An essential guide for any woman with a partner who is not circumcised. This video is smart, funny, and has lovemaking tips you won’t find anywhere else.
More than 90% of women have breasts that are different from each other in size, shape, or position on their chest. It’s usually the left breast that’s larger, and in almost 25% of women, the larger breast is at least one cup size bigger than the other. This can make bra shopping quite a challenge.
Over the course of a woman’s lifetime, her breast size will change up to six or seven times.
Also, a woman’s hormones influence almost every aspect of her breasts. This is why it’s perfectly normal for women’s breasts to change in consistency and sensitivity from week to week during each menstrual cycle.
Click the navigation below the image for the NSFW version. That image is by Lee Meier from Portland Oregon. If you need a professional photographer for a wedding, portrait, Z-card, or for a special occasion or event, contact Lee at Mono Graphics Studios.
More young adults are living with their parents—Get a free chapter on tips for having sex in your parents’ home
It used to be that most young adults either got married soon after college or they would get an apartment or live with roommates. The same was true for young adults who didn’t go to college. But that has changed, and it’s changed in a big way.
Researchers have found that more young adults are living with their parents than ever before.
In case that’s your situation, CLICK HERE for a free chapter Sex after You Move Back Home from the Guide To Getting It On. It covers the various issues–and solutions–for dealing with sex under your parents’ roof after you move back home.
“This is one of the best videos I have reviewed in years on the role of the clitoris in sex.” —Dr. Michael Perelman, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Reproductive Medicine, and Urology at the NY Weill Medical College of Cornell University, former President of The Society for Sex Therapy and Research and a Fellow of the Sexual Medicine Society of North America and the International Society for Study of Women’s Sexual Health.
“Fantastic! Super comprehensive and engaging. This is so needed.” —Heather McPherson M.A., LPC-S, LMFT, Southwest Sexual Health Alliance
“Awesome! Great info, and I love the editing on the video.” —Dr. Jill
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Once a young woman gets to be in her twenties, she usually has access to more traditional types of sex toys for masturbation, e.g. vibrators and/or dildos. But before then, the type and variety of objects that younger women use to get themselves off with is jaw-droppingly impressive.
About a month ago, one of the askReddit questions was “Women, what’s the strangest thing you’ve masturbated with?” There have been more than 4,000 responses. Here are some of them:
- I used to have a bed with a ball on the post (the post was only about about 2 feet high and the ball on the post was quite small) and I remember using that.
- One of those tubes of M&M minis before I was old enough to buy a real sex toy. It worked well. I think they still sell these.
- A toy Gandalf. Technically it wasn’t really masturbation I just wanted to see if he would fit. When I first put him down there he wasn’t sure which hole to go in,
- A blanket pulled tight up between my legs that I humped at til I came. It was awesome.
- A pillow. I’m 22 and it still gives me a better orgasm than any of my actual toys
- An electric toothbrush
- One time when I was 14 I straddled a huge Scooby-Doo I won at Kings Island and road him to Kingdom Cum. I only got to do it once though because I busted him open. I was cleaning up that weird foam filler for weeks.
- I found a finished roll of one of those sticky lint removers, and the handle was pretty phallic shaped. To keep it even smoother and easier to use I took a rubber glove and put one of the fingers over the handle and just tied the rest around the non usable portion. It worked pretty well when I was 16 until I finally got the courage to just go buy a real dildo.
- A prismacolor marker in powder blue that I dipped in wax several times to increase the width. I then wrapped it in saran wrap and went to town…
- N64 controller with a Rumble Pak. I just walked Mario into a corner and rumbled away. (This was 15 years ago.)
- When I was a kid, I masturbated with my Squiggle Wiggle Pen, which was both shaped similar to and vibrated like a dildo. My mom caught me, and she made me throw it out. But by then, I was so addicted to cumming, that I secretly fished it out of the garbage. The next time she caught me with it, she told me that if I ever touched myself again, she would take me to the doctor and tell them something was wrong with me. Looking back, she did a real shit job on sex ed.
- The handle of my hairbrush when I was about 15. (Hairbrush handles are pretty common, based on the women’s answers to our sex survey.)
