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Amazing Sex

by Sari Locker A Division of Macmillan General Reference A Pearson Education Macmillan Company 1633 Broadway, New York, NY 10019-6785, Page ii Copyright © 1999 by Sari Locker All rights reserved. No part of this book shall be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without written permission from the publisher. No patent liability is assumed with respect to the use of the information contained herein. Although every precaution has been taken in the preparation of this book, the publisher and author assume no responsibility for errors or omissions. Neither is any liability assumed for damages resulting from the use of information contained herein. For information, address Alpha Books, 1633 Broadway, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10019-6785. THE COMPLETE IDIOT'S GUIDE TO & Design are registered trademarks of Macmillan, Inc. Macmillan General Reference books may be purchased for business or sales promotional use. For information please write: Special Markets Department, Macmillan Publishing USA, 1633 Broadway, New York, NY 10019. International Standard Book Number: 0-02-862902-7 Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 98-87598 01 00 9987654321Interpretation of the printing code: the rightmost number of the first series of numbers is the year of the book's printing; the rightmost number of the second series of numbers is the number of the book's printing. For example, a printing code of 99 shows that the first printing occurred in 1999. Printed in the United States of America Note: This publication contains the opinions and ideas of its author. It is intended to provide helpful and informative material on the subject matter covered. It is sold with the understanding that the author and publisher are not engaged in rendering professional services in the book. If the reader requires personal assistance or advice, a competent professional should be consulted., The author and publisher specifically disclaim any responsibility for any liability, loss or risk, personal or otherwise, which is incurred as a consequence, directly or indirectly, of the use and application of any of the contents of this book., Page iii Alpha Development Team Publisher Kathy Nebenhaus Editorial Director Gary M. Krebs Managing Editor Bob Shuman Marketing Brand Manager Felice Primeau Acquisitions Editor Jessica Faust Development Editors Phil Kitchel Amy Zavatto Assistant Editor Georgette Blau Production Team Development Editor Michele Morcey Production Editor Tammy Ahrens Copy Editor Tammy Ahrens Cover Designer Mike Freeland, Photo Editor Sari Locker Illustrators Jody P. Schaeffer Adam Hurwitz Book Designers Scott Cook and Amy Adams of DesignLab. Indexer Greg Pearson Layout/Proofreading Angela Calvert Mary Hunt, Page iv

CONTENTS AT A GLANCE

Part 1: Say Yes to Amazing Sex11Sexuality Today 3 Explore the quest for sexual pleasure, so that you can determine all that you should be getting out of your sex life. 2 Sexpectations: Understanding Your Sexual Beliefs 17 Understand how your upbringing, background, and the myths you've heard about sex may be blocking your way to finding complete sexual pleasure. 3 Sex with (or Without) Love 27 Does love affect sex? Do you want to have sex with or without love? Help yourself answer these questions. 4 Sexual Compatibility 37 You can find a lover who is right for you, if you know what to look for, and what makes sex amazing for you. 5 Talking About and Initiating Sex 45 In order to have better sex, you need to talk about it, and learn how to initiate sex when you want it, and say “no” when you don't. Part 2: Secrets from Below the Belt 55 6 Mirror, Mirror on the Wall 57 Learn how to get over thinking you are too fat, thin, short, tall, big-breasted, or flat-chested. You can love your body. 7 His Private Parts 69 A man's sex organs are more than just a penis and testicles. Understand how the male sex organs work., 8 Her Secret Garden 79 Uncover the mystery of the G-spot, along with understanding all of a woman's beautiful sex organs. 9 It's a Turn-On: Your Sexual Response 93 From desire to orgasm, find out how your sexual response cycle works. 10 Master of Your Domain 103 Masturbation is the most fun you can have by yourself. Enjoy playing with your body! [PU]Alpha Books[/PU][DP]1998[/DP], Page v Part 3: Fantastic Foreplay 117 11 The Seduction 119 Sexier surroundings can help get you and your 2lover in the mood for sex. 12 Reach Out and Touch Someone 133 From massage to hand jobs, masturbating a woman, to mutual masturbation, touch can add tons to your sex life. 13 Mouthing Off 145 Oral sex can be part of foreplay, or it can be the main event. There are many oral variations that can be fun. Part 4: Positions and Playtime 163 14 Sexual Positions 165 You can have fun with a variety of sexual positions. See diagrams of how people have sex in exotic sexual positions. 15 Pillow Talk 181 What do you do when sex is “done”? Learn fun afterplay activities, besides falling asleep. 16 Variety Is the Spice of Sex 189 How many exotic locations can you think of for having sex? You can make sex more exciting by varying many physical aspects, from thrusting to time to setting. Part 5: Sexual Adventures 209 17 Imagine That! Your Sexual Fantasies 211 Sexual fantasies can be fun, but are your sexual fantasies healthy? How do you know if you should act them out? 18 Sexy Sights and Sounds 225 More ways to spice up your sex life, alone or with a partner, with magazines, videos, the phone, or on-line., 19 What Would Barbie Think? Fun with Sex Toys 239 Have you wondered how to use vibrators and dildoes? Learn how they are used, as well as some more exotic toys, too. 20 Swingers and Dominants and Men in Skirts, Oh My! 251 Sexual variation comes in all styles, from group sex to fetishes, S/M to crossdressing. Learn about them all. 21 Tantric Sex: The Big Om 267 Spiritual sex can bring partners closer together. Do you think this might be for you?, Page vi Part 6: Unique Sexual Issues 279 22 Happy to Be Gay 281 Sexual orientation is just one aspect of who you are. Understand and cope with being gay, lesbian, or bisexual. 23 Sex and Pregnancy: What Are You Doing for the Next Nine Months? 295 How to enjoy your sexuality during pregnancy and after the baby. 24 Experience Counts: Sex and Aging 307 Your body changes as you age, but you can still keep your sex life exciting well into your golden years. Part 7: To Your Sexual Health 317 25 Get in Control: Birth Control 319 Understand which birth control choices are right for you. 26 Better Safer Than Sorry 335 Great sex also means healthy sex. Learn how to protect yourself from sexually transmitted diseases. 27 Take a Good Look—These Exams Save Lives 347 Breast self-exams, testicular self-exams, and exams that doctors perform can help keep you in tip-top sexual health. 28 Overcoming Sexual Problems 357 How to get over the most common sexual problems. Learn what sex therapy is and whether you might need it. Appendices 373 A Amazing Sex from A to Z 373 Here you'll find a glossary of terms related to sex that were used in this book., B Get in Touch with Your Sexuality 385 This is a list of resources for more information and referrals regarding issues that are discussed in this book. Index 389, Page vii

CONTENTS

Part 1: Say Yes to Amazing Sex11Sexuality Today 3 Are You Sex Savvy? 4 From Sexual Revolution to Sexual Evolution 7 Do Sex Trends Exist? 8 Is Everyone Doing It? 10 Married or Single: Does It Make a Difference? 11 Young or Old: Does It Make a Difference? 12 There's More Than One Reason to Have Sex 13 2 Sexpectations: Understanding Your Sexual Beliefs 17 Staking Your Claim on Sexual Pleasure 18 Remembering Your Sexual Influences 19 Myths About Sex 21 Your Attitude Adjustment 22 Talking About Your Sexual Past 23, 3 Sex with (or Without) Love 27 This Thing Called Love 27 When and How to Express Your Love 29 From Attraction to Love and Sex 31 Does Love Affect Sex? 31 Monogamy 33 Casual Sex and One Night Stands 34 When Is the Timing Right? 35 4 Sexual Compatibility 37 Finding Someone Who Turns You On 37 What Makes Good Sex? 39 What Do You Want from Your Sex Life? 41 Compatibility Checklist 41 Can You Create Lust and Sexual Compatibility? 43 What Do You Find Sexy? 43 5 Talking About and Initiating Sex 45 Sex Topics 45 How to Talk About Sex 46, Talking (or Not) to Initiate Sex 48 Saying “Maybe” 49 Why “No” Must Mean “No” 49 What If Only One of You Wants Sex? 50 Finding Time for Sex 52, Page viii Part 2: Secrets from Below the Belt 55 6 Mirror, Mirror on the Wall 57 Am I the Only One Who Hates My Body? 58 Do You Need to Improve the Way You Feel About Your Body? 59 What Do You Dislike About Your Body? 61 Getting Comfortable Getting Nude 62 Getting Comfortable with Your Body During Sex 64 More Steps to a Better Body Image 65 Sexy Is As Sexy Does 67 7 His Private Parts 69 Male Sex Organs: It's What's Inside That Counts 69 The Testes 70 The Scrotum 71 The Epididymis 71 The Vas Deferens 71 The Seminal Vesicles 71 The Prostate Gland 72, The Cowper's Glands 72 Penis Power 72 The Glans 72 The Foreskin 73 The Frenulum 73 Why “Boner” Is a Misnomer 74 The What's What of Sperm and Semen 74 The Heads and Tails of Sperm 75 How Much Sperm Is in Semen? 75 Ejaculation and Orgasm 76 Surprise! It's Not About Size 77 8 Her Secret Garden 79 Female Sex Organs: What's Going on Down There? 80 The Ovaries 80 The Fallopian Tubes 81 The Uterus 81 The Cervix 82 Vagina Is for Lovers 82, The Urinary Opening and Vaginal Opening 82 The Hymen 83 The Vulva 83 The Clitoris 85 “G” Marks the Spot 85 Female Ejaculation 86 These Are Two of Her Favorite Things: Breasts 86 Oh, Baby! 88, Page ix Blood, Sweat, and Tears 89 Blood, Sweat, and…Orgasm 90 PMS—The Storm Before the Calm 90 Feminine Hygiene: Say Yes to the Shower and No to the Douche 91 9 It's a Turn-On: Your Sexual Response 93 Here Comes That Loving Feeling 94 Desire 94 Arousal 95 Plateau 95 Orgasm 96 Resolution 96 The Big “O” 97 Female Orgasms 97 Male Orgasms 98 Multiple Orgasms—The More the Merrier? 99 Simultaneous Orgasms—Timing Isn't Everything 99 Orgasm Myths 100, Faking It 100 10 Master of Your Domain 103 Mmmmm Is for Masturbation 104 Health Benefits of Masturbation 105 Who Does It and How Much? 105 Different Strokes for Different Folks 107 Hands-On Experience 109 Do You Know What You Like? 110 Touch Me, Touch You 112 Improving Your Sex Life Through Masturbation 113 Working Out Your Love Muscles 113 Part 3: Fantastic Foreplay 117 11 The Seduction 119 What Is Foreplay? 119 Get into the Mood 120 Transform Your Home into a Love Nest 121 Creating a Sensuous Feast 123 Saying Sexy, Subtle Things 125, Giving Affection 126 A Kiss Is Just a Kiss…or Is It? 126 Warming Up 127 Mouth to Mouth 127 The French Kiss 128 Coming Up for Air 129 Dressing to Turn on Your Lover 129 Strip It, Strip It Good 130, Page x 12 Reach Out and Touch Someone 133 What Are Your Erogenous Zones? 134 How to Give a Sensual Massage 135 Lathering Up in the Shower or Bath 136 How to Give Him a Good Orgasm with Your Hand 138 How to Bring Her to Orgasm with Your Hand 140 Mutual Masturbation: Would You Like a Hand with That? 142 More Ways to Keep in Touch 144 13 Mouthing Off 145 Why Oral Sex Is Amazing 146 What to Do If You Have Inhibitions About Oral Sex 146 Lick It, Lick It Good 148 Put Your Mouth Around That 151 Spit or Swallow? 154 Safer Oral Sex 156 More Oral Sex Variations 156 Lying Down, Standing, Sitting Up, and Squatting 156, Sixty-Nine Is So Fine 157 Exotic Locations 157 Hot and Cold Sensations 158 Playing with Food 158 Using Sex Toys During Oral Sex 158 Oral-Anal Contact 159 All-over Oral Pleasure 159 Part 4: Positions and Playtime 163 14 Sexual Positions 165 Man-on-Top 166 Woman-on-Top 168 Sex from Behind 169 Side-by-Side 170 Sitting 171 Standing 172 Strange Names for Sexy Positions 174 Scissors 174 The Crab 175, The Snake 175 The Rabbit 176 The Wheelbarrow 177 Anal Sex 178 15 Pillow Talk 181 Orgasms After Intercourse 182 Aftercare 182 What If You Want to Fall Asleep? 184 What's There to Talk About? 184, Page xi Encore! Encore! 185 Sex on the Run 186 Creative Afterplay Activities 186 16 Variety Is the Spice of Sex 189 All the Right Moves 190 Push It, Push It Real Good 190 Body Double 191 Prop to It! 192 Incredible Edibles 192 Wet and Wild 193 Paint-by-Touch 194 Soft Touches and Tickles 194 Timing Is Everything 194 The Quickie 194 The Sex Weekend 195 Rocking 'Round the Clock 195 Sex in Dreamland 196, Touch Me in the Morning 196 Lunch Box Special 196 Open House 197 Bathroom Bawdiness 197 Now You're Cooking 197 Eating In 198 Loving in the Living Room 198 Stairway to Heaven 198 Attic Antics 198 Basement Basics 199 Pull On In 199 No Vacancies 199 Sex in the Great Outdoors 200 Backyard Parties 200 Woody the Wood Pecker 200 Mountain Highs 201 Sand, Surf, and Sensuality 201 Playing Around on the Playground 202, Jump in the Deep End 202 Hot Stuff in the Hot Tub 202 A Bird's Eye View 202 When Intimate Isn't Necessarily Private 203 Going Up, Going Down 203 What a Way to Make a Living 204 School Spirit 204 Let's Get Physical 204 Sex on the Move 205 Frequent Flyer's Smiles 205 You Drove Me to It 205 Staying on Track 206 Taxi Trysts 206 Hop on the Harley 206, Page xii Part 5: Sexual Adventures 209 17 Imagine That! Your Sexual Fantasies 211 In Your Dreams! 212 Tonight's Top 10 List 214 Sharing Your Fantasies 219 When Fantasy Becomes Reality 221 Fun with Fantasies 222 18 Sexy Sights and Sounds 225 Aural Sex 226 Call of the Wild 228 Nude Pictures 229 Sexy Stories 230 Porn Flicks 231 Renting 232 Making Your Own 233 Byte Me and Suck My Hard Drive 234 Sex Sites: Chasing the Links 234, Sex Chats: The Sound of One Hand Typing 236 19 What Would Barbie Think? Fun with Sex Toys 239 Is That a Dildo in Your Pocket or Are You Just Glad to See Me? 240 Vibrators: Getting a Buzz On 242 And There's More! 244 I Like That, Butt This Feels Great! 244 Ancient Chinese Secret? 245 Toys for Boys 246 Blown Up or Tied Up 247 Do-It-Yourself Sex Toys 247 Lovin', Not Druggin' 248 20 Swingers and Dominants and Men in Skirts, Oh My! 251 Role Playing: Make-Believe and Make Out 252 Crossdressing: What's Under That Skirt? 253 Fetishes: May I Touch Your Feet? 256 Group Sex: All Together Now 257 S/M: Taking the Blindfold Off 260 Can Alternative Sex Go Too Far? 264, 21 Tantric Sex: The Big Om 267 What Is Tantra? 268 Is Tantra for You? 268 The Tantric Way 269 Breathing in Harmony 269 How You Balance Each Other 270 Beginning Tantric Sex 270, Page xiii Riding the Wave 272 Tantric Sexual Positions 273 Lotus Sex Positions 273 Clasping Position 274 Cupped Position 274 The Full-Body Orgasm 274 Withholding Ejaculation 275 How Tantra Can Improve Your Sex Life 277 Part 6: Unique Sexual Issues 279 22 Happy to Be Gay 281 Labels Are for Cans 282 The Sexual Orientation Continuum 282 Bi the Way 284 Why Are People Gay? 286 Discovering and Accepting Homosexuality 287 Come Out, Come Out, Whoever You Are 288 Pride and Prejudice 290, So, What Exactly Do You Do in Bed? 291 23 Sex and Pregnancy: What Are You Doing for the Next Nine Months? 295 Changing Shape 296 Sex During Pregnancy 297 The Right Position at the Right Time 299 Sex Do's and Don'ts 300 More Ways to Enjoy Each Other 301 How Do Men Feel About Sex During Pregnancy? 301 Mother Lovin': Sex After the Baby 303 Physical Challenges 303 Emotional Challenges 304 Too Pooped to Pop? 305 Quality Time 305 24 Experience Counts: Sex and Aging 307 Women and Aging 308 Her Good Old Body 308 The Change of Life 309 Male Issues About Sex and Aging 310, You Can't Keep a Good (Old) Man Down 311 Does My Hair Look Better If I Part It This Way? 312 Health and Sex for Aging Men and Women 312 Men and Women Are Using It, Not Losing It 314, Page xiv Part 7: To Your Sexual Health 317 25 Get in Control: Birth Control 319 Asking Your Partner to Choose and Use 319 Are There Ever “Safe” Times of the Month? 320 Choosing Birth Control 321 It's a Hormonal Thing 321 Birth Control Pills 322 Norplant 323 Depo-Provera: The Birth Control Shot 323 Intrauterine Device (IUD) 324 Putting Up Barriers 325 His Condom 325 Her Condom 328 Vaginal Spermicides 328 Diaphragms and Cervical Caps 329 More Methods for Consideration 329 Sterilization 329, Fertility Awareness Methods (FAMs) 330 Abstinence 331 Which Method Is Best for You? 331 When All Else Fails, You Still Have Options 332 The Morning After Pill 332 RU486 333 Abortion 333 Adoption 334 26 Better Safer Than Sorry 335 Talking About Safer Sex 336 How to Talk About STDs 336 What If You Know You Have an STD? 337 The ABC of STDs 337 Chlamydia 338 Herpes 338 Genital Warts (HPV) 339 Gonorrhea 339 Syphilis 339, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) 340 Urinary Tract Infection 340 Vaginitis 340 Crabs 341 Internal Parasites 341 Hepatitis B 342 Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immunodeficiency 342 Syndrome (AIDS) What Are Your Symptoms? 344 Checking for STDs 344, Page xv Testing for HIV 345 Condoms and Safer Sex 346 27 Take a Good Look—These Exams Save Lives 347 Your Healthy Breasts 348 How to Perform a Breast Self-Exam (BSE) 348 What If You Find a Lump? 350 It Only Comes Once a Year: The Gynecological Exam 350 Men and Sexual Health 353 The Testicular Self-Exam: You've Got Balls, Check 'Em Out 353 Just Relax, It's the Prostate Exam 354 28 Overcoming Sexual Problems 357 Not in the Mood: Lack of Desire 358 Waiting for the O: Women Who Have Never Had an Orgasm 359 Intercourse Without Orgasms 362 Premature Ejaculation 362 5, 6, 7, 8—Now's the Time to Stop and Wait 363 Please Me, Squeeze Me 364, When It's Hard to Get Hard 365 Viagra: The Great Blue Hope? 366 Pump It Up 367 Painful Intercourse 367 Vaginismus 368 Male and Female Performance Anxiety 368 Sex Therapy: Getting Professional Help 369 What Happens in Sex Therapy? 369 Sensate Focus 370 What Is a “Sex Surrogate”? 370 Choosing a Sex Therapist 371 Appendices A Amazing Sex from A to Z 373 B Get in Touch with Your Sexuality 385 Index 389, Page xvi

INTRODUCTION

Just what is amazing sex? There are hundreds, or maybe even thousands, of different positions, settings, and stimuli that can all be amazing. But amazing sex is more than just feeling good. Amazing sex is ultimately about what makes you feel connected, sensual, and human. The most amazing sex is also sex that is done responsibly, and often, lovingly. Some people might think that they don't need a book to teach them how to have sex. Although it's true that some aspects of sex acts are innate, when it comes to having amazing sex, most people could use some fine-tuning. There is always more to learn about sex. You learn about sex from having sex, but you also learn about sex from sex education. This book is great sex education. There's a lot in here, 416 pages worth of sexy info. You're sure to learn a thing or two…or three or four or more. Besides just teaching you how to spice up your sex life, this book will also explain the basics about sexuality. Many people never learned essential sex information because they were too embarrassed to ask questions about sex. Some people even think that talking about sex is a big no-no. They may prefer to keep quiet about sex, unless they are telling a dirty joke, or talking about someone else's sexual exploits (maybe their favorite politician's?). But the more you talk about sex, and the more you read about sex, the better your sex life can become. I have written this book so it will be fun and easy to learn from. It will help you understand the basics, as well as grasp the more complex concepts about sexuality. This book is a refresher for old pros, a primer for beginners, a peep into new worlds for the timid, and a jumping off spot for the adventurous. It delivers many tantalizing bites for all of you who are hungry for even more in your sex life—all in a ready-to-roll, easy-to-use, hot-tip-filled format. Enjoy it and may it make you a more amazing lover!

How This Book Is Organized

, Part 1, “Say Yes to Amazing Sex,” will help you understand how you can get past your inhibitions about sex. It will explain the connection between sex and love so that you can find what is most satisfying for you, and identify the very sexy aspects you're aching to find in a compatible sex partner. It will help you understand why sex is an amazing part of life, and why you deserve all the pleasure you can have. It will also explain how to talk about sex so that you get what you want, but not more than you've bargained for. Part 2, “Secrets from Below the Belt,” explains how to get over your body image issues and start feeling sexy. You'll learn how to get naked, get over your inhibitions, and really take a look at your glorious body. Then this section deals with the nitty-gritty of male and female sexual body parts. You'll learn all that stuff that your junior high phys. ed. teacher probably tried to teach you in health class. Finally, this section discusses how to really love your body by explaining all about masturbation. Part 3, “Fantastic Foreplay,” will give you great ideas for amazing ways to seduce your lover. Also, it will give you step-by-step techniques for massage, giving a hand job to a man or manual stimulation to a woman, and mutual masturbation. It will also give you step-by-step tips for performing oral sex on a man or a woman. These are things which are usually thought of as a prelude to sex, but in fact they can be played with anytime for variation during a sexual relationship. Page:, Page xvii Part 4, “Positions and Playtime,” is where this book turns into a sex manual at its best, with directions on sexual positions and even some exotic erotic positions. Plus, it will give you tons of ideas for how to vary how and when and where you have sex! Part 5, “Sexual Adventures,” discusses fantasies, sex toys, phone sex, pornography, sex on the Internet, S/M, and Tantric spiritual sex. This section gives you details about all types of sexual variations and alternative sexual lifestyles and more. If you can think of something wild that you might want to do sexually, it's probably covered in this part. Part 6, “Unique Sexual Issues,” discusses issues that might not seem to apply to all readers: homosexuality, sex during pregnancy, and sex and aging. But the fact is, at some point in your life, these issues will probably affect you or someone you love. Part 7, “To Your Sexual Health,” gives you step-by-step instructions on how to perform monthly self-exams to keep your sexual health in tip-top shape, and it helps you understand when you need to go to a doctor. Finally this section concludes with a chapter about sex therapy.

