Sexual Health Thursday March 24, 2016

Sex and relationship questions you always wanted to ask

Sex and relationship classes have a set curriculum of questions - how sex works for example, but eleven year olds, and grown-ups too, have questions we're too scared to ask the teacher. Here are a few - you don't even have to raise your hand. No giggling at the back.

Pubic Hair - What to do

Pubic hairstyles come and go in fads. The Hollywood, the Brazilian and the Mohican - do whatever you like! There is no right or wrong. It's more important to feel comfortable with your body.

When Should You Have Sex?

Third date rule? There are no rules apart from wear a condom. When you both feel ready it is the right time is perfect. This can be on the first date or the 100th date.

Is Masturbating Bad for You?

No. It's perfectly normal but if you're watching a lot of porn with it you may want to cut down. Some studies indicate our brains rewire when we watch a lot of porn, which creates a need for more extreme porn to reach the same level of excitement. This may cause problems getting turned on in real life.

What Birth Control Should I Use?

Chat with your doctor to narrow down the options. There are hormonal contraceptives that work well such as the combined pill, the IUS and the vaginal ring, or there are non-hormonal options such as the copper-based IUD, female condoms and diaphragms. If you're in a new relationship, condoms are vital to protect against STIs.

How Do I know if I have an STI?

Sometimes the symptoms are obvious - any blisters, itching, pain when urinating, bleeding or smells need checking out. Your doctor or STI clinic will help and provide medicine for the curable ones. Herpes and HIV are incurable but there are long-term management options. Some STIs have no symptoms, such as chlamydia. If you've had unprotected sex, a check-up is important because some of the silent STIs can cause infertility.

What's Squirting?

It's when fluid is released from a woman's vagina during orgasm. There are questions about whether the fluid is dilute urine or prostate fluid. Some women do it and others don't - either way is normal!

Should I Do Anal?

If you're thinking about it because you're under pressure and you've seen it in porn, then no. Remember porn is a show not real life. Only try anal sex if you feel happy about it. If you're sure, then use lots of lube and go slowly.

Is It True You Can Get Pregnant Kissing with Tongues?

No.

What's The Average Penis Size?

Penises come (boom!) in all shapes and sizes but the NHS says that an average adult penis is 5.5-6.3 inches in length and 4.7-5.1 inches in girth. They consider a penis small if it's less than three inches when erect. Remember that a flaccid penis is no indication of its erect size.

How Long Should Sex Last?

There are lots of studies ranging from two minutes to seven minutes on average, but the truth is there is no set time. When one person is unhappy with the length of time sex is lasting then there's a problem. If you're both satisfied then don't worry about what other people are doing, because there's probably lying anyway.


Sources

http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/relationships/five-questions-about-sex-youve-always-wanted-to-know-the-answers-to/story-fnet0gt3-1226807264122

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2051902/Men-use-internet-porn-likely-hopeless-bedroom.html

http://stepupyoursexlife.com/2016/02/08/how-long-should-sex-last/

http://stepupyoursexlife.com/2015/11/20/female-ejaculation-whats-going-on/

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