- My ex told me she used to grind on her stuffed animals faces because their bead noses and eyes felt nice. When I visited her house, all her stuffed animal’s faces were a little wonky. We had a good laugh about it.
- Do you remember those keychain things kids used to make with those linguine shaped colored plastic strings? They would weave them together to make multicolored long thing keychain. Yeah. One of those. At church camp. When I was very young. See you all in hell
- More like what haven’t we used to masturbate with… When I was a kid.. Removable top on my four post bed.. and squeezing my thighs together hard enough to orgasm.. Hairbrush handle.. Venus razor handle with the razor detatched… Various bottles… A bottle of lube… A mini bottle of baby powder.. :l .. Too many things… I’m so glad im older now and have actual fucking sex toys. My vagina thanks me for it signifigantly but.. the best toy that to this day I STILL use? The shower head.. Turned on the ‘stronger’ spray setting settled right inbetween the legs… It feels good man… It feels good.
- When I was about 13 I bought a happy meal and it came with some toy drum sticks (which were suspiciously thick.) Used one of them as a dildo and that ladies and gents is the story of the first time I squirted.
- A tall skinny perfume bottle. With the top taped down
- One of those bubble wands. I would take in the shower and use it with the shower-head. I used it like a dildo and the shower head like a vibrator.
- I caught my sister masturbating with a Teddy Ruxpin when we were kids. As an adult, she later confessed that he was with her for many years… She would pop in a tape and let his little wiggling nose go to work. She even had favorite stories because of the accompanying motions.
- Top of a bed post. It was very dick shaped and it wobbled one day as I was changing my sheets. I got an idea and that night I went and unscrewed it and used it to masturbate. It was awesome. I was sexually active and very good with it.
- Covered one of my Anne geddes doll’s faces with baby oil and rubbed myself up and down on it until I came. Couldn’t look at it anymore after that night……I was a messed up kid
- Nothing all that odd, actually. The usual electric toothbrushes and such. I guess the oddest was a cucumber. That doesn’t even seem that odd.
- I heard losing my virginity would hurt so I tried to pop my own cherry with a toothbrush before I had actual sex. It hurt like hell. Probably shouldn’t have used the bristled end.
- I had a m&ms mini tube that I would use, occasionally a vacuum cleaner attachment, but my favorite was this purple blow up stick that was acquired at a sporting event. I used to deflate it half way, get the deflated bit inside as much as I wanted and then twist it until it inflated inside me. Instant orgasm. I also fashioned ice dildos while on vacation. I missed a family photo session because of an ice dildo. Thank goodness I discovered sex shops, there is nothing like a Hitachi wand.
- I used to run the tap in the bathtub while I laid with my crotch underneath it and let the hot water run. I got some intense orgasms from it but would have to turn the water really hot, to the point where I’ve scalded my back. Also there are two machines at the gym that if I really push myself on them, I eventually orgasm. One is a leg machine and the other one is an ab machine. It’s nice because it’s great incentive to work out but I just hope no one can tell what’s going on when I’m doing it. Lastly, not sure if this counts but in 5th grade I discovered that I could squeeze my legs together and eventually it would make me orgasm, so I would just do it during class all the time without anybody knowing. I can still do it now but it’s not as easy to finish anymore.
- Usually: a bushel of decorative styrofoam bananas I bought at Michael’s.
- When I was 14 I discovered the magic of whirlpool jets (my parents had a whirlpool in their bathroom). This was how I came for the first time. I asked to take a lot of baths. I was only caught once by my mom, but I like to think I played it off as I was just thinking hard about something, pressed up against the edge of the tub. Yeah, she probably totally believed it. A couple years ago I was at the drugstore and found a clear candy tube that was shaped just like a dick. I bought it, ate the candy, and filed down the protruding plastic seam at the end. I’ve since used it as my shower dildo, as filling it up with hot water makes for a lovely experience.
- Knitting needles. I was super into knitting when I was like 15, and it helped with my anxiety. I used to take them to school and knit between classes. Wasn’t long before I figured out the handle end was perf for hitting my g-spot. I remember in an IT class once, some asshole of a kid made a comment that I was like an old lady and probably masturbated with them. Hope he didn’t notice how red I went.