Sexy Sidebars

To spice up this book, and to make it more fun to read, you'll see sidebars containing tidbits of sex information. There are four types of sidebars:, Page xviii

Acknowledgments

Writing a book as comprehensive as this one takes lots of teamwork. I had an amazing team. Thanks to my editors, Michele Morcey and Tammy Ahrens, for their terrific comments. Thanks to Robert Shuman, Gary Krebs, Kathy Nebenhaus, Nancy Mikhail, and others at Macmillan for their dedication to this project. Thanks also to Mel Berger, my wonderful literary agent at William Morris Agency, and his assistant Scott Miller. Talented artists made amazing contributions to this book. Thanks to Adam Hurwitz for his creative, realistic, and sexy illustrations. Thanks to Jody Schaeffer for adding humorous cartoons to these pages. Thanks to Photonica for providing photographs for my selection. And thanks to photographer Darryl Estrine for his artistry in the cover photo., Special gratitude to my friends and family who served as my reading group, enhancing my sexually explicit rough drafts. They also provided wonderful distractions from my work with their humor, intelligence, understanding, companionship, and love: Jodi Siegel, Edward Sharon, Erica Peters, Marc Peters, Daniel Kaufman, Paul Levy, Amanda Carlson, Julie Taylor, Paul Nagle, Dr. Andy Penziner, Dr. Leah Schaefer, Jason Gutman, Stacey Donovan, Gail Parenteau, Mariette Pathy Allen, Marty Berman, Debbie Paitchel Klein, Jonathan Siegel, Dr. Morris Siegel, Gertrude Siegel, Aliza Locker, Dr. Laurence Locker, Jeffrey Lind, and Molly Lind. All of you are amazing!,

PART 1 SAY YES TO AMAZING SEX

“Yes, yes, yes!” That's what someone might say in the throes of passion. Having amazing sex is the most incredible way to feel pleasure and to feel connected to another person. It doesn't matter if you're married or single: If you understand that sex is meant to be a positive aspect of your life, then you can start claiming the pleasure you deserve, and start saying “Yes!” to amazing sex. In this part, I'll introduce you to the world of today's sexuality by letting you in on some facts and debunking some myths. To get the most out of your sex life, you need to discover what you want out of your sex life. I'll help you do that by discussing the connection between sex and love, so that you can figure out what you need emotionally to make sex the most satisfying for you. Then, I'll help you identify the very sexy aspects you're aching to find in a compatible sex partner. Finally, I'll give you advice on how to talk about sex so that you get what you want—but not more than you bargained for.,

Chapter 1 Sexuality Today

Amazing sex! Wouldn't you love to have it all the time?! Well, you can! To help you have amazing sex, you need sex education. I don't mean that you need a boring lecture about how the sperm fertilizes the egg, like you probably heard in your high school health class. There's much more to sex education than that. The kind of sex ed you'll get from this book is about all the pleasures and variations you can add to your sex life. The more you know, the better a lover you will become., Sex is not like riding a bike. Sure the same old balancing act that you learned as a kid still works just fine years later when all you have to do is pedal to the store and back. But when it comes to sex, it's a whole new balancing act every time you hop on for a ride. It's possible to experience new things every time you do it. So it sure makes sense to learn what all those new things are, doesn't it, darling? On the metaphorical bike ride of your sex life, it's a good idea to push hard on the uphill side, glide freely on the downhill side, pop a few wheelies, and safely enjoy the ride., Photo by Barnaby Hall Are You Sex Savvy? Sex can be surreal, special, and sizzle—or it can be fumbling, phony and fizzle. You can experience all that sex has to offer. But before you starting trying a lot of adventurous sex tricks, there are some basics that you should master. Some people think that they know all the ABCs of sex, and that all they need to improve their sex life is instruction about some new exotic sexual positions. But how much do you really know about sex? Find out how sex savvy you are by taking the following sex quiz., To determine how you did on the quiz, rate yourself according to the following point system: 0–2 correct = You might need training wheels until you learn more. But don't worry, learning about sex will surely be a fun ride., 2–5 correct = You're a little rusty. Get out some lube, rotate that chain, and read the chapters to answer more about the questions you missed. 6–9 correct = You're already up the hill. With just a bit more sex education, you can sit back and enjoy the landscape. 10–11 correct = You're a master of sex education. You're ready to learn some of those fancy tricks. How'd you do on the quiz? Even if you scored 100 percent correct, I bet there are some questions you have about sex that you'd love for me to answer. So read on—I probably answer them somewhere in this book. It is easy to improve your sexuality, if you get good sex education. The more you know about sex, the better equipped you will be to responsibly experience all the variety that sexuality has to offer. The goal of your sex life can be to have fulfilling experiences that you never regret. In order to do that, you have a lot to learn., From Sexual Revolution to Sexual Evolution Here I am about to tell you explicitly how you can have amazing sex. But it wasn't long ago that people could hardly talk about sex. Even as recently as the 1950s, it was considered taboo for people to have conversations about how they could improve their sex lives. In the 1960s and 1970s, people began to talk more openly about sex. The sexual revolution of those years incited our culture to have a greater comfort level with sex., However, in the 1980s, the AIDS epidemic put a damper on sexual freedom. People were told that sex could kill. All of the freedom that was felt in the 1960s and 1970s turned into restraint in the 1980s. In the 1990s we entered a time when we could talk more openly about sex than ever before. There has been no time before now that so many sexual issues have been out in the open. Because of the sexually explicit nature, of television, movies, magazines, books, many Internet sites, and even stories in the news, we talk about everything from adultery to anal sex to masturbation—topics that were formally taboo. As we head into the 2000s, I notice that many people are frustrated, because they really want more out of their sex lives. There had been a sexual evolution: from repression to sexual freedom, back to repression again. Now, the pendulum has swung once again to a positive place of sexual desire. We are at a terrific time in the sexual evolution of our country—a time in which people are allowed to express their interest in sex, to seek and find amazing sex. We know that AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, and unintended pregnancies are the difficult, negative consequences of sex. But we also know about the precautions that can help us continue to enjoy sex in a healthy way. Sex can bring great pleasure and happiness to everyone's lives. Do Sex Trends Exist?, While sexual desire has an internal component, it still can be influenced by the world around us. In the straitlaced '50s, the free-love '60s, the disco '70s, the Reagan '80s, or in the media age of today, people's sexual desires may have churned at the same pace, yet the factors that made each generation distinct also made sexual trends unique. A trend is something that we notice many people in our culture following. For example, if you notice that many women are sporting belly rings and henna tattoos, that's a fashion trend. If instead of saying “hi,” you hear most people using “yo,” as a greeting, that's a language trend. A trend is a change that is actually occurring—not just something that you happen to hear more about. In order to assess whether or not a trend is occurring, we have to see it in the culture around us. But because we cannot peer into other people's bedrooms, we have to rely on sex research or cultural observations to determine if there are any sex trends. Some trends that I have noticed that are unique for today's Americans include: • acceptance of premarital sex, to the point that it is considered the norm by most Americans Page:, • increased willingness for women to initiate sex compared with previous generations • increased frequency of oral sex and manual stimulation prior to engaging in intercourse, so that oral sex is often considered a prelude to intercourse. • increased viewing of pornography, due to the increased accessibility for people of all ages. • greater ability for people to talk about sex, because of the increased forum for finding out factual sex information from educational sex books, magazine articles, television shows, radio shows, and the Internet., Because people have much greater exposure to sexual images today than ever before, people might mistakenly think that every sexual lifestyle that they hear about is really a sex trend. Every time a new image of sex appears on a magazine cover, on television, or in a movie, some people say that it's the hottest, newest, most exciting sex trend. I remember in the early 1990s when Madonna's Sex book came out and the press was saying that S/M was the hottest sex trend. Or when Sting was on TV talk shows discussing his practice of Tantric sex, and some people wondered if the prevalence of this type of alternative sex was increasing. Or in the late 1990s, when it was reported that President Clinton had an affair with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky, and many people were saying that the new sex trend was for men to have affairs with subordinates at work. But did millions of people get into S/M only because Madonna did it? Or try Tantra because of Sting? Did millions of men have affairs because Bill Clinton did? I doubt it. Just because the media chooses to discuss alternative sexual practices, it does not dictate what people are doing sexually. Even if you saw an article in Cosmopolitan about threesomes on the same day that you saw an episode of Ricki Lake about threesomes, that does not mean that people are having more threesomes. It does not mean that it is a sex trend. It just means that the media is choosing to talk about it more. It also does not mean that you should try it, just because you are hearing a lot about it., If you notice some sexy image that you are seeing over and over in the media, and it gets you turned on or intrigues you, then maybe it is something that you'd want to try. However, be careful if you want to follow every sexy thing you hear about. Not every sex act will fit into your natural orientation, or sex style. Everyone creates his or her own individual sexuality, and copycats don't always wind up fulfilled. Relationships, bodies, and sexual circumstances are so unique that each person can only have sex in his or her own unique sexual expression. Take some time to discover the creative aspects of sex. Learn all of your options, then decide what you want to try. The only way to achieve amazing sex is to figure out your own sexuality, and then share it with an amazing partner who is also willing to learn. Is Everyone Doing It? Do you ever wonder how your sexual activity compares with others? Do you ever worry that you're having too much sex? Or do you ever feel like you're just not getting enough sex? Married, divorced, single, young, and old, is everybody having sex all the time? It's easy to wonder how many other people are having sex, because most of the time people don't just come out and tell you their sexual histories., The fact is, though, that it is difficult to determine how many times people have had sex, because most people don't keep an exact count, at least after a few years of having sex. Although you may know how many partners you've had, that number doesn't necessarily add up to the amount of sex you've had. If you had one steady partner for 5 years and you had sex on your first date and every day after that, then you had sex 1,825 times in 5 years. If you had 50 partners over the course of 5 years, but they were all one night stands, then you only had sex 50 times in 5 years. So if you want to determine how much sex you've had in your life, try to count the number of total times, not partners. I am often asked if a person can have too much sex or too little sex. Some people like to hear about the average sexual frequency of others, because if they match those, numbers, it makes them feel normal. However, there is no such thing as normal or average when it comes to frequency of sex. You can never have too little sex, unless you want to have more. If, for example, a husband and wife only want to have sex once a year, and that's totally fine with both of them, then that's the amount of sex that they should have. Whatever amount makes you and your partner happy is the right amount, no matter how infrequent. On the other hand, if you enjoy having sex often, that's fine, if you can find a partner who wants the same amount as you. The only way you can have too much sex is if it is interfering with your life. If you have to quit your job, you never have time to talk to your family or friends, and you can't function normally because you feel that you must have sex all the time, then you're having too much sex. Some people who are this extreme are said to be sexually compulsive, and they should be treated by a sex therapist for this problem. Otherwise, there is nothing wrong with having a lot of sex. If you have the time and a willing partner, go for it!, If you're not having as much sex as you want to be having, it can be frustrating. If you have a partner who does not like to have sex as often as you do, then you two need to work out a happy compromise. If you are not having as much sex as you would like because you're single, don't despair—there are plenty of potential partners who are in the same situation, and someday you will find each other. Married or Single: Does It Make a Difference? I've heard married people say that they'd love to be single again, to have sex whenever and with whomever they desire. But in reality, those married people are probably having more sex than their single counterparts. Unless they're in a committed relationship, single people have less sex than married people do. The simple reason for this is that married people have access to a sex partner, while singles do not. In a recent survey of single 30-year-olds, 19 percent said that they had not had sex in over a year. Here's how many married women in their 30s are having sex during 1 year: [PU]Alpha Books[/PU][DP]1998[/DP], How Busy Is the Married Woman's Sex Life? The key to having sex as much, or as little, as you want is finding a partner who wants the same amount as you do. A marriage certificate or the fact that you share a bed with someone doesn't guarantee that you'll be satisfied with your sex life. You may be single, living with your lover, or dating so that you see each other every day and having as much sex as you want to be having. But generally, married couples do have sex more than single people. Young or Old: Does It Make a Difference? People are sexual beings from birth to death. Throughout life, people are sexually expressive, even if they are not sexually active. Children “play doctor” to explore sexuality, or masturbate for a sexual release. Teens experiment with “heavy petting” and sometimes with intercourse. Many adults believe that young people shouldn't be having sex, even though many of them experimented during their own teenage years. In fact, although some parents today had sex in their teen years, they still tell their children to wait until they are over 18 or married., So when is the right time for people to start having sex? I believe that people are too young to have sex if they can't deal with the physical and emotional consequences of sex. But that's all very individual. There are some 16-year-olds who can deal with having sex, and, on the other hand, there are some 30-year-olds who still can't. The best time to start having sex is when: • you feel ready and you're confident sex is the right thing for you. • you will use birth control and condoms responsibly every time you have sex., • you would be able to know what to do if an unintended pregnancy or sexually transmitted disease did occur. • you can evaluate your partner to see if you are compatible. • you will be able to cope with your emotions, knowing if you need to be in love to have sex, and able to accept it if your partner loves you forever, or if your partner hits the road immediately after orgasm. Maybe you think that teens and twentysomethings have tons of sex because they are so young, virile, and sexually charged. However, that assumption is not always true. Many young people are singles, so they don't have anyone to have sex with. The good news about growing up is that you also grow up sexually. More men last longer and more women enjoy orgasms as they get older. The more you have sex, the more you learn about sex, and the more amazing your sex becomes. Getting older and wiser has its benefits in bed too!, The biggest factors that affect the frequency of sex in your life have to do with the changes in your life. As a teen, you probably still lived at home, with little privacy for sexual encounters. Even after you started living on your own, dorm rooms or shared apartments also made it difficult for those oh-so-intimate moments. Adults usually have the most time and privacy for sex. Yet as you become more established in life (for example, as part of a two-career couple with children) you may often be too busy or too tired to find time for sex. Therefore, throughout your life, your sex life will constantly be changing. Young or old, you can have amazing sex, as long as you have the willing partner, the time, the place, and the ability. There's More Than One Reason to Have Sex When I ask people why they have sex, most often they say, “Because it feels good.” However, if you really think about it, there are dozens of reasons why people have sex: Different people, in different relationships, in different situations, and different stages of life all have sex for different reasons. Following is a list (in no particular order) of some reasons why people have sex. By putting an X in the boxes that apply to you, use this as a worksheet to help yourself decide which are good reasons for you to have sex and which are bad reasons., Why Should You Have Sex? THIS WOULD NEVER THIS WOULD THIS MIGHT SOME REASONS BE A GOOD REASON DEFINITELY BE A POSSIBLY BE A WHY YOU MAY FOR YOU TO HAVE GOOD REASON FOR GOOD REASON HAVE SEX SEX YOU TO HAVE SEX SOMEDAY Because You Are in Love Because It's Part of Your Commitment To Get Pregnant Because You Feel Lust To Feel Younger To Feel More Mature To Make Your Partner Feel Desired To Put on a Show for the Neighbors To Have an Orgasm To Relieve Tension To Help Fall Asleep To Make Someone Jealous To Please Someone To Cheat To Feel Sexy To Procrastinate, To Make Up After a Fight For Experience How Often Do You Meet a Movie Star? To Feel Powerful To Get Over Boredom (table continued on next page), (table continued from previous page) THIS WOULD NEVER THIS WOULD THIS MIGHT SOME REASONS BE A GOOD REASON DEFINITELY BE A POSSIBLY BE A WHY YOU MAY FOR YOU TO HAVE GOOD REASON FOR GOOD REASON HAVE SEX SEX YOU TO HAVE SEX SOMEDAY To Try New Positions Because You Are in an Interesting Location For Money Because You Have a Big Crush To Get Over a Big Crush on Someone Else To Talk About It Later For Physical Pleasure Sex will be truly amazing if you have sex for the reasons that make you feel fulfilled. Some people have sex for reasons that are wrong for them, before they realize that sex is better when they do it for the right reasons. If you give some serious thought to what makes sex the best for you, and stick to a goal of trying to have sex under those conditions, you'll be happier with your sex life.,

Chapter 2 Sexpectations: Understanding Your Sexual Beliefs

You're probably anxious to start experimenting with new sexual techniques, but first you need to have a firm grasp (pardon the pun) on how to get the most pleasure out of your sexuality. To do that, you have to understand that sex is inherently a good, healthy, natural part of life., But that's not so easy for everyone. From the time you a were child, you may have been taught to feel guilty about sex. The way you were raised factors into what your beliefs are as an adult. This chapter will help you examine what you have already learned about sex, in case there are things you should unlearn and relearn. Once you understand that sexuality is a wonderful, integral part of yourself, you will be opening the door to sexual pleasure. Are you ready to learn how to have amazing sex? If you are, then it's time to start exploring your beliefs and values about sex, and figuring out how they affect you., Staking Your Claim on Sexual Pleasure Amazing sex means being totally into sex: uninhibited, comfortable, and thrilled to be having sex. It should feel like you won the $20 million lottery, climbed Mt. Everest, sang a duet with Luciano Pavorotti, or drove a brand-new Ferrari. However, if you let your inhibitions get the best of you, then having sex will probably feel more like you lost the scratch-off lottery, tripped on your way up a flight of stairs, sang off key in the shower, or were a passenger in the back of an old pickup truck. If you don't feel comfortable with your sexuality, then you are missing out one of life's greatest pleasures—sexual pleasure. For example, if being naked makes you want to hide in a closet, then you certainly won't feel sexy shedding your clothes in front of another person. What about kissing someone new? If your jaw locks in terror, you won't be enjoying the excitement of passionate kissing. You may have blocks to sexual pleasure, and if you believe that you shouldn't enjoy sex, then you won't. You can get past your inhibitions about sex, but first you have to figure out where the negative feelings came from., Photo by Barnaby Hall On the surface, our country appears quite sexually liberated. Pornography is sold at most newsstands, R-rated movies show explicit sexual images, and prime-time television sitcoms have increasingly more sexually oriented themes. Even on the news, there, are routinely headlined stories of sex scandals. However, when it comes to parenting and religion, many people still teach that sexual pleasure is wrong. When you were growing up, people probably told you that you must say no to sex, or that sex is a temptation to be avoided. But did anyone ever tell you that sex is a wonderful, positive aspect of life? Whatever beliefs you were raised with, one thing is certain—as an adult, it is your right to enjoy sex! You should never feel guilty or embarrassed about wanting to improve your sex life and make it as pleasurable as possible. When you say “Yes!” to amazing sex, you are claiming your right as a sexual person. Remembering Your Sexual Influences Messages about sex have been influencing you from the time you were born. Perhaps your religion told you to wait to have sex until you were married. Perhaps your parents told you to wait until you were in love. Perhaps sex education teachers told you about the dangers of sex and how you could contract AIDS and die. While the dangers of sex are true, they are only part of the story. And when it comes to all those negative messages, what you see and hear isn't always reality., The way to unlearn the negative messages about sex is to examine where you first learned about sex. Think about what you learned from your parents. If you saw them hugging and kissing, you probably noted their affection and took away some positive messages. Maybe you were lucky enough to have parents who made it easy for you to ask them questions about sex. But if your parents were tight-lipped about anything having to do with sex, then you might still be trying to sort out if sex is something forbidden, dirty, and not to be enjoyed., Children learn though natural self-exploration that it feels good to touch themselves. Yet most children are taught that they should not touch their genitals or masturbate. Some parents reprimand young children who touch themselves, so the only time they explore their bodies, if they do at all, is when they are in bed, under the covers, at night. That is a sure way for them to learn that sex is something that must be hidden. (For more about masturbation, check out Chapter 10.) People should not feel ashamed about their sexual urges. Even if you were shamed as a child, as an adult you now need to let that go. All of this taboo people encounter as children is reinforced when slang is used to refer to sexual body parts. Parents seldom teach them the correct names for body parts and sex acts. When parents teach their children the correct names for other body parts (knees, elbows), they should also teach them the correct names for genitals (penis, vulva). Besides the influence of parents, many children learn negative messages about sex from their friends. Remember laughing at that joke you didn't quite get just because everybody else was laughing? Dirty jokes make the rounds in hushed tones at most middle schools. A child who doesn't understand the joke or doesn't laugh enough usually falls victim to merciless teasing. A child also endures teasing for not being “cool” enough to tell sexual jokes that he or she has heard or use dirty words. The kid who everyone else starts to call “a prude” could begin to have bad feelings about his or her sexuality., The pressure to be cool reaches epic proportions in high school, and teasing usually surrounds sexual activity or lack thereof. The pressure of not doing it can also have a negative effect on one's developing sexuality. Teenagers need to understand that sexual choices are individual. Throughout your life, you should only have sex when and if you are totally sure it's right for you., What you are taught about controversial sexual issues, such as pornography, homosexuality, and premarital sex, affects your view of sex. If you are taught by your parents, your church, your school, or your friends that all of these things are bad, you will grow up with a negative attitude toward free sexual expression. For example, as an adult, you might enjoy looking at pornography to get a sexual thrill. But if you are told throughout your childhood that porn is wrong, then every time you reach for Playboy, you will feel a pang of guilt. Those are just a few ways that the things you learn about sex can affect you. There are many more myths about sex that you may have learned as a child that may have stayed with you as you grew up. Let's take a look at them and learn to dissolve them. Myths About Sex All those whispers and secrets you remember from when you were a kid develop into myths. Why? Because there is so much secrecy about sex around children. Did anyone ever tell you that masturbating will make you grow hair on your palms? (Did I catch you looking at your palms? Probably not. Because now you know it's not true.) Or that you can't get pregnant if you jump up and down after sex. (Not true!) Anyone who believes these types of myths isn't really in control of his or her sexuality and probably isn't enjoying sex very much. How could you relax with these kinds of notions swimming around in your head! Luckily, most of those simple myths are forgotten once people reach adulthood. However, there are more deep-rooted myths that too many adults still believe. Take a look at these popular misconceptions to decide for yourself if your beliefs are in need of adjustment. All of the following myths are incorrect! • Sex is dirty, sinful, and unpleasant. People usually blame religion for teaching that sex is bad, wrong, or sinful. But in fact, you can have strong religious beliefs and still have sex for pleasure. I once heard a priest say the following to get this point across: If God hadn't wanted people to have sex, God wouldn't have made it feel so good. • Ejaculation depletes a man's energy., This myth dates as far back as India in the 600s. People believed that the more a man ejaculated, the more he would have to replenish the energy supply, and the more of his precious energies he would lose. Of course this isn't true, as it is a fact that semen production is effortless for a man. Vigorous sex might make you tired, just like any vigorous activity. But great sex can give you added energy. For every man who feels like going to sleep after sex, just as many are invigorated and want to go run 10 miles… or have sex again., • Sexual pleasure does not last throughout your life. After a lecture I gave at a college, a 20-year-old girl came up to me afterward. “How many orgasms do I have,” she asked. I asked her to clarify what she meant by the question, and she told me that she had always thought that a woman only has the ability to have a fixed number of orgasms in her entire life. She thought it had something to do with the number of eggs a women carried in her ovaries. I corrected her, and helped her understand that orgasms come from a woman's brain and nerve endings, are not related to her ovum, and, most importantly, that she can have an unlimited number of orgasms, anytime for as long as she lives. Your sexual pleasure will last as long as you live. • Men always want to have sex and cannot be monogamous. According to evolutionary biology, male species have millions of sperm for the reason of spreading them around to fertilize as many eggs as possible. But this is not relevant for men in contemporary society. Men do not need to spread their “seed” to as many different women as possible. They can settle down with one woman happily, forever. Men can be faithful, as long as they choose to be faithful. Saying “all men cheat” is like saying that no man has self-control, and no man can respect his commitment to his relationship. That is not true. Not all men betray and lie to women. Any man can choose to be with only one woman forever. • Women should not ask for sex and should not love having sex. A woman who wants sex might worry that she will be called a slut or thought of as a whore if she comes right out and asks for it. After all, when you were growing up, isn't that what you heard girls called if they were the ones who “got around.” But ask yourself, what is wrong with a woman enjoying sex? If you don't know the answer, I'll tell you: nothing. Sex is here for you to enjoy—for men and women. Your Attitude Adjustment, If you're still carrying around guilt and your feelings about sex are still getting in the way of your pleasure, you need to change them. There are many ways to do that. Tune into what you find sexy, without being affected by what your upbringing taught you. Keep in mind that you have the right to choose whether or not you want to have sex, when you want it, and with whom. Sexual fulfillment is yours for the taking, if you believe you can have it. Having amazing sex takes a high comfort level, a lot of information, some skills, and a partner who feels the same way. Adjusting your attitude means seeking out more information about sex with the hope that you'll feel free enough to have fun when you're doing it. Were you embarrassed when you brought this book to the checkout at the bookstore? Or maybe you felt, funny when your friend or lover gave it to you. What if someone found out that you owned a sex manual? Would you feel like you have to make excuses, maybe: “Um, that was given to me as a joke!” Well, many people feel that way. Here's where your attitude adjustment comes in and gives you the power to enlighten yourself about sex. Instead of feeling embarrassed, think of yourself as wise for wanting to learn more, about sex. You're doing something great for yourself by learning about sex. Instead of feeling afraid that other people will think that you are a pervert, think of them as the losers who aren't as in touch with their sexuality. You can increase your information by reading this book and practicing what you read. Talking About Your Sexual Past You can increase your comfort level with sex by talking about your sexual influences and sexual history with someone who has the experience to help you understand it better. You should find someone you trust, a counselor or therapist. Make sure this person has the experience to help you discover how your past influences your present. Then sit down together when you have time and talk to this person about your sexual history. The following items will give you some ideas for sharing: • Talk about what your mother and father taught you about sex. • Discuss other memories you have that involved sexuality in your childhood., • Talk about the attitude that you had toward nudity and your body image as a child and how (and if) that changed as you've grown. • Talk about what you remember about your first period (for women) or wet dream (for men). • Discuss what you thought about masturbation, and when, if ever, you first felt completely comfortable doing it., • Talk about what you learned about sex from your peers, the media, and sex education. • Talk about what your early dating experiences were like. • Discuss why and when you lost your virginity, and what it made you think about sex. • Discuss how your dating and sex life today is impacted by any of the things that you went through when you were younger. If you're not getting what you want out of your sex life, it may be because of some attitudes or experiences that you had years ago. Once you examine all of those issues, you can start to put the pieces of your sexual past and present together. The more you talk about your issues, the faster you can work on resolving them. You do not need to tell a new partner all about your past. In fact, you might want to keep the details of your sexual past to yourself. (Especially if you are using condoms for disease protection anyway.) But you might want to share personal aspects of your history with a partner who you love, so the person gets to know you more intimately. Sometimes being able to talk about your sexual past and your sexual attitudes and values can be important. To learn more about how and when to talk about sex, read Chapter 5 of this book. Remember, you goal should be to understand yourself and your sexuality. Once you get past the myths, schoolyard whispers, and influences that confused you, you'll realize that sex is a wonderful part of your life. The first step to having amazing sex is knowing that you can!,

