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Teen Sex: How to Know How Far to Go

One of the biggest questions for teens isn’t “Should I have sex?” but “How far should I go?” While one’s own comfort level and that of the partner should be the top priority in this decision, other factors [more…]

Talking to Teens about Masturbation

For many parents and teens, the idea of talking about masturbation sounds like an exercise in horrendous discomfort and awkward silences. Many adults believe there’s nothing to be gained from it, either [more…]

Teen Life: Dealing with Peer Pressure and Sex

Peer pressure is an unavoidable part of adolescence and teenhood. To survive the teen years and deal with peer pressure the best way — including when it comes to sex — it’s essential to know how to find [more…]

How to Talk to Teens about Internet Porn

Porn is ubiquitous on the Web. Teenagers are constantly online. It’s no wonder that so many teens, especially boys, end up surfing to erotic images, not to mention videos — but how do parents know how [more…]

How to Protect Your Teen's Online Privacy

Privacy is one of the biggest hot buttons in a parent-teen relationship. Teenagers are working their ways toward independence, and parents are trying to find out how to balance privacy and safety — especially [more…]

Are Orgasms Okay during Pregnancy?

Pregnant women are not only allowed to have sex, but often they crave it. But is it okay to enjoy sexual intercourse to the point of orgasm? After all, orgasms are nothing more than contractions — and [more…]

The Safest Sexual Positions during Pregnancy

As your pregnancy proceeds and your belly gets bigger, certain sexual positions become less comfortable and possibly even dangerous. Pregnant women, obviously, have a lot of temporary weight in front that [more…]

Is Oral Sex or Anal Sex Okay during Pregnancy?

If your doctor discourages vaginal sex during pregnancy, you might naturally consider oral or anal sex, instead. Before engaging in oral or anal sex during pregnancy, be aware of the warnings. [more…]

When Not to Have Sex while Pregnant

Some couples worry about sexual intercourse during pregnancy, fearing that the thrusting of the penis can damage the baby. In most cases, sexual intercourse can’t do any damage, but certain conditions [more…]

How Pregnancy Changes Your Body and Sex Life

A healthy sex life can most certainly be part of the nine months of pregnancy. That said, it probably won’t be the same as before. A woman’s body changes during this time, and so do its needs. The best [more…]

STDs: Understanding Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, or PID

Pelvic inflammatory disease, or PID, is the term used for a genital infection in a woman that has spread into the deeper organs of her reproductive system, including the uterus, fallopian tubes, or the [more…]

An Overview of Sexually Transmitted Diseases, or STDs

Whether you call them STDs, venereal disease, or sexually transmitted diseases, these diseases aren't an idle threat to keep careless sexual activity in check. STDs [more…]

STDs: A Look at Candidiasis

Often called a yeast infection, candidiasis is actually an STD caused by a fungus, candida, that normally lives in people’s mouths and intestines, as well as in the vaginas of many healthy women. When [more…]

STDs: What to Know about Chlamydia

Chlamydia is the most common STD in the United States, affecting 3 million people every year. Chlamydia often comes without symptoms, which is why it spreads so easily. Unfortunately, it also can come [more…]

STDs: What to Know about HPV and Genital Warts

About 5.5 million people are infected in the United States every year with genital warts, which are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV has become so common that it is estimated that 80 percent [more…]

STDs: Understanding Gonorrhea

Gonorrhea is a rarity in the world of STDs: a disease that is steadily declining. That said, gonorrhea often shows no symptoms, so it remains a threat to anyone who does not practice safer sex. [more…]

STDs: What to Know about Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is one of two sexually transmitted diseases for which a preventive vaccine exists. Hepatitis B is very contagious, 100 times more so than HIV. Hepatitis B can be transmitted through intimate [more…]

STDs: What to Know about Herpes

Herpes, which is caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV), is an incurable STD. Herpes actually has two forms: herpes simplex–type 1 (HSV-1) and herpes simplex–type 2 [more…]

STDs: What to Know about HIV/AIDS

If you’ve heard of only one STD, it's probably AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome), which is linked to infections by HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). Why is so much more attention given to HIV/AIDS [more…]

STDs: Pubic Lice, Trichomoniasis, and Molluscum Contagiosum

More than 30 STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) exist — and three of them are public lice (crabs), trichomoniasis, and the Molluscum contagiosum virus. Knowing about STDs can help you identify which [more…]

How to Avoid STDs

Doctors have no vaccine against AIDS. They have no cure for herpes. You can get STDs that have no symptoms but can later leave you sterile. Are you scared of catching an STD? If you’re not, you should [more…]

How to Talk to a Partner about STDs

If you want to ensure that you remain STD-free — and that you behave as a responsible sex partner — then you must learn how to talk about the risks of AIDS and other infections. In our society, more people [more…]

Why Children Explore Their Bodies

Many parents have discovered their young children — whether boys or girls, whether nearing adolescence or still toddlers — touching their genitals. And these children aren’t just checking out their private [more…]

How to Handle Children's “Playing Doctor”

Although many parents buy children a toy doctor’s kit, most don’t do so expecting their children to play “doctor” — also known as “I’ll show you mine if you show me yours.” So imagine walking into the [more…]

How to Answer Children’s Questions about Sex

If you’re a parent, or if you hang around kids long enough, at some point you will be asked a question pertaining to sex. Many adults panic when confronted with such questions. Right away, they think that [more…]

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