Paying For Sex And The "Girlfriend Experience" (Infographic)

Paying For Sex And The "Girlfriend Experience" (Infographic)

Although prostitution is illegal throughout most of the United States, it’s not uncommon for Americans to buy sex. Most of the purchasers are men, but beyond this, we don’t actually know all that much about who's buying sex or why. In fact, it wasn’t until recently that researchers really began to start looking into this.

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Infographic: What It's Like To Be A Porn Star

Infographic: What It's Like To Be A Porn Star

Many people are curious about the lives of porn stars. For example, how do they feel about themselves and the work that they do? How much money do they make? How many sex partners do they have during their career? It turns out that surprisingly little research has explored such questions. However, two recently published studies describe (separately) what the lives of male and female porn stars are like. The results are summarized in the infographics below.

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Infographic: Sexual Behavior in the United States Today

Infographic: Sexual Behavior in the United States Today

How many American adults have ever had sex? And what kind(s) of sex have they had? For a look at the answers, check out the infographic below, which summarizes findings from the most recent wave of the National Survey of Family Growth. The prevalence of each sexual behavior assessed is reported separately for men and women. The numbers were very similar across the sexes, with one exception: reports of having ever engaged in same-sex behavior. Women were almost three times as likely to report this as men. See below for a closer look at the numbers.

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Millennials Are Almost Twice As Likely To Identify As LGB Than Generation X

Millennials Are Almost Twice As Likely To Identify As LGB Than Generation X

Results from a new national survey reveal stark generational differences in sexual identity, attraction, and behavior in the United States today. Specifically, millennial men and women appear to be almost twice as likely to adopt a gay, lesbian, or bisexual identity compared to persons from Generation X. Millennials also reported somewhat higher levels of same-sex attraction and behavior.

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How Do College Students Define Sex?

How Do College Students Define Sex?

What does it actually mean to "have sex?" It depends who you ask. According to a new study published in the Journal of Sex Research, there is some pretty incredible variability in how college students personally define the term sex. There certainly seems to be a lot of agreement that things like vaginal and anal intercourse count as sex; however, students appear to be very split on whether things like oral sex and mutual masturbation count. It's also important to note that even behaviors such as breast stimulation and cybersex are viewed as sex by some folks. Check out the infographic below to learn more.

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Infographic: Recent Trends in STD Rates in the United States

Infographic: Recent Trends in STD Rates in the United States

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are a major public health issue in the United States. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that there are as many as 20 million new infections that occur each year in the U.S. and that we spend upwards of $16 billion annually on health care to treat them. So what's been happening with rates of STDs in recent years? Are they increasing or decreasing? Check out the infographic below for a look at some of the data. To learn more, check out the CDC's full report here (please note that HIV/AIDS is covered separately in its own report here). In addition, visit this page for information on the CDC's current STD screening recommendations.

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How To Last Longer In Bed (Infographic)

How To Last Longer In Bed (Infographic)

It is not uncommon for men to experience sexual difficulties. In fact, national surveys have found that nearly half of male participants report having had at least one sexual problem in the last year. Two of the most common sex problems reported are premature ejaculation and erectile dysfunction. To learn more about the nature, causes, and treatment of these two issues, check out the infographic below. It includes some useful self-help strategies that men experiencing these difficulties might consider, but it also introduces some of the more advanced treatment options that may be offered to those who seek professional help. Please note that some of the drug treatment options listed are not available everywhere (e.g., Priligy for premature ejaculation and Spedra for erectile dysfunction are not currently available in the U.S.). For more detailed information on treating male sexual difficulties, check out this article.

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A Surprising Look At Millennials' Sexual Attitudes (Infographic)

A Surprising Look At Millennials' Sexual Attitudes (Infographic)

Millennials are often portrayed in the popular media as an extremely liberal bunch when it comes to sex. The impression given is that, among other things, millennials are totally cool with homosexuality, they love their casual sex, and they're shunning the notion of marriage. However, this doesn't quite match up with the data. Believe it or not, millennials' sexual attitudes may be a little more conservative on average than you've been led to think.

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Infographic: A Guide To Staying Safe After Unprotected Sex

Infographic: A Guide To Staying Safe After Unprotected Sex

Unprotected sex happens for a wide range of reasons. For instance, sometimes condoms aren't available, but people decide to have sex anyway, while other times, a condom might slip off or be used improperly. So what should you do after situations like this in order to keep yourself safe? Check out the infographic below for helpful information, regardless of whether you're primarily concerned with potential STIs, unwanted pregnancy, or both.

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Infographic: The Future Of Contraception

Infographic: The Future Of Contraception

Contraception is not a recent invention--in fact, birth control has been around since the time of the ancient Egyptians. However, the nature of contraception has changed dramatically over the years, and it's something that continues to evolve. Check out the infographic below for a look at some of the major changes in birth control that have occurred during the last few centuries, as well as a peek into the future. For more information about the latest developments in contraception, see here and here.

