Category Archives: sex and health

No Oral Or Anal, We’re Virginals


Germany will soon legally recognise intersex people as a unique category. Although the law falls short of creating a “third gender”, parents of intersex children will not be obliged to fill in a gender on birth certificates and intersex children will be allowed to identify as male, female or neither, later-on in life. The new law will not apply to transgender people. However lawyers have argued that trans people should also have the right to determine their legally recognised gender. Germany’s Justice Minister, Sabine Leuthheusser-Schnarrenberger has said that “comprehensive reform” is needed.



Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli is calling for a ban on oral and anal sex between consenting adults. Cuccinelli is an equal opportunity prude – he wants to kibosh all oral and anal between hetero and homosexual couples. It was only in 2003 that America’s Supreme Court ruled that individual states cannot prohibit private sexual activity between same-sex adults, although Virginia only overturned its ban on “sodomy” last month. Cuccinelli has asked the federal court to reconsider this decision.



Google Glass is not yet available, but the world’s first porn film using the technology has already been made. The film stars the ever-popular James Deen and Andy San Dimas. They have sex on her desk while wearing the Google Glass headgear, which allows them to watch each other’s point of view though their paired devices. Which is damn pretty clever, and suggests we may be able to have sex in a completely new way, very soon!



There is a whole range of contraceptive choices these days. Choosing the best one for you can be confusing. Here are the most popular types of contraception and their effectiveness rates.

• Pill – 99 percent effective if taken properly. Some medications can interfere with contraceptive pills, so be sure to check with
your doctor.

• Mini-Pill – 96 to 99 percent effective. The mini-pill has to be taken at the same time every day. If not, it is less effective.
• Injection – 99 percent effective. A good choice if you don’t mind needles.

• Patch – 99 percent effective, but you do have wear a plaster for three weeks out of four.

• Implant – 99 percent effective and works for up to three years. You can feel the implant under the skin, but it is not visible.

• Intrauterine System – 99 percent effective and works for up to five years. However it is generally only given to women who have already had a family.

• Coil – 98 to 99 percent effective and can stay in for up to ten years.

• Vaginal Ring – 99 percent effective if
properly used.

• Diaphragm or Cap – 92 to 98 percent effective. I don’t like those odds…

• Condoms – 99 percent effective if used properly and the only contraception that prevents sexually transmitted diseases. Using condoms properly along with the pill is as close to a guarantee as you will get.

Ladies, please yourself!

Just recently a California addiction centre claimed that ladies were ruining their relationships because of constant self-love. The centre, of course, claims to cure this masturbation ‘addiction’. Unless you are spending hours every day indulging yourself, this is unlikely. In fact, masturbation is good for you. Here’s why:
• Masturbation helps prevent cervical infections and relieves urinary tract infections by flushing out bad bacteria.
• The more orgasms a woman has, whether solo or à deux, the less chance she has of developing heart disease and type-2 diabetes.
• Masturbation relieves depression and stress by boosting dopamine and epinephrine.
• It’s good exercise for your pelvic floor, preventing incontinence and prolapse. Eek!
• Orgasm helps you relax, oxytocin and endorphins are released, which helps you sleep.

Sex ED for kids

Chicago is set to introduce a new sex education programme for all schools, including pre-schools. The policy from the Chicago Board of Education makes it mandatory that sex education be given in all grades. The youngest children will learn about anatomy, reproduction, healthy relationships and personal safety. For the first time in Chicago, sex education will also cover sexual orientation and gender identity. It is hoped this will increase awareness, promote tolerance and prevent bullying, said the school board.

Sex Injuries

Ha, if you thought unplanned pregnancies and STIs were all you had to worry about when having sex, think again. Sex-related injuries are pretty common – most frequently bumps, sprains and pulled muscles. However there are some odd ones to watch out for:
• Eye problems: some orgasm can be so intense they cause the blood
vessels in your eyes to rupture. Eek!
• Condom consumption: it is not that unusual for a woman to
accidentally swallow a condom when giving an enthusiastic blow job.
• Glass is dangerous: drinking while having sex is common as is breaking glasses! People in the throes of passion don’t necessarily clean up all the shards, leading to painful injuries. Ouch!
• Heart attack: the Journal Of The American Medical Association found that the risk of a heart attack triples in the hours after sex.
• Cat attack: it might be jealousy, but your feline friend is a sex hazard. Better off keeping them out of the room!
• Blood clots: it’s rare, but a very enthusiastic love bite can cause a blood clot, with serious health repercussions.


