The guys over in France have a wee problem.Sorry, ladies of France: Your guys' little swimmers aren't swimming so strongly anymore.
By Meagan Morris
Researchers just released the findings of a 16-year study of 26,600 French men and found that their sperm counts dropped a staggering 32.3 percent-a rate of about two percent a year. According to the study, the average concentration of a 35-year-old man in the country is 49.9 million per milliliter-not low enough to be infertile, but enough to limit his baby-making skills.
"This constitutes a serious public health warning," researcher Dr. Joelle Le Moal told the BBC.
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Uh, yeah. We assume the guys involved aren't too thrilled about it, either.
As for the reasons behind the decline? Scientists didn't measure smoking or weight in the men, but they assume it has something to do with diets and chemical exposure.
The biggest WTF of this study: Why are they measuring national sperm quality anyway? Don't they have a few other things to
The guys over in France have a wee problem.Sorry, ladies of France: Your guys' little swimmers aren't swimming so strongly anymore.Read More »from There's a Sperm Shortage in France
- Redbook | Love + Sex – Wed, Dec 5, 2012 4:47 PM EST
Chalk up throwing his pants on the floor, screaming at the quarterback like a bad pass is a personal insult, and never remembering to buy milk to the fact that he's a guy. What we can't understand is how to get him to talk when you most need him. So we asked real men and the experts to help us understand what's really going on inside when the lines of communication go radio silent. By Holly Corbett, REDBOOK.
His feelings matter, too
"Our feelings are just as important as your feelings. We shut down if we don't feel like we matter or that your agenda is more important than ours." - Chris, 38, Rochester, NY
Get him to open up: "Feelings mean different things to each of the sexes. Guys often feel by doing, women by saying," says Dr. Pollack. "It's a matter of translating one language into the other. Try saying, 'I'm really sorry. I know that your feelings are important, but I'm not clear what they are. Can you help me understand?'"
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It's inevitable that you'll spread the excitement of your wedding to everyone in your social media network, so follow these rules to avoid a faux pas (or worse!) when it comes to sharing your wedding.Read More »from The New Rules of Wedding Etiquette
By Simone Hill for TheKnot.com
Carissa Woo Photography / The KnotFor the bride and groom:
1. Call your parents before pressing "post" or "tweet."
Your close friends and family will want to hear it straight from you first.
A Facebook status or tweet might be the most efficient way to get the news out, but it's not the most personal. You know which friends and family members would appreciate to hear the news directly from you; plus, it's likely that older family members (like your grandparents!) don't have Facebook or Twitter accounts and could miss the message altogether.
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2. Change your relationship status in minutes or months...it's up to you!
There's no wrong or right time -- some couples even do it at the altar!
Once you tie the knot, it's up to you and your new spouse to decide when
"The Buzzard Table" by Margaret MaronRead More »from Odd Bird Livens Up North Carolina Mystery
Reviewed by David Marshall James
The appearance of a mysterious stranger in a remote area contributes elements of unease and foreboding to North Carolina author Margaret Maron's latest Deborah Knott novel.
Add to that, that said stranger is also collecting roadkill to attract the local buzzardry, and the creepy factor ratchets up even higher.
As the story progresses, this man turns out to be a relative of Sigrid Harald; her mother, Anne; and Anne's mother, who is dying from cancer.
NYPD Lt. Sigrid Harald has ventured down from New York City, as has Anne, to comfort their terminally ill matriarch and to assist in inventorying her valuable estate.
Meanwhile, their connection to the stranger-- and his secret tie to Anne's professional past as a photojournalist-- is threaded into a story that features the murder of a local (fictitious Colleton County, N.C.) realtor.
When her body is dumped not far from "the buzzard table," the spot where the
- Oprah.com | Love + Sex – Wed, Dec 5, 2012 2:55 PM EST
Illustration: ThinkstockBy Leigh NewmanRead More »from 5 Insanely Nice Things You Can Say to Your Partner (Right Now!)
Nice Thing #1: "The way you handled that huge, hairy spider on the wall of the shower was hot."
This is also known as "the way you handled that insane toddler temper tantrum was hot" or "the way you handled that endless grocery list was hot." The most joy-inducing aspect of each of these examples is that you're not being cute or indulging in flattery in order to make your partner feel good. Completing these kinds of trying tasks do have a nugget of honest-to-God sexiness. Bravery, even in the face of bugs, is sexy. So is self-control and patience in the face of a furious child throwing blocks around his room. So is grit and determination in the face of 76 aisles of glittering food products and a cashier who won't take coupons. So your other half didn't save a kitten from a burning house this week. Recognizing his everyday acts of heroism makes those acts--and him--feel spectacularly unordinary, if not extraordinary.
