“The Man, The Myths, The Legend – Let’s Talk About Sex”

Image  Hey there Remix fans, the countdown is here, nine days until Valentine’s Day. This holiday celebration is often designed for women only, however if there’s a special man in your life it’s his day too. Guys as you know, your sex life is just as important as a woman’s, and the quality of that sex life has a direct link to your overall health.

So let’s talk about how to improve that quality in the way of STI (sexually transmitted infections) prevention, health behaviors that can affect performance and everything you needed to know about the average man.

Sexual transmitted infections, in short are infections acquired by sexual contact. The pathogens (germs) that cause sexual transmitted infections may pass from person to person in semen, vaginal fluids, blood and other body fluids like breast milk or pre-ejaculate (pre-cum). Therefore, some infections can be passed on nonsexually from mother to child, or through shared needles.

One myth we need to dispel, “only unhealthy or dirty people get STI’s”.

FACT: In general as humans we are not attracted to other people who appear not to be groomed or what we perceive as “dirty”. Therefore, attractiveness, or lack thereof, has nothing to do with about half of all new STI cases occurring in people age 15-24. Also people who appear perfectly healthy can be infected with an STI and not know it, due to the infection being asymptomatic (having no visible symptoms). The symptoms of several sexually transmitted infections can also be mistaken for other conditions, so the correct diagnosis may be delayed.

Symptoms to be aware of: Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) have a wide range of signs and symptoms. That’s why they may go unnoticed until complications occur or a partner is diagnosed. Signs and symptoms that might indicate an STI include:

  • Sores or bumps on the genitals or in the oral or rectal area
  • Painful or burning urination
  • Discharge from the penis
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Unusual vaginal bleeding
  • Sore, swollen lymph nodes, particularly in the groin but sometimes more widespread

You should see your doctor immediately if: You believe you have been exposed to an STI. It is also a good idea to have an STI screen before starting a new sexual relationship or at the very least, to have a screening once a year as long you are sexually active with more than one partner.

STI PREVENTION:

Delay sexual activity until you know your partners’ STI status, and/or you both have been tested. Nearly two-thirds of all STIs occur in people younger than 25 years old.

If you are age 26 or younger, you can get the HPV shot. The vaccines Cervarix and Gardasil protect against two types of human papillomavirus (HPV) that cause cervical cancer. Gardasil also protects against two types of HPV that cause genital warts. Three shots are given over 6 months. Women can receive either vaccination and Gardasil can be given to men and women. Talk to your physician or other health care provider about more specific details.

Male condom use

Using condoms reduces the risk of becoming infected with most STIs, especially if the condoms are used correctly and consistently. Condoms must be put on before beginning any sexual contact or activity. Use condoms with a new partner until you are certain he or she does not have an STI.

  • Use a water-based lubricant such as K-Y Jelly to help prevent tearing of the skin if there is a lack of lubrication with condom use during sexual intercourse. Small tears in the vagina during vaginal sex or in the rectum during anal sex allow STIs to get into your blood.
  • Do not use petroleum jelly as a lubricant with condoms because it dissolves the latex in condoms.
  • Use a male condom for vaginal or anal sex.

 LIBIDO KILLERS and BOOSTERS:

Just like women, depression, anxiety or stress can affect your performance. Seek professional help if you believe you are suffering with any of the aforementioned mental health issues. Alcohol and Drugs are often used as sexual enhancers, but they zap libido as well, in large amounts. DRINK MODERATELY AND RESPONSIBLY. Have some exercise with a side of a healthy diet. Regular exercise and a healthy diet boost your libido by keeping your body fat in check. Body fat can inhibit libido by breaking down testosterone already in your system and reduce its production in the future. So get moving…so you can get moving!

Lastly…there’s nothing wrong with average…most of the time!

  • The average penis size is between five and six inches. That’s for an erect penis (length is relative…girth is another story).
  • The flaccid male organ averages around three and a half inches (see, it’s great, its average).
  • On average, adult men think about sex every seven seconds (duh!).
  • The sperm count of the average American male in 2008 was down nearly 30% from the sperm count of an average American male 30 years ago (interesting…so where’d the sperm go?).
  • The average male produces several million new sperm daily (wow). Conversely, a female is born with a finite amount of eggs and will produce no more than that throughout her lifetime (so guys if anyone asks you, tell them you’re busy…making sperm is hard work).
  • The average couple spends about 20 minutes engaged in sexual foreplay prior to intercourse (this is good, be sure you are at least average in this area, foreplay makes for better sex…)

Ok let’s talk about sex…THE GOOD, THE BETTER AND THE BEST STILL TO COME!!!!

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