Fundamentals of Sex

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Birth Control: How the Female Condom Works

As a safe sex option, the female condom is lesser known and more expensive than the regular male condom. Both the female and the male condom function the same: It is a sheath that should be worn during [more…]

Safe Sex: How Spermicides Work as Birth Control

Drug stores carry an array of spermicides for birth control: foams, creams, gels, and vaginal contraceptive film (VCF). Whatever the method, these products all work to kill the sperm before they can fertilize [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…]

Natural Family Planning: Monitoring Cervical Mucus

In natural family planning (abstinence when the woman is most likely to be fertile), a woman's cervical mucus can be used as an indicator of fertility. Monitor the condition of cervical mucus while using [more…]

Natural Family Planning: Using the Sympto-Thermal Method

Natural family planning works best with the sympto-thermal method, which employs all the possible techniques of the natural birth control approach. The sympto-thermal method engages the calendar method [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…]

When Is the Time Right for Postpartum Sex?

After the baby is born, many partners look forward to resuming their pre-pregnancy sex lives as soon as possible only to learn that they must wait. For some [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…]

How to Cope with an Unexpected Pregnancy

An unexpected pregnancy can be the happiest news, the worst, or somewhere in between, depending on your situation. Deciding what to do when you’re unexpectedly pregnant is a huge decision, and you should [more…]

How Your Body and Mind Change during Adolescence

If you're entering adolescence, it means you're on the road to adulthood. Adolescence is turbulent — the physical and mental changes can be overwhelming for you, and it isn't an easy time for your family [more…]

Adolescence: Growing Up as an Early or Late Bloomer

Going through adolescence is rough. It can feel even rougher if you’re the first boy to develop a light mustache, or the last girl to develop breasts. Although the best advice is to enjoy your youth and [more…]

How to Talk About Sex with Older Children

No matter how much you enjoy talking to your kids, having “the talk” about sex with your older children can be nerve-wracking. For the sex ed conversation to be most effective, it needs to be heart-to-heart [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…]

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…]

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