We’ll examine the most common sexually transmitted diseases starting with Chlamydia, Genital warts, Chancroid, Syphilis, Gonorrhea and Hepatitis. Chlamydia The most commonly reported STD, and especially prevalent among adolescents and younger adults, Chlamydial infection can exist More »
Sounds easy. So what’s the key? Well, appearance matters, but that’s not the essence of sex appeal. Remember, when silent films became talkies, some of the biggest stars faded fast because once they opened their mouths the thrill was gone.
For birds it’s easy: display colorful leathers or do a special dance. For men, attracting a prospective sexual partner can be more complicated. The bottom line is this: sex appeal flows from how we feel, not just how we look.
Take Sean Connery. Mr. Masculinity.
Oh yes, we’re such experts about life in general at age 20, right? So it follows that we’re sexual experts too. Hah! The five-orgasms-a-night life might mean tons of sex, and some great learning experiences too, and a touch of smarts. But wisdom? Maturity? These take time. So does sexual maturity.
Learning to weave a woman’s desires and yours is not easy. But every step along the way feels great when you’re both committed to it. The challenge is remaining open enough to keep the discoveries coming. Being willing to try something new. Not standing on past accomplishments.
It certainly seems to be in movies and romance novels. Lovers tumble into bed, kiss like there’s no tomorrow, moan and…well, you know the scene. But what about that complicated bra clip which breaks the timid guy’s momentum and makes him feel like a jerk and sinks his confidence and so on? Or the numbing schedule the normally horny fellow’s been hit with at work? Or her switching your sexual locomotive off the express rails onto a side track of talk? What then?
Then you’re back in the real world, where sex has ups and downs just like everything else. The wise man accepts that, while the fool gets wrapped around the axle of how it should have been. Well, sit down a spell and consider the following truths that when accepted can contribute mightily to peace of mind:
We’ll examine the most common sexually transmitted diseases starting with Chlamydia, Genital warts, Chancroid, Syphilis, Gonorrhea and Hepatitis.
The most commonly reported STD, and especially prevalent among adolescents and younger adults, Chlamydial infection can exist without symptoms. Yet it can cause prostate problems in men, infertility in both sexes, and pregnancy complications in women, who can pass the infection on to their children.
AIDS slowly weakens and destroys the body’s ability to defend itself against a variety of other diseases. There is still no cure, although new treatments have reduced mortality rates.
Although it can be transmitted by infected needles and from mother to infant, sex is the virus‘s most common means of transmission. Unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse and oral sex can all pass the virus. When infected bodily fluids come into contact with cuts (and even microscopic tears in skin) transmission of the virus can occur. Blood and semen are the most common culprits, but no one has definitively ruled out urine, saliva, or sweat.
The World Health Organization estimates that 16,000 people worldwide are infected by the HIV virus every day. The number of Americans now HIV-positive is approaching one million
Once upon a time, ignorance was bliss. Then came the eighties and AIDS, and ignorance about sexually transmitted disease became catastrophic. Yet today, too few men realize their bodies are more easily infected by other sexually transmitted diseases (STD‘s) that are more common than AIDS. True, all can be treated, and most (but not all) can be cured. But with consequences ranging from the annoying to debilitating to deadly, it’s no wonder many men would rather not think about these diseases.
Thinking is the vital first step toward preventing them. Obviously, all of the most common sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s) directly affect your sexual fitness.
Taoist sex is China’s contribution to the world of eroticism. While we can find old paintings that look suspiciously like China’s contribution to early pornography, that’s probably just our modern take; true Taoist sex is as much about health and longevity as pleasure. We Westerners are just getting used to the idea of sex and health as happily coexisting, after living for centuries with the idea that sex is dirty and best swept under the rug.
Along with its unique approach to sex, China also has a long history of using acupuncture, a remarkably non-invasive form of healing based on the body’s life energy, chi, flowing through pathways called meridians. As noted in Tantric Sex, those meridians can be used to move sexual energy and pleasure from the genitals through the body.
Forget foreplay and intercourse and afterplay as you know it. Unplug the clock and all it represents. Take a deep breath. Relax. There’s only one time frame here—the present. And in it you’ll discover a different kind of sex altogether. Consider revising your notion of a good orgasm, good connection with your lover, and sexual satisfaction. Consider revising them all upward.
Admittedly, this post won’t be for everyone. That’s okay because it’s not meant to be. And don’t be surprised if dissatisfaction with sex-as-you-know-it drives your curiosity about what this area of sexuality offers. If you’ve ever felt disappointed with sex, and wondered if there was more to it, then it’s no mistake you’re here. Because yes, there is more to sex than machine-like pumping, me-first demands, and post-coital emptiness. Much more! In retrospect you may find yourself smiling at having felt so negative about something you intuitively know to be so positive.
Since you’ve been doing your monthly exams, you have less to be concerned with regarding abnormalities. Nonetheless, here are the main categories of possible problems with the testicles that every man should know.
Like other cancers, the testicular type is influenced by both genetic and environmental factors. Among the causes apparently not in play are sex or STD‘s. One factor strongly correlated is undescended testicles, even in a testicle that descended normally when the other did not.
By the time a guy gets out of middle school he should be checking his testicles regularly. Why? Because testicular cancer, while a relatively rare disease, strikes mostly men aged 15 to 35. This is as good a time as any to get a sense of what’s normal in an individual’s body. Overall, the sooner a man adopts an active role in his own health care, the better health he’s likely to enjoy later in life.
Get into the habit of a quick self-exam about once a month. Doing it on a particular day might help, maybe the first of the month, or whatever works for you. We’re talking three minutes tops. So as an excuse, being too busy is pretty lame.