Can Medications and Drugs Be Transferred Through Semen?

Can Medications and Drugs Be Transferred Through Semen?

Readers of the blog frequently send me questions about sex, and I’ve noticed that some of them seem to pop up more often than others. One that I find myself hearing over and over again is whether medications can potentially be transferred from one sexual partner to another through semen. For example, these are just a few of the many questions that I’ve received recently:

“My boyfriend is currently taking prednisone, which I'm allergic to. Will this steroid come to my body through his semen?”

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Sexual Fantasies About Body Fluids: How Many People Have Them?

Sexual Fantasies About Body Fluids: How Many People Have Them?

The human body produces a number of different fluids—and those fluids represent a sexual turn-on for some people. From semen and sweat to blood and breast milk, almost any body fluid you can think of has the potential to become a source of sexual arousal. But just how many people are turned on by each fluid? I explored this question in the data I collected for my book Tell Me What You Want. I surveyed more than 4,000 Americans about their sexual fantasies and, among other things, I asked participants whether they had ever fantasized about several different body fluids.

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What Does (And Doesn't) Impact Men's Sperm Health

What Does (And Doesn't) Impact Men's Sperm Health

It’s not uncommon for guys to experience fertility problems—even guys who are in the prime of their lives. Just consider that some health organizations claim that as many as 1 in 5 young men have a low sperm count.

Male fertility issues have multiple causes, with medical conditions being a major contributor, from genetic anomalies to hormone imbalances to certain sexually transmitted infections.

However, several lifestyle factors are also linked to the quantity and quality of men’s “swimmers.” This is important to highlight because it means that medical intervention isn’t always necessary for guys to improve the health of their sperm.

There are a lot of do-it-yourself tricks that can potentially improve a man’s sexual potency; however, some of the most popular DIY tricks aren't be as effective as previously thought. So which lifestyle changes do (and don’t) enhance sperm quality? Here’s a look at what the research says.

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Some People Get Sick Every Time They Orgasm. It’s Called Post-Orgasmic Illness Syndrome

Some People Get Sick Every Time They Orgasm. It’s Called Post-Orgasmic Illness Syndrome

Most people think of orgasms as a positive experience—one they look forward to repeating time and again. However, this isn’t true for people who experience something known as post-orgasmic illness syndrome, or POIS for short. 

POIS is a rare medical condition that, for the most part, seems to affect men and involves getting sick for up to one week after each orgasm.

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Boxers or Briefs? How Men’s Underwear and Lifestyle Impact Sperm Health

Boxers or Briefs? How Men’s Underwear and Lifestyle Impact Sperm Health

It’s not uncommon for guys to experience fertility problems—even guys who are in the prime of their lives. In fact, some health organizations have claimed that as many as 1 in 5 young men have a low sperm count.

Male fertility issues have multiple causes. Medical conditions are a major contributor, from genetic anomalies to hormone imbalances to certain sexually transmitted infections.

However, several lifestyle factors are also linked to the quantity and quality of men’s “swimmers.” This is important to highlight because it means that medical intervention isn’t always necessary when guys want to improve the health of their sperm.

Indeed, there are some do-it-yourself tricks that can potentially improve a man’s sexual potency.

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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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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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Sex Question Friday: Can Medications Be Transferred To Sex Partners Through Semen?

Sex Question Friday: Can Medications Be Transferred To Sex Partners Through Semen?

A reader submitted the following question:

Can medications that men take regularly (like blood pressure, cholesterol, or diabetes meds) be passed through their seminal fluid to their oral sex partner? Many sex workers prefer to perform oral sex without a condom (bareback) and they often make the decision to swallow rather than spit. If medication can be passed like this, are these girls at any risk?”

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Sex Question Friday: Why Are So Many Straight Guys Turned On By “Squirting?”

Sex Question Friday: Why Are So Many Straight Guys Turned On By “Squirting?”

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

“I can’t help but notice that there’s a lot more squirting in porn lately. Why do straight guys suddenly seem so interested in watching women squirt?”

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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: Can A Man Be Allergic To His Own Semen?

Sex Question Friday: Can A Man Be Allergic To His Own Semen?

Every Friday on the blog, I answer people’s questions about sex, love, and relationships. A few weeks ago, I answered a question from a reader about whether it is possible for a woman to be allergic to a man's semen, which led someone to send in this follow-up question:

Can a man be allergic to his own semen?

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Sex Question Friday: Are Some Women Really Allergic To Semen?

Sex Question Friday: Are Some Women Really Allergic To Semen?

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

“I saw a talk show with a woman who claimed she was allergic to her boyfriend’s semen. Is that even possible?”

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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 The Daily Mail Is A Terrible Source For Sex News

One of the reasons I started this blog is because I saw too many media reports about sex research that were sensationalized, misleading, and (in some cases) just plain wrong. In response, I have sought to create a resource for the public that provides an accurate and unbiased look at the science of sex. If there’s one media outlet that I wish would take a page from my book, it has to be The Daily Mail. I frequently come across sex headlines from them that make me cringe. Below, I take a look at five of their worst headlines of all time and clarify what the research actually says.
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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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Oddities in the History of Contraception: From Coca-Cola Douches to Beaver Testicle Tea

Oddities in the History of Contraception: From Coca-Cola Douches to Beaver Testicle Tea
I recently posted an article discussing how women tend to overestimate the effectiveness of condoms and birth control pills. Even though these contraceptive devices aren’t quite as effective as we might like, they’re certainly far better than what people used to have in the past. In this article, I’d like to take you on a brief tour of five of the most interesting, bizarre, and humorous methods of birth control that have ever been attempted. After reading this, I think you’ll come to have a greater appreciation for modern contraceptives!
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Physician Loses Job After Suggesting Semen Is A Better Valentine’s Day Gift Than Chocolates

Physician Loses Job After Suggesting Semen Is A Better Valentine’s Day Gift Than Chocolates

Yes, you read that headline right. Last year, the president elect of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Lazar Greenfield, resigned from his position after penning a controversial Valentine’s Day editorial in Surgical News. In his editorial, Greenfield cited a controversial journal article published a decade ago which found that women who did not use condoms reported fewer depressive symptoms than women who practiced safe sex [1]. Based upon these results, some scientists have argued that semen may have antidepressant properties. Greenfield is an apparent believer because he wrote in Surgical News that “there’s a deeper bond between men and women than St Valentine would have suspected, and now we know there’s a better gift for that day than chocolates.” Female surgeons around the world were offended (and rightfully so) at Greenfield’s implication that semen is the best “gift” for women. Most media outlets that covered this story focused only on the sexism embedded in Greenfield’s editorial, but if you’re anything like me, you probably couldn’t help but wonder whether the study Greenfield cited has even a hint of scientific validity. Does it really provide evidence that semen has beneficial effects on women’s psychological well-being? Let's take a closer look at the research.

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Ten of the Most Sensationalized Sex Headlines From the Past Few Years

Ten of the Most Sensationalized Sex Headlines From the Past Few Years
I make it a point to keep up with the latest sex and relationships news but, unfortunately, I find that a lot of the media reports on these topics are not very well written and tend to be overly sensationalized. Part of the problem is that many of the people we trust to report on science don’t have a solid understanding of statistics and the scientific method. As a result, I constantly come across articles that are misleading or, in some cases, completely false. What I’d like to do in this article is share some of most sensationalized articles I’ve come across in recent years and explain where the reporting went wrong.
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