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What Is Sex? What "Counts" as Sex?

What is sex, exactly? In other words, what "counts" as having sex? And when do you stop being a virgin? Sexual relations cover activities beyond intercourse: They also include outercourse, oral sex, and [more…]

Why People Have Sex

When children ask why people have sex, they often hear about love and expanding on that love by starting a family. Those reasons for sex are pretty accurate, although they leave out some of the finer points [more…]

Sexual-Response Cycle: How Bodies Respond during Sex

The sexual response cycle is, essentially, a clinical version of how a human body responds during sex. By examining thousands of examples, scientists are able to carefully describe the events that happen [more…]

How to Know If You're Ready for Sex

What's the right age to start having sex? When to start having intercourse (or any other type of sex) is a very difficult and serious decision to make. Some people believe you must wait until you're married [more…]

What Happens during Sexual Intercourse

Heterosexual intercourse occurs whenever a man puts his penis into a woman’s vagina. That’s the minimal definition. But sex is about more than that simple act. As such, you may be curious, or you may want [more…]

Anatomy of the Human Penis

Knowing how a penis functions can provide useful insight into sex and the human body — whether you want to understand the penis and male anatomy better or learning about it for the first time. [more…]

The Human Vagina and Other Female Anatomy

Understanding women's sexual (or reproductive) organs such as the vagina, uterus, and vulva is as integral to sex as understanding the penis. Demystifying female anatomy is key to good sexual functioning [more…]

How to Deal with a Bent Penis

A bent penis is an erect penis that curves to one side or the other — and in most cases, it is absolutely normal. A curved penis simply can be a result of individual anatomy. If, however, your penis has [more…]

Safe Sex Methods: Birth Control and Contraception

People often refer to safe sex methods simply as birth control or contraception. Many contraceptive methods do a great job of preventing pregnancy, but don't offer any protection against sexually transmitted [more…]

How to Have Safe Anal Sex

The anus has a lot of nerve endings, so anal sex can be pleasurable to both the man and the woman. That said, it also comes with a lot of risk. If you want a healthy sex life, you absolutely must know [more…]

Natural Family Planning: Using the Calendar Method

One form of natural family planning is the calendar method (or the fertility awareness method or the rhythm method). This approach is based on the regular patterns of fertility that most women have and [more…]

Natural Family Planning: The Basal Body Temperature Method

In natural family planning, a woman's basal body temperature can be used as an indicator of fertility. When you combine the basal body temperature method with the calendar method, you can better predict [more…]

Myths about Birth Control

From coitus interruptus (a fancy name for the withdrawal method) to the power of douching, there are a lot of myths out there about how to prevent unintended pregnancy without using birth control. Guess [more…]

How to Have Safe Oral Sex

Many people have the erroneous notion that oral sex is completely safe because no one ever became pregnant through oral sex. But oral sex isn't entirely safe when it comes to sexually transmitted diseases [more…]

How to Remove a Condom

The trickiest part of using a condom can be in removing it. If the condom leaks (a common result of improper removal), the sperm can then make their way into the vagina—and then you may be dealing with [more…]

How to Use Condoms as Safely as Possible

If you want to have safe sex without worrying about STDs or pregnancy, it's essential to understand how to make using condoms as safe as possible. Condoms have become one of the most used methods of contraception—particularly [more…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

How to Protect Your Children from Internet Porn

Porn sites are all over the Internet and, unfortunately, kids are certainly smarter than adults are about computers. The good news is that all the major commercial online services provide tools for parental [more…]

How to Warn Children about Strangers

Talking to your children about strangers can be almost as hard as talking about sex. The tricky part is that you want your children to recognize the dangers posed by strangers, without being so scared [more…]

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