Chapter 3 Sex with (or Without) Love

“I love you.” Hearing those three little words from someone you love can make you feel amazing! For some people, being in love is a requirement for having sex. For others, love is something that is separate from sex. Sex for them is more about lust, attraction, and physical pleasure., In order to be happy with your sex life and have meaningful relationships, you have to sort out all these issues. Deciding if you only want monogamy or if casual sex with no commitments is more your thing will greatly affect how you manage your sex life. Although love and sex can be distinctly separate, they can also be inextricably linked. It all depends on what you want out of your sex life…and on how you define love. This Thing Called Love Have you ever been in love? Some people are not quite sure. Other people say that they know they are in love now, so what they thought was love in the past must not have been. Knowing if you are in love is not always easy because love is such a complex emotion. Page: [PU]Alpha Books[/PU][DP]1998[/DP], For centuries, artists, poets, philosophers, writers, and musicians have tried to define love through their work. Romantic notions of love express it as a quality of devotion that one feels toward another person. Yet the meaning of love for each person is highly complex. Here are some examples of how it has been expressed: • “Love does not consist in gazing at each other but looking in the same direction together.” —Antoine de Saint-Exupéry • “One word frees us of all the weight and pain in life. That word is love.” —Sophocles • “Love sees with the heart and not the mind; therefore, winged cupid is painted blind.” —William Shakespeare • “My love there's only you in my life…You're every breath that I take; You're every step I make.” —Lionel Richie, “Endless Love” • “My love is like a red red rose, That's newly sprung in June, My love is like the melodie, That's sweetly play'd in tune.” —Robert Burns • “You say that you love me like a river, a river you say will never run dry…Don't use that magical, mysterious, intoxicating, joy, fantastic, fascinating word called love unless you love me to the nines…the kind of love that takes over your body, mind and soul.” —Prince, “Love 2 the 9s” • “I love you. You complete me.” —Tom Cruise in the movie Jerry Maguire • “Love is the answer, but while you are waiting for the answer, sex raises some pretty good questions.” —Woody Allen Another reason why it's so difficult to define love is that many people confuse it with the feelings of lust. Love makes you feel energized, content, and emotionally stable. Lust makes you feel anxious, jealous, and possessive. Lust, or infatuation, is based on sexual attraction. At first when you meet someone you are attracted to, you may feel a strong connection and label it as love or even, maybe, as love at first sight. But what you are most likely feeling is attraction, or lust., If you only want to have sex with someone you love, then how are you going to be sure that you love someone? Most often, time is the factor that answers this question. If you let several months pass and you still feel love for the person, then you might be more certain that your feelings are real. As your involvement with the person grows, you may feel a deeper affection, and a need to bond even more with the person. In this case, love may grow into attachment. With each person, the feelings of “falling in love” will be a new type of sensation. Sometimes you fall in love, with a friend you have known for years. Sometimes you fall in love with a stranger you see across a crowded room. No two loves are alike. According to psychologist Richard Sternberg's theory of love, true love is based on a balance of three elements: commitment, intimacy, and passion. He explained that if any of those elements is missing, you could still have love, yet different kinds of love. The following illustration explains. Because there are so many different types of love, and because everyone defines love so differently, it will be helpful to your relationship if you explain to your partner the type of love you feel. I'm hopeful that you will both understand each other and maybe even feel similar types of love for each other!, Types of love When and How to Express Your Love Because many people have a hard enough time defining their love, expressing it may be even more difficult. You might get into a relationship and wonder “Should I say ‘I love you’ before the other person says it?” or “Should I sign an e-mail or card, ‘Love’?” If you express your love to someone before he or she expresses it, then you are taking a risk that your love will not be reciprocated. Since unrequited love is a painful feeling, try to be sure you are really feeling love before you make your pronouncement., If you feel somewhat certain that expressing your love will be well received, then one way to convey it is by writing a love letter. It's one of the most romantic ways to get closer to someone. Here are some tips for composing a love letter: • Make it personal and from your heart. • Write like you talk. Don't try to sound like a “writer.” • Focus on the person to whom you're writing. That will help you express your true feelings. • Express why this person brings meaning into your life. • Don't be afraid to use words such as forever, everlasting, passion, together, devotion, fulfillment, and love. • Focus on writing your own thoughts; you might also want to include famous quotes about love, or a short love poem. • Hand write it on a romantic card or stationery., Although expressing your love can feel scary at first, you shouldn't be afraid to say, write, or—most importantly show how you feel for someone. If the object of your affection feels the same way, then you will both know that you love each other, and that will bring you closer together. If that person does not respond positively to your proclamation of love, then it will help you understand that you have to keep your feelings in perspective (and to yourself) until either this person develops love for you, or you get over him or her and move on., From Attraction to Love and Sex When you first meet someone, you go through stages to determine if you're interested in that person. If that initial attraction is strong enough, you'll probably be interested in seeing each other again. That desire is usually based on physical attraction, but you could decide to see each other again because of social or intellectual reasons. Once you get past the initial attraction, you talk and spend time together to try to determine if your lifestyles, values, and interests are in sync. This is the time when you will be able to see if the person you've been fantasizing about will be a good partner for you. However, you have to be careful during this phase. If love can be blind, then lust most certainly is blind. You might find yourself overlooking qualities in this potential partner that you normally wouldn't dream of standing for. So you have to open your eyes and try to be honest with yourself about how you would really see this person if you would remove the blinders of lust. Finally, once you have gotten to know each other over a period of days, weeks or months, and if the attraction is still there, you have reached the point where you determine what roles you will play in each other's lives. In other words, if that person just wants casual sex but you want marriage, then it won't work out for long. But if you both have the same roles in mind, your sexual partnering is off to a good start. Does Love Affect Sex?, Many people will tell you that when they mix sex with love, they are experiencing the most amazing sex possible. However, there are some people who will say that wild, passionate sex happens best with a complete stranger—someone they absolutely do not love. In other words, love affects sex. The presence or absence of love makes a difference. You need to learn for yourself if you need love to have amazing sex., Think back to the beginning of a relationship you've been in (or are in now). The throes of infatuation may be familiar to you. Maybe you had sex before you were sure you were in love. How did that affect your relationship? Was your relationship based only on sex? Or did it blossom into love? Some people think that if a couple waits to have sex until they feel they are really in love (perhaps months or even years), then their relationship will become deeper without being based on sex. Also, when you wait until you are in love, sex can be more intense and more meaningful. If you are in love, while you are having sex, you can look deeply into your partner's eyes and feel a deep connection with each other. Some people feel like they are practically melding together during sex when they are in love. It's not like they are just “doing it.” Sex without love may be “wham, bam, thank you, ma'am.” But sex with love is “making love.” If you are the type of person who likes it when your partner can look into your eyes and say, “I love you,” during sex, then you'd probably prefer sex with love. It you are the type of person who doesn't like any of the romance of love mixed with your sex, then you don't need love to have sex., Of course that's not to say that when you are in love, every time you have sex has to be some kind of mushy, romantic lovefest. Having sex when you're in love doesn't always mean that you're having sex to show love. Sometimes sex expresses other feelings. For example, a couple who are in love might have sex just to express their pure physical desire. They might just want to tear each other's clothes off and do it wildly without wasting time looking in each other's eyes. Or maybe they will just have sex to help them both fall asleep at night. Or maybe they will have sex based on forgiveness, like “make-up sex” after a fight, or sex for barter (such as, “You do the dishes and we can have sex later.”). They could have sex for hundreds of reasons that have absolutely nothing to do with love. So even if you are in love, sex is not always about love., Whether you need to be in love before you have sex, or you'd prefer to have sex without that commitment, do yourself a favor and try to find partners who feel the same so you won't end up disappointed—or disappointing your partner. You have to talk about it with your potential partner in order to be sure you both want the same thing. Just be confident and casual when you bring up the topic. Say something like, “Because we are getting close, let's talk about our feelings for each other.” Then say how you feel about your partner and explain your view on the issues of sex with or without love. Then listen to your partner's response. If you both agree to the terms of the sexual relationship, then you have found a sex partner who might be right for you. Monogamy There are some people who only want to have sex in a committed, monogamous, loving relationship. If that's your choice, great! But when it comes to monogamy, a sexually exclusive relationship, the main question is: Can it really work?, Monogamy can work if and only if both people are completely committed to staying together and only being sexual with each other. During the first year or two of a relationship, a couple is usually only interested in being with each other because they are still relatively new to each other. It's after that when the temptation seems to get stronger. If you're honest with yourself and honest with each other, you can take any outside sexual interest and channel that energy back into your monogamous relationship. That way an affair will never begin, because you are focusing on the two of you only. One of the most wonderful benefits of a committed monogamous relationship is that the longer you are together, the more you get to know your partner's body and sexual response. You know exactly how to make each other feel great. Also, because you probably have developed a lot of trust, you may be willing to experiment with creative sexual activities together. You may feel uninhibited around each other, thus leading to more openness in the ways you express yourself sexually., Photo by Susan Rubin Using new and creative sexual positions, fantasies, and open conversation, couples can help keep monogamous sex exciting. Also, many of the tips in this book will help. Check out Chapter 17 on acting out sexual fantasies, especially the final activity in the chapter. That should keep your sex life revved up for a long time. Also, experiment with the more creative sexual positions in Chapter 14, and for variety have more oral sex, Chapter 13, and get into manual stimulation, Chapter 12. If you want some wild things to do together, then Chapter 16 on sexual variety and Chapter 20 on alternative sexual lifestyles might be just your style. Have fun and enjoy the fact that you are with one sexual playmate for life. Casual Sex and One Night Stands, There are some people who think that sex between near strangers is more exciting than sex between people who are in love. Sometimes one night stands and casual sex can be really hot. The initial sexual attraction that you have for someone new cannot be repeated. When you take that fierce, sexual charge and immediately act on it, sex can be very passionate. However, casual sex can carry physical consequences. You should always use birth control in addition to condoms for disease protection so that you are reducing the risk of pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases. For people who practice safer sex, and who love casual sex, it seems like sex with no strings attached! You might find great pleasure in the heat of the moment, but what about the emotional consequences? If you're someone who can emotionally deal with having someone inside your body or being inside somebody's body without it touching you deeply, then you're probably fine with having casual sex. Yet if you're someone who thinks that sex touches you in a way that nothing else can (literally and metaphorically speaking) you're probably not a good candidate for a quick roll in the hay with a near stranger., If you can honestly detach yourself emotionally from sex, not care if you ever see the person again after you do it, and stay protected from sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy, then sex without love might be amazing for you. To determine this, you should completely think through how you will feel the next day, or the next week about your choice. If you might feel depressed and lonely after having casual sex, then save yourself that pain. Even if the orgasm feels terrific during sex, if you'll feel horrible afterwards, it's never worth it. Do your best to never do anything sexually that you will regret. If you think that you will feel great about your choice to have casual sex, then go for it. Finally, be sure of your expectations when you have sex. Just because your body is filled up doesn't mean your heart, your mind, or your spirit will be. If your expectations involve having a relationship that goes beyond just being sex partners, then wait until you have that—whether that means waiting until you are in love, or not. When Is the Timing Right?, There is no “right” time to have sex with someone. You need to decide for yourself if you feel close enough to the person to want to be the most intimate you can be. You have to consider your values about casual sex, sex and love, as well as what you are looking for out of the relationship. Ever hear that old expression “Why buy the cow if you can get the milk for free”? Some people believe that jumping in the sack too soon makes for a relationship that's based only on sex, and it will not have the potential for a long-term commitment. It can be confusing if you become physically intimate with someone before you have established emotional intimacy. That disparity could cause you to wonder where your relationship is going, before you have even had the chance to determine if this new sex partner is someone who you'd like outside of bed. Yet there are other people who believe that if they don't have sex by the third date, then the person they are dating will lose interest all together. Some people think that physical intimacy teaches you more about a new person than if you had had hours of conversation., In order to deal with this predicament, you should determine your own set of rules about when it is right to have sex with someone. Then stick to them, no matter what. In the long run, if you make a decision about when to have sex with a new partner and you stick to it, you will be happier than if you just improvise.,

Chapter 4 Sexual Compatibility

One of the secrets to amazing sex is having a partner who also wants amazing sex. If you are single, you'll have to begin the search by dating and taking notice of what's good for you. If you are already in a relationship, then you might have to create the sex life that you'd love to have with your partner. Choosing a lasting sex partner is not always easy. Sometimes the person you are initially attracted to, who you think might be a great sex partner, may actually turn out to be a dud. It takes some time and effort to figure out what makes sex good for you, and to know what makes a partner good for you., Aligning yourself with a compatible sexual partner can pave the way to a more committed relationship. Yet even the most casual relationship is still a relationship. Unless you are just looking for a one night stand, your sex partner should have qualities you enjoy and that turn you on. Finding Someone Who Turns You On The biggest complaint I hear from people is that they can't find someone who's right for them. Finding a partner is not easy. Everyone has his or her fair share of sad, lonely nights when Ben and Jerry offer the closest thing to companionship. But do not give up hope. There's someone out there who's right (enough) for you. You just have to keep looking., In your quest for a compatible partner, you need to allow time and effort to find this person. First, start by meeting as many people as you can. Following are some typical ways that people meet: • in high school or college • at work • through friends or family • at a club, sport, or activity • at church or synagogue • through a personal ad, dating service, or the Internet • at a bar or party • through a chance meeting There are some fundamental elements of compatibility that you should be careful to examine when you meet someone new. Some of these include: • intellectual—you should be smart enough for each other. • emotional—you should have the same values about love. • work—you should have similar work ethics. • family—you should be accepting of each other's family, and have similar ideas about how you would like to raise a family in the future. • spirituality—you should either share each others religious beliefs, or be accepting of each other's religious differences. • social life—you should have similar outlooks on how much and in what ways you like to socialize., • money—you should share the same values about money. • sex—you should like the same things sexually, and you both have to be interested in having sex with each other. Jerry Seinfeld once joked, “What is a date really but a job interview that lasts all night. The only difference between a date and a job interview is that there are not many job interviews where there is a chance you'll end up naked by the end of it.” And that's true. When you start dating someone, you have to interview the person to determine if you are compatible. Ask lots of questions, and try to perceive what his or her personality is generally like. You should find out if you both, want the same things out of your relationship, and the same things out of life. If you find someone you like, let the relationship evolve. It takes time to get to know someone, and to find out if it's more than just an attraction. If things seem to be working out, maybe you two will even end up naked together. If you have a bad feeling that someone you're dating is not good for you, then you're probably right. You don't always have to wait to find out that a potential partner could mean trouble. Go with your instincts. Yet if you can't tell, look for some early warning signs. The following qualities will not only make for bad sex, they will also make for a bad relationship. Avoid someone who: • is an alcoholic, drug addict, or has other addictions. • is constantly talking about an ex-boyfriend, ex-girlfriend, ex-wife or ex-husband. • will not commit to only you., • demands sex or sex acts that you do not want to do. • is violent or abusive. If you meet someone who has those negative qualities, or even someone who simply doesn't fulfill your needs, then let go of the hope that this is the one, and move on. You should not stay in a relationship that's not right for you, because then you are missing out on finding one that is right for you. It may seem overwhelming and impossible at times, but you'll most likely find love and a great sexual partner at some point in your life. I will be hoping that the next person you meet is the one! What Makes Good Sex? Everyone has a different opinion of what makes good sex. A fairly scientific sounding explanation of good sex follows: For most people, good sex has an element of sensual eroticism. It often is initiated to satisfy lustful desire, or sexual tension between two people. As they begin to become aroused, and begin having intimate contact, they stimulate each other even more. Then they progress to heavier foreplay, enough so that both people feel turned on and ready for sex. They might both have a mastery of sexual technique so that the lust they feel can be satisfied through their sex acts and their orgasms. There may also be some emotional peak, some moment where they feel in love with the sex acts they are performing and in love with the moment, which is sometimes translated to feeling in, love with the person they are doing it with. Throughout the sex act, the people will feel sexual intensity and freedom. They will be absorbed in the act, not questioning, not anticipating, not worrying, not analyzing…just into having sex. After good sex, the feelings of relaxation, safety, satisfaction, bliss and love are often present. The only way you can really know if the person you are attracted to will be good in bed is by having sex. However, there are some things you can look for to determine if the person has a positive attitude toward sex and therefore could be a good lover. Keep your eyes open for someone who: • is comfortable with his or her body. • talks about sex openly, but not crudely. • has a sense of fun and adventure. • uses birth control and/or condoms properly., Photo by Barnaby Hall, What Do You Want from Your Sex Life? The way to amazing sex is to figure out exactly what you want out of sex. Try answering the following questions to help you determine your sexual expectations. 1. How often would you like to have sex? _ 2. Do you need to be in love to have sex? _ 3. Do you like to initiate sex, or would you prefer if your partner does, or if you both do at different times? _ 4. Do you want one partner for life, or more casual affairs? _ 5. Do you like to have orgasms every time you have sex? _ 6. Do you have any favorite positions for intercourse? _ 7. Do you like to give and receive manual stimulation, oral sex, anal sex? _ 8. Do you like specific kinds of alternative sexual lifestyles, or “kinky” sex? If so, what kinds?, _ 9. Do you like a lot of variety in your sex life, or do you like it to be more routine? _ 10. Do you want to have a baby anytime soon? _ Answering these questions should give you a better idea of what you want. Now you and your partner can explore if this relationship will work. Compatibility Checklist The feeling of getting turned on by another person is magical. Sometimes you can look into a person's eyes and know instantly that you want to have sex with him or her. That may put you on the road to togetherness with someone you're attracted to and who's attracted to you, but there's more to it than that. Looking into each other's eyes might feel right, but what happens once you talk about sex and you find out that he is, into S/M, which you find repulsive, or that she wants to have multiple partners, and you want her all to yourself? Finding a sex partner is, therefore, partially about finding someone you are attracted to, and partially about finding someone with the same sexual interests as you. You can ask yourself and the other person a few things to determine if you are sexually compatible. These are similar to the previous list, but they are designed for you to think about in the context of your present relationship. Yes No__Are you both sexually attracted to each other? _ _ Do you usually want to have the same amount of sex, such as the same number of times per day/week/month? _ _ Do you both have the same values about love, relationships, and sex? _ _ Do you both like the same types of sexual behaviors—kinky sex or “regular” sex? _ _ Do you both want to be responsible when it comes to using birth control and condoms for disease protection? _ _ Will you both be open and honest if you have a sexually transmitted disease? _ _ Will you both be sensitive to each other's sexual needs and desires? _ _ Are you physically attracted to each other, and do your bodies feel good together? _ _ Do you both have the same ideas about monogamy, fidelity, and cheating?, Once you have figured out how you rate on these topics, you can talk to your partner about them. (There is more in Chapter 5 about how to effectively talk about sex.) Talking about these compatibility questions will inevitably bring you around to discussion of how you plan to be responsible for your sexual health. You should agree on the type of birth control and condoms you will use. (I'll give you the lowdown on birth control in Chapter 25, and sexually transmitted diseases in Chapter 26.) Also, you should be discussing ways to make sex emotionally and physically more gratifying for you. Take note: If your partner refuses to talk about sex with you, then that's a good sign that you are not compatible! Therefore, talking about these things before sex will not only help you two have better sex, it will tell you if you two are sexually compatible., Can You Create Lust and Sexual Compatibility? Usually, lust and sexual compatibility are things that just exist without much definition. When you glance over at a stranger, you may feel lust without knowing exactly why. It has a little bit to do with the way the person looks, and a bit to do with the way the person moves, smells, sounds, as well as what you like. Then when things “just click,” you know you're compatible. But what if you want (or already have) a relationship with someone who is really great, but who turns you off physically? It is possible to feel sexually aroused around someone who isn't really your type. There are ways that you can learn to be turned on to someone who normally turns you off. Try to find some little thing about the person that you like, then try to feel turned on by that. If that works, then maybe little by little you will start to get more turned on to the person. So give it a chance. However, if after several weeks or months (years?) you still can't get into the person, then it is probably time to move on. If you aren't turned on to someone, maybe it's just not meant to be. Also, you can sometimes influence your compatibility by making compromises about the type of sexual behaviors you enjoy. If the person has what it basically takes to turn you on but does not fit your ideal for the type of sex you like to have, you can work together to slightly alter what each of you desire out of your sex life, thereby creating some sexual compatibility. However, it is not good for you to sacrifice what you really want from your sexual relationship. If you are compromising too much, then you should conclude that you are not compatible, and move on. What Do You Find Sexy? To determine even more about how you can have amazing sex, you need to figure out what “sexy” means to you. One way to do this is to construct a sexual scene that you would want to be part of. I do not mean a “sexual fantasy,” because sometimes you do not want to act out your sexual fantasies (as I'll discuss in Chapter 17). Instead, think of an actual sexual scene that you are 100 percent sure that you would want to act out, or even your favorite sexual experience of all time. After you examine your example, you will notice all of the things that you find sexy., Here's an example of how one woman did this exercise: She tried to think off the top of her head about what is sexy to her. Starting with the most basic descriptions, I asked her to get as detailed as she could. Here's what she said, “I find tall, dark, handsome men sexy. I'd like him to be 6'1”. He should have a lot of wavy hair. His skin should be smooth and deeply tanned. He should be wearing red silk boxers and nothing else. He should be holding two glasses of champagne, one for him, one he hands to me. He is sitting with me on the porch of his house. Then after we toast ‘to us,’ he says, ‘I love you.’ He kisses me with lots of tongue, gently carries me into the house and lays me down on his bed. He slowly, tantalizingly removes my clothes. Then he says to me, Page:, ‘I'm gonna do you so hard you'll scream for more.’ I say, ‘Do me, baby. Do me.’ Then we have lots more sexy talk and we have sex for hours and hours in every position imaginable.” The woman who came up with that scene then took a look at all of the things that she found sexy: a tall man, wavy hair, soft tan skin, silk boxers, his bed, champagne, tongue kissing, when a man takes her clothes off her, romance, love, sexy talk, sexual consent, and having sex for a long time in lots of different positions. This helped to give her a better idea of what she wants, what to look for, and when she finds it, how she can allow herself to actually have that sexual experience. Try this activity a few times, with a few different scenarios, and see what you come up with for your own ideas on what's sexy. If you have a fantasy of your ideal sexual partner, then you are on the way to making that fantasy a reality. Visualization can work, so try to visualize what you think is sexy, and you may get closer to finding it. Now that you are figuring out what you find sexy, you're on your way to having amazing sex. As you read on in this book, you will be given more chances to explore ideas about what is sexy. Plus, you will be given more examples about how to ask for what you want sexually. For now, you just need to keep a positive attitude about sex. You need to most importantly see yourself as sexy! Then find a partner who thinks you are as sexy as you are!,