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The Story Of The Condom (Infographic)

The Story Of The Condom (Infographic)

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is an organization that works to enhance the sexual and reproductive health of women and young people all around the world. One of the ways they do this is by helping to ensure that government and non-government organizations in low- and middle-income countries have access to safe, reliable, and cost-effective contraceptives, including condoms. However, it may surprise you to learn all of the steps that goes into ensuring the safety and reliability of the contraceptives that become part of the UNFPA program. Check out the infographic below to learn more about the process for condoms in particular. I guarantee that you'll have a much greater appreciation for the work that the UNFPA does and the respect and concern it shows for the people it serves.

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How Common Are BDSM Fantasies? (Infographic)

How Common Are BDSM Fantasies? (Infographic)

Sexual fantasies about bondage, discipline, dominance, submission, sadism, and masochism (BDSM) have long been deemed to be "unusual" or "deviant." But are they really all that rare? A new study just published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine suggests that BDSM fantasies are probably more common than previously thought. Check out the infographic below for a look at the numbers. Keep in mind that this sample is not representative, so you should not necessarily assume that these numbers reflect BDSM interest more broadly--however, they do suggest that BDSM is probably far from an "unusual" fantasy.

What do you fantasize about? Tell us about it and take part in the largest and most comprehensive study of sexual fantasies ever by clicking here.

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Rates Of Orgasm By Sexual Orientation And Gender (Infographic)

Rates Of Orgasm By Sexual Orientation And Gender (Infographic)

The so-called "orgasm gap" (i.e., the finding that men have more consistent experiences with orgasm than women) has been widely publicized. However, the research on this topic has focused primarily on heterosexuals. How does sexual orientation factor into this equation? Check of the infographic below for the answers from a new study just published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine. The results suggest that the orgasm gap is persistent across sexual orientations; however, there is a smaller gap between lesbians and gay men than there is between women and men of other sexual orientations.

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Sexual Orientation Stats In The United States (Infographic)

Sexual Orientation Stats In The United States (Infographic)

One of the most common questions I receive about sexual orientation concerns the percentage of the population that is gay, lesbian, or bisexual. People seem to have wildly different ideas about what the answer is, so I created the infographic below to highlight the difference between what people think and what the research actually says.

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Men's Most Common Sexual Problems (Infographic)

Men's Most Common Sexual Problems (Infographic)

Sexual difficulties are incredibly common. In fact, data from nationally representative surveys suggests that nearly half of men and women report having experienced at least one sexual problem in the last year! Check out the infographic below for a closer look at men's reports of sexual problems and some of the factors associated with them based on data from the most recent version of the National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal-3). For a look at what this same survey has revealed about the most common sexual problems facing women, check out this infographic.

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Women's Most Common Sexual Problems (Infographic)

Women's Most Common Sexual Problems (Infographic)

Sexual functioning plays a huge role not only in terms of how we feel about ourselves, but also how we feel about our relationships. Despite its great importance to everyday quality of life, there is surprisingly little research out there examining the prevalence of sexual difficulties and the factors associated with them. Check out the infographic below for a look at some brand new data from the National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles concerning women's reports of sexual problems. Next week, we'll take a look at some of the most common sexual difficulties facing men.

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Same-Sex Marriage Is Formally Banned In More Parts Of The U.S. Than Necrophilia

Same-Sex Marriage Is Formally Banned In More Parts Of The U.S. Than Necrophilia

Necrophilia (i.e., sexual attraction to corpses) is a prospect that makes most people uncomfortable. As a result, acting on necrophilic urges is something that I'm guessing most people would assume is prohibited by law in the United States. As it turns out, however, necrophilia is a topic on which most state legal codes are silent. In fact, as hard as this may be to believe, there is less legal regulation of necrophilia in the U.S. than there is of same-sex marriage! For example, consider that in 2013, Illinois became just the 23rd state to formally ban necrophilia! Check out the infographic below for the rest of the details. It would seem that our legislators are more riled up about the prospect of their citizens committing to a loving relationship with a partner of the same sex than they are about people jumping the bones of the dead.

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When Do Women Orgasm During A Hookup? (Infographic)

When Do Women Orgasm During A Hookup? (Infographic)

During a sexual hookup, men pretty consistently reach orgasm, whereas women are far less likely to do so. This so-called "orgasm gap" has become the subject of a growing amount of research attention. To date, several factors have been linked to increased odds of female orgasm during a heterosexual hookup: how much previous sexual experience she has with that particular partner, how she feels about him, and what specific sexual activities they practiced. Check out the infographic below for the details.

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Facts About Orgasm (Infographic)

Facts About Orgasm (Infographic)

How many people had an orgasm the last time they had sex? Are certain sexual activities linked to a greater likelihood of orgasm than others? Check out the infographic below for the answers to these questions and more based on data from the National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior, the largest and most recent nationally representative study of Americans' sexual attitudes and behaviors.

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A Holiday Toy Shopping Guide For Girls And Boys

A Holiday Toy Shopping Guide For Girls And Boys

As we head into the holiday season, many of you will be buying gifts for children. Some of you will undoubtedly question whether the toy you've selected is gender appropriate. Fortunately, I've found the solution to this age-old dilemma! The handy infographic below will tell you whether the toy you've chosen is indeed made for a boy or for a girl.

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