- Gluesticks, an oddly dick-shaped glass deodorant container, markers strapped together inside a glove, an electric toothbrush which I covered with a water balloon every time so it wouldn’t get scratchy, the well-stuffed tail of my large tiger plush (only once… Ow, fuzzy things don’t feel so fuzzy and nice in there), a long ovoid manicure set container, ends of hairbrushes, the butt of pool cues, cucumber covered in a glove, and one of those silly squiggly pens that everyone else seems to have tried.
Take that, crazy repressive family! Anything I could do to find a bit of enjoyment growing up… So glad I figured out masturbation to help keep my own sanity.
- I remember first discovering that the jets in a hot tub felt amazing. There were 4 of us, all girls in the hot tub. We were only about 15/16 and my friend goes bend over in front of this jet, it feels amazing. And so that’s when we all started doing it, all having orgasms. That was weird.
While it doesn’t happen very often, there can be times when you might feel sad or depressed after having sex. This can be confusing when the sex was good and you really like your partner.
There’s a very competent article on this in Good Housekeeping by Hannah Smothers: Is It Normal to Feel Sad After Sex? It doesn’t mean you’re broken, and it doesn’t mean you should break up.
It’s one thing when a couple has an agreement that it’s okay to have sex with other people. But when your partner assumes your relationship is monogamous and you have sex with someone else, it’s usually a really big deal.
If you or your parter have cheated and the two of you are trying to save your relationship, I’d strongly recommend that you listen to a one-hour webinar by Dr. Marty Klien titled Infidelity: After the affair, who owns the relationship?
This webinar costs $49, which is less than dinner and a movie. You’ll be hearing the wisdom of one of the world’s most experienced and thoughtful therapists who has worked with hundreds of couples who have been in the same boat as you are in now.
Dr. Klein’s presentation was created for therapists, but I think it’s great for couples, as long as you are willing to deal with reality as opposed to needing hand holding and reassurance. This presentation will give you a place to begin having the kind of conversations that are essential if you want to stay together.
Here’s a summary of what Dr. Klein covers—Instead of seeing infidelity as involving one selfish person and one victim, we’ll examine the following:
- Why are affairs so common?
- The typical belief that the betrayed acquires power as a result of being betrayed
- How much is sex an issue in most affairs? How can we treat desire discrepancies?
- How can we get couples to reconcile as partners rather than as adversaries?
- “That’s not infidelity, it’s just internet chat!”
- Drawing and maintaining boundaries around the wounded relationship
- The existential issues confronting both parties when there’s been an affair—and why it’s crucial to address these
- You’ll learn fresh ways of looking at affairs, fidelity, and sexuality—so that you can better evaluate patients, sort out individual and relationship issues, and help people heal from the experiences of powerlessness, grief, rage, and damaged self-esteem that are common on both sides of betrayal.
Click on More Information and Registration, then scroll down to the Video Webinar Series—Buy Now option. It’s on the website of the Southwest Sexual Health Alliance, which is where the seminar was held.
A recent study of young adults from the UK found that both men and women consider performing oral sex on a woman to be a “far bigger deal” than performing oral sex on a man.
“Many young men referred to vulvas negatively — as ‘dirty,’ ‘disgusting,’ ‘nasty,’ ‘droopy,’ ‘messy,’ ‘saggy,’ ‘stinking,'” the study’s authors write. As one 18-year-old man who participated in the study reported, “[If] a guy does it to a girl… boy, is his life over, because everyone knows about it.”
Women said they were aware of the male views, and that this made them less likely to enjoy receiving oral sex.
I just received a comment from an expert on the hymen whose study I had quoted a couple of years ago in a post I did for the Psychology Today Blogs: The New York Times Is Wrong about Hymens—But They Are Not Alone (see below). Here are her kind words that I think you’ll find very helpful:
I found your article on hymens to be refreshingly accurate. I am a Pediatrician whose specialty for the past 28 years has been the medical evaluation of suspected child sexual abuse. The article you quoted about adolescent girls with and without a history of consensual intercourse is mine.
There are actually 2 myths about the hymen; one dangerous and one protective for women:
The first and oldest myth is that the hymen always breaks the first time a woman has vaginal intercourse, and will bleed. The second is that athletics or tampons can break the hymen. These are not supported by any evidence whatsoever.
