Penis Bend, 4-day Erection, Tiny Condoms: 10 Best & Worst Sex Health Headlines of 2017

(HEADLINE HEALTH) When it comes to your health, there’s one place you really don’t want things going wrong.

2017 brought some truly cringeworthy news in the sexual health department, but also more than enough really GOOD NEWS to totally make up for it.

Here are our picks for the 10 Best & Worst Sex Health Headlines of 2017. Let’s get the year’s 5 worst sex health headlines out of the way so we can get to all the good stuff. 

5. Guys with a curved penis got some of the worst news of the year. Having a bent penis is associated with a significantly increased risk of several cancers. This includes testicular cancer (40 percent higher risk), melanoma (29 percent), stomach cancer (40 percent).

Researchers suggest a gene that may trigger crooked penises could also be linked to the development of tumors. If this a concern for you, read our full coverage.

4. A story out of Oklahoma is a reminder that words “swallowed” and “unidentified pill” should never go together.

A $5 million civil right lawsuit alleges that a former prison inmate developed a painful erection that lasted just short of four days (91 hours to be exact) after violating this ‘hard and fast’ rule.

Dustin Lance alleges that he didn’t receive proper medical care in time despite pleading with the prison staff, and now has permanent injury, presumably to his penis.

The takeaway here is that as you’ve heard in all those ED commercials, seek medical attention if you have an erection that lasts more than four hours – NOT four days.

Here’s the full story if you need to know more on the unfortunate gentleman from Oklahoma, but we’d pretty much rather move along.

3. One of the year’s ‘biggest’ sexual health stories is actually about smallness.

It was announced in October that the FDA had approved smaller condoms.

Why? Studies showed that the old 6.69-inch minimum length rule is actually more than a full inch longer than the penis of an average American male. Embarrassing.

Condom lengths will now begin at 4.9 inches and work their way up from there. At the other end of the spectrum is the super size 9.4 inches unit.

2. 2017 saw a flood of news stories about the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.

Some of these  STDs have become so virulent that even people who technically consider themselves ‘virgins’ are getting them.

Researchers are saying that almost any type of intimate contact can cause infection. Read more here.

1. Topping our list of five worst sex health headlines of the year is our report on Harvey Weinstein’s lame ‘sex addiction’ excuse.

It seems that being a handsy creep is now some sort of disability that requires a stay in a rehab.

Pithy responses like those posted in Headline Health’s popular Comments area suggest that hands-on sexual predators should indeed go to rehab – the kind with steel bars and razor wire.

Dishonorable mention: These stories are runners-up for Worst Sex Health Headlines of 2017 –

This Sex Act is a Crime in 34 States

Sexperts: The ‘G-Spot’ Does Not Exist; Women Beg to Differ

Scientists: Risk of Rx-Resistant Bacteria Okay to Help Gay Men Have More Sex

18 Months in Federal Prison for Doctor Who Traded Sex for Rx

Woman Nearly Dies of Flesh-Eating Bacteria In Vagina

Now the part you’ve been waiting for … Headline Health’s Top 5 Best Sex Health Headlines of 2017 

5. The benefits of sex extend well beyond the bedroom.

Scientifically verified perks of adult fun range from slashing stress levels to lowering your risk of cancer and heart attacks.

Sex also reduces anxiety and boosts your overall health. Read the full list of 5 perks of sex that extend well beyond bedroom in the Headline Health archive.

4. Science Daily reported that more frequent sexual activity has been linked to improved brain function in older adults, according to a study by the universities of Coventry and Oxford.

The study involved people aged between 50 and 83. The study measured patterns of brain function in older adults, focusing on attention, memory, fluency, language and visuospatial ability.

The results: participants who engaged in weekly sexual activity scored the most highly, with the verbal fluency tests showing the strongest effect. Get the full story here.

3. HealthCentral reported a new way to ward off ED: eat more fruit.

Researchers analyzed data of more than 50,000 men on their ability to get and maintain an erection. Also, dietary data was collected every four years from 1986.

They found that men who consumed foods high in flavonoids – particularly anthocyanins, flavones, and flavanones – had a lower risk of ED.

Anthocyanins are present in blueberries, cherries, strawberries, blackberries, and black currants, while flavones and flavanones are found in citrus, according to the report.

2. MEN’S HEALTH had great news in 2017 for anyone who dreads waking up in the mornings.

It turns out that having sex when you wake up boosts your mood and energy level, and decreases your blood pressure.

Researchers monitored the body clocks of 1,000 people. Participants were asked to log the times where they saw the most benefit out of daily activities like exercising, eating lunch, and having sex.

Most people reported that 7:30 a.m. was the best time to have sex because they felt less stressed afterwards. As a bonus, men’s testosterone levels are highest in the morning, meaning you’ll likely last longer. Read more.

1. This leads us to the Number One Best Sex Health Headline of 2017: 5 Foods For Rock Hard Erections.

Every guy needs help from time to time. Millions have turned to ED drugs like Viagra, in spite of the high cost and the risk of side effects.

That’s what’s great about this list – a guy may be able to solve any ED issues with simple additions to his diet. This includes oysters, cherries, and a moderate amount of a certain type of wine. Get the full list here.

Headline Health has valuable news for men, women, and couples every day of the week. Here are our five runner-ups for Best Sex Health Headline of 2017:

8 Rules for a Healthy Vagina

Men: 3 Simple Ways to Improve Your Sex Life

6 Tips This Sex Therapist Finds Herself Repeating

Why Sex Is Better at Hotels Than At Home

Lose Weight By Having Sex, According To Science

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