'not only sexually aroused, you feel younger and more energetic.' According to another patient, 'It helped the libido. So you have the urge and the desire...' Tales of pharmaceutically induced sexual prowess among 58-year-olds are common enough in the age of the Little Blue Pill, but they don't typically involve quite so urgent a repertoire. Or, as patient 128 put it: 'My wife knows. She can tell the difference between Viagra and PT-141.'I'm Wintermute, and I approve this message.
UPDATE: Palatin Technologies (PT) has given 141 a chemical name: Bremolanotide (breem-oh-LAN'-oh-tyd).
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UPDATE: Bad news! The US FDA scares Paladin out of PT-141 aphrodisiac research based on elevated blood pressure worries, but Paladin is continuing research into PT-141 for hemorrhagic shock, which still allows PT-141 to enter the market and be precribed for off-label use. Meanwhile, Paladin is pursuing another chemical of similar nature but hoped-for lower blood pressure effects.
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