Tuesday, August 2, 2011

FREE BIRTH CONTROL!!!

Today is a big day for women in these here United States!! On or after August 1st, 2012, health insurance plans will cover preventative services, which includes free birth control!!!

Now, if you are covered under health insurance, TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS. Of course, do your research. Not everyone is fit to be on birth control, and not everyone should be on the pill versus the shot, versus the patch, versus the rings. But do your research and rejoice that this is a big step towards women's health!!!

From TheStir (click here to read the whole article!):

"The regulation will see to it that various other recommended preventative health services are made more affordable to women. In other words, they'll be available without a co-payment. The services include:
  • well-woman visits
  • screening for gestational diabetes
  • human papillomavirus (HPV) DNA testing for women 30 years and older
  • sexually-transmitted infection counseling
  • human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) screening and counseling
  • FDA-approved contraception methods and contraceptive counseling
  • breastfeeding support, supplies, and counseling
  • domestic violence screening and counseling"



    There will soon be no excuse to not be tested and helped!!! Be healthier!!! :D

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Author of the Day: Alfred Kinsey

Alfred Kinsey


Alfred Kinsey was a psychologist and biologist who published studies in human sexuality. In 1947, he founded his Institute for Sex Research, where he and his colleagues interviewed thousands and thousands of people about their sex lives, which Kinsey then published in two books--Sexual Behavior in the Human Male and Sexual Behavior in the Human Female, otherwise known as the 'Kinsey Report.' His reports covered all kinds of things, like orgasm, masturbation, fantasies, foreplay, extramarital sex, homosexuality, and more. Unfortunately, he died young at the age of 62 in 1956.

One article points out that while Kinsey's research was ground-breaking and interesting, it was probably flawed. He would meet his participants anywhere he could, and people would come to him to volunteer for his tests. This means the people that volunteered were probably not shy about sex and probably had very outgoing sex lives, which could skew his information.

Despite any problems in his research, Kinsey went against the grain and took numbers of all kinds of things people were hush-hush about, especially at the time. He found that 20.9% of males first had intercourse at age 16, where only 6% of females did (11.2% of females first had sex at age 19). He found that 47.6% of males in their first marriage orgasmed in less than five minutes, and that 50% of men cheated at some point in their lives (compared to only 26% of females). For his homosexuality research, he found that 10% of men aged 16 to 55 were gay, and 2% to 6% of females aged 20-35 were lesbian. Ninety-two percent of men had reported having masturbated, compared to 62% of females (45% of them reaching orgasm in less than three minutes). Also, 14% of females and 15-20% of males in their late teens and early twenties reported having multiple orgasms. One more I found super interesting was that 67%-98% (depending on socioeconomic status) of males (68% by age 18) and 50% of females reported having pre-marital sex.

Kinsey was a trailblazer, and his research institute, The Kinsey Institute, is still around today. Check out all his studies, they are very, very interesting.

Sources:

KinseyInstitute
Slate--Fifty Years After Alfred Kinsey.
NNDB--Alfred Kinsey.
About The Kinsey Institute

PENIS!!!

Especially chocolate ones!!! Click on the picture to buy.

Who doesn't like a good penis? But who actually knows that much about them? Just like any other organ, the penis is interesting and important. I found this awesome article on webmd about penis facts. I will briefly explain the article, but please go check it out: WebMD--Five Things You Didn't Know About your Penis.

1. Penises are part of the autonomic nervous system, the part of the nervous system that controls your heart and blood pressure. Are you able to control your heart rate and blood pressure? Usually if you really focus, you can bring it up or down,and that's just how your penis is. This is why erections may happen out of nowhere, and you may not be able to control them (like when you're sleeping!). This is why stress and other psychological problems can decrease sex drive or cause Erectile Dysfunction--you might want sex, but your body is just not 'up' to it.

2. Penises are either 'growers' or 'showers.' 'Growers' are men whose penis is very small when flaccid, but reaches a much longer length when erect. 'Showers' are men who have long flaccid penises that don't get much bigger when hard. Alfred Kinsey, an awesome sex researcher, did a scientific analysis of more than 1,000 penis measurements and found that penises that are small when soft grow twice as much as penises that are longer while soft.

3. Penises are not straight--they are shaped like 'boomerangs.' Now, every man has a degree of curvature, and that's completely normal (unless of course, it is painful, in which case, it's always smart to see a physician). But as this article explains, men's penises are like tree stumps. The 'roots' underneath are shaped different, and that's how your penis is. It curves up into your body.

4. Penises can break. I've done a blog post on this, and if you're interested in more information, check it out. Basically, if jerked or bent in a quick, hard way, it can cause a fracture. A fracture will make a loud 'popping' sound, and then your penis will start to swell, turn colors, and make a large lump under the skin. If this happens, go to the hospital. The pain will be intense, and it can cause long-term complications if not dealt with.




5. Only about 30% of men in the world, aged 15 and older, are circumcised. The United States Center for Disease Control says that about 65% of all newborns in the US are circumcised. Jewish and Muslim men are account for 70% of all circumcised men in the world (usually due to religious reasons).Though most people say that being circumcised is a 'cosmetic' procedure, studies have shown that getting snipped can lower your risk for HIV.


Source:
Downs, Martin F., and Louise Chang, M.D. "Five Things You Didn't Know About Your Penis." Web MDhttp://men.webmd.com/features/5-things-you-did-not-know-about-your-penis>.
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Make-Up Sex

This is a shorter post, because there's not a ton to say about it. What is make-up sex and does it work?

Turn this...
Make-up sex is having sex during or after a fight with your partner, in order to 'fix' the problem. When you're in a heated situation, the brain releases adrenaline and dopamine. Adrenaline, as most people know, gives you energy and gets you hyped up, and dopamine is the feel-good chemical. Dopamine is released when we are very happy or enjoying something. So the fact that these two are released during a fight can be responsible for making the blood rush downwards. But why would you want to have sex when you're angry? Well, an article in PsychologyToday says that pain and pleasure are very closely related. This is because of those chemicals that are released. This is also the reason that people abuse drugs. Though the pain of the drug sucks, it still gives them that feel-good feeling mentally.
The most interesting theory is the one of being trapped. During a fight, you might begin to feel like you are stuck.When faced with a threatening situation, the area of the brain associated with panic begins to lighten up. With the feeling of a threat, we lose control. The article claims that in order to get our own control back, we may have to hurt ourselves, which is why we would allow sex during a time of hurt.

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But the sex can make it better. Sex releases even more of those feel-good chemicals and can make you feel more comfortable with each other. So next time you have a fight that is not too serious, try this form of 'getting over it.'


Sources:
PsychologyToday--Sex and Other Forms of Self-Sabotage
FoxNews--The Science of Makeup Sex