The hymen is stretchy!!! That is why most women don’t bleed after their first time.
A gynecologist who consults for my book says you wouldn’t believe how many women think their vaginas should be dry except when they are feeling sexually aroused.
Here’s the reality: it’s not unusual or abnormal for there to be enough discharge from a woman’s vagina to dry on her underwear or to soak through it. This is not a result of sexual arousal. It’s what vaginas do, and it’s happening all of the time. Secretions are the body’s way of doing maintence on a woman’s uterus and vagina.
According to the University of Illinois, “Normal discharge may appear clear, cloudy white, and/or yellowish when dry on clothing. It may also contain white flecks and at times may be thin and stringy.” This can vary depending on where a woman is during her menstrual cycle, with changes in her diet, emotional stressors, taking medications including the pill, and pregnancy.
QUESTION: What advice do you have for a partner who is giving you oral sex? ANSWER: When I'm on the brink of orgasm, DO NOT vary your technique. Keep the same rhythm and speed. Please.—A woman from our sex survey, age 26
Condoms are only meant to be driven once. And never use a condom for intercourse that’s been on a penis for oral sex. It’s easy to make tiny tears in the material with your teeth.
Words fail me…
Q: Do you use dating apps and/or websites? ANSWER: "I tried Eharmony.com. They sent me a letter explaining that based on my responses, I was not qualified for dating."—A male's response from our sex survey
A jury in Missouri has awarded $72 million to the family of a woman who died from ovarian cancer. The woman had dusted her crotch with talc from Johnson & Johnson for much of life, just like millons of women do in the US, Canada and the UK.
It didn’t help Johnson & Johnson’s case that one of their medical consultants informed them in 1997 that “Anybody who denies the risk of using hygienic talc and ovarian cancer will be publicly perceived in the same light as those who denied a link between smoking cigarettes and cancer; denying the obvious in the face of all evidence to the contrary.”
Then there was the esteemed gynecologist from Harvard who stated that powdering female genitals with talc could be a contributing factor in 10,000 cases of ovarian cancer each year. Oops!
Powder giant Johnson & Johnson disagreed, as has much of the media who keeps repeating the tired statement that the cancer-causing culprit in talc was asbestos, which has been filtered out of talc since the 1970s. They forget to mention that silica, which can be found in some forms of talc, is listed as a cancer causing agent. They also seem to gloss over the fact that the jury only needed to deliberate for five hours before finding Johnson & Johnson guilty.
Why hasn’t Johnson & Johnson warned women about the possible dangers of using talc on their crotches? Why would they, given their recent history of being fined billions of dollars for misrepresenting their drug Risperdal, and for their recalls of Rolaids, Mylanta, Tylenol, Benadryl, Acuvue contac lenses, failing hip replacements, and losing or destroying thousands of key documents related to their defective vaginal mesh products.
How dangerous is it for a woman to directly powder her genitals, or powder her pads with talc, or to use talc-containing sprays? Some studies say there is a link between talc and ovarian cancer, others aren’t so sure. As for relative risks, using talc on female genitals is not nearly as dangerous as smoking a pack of cigaretts a day, and maybe not even as dangerous as drinking the water in Flynt Michigan.
So if you use talc on your genitals, it’s unlikely you’ll be joining the thousand or so women with ovarian cancer who have filed lawsuits against Johnson and Johnson—or that your family will be joining the families of these women after they died.
This leaves us with the question of why would a woman feel she needs to powder her genitals at all, and are there safer alternatives?
In China, which is the world’s leading producer of talc, only 2.2% of women dust their crotches with talc. In the US, Canada, and the UK, almost 50% of women use talc on their genitals. For starters, Chinese women haven’t been bombarded with ads like these for the past 100 years:
Hypospadias is one of the most common birth anomalies there is. It occurs in 1 out of every 125 to 250 boys, although mild forms of hypospadias may be even more common than this.
Hypospadias is a condition where the urethra doesn’t go to the end of the penis. The urethra is the tube inside the penis that urine and semen pass through. In mild cases of hypospadias, the urethra comes out near the end of the penis, but not quite. In more severe cases, it can come out anywhere from below the head of the penis to the area between the scrotum and anus which is called the anogential region.
