Sex Question Friday: Are There Any Health Effects Of Swallowing Semen?

Sex Question Friday: Are There Any Health Effects Of Swallowing Semen?

A reader asked the following:

“Are there any health effects of swallowing semen? Is it better to spit it out instead of swallowing?"

Thanks for these very interesting questions. Let me start by saying that if you perform oral sex on a man who has an STI (e.g., chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis), you run the risk of contracting that infection. It doesn't matter whether his semen is actually swallowed—the risk comes from simply having his ejaculate in your mouth. So, if you know your partner has an infection or you aren’t sure of his status, it would be advisable to use a condom to prevent contact with his semen, thereby lowering your infection risk (read more about the potential STI risks of oral sex in this article). 

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A Little (Or A Lot) Of Masturbation Won't Hurt Your Health

A Little (Or A Lot) Of Masturbation Won't Hurt Your Health

For centuries, numerous religious, political, and medical figures have argued that masturbation is hazardous to one's health and can lead to a wide range of negative effects, including everything from blindness to paralysis to insanity. In fact, in the not-too-distant past, medical textbooks went so far as to label masturbation a form of "self-abuse" and made outlandish arguments about how the loss of one ounce of semen is as detrimental to the body as losing forty ounces of blood! Such warnings about the dire consequences of self-stimulation have certainly lessened over time, but they persist even today. So what exactly are the health implications of masturbation?

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Why Are Guys With Deep Voices So Sexy?

Every year on Valentine’s Day, radio stations put Barry White and other deep-voiced male musicians in heavy rotation with the hope of getting their listeners “in the mood.” This is perhaps not surprising, given all of the research indicating that heterosexual women find deep voices to be a real turn-on. Not only do women typically rate men with lower-pitched voices as being more attractive than men with higher-pitched voices,1 but women also seem predisposed to pay more attention to deep voices. In fact, research finds that women actually have an easier time remembering things when they are said by a man with a low-pitched voice.2 But why is this the case? What’s so compelling and sexy about a deep voice anyway?
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Can Frequent Orgasms Make You Healthier And Smarter?

One of the most common questions I get asked is whether too much sex or masturbation is bad for you. As I have written in previous posts, there is simply no evidence that having a high frequency of sexual activity will hurt you, unless you are doing it so much that it is causing you to miss work and/or it prevents you from having a social life (both of which are extremely rare problems to have). The reality is that having sex on a regular basis may actually be good for you. In fact, several studies have suggested that reaching orgasm more often might make you both smarter and healthier.  
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