Indian ministry denies advising pregnant women to avoid sex

The Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy, or AYUSH, released a statement to clarify the controversial advice it issued to pregnant women last week.

A booklet titled "Mother and Child Care" was put together by India's Central Council for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy, a body that falls under AYUSH. It offered a range of advice that included avoiding foods such as tea, coffee, oily foods and white flour, as well as avoiding non-vegetables -- meaning meat.

Want more affection? Have more sex

That's the takeaway of a series of four studies of committed couples in both the United States and Switzerland.

'Stealthing' - what you need to know

It may not be a word you've heard before but there's a lot of discussion about it right now on social media.

It's being talked about because of a US report which found cases are on the rise.

Victims' charities say it must be treated as rape - and that it's a hugely under-reported problem.

The study by Alexandra Brodsky in Columbia Journal of Gender and Law says it is a growing issue.

When too much sex is a sign of mental illness

When Rachel was 18 she noticed her sex drive took a jump.

"It was literally all I could think about and if I wasn't having it then I would be doing something related to it, or watching it online," she told Hack.

"As I got a little bit older, it started getting to pretty much every day of the week and maybe two to three partners a week."

It wasn't long before it started taking a toll on her relationships and she decided she should look somewhere for help.

Who orgasms most and least, and why

But why does this gender gap exist, and what can be done to achieve orgasm equality? After all, about 40% of women experience sexual dysfunction, associated with a chronic difficulty in achieving orgasm.

Experts are offering some answers.

Asthma sufferers 'struggling with their sex lives'

Over two-thirds (68%) of people with asthma who responded to a survey by the charity said their sex lives have been directly affected by their condition.

Callie-Anne, 31, said her sex life with her husband was put "on hold" because of her severe asthma.

The charity said it may be a sign that people do not have the disease under control and they should seek advice.

Callie-Anne said she was not surprised at the results of the survey as "people are suffering in silence".


Read this if you're anxious about sex - and fear it will hurt

"It's a time of significant adjustment in your life," says Eddie Morris from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

"That can be a cause of increase anxiety and worry," he tells Newsbeat.

This is his advice for 16 to 24-year-olds who are having sex for the first time - and worrying about it.

Talk it through

Painful sex can happen if couples have different sexual expectations, likes and dislikes.

Eddie Morris says being emotionally close to your partner is important - because you can talk things through.

What is a ‘normal’ sex life?

Let’s face it, human sexuality is complicated. There are probably as many different sexual peccadilloes as there are flavours of food – and like our culinary tastes, our preferences vary from country to country, individual to individual, and day to day.

What the sex robots will teach us

 In the movie "Her," a man falls in love with his Siri-like operating system. And in AMC's show "Humans," a husband has an affair with his pretty robotic assistant.

It's the stuff of science fiction. But could a world in which robots are at our sexual beck and call be nearer than we think? What would that mean for humanity and for our sex lives?

Most experts agree that we're at least decades away from a true "Westworld" scenario. We just don't have the technology to create robots that can function as realistic sex partners, but we may be getting closer.

Why women moan during sex

From "When Harry Met Sally" to "Sex and the City" to your basic porn film, women in the throes of passion aren't just shouting their ecstasy from the rooftops, they're moaning with pleasure. Loudly.

But is this just cinematic license, or is there really something to noisy sex?