Nice Thing #2: "You smell like the day I met you."
- iVillage | Love + Sex – Wed, Dec 5, 2012 2:24 PM EST
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The turkey? Burning. Parents? Nagging. Every relationship is filled with arguments and almost-arguments -- but never more so than during the holidays. Here's a guide to how to pick your battles with your beloved:
Is It Worth It?
"There's value in working through conflict as a couple." says Rachel Kleinman, an expert partner at YourTango. "There is also value in asserting your needs and desires in a relationship." Just be careful of how often, and how forcefully, you make those needs known.
"The most successful relationships are ones where the parties have developed effective strategies for resolving conflict, yet avoid it as much as possible," Kleinman says. "High-conflict couples rarely last. So, unless something is really important to you -- that is, unless it speaks to your core values or your identity -- consider letting it slide."
Think About What's Really Bugging You
So you flipped out on him for loading the dishwasher incorrectly. Chances are, clean cereal
- iVillage | Love + Sex – Wed, Dec 5, 2012 2:08 PM EST
Getty ImagesBy Ronnie KoenigRead More »from 20 Things Every Man Wants in Bed -- It's More Than Just Dirty Talk
You might think you have sexy down to a science. But do you know what real men actually want in a lover? Read on to find out.
When it comes to sex, you can get an "A" for effort. Guys want to be with someone who's actually into sex and not doing it as a favor or just going through the motions.
"There is nothing more seductive than an enthusiastic lover," says Lou Paget, certified sex educator and author of The Big O: Orgasms: How to Have Them, Give Them, and Keep Them Coming. "That beats out the perfect body or the perfect face anytime. A man wants feedback that a woman is into doing things with him!"
Men want a lover who is willing to try new things from time to time. That doesn't mean you have to go all 50 Shades of Grey. Just be open to ideas.
"Sexual desire is like an appetite," says Paget. "We all want to try different flavors -- otherwise we'd get bored eating at the same place all the time. Men want someone who is willing to explore
- iVillage | Love + Sex – Wed, Dec 5, 2012 1:59 PM EST
Getty ImagesBy Natasha BurtonRead More »from Dating Online? Watch Out for These Red Flags to Avoid Disaster
These 14 warning signs to look for on his profile will help you weed out the wrong guys.
Red Flag #1: He Focuses on Looks
Sure, we all want to find someone we're attracted to, but some guys take this too far. Watch out for men looking for a woman who is "stunning," "hot," "fit" and "sexy" (or any similar adjective). If these guys don't seem to care about a woman's personality and character, they're probably on the hunt for arm candy, not a woman with substance.
Natasha Burton is a love and relationship writer whose work has appeared in The Huffington Post, Glo.com, WomansDay.com, Maxim, iVillage.com and Mom.me. She is the coauthor of dating guide The Little Black Book of Big Red Flags.
Red Flag #2: He Doesn't Say What He Has to Offer
A guy's profile shouldn't be solely about what he wants in a woman -- he should reveal what he brings to a relationship. Without sounding arrogant or shallow, he should be able to explain why he's a good catch. For example, he's a
Little strategic moves you can do with your clothes on to make things hotter than ever when you finally go skin-to-skin tonight.
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Go on a breakfast date. Romantic dinners are overrated. For one, they're pricey; plus, you're usually too full to even think about hooking up when you get home. Clocking some quality one-on-one time, anytime, is what really matters. Couples who go out together at least once a week are three times more likely to have wowza sex, according to research from the National Marriage Project. Grab a table at Starbucks, buy a couple of muffins, and catch up while you caffeinate.
Chillax. How crazed are you at work, on a scale from zero to "I'm ready to jump out a 10th-story window"? We ask because you're 76 percent less likely to have sex during weeks when you're super stressed, the Journal of Family Psychology notes. Ease your nerves by spending 10 minutes outside. (Lie in the grass, and think ofRead More »from Turn Up Your Sex Life
- Astrology.com Tarot | Love + Sex – Wed, Dec 5, 2012 1:11 PM EST
The Eight of Wands card suggests that your relationship or love life may be up in the air. You might not know if you are coming or going, especially if you have rivals or competition. Unexpected events and strong emotion may sweep through your life. Things could be moving too fast or seem out of control. In your haste or enthusiasm you might be unable to hold back. You could find yourself saying, 'We didn't plan it -- it just happened.'
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