Chapter 5 Talking About and Initiating Sex

Once you know that you want to have amazing sex with someone, you need to be able to get what you want. And what better way to get what you want than to ask for it? Sometimes a back rub is just a back rub, not a sign that you want to have sex. That's why you need to talk about sex! What happens if you've talked about sex, even had sex together many times, but now when you're ready for sex, your partner is happy to just go to sleep? Sometimes problems occur when you and your partner are out of sync in the sex department. However, there are ways to talk this through, so you can get what you want out of your sex life., Sex Topics You're about to share the night, your bed, and your body. First, you need to share some information with your prospective partner. If you ask honest questions and give honest answers about sexual health and protection, and about your sexual interests, then this will bring you closer together, as you will be learning intimate things about each other. Following are some of the things you should talk about before you have sex., • What sex means to you emotionally, and how it will affect your relationship. • How often you like to have sex, and what types of sex you want to have. • How you feel about your body, and what ways you especially like to be touched. • How you feel about monogamy, cheating and if you will be faithful. • What kind of birth control you will use. • What kinds of condoms you will use for disease protection. • Whether you want to get tested for sexually transmitted diseases. • How you would handle an unintentional pregnancy. You'll notice that some of these topics are similar to the items in the previous chapter about sexual compatibility. If you both agree on these things when you talk, then you may be sexually compatible. Yet there may be several of these issues that you will want to discuss not just to find out if you are compatible, but also to find out what to expect from your sex life together. You obviously need to talk to your partner about sex before you ever have sex. But there are many other times when you also have to talk about it, such as if you think you might have a sexually transmitted disease, or if you want to try a sex act that you've never done before. So for your sexual health and happiness, you should talk about sex as often as necessary. How to Talk About Sex There are so many things you can do with your mouth to make sex more enjoyable; talking is at the top of the list. Here are some pointers that might make the discussions go more smoothly:, • Start by talking about sex in subtle ways. For example, over dinner conversation mention topics in the news that involve sexual issues. Or say something like: “I just saw an interesting story in a magazine about people who abstain from sex because they are so afraid of AIDS. What do you think of that?” That way, you'll be talking about sex, without getting too personal right away. • Make sure it's the right time and place to talk. Too many people wait to talk about sex until they are in the heat of passion. Or they bring it up when one of them is tired, distracted, drinking, or at some other inappropriate time. You should talk about it when you are both awake, not fooling around, not drinking, and you have time to talk. • Think about what you want to say first. That way at least one of you will be prepared for the conversation. [PU]Alpha Books[/PU][DP]1998[/DP], • Talk about your feelings rather than talking about how you think your partner feels. Use “I” statements. For example, say “I feel lonely when I want to kiss you and you want to pull away.” Instead of saying, “You must be afraid of intimacy, because of the way you pull away from me when I try to kiss you.” • Be positive. Don't tell your partner, “I hate it that we make out so much, but we never go all the way.” Instead, concentrate on the things you like first, putting a positive spin on it: “I love the way it feels when we make out. I think it would feel even better if we went all the way.” • Be specific, honest, and explicit. If you want to ask your lover to get tested for a sexually transmitted disease, don't beat around the bush and say, “I was wondering if you're safe.” Be direct. Say: “Even though I still want to use condoms, I think it would be a good idea if we both got tested for sexually transmitted diseases. Will you do that?” Or if you want to tell your lover that you have orgasms more easily when you're on top, then don't say something like, “I like to have sex in any position.” Say: “Anything is fine, but I orgasm best when I'm on top.” You should be able to talk that explicitly with your partner so that you can get what you want out of sex. • To make sure you understand each other, after you partner speaks, paraphrase back to him or her what you think he or she just said. That way you can double check that you are not misinterpreting anything, and get clarifications when necessary. • Ask a lot of questions if you need to discuss or negotiate a topic. It will help you resolve the real issue. Such as if your partner says your kissing could use some work, try asking, “Is there anything I can do to make it more appealing when I try to kiss you.” Or “Do you think you know why you don't like kissing me.” • Once you know what your issues are, try to talk about your options. When it comes to sexuality there are usually several ways to resolve issues. Discuss them all, then compromise about what will work best for your relationship., This might all seem like a lot to remember when all you want to do is have a conversation about sex. But because sex can be an embarrassing and awkward subject for so many people to talk about, these tips will really help. Also, the more you talk about sex, the easier it will become. [PU]Alpha Books[/PU][DP]1998[/DP], Talking (or Not) to Initiate Sex The best way to get what you want sexually is to let your partner know by asking flat out, “Do you want to have sex?” or by saying, “Let's have sex,” or “I want to have sex.” Although explicit communication is always the best way to get what you want sexually, not everyone feels comfortable laying it on the table. At the risk of contradicting myself, I must tell you that some couples function quite well when they use codes to tell each other when they want to have sex and when they don't. For example, telling your lover, “I'll be in the shower,” might be your code that means “When I'm out, I want to have sex.” Saying, “I have a headache,” might be your way of telling your lover that you're not into it. However, the only way these codes work is if both partners are 100 percent sure that they know how to decipher them., A sex therapist I know told me a funny story about a married couple who could never talk about sex. When they wanted to have sex, they wouldn't talk or even use touch to initiate it. Instead, they used a rather interesting method of communication. On their mantle piece, they had two porcelain dolls, one a man doll and one a woman doll. When the husband wanted to have sex, he would take the man doll and place it on top of the woman doll. When the wife wanted to have the sex, she would take the woman doll and place it on top of the man doll. Every night, they would check to see if the dolls had been moved. Then the spouse would agree or disagree to have sex by leaving the dolls alone or by moving them away from each other. For example, if the husband had moved the dolls to show that he wanted to have sex that night, and the wife wasn't in the mood, she would separate the dolls. If she wanted to have sex, she would leave them on top of each other. The only way they could communicate about initiating sex was to use these dolls! Their system worked for them because they understood it., I told you that story to illustrate that every couple has a different way of initiating sex. If you're in a relationship and your partner doesn't like to talk about sex, you must first work on this and try improving your level of sexual communication. You should strive to be able to talk about sex, and ask for sex to initiate it. However, if using a method of nonverbal communication that you both understand is the best you can do for the time being, then that is acceptable for you. The bottom line is that you and your partner should agree on the form of communication that you want to use, whether it's talking, touching, or using dolls. Saying “Maybe” Sometimes people are not completely sure if they want to have sex. If you are ever in this situation, realize that “maybe” is a very valid answer. Using the word “maybe” to express whether or not you want to have sex could be the most honest answer. Sometimes your body tells you one thing, and your head tells you another. If part of you really wants to have sex, but another part doesn't feel right about it, don't be afraid to say “maybe.” “Maybe” means you're not sure and you need to talk about it. It doesn't mean you're playing games. By saying “maybe” you could be opening up a conversation about exactly what it is that you do want and when you want it. You need to tell your lover what “maybe” means, so you don't leave him or her wondering. Also, you need to explain that you do not need to be persuaded to have sex; you just need more time to decide. If your lover tells you that he or she might want to have sex, but just not right now, then you can ask, “Do you know when you might want to have sex, and in the meantime how far can we go?” Try to get as much information as you can. But don't try to convince your lover to change the answer to “yes” right away. Respect your lover, whether he or she says “maybe,” “yes,” or “no.” Why “No” Must Mean “No”, One huge problem that we hear about in the news is date rape. Date rape and acquaintance rape usually occur when a woman says “no” or “maybe” to sex, and the man thinks she's just being a tease, so he forces her to have sex. Decades ago, some women were taught that they should play “hard to get,” and say “no” even if they wanted to have sex. Back then, some men thought that they should try to “convince” a woman to have sex, because she wouldn't ask for it, but she probably “wanted it anyway.” That way of, thinking is so wrong. No ifs, ands, or buts about it forcing someone to have sex is rape. You've probably heard the expression “no means no,” but in reality not everyone follows that rule. Some women still say “no” when they really mean “maybe” or “yes.” Others may find themselves being persuaded to go further than they want to by guys who continue instead of stopping. However, many more women do mean “no” when they say “no.” If your partner says “no,” you must stop. If you don't, you could be headed for some serious trouble. So, remember: When someone says “no,” stop immediately. If you go too far, don't be surprised if you're brought up on charges of date rape. And also remember to choose your words wisely: You should only say “no” when you mean “no.” Allow “no” to always mean “no,” whether you are saying it or hearing it. What If Only One of You Wants Sex? What do you do if you're ready for sex, but your partner isn't quite on the same page yet? Well, get ready to deal with your feelings of frustration or rejection, but don't get too down in the dumps. If you're willing to do a little bit of sexual negotiating, you and your partner just might find a satisfying alternative., Photo by Susan Rubin, It's only natural to feel some rejection if you ask your partner to have sex and he or she declines. Assuming that you have a healthy relationship, you should not look at it as a rejection of you. Sometimes the timing's just not right. Or maybe he or she simply might not be in the mood. However, some people do reject sex specifically to hurt or withhold something pleasurable from their partner. If that's what's happening in your relationship, then you need to resolve this major relationship issue, and couples therapy can help you with this. In most cases, however, if you feel rejected, you have to find a way to not take it so personally. You need to act just as loving to your partner, and learn to understand that sex is best when you're both into it. To disregard your feelings of rejection (or hurt, or disappointment, or frustration), you can move on and find a satisfying alternative to having sex with your partner. There are ways to compromise that will still give you a sexual release. For example, if your lover doesn't want to have intercourse with you, maybe he or she would consider performing oral sex on you, or masturbating you. If your partner absolutely does not want to participate in your sexual pleasure at a particular time, then it should at least be okay if you masturbate! Many of the alternatives to intercourse involve masturbation. Check out the following list: • Masturbating to a fantasy • Engaging in mutual masturbation • Talking dirty while your partner masturbates • Stripping for your lover while he or she masturbates • Watching a porn movie and masturbating • Eating or exercising (well, sometimes those are a substitute for sex!) So as you can see, even if your desire for intercourse differs from your partner's, you can find ways to keep your sexual relationship satisfying and enjoyable. (You can read more about masturbation in Chapter 10, more about touching and mutual masturbation in Chapter 12, and more about oral sex in Chapter 13.), This kind of compromise may not always seem fair, especially if one partner wants sex every night. If your desire for intercourse is say, once a month, you might be willing to give your partner manual stimulation or oral sex, say once a week. Of course, this is all based on your individual needs and your needs as a couple. You and your partner should discuss how this type of compromise will work in your relationship, so that the responsibility does not fall too heavily on either one of you. The best way to work out unequal balances of sexual desire is, again, to find a way to compromise. Hopefully, one of my suggestions for alternatives to intercourse will do the trick. If these don't help remedy your problem, or if the problem persists for months, you should consider going into sex therapy to get more serious help. I'll discuss this more in Chapter 28., Finding Time for Sex Your job, kids, school, parents, friends, housecleaning, dog, the holidays—with so many things that you have to juggle in life, finding the time for sex can be tricky. If you wait to initiate sex at bedtime, when you and your partner are snuggled comfortably under the comforter, you probably stand a good chance of being rejected. Why? It's simple: Your partner's in bed because he or she is tired. You can try initiating sex in the morning, but then you run the risk of facing a lover who's trying to rush off to work. Or maybe you're just not a morning person anyway. So if your lover enjoys a good night's sleep, and you're a beast in the mornings, think about when you both have the most free time and take full advantage of it. You can try weekends, after work (but before dinner), or long before bedtime. You can also be spontaneous and take a long lunch together or play nookie-hookey from work. Good luck finding the time! People find all sorts of excuses for why they don't have time for sex. The sex act itself really doesn't take very long, but foreplay and afterplay can tack on a significant amount of time. If you think you don't have time for sex, you probably mean that you don't have time to set a romantic mood. Here are some suggestions for finding more time for romance and sex: • Leave work a half-hour early. • Meet on your lunch break. • Wake up an hour earlier., • Turn off the television at night. • Use food as a sex toy, and eat dinner in bed. • Make love in the shower., Besides just giving you physical pleasure, sex really brings you and your partner closer together. It gives you a connection (if you'll pardon the double meaning). That important connection is worth finding the time for, talking about, getting in the mood for, and making the effort to initiate sex!,

Part 2 SECRETS FROM BELOW THE BELT

Whether you love it or hate it, your body is what carries you through this life. Hating it only works against you, making you more inhibited. Loving your body can liberate you—and make you a more amazing lover. In this part, you'll learn how to get naked, get over your inhibitions, and really take a look at your glorious body. You'll even learn all the basic biological info about how your sex organs work. The more you know about your body, the more your body will respond, and the more pleasure you'll experience. Understanding exactly how all those private parts operate will help you become better acquainted with your own—and your partner's—body. Learning about your sexual response will help you know what feelings to expect and when, and may even help you improve your orgasms! Finally, in this part, you'll get tips on a lot of fun ways to masturbate—as if you don't already know! Your body is yours to learn about, enjoy, and play with.,

Chapter 6 Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Naomi Campbell prances down the runway in her perfectly fitting size 4 swim suit and her 4'' stilettos as a young woman who's watching switches off the VH1 fashion special and turns to look in the mirror. “I will never look like that,” she pouts. She feels depressed about her weight, her thighs, the size of her breasts, and the shape of her butt. Instead of trying to reassure her that she is beautiful, her boyfriend is on the floor doing push-ups, motivated from seeing the great pecs on the guys on Melrose Place (not that he was really looking). What's a person to do? How can we learn to love our bodies and feel sexy?, Bodies come in all shapes and sizes, yet this diversity is rarely seen as positive. We are constantly bombarded by images of models as the ideals of sexiness and attractiveness. We put enormous pressure on ourselves to look good and to be sexy. Then we look in the mirror and we feel disappointed because what we see doesn't measure up to the images in our minds. Learning to love your body is the key to feeling freer and less inhibited sexually and, ultimately, to improving your sex life. Part of having amazing sex is being able to be, comfortable when you are nude, and able to be in any sexual position without feeling self-conscious. If you're worried about how your butt, thighs, chest, or sex organs look, you're probably not getting into the sex. Your mind should not be preoccupied with worrying about what you look like during sex. You should feel free during sex so that you can enjoy the moment. Therefore, if you have a poor body image, you need to work on improving it in order to have amazing sex. Am I the Only One Who Hates My Body? “Turn off the lights before you come to bed.” That's an ordinary request that millions of people make every night. The problem with it, however, is that it means that you are probably too ashamed of your nude body to have sex with the lights on., In this society of Butt Busters, Slim Fast, and health clubs on every corner, we have been told that we not only can but that we should improve our bodies—rather than learning to love our bodies just the way they are. Yet you can avoid falling victim to fads and false images if you start developing a positive body image now. If you feel good about your body, then you can feel closer to your partner, because you can reveal all of yourself and feel at ease during sex, with or without the lights on. One of the keys to learning to love the way you look is to try to look at yourself without comparing yourself to other people. Keep this in mind: The only people who look like supermodels are supermodels. Because there are only a dozen or so supermodels in the world, the rest of us look, well, super-ordinary. When you compare yourself unfavorably to others, your body image takes a beating. When you learn to love yourself for your body, not in comparison to others, you're doing wonders for your self-esteem, too. Both women and men are unhappy with their bodies, yet women usually have more body image issues because they are exposed to more pressure by media images. We seldom hear famous men being criticized about the way they look, but female celebrities are almost always publicly criticized. You have probably heard some fashion or movie critic comment that Kate Winslet, the actress who starred in Titanic, should get into shape to stay slim, but you have probably never heard anyone, comment that Leonardo DiCaprio is a little scrawny and should try to build some muscle. While some men still feel pressure to bulk up, trim down, and get “cut,” women are held to a much stricter standard. One of the biggest issues that people stress out about is their weight. Many people get caught in a trap, where weight and self-esteem go up and down like a yo-yo. They become consumed by their need to diet or workout, and even hold themselves back until they look like their ideal. The desire to achieve an unattainable “ideal” body may lead to excessive and dangerous dieting or exercise. For some people, this relentless pursuit of thinness becomes so extreme that it leads to anorexia nervosa or bulimia, which are dangerous and unhealthy eating disorders. If you have these severe problems, you need to talk to a therapist. Also, check out Appendix B of this book for the phone number of an organization that may be able to help. Besides weight, there are so many things that people scrutinize and dislike about their bodies. From feet to chests to noses, most people want to change something about their bodies. For women, the areas that they most commonly dislike are their thighs, hips, and butt. Men most often do not like their abdomens. No matter what part you don't like, perhaps you should improve your body image. Do You Need to Improve the Way You Feel About Your Body?, Sure, it's true that the first thing most of us notice about each other is physical appearances. Understandably, if you are single, you want to look good to attract a potential partner. However, being too hung up on your appearance can actually hinder your, chances of meeting people, because you may appear insecure, which is a big turnoff! If you are already in a relationship, disliking your body could hurt your relationship, too. When you feel unattractive, you will feel unsexy, which could make you avoid having sex. What you may not realize is that you can learn to love your body. You don't need to change a thing about your body, but you need to change what you think about your body. Take the following true/false quiz to determine if your body image is affecting your love life and sex life, and if your body image is in need of improvement. 1. You are single, and your friend invites you to the beach or to a pool party where you could meet other eligible singles. You decline the invitation so you won't have to put on a bathing suit. True or False 2. When you are eating in front of your partner or on a date, you make excuses when you are eating a lot, or eating fattening food. Such as, “I know I shouldn't eat this, but I just haven't had tiramisu in so long.” True or False 3. You delay having sex with a new partner because you want to try to lose a little weight first. True or False 4. When you change your clothes in front of your partner, you start making excuses about why your body looks the way it does. Such as, “I've been dieting, but I just can't seem to lose these last 10 pounds.” True or False 5. You avoid walking around the room naked if your lover is there. True or False, 6. You think that the idea of taking a shower with your lover would be sexy, but you will not do it, because you just can't bear the idea of your lover seeing you naked and soaking wet. True or False 7. When you're nude in bed with a lover, you stay under the covers and will not let him or her see your body. True or False 8. When you are having sex, you spend a lot of time worrying what your partner might be thinking about your body. True or False, 9. When your partner doesn't compliment your body, you think you must be unattractive. True or False 10. You sometimes wonder if your partner's ex had a better body than you. Or you worry that your partner might leave you for someone who has a better body. True or False If you answered “true” to more than three of these questions, then you definitely need to improve your body image. You will feel much freer and happier if you can learn to love your body! What Do You Dislike About Your Body? If the thoughts in the preceding quiz sounded strangely familiar and you identified yourself as someone with body image problems, there's only one thing to do: Get over them! But that's really difficult! First, you have to identify what about your body makes you most self-conscious and why. You need to think about which messages that society gives you about body image affect you the most, and what situations from your personal life in the past affect your body image now. In other words, you need to figure out what's going on inside your head that makes you feel bad about your body., Sometimes a poor body image is related to an internal defense mechanism or subconscious fear. For example, as I mentioned earlier, some people think that they're too fat to be sexy, so they avoid sex and relationships. In fact, a person like this might be staying overweight because he or she is afraid to be loved. Sometimes, in cases like this, the person was abused in some way, and he or she is afraid (usually subconsciously) that it will happen again. So the fat serves as a buffer from pain. Of course, this is not always the case. There are many people who are overweight, simply because that's the way their bodies are, and they suffer from no subconscious emotional pain or past abuse. Whether your body image was damaged because you were abused, criticized, or simply because you have looked at too many fashion magazines, the only way to improve it is to specifically identify what bothers you about your body, why it bothers you, and why you want to get over this. To help you get started determining these things, fill out the following chart by writing as many examples as you can think of:, Do You Want to Get Over What Bothers You About Your Body? This bothers me about my These are some of the reasons I want to learn to love this part of appearance why it might bother me my body because Example: my butt Example: My ex-said I have a Example: I don't want to feel “big butt.” And it looks bad in self-conscious when someone jeans. walks behind me up the stairs., Now that you can see right here on your own chart what your issues are, and why you really want to get over these things, you have to start working on getting over them! You have to decide if you are ready to let go of the attitudes or experiences that are hindering you. You can let them go by mastering the techniques in the next three sections. They are a combination of positive thinking and bodywork, designed to help you to start loving yourself. If you cannot let go of the things that hold you back from working on your body image, then you're probably dealing with larger issues that could benefit from being explored in therapy. Getting Comfortable Getting Nude Since sex involves the body, specifically the exposed body, you should expect that when you're having sex, you will be nude with your partner (at least most of the time). Being comfortably nude with someone doesn't mean just feeling comfortable nude in bed with someone with the lights turned low. You should strive to be so comfortable with your nudity that you can walk around the bedroom with the bright daylight shining on your body., If you're tired of making the mad dash to the bathroom or to the closet to grab a robe, do something about it! Here's an activity that you can try to help you learn to like your nude body more. To do this activity, you'll need a full-length mirror and about an hour of privacy. Here's what you should do:, Photo by Dana Spaeth, 1. Remove all of your clothes (underwear and all). 2. Stand in front of your full-length mirror, completely nude. 3. Look at the general characteristics of your body. Notice the color and texture of your skin, your body's shape and size. Move on and take a good look at the specifics about every part of your body. 4. Say out loud all the things you hate about your body and why (e.g., “I hate my fat thighs because they look ugly in shorts.”). 5. Say out loud all of the things you love about your body and why. Force yourself to say at least 10 things. Don't think that you can't find anything you like because you can! Concentrate on the positive (e.g., “I love the color of my eyes because it is dark and mysterious.”). This exercise is meant to help you discover the things that you actually like about your body. Once you're in touch with them, you can start to show off your good points. It's very possible that you can love some things about your body. Finally, remind yourself of all the things you are besides a body. Tell yourself that you're loving, fun to be with, and worthwhile. Neither thinner thighs nor ripped abs are the answer to all of life's problems. Happiness in life comes from more than your body. Getting Comfortable with Your Body During Sex If you get more comfortable with your body when you are nude, then it should be easier for you to feel freer during sex. But there are some specific body image issues that people may to want to learn to overcome during sex. Here are some things a woman might worry about: • What her breasts look like when they fall to the sides when she is on her back during sex • What her butt looks like if a man is having sex with her from behind, in “doggystyle” position • That her vagina isn't tight enough, • That she has too much body hair, especially on her belly or near her nipples • That she has too much public hair, especially if her partner is performing oral sex on her And here are some things that the man might worry about during sex: • That his penis is too small or not straight enough • That his penis is not hard enough or will not stay hard • That his weight will crush his partner if he is on top, or that his big gut will get in the way if they want to have sex in the sitting position Page:, • That he has too much hair on his back or shoulders • That he is not muscular enough Both men and women might worry that their bodies smell, taste bad, or will do things they can't control (like pass gas). They also may worry that their faces will contort in ugly ways during the moment of orgasm. But the fact is that amazing sex is about getting lost in the moment, and not worrying about what your body is doing or what your body looks like. In order to stop thinking about these things, you have to convince yourself that your partner is thrilled to be with you, and loves your body, no matter what. You can enjoy your body more during sex if you enjoy the feelings in your body, rather than the negative thoughts in your head. Here are some ways you can do that: • Do not mention the things that you do not like about your body. Do not draw attention to things you're uncomfortable with. Your partner wants to enjoy you, not hear about all of your insecurities. • Take a moment to realize that you are not scrutinizing your partner's body—so that means that your partner is probably not scrutinizing yours! • Understand that all bodies are different and should be appreciated for their uniqueness. • When you start worrying about your body, tell yourself, “Stop that!” Then focus your attention on what it feels like in your fingertips to touch your lover's body. • Enjoy the feeling of skin on skin. No matter what it looks like, feeling flesh is sexy. • Remember that you should act like you are confident. Confidence is sexy! Overall, think of the wonderful feelings of the moment. Enjoy the pleasure that you feel, rather than worrying about what you look like., As I mentioned earlier, having sex with the lights off helps a lot of people cope with their insecurities about the way their bodies look during sex. But if you can improve your body image, you may want to make it a goal to be able to have sex with the lights on. To make the transition to being able to do it with the lights on, try doing it in candlelight. If you just light a few candles, instead of being totally in the dark, you may be surprised that you actually feel better about the way you look. Everyone looks sexy basking in the glow of candlelight. Then you might realize that you are ready to cast aside those inhibitions, and let yourself be nude and feel sexy. More Steps to a Better Body Image As I've been saying, to get over body image problems, you really have to work at it. So here are some more activities to help you work toward a more positive body image:, • When you watch movies or television, try to ignore the actors' bodies. (Yeah, I know that's tough if you're a woman who's a fan of Ally McBeal or a man who's a fan of Monday Night Football.) Stay away from fashion magazines that show unrealistic standards of attractiveness. Love your body, not theirs. • Give away clothes that don't fit, and get rid of your hopes that you will be able to fit into them some day. Concentrate on looking good now. Buy a terrific outfit and some sexy lingerie or underwear that looks good on you now, without changing your body. • Get involved in exercises that you like and will make you feel good about yourself without worrying about losing weight. Try dancing, biking, horseback riding, yoga, or basketball. By the way, about 100 calories are burned during hot and heavy intercourse, so sex might be just the exercise you need., • Adopt a healthy, balanced eating plan. Consult a nutritionist if you need help designing your eating plan. Learn to eat when you are hungry, not when you are bored or lonely. Consult a therapist if you think you are using food to “fill up” your emotional longings. • Realistically view your genetic body ideal. If you are a woman, take a look at photos of your mother, grandmothers, and sisters. If you are a man, look at photos of your father, grandfathers, and brothers. Get a sense of the genetics for body shape in your family. • Do two things that you were waiting to do once your body looked different or thinner. Is one of those having sex? • Remember that your personality is just as important (and sexy) as your body. Remind yourself of your positive qualities, not your size. • Dress, walk, move, and act sexy, just the way you are, without worrying about your shape or size. Act like a person who is comfortable with his or her body, and you will become one. Page:, Sexy Is As Sexy Does The more you learn to love your body and act proud of it, the more your confidence will increase. As it increases, you will start to look and feel sexier. With a great attitude about your body, you will attract other people. As you do, you will notice that the people you attract really like your unique body type. Everyone is attracted to different things, and what anyone is sexually attracted to is a matter of individual preference. Some men like skinny women, yet just as many love a great big butt. Some women love muscle men, but just as many love chicken legs. You can feel sexier and better about your body if you know you are with a partner who appreciates your body. But no matter how much your lover tells you that you are beautiful, or how many people tell you that you've got a great body, you're the one who needs to like it (and believe it!) in order to feel sexy. Sexiness is not about breast size, penis size, or thinness. Being sexy means being confident. If you walk proudly with your head held high and a sexy thought in your mind, you will look sexy and be sexy!,

