Sexual Health - Expert Q&As

I'm dating the person with whom I cheated. How can I learn to trust him?

The quality of your relationship and the maturity in each of you are the best preventions against cheating again.

I'm about to meet my partner's parents. How can I make a good impression?

Instead of engaging in small talk with the parents of your partner, ask them about their interests and observe the family's interaction.

How do I get through tough times in my relationship?

Don’t call it quits with your partner just because you are going through tough times. Here are some tips to strengthen your relationship.

My new partner is acting strangely. How can I be sure his actions aren't hinting at future abuse?

Excitement in relationships can be very appealing, but make sure it does not blind you to the man's questionable behavior.

How soon should I introduce my boyfriend to my children?

It's important that your partner spend time with your children, but don't foster relationships between them too soon.

I think I started sex too soon with a new guy. Is it possible to slow things down?

Just because you've had sex with someone too early in a relationship, it doesn't mean that you have to continue with it.

When is it okay to lie?

Psychologist and licensed clinical social worker Dr. LeslieBeth Wish answers a reader's question about the benefits of veering from the truth.

What should I do if my partner and I no longer share the same values?

Changing the rules, limits, and values in your relationship is difficult, but sometimes you have to be true to yourself.

How can I trust my partner not to stray if tempted?

Trust can be broken, and forgiveness can be difficult, but sometimes, to build trust, you first have to give it.

My parents don't approve of my partner. What should I do?

Don't just dismiss your parents' disapproval of your mate—sometimes their concerns have merit.

Sex with a new partner is always disappointing. What can I do about it?

It's not unusual to have “first-time sex let down” in a relationship. With certain techniques, however, you can increase your satisfaction.

How can I figure out where my relationship is headed?

Even though most of us want to know our partner's feelings and intentions, it's usually better to let the relationship “play out” on its own.

My partner and I just relocated. How can we make the most of the move?

Relocating is one of life's top stressors, but you can reduce your anxiety by doing things such as learning about the new place now.

We never had a honeymoon. How can we plan the perfect one?

Great honeymoons can occur any time in a marriage--and can even be more fun if you don't go away immediately after the wedding!

I really don't like my friend's partner. What do I do?

You don't have to love the partners of your friends and family, but you do need to find some common ground and a way to get along.

I think my partner is addicted to porn. What should I do?

Looking at pornography doesn't have to be a problem, but you do need to worry if it becomes uncontrollable, abusive, or detrimental to your intimate relationship.

My partner and I recently separated. What's the best way to use this time?

Separations are more than just time to date other people. They are opportunities to learn about you.

How can I turn around my sexless marriage?

There are many reasons for sexless marriages, but you can become intimate again by taking steps such as talking about it or initiating affection.

My wife and I only have sex once or twice a month. Is this normal?

Victoria Zdrok, Ph.D., answers a reader's question about whether his sex life with his wife is normal.

Q: How do I stop feeling jealous of others?

Jealousy is an uncomfortable emotion, but if used wisely, it can motivate you to improve yourself.

Are contraceptives dangerous or beneficial to a woman's health?

Obstetrician and Gynecologist Dr. Robert S. Goldfarb answers a reader's question about the pros and cons of long term contraceptive use.

Is it safe to continue taking antidepressants during pregnancy? If not, is there an alternative?

Obstetrician and Gynecologist Dr. Robert S. Goldfarb answers a reader's question about continuing use of her antidepressants during pregnancy.

Are birth control pills a safe and effective method of improving difficult periods?

Ralph Mayer, Obstetrician/Gynecologist, answers a reader's questions about using birth control to control her irregular periods.

Should I get my son vaccinated for HPV when the vaccine becomes available for males?

Susan Milstein, certified health education specialist and sexuality educator, answers a reader's question about whether or not she should get her son vaccinated for HPV.

Should I encourage my 13-year-old daughter to get the HPV vaccine?

Jennifer Wider, MD, answers a reader's question about teens and the human papillomavirus vaccine.
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