Can Exposure To A Novel Partner Affect The Quantity And Quality Of Men's Semen?

Can Exposure To A Novel Partner Affect The Quantity And Quality Of Men's Semen?

In a new study published in Evolutionary Psychological Science, researchers examined whether the timing, quantity, and quality of men's ejaculate changes when they masturbate to images of a familiar woman compared to a woman they have never seen before. The results (and the explanation behind them) are absolutely fascinating. For a look at the details of this study and what they found, check out my latest article over at Playboy

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Scientists Conclude That Squirting Is Just “An Involuntary Emission Of Urine”

Scientists Conclude That Squirting Is Just “An Involuntary Emission Of Urine”

Female ejaculation is one of those topics that consistently generates a lot of debate among scientists and laypersons alike. The debate isn’t so much about whether female ejaculation is real (it is, and we've known about it for a long time), but rather what the nature of the fluid is and where it comes from. To sum up this debate, the main question has really been: is it just urine, or something else? Previous attempts to answer this question have produced conflicting results because it seems as though there is not just one type of female ejaculation. That is, there are some women who occasionally ejaculate a small amount of a milky fluid during orgasm, whereas others have been described as “squirting” or “gushing” copious amounts of a thin, watery fluid. Thus, in order to provide a definitive answer regarding the nature of female ejaculation, we have to first be clear on which type of ejaculate we’re talking about. A new study just published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine focused on the nature of the “squirting” type and concluded that this particular form of female ejaculation is pretty much just urine after all.

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Sex Question Friday: Is “Swallowing” Bad For Your Health?

Sex Question Friday: Is “Swallowing” Bad For Your Health?

Every Friday, I answer people’s questions about sex, love, and relationships. This week’s question comes from a reader who wanted to know the following:

“Is the ingestion of a man's ejaculate harmful?”

Good question! There are actually a lot of myths and misconceptions out there about semen, so let’s take a few moments to clear them up.

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Sex Question Friday: Why Do So Many Guys Like To Give “Facials?”

Sex Question Friday: Why Do So Many Guys Like To Give “Facials?”

Every Friday on the blog, I answer people’s questions about sex, love, and relationships. This week’s question centers around the rather controversial topic of facials—and I don’t mean the kind that you get at the spa, but rather the kind that often appear toward the end of porn videos in which a man ejaculates on his partner’s face.

“Why do guys like to finish on their girlfriends’ faces?”

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Almost Everything And Everyone Seems More Attractive When You’re Sexually Aroused

Almost Everything And Everyone Seems More Attractive When You’re Sexually Aroused

How attractive do you find the prospect of sex with animals? Do you think it would be fun to watch another person urinate? Do you find shoes erotic? If you’re like most people, you probably said that these things aren’t exactly up your alley. However, if you were asked these same questions while you were in a heightened state of sexual arousal, research suggests that you might perceive them at least a little differently. Scientists have found that when we’re feeling very sexually aroused, things that we might otherwise perceive as gross or disgusting don’t seem quite as bad.  

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How Often Do People Make Condom Use Mistakes? (Infographic)

Condoms are one of the most popular and effective methods of protection against both sexually transmitted infections and unplanned pregnancies. However, in order to provide this protection, condoms must be used consistently and correctly. So do people know how to use condoms the right way? According to a recent review of dozens of studies published in the journal Sexual Health, it looks like a lot of us could use a refresher course. Check out the infographic below for a sampling of just a few of the condom use errors uncovered in this research. For information on how to use a condom correctly, check out this helpful page from the CDC or this page from Planned Parenthood.
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Female Ejaculation: Fact Or Fiction?

In my experience as a sex educator, the female orgasm has generated far more questions than any other topic. “Why do some women have an easier time reaching orgasm than others?” “Can women really achieve multiple orgasms?” “What’s the best sexual position for making a woman orgasm?” These are just a few of the many such questions I have previously answered on the blog. However, one question that I have not yet thoroughly addressed is whether female ejaculation (i.e., an expulsion of fluid during a woman’s orgasm) can actually happen. Many people seem to think that this is nothing but an urban legend, so let’s take a moment to set the record straight.
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