World Aid’s Day take place on 1 December and in the lead up to it Durex are donating one free condom for everyone who gets involved on Facebook or Twitter.

To donate a condom to help stop the spread of HIV/Aids, log on to Facebook and share the Durex World Aids Day image or video (available on or use he Twitter hash tag #1share1condom.

Your donated condom will be sent to the Dublin Aids Alliance, which does great work in sexual health education and combating HIV?transmission.

The campaign runs until 1 December.

Free HIV and STI testing on 9 May

Nobody likes thinking they may have a sexually transmitted disease, but if you’ve ever had sex without a condom, and that’s most people, it makes sense to get tested.

The Dublin Aids Alliance are offering free HIV and STI Testing at their office 53 Parnell Square West on Wednesday May 9th from 1:45 to 4:00pm. This is a walk in service so no appointment necessary.

Sex ed does not encourage sex

Half the reason certain parents object to sex education in school is a fear that this will encourage their little darlings to start shagging like rabbits. Anyone who has had sex education will know that this is patent nonsense and now a study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health has confirmed that sex ed actually delays sex – but so does abstinence instruction. Laura Duberstein Lindberg and Isaac Maddow-Zimet of the Guttmacher Institute in New York found that young adults who had received instruction on both abstinence and birth control tended to be older when they first had sex and they were more likely to have used condoms or other contraceptives during their first experience. Interestingly, if perhaps obviously, women who had only received abstinence-only education were significantly less likely to use a condom during their first experience of sex, most likely because abstinence education often erroneously claims that condoms do not work.

Muff March! Protest against “designer vaginas”

On Saturday, women are planning to descend on London’s Harley Street to protest against vaginal surgery. The argument is porn and popular culture teaches women to feel bad about their genitals if they don’t conform to certain aesthetic standards.

Labiaplasty is on the increase in the UK (and presumably here too). According to the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology there was an increase of 70% in operations compared with 2007 1,118 labiaplasty operations on the NHS in 2008; 669 in 2007 and 404 in 2006.

I’m all for genital grooming, but anything involving scalpels can result in loss of sensation or complications.

You can read all about it here.

Channel 4 Sex Education Show

I’ve been catching a bit of C4’s Sex Education Show and quite good it is too, at least in terms of answering teenagers’ questions. but, but, the whole Stop Pimping Our Kids thing was really annoying. Not the idea, mind, the execution.

I can’t see how telling parents to switch off MTV if they don’t approve of the content is useful advice. We live in an interconnected online world and it’s easier to search for the latest music videos on the internet than it is to wait for MTV to get round to actually playing music.

Secondly handing out awards for “Most Inappropriate Content” to reception staff at TV stations and bad report cards to clothing store managers at chains that sell padded bras for kids is less than useless. Given that C4 have a large number of viewers there was a chance to do some real campaigning on the early sexualisation of children before they filmed the series.

On a side note… I have come to the conclusion that other people’s genitals are best viewed through the fog of lust. When they are larger than life-size and in high definition on your television screen, they do look a bit odd…

Is female sexual dysfunction a myth?

There’s no doubt that Viagra is one of the most profitable drugs ever made, and since it’s success pharmaceutical companies have been trying to develop an equivalent for women.

Many experts disagree with the whole pharmaceutical definition of female sexual dysfunction claiming women’s sexual problems are far more likely to be psychological, either because of unhappy relationships, boredom or some sexual trauma in the past.

Ray Moynihan’s book, Sex, Lies and Pharmaceuticals makes a compelling case that pharmaceutical companies have basically invented a disease a declared it widespread.

Here are some interesting articles exploring the idea from The Guardian and Salon.