Chapter 7 His Private Parts

Showing some of the male private parts in a film used to guarantee an X rating. Even in these more sexually progressive times, the full monty still garners an R rating for sure and maybe even an NC-17. While the movie censors and the rest of the world are preoccupied with the penis (and no small wonder—it is so cool how it goes from soft to hard!), the real work in sexual function is done behind the scenes by organs that you cannot see from the outside—no matter what the rating is., Moving beyond penis envy to caring and understanding how the parts work together can help enhance a man's pleasure and health, and it can make him more confident about his body. It can also dispel some myths, and allow both men and women to approach reproduction more responsibly. Male Sex Organs: It's What's Inside That Counts A picture may be worth a thousand words, but we also need words to help describe the unique machinery that makes up the male genitalia and reproductive system. In this chapter, you get both. The following illustration will give you a good idea of what's going on down there., While this part of the male system discharges urine, it is primarily concerned with reproduction. The function is to produce sperm, which can then be ejaculated, and thus introduced into the female reproductive tract an attempt at fertilization. (Of course, if the couple is using birth control, the chance of fertilization is reduced or eliminated.) The male reproductive glands include a pair of testes, a pair of seminal vesicles, a prostate gland, and a pair of Cowper's glands (sometimes called the bulbourethral glands). The duct system on each side consists of an epididymis, a vas deferens, and an ejaculatory duct, which connects to the urethra. Let's take a look at what goes on behind the scenes before we get up close and personal with the parts that are on display. The Testes, The testes, also known as testicles, are the oval glands that are located in a pouch of skin called the scrotum, behind the base of the penis. Each testicle is about 11/2 inches in size. You've probably heard the testes referred to by one of their nicknames, such as “nuts” or “family jewels.” Testes have nothing to do with squirrels or gems, but they are a lot like family: They're precious, and they contain material that can create life. Testicles produce sperm and the sex hormone testosterone (produced by both males and females, but typically thought of as the “male” hormone). Testosterone helps a man develop secondary sex characteristics. It is responsible for the changes at puberty that make his voice lower, and that make his pubic hair grow., Inside each testicle are hundreds of tiny coiled tubes that produce sperm. These are called the seminiferous tubules. They open into the epididymis, where sperm can be stored for about 6 weeks. Think of the testicles as little incubators—warm places for sperm to grow until they're big enough to leave home. The Scrotum In fact, it is the scrotum that acts are the real incubator. The scrotum is the skin sac that houses the testes and protects them from injury and extreme temperatures. For sperm to be produced, the testes should be about 5 degrees below body temperature. When a man is cold, physically active, or sexually excited, the muscles in his scrotum contract, pulling the testicles protectively closer to his body. When his body is hot, his scrotum hangs lower. In case you were wondering, it's common for one testicle to hang lower in the scrotum than the other. Usually it's the left one that hangs lower than the right. The Epididymis, Shortly after birth, the foreskin may be removed in a surgical procedure called circumcision. Removal of the foreskin should in no way affect sexual response, but there's some argument over whether or not it affects sensation. (It's tough to know for sure: Most men who've had their foreskin removed have no memory of the sensation being different with it, since they were tiny babies when the procedure was done.) Circumcision is usually performed because some religions and cultures deem it tradition. However, there may not be any medical or health reasons to remove it. This is a controversial and widely debated topic. It had been thought that a man's penis is “cleaner” if he has his foreskin removed. However, this is not necessarily true, because any man who showers on a regular basis can wash under his foreskin and keep it clean. Therefore, the choice to circumcise your children should be made based on your personal beliefs, religion, culture, and your doctor's opinion. The Frenulum The frenulum is a tiny bump of skin near the indentation on the underside of the penis. Stimulation of the frenulum can play an important role in arousal. Many men find that the frenulum feels amazing when it is stimulated during oral sex or manual stimulation. Page:, The Prostate Gland The prostate gland (not prostrate!) is a small gland that lies below the bladder. It is the size of a walnut, and it has a small hole in it through which the urethra passes. The prostate gland secretes the alkaline substance that constitutes about 20 to 30 percent of the seminal fluid volume. This liquid (just like the seminal vesicles' liquid) promotes sperm movement and helps keep the process of intercourse pH-balanced. The alkalinity (which means it has a pH greater than 7) protects sperm from the acid (acids have a pH less than 7) normally present in the male urethra and the female vagina. At the right pH, the sperm can keep swimming along. At the wrong pH, they're sunk. Besides just being a part of the male reproductive system, the prostate serves another important function—it is part of the male pleasure system. Stimulation of the prostate gland through the rectum, reached from anal penetration by a finger, penis, or sex toy, can enhance sexual arousal. The Cowper's Glands These two pea-sized glands are located far behind the penis. The Cowper's glands function like the prostate gland, releasing a supplemental alkaline fluid into the urethra and adding the final 5 percent of the seminal fluid volume to the semen. This fluid actually appears at the tip of the penis prior to ejaculation. It is sometimes called “pre-ejaculatory fluid,” and it may contain some sperm. Whew! Have I missed anything? Only the most obvious and necessary members of the male sex organs—the penis and scrotum. Penis Power Call it whatever you want (and people give it all sorts of pet names), the physiological raison d'être of the penis is to 1) introduce sperm into a woman's vagina, and 2) carry urine out of a man's body. Besides it's physiological functions, the penis also does one more extremely important thing: It gives men (and women!) amazing pleasure! Most of us are familiar with what the penis looks like on the outside (if you don't have one yourself, chances are you know someone who does), but there's a lot of mystery surrounding the inside. In our exploration of the penis, let's start outside., The Glans The glans is the smooth head of the penis. It is exposed all the time if the penis has been circumcised. On uncircumcised men, the foreskin covers most of the glans until arousal and erection, when the foreskin automatically retracts and the full glans is exposed., The glans is extremely sensitive, and contains numerous nerve endings that play a great part in male sexual satisfaction and orgasm, especially during deep penetration during intercourse, or direct stimulation during oral sex or manual stimulation (more on that in Chapters 12, 13, and 14—I bet you can't wait to get to those chapters!). Some men love to have the glans directly stimulated, but there are some men who find that the glans is so sensitive when they are very aroused that they prefer not to have it directly stimulated. As with every aspect of sex, it's all individual. The Foreskin The foreskin is the fold of skin that covers the glans of the penis in uncircumcised men. The foreskin has an inner and outer layer. The outer foreskin layer is a continuation of the skin on the shaft of the penis. This skin folds in on itself to form the inner layer. A whitish discharge called smegma may collect under the foreskin because of natural secretions from sebaceous glands, yet this is easily washed away when a man showers. The foreskin contains nerve endings that are stimulated when stretched or when they glide over the surface of the glans during sex or masturbation., Shortly after birth, the foreskin may be removed in a surgical procedure called circumcision. Removal of the foreskin should in no way affect sexual response, but there's some argument over whether or not it affects sensation. (It's tough to know for sure: Most men who've had their foreskin removed have no memory of the sensation being different with it, since they were tiny babies when the procedure was done.) Circumcision is usually performed because some religions and cultures deem it tradition. However, there may not be any medical or health reasons to remove it. This is a controversial and widely debated topic. It had been thought that a man's penis is “cleaner” if he has his foreskin removed. However, this is not necessarily true, because any man who showers on a regular basis can wash under his foreskin and keep it clean. Therefore, the choice to circumcise your children should be made based on your personal beliefs, religion, culture, and your doctor's opinion. The Frenulum The frenulum is a tiny bump of skin near the indentation on the underside of the penis. Stimulation of the frenulum can play an important role in arousal. Many men find that the frenulum feels amazing when it is stimulated during oral sex or manual stimulation., Why “Boner” Is a Misnomer So what's beneath the surface of the penis? The first thing you should realize is that there are no bones inside the penis. What's surprising is that there are no muscles either. But there's plenty of spongy erectile tissue and lots and lots of blood vessels all through the penis. The urethra runs along the inside of the penis, surrounded by more spongy tissue, which is connected to the glans in the head of the penis. When a man becomes sexually aroused, the blood flow to the penis and scrotum dramatically increases. When the arteries of the penis fill with blood, the penis becomes erect. If excitement or stimulation continues, the veins are compressed, which blocks the blood flow out of the penis. With blood flowing in, but not out, the penis fills up (and up and up, if you're lucky) into—a full erection. During erection, the glans of the penis deepens in color and may appear to be reddish or purplish, and some pre-ejaculatory fluid may be secreted from the Cowper's glands. On uncircumcised penises, the foreskin retracts to expose the glans. The testicles increase in size by up to 50 percent and are pulled tightly against the body. The What's What of Sperm and Semen, Some people confuse “sperm” with “semen.” Even though they both come out of a man's penis at the same time when he ejaculates, they are not the same thing. Sperm and semen perform very different functions. In fact, sperm is the male sex cell that can fertilize an egg to create life. Semen is the fluid that carries sperm. Think of a sperm as a happy little surfer dude and the semen as the perfect wave. Excellent!, The Heads and Tails of Sperm Sperm were first discovered by Anton van Leeuwenhoek in the late 1600s (he was the Dutch man who invented the microscope and the sperm were his own—science doesn't have to be a cold passionless endeavor). He noted that they were squirming. In fact, still today, this is the image that many people have of a sperm—a tiny little tadpole-shaped fellow valiantly struggling to be the first one to find the egg. All anthropomorphizing aside, sperm are sex cells. They make up half of the genetic equation of reproduction. Men manufacture sperm every day of their lives after they hit puberty. Production of sperm takes about 72 days. After they are produced, the sperm get mixed with fluid made by the seminal vesicles and the prostate gland. That mixture is called semen or ejaculate or, in the most common slang, “cum.”, Sperm are intended to fertilize the female sex cell, or egg. Each sperm carries information that will determine a baby's sex and it carries half of the code that determines the baby's physical characteristics. The other half of the genes come from the egg. How Much Sperm Is in Semen? Semen is recognizable as the milky fluid men ejaculate. As I mentioned, sperm is only a little part of semen; in fact, sperm constitutes less than 1 percent. The rest is fluid from the prostate gland, Cowper's gland, and the seminal vesicles. Semen is very rich in nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, sugars, and certain amino acids, along with proteins, enzymes, and alkaline substances. All these components nourish and energize the sperm and help protect them from the acidic environment of the vagina. And if it is ejaculated into the mouth, rather than the vagina, there's no need to worry about calories—one ejaculation has only 10 to 50 calories. Yet whether it is ejaculated into the mouth, vagina, or anus, you should worry about disease. Semen can carry HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, as well as some other sexually transmitted diseases. To be safe, therefore, let the semen land only in a condom, not anywhere inside your body. (For more on sexually transmitted disease, you can read Chapter 26 of this book.) If a man is infertile, it means that he may have a condition in which the sperm count is too low, nonexistent, or the sperm are, through some defect, incapable of reaching the woman's uterus or penetrating the egg to cause fertilization. There are many steps that, can be taken to improve a man's chances of fertility if he's interested in making a baby. Talking to your doctor is a good place to start finding out about and treating infertility. Ejaculation and Orgasm Ejaculation and orgasm are two distinct functions. Ejaculation is the emission of semen out of the penis. Orgasm consists of involuntary contraction of the pelvic muscles and erotic pleasure. Doesn't that sound sexy?, While many people assume that orgasm and ejaculation must occur at the same time (because they usually do) they do not have to occur at the same time. A man can have an orgasm without ejaculating. Orgasm without ejaculation can be the result of retrograde ejaculation (no, this has nothing to do with wearing a retro leisure suit). It occurs when the valve between the bladder and urethra does not close, and ejaculation is forced back toward the bladder rather than out the urethra. Though the description might make you cross your legs and say “ouch,” a retrograde ejaculation isn't painful or harmful, and it won't affect the pleasure of an orgasm. Yet some men find that it is disconcerting for them to have an orgasm without feeling semen spurt out of their penis. Therefore many men who have retrograde ejaculations do not like them. On the other hand, some men intentionally strive to have orgasms without ejaculating by holding back the semen. Some practitioners of Tantric sex may attempt, to train themselves to orgasm without ejaculating. You can read more about this challenging (and often unhealthy) practice in Chapter 21 of this book. Most people say “ah” to the big “O” and want to experience it over and over again. But don't forget that while orgasm may very well be a probable outcome, it's not the goal of sex. Some people forget to draw out the sexual pleasure and tension, revel in it, and let it continue to build. If you focus only on orgasm, you run the risk of rushing past or denying yourself (and your partner) the more subtle pleasures to be enjoyed along the way! Surprise! It's Not About Size Now that you understand the generalities of the male machinery and how the system carries sperm on its mission to the uterus—or simply to orgasm—it's time to get down to specifics. Measurements to be exact. Almost everyone wonders if size matters, and if it does, how much., When it comes to pleasure, think “fit,” not size. The idea that a big penis makes a great lover is not the truth, plain and simple. A penis that is very long may bump uncomfortably against a woman's cervix. If it's too wide, it can irritate the vaginal opening. If her vagina is very tight, a large penis may not even fit all the way inside. On the other hand, if the penis is small and her vagina is wide, it could leave the woman asking, “Is it in yet? ” Ugh! But there are plenty of things that small penises are, better for than large penises, like oral sex and anal sex. Which really means that the issue is one of compatibility more than anything else—more than length, more than whether or not you're circumcised, more than whether the penis curves left or right. Also keep in mind that women receive most physical stimuli through the clitoris rather than the vagina anyway, which means that penetration is not required for women to experience pleasure. And that's the long and short of it. I bet you thought I was going to cop out and not tell you want you really want to know. Well, I will tell you—here are the measurements you were looking for. The length of the average flaccid penis is between 2 and 4 inches from the top of the glans to the base. The length of an average erect penis is about 6 inches. If you're not “average” size, then don't worry about it. Who wants to be average anyway? The bottom line is that penis size does not make an ideal lover. A man who knows how to talk, touch, and really care for his lover means far more than the penis that's attached to him.,

Chapter 8 Her Secret Garden

This chapter should give you a better understanding of how the female sex organs function. Most people have a general idea of what's going on down there, but they might not ever have taken a very close look. Although female sex organs are not often lauded for their beauty, if you look carefully and lovingly, you'll notice that the female genitalia are as lovely as a flower. Georgia O'Keeffe must have thought so too—those flower paintings of hers bear more than a striking resemblance to the vulva. Why don't you take a look at a vulva, and see what you think!, Female Sex Organs: What's Going on Down There? The female reproductive system is made up of the vagina, cervix, uterus, two ovaries, and two fallopian tubes. It also contains some glands and ducts. How these parts tie into each other is shown below. It's a womb with a view. The Ovaries, The ovaries are a woman's primary sex organs. They are where it all begins. The ovaries house the tiny little cells that can become a baby. The two small, almond-shaped ovaries, which each measure about 1½ inches long, are located at the ends of the fallopian tubes on either side of the uterus. The ovaries are where a woman's eggs are housed. Women are born with all the eggs they'll ever have. In fact, women have more eggs than they could possibly ever use, up to 400,000. Starting at the onset of menstruation during puberty and continuing until menopause, the eggs generally mature at the rate of about one a month. If puberty starts on average at about age 13, and menopause starts on average at about age 47, then that is just over 400 eggs in a woman's lifetime. Eggs that are not released are reabsorbed by the ovaries., Usually one egg matures at a time, and that's why if sperm is present during ovulation, a woman only gets pregnant with one baby. What if more than one egg matures at the same time? Congratulations—it's twins! Or triplets! Producing the monthly egg is important, but it's not the only thing that the ovaries do. They also produce and release the two sex hormones estrogen and progesterone, which are responsible for regulating the menstrual cycle, aiding in breast growth and pubic hair development, as well as preparing a woman's body when she is pregnant. The Fallopian Tubes The fallopian tubes are two delicate tubes that extend about 4 inches from the ovaries to the upper part of the uterus. The ends of the fallopian tubes look like bells that have fingerlike projections called fimbriae. During ovulation, an egg is caught by the fimbriae and carried into the fallopian tube to begin its trip toward the uterus. If sperm is present (because a man recently ejaculated inside the woman) then fertilization may occur while the egg is in the fallopian tubes. The fertilized egg then travels the rest of the way to the uterus for implantation in the wall of the uterus, which is where it will develop during pregnancy. The Uterus, The uterus is the organ that houses the developing baby. It resembles an upside-down pear. The upper portion of the uterus is called the body, and the narrow neck that travels downward into the vagina is called the cervix. The uterus, which is about 3 inches long and 2 inches wide, is a powerful muscle and has three walls or layers. The inner lining is known as the endometrium. Tissue from the endometrium thickens and then sloughs off during the menstrual period. The middle layer of the uterine wall is composed of muscle tissue that extends in all, directions, giving the uterus the strength required to facilitate childbirth. It stretches enough to house a baby! It also is the muscle that contracts during childbirth. The outer layer of the uterus consists of a thin membrane covering only the outer portion of the uterus. The Cervix The cervix is the round area at the top of the vagina. It has a hole in it the size of a pencil point known as the cervical os (os means “mouth” in Latin). The cervical os is the gateway for sperm to enter and menstrual blood and other secretions to leave the uterus. During childbirth, the tiny os dilates so that the baby can come out. Not surprisingly, the os is larger in women following childbirth. Although the cervix has few nerve endings, it can be sensitive to pressure. In fact, some women dislike and other women enjoy the feeling of pressure on the cervix sometimes felt during deep sexual penetration, such as intercourse when the man enters from behind. Vagina Is for Lovers, Think vagina, think flexibility, because this muscle-lined cavity is about 3 to 4 inches deep and can stretch and regain its shape miraculously, pleasurably, and repeatedly. The vagina has several purposes: 1) It accepts objects for penetration, such as tampons or the penis during intercourse, 2) it carries menstrual flow out of the body, and 3) it serves as a birth canal to deliver a baby. In addition to blood (and babies) leaving the vagina, it is normal for women to have some occasional vaginal discharge—a whitish discharge or clear mucus. (However, if it is ever thick, smelly or curdy, she should consult her doctor.) Unless it is performing a function that requires them to expand, the vaginal walls rest against each other. The outer part of the vagina contains many nerve endings. The middle section of the vagina contains fewer nerve endings. Finally, the inner part of the vagina, closest to the cervix, contains very few nerve endings. So much can change in just 4 inches. The Urinary Opening and Vaginal Opening In a woman's body, urine has its very own special opening to come out of, unlike in a man's body. In women the urethra, which is where urine comes from, is separate from the reproductive system. The small opening to the urethra, also called the urethral opening or urinary opening, lies between the clitoris and vaginal opening. The vaginal opening is next to it, separate, and it leads into the vagina., Bartholin's glands, two small bean-shaped glands on either side of the vaginal opening, and Skene's glands, located near the urethral opening, normally secrete a lubricating fluid that aids in stimulation and penetration, although most of the woman's lubrication is actually from sweat that forms on the vaginal walls when she is aroused. The Hymen The hymen is a thin membrane that may partially cover the opening of the vagina. The hymen usually is broken or torn during the first time a girl has intercourse. That's why virgins sometimes bleed a little and feel pain from it tearing during their first time. Sometimes it only tears a bit during the girl's first time, and it takes two or three times of having intercourse for it to fully break. Many hymens are torn while a girl is still a virgin—long before she ever has intercourse—by inserting tampons or engaging in strenuous physical activity, such as horseback riding or bicycling. But some hymens are more recalcitrant and are so thick that inserting tampons or having vaginal intercourse is not possible until the hymen is surgically cut. In some girls, the hymen is entirely absent, regardless of whether or not they have had sex. The Vulva The vulva is the anatomical term for the collective external genitals of the female. The vulva includes the mons veneris, labia majora, labia minora, clitoris, urethral opening, vaginal opening, and Bartholin's and Skene's glands. There's a lot going on down there! The mons veneris is a pad of skin-covered fat that lies over the pubic bone at the top of the vulva. That's where the pubic hair is growing., The labia majora are two large folds of skin that are at the vaginal opening. The labia minora are smaller folds of skin located within the labia majora. Women's labia vary greatly in size, shape, and color. Sometimes a normal, whitish substance called smegma may collect around the labia because of natural secretions from sebaceous glands, yet this is easily washed away when a woman showers. (As I mentioned earlier, if a woman notices any heavy discharge, she should consult her doctor.), Vulvas have lots of variety. Some women have long, flappy labia, some have short stubby labia. Some have big clitorises that are the size of a cherry. Others are teeny tiny. Some have tight vaginas, some are loose. Some have a forest of pubic hair, some have a sparse growth, and others are completely bald. But that's what's so amazing about vulvas! Like snowflakes, no two are alike., The Clitoris The clitoris (pronounced KLIT-er-es, not kli-TOR-es) is a small organ that contains a high concentration of nerve endings. It is located at the top of the labia above the vagina. It is not inside the vagina. If you can visualize the labia as if they are Christmas tree branches, then the clitoris looks like the angel on the top. The clitoris is covered by a “hood” of skin called the clitoral hood, which protects the clitoris from being constantly stimulated. Stimulation of the clitoris during sex or masturbation can feel great and lead to orgasm. Clitorises can vary in size and shape. For sexual sensitivity, it does not matter if a woman's clitoris is big or small. All women are capable of having an orgasm from their clitoris. In fact, the sole function of the clitoris is to give a woman pleasure and bring her to orgasm! “G” Marks the Spot, Since its apparent “discovery,” the existence of the G-spot has been hotly debated by doctors and sex therapists. The fact is the G-spot does exist—it's simply the name of an anatomical area in the female body. This area is about 2 inches up on the inner upper wall of the vagina between the back of the pubic bone and the front of the cervix. In this area, there is a bundle of nerve endings that may be more sensitive than the rest of the vagina. I say it “may be more sensitive,” because some women feel nothing when their G-spot is stimulated. Therefore, the question isn't really “Does it exist?” but “Does it do anything?” The G-spot is not a vaginal ecstasy button. Even though every women has a G-spot, not every woman has the same response to its stimulation. Some women don't feel a thing when this area is stimulated. Others may feel an urge to urinate. Others may feel more sexually turned on. If you are a woman and you want to find out what your G-spot can do for you, then try the following during masturbation: • During masturbation, when you are already aroused, repeatedly rub the flat of your fingertip against the G-spot on the upper inner wall of the vagina using a “come here” motion. Do you feel any stronger sensations, such as the feeling of getting closer to orgasm?, • Stimulate both the clitoris and G-spot at the same time. Insert one finger inside the vagina and rub with that “come here” motion on the upper inner wall, while using the other hand to rub your clitoris. Do you feel closer to having an intense orgasm? • Use a vibrator with a special “G-spot” attachment to get more stimulation of this area. Do you feel like you are quickly approaching orgasm? Remember, you might not feel any difference when you try these exercises, because many women do not have any special sensation in their G-spot area. But, hey, even if you don't feel anything new or different, you can still enjoy these exercises just for the sake of masturbating. Female Ejaculation The women who have the most sensitive G-spot report that they actually can “ejaculate” a fluid from their urethra when climaxing from G-spot stimulation. Some women say that their “ejaculation” can range from simply feeling more wet than usual to shooting jets of fluid. This ejaculation is still considered controversial within the medical profession. In recent years, female ejaculate has been chemically analyzed and determined to be distinctly different from urine in its composition, but that's about all researchers know for sure. So that means that female ejaculation is a perfectly normal phenomenon. These Are Two of Her Favorite Things: Breasts, They're petted, pawed, nuzzled, suckled, and strapped into all sorts of lingerie. And, as the joke goes, they're often mistaken for eyes by men who look at them instead of a woman's face. Although men have them, too, they're generally considered the telltale, sign of being a woman. Are breasts really this complicated? No and yes. The anatomical description of breasts is far removed from the erotic. Breasts are really just fatty appendages. The only muscles in the breast are in the nipples. Otherwise they're mostly fat that is perched on top of the pectoral muscles. The natural size and shape of a woman's breasts are determined by their fat content and some of the suspensory ligaments, not by how big their pecs are. Many woman are not happy with the size or shape of their breasts. If you're a woman, you should try to love your breasts. (For more on this, read Chapter 6 about how to improve your body image.) Embeded in the fatty tissue of the breast are glands that are capable of producing milk. The milk ducts lead to the nipple. The nipple is located at the end of the breast and is surrounded by a round areola (the color of the nipple and areola vary greatly, but they're usually some shade of pink, brown, or black, depending on the woman's race and skin coloration). If a woman is lactating (producing milk following pregnancy), the nipple is where her baby suckles the breast milk., The shape of the nipple varies from woman to woman. They can be flat, protruding, or some nipples are actually inverted. This is completely normal, if this is the way they've always been. Some women with inverted nipples don't like the way they look, so they get them surgically altered. (However, usually this operation destroys a woman's milk ducts so she would no longer be able to nurse a baby.) Similarly, women with very large nipples may go to great lengths to try to hide them in thick bras and clothes. As you can tell, just like any part of the body, some women feel insecure about the size or shape of their nipples, but instead they should try to love their nipples. (Just a note: If your nipples undergo a sudden change, like darkening in color or suddenly inverting, it may be a sign of breast cancer, so consult your doctor. See Chapter 27 for information about how to conduct a breast self-exam.) One reason to learn to love your nipples is because they can give you great pleasure! The nipples contain nerves that may, if stimulated by touching, licking, or sucking, produce feelings of sexual arousal. Yet not all women enjoy this. If you cringe at the thought of having your nipple stimulated, then you can request that no one touch them. After all, they're yours to play with—or not., Oh, Baby! Now that you know what a woman's reproductive system is all about, you still may be wondering how a woman gets pregnant. So let me explain. During intercourse, when a man ejaculates (if he's not wearing a condom, of course) his sperm swims up the vagina, through the cervix, into the uterus and through the fallopian tubes. In minutes some sperm make this journey. If a woman is ovulating and her egg is present at that time, the sperm will try to get close to the egg. But because most of the sperm are not as strong and as fast as others are, of the 100 to 500 million sperm that are present in one ejaculation, only about 1,000 will even get anywhere close to the egg. (Read Chapter 7 for more details about how a man can keep his sperm count high to help fertilization.) Even those strong sperm may swim past the egg, or try to get in the egg, but miss it entirely. The sperm that does get near the egg could take hours to fertilize the egg., But, in fact, this entire process could take much longer than that. About once a month an egg is released during ovulation. When the egg is released, it can survive for about 1 day, or even up to 2 days. Once sperm is ejaculated into the vagina, it can survive for up to 3 days, or sometimes, even 5 days. That means that if the woman has not ovulated at the time of sex, she can still get pregnant several days later! This is much of the reason why it is not always possible to predict when a woman will get pregnant. Many women have such irregular menstrual cycles that predicting when they will ovulate is difficult or impossible. That's why every woman must use birth control every time she has sex if she does not want to get pregnant! When the sperm and egg are both present, if one sperm penetrates the egg, an immediately reaction takes place on the surface of the egg which prevents any other sperm from entering the egg. Then cell division begins. (Do you remember that from junior high biology class?) This fertilization usually takes place in the outer one-third of the fallopian tube. Next the fertilized egg must make a journey to the uterus. If all goes well, the fertilized egg is implanted in the wall of the uterus, and develops, creating life. Pregnancy takes 9 months, then the baby is born. You can read more about pregnancy and sex during pregnancy in Chapter 23., Blood, Sweat, and Tears Once a month, the lining of the uterus thickens because it is preparing to house the fertilized egg if the woman were to get pregnant that month. However, since most months the woman does not get pregnant, her body has to shed this pumped-up uterine lining. When she does shed that uterine lining, that is called menstruation, yet it is also known by many other names, such as the curse, her time of the month, a visit from Aunt Flow, on the rag, or most commonly, her period. Some people think that a woman is just getting rid of blood during her period. But now you know that it actually is also the lining of the uterus. A woman's period usually lasts from 3 to 7 days. Most women have some idea of when their periods will occur, based on their monthly cycle. However, some women have very irregular cycles. Most typically, menstruation occurs about once every 28 days, although it could occur anywhere from 24 days to 34 days., Some women discover that when their periods will occur is affected by their diet, stress, exercise, travel, or if they are taking medication. Because it can be somewhat of a nuisance to not exactly know when menstruation is going to occur, some women take birth control pills to be assured that they will always be able to know when their period will be. If you have irregular periods, be sure to talk to your doctor about if you should try to regulate them. It is also common for some women to have break-through bleeding or spotting when they are not having their period. This is especially normal for teens whose periods are not yet regular, and, women who are approaching menopause when their periods begin to phase out. However, if you ever have any type of vaginal bleeding that you do not expect, especially if you are post-menopausal, you should go to a gynecologist to be examined just in case. Some other causes of vaginal bleeding include polyps or tumors in the female reproductive system. These can be dangerous and need medical attention. Blood, Sweat, and…Orgasm Sex during a woman's period might seem gross to some people, and it might seem totally natural to others. It is really a matter of personal preference. A woman has just as much sexual sensation during her period, so if she and her partner want to have sex, they can. Here are some things that can make it more comfortable for him and her: • Use condoms, both because the cervix is open, and therefore more susceptible to STDs, and because it will be cleaner for the man. • Use birth control. As I discussed earlier, it is still possible for a woman to get pregnant during her period. Don't risk it; use protection. • Use lubrication. During her period, a woman's vagina actually dries out a little. So even though there may be blood present, she still might not feel well lubricated. • Don't use the good sheets, or you can put an old towel down under yourselves. Of course, it can be messy, so take precautions. In other words, if you and your partner want to have sex during your period, put away your hang-ups and grab the condoms, birth control, lube, and old sheets. You can enjoy sex anytime of the month. They don't call you red-hot lovers for nothing! PMS—The Storm Before the Calm, No matter who gave you the lesson on the onset of womanhood and regardless of whether your mother, father, older sister, or junior high school health teacher actually bothered to mention the downside of this rite of passage, chances are you weren't prepared for the first time your abdomen cramped up, and your mood changed to something very close to pitch black. Many people are not aware of the tremendous hormonal changes that take place in a woman's body during each menstrual cycle. These hormonal changes may cause premenstrual syndrome (PMS). PMS can cause a variety of symptoms beginning 7 days before menstruation, yet most symptoms occur about 2 to 3 days prior to menstruation and may include depression, mood swings, irritability, headache, cramps, breast tenderness, backaches, bloating, and cravings for sweets—chocolate might as well be your middle name., There is no “cure” for PMS, but it's a good idea to know when it's coming—it might just help save your sanity (and that of those around you!). Maintaining a menstrual chart is a way to recognize patterns and symptoms. You can record the onset, duration, and severity of physical and psychological changes throughout your menstrual cycle. Sometimes this is important to prove to yourself and others in your life that it's “all in your head.” A chart like this can also assist your doctor in diagnosing problems that may be related to where you are in your cycle. So what else can you do? Here are some things that might help. All in all, most of it is good advice for any day of the month. • Change your eating habits. Cutting back on sugar, salt, caffeine (chocolate, too!), and alcohol may reduce your symptoms, as will increasing your intake of protein, calcium, and vitamin B6. • Exercise. It will reduce your stress and keep your body fit to reduce physical symptoms like headaches and body aches. • Masturbate. That's right! Masturbation relieves cramps and tension in the vulva by sending blood into that area. • Get ample rest. It will help keep you calm and healthy during this time of the month. • Take aspirin, Tylenol, or over-the-counter medications specially designed for PMS like Midol or Motrin (if these are medications that your doctor would also advise you to take). • If your mood swings or depression is severe, consult a psychiatrist about the possibility of taking anti-depressant drugs such as Prozac, Paxil, or Zoloft to reduce those symptoms. • Try to change your behavior when you are acting “PMS-y.” Take a deep breath, and try to calm yourself down when you notice you are overreacting to something., If you are in a relationship, or even if you are single but living with family or friends, you might want to tell them to pardon you for not being yourself when you are going through PMS. Of course, you should never use PMS as an excuse for bad behavior, but the fact is sometimes it's tough to get a grip on your moods when your hormones seem to be controlling you. That's why if the people closest to you understand, it might make it easier for you. Feminine Hygiene: Say Yes to the Shower and No to the Douche Okay, women: Put away the bags, tubes, bottles, and flower-printed packages. No need for special products, special scents, or special inserts—a shower or a bath gets all of a woman clean. And I mean all. Page:, Women have natural secretions that appear as normal vaginal discharge. The amount, consistency, color, and odor of the discharge varies with the menstrual cycle; this is normal, too. It is just part of having a healthy vagina. The discharge is usually clear, but can be normal even when it is heavier or whitish. The vagina requires no special cleansing practices. It is a self-cleaning organ. Just taking a shower washes away vaginal discharge and odor. So-called “female deodorants” or douching of any kind is unnecessary. In fact, women should avoid scented douches because the perfumes included in these products may irritate the vaginal tissues and could even lead to vaginal infections. Do not use these! Abnormal vaginal discharge, on the other hand, usually has a disagreeable odor (read: stinks like bad fish) and an unusual color or texture (could be curdy like cottage cheese, and tinted yellowish or greenish), and may cause itching. This type of discharge may be the result of one of a many types of festering vaginal infections. See Chapter 26 for more information on these conditions. If you're experiencing abnormal discharge, don't cover it up with perfume; do not try to just wash it out. Go see a doctor for appropriate treatment. Overall, vaginas are not stinky. They should smell like, well, vaginas. Although they may look like flowers, vaginas should not smell like them.,