It makes sense that hypospadias occurs on the bottom side of the penis where nature left what appears to be a long seam. The seam occurs when the penis is forming in the fetus. It’s just below where the urethra goes. As part of fetal development, nature fuses or “zips up” the shaft and head of penis to make it look more like a sausage. Where there is hypospadias, the urethra got caught in the seam.
From A Kiss Can’t Lie: Why Kissing Is Far More Intimate Than Having Sex by Zara Barrie in Elite Daily:
“You can have sex without even looking your partner in the eye. But kisses are built on nothing but feelings.”
“It’s hard for me to snog (kiss) someone I don’t like, but it’s easy for me to shag (fuck) him. When I’m shagging, I can just shut my eyes and get on with it.”
Here’s our very own video on kissing:
A young woman’s answer to our sex survey question “Please describe one or two of your best sexual experiences”:
“The first time my boyfriend went down on me, I was caught completely off guard. We had been making out and he had been fingering me. When he asked if he should keep going I said, ‘Yes,’ thinking he meant doing the same. Then he began pulling down my pants and underwear and I remember thinking that I didn’t expect that but I didn’t want him to stop. As it was happening, I realized it was the first time I’d ever been naked in front of someone this way, and I instinctively covered my face with my hands. I suddenly felt overexposed. When I looked at him, he smiled at me—sweetly, reassuringly, making sure I was still okay. As he started going down I remember thinking, ‘Is this really happening?!’ The sensation was alien. The novelty of the situation prevented me from fully appreciating the sexual stimulation. But the emotional intimacy was so electric and pure that the experience was transcendent and will stay with me always.”
This very cool image is of Karly and Sean from the What You See Fit Tumblr.
The man and woman in the slideshow above have great sex together in spite of their pubic hair. As for this woman in the bathtub…
…She and her partner have fun playing with her pubic hair. And taking a bath without having to shave can be relaxing!
Still, if you don’t like your pubic hair, see our cool shaving slideshow that shows one of the less abrasive ways to remove pubic hair.
The people in slideshow above are from the Tumblr Slide To Unlock. They are a creative couple from the UK who have been married for more than ten years. They created their Tumblr as a chronicle of their sex life.
GET GRIPPER BARS! Get ADA approved gripper bars for shower sex. The person on the receiving end can lean forward and grab the bar while the person behind is thrusting.
These bars are less than $25: Moen 8942 Home Care 42-Inch Grab Bar Stainless 42 inches (4.8 out of 5 stars from 158 reviews on Amazon, but none mention sex).
Also: Moen 8736 Home Care 36-Inch Grab Bar, Stainless , 18″ to 42,” (4.8 out of 5 stars from 322 reviews, but none mention sex).
These Moen Saftey Bars are rated at 500 lbs. pull strength and are ADA compliant—not that the ADA rates equipment for its sex-worthiness.
Here is an extensive list of books, articles and websites that I’ve put together on sex, Asperger’s and autism.
I’ve tried to divide these resources into two parts: Part 1. For parents, teachers, therapists, teens and preteens, and Part 2. For adults with autism and their partners who may or may not have autism.
There is some crossover between the two parts, e.g. Naked Brain Ink should be in both sections. Also, you might wonder why a few of the resources I’ve listed aren’t specifically on sex and autism. I believe it’s difficult to understand more about sex and autism if you don’t have good sense of what autism is to begin with. Some of the most highly regarded books on autism in general are NeuroTribes by Steve Silberman, Uniquely Human by Barry Prizant, and anything written by Temple Grandin (I’ve listed some of her books at the end of Part 1).
Beyond separating the following resources into Part 1 and 2, there is no way I could tell which are best for your needs, so I haven’t listed them in any particular order.
Part 1. For Parents, Teachers, Therapists, Teenagers, and Preteens
Nathan and Sylvia A brief YouTube video that tells the story of a boy with autism and his autism service dog. This video isn’t about sex. It’s about love. It’s Nathan’s story in his own words about how he was struggling terribly middle school. Then his parents got him a service dog named Sylvia who helped change his life. Sylvia became Nathan’s best friend and showed him how to do more than just live with autism. Nathan is in college now, with Sylvia still by his side. (Nathan’s high school district did not want him to bring Sylvia to school with him and tried to prevent it from happening. Nathan’s parents eventually got a law passed in their state legislature to allow autism service dogs in schools.)
