Fundamentals of Sex

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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…]

Warning Signs of Sexual Abuse in Children

Child abuse certainly does exist and, as a parent or guardian, you have a duty to protect your child. A report issued by the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States [more…]

What to Do If Your Child Interrupts You during Sex

How should parents handle it when a child walks in on them in the middle of sexual intercourse? First, don’t worry too much about the time your child accidentally catches you making love. This situation [more…]

How to Protect Your Children from Sex in the Media

Counselors and teachers find that children demonstrate sexual behavior much more frequently now than they ever did before. The reason for this is simple: Children today see so much more sex in the media [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…]

Ten Tips for Safer Sex

There’s no such thing as safe sex. That said, you can have a full but healthy sex life if you remember to follow the safe sex guidelines that experts have developed. After all, one single night of great [more…]

How to Achieve Orgasm through State of Mind

Having an orgasm is, for most people, a normal part of sex. For others, however, orgasms can slip away due entirely to the way they are thinking during intercourse. So how can you ensure orgasms during [more…]

The Basic Sexual Positions

When one ventures into sexual activity, it can be daunting to hear about things like the Kama Sutra and tantric sex. In reality, the basic sexual positions have a lot of advantages — otherwise, so many [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…]

What Not to Say to Children about Sex

Parents can make all kinds of mistakes, but they may not realize the seriousness of the mistakes having to do with sex. Try to analyze your behavior around your children from their point of view. You communicate [more…]

Having Sex After a Heart Attack

One of the most common problems that affects sexual functioning is a heart attack. If you or your partner has recently suffered a heart attack, you may be wondering when you can have sex again. Or perhaps [more…]


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