Chapter 9 It's a Turn-On: Your Sexual Response

Did you ever wonder why your body responds the way it does when you get turned on? Maybe you think that orgasms “just happen.” Maybe you think an orgasm is just the signal to turn off the light and go to sleep. Or maybe you think that orgasm is an elusive event to be revered. Well, let me clue you in: Orgasm is an important part of sexual response, but it's just part of the story. Sexual response is a complex interaction between you, your partner, and your bodies., Neither the orgasm, nor understanding the physiological factors leading up to and following one, need be elusive. If you know why your body responds the way it does to your partner's touch, scent, or mere presence, you might enjoy the experience even more. You may even be able to enhance the experience for yourself and your partner. Sex can be done as many different ways as there are people having it. Although there may be no pattern to sex, sexual response does, in general, follow a cyclic pattern. This chapter takes a look at the five stages of sexual response that everyone naturally goes through when he or she is turned on. [PU]Alpha Books[/PU][DP]1998[/DP], Here Comes That Loving Feeling Every person experiences her or his sexual response in an entirely unique way, which means that different stimuli can elicit different responses. The sound of someone's voice, the smell of perfume, or the very sight of someone can trigger the feeling of excitement. Once the feeling starts, the sexual response cycle kicks in. The sexual response cycle is a name that was given to the pattern of events that your body goes through when you feel desire. The sexual response cycle was first named and researched by sexologists William Masters and Virginia Johnson in the 1960s. In the following years, other sexologists, most notably Dr. Helen Singer Kaplan, redescribed and added to the cycle. Today, most sexologists agree on a sexual response cycle that consists of five progressive, and sometimes overlapping, phases, starting with desire, leading to arousal, staying in the plateau for a stretch before reaching orgasm, then culminating in resolution. The types of sensations and physical changes associated with the different phases are explained in the next section. Note that in life, the sensations are not neatly compartmentalized, don't necessarily flow in just one direction, and may be different for you., Sexual Response Cycle Desire Desire is the first step in the sexual response cycle, and it is the prelude to arousal. In other words, you must feel desire before you feel anything else. Desire is your drive, passion, urge, or lust for wanting to have sex. It's influenced by both physical and psychological factors. Your general health, fatigue level, and sex hormone status contribute significantly to this stage. So do anxiety, self-confidence, and overall mood and tension level. If you don't feel desire, you won't get the ball rolling. But if you are in the mood, desire may lead nicely to arousal., Arousal Arousal is characterized by an increase in heart rate, muscle tension, and blood flow, which results in increased sensitivity to stimulation and reduced sensitivity to pain. In women, the increased blood flow, also called vasocongestion, causes her genitals, lips, or breasts to become engorged. She will also lubricate vaginally. In men, the first visible sign of sexual arousal is increased blood flow to his genitals, also caused by vasocongestion, which causes erection of the penis. Contraction of the scrotum and elevation of the testicles also occurs. For most people, arousal is reached after a combination of physical and emotional stimuli, though it is certainly possible to be aroused without physical stimulation. Arousal sometimes causes people to be extremely eager to have sex, or less gracefully stated, they want it and want it bad! Plateau The plateau phase is a continuation and heightening of the arousal stage, usually brought about and sustained by physical stimulation, by both you and your partner in the case of mutual sex, or by yourself during masturbation., Men may secrete “pre-ejaculatory fluid,” or more commonly known in slang as “pre-cum,” which often contains sperm. (This is the reason why “withdrawal” is not a method of birth control, and why some sexually transmitted diseases can be transmitted prior to sex.) Also at this time, the rigidity of the erection increases slightly, and the head of the penis enlarges. The elevated testes continue to swell and draw closer to the body. In women, the clitoris retracts under the clitoral hood, the outer third of the vagina becomes even more congested with blood, and the uterus becomes fully elevated, creating a tenting effect in the inner vagina. “Sex flush,” which is temporary reddening, may be present over the breasts and chest. Nipples may become erect, and the areola may become swollen. During this phase, most people feel so good that they want sex to last forever., Orgasm Physically speaking, the much touted and sought after orgasm is nothing more than a discharge of sexual tension. Involuntary muscular contractions rapidly release accumulated neuromuscular tension and pump blood from the vasocongested genital tissue back to where it came from—the rest of the body. These contractions occur in the outer third of the vagina and the uterus in women, and in the muscles throughout the pelvic region in men and women. Involuntary contractions of the rectal sphincter may also occur., An orgasm lasts approximately 3 to 10 seconds, and the orgasmic contraction of both men and women occur at intervals of less than a second each. That means you will have between 3 to 15 contractions in your genitals. Other parts of your body, like your hands, feet, and face, may go through involuntary muscle contractions as well. Emotionally speaking, orgasm may serve to release other kinds of tension or it may serve to create new ones. You may feel elated or just happy, surprised, or even let down. You may feel all sorts of emotions—none of them are “right” or “wrong.” You may laugh. Or you may cry. Resolution Resolution is the body's return to a baseline, non-aroused state. The primary difference between the male's return trip and the female's is that he will experience an initial refractory period during which ejaculation is physically impossible for him. If stimulation continues for a woman after orgasm, she can continue having sex., During resolution, the sex organs decrease in size, muscles relax, and the heart rate and breathing return to normal. If you've been aroused but haven't had an orgasm, it will take somewhat longer for the blood to ebb out of your congested genitals and for resolution to arrive. So if you're feeling a little agitated because you got all hot and bothered but didn't climax, you're not just acting out. “Blue balls” is the term that applies to the testicular aching that can occur in men. We can call the pelvic congestion experienced by women who don't feel the release of orgasm “pink pelvis.” You can expect relief to come with time, but if you don't feel like waiting or sleeping it off, masturbating to orgasm can help ease your tension. The Big “O” Every male and every female is capable of having orgasms. Isn't that a wonderful, universal gift! For many people, however, orgasm becomes the entire “goal” of sex. Unfortunately for those people, the many sensations, emotions, pleasures, and all that other fun stuff take an undeserving back seat. Let's not forget that there's a whole world of pleasure in the body, with lots of “ohhhhs” and “aaaaahs” to be experienced—either on the way toward, or returning from, the big “O.” Female Orgasms, No two women experience orgasm in exactly the same way. Some say it's like a big sneeze. Other women say it feels like climbing to the top of a mountain then sliding down. Some feel the sensations concentrated in their genitals, while for others, it's a whole-body experience., Regardless, as a woman “comes,” her body arches, her muscles tense, her vaginal and uterine walls contract rhythmically along with some of her pelvic muscles and her anus. Depending on the woman, other parts of her entire body may spasm. And how's this for female power? Unlike a man, once the vaginal and uterine contractions subside, the woman can return instantly to her plateau phase—and that makes her capable of having another orgasm as soon as she wants to. Because a woman doesn't ejaculate like a man does when she has an orgasm, her partner might have a tough time knowing if she did in fact have an orgasm. Jerry Seinfeld explained the way this feels for some men when he joked, “To a man sex is like a car accident, and determining if the woman had an orgasm is liked being asked, ‘What did you see after the car went out of control.’ ‘Well, I remember I heard a lot of screeching noises. I was facing the wrong way at one point. And in the end, my body was thrown clear.’” No matter how much the woman thrashes around in bed, there is only one way that a man can tell if a woman had an orgasm. That is if he feels the intense contractions deep inside her vagina. Guys, take note! Male Orgasms There's a key difference between the male and female orgasm. Men really do experience a “point of no return,” when they're headed inexorably toward orgasm, whereas women, even at the very brink of orgasm, can get distracted and miss the boat. Once in the plateau phase, men find it more difficult to return to a pre-excitation state than from the earlier arousal phase. That's because surges of nerve impulses run back and forth from the male nervous system to his genitals. The passages that run from the testicles to the penis contract, along with the pelvic muscles, eventually squirting semen out of the penis., Once near orgasm, a man experiences ejaculatory inevitability and the semen is pumped forward along the length of the urethra to the head of the penis, where it's finally released. When a man reaches this stage, it's impossible to turn back. He honestly cannot stop from ejaculating. Most men are aware of three somewhat different sensations during orgasm. The first is a deep internal wave of warmth or throbbing pressure. This quickly leads to the pumping action of rhythmic orgasmic contractions, followed by the sensation of semen rushing through the urethra, experienced as warm spurting or shooting sensations., Multiple Orgasms—The More the Merrier? If one is good, are two better? That depends. Multiple orgasms are usually a series of orgasms with a few seconds to many minutes between them. Studies reveal that while all women are capable of having multiple orgasms, fewer than 50 percent ever do. Some women can have more than one orgasm during one session of intercourse. But for most women who have more than one orgasm during a sexual encounter, they are having one prior to intercourse from manual stimulation, oral sex, or masturbation, then the next during intercourse. Or the first one during intercourse, then the one after from manual stimulation, oral sex, or masturbation. In men, there is little doubt that some young guys can have repeated orgasms. I say “repeat” orgasms, rather than “multiple,” because that makes it a bit more clear. Men have to go through the “resolution” stage (as I discussed earlier) to return to the state when they can orgasm again. Many young men can do this easily and quickly! Anyone can, of course, achieve as much emotional and physical pleasure from one orgasm as from a dozen. Quantity in no way equals quality. Multiple orgasms are not a measure of your sexuality, sexual pleasure, or sexual prowess. If you experience one orgasm—that's wonderful. If you experience multiple orgasms—that's wonderful, too. Simultaneous Orgasms—Timing Isn't Everything, Some people believe that if they orgasm at the exact same time as their partner, then there will a more meaningful sexual connection. But not everyone believes that having orgasms at the same time is all that great. When two people have orgasms at the same time, they miss out on experiencing the other person's orgasm, because they are so caught up in their own. But if you want to try to organize your timing so that you and your partner can orgasm at the same time, there are some things you can do., The stages of arousal in males and females can take varying amounts of time. Because women generally are aroused more slowly than men, many couples find that their sexual responses are out of sync. So if you want to orgasm at the same time, you have to work on both getting to the same level of arousal at the same time. One way to do this is by delaying penetration and concentrating on foreplay for the woman. Then when the woman is getting close to orgasm, the man can penetrate her and begin thrusting. By monitoring the pace, they can both be ready to orgasm at the same time. As in all aspects of sex between partners, communication is essential to simultaneous orgasm. Orgasm Myths Talking about orgasm can help demystify the experience for you and your partner and put less pressure on making sure you both have one. While on the subject, you should know the truth behind some common “orgasm myths”: Orgasm Myths and Truths Myth Truth Sex is not good unless it results in an orgasm. Sex is good when it's pleasurable regardless of orgasm. Multiple orgasms are better than one orgasm. The amount of pleasure is not tied to the number of orgasms. One good orgasm might be the most pleasurable. Men cannot have more than one orgasm at a Men can have repeat orgasms fairly close together, time. especially when they are young. Woman cannot have orgasms after menopause. Menopause does not affect a woman's ability to climax. Women (and men) can orgasm over the course of their entire lives. Older people want fewer orgasms. Age has nothing to do with orgasm. People of all ages want them…and have them. Faking It, Can you fake an orgasm? If Elaine faked it for Jerry, and Sally faked it for Harry, you can certainly figure out how to fake an orgasm. It's easy for a woman to thrash around, moan, and throw her head back in mock ecstasy. For men to fake it, it's a little more difficult because they have to hide the lack of evidence. The better question here is why would you want to fake an orgasm? Some people want to fake it because they want to spare their partner's feelings. Sometimes your partner's ego is all wrapped up in making you come. Other times, people might fake it because they're tired of making love and just want to go to sleep., That leads to the next question: Is it bad to fake it? The answer: It can be. You pay a price for faking orgasm. While you're busy with your fake moaning and writhing, you are missing out on the actual pleasure that you could be feeling. You're also setting yourself up for a vicious cycle of having to fake it every time you have sex. If you don't come next time, your partner might wonder if he or she did something wrong. In addition, you're doing nothing to help your partner learn how to make you come. Every time you fake it, your partner thinks he or she has done something that felt good enough to make you come, when in fact that's not the case at all. Although you may choose to fake orgasm, it generally deprives you and your partner of the best things about sex—intimacy and honesty. My advice: Give your partner and yourself the pleasure of a real orgasm, not the lie and problems associated with fakes.,