Here’s Nathan’s YouTube Channel Autism ACTUALLY Speaking. He gives helpful advice on subjects like coping with change, managing anxiety, and making friends.
Sexuality: Your Sons and Daughters with Intellectual Disabilities a book by Karin Melberg Schwier & Dave Hingburger
Teaching Children with Down Syndrome about Their Bodies, Boundaries, and Sexuality An excellent book by Terri Couwenhoven, who is highly regarded and respected by sex educators and therapists for her incredible knowledge and skill in working with people who are developmentally delayed or have autism-spectrum disorders.
The Growing Up Book for Boys: What Boys on the Autism Spectrum Need to Know! by Davida Hartman, one of the most respected educators for children with autism and developmental disabilities. It explains the growth spurts, body changes and mood swings of adolescence for boys aged 9-14. This is a time when bodies start acting with a will of their own, friendships change and crushes start to develop. The “Growing Up Books” use direct language and cool colour illustrations, this book helps boys understand what they need to know about growing hair in new places, shaving, wet dreams, unexpected erections, and more.
This is a real life couple spending a lazy afternoon together. You’d never know that couples spend time together like this if your main source of sex-ed is porn or your way of hooking up is Tinder or Grindr.
Wether you are straight or gay, relationships in real life include lazy afternoons as well as the occasional all out sexfest. Friendship and intimacy rarely exist in porn, but they are often a central part of sex in real life relationships.
This image is from the Of the Moon and Sea Tumblr.
"A few years ago something strange started happening to me. I’m sure I’m not the only one, but every single guy I hooked up with attempted to have anal sex with me. I’m not sure if it just suddenly became a trend or if there’s something about me that specifically says 'Hey, I’d love it if you shoved your giant dick up my ass.' Let me also say, none of these guys asked, they just did it."from "How To Make Me Come"
I’ve now collected more than 11,000 of your sex surveys.
While I have seldom found there to be a “typical” women’s survey response, the men’s survey answers tend to be more predictable. That’s why the survey I’m posting today stood out as being unusual.
This man likes having sex with women, but he is aroused by looking at penises. He posts photos of his own penis online every day. He also enjoys transgender porn and cock’n’ball torture. So if you’re a guy who is into the things this man is, you can take solace in knowing that you’re not alone.
A 32-Year Old Man
I am a sperm-donor baby and never knew my father.
I grew up identifying as straight and have only had physical/romantic relationships with women. But now I consider myself “open to all options” and have been interacting more erotically with men in online forums. I am still strongly attracted to women, but I also find men’s genitals incredibly arousing.
I have always had issues with showering and being naked with other guys. I definitely had self-confidence issues when I was growing up (I believed I was dramatically under-endowed). Now I feel nervous about the idea of being naked around other men for the opposite reason. I fear that showering or being naked with other men (in a non-erotic context) would cause me to become aroused and I would embarrass myself in a whole new way.
I’ve had four relationships, all with women: two long-term, a one-night-stand with a friend, and a friends-with-benefits situation. Some of my best sexual experiences have been simultaneous orgasms during intercourse, 69 and mutual masturbation. There’s nothing better than sharing that moment.
I masturbate 2-4 times per week, but I post erotic photos of myself online on an almost daily basis, and so I often feel like I’m in a constant state of mild arousal, regardless of actual orgasms.
I’ve learned that women’s bodies are often radically more “connected” than men’s bodies in terms of sensory arousal. Ears, necks, nipples, fingers, feet: it seems like almost any part of a woman’s body can be fair game for erotic touch, whereas I feel like my own erogenous zones are much more exclusively limited to my genitals and mouth.
The nation’s most prominent food safety-lawyer has made a list of the six foods he will never eat. This guy has taken on Chili’s, Chi-Chi’s, Chipotle, Costco, ConAgra, Dole, KFC, McDonald’s, Odwalla, Sizzler, Taco Bell and Wendy’s. He clearly knows his food borne bacteria.
