Psychology & Psychiatry

African American couples feel wear and tear of everyday racism

Everyday experiences of racial discrimination—such as being treated disrespectfully, mistaken for someone of the same race or told an offensive joke—are known to be a source of chronic stress for African American individuals, ...

Obstetrics & gynaecology

Timed intercourse for couples may increase pregnancy chances

Women who time intercourse may be able to increase their chance of conceiving, according to an updated Cochrane analysis. The review found that couples who pinpoint their "fertile window" using urine-testing monitors specifically ...

HIV & AIDS

PrEP stigma still high among men who have sex with men

Many male couples in the U.S. seem to be underestimating the effectiveness of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention, and educating partners together could improve the number of male couples who decide to ...

Medical research

New measure of sperm age may be predictor of pregnancy success

A novel technique to measure the age of male sperm has the potential to predict the success and time it takes to become pregnant, according to a newly published study by researchers at the Wayne State University School of ...

Obstetrics & gynaecology

Are some sex lubricants really 'sperm-friendly'?

Lubricants are used by couples during sexual intercourse for numerous reasons, and several lubricants are promoted as "sperm-friendly," suggesting that they do not negatively affect sperm motility. Results from a study published ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

About 16% of couples are divided on COVID-19 vaccination

A small but significant portion of couples contain one partner who is vaccinated against COVID-19 and another partner who is not, a Washington State University survey has found. Reasons for not getting the shot also differed ...

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Couples

Couples is a 1968 novel by John Updike which focuses on a promiscuous circle of married friends in the fictional Boston suburb of Tarbox. Much of the novel (which takes place in 1963) concerns the efforts of its characters to balance the pressures of Protestant sexual mores against increasingly flexible American attitudes toward sex in the 1960s. The book suggests that this relaxation may have been driven by the development of birth control and the opportunity to enjoy what one character refers to as "the post-pill paradise." Its publication created a mild scandal and elicited a cover story in TIME magazine.

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