Chapter 10 Master of Your Domain

Masturbation. The ominous word that so many people are afraid to mention, because if they say it, it might mean that they admit they are actually doing it. Too often, pleasuring oneself is shrouded in secrecy, shame, and guilt., When most people are young, they're incorrectly told that masturbation is unhealthy and they shouldn't be doing it. Did you believe that masturbation would make you blind, or grow hair on your palms, or give you pimples? Somewhere along the way, you figured out that those myths were ridiculous, but you probably still felt a lot of guilt and shame about what you were doing under the covers or in the bathroom. Even if you never got caught, you probably had an innate sense that you shouldn't be doing it. Maybe it's because nobody talked about it, or maybe it just felt too good. But the truth is, it is totally healthy, natural and normal, and you can't get in trouble for doing it. Yeah, sure Pee Wee Herman and George Michael got busted for it. But that was only [PU]Alpha Books[/PU][DP]1998[/DP], because they were doing it in public places. What you do in the privacy of your own home (or very discretely in public) isn't subject to the Genital Police. If you're going to get anything out of this chapter, you have to get rid of those nagging feelings that tell you that masturbation is something you need to feel guilty about. I'm telling you once and for all that touching yourself is the most natural thing in the world. Cast aside those images of lonely women and horny teenage boys. Masturbation is for all of us: young, old, married, single, happy, or sad. Masturbation is sex with someone you love. Feel pride in self-pleasure. Don't be afraid to mention the word anymore. Say this out loud: “I love masturbation.” That's right, say it right now, loud and strong. There is no need to feel ashamed! If you start feeling good about the fact that you masturbate, then maybe you can even influence the people in your life to think the same way. You can encourage your lover to feel more comfortable with masturbation. Then the two of you can talk about how you can use what you've learned from your self-pleasuring to enhance your sex life together. In addition, you may be able to start talking openly with your friends about it. You could even have a contest with your friends a la the Seinfeld folks. But instead of betting on who can go the longest without masturbating, wouldn't it be fun to see who could do it the most or in the most creative way? Mmmmm Is for Masturbation People sometimes want to disguise the fact that they are actually talking about it, so many silly nicknames for masturbation have been developed. Here are some of my favorites: Spanking the Monkey Choking the Chicken Diddling Yourself Walking the Dog Whacking Off Doing the Five-Finger Shuffle Jerking Off Flying Solo Jacking Off Beating Your Meat Jilling Off Pulling Your Pud Getting Yourself Off Playing the Skin Flute Playing with Yourself Playing Pocket Pool, Whatever you call it, it can only mean one thing. And, as Martha Stewart would say, “It's a good thing.” Page:, Health Benefits of Masturbation “Flying solo” is not just about what you do when you “need to get off.” People masturbate for all kinds of reasons. The most basic reason for people to masturbate is simply because they want to have an orgasm. But in fact, masturbation has benefits beyond just feeling good. These include: • Acting as a natural sleeping pill on those nights when you just can seem to get to sleep., • Relieving all types of stress, as well as sexual frustration. • Teaching you how you most easily orgasm, so when you are with a partner, you know what works best for you. • Giving you a sexual outlet if you are single. • Relieving menstrual cramps in some women. • Giving you something to do if you're alone and you get turned on, or even if you're just bored. • Giving you pleasure whenever you want it. Who Does It and How Much? Because so many people are taught that masturbation is wrong, they may wonder if they are masturbating too much. The fact is, it's not easy to masturbate “too much.”, Unless you've locked yourself in your room, can't make it to work, turn all visitors away, and basically don't have time for anyone or anything but masturbating, then you don't have to worry about it. You might have an intense drive to masturbate, and maybe you're doing it every day, or even more than once a day, and that's fine. As long as it doesn't interfere with your life, enjoy it! Similarly, if you only like masturbating on rare occasions, that's fine, too. Whatever works for you is healthy—as long as you don't feel guilty about it! Although the general consensus seems to be that men masturbate a lot more than women do, that might not actually be true. There is some difference in men and women's masturbatory habits, but it's not that great. Recent sex research has found that 85 percent of women masturbate, while closer to 99 percent of men masturbate. One reason why men are thought to masturbate more then women is because it somehow seems more obvious for them to do it. Their penis is just hanging out right in front of them, an arm's reach away. But for women who love pleasure, it's just as obvious to them that masturbation feels great. Both married and single people masturbate. If you're single, and totally without a partner, then masturbation might be perfect for you. When a fling isn't your thing and a one night stand isn't your style, then masturbation may become your primary sexual outlet. It can keep you sexual during your dry spell., Some people masturbate just as much if they are in a relationship or married. If people in relationships masturbate, it doesn't mean that their partners do not turn them on. It may just mean that they still like getting turned on by themselves, or that they have a higher sex drive than their partner and they just need a little something to supplement their sex life. Or they could be tired and just not want the pressure of performance involved in sex with their lover. So it's just easier to take care of themselves. Some people feel jealous or threatened if they find out that their partner is masturbating, but they shouldn't feel that way. If this upsets you, then you need to find a way to accept it. You partner still wants you—he or she just wants to self-pleasure, too. The only time you should worry about your partner's masturbating is if he or she will never have sex with you because he or she prefers to masturbate. If that is the case, then you should see a sex therapist to not just treat your sexual problem, but also to help you deal with your relationship problems., Different Strokes for Different Folks Whether you are married, single, young, or old, the following section may or may not offer you some familiar information about ways people masturbate. If you know your body well, you probably already know that there are many different methods of masturbation. Maybe you've tried some—or all—of them. If you haven't, you can begin now. Read on and hopefully something will pique your interest. Who knows—you might end up trying it before you get to the end of this chapter. Ask 99 men their favorite masturbation style and you'll probably get 99 different answers. Some men start by thinking up a fantasy, checking out pictures in porn magazines, watching an X-rated flick, chatting sexy online, or calling phone sex, then they let their fingers do the walking. Some men like to lube up with something like K-Y, Astroglide or baby oil to reduce friction and to increase sensation, but some like to masturbate dry. Once he gets going, he'll be focusing on creating fabulous sensations in his genitals. While the old saying “different strokes for different folks” is certainly appropriate to a discussion of masturbation, there are some common ways that people masturbate. Here are some tried and true favorite ways that men masturbate: • Giving his penis a good old rub down, using a back and forth motion from the base to the head. Some prefer to emphasize the “downstroke,” the head to the base. • Concentrating stimulation directly on the head of his penis, perhaps using one hand just on the head, and one going up and down the shaft., • Using one hand to press down on the base of his penis and using the other to go up and down on the shaft. • Doubling his pleasure by gently stroking, tugging, massaging, or holding on his scrotum and testicles at the same time he is working his penis. • Stimulating his nipples, butt, anus, or stroking anywhere on his body from his chest to his thighs to add to his pleasure., Generally, his orgasm comes from penile stimulation with just the right amount of pressure in the places that feel the best, as well as the steady rhythm. While the vast majority of men masturbate by rubbing their penis with their hands, there are some men who prefer to rub up against their mattress or some other object without using their hand directly. This “look Ma, no hands” approach is a normal and a perfectly fine alternative. No matter how he gets there, most of the time, the outcome of masturbation is orgasm and ejaculation for a man. But then he has to deal with that sticky subject—where to ejaculate. Some men prefer to masturbate in the shower, so they don't have to deal with any sticky situations. If they are naked in bed, some men ejaculate on their own bodies or into the sheets. Wherever they are, some prefer to have tissues, a towel, or dirty clothes nearby to ejaculate into. It's all a matter of personal hygiene…and timing. When it comes to female masturbation, women, like men, often start off by creating a fantasy, or by getting turned on to the images in pornography or erotica. Once they get into it, for most women, the clit is it. Here are some ways that women rev their engines through masturbation: • Rubbing her clitoris directly with her finger, fingers, or even her whole hand. • Rubbing her clitoris indirectly, by rubbing on or pulling at the skin above and around her clitoris, such as her clitoral hood and labia. • Rubbing her clitoris up against an object, a pillow, or mattress. • Rubbing her legs tightly together while she is still wearing clothes for extra friction., • Using a vibrator on her clitoris for that special buzz. • Spraying water on or allowing a shower stream to run over her clitoris. That's what the massage setting is for!, • Penetrating her vagina with her finger or fingers, or with a dildo or vibrator. This is often done at the same time as clitoral stimulation. • Stimulating her nipples, breasts, inner thighs, buttocks, anus, or anywhere on her body. Photo by P. McDonough Hands-On Experience Would you ever decide to only have intercourse one way, in the same position for the rest of your life? I highly doubt it! To get the most out of your sex life, you should learn how to get the most out of your solo sex life. To do this, start experimenting with variations so you have a rich, fulfilling, varied masturbatory sex life., Start by touching yourself when you want to feel good, any time of the day, in any position, using any sort of stimulation. Masturbation does not just have to be something you do to get off. You can masturbate just for fun and adventure. Try masturbating in all different positions and all different ways. You can do it: • In every room of your house and in the backyard. • Sitting, standing, or squatting. [PU]Alpha Books[/PU][DP]1998[/DP], • Fully clothed with everything on, even socks and shoes, and your glasses! • In the bath or in the shower. • With the lights on. • While you are reading erotica or looking at porn pictures. • While you are watching in a mirror. • While you are watching the clock and timing yourself. • While you are watching television or a video (something sexy, or for variation, something not at all sexy). • While you are talking on the phone (either phone sex or just a regular conversation). • While you are in a car, on a bus, on an airplane, or a train—only if no one else would notice! (This is often easier for women!) Do You Know What You Like? You can try to figure out what sort of physical stimulation you like best during masturbation by experimenting with touching yourself in all sorts of ways. Take a look at the list below. It should help you zero in on what feels good to you, and maybe give you some ideas to try some new things. Check off the items on the following list that you enjoy. For women: _ Do you like the way it feels when you rub your clitoris? _ Do you like the way it feels when you insert a finger into your vagina? _ Do you like the way it feels when you touch your breasts?, _ Do you like the way it feels when you touch your nipples? _ Do you like the way it feels when you rub your chest? _ Do you like the way it feels when you rub your feet? _ Do you like the way it feels when you rub your thighs? _ Do you like the way it feels when you rub your buttocks? _ Do you like the way it feels when you insert a finger into your anus? _ Do you like to fantasize during masturbation? _ Do you like to look at pornography during masturbation? _ Do you like to use vibrators during masturbation? _ Do you like to use dildoes during masturbation?, Photo by Elke Hesser For men: _ Do you like the way it feels when you rub your penis? _ Do you like to use lubrication, or not? _ Do you like the way it feels when you hold your scrotum or testicles? _ Do you like the way it feels when you touch your nipples? _ Do you like the way it feels when you rub your chest? _ Do you like the way it feels when you rub your feet? _ Do you like the way it feels when you rub your thighs?, _ Do you like the way it feels when you rub your buttocks? _ Do you like the way it feels when you insert a finger into your anus? _ Do you like to fantasize during masturbation? _ Do you like to look at pornography during masturbation? _ Do you like to use dildoes or vibrators during masturbation? If you experiment with touch and masturbation on your own body, then you'll have a better idea of what feels good and how your body will respond when you are with a partner. Be open to new feelings. Don't be afraid to explore unknown territories. For example, don't just say, “Eww, touching my ass would be gross!” Instead, try it. Nobody will know at this point. If you like it, great—you've learned something new about yourself. If you don't like it, well hey, don't go there!, Touch Me, Touch You The more you masturbate, the more you'll know about how your body and your orgasms work. The next step is to try to help your lover understand what feels good to you by teaching him or her how you masturbate. This might be an intimidating thought for some people. But it's worth it to try to put aside your anxiety about this and give it a try, because it could really improve your sex life. You see, some people assume that what turned on their last partner will turn on their new partner. That's seldom true. The best way to show your lover what turns you on is by showing your lover how you masturbate. You can take your lover's hand and put it over yours when you are masturbating. It will give you a chance to show your lover the pressure and tempo that are arousing to you, and the areas you like to have stimulated. Then you can take your hand and put it over your lover's hand while he or she masturbates, so you can learn about your lover's body and pleasure zones. Photo by Barnaby Hall, Besides using your hands to guide each other, you can masturbate in front of your lover to show him or her how it works best for you. If you think you'd feel self-conscious about doing this, then try to get into it slowly. On a night when you are both relaxed and turned on, light some candles and start fooling around. Next, start mutually masturbating each other. Then pull away just enough and concentrate on your own body, and before you know it, you'll be masturbating for each other. Masturbating in front of a partner can be a really fun and sexy educational session. A little knowledge can go a long way. Once your lover learns your personal tricks, he or she will be much more able to please you. And you might get so turned on from masturbating for each other, that you will be ready to put your lessons right to work., Improving Your Sex Life Through Masturbation Both men and women can use masturbation as a tool to help them learn about their orgasmic potential. If a man wants to learn how to last longer before he has an orgasm, he can experiment with different speeds and pressures, all the while getting in touch with the sensations that let him know he's approaching the big “O.” When men are masturbating, they can learn to take longer to ejaculate if they practice. All they have to do for that is take a long time to masturbate, holding off orgasms when they feel like they are getting close. During masturbation, if they get in touch with the feeling that comes before they reach the “point of no return,” then they can learn to identify it during sex, and therefore learn to hold off on ejaculation until they (or their partners) are ready. (More on this in Chapter 28.) If a man learns to masturbate for a half-hour or more before he ejaculates, then he can probably teach himself how to last longer during qex—and have fun with those long masturbation sessions in the meantime. Women can learn the specifics of how to stimulate their clitoris and/or vagina in order to have an orgasm. That's why masturbation is imperative for women who have never had an orgasm. A woman who has never had an orgasm should masturbate often and focus on trying to achieve her first orgasm. (Explicit details about how to do this are in Chapter 28.) So you see, masturbation can do a world of good for your sex life. Both for you all alone, and with a partner, too! Working Out Your Love Muscles Did you know that there are certain exercises you can do that can enhance your sex life? Really! There are things you can do alone that will help you get in tip-top shape for your partner. It gives a whole new meaning to the word “homework.” It's all about exercising your pubococcygeal (PC) muscle. This is the muscle that both men and women can feel when they try to stop the flow of urine. Flexing this muscle can increase men and women's sexual sensitivity., Women can actually make their vaginas feel tighter inside by exercising this muscle. Also, many women report that they have stronger orgasms when they have toned PC muscles, because all of the muscles in that area work together to provide added stimulation to her during orgasm. Of course, if she has a toned PC muscle, it can also increase her partner's pleasure. If a woman's vagina is tighter, it may give the man more pleasure during intercourse with her. Once it is strong, she can flex her muscle to make it feel like it is “gripping” his penis. Men can benefit from a strong PC muscle, too. Toning his PC muscle will help the man become in tune with how his muscle feels when he is aroused, thus alerting him to slow down as he is getting close to ejaculation. Some men find that if they flex their PC muscle when they feel close to the point of no return, they are using a sort of internal “squeeze technique,” which is a sex therapy technique that I describe in detail in Chapter 28. Besides helping him control his timing, flexing his strong PC muscle is also something he can do during intercourse for variation if he wants to make his penis “dance inside her.”, The way to get all these great results is by doing simple exercises called Kegel exercises. All it really means is flexing the PC muscle a lot of times in a row. For maximum benefit, you should perform Kegel exercises throughout the day, everyday, doing a total of about 200 per day. Sounds like a lot, doesn't it? But it's not strenuous like sit-ups or push-ups. To learn how to do Kegels, you first need to isolate the PC muscle. You do this by stopping and starting the flow of urine. That's something that's so natural, you probably never think about it, yet now you should become aware of it. The muscle you are moving is the PC muscle. Once you can feel it, you're ready to begin working it out. For women to perform Kegel exercises, here's what they should do: • Tighten and relax the PC muscle 10 times in a row. Do this for 10 sets per session, twice a day. You can flex it like this anytime, anywhere. The motion is not visible on the outside at all for women. • Tighten and hold for 3 to 7 seconds. Do this for 10 sets per session, up to twice a day, anytime, anywhere., • Tighten the muscle slowly, in increments going in and out, like an elevator stopping on several floors. Do this for 10 sets per session, up to twice a day, anytime, anywhere. For a man's PC workout, all he has to do is flex the muscle in repeated sets. He can tighten and relax the PC muscle 10 times in a row, for 10 sets per session, twice a day. He doesn't even need to touch his penis—just let the muscle move on its own. Usually, this will cause his penis to flick up a bit. He might not want to do it in public, so no one sees his penis dancin' in his pants. Like any exercise, the more consistent you are with it, the faster you will see results. Give it a try, it can't hurt, and you may even like the way it feels. Some men and women report that when they start to do Kegel exercises, they get so turned on from the way it feels when they flex the PC muscle that it makes them want to masturbate!,

PART 3 FANTASTIC FOREPLAY

There is so much more to sex than just intercourse. Turning the lights down low, listening to sultry music, and dipping into aromatic massage oils are a few of the things you can do to enhance foreplay. By having thrills before sex, it will make the sexual charge even hotter, and your sexual experience more amazing! Once you've mastered the subtle art of seduction, you'll be ready to make your first truly tactile move. This part will give you hands-on experience with step-by-step tips for everything from massage to giving your partner an orgasm with your hand to mutual masturbation. Then you'll learn more than just how to touch with your hands. This part also gives you step-by-step instructions on how to touch with your mouth—from lip tips for kissing to tips on how to have amazing oral sex!,

Chapter 11 The Seduction

It's your lover. The man (or woman) of your dreams. He (or she) steps out of the shower, dries off, then opens the door to your bedroom. You start to get excited when you realize that the two of you might make love tonight. When you wrap your arms around each other, you pucker up for that first sexy kiss, but something stops you. Your lover hasn't shaved, smells like bathroom cleaner, and keeps glancing at the clock., Is this foreplay, you wonder, or is that foregone? Where's the music, the candlelight, and most important, the desire? You used to spend hours talking, dancing, staring into each other's eyes, and now this—a wet towel and no romance. Where were you when the excitement fizzzzzled out of your sex life? If this has happened to you, then read on. You can learn how to seduce your lover using creative foreplay. What Is Foreplay? When you hear the word foreplay, do you think of it as just kissing and touching? If you do, you're missing out on some sexy fun. In fact, foreplay is a way to prepare your lover and yourself for sex. It involves everything that leads up to sex, including the sexual tension and the romance that may build up for hours prior to sex., Enhancing the mood before you actually make your first move can make any sexual experience more thrilling. You can create a sexy setting based on everything from the clothes you wear to the way your bedroom looks to the food and drink you serve to the suggestive things you say. You can excite your partner and yourself by increasing sensuousness all day. The intimacy that you create as part of this foreplay will help deepen the experience. Sure, sometimes people like to have sex by just tearing off their clothes, and having a quickie. But if you really want to increase your excitement, you should set a sexy scene to build the anticipation for sex. Think of yourself as a screenwriter who writes a movie script to include lots of sexual tension between the lead romantic characters. To set the scene for sex, you need to tap into all the sexual tension that you have within you. Your goal is to set a scene so sexy that your “co-star” is leaping tall buildings to get to you. Unleash your creative, sexy spirit by taking charge of the scenery and creating the kinds of scenes that will please you and your lover. Get into the Mood Setting the sexual mood starts hours in advance of the encounter. Early in the day, start thinking about your upcoming sexual experience, and share your thoughts with your lover. Try teasing him or her with some of the following ideas:, Ten Ways for All-Day Foreplay 1. Call your lover during the day, and in a sexy voice say, “I have a surprise for you when you get home tonight.” 2. In the morning, slip a love note into his or her lunch that reads something like, “I wish you could have me for lunch, but you know you'll have me tonight for dessert.” 3. Send several romantic e-mail messages under a mysterious screen name from a “secret admirer.” Then, in the last message of the day, reveal that they were from you. 4. Spray a little of your perfume or cologne on your lover's coat before he or she leaves the house in the morning, so your smell lingers all day. 5. Take a sexy Polaroid picture of yourself and leave it where only your lover will find it during the day. 6. When your lover is getting dressed in the morning, give him or her a gift of a new sexy pair of underwear to wear that day., 7. Send flowers to your lover at work. 8. Make an appointment to see your lover using a fake name. When his or her 3 o'clock appointment shows up, he or she will be surprised to find you instead of the fictitious “Mr. Smith.” 9. During the day sneak into your lover's car and leave a sexy note on the steering wheel saying something like, “The sooner you get home, the faster you will feel my lips on you.” 10. Instead of greeting him or her at the door after work, leave a trail of rose petals starting at the front door and leading to the bedroom where you are waiting. These little ways of enticing your lover will help make a tremendous build up to sex. Try to do at least two of these foreplay ideas one day and watch the results. The more seductive hints that you drop, the more you'll want to release that tension that's been building up between the two of you., In addition to building sexual tension, by seducing your lover you are becoming sexier. Many people worry that they're not sexy or that they don't have sex appeal. In fact, all you really need to do is act excited about the fact that you hope to be having sex later. Your excitement is sure to pique your lover's interest and you'll come across as sexy. Transform Your Home into a Love Nest A big part of setting a sexy mood is making your home look, feel, sound, and even smell great. You don't have to be Martha Stewart to make your place more attractive. It just takes some simple refinements to create your “den of seduction.” First, you have to clean up. A full laundry basket and dirty bathroom sink are never sexy. Also, make sure you vacuum the living room rug and bedroom floor, in case you roll off the sofa or bed and want to make love on the floor. Beyond cleaning up, try to spruce up, and sex up, your home. Look around and try to add simple touches to make your living space more inviting. Try the following suggestions to set the mood: • Put some soft throw pillows or a pretty blanket on the sofa. Remember the sense of touch: Velvet, cotton, or chenille fabrics feel great, and can help you cozy up together when you're in the living room., • Buy some fresh flowers, and put some in the bedroom and some in the living room. Fresh flowers make your place look more romantic, and smell great if you buy fragrant ones, such as lilies, freesia, or sweetheart roses. • Always use candles on the dinner table. Also, put a candle in the bedroom. Everyone looks softer and more beautiful in candlelight. • Keep a bottle of champagne in the fridge, just in case you ever want to create a special, sensual occasion. • Put a nicely framed picture of you and your lover in the living room. If you have some other mementos of your relationship, leave them around, too. • Light some sensuous smelling incense like jasmine or musk. Smells can arouse the senses and give a room a more seductive, mysterious air. • Keep music playing in the bedroom. Choose pleasant, sensual sounds, like jazz, R&B, or classical. Or choose songs that remind you and your lover of special times. • Splurge on one set of luxurious sheets. Super-soft cotton flannel, high thread count cotton, or T-shirt material sheets often feel the coziest. Some people prefer sexy, slippery satin sheets; choose your pleasure Your investment in creating these little touches will pay dividends in the future. A comfortable, sensual home is often the best place to have sex. It is certainly the place where people have sex most often, so make the most of it., Once your home feels more sexy and inviting, you can relax and you'll start feeling sexier, too. The more new, sensual touches that pop up around the house, the more you and your lover will have to explore and enjoy. You'll be keeping your relationship fresh and exciting by adding more foreplay., Creating a Sensuous Feast Imagine this: It's time to have dinner with your lover. You don't have much food in the house, so you order in a pizza. You both eat in the living room while you're watching the evening news. After dinner, you watch television or read for a few more hours, then you go to bed. Now imagine this: It's time to have dinner with your lover. You don't have much food in the house, so you order in a pizza. Before the pizza arrives, you set the table, using pretty dishes and candles. You open that bottle of red wine that you had been saving for a night just like this one. Then you put on a romantic jazz CD. As you eat, you look over seductively at your lover across the candlelit table. And instead of taking the first bite, you feed it to him or her. After you finish eating, you and your lover are so turned on by this erotic exchange, that you go into the bedroom to make love., Which meal would you rather eat? Creating a sexy setting for your meal is so important. Food is a major source of pleasure for most people, and we eat every day. Why not take advantage of mealtime and experience eating as a major opportunity for foreplay? Sometimes you can make due eating pizza, but it can also be as exciting to cook a romantic dinner. You can cook a full “foreplay feast.” You can prepare the meal on your own to surprise your lover, or you can cook together. Start with seductive appetizers like oysters or figs, or maybe exotic cheeses like brie with fruit or little pieces of bread that you cut into heart shapes. For a main course, make something that's, easy to eat and tastes good. Try penne pasta in a creamy sauce, tender veal, or shrimp sautéed with vegetables. Some foods should be avoided for obvious reasons, such as: foods that are difficult to eat like fish with bones; messy foods like spaghetti; smelly foods with lots of garlic or onions. For dessert, strawberries and chocolates are a sensual touch. If you drink, have some wine with dinner or champagne with dessert. Some people believe that there are foods called aphrodisiacs that get you in the mood for sex. This is not really true. For example, some people think that oysters are aphrodisiacs because they contain iodine, a substance that stimulates the brain. However, they contain such a small amount of iodine that they really have no effect. The only way food can get you in the mood for sex is if you serve and savor it in a seductive way, such as if you feed it to each other. Imagination is probably the best aphrodisiac there is., If you're a menace in the kitchen, a romantic dinner at a quiet, cozy restaurant might be more your style. When you eat out, you don't have to be concerned about cooking or cleaning up afterwards. You can really focus on your lover and enjoy the ambiance while beautifully prepared food is brought to the table. No matter where you eat or what you eat, what is most important is that while you eat you look at your lover, talk, laugh, and flirt. Remember, it's not just a meal, it's foreplay. Photo by Aoi Tsutsumi, Saying Sexy, Subtle Things Does it make you weak in the knees when someone you love whispers sexy words in your ear or says, “I love you”? Does it make you feel sexually turned on? Casually making sexy or romantic comments during the day, and during the hours leading up to a sexual experience, will add to the sexual anticipation. I'm not saying that you need to talk dirty to set the mood. But a little verbal teasing and flirting can be amazing foreplay. Compliment your lover. Say, “You look really beautiful tonight.” Entice your lover. Say, “I want to feel your body next to mine.” Tease your lover. Say, “I was thinking about how great it felt the last time we made love, and I think the next time will be even better.” All the time you are saying sexy things, maintain eye contact with your lover to show that you're sincere., Photo by Attard, It is also seductive to talk about your feelings for your lover. I don't mean that you should have one of those heavy, dramatic conversations about “your relationship.” I do mean that you should mention that it feels good for you to be together, and that you're glad that you're in each other's lives. Letting your lover know what you feel inside, without going overboard, will increase intimacy and desire. Giving Affection The sense of touch is exhilarating. Subtle touching during the hours before you want to have sex will increase the sexual tension. Physical contact outside the bedroom often leads to a great sexual experience in the bedroom. It's all part of subtle flirting. Here are some ways you can use touch to enhance your relationship: • When you're walking together, put your hand around your lover's waist, and casually let it slip down to his or her hip or butt for a second, then go back to the waist. • When you are sitting at a table together, place your hand on his or her thigh for a few moments., • If you go to the movies, hold hands. • Give your lover a hug if you just happen to be standing next to each other. • If you are sitting on the sofa together, gently reach, over and stroke your lover's face, hair, or arm. Take every opportunity to just brush up against your lover, simply to indicate that you are happy to be together. All of that rubbing and touching will hopefully drive your lover wild, wanting you more. A Kiss Is Just a Kiss…or Is It? Kissing is such an intimate sexual experience. It brings two people's faces and bodies so close together, and it can make them tingle all over. Kissing is often the first and most important sign to someone that you are interested in becoming physically intimate. Whether your kisses are wild and hungry or feathery soft, it's important to be a good kisser because kissing is the prelude to sex. Most people kiss for the first time when they are in their teen years. But sometimes adults still don't know how to kiss in a sensual way. Following are some lip tips that might help you with your basic kissing technique. After that, I'll give you some slightly more advanced kissing techniques., Warming Up If you feel nervous or anxious before a kiss, try to let those nervous feelings go away as much as you can. The best kisses happen when you really feel at ease. If the time is right, keep the following in mind: • If you know you'll be kissing, try to avoid getting chapped lips. Use Blistex or Chapstick if you need to. Soft, smooth lips are the best kind to kiss. • Most people don't like the smell of garlic or onions on their partner's breath. Brush if you can, or pop a mint, but don't obsess about your breath. • Before you kiss, cuddle up and get close and comfortable. Mouth to Mouth, This is the part where you and your partner actually share the same breath. Read these tips before the big kiss so you'll stay relaxed: • To start, try nuzzling up to the other person's neck and kissing with soft, dry kisses, slowly moving up until you get to the lips. • When you are about to kiss on the lips, keep your lips soft and relaxed; this is not the time to stiffen up. • Close your eyes if you want to feel relaxed and enjoy it more. Sometimes it's fun to kiss with your eyes open to check out what the other person looks like so close up, but I, recommend closing your eyes most of the time so you can really savor the feeling of your lips against the other person's lips. • Don't go at your partner with your mouth wide open. Start with your closed lips kissing the other person's closed lips. This will get both of you used to the feeling of the other person's lips on yours. • During the kiss, put your hands in a comfortable place, maybe on your partner's back or shoulders. Gentle caressing is good too, but too much groping could detract from kissing. The French Kiss Once you're comfortable with kissing, you're ready to move on to French kissing. French kissing may have sounded exotic when you were less experienced. However, most people indulge in this kind of kissing regularly. If you are new at it, the following tips should help. • Gently open your mouth a tiny bit more. If your partner also opens his or her mouth a little, then gently eases his or her tongue into your mouth, then you just kind of let your tongues mingle. It should feel quite natural., • If you have to make the first move, open your mouth slightly and let your tongue emerge from your slightly parted lips a little. Do not stick your tongue out or jam it in the other person's mouth. If your partner is okay with this, he or she should do the same. Let your tongues mingle. You don't have to keep your tongue there the entire time; you can always withdraw, kiss around the lips or neck, and then start over. • Don't tense up your tongue. It should feel smooth and kind of tingly. French kissing should be a gentle feeling, like the way you feel when you pet a purring cat. Keep your lips gently pressed together with your partner's, like this ( ) not like this ()., Coming Up for Air All good kisses must come to an end. When you're ready to end the initial kiss, gently close your mouth and pull back a little. You can start kissing all over again at any time. Once you have the kissing basics down, you can really have fun! You can kiss someone's body all over, or give your partner a “love bite,” or hickey, on the neck. You can kiss with a candy or some champagne in your mouth. You can kiss upside down. Kiss many little kisses in a row, or kiss for as long as you can without stopping. You can kiss playfully, or kiss with deep, intense erotic passion—it all depends on the mood. Have fun with kissing. If you want to go further, it will definitely set the tone for the type of sexual interlude you could get into. Photo by Edward Holub Dressing to Turn on Your Lover, To make yourself feel sexier and to turn your lover on, dress in an attractive, seductive way. You don't have to go all out and put on a cheerleader outfit or try to look like Fabio. Just try to look your best, and add a few sexy touches. There are a couple of ways of thinking concerning what a women should wear to look alluring. One style is for her to wear soft, comfortable clothes that happen to be easily removable. That means skip the pantyhose and go barelegged. Wear a long, soft skirt, instead of pants or jeans. Wear a button-down blouse, or a cuddly V-neck sweater instead of a turtleneck. The other style is for her to be a sexpot, wearing a garter belt and stockings, push-up bra, and miniskirt. Either way, she can reveal a little more skin than usual and try to show off her best features., For men, sometimes dressing up in a really nice jacket or suit will turn on a woman. Usually, wearing a comfortable cotton or cashmere sweater, or even a soft T-shirt, is alluring, because it feels good to the touch. The general theme for a man to dress sexy is to wear something that looks and feels good. Nothing too flashy, just flattering clothes. What you wear underneath your clothing can be even more alluring than that great outfit you spent so much time picking out. Lingerie (for women) or sexy underwear (for men) makes you feel sexy just knowing that you are wearing it under your clothes. Men can wear silk boxer shorts, or if they prefer, attractive colored briefs. Women can wear lacy bras and matching panties, or wear more elaborate lingerie, such as a teddy or corset. When you get dressed in the morning and put on those sexy underwear, you are already thinking that you will be having sex later. It's your little secret, and it can make you feel sexy all day. That's exciting. You can tease your lover by saying, “I can't wait until later when I can show you what I'm wearing under my clothes.” Strip It, Strip It Good, When the time comes to show your lover what you're wearing beneath your clothes, you have the power to tantalize. It's sexy and fun to either undress each other, or to strip for each other. Take turns undressing each other: First you take something off of your lover, then your lover takes something off of you. Basically undressing someone is easy—you just take off one item of clothes at a time. Usually you start with the shirt, then shoes, socks, pants, bra, and underpants. That's about it. Stripping for your lover involves a little more expertise. You need to move your body in a sensual way, as you teasingly remove your clothes. Here are some suggestions for the steps you can take to strip for your lover: 1. Wear sexy underwear underneath an outfit that can be easily removed. For women, perhaps a bra, garter belt and stockings, and silk panties or a G-string underneath a skirt and blouse with high heeled shoes. For men, a button-down shirt and tie (so you have one more item of clothing to remove) and nice pants, with sexy silk boxers or tight briefs underneath., Photo by Barnaby Hall 2. Put on some sexy music to start your “show” and to help you get into the rhythm. 3. Dance around your lover, emphasizing your chest, butt, and legs. You may even want to place one leg on your lover's thigh, or rub one of your feet along your lover's crotch. 4. Slowly and tantalizingly start removing your clothes. You want to tease your lover, so slip your shirt off a little, and then put it back on. Unfasten your skirt or pants, then refasten it again., 5. Eventually take all your “outer” clothes off. When you take off each article of clothing, gently toss it in your lover's direction. 6. Once you are down to your undergarments, be even more seductive with the way you remove them. Lower your underpants, but then slide them back on. Women, drop your bra strap, then put it back. Unhook one garter, but not the other. Then little by little, take it all off. Toss these items toward your lover., 7. When all your clothes are off move around nude, touching your body everywhere, even your genitals. Give your lover a good view, but allow only looking still no touching yet. 8. Finally, let your lover touch you, and let the real magic happen! To see some excellent demos of stripping, check out striptease scenes in popular movies that are available on video: Demi Moore in Striptease, Kim Basinger in 9½ Weeks, or Mia Kirshner in Exotica. And don't miss the cast of The Full Monty as those guys take it all off with sexy confidence. Stripping can be fun, whether you do an all out performance, or you just rip your clothes off without the full production number. As you've seen throughout this chapter, there are many ways to show that you want to have sex. My best advice to you: Try everything that might turn on you or your lover to have amazing foreplay!,