At #2 on his list of the most dangerous foods are raw bean sprouts—including alfalfa, mung beans, clover and radish sprouts. These can make you very sick due to bacterial contamination of their seeds.
Raw bean sprouts smell like semen, and semen contains seeds—if you count sperm as being seeds.
So is semen safer to swallow than sprouts? I don’t know of any studies on this. But if semen wasn’t safe to swallow, millions of straight women and gay men would be hospitalized each year due to semenella poisoning. This does not appear to be the case.
There is reason for concern if you have bleeding gums AND your partner has Ebola, HIV, hepatitis, herpes, chlamydia, gonorrhea or perhaps HPV.
But in the overall scheme of things, French kissing (mouth to mouth) is probably a more frequent source of disease transmission than swallowing semen or eating sprouts.
Polyamory is when a relationship involves more than two people, with the consent of everyone involved. Polyamory is a broad term which can include group relationships, or it can be a single person who chooses to have multiple relationships without an agreement of monogamy. The relationships often include friendship, love, and emotional commitment in addition to sex.
Polyamory is different from swinging. Swinging is where primary couples switch partners while everyone is in the same location. Swinging is usually more about recreational sex, while people who are into polyamory share emotional as well as sexual feelings.
I know of a situation where a woman lives with her husband and their best friend, who is also her lover. Each has their own bedroom. One night she’ll sleep with her husband, the next night with their best friend. The two men never have sex together, although everyone shares in the bill paying and household chores.
I know of another polyamory relationship where the husband and wife live together in a home with their children. To someone who doesn’t know them well, they seem like a regular nuclear family. But they have an open relationship where each has a lover who the other knows about. So there is no sneaking around, because nothing is hidden. The other partners don’t live in the house with them and don’t participate in parenting their children.
In polyamory, lovers can be of the opposite sex or the same sex. There can be a wide range of gender and sexual orientations. This is different from swinging, where female bisexuality is common but male bisexuality is less accepted.
Polyamory honchos (authors and heads of poly organizations) say that as long as there is full communication and transparency, things like jealousy, possessiveness and rejection can be overcome. I’m not so sure this is always the case, so tread carefully and be fully informed if this is what you’d like to try.
I usually don’t announce posts in advance, except in cases like this when I’ve spent weeks working on one.
I’ve been looking into a recently discovered sexually transmitted infection called Mycoplasma genitalium. It was first discovered in 1980, but researchers weren’t even sure it was an STI for several years. It is extremely small and difficult to culture. Worse yet, there are no approved tests to detect it.
Some of the challenges scientists have faced with Mycoplasma genitalium are similar to the story of the blind men and the elephant. But unlike the elephant, which is one of the largest living creatures, this new STI is one of the smallest living organisms ever discovered. It has the shortest genetic code of any single-cell organism that is capable of self-replication, yet it can cause a man’s urethra to become chronically inflamed and make his penis constantly drip. Or it may be able to attach to a sperm and get a free ride up a woman’s fallopian tubes where it could possibly give her pelvic inflammatory disease.
A considerable problem in treating Mycoplasma genitalium is that it doesn’t have a cell wall. Most antibiotics work by attacking a protein in the bacteria’s cell wall. So if there’s no cell wall, there are fewer ways to kill the bacteria. Drinking a Slurpee at 7-11 would be as effective in fighting this bacteria as most front line antibiotics.
Another problem is how this new STI is quickly becoming resistant to the few treatments we do have.
Most media reports about Mycoplasma genitalium or anything else in science and medicine are generated from press releases that journals create to help increase their readership and influence. These press releases are seldom harbingers of scientific truth, yet they form the foundation for much of what we read about science and medicine.
As a result, I’m reading most of the actual studies done on Mycoplasma genitalium since 2000. I have also contacted some of the authors of these studies with my own questions. Hopefully I’ll have a complete post on Mycoplasma genitalium ready by the end of next week.
Santa Barbara City College was the first college in the country to use the Guide To Getting It On in their sex ed classes.
A special welcome to SBCC students who are taking PSY 125: Psychology Of Human Sexuality. It’s one of the few courses that will keep rewarding you and your partners throughout your entire lives.