Chapter 12 Reach Out and Touch Someone

Has your lover ever accidentally brushed up against you and you felt your whole body tingle? Or maybe you started to fall in love with someone you were dating from the first moment you ever held hands? Or you gave someone a massage and then you both got so turned on that you started to make love? That's the power of touch. It can turn you on, and it can even get you off., Some people are under the illusion that “sex” only means intercourse. However, you can get tons of amazing sexual pleasure just from knowing how to use your hands. That's right, touching in an erotic way, anywhere on the body is part of amazing sex. For those of you who are digitally inclined, touching to the point of orgasm can be just as hot as sex…sometimes even hotter. This chapter will help you learn to give good touch. It contains some handy pointers you can try, such as how to give a massage, or how to maneuver your partner's genitals to give him or her an orgasm. So file your nails, put on some hand lotion, and start getting touchy-feely!, What Are Your Erogenous Zones? Your erogenous zones are the parts of your body that respond to sexual stimulation. The breasts and genitals are the two most obvious erogenous zones, but there are many other parts of the body that respond to stimulation, too. Try the earlobes, nape of the neck, around the breast and armpits, nipples on both men and women, wrists, hands and fingers, buttocks and inner thighs, anus, small of the back, behind the knees, calves and ankles, and feet and toes. Did I miss anything? Try stroking, brushing, or gently pulling your lover's hair. Lick, suck, and kiss his or her flesh—all over. Nibble and playfully slap, caress, and gently bite. You get the picture. You can discover your partner's erogenous zones by taking the time to try some of the following ideas: • Caress your partner's face, lips and cheeks with your fingertips. • Stroke your partner's breasts, belly, and buttocks. • Nibble the backs of your partner's knees and legs. • Kiss the soles of your partner's feet and lick his or her toes. Make sure you listen to and watch your partner during these playful sessions. You may learn lots about what feels good to him or her., Photo by Barnaby Hall Keep in mind that you can also touch yourself in new places and in new ways. Make the effort to experience and savor the feeling of your own flesh. That way, you'll know, exactly where you like to be touched best and you can help your partner zero in on your hot spots. There are always new corners of your body to be discovered—on your own and on your lover's body. The only thing you need to find these treasures is a little imagination. Then you can begin enjoying all the ways you can touch each other! How to Give a Sensual Massage The practice of massage, rubbing or kneading the flesh, is a wonderful way to give and receive pleasure. Giving a massage can help relax your partner, and put the two of you in a sensual mood. To begin a massage, first find a quiet place, maybe in your bedroom or on the living room floor. You might want to put on some pleasant new age or classical music to add to the relaxing atmosphere. Make sure you have the time to give a massage. You don't want to rush it. The slower and longer lasting the massage, the happier your partner will be. Once you're ready, try the following procedure a few times until you're comfortable with the basic techniques (which are based on Swedish massage techniques), and then let your imagination take over. Photo by Doug Plummer, 1. Warm your hands by rubbing them together. Pour a bit of massage oil into one hand to warm it up. Don't put oil directly onto your partner's skin because cold oil will cause muscles to contract suddenly. 2. Connect with your partner by gently resting your hands on either side of the spine in the small of your partner's back. At this point, ask your partner to relax, breathe deeply, and concentrate on the pleasurable feelings of the massage. Then, stop talking. Allow this time to be quiet and peaceful., 3. Spread the oil around your partner's back using a gentle stroking motion with the whole surface of your hands. Stroke from the base of the back, towards the neck, and then down the sides of the back again. 4. Continue these strokes for about 2 minutes. Gradually increase the pressure, particularly along the sides of the back. 5. Next, knead the flesh around your partner's neck and shoulders, using your thumb and forefingers in a gentle pinching, massaging motion. (Don't pinch too hard!) Start gently and gradually get firmer around the area where the muscles are tense. 6. Then return to the long strokes that you started with, rubbing all along the back, and down the arms, then down the legs. 7. Next, starting at the lower back, use both hands to rub the flesh at the sides of the torso away from the spine in a smooth motion. Slowly progress toward the head, and when you reach the neck, sweep your hands back to the lower back and repeat three or four times. 8. Using small circular motions with your thumb or forefingers, massage all around the back for another few minutes. 9. Finish the massage with gentle stroking, about six times going down the back, lightening the stroke slightly each time. On the last stroke, very gently remove your hands on the downstroke in a feathering motion. 10. Allow your partner to rest without moving, or even fall asleep if he or she desires., After the massage, you may feel in the mood to continue stroking and caressing your partner in a more sexual way. A sensual massage often leads to sexual touching. So you can use massage just to give pleasure, or you can use it as foreplay. Lathering Up in the Shower or Bath Remember that old bumper sticker slogan: “Save water, shower with a friend”? Well, somebody had the right idea. Not only can you save water, you can also have a totally erotic experience when you shower or bathe together. You can make showering together part of your foreplay. It's amazing how easily a soapy hand can slide over nipples, between thighs, and around and between the curves of the butt., It can feel great to lather each other up, exploring your partner all over. Unlike being under the covers at night, when you shower together you get to look at each other's bodies, with only the suds between you. If you're self-conscious and you're a little apprehensive about showering together, you need to read Chapter 6, and learn to get over those pesky insecurities about your body. If you can let your inhibitions flow down the drain, you'll probably enjoy the experience of getting soapy with someone sexy. Just like the feeling of rubbing your soaking wet body against your lover's, the feeling of kissing as your mouth is filling up with water can be highly erotic, too. Think of the shower as a waterfall, with you and your partner standing naked beneath the gushing stream. The shower is a great place for sexual play. A word of caution though: If you use a condom, you might have a tough time getting to it and putting it on properly. So your best bet for the shower or tub might be oral sex or mutual masturbation., Speaking of safe sex, as common sense dictates, if you have intercourse standing up in the shower, you're at risk of slipping and falling on the wet tiles. Be very careful, or sit or lie down on the floor of the shower if there's room. Bathing together can to be a totally romantic experience if you set the mood with bubbles and candles. You can soap each other up, wash each other's hair, or just enjoy leaning back and relaxing in each other's arms. Having sex in the bathtub can be lots of fun, too. How you have sex in the bath depends on how big your tub is. In a small tub, the person on the, bottom might enjoy the experience a little more. The person on top is usually stuck feeling cold, because he or she can't be underwater as much as the person on the bottom. One remedy to this is to sit up together in the tub. In a big bathtub, or even a hot tub, you probably won't have such a slippery time. As with showering together, remember to be safe: you must use birth control and condoms all the time to be protected. And again, remember to watch your footing. How to Give Him a Good Orgasm with Your Hand He's been doing it to himself since he was 13, but somehow, putting himself in someone else's hands turns him on a little more. It's the hand job. Often at the beginning of a relationship, hand jobs are part of a couple's regime before they've had intercourse. However, once the sexual relationship progresses, hand jobs usually go by the wayside. It seems that people think of intercourse as “the real thing” and a hand job as a cheap substitution. But the truth is that giving a great hand job is as real as anything. And it can feel so amazing!, Photo by Michael Cardacino Whether it's your first time seeing his penis, or whether you've been having sex for years and you're lending a hand to add some variety to your sex life, hand jobs are great for many reasons. You can give them almost anytime and anywhere, from your living room sofa to behind his desk at the office, to a movie theater (cover his lap with, a jacket) an airplane (cover his lap with a blanket.) You don't even have to take off your clothes to do it. You can also kiss and talk while you're at it. And more good news: hand jobs fall into the category of safe sex. If you want to lend a hand, get familiar with the following figure, and keep these tips in mind:, • Ask him to show you what he likes. Put your hand over his, and ask him to start you off. That way, you'll get an idea of the amount of pressure and the rhythm he likes, and how long his strokes are. • Be gentle. Pretend you are firmly petting a soft kitten, not grabbing a big hard beam of steel. • Know his domain. You can go from the very base of his penis all the way to the head. Let him teach you what parts he likes to have touched the most. • Use lubrication. Remember: The lotion helps the motion. I recommend Astroglide. You can also try, K-Y Liquid, or dozens of other store-bought lubes. Otherwise, go for the lube that you always have around—your saliva. • Get the basic motion. The basic motion is sliding your hand up and down from the base of the penis to the ridge at the head of the penis. • Settle into a rhythm. When you get into a rhythm, keep it up. It's the motion that gives him the stimulation; a continuous rhythm will bring him to orgasm. • Apply steady pressure. Some men like more pressure at the head of their penis during a hand job. Others like more pressure at the base. Ask your man what he likes. Once you're giving the amount of pressure he requires, keep it up until the moment of his orgasm. • Use both hands. Some men like it when their partner holds one hand at the base of his penis, then uses the other to go up and down the shaft. You can also move up and down with one hand, and then just rub the head of his penis with the palm of the other hand. Or you can fondle and grasp his testicles with one hand while you go up and down with the other hand. Or you can stroke around his anus. Or you can use the other hand to touch his chest, thighs, or anywhere on his body. • Get into it and get turned on. It's okay if you want to masturbate yourself at the same time. Pleasuring yourself while you're giving him a hand job can be twice the turn-on. • Bring him to orgasm., Focus on the rhythm and pressure that is best for him. If he seems to be taking a long time to have an orgasm, ask him to show you the way you can lead him to orgasm. • Ease up and clean up. When he's having his orgasm, you can either let him ejaculate on his own body, on your body, on a piece of clothing, on the sheets, or on a tissue or rag. You're in charge, so it's your call. Sometimes the head of the penis becomes very sensitive immediately after orgasm. If that happens to your man, then gently let go as soon as he's reached orgasm. How to Bring Her to Orgasm with Your Hand Instead of just using a finger as a dipstick to see if a woman is wet enough to have intercourse, her partner can have a great time (and give her immense pleasure!) by sticking around down there, and giving her an orgasm by hand. When a woman knows how to give herself an orgasm from masturbating, she should be able to enjoy it, when her partner brings her to orgasm from manual stimulation. Manually stimulating a woman doesn't mean that her partner just rubs her clitoris. There's much more to it than that. The following tips will help you bring a woman to orgasm using your hand. Here's an illustration of the area you'll be playing with: “Handy Tips” for Bringing Her to Orgasm, • Get help from her. Ask her what she likes, or put your hand over hers while she shows you what she likes. She should show you where she likes to be touched so you know what she means when she says, “Oooo, that's the spot.” • Wet is best. Dip your finger into her vagina and use some of her natural lubrication. If she's not very wet, use a lubricant. • Use a circular motion to touch the clitoris. Gently rub the tip of one or two of your fingers around and over her clitoris, using a circular motion., • Be careful with the sensitive clitoris. Many women do not like continuous direct stimulation of their clitoris, because it is too sensitive. Rub on top of the clitoral hood (the skin that covers the clitoris), or around the clitoris unless she tells you she enjoys the direct stimulation. • Rub around the vagina and labia. Rub with one or two of your fingers up and down the opening between her labia, on her labia, and around her vagina. • Slip a finger or two into her vagina. Some women like to have their vagina penetrated with one or more fingers. A woman might like it when you rub the upper, inner wall of her vagina, where the mysterious G-spot is located (see Chapter 8 for information on the G-spot). • Stimulate the vagina and clitoris at the same time. Use one or two fingers to stimulate around her clitoris in a circular motion, while you move a finger or two in and out of her vagina. • Kiss her and touch her all over. While your hands are busy down below, kiss her mouth, or anywhere on her body. When you have a free hand, rub, stroke, touch, fondle her inner thighs, nipples, breasts, buttocks, anus, or anywhere on her body that is sensitive and erotic to her. • Keep up the rhythm. When she's on the verge of orgasm, keep a steady rhythm going on the place where she is most sensitive—around her clitoris. • Stop after her orgasm, unless she wants more., Many women's clitorises become very sensitive after orgasm, so they might want you to stop touching right away. But you should ask her about this, because for some women, having one orgasm just makes them want to have another orgasm right away. In that case, don't stop…please, don't stop! When you know how to give a woman an orgasm with your hand, it can be very satisfying to both of you. It can also come in handy during intercourse, when you can reach down and touch her clitoris to help her more easily have an orgasm. Mutual Masturbation: Would You Like a Hand with That? Mutual masturbation is when partners simultaneously stimulate each other's genitals with their hands. It allows both partners to get sexual pleasure at the same time. While your partner's touch is exciting you, you can try to turn your partner on with your touch., When you are both masturbating each other, you can kiss, fondle each other's bodies, and talk to each other. During this sex act, couples most often face each other, so it's a bit like voyeurism and exhibitionism: You can get turned on from seeing your partner, or from being seen. Mutual masturbation is also fun for couples who want to try to have orgasms at the same time. Often people have more control over when they are going to have an orgasm from manual stimulation than from intercourse or oral sex. They can slow down or speed up more easily. Sometimes that feeling of helping your lover climax when you are about to also can make you feel closer together, and more in sync than even when having intercourse. Incidentally, there are no rules about only touching your partner during mutual masturbation. You can take over your own territory and masturbate yourself if it's easier for you to have an orgasm that way. Then you'll both be sure to have orgasms. Another plus to mutual masturbation is that you get familiar with how your partner responds to your touch. You gain knowledge of your partner's body and orgasms, while sharing an amazing sexual experience. What could be better than a mutually satisfying sex life?, More Ways to Keep in Touch In addition to massage, showering, mutual masturbation, and jacking and jilling each other off, there are so many ways to touch that are pleasing and sensual. You can use different materials, toys, textures, and strokes to stimulate and arouse your lover. Check out this list of exciting tactile experiences: • Brush your lover's hair. • Run a feather all around your lover's body. • Slide a piece of ice up and down your lover's body. • Run a piece of soft fur or velvet all over your lover's body. • Tickle each other. • Spank your lover (with permission, of course). Touching your partner in sexy ways will help you feel connected to your partner, and it will add variety to your sex life. One of the best things about using more touch during sex is that anyone can do it, anytime, anywhere. Whether you make it sexy, loving, or enticing—that's the power of touch.,

Chapter 13 Mouthing Off

You can have a great orgasm and you don't have to do anything but lie there. How's that, you say? Oral sex! Some people think that oral sex is the best thing going. It's a way of receiving pure pleasure without having to do a lot of bumping and grinding. And for many people performing oral sex is just as great of a thrill as receiving it., A generation ago, oral sex was usually something that was done months or years after a couple had already been having intercourse, as an extra sex act. My, how times have changed. In many relationships today, couples engage in oral sex long before they ever have intercourse. Sometimes it's even done instead of intercourse, when a couple wants to wait to have “sex.” Even though oral sex is widely performed by millions of people, that does not mean that oral sex necessarily comes naturally to everyone. Some people have many inhibitions about receiving oral sex, so they can't just lie back and enjoy it. Or they worry that they are not good enough at performing oral sex, so they avoid doing it., This chapter will help those of you who want to learn to master techniques for performing oral sex, and those of you who want to learn how to relax and enjoy it when you are receiving oral sex. In addition, for those of you who already love giving and receiving oral sex, I'll give you some more creative ideas to add variety to your oral sex life. You can be amazing at oral lovemaking—whether you are giving or receiving! Why Oral Sex Is Amazing Some people know one big reason why receiving oral sex is amazing: It feels great! But there are also many other reasons: • Orgasm can happen quickly and intensely, because stimulation is concentrated on the genitals. • The tongue is more flexible and softer than fingers (or almost anything else, for that matter) so it can stimulate genitals in a way that is totally unique. • Oral sex can help a man become aroused during foreplay and help him get a firm erection in preparation for intercourse. • Oral sex can help a woman become aroused during foreplay and well lubricated in preparation for penetration during intercourse. • Tight, warm, wet lips can be very stimulating when they are wrapped around a penis. • A warm wet tongue can be very stimulating when it is moving around on a woman's clitoris and vagina. • There's no risk of pregnancy. • Oral sex, like any kind of sex, is a way to express love., Oral sex is an important part of many people's sex lives. It can be part of foreplay, a way to get ready for intercourse. It can be a substitute for sex when people want to wait to have intercourse, or if one or both partners are not able to have intercourse due to illness or disability. Or it can be a sexual variation to be enjoyed simply for the pleasure it brings. What to Do If You Have Inhibitions About Oral Sex For some people, the thought of giving or receiving oral sex is a total turn off. Most people who don't enjoy receiving oral sex are too self-conscious to enjoy it. If this is your issue, and if you can get over your hang-ups, then you will be able to find pleasure in a whole new way. The biggest reason why some people are inhibited about oral sex is because it is a highly intimate act. Your entire face is directly in front of your partner's genitals., While this makes some people squirm with delight, it makes others squirm with discomfort. You may be inhibited about oral sex if: • You worry that your genitals smell • You are afraid that your genitals taste bad • You think that your genitals look funny or are in some way out of the ordinary • You worry that your partner's mouth will hurt or get tired after a while • You are self-conscious that your partner will get hair in his or her teeth, mouth, or throat • You are afraid that you won't know how to reciprocate, • You wonder if your partner is just doing it out of obligation None of the issues in that list are really true. Unless you just got back from a 10-mile run, there's no reason to worry that your genitals smell or taste bad if you've kept up with basic good hygiene. Your genitals have a distinct taste and smell, but that's your natural aroma. It's just part of you. The same goes for the way your genitals look, or how much pubic hair you have, or even how long it takes you to have an orgasm. Don't worry that oral sex is uncomfortable or “gross” to the person who's having oral sex with you. It's not! It is an amazing part of sex. Also, don't worry that your partner is just going down on you out of obligation. Remember: Your partner wouldn't be having oral sex on you unless he or she wanted to. Oral sex is a choice—not an obligation. You don't have to worry that your partner, “really doesn't want to be doing it.” That's not for the receiver to worry about. You have to remember that oral sex is a huge turn on for some people, and simply a great way to give pleasure. Here are some tips that might help you get past your hang-ups about oral sex: • Shower or bathe right before your partner performs oral sex on you. Better yet, shower or bathe together. • Have oral sex at a time and a place that are comfortable to you, never when you feel shy or pressured. • Relax, take deep breaths, and instead of worrying, think about the good feelings that oral sex can bring. • Talk to your lover about it. Ask your lover to stop when he or she gets tired, or to be honest about how much he or she really likes doing it. Being open about it, will give you both a chance to voice your feelings about oral sex. Also, talk about what types of oral stimulation your partner enjoys, so you can learn to do what he or she likes best. No one should ever feel forced into giving or receiving oral sex. While most people do like it (or learn to get over their hang-ups and then like it) there are some people who just never will like oral sex. If you or your partner falls into that category, you can't force the issue. Enjoy other aspects of sex if oral sex isn't for you. But if you do get into oral sex, then you'll have lots and lots to enjoy! Lick It, Lick It Good Performing oral sex on a woman, called cunnilingus, is a great way to pleasure a woman and to experience her sensuality. Through oral sex, her partner can see, smell, taste, and closely stimulate her. Her partner can experience her orgasm in a way that is different from intercourse—up close and personal., In fact, some women can have orgasms more easily from oral sex than from intercourse because they're getting the direct stimulation to their clitoris. Whether it makes them orgasm more easily or not, many women love the feeling of oral sex, simply because of the unique sensation of a warm, wet tongue on their vulva. When you perform oral sex on a woman, you do more than just try to make her have an orgasm. You can give her pleasure by doing all sorts of things with your tongue, mouth, and fingers, as I will describe below. Then, when you're both ready for her to come, you can focus in on what's most likely to give her an orgasm., Photo by Barnaby Hall Following are lip-smacking ideas for things you can do while performing amazing oral sex on a woman. • Find a comfortable position., Position yourself comfortably so that your head is between her thighs. For many women, the most comfortable position is if she lies on her back, and you lie, kneel, or sit with your head between her legs. For variation, you could have her sit or stand and you could kneel in front of her. Or you could lie on your back and she could squat over your face. • Start with your hands. Touch her inner thighs. Run your hand over her pubic hair. Wet your finger, then touch her labia, clitoris, and vagina. Begin kissing the entire area. When she is excited, place your tongue on her vulva., • Lick around the entire area. Lick from the bottom of her vagina to the top of her clitoris. You can use your tongue in different ways all around the area. You can flick the tip of your tongue, or lick long ice-cream-cone-type licks with the flat part of your tongue, or use the edge of your tongue back and forth. Get into it and explore the whole area with your tongue. • Focus on the clitoris. Point your tongue and use the tip to make circles on her clitoris. Continue the circular motion until you have a consistent rhythm. Or instead of circles, you can also lick up and down or back and forth on the clitoris. For more direct stimulation of her clitoris, hold her labia apart to further expose her clitoris. • Avoid direct clitoral stimulation if she's overly sensitive there. Some women do not like direct clitoral stimulation. They may prefer if you focus on the labia or the clitoral hood (the skin that covers the clitoris). If her clitoris seems to disappear under the clitoral hood, it may be very sensitive at this time, so lighten up on tongue pressure. • Use your fingers around the labia. Stroke her inner labia with your fingers as you lick her clitoris. Separate them with your fingers. She may even enjoy it if you gently tug on them. • Penetrate the vagina. You can put a finger or two inside her vagina and slowly move your finger(s) in and out. You can also use your tongue to penetrate her vagina, and move it in and out. She may enjoy this at the same time as clitoral stimulation. You can keep them both going at the same time in a rhythm. Although, some women do not like any penetration, so find out what she likes first. • Use your hands to stimulate her whole body., Reach up and touch her breasts or nipples. Or touch her inner thighs, butt, or anywhere on her body. Touch gently around her anus, or slowly slide a lubricated finger inside her anus (that is, only if anal contact is something that you already know she likes). • Ask her to tell you what she likes. Ask her to tell you where she likes to be licked (as in, “a little to the left,” “more on the clit”). Or she can show you by pointing out the good spots with her fingers. Some women also let you know what they like by making noises or moving their hips, or by moving your head around with their hands. • Keep up a rhythm when she's close to orgasm. If she is close to orgasm, focus in on the places that respond best to your tongue. If you keep up a rhythm in that area, it could put her over the top, and she could have an orgasm., • Ease away after orgasm. A woman's clitoris may become very sensitive after orgasm, so she may want you to stop as soon as she is finished with her orgasm. This may be the time to cuddle, or to move on to other sex acts. If she wants to kiss you after, you may, of course. But sometimes after oral sex, a woman prefers not to kiss right away. Most women have orgasms from their clitoris during oral sex, but as I said some prefer indirect clitoral stimulation to direct contact. Similarly, some like penetration of their vagina at the same time, and some do not. Remember that every woman likes something different. So if you want to be an amazing oral lover, you really have to talk to her and pay attention to the way she moves her body to let you know what she likes the most. Put Your Mouth Around That Just thinking about a warm, wet mouth around his penis can drive a man wild. For some men, oral sex, or fellatio, is so pleasurable that they even consider it their favorite sex act. They have more tight, wet, direct stimulation, and everything is concentrated on making them have a great orgasm. Here are some tips for how you can perform amazing oral sex on a man:, • Find a comfortable position. Position yourself comfortably so that your head is between his thighs. For many men, the most comfortable position is if he lies on his back, and you lie, kneel or sit with your head between his legs. You could also both be on your sides, with your head between his legs. For variation, you could have him sit or stand and you could kneel in front of him. Or you could lie on your back and he could squat over your face. • Start with your hands. Caress his penis with your hand or both hands. Maybe you could lick his penis just to get it wet at first, then use your hands to rub it for a few minutes until he has an erection. Throughout the time that you are having oral sex on him, you may keep your hand on his penis, if you like. It may help you guide his penis where you want it in your mouth. Or you can occasionally try the “look, no hands” approach, and just use your mouth., • Lick his penis in various ways. Lick the entire length of his penis from the base all the way up to the head. Then lick up and down with the flat part of your tongue, using popsicle-type licks. Flick the tip of your tongue back and forth on the head, and on his frenulum (the tiny indentation under the ridge of the head). Run the tip of your tongue up from the base to the head of his penis, then in the same motion, circle around the ridge under the head of the penis. • Cover your teeth with your lips and move your mouth up and down. Move your mouth up and down on the head of his penis, and past the head down the shaft. The most important thing here is that you do not let your teeth scrape his penis! If you wet your lips and then extend your lips far beyond your teeth, that should keep your teeth away from his penis. Otherwise, curl your lips in and tuck your teeth under them. This action of moving your mouth up and down on his penis is often what gives the most stimulation to a man. • Lick while you suck. While you are moving your mouth up and down, move your tongue and lick all over the head or shaft of his penis at the same time. The head may rest on the roof of your mouth or in your cheek as you use your tongue. • Try deep-throating. When his penis and your mouth are very wet, you can try sliding the whole penis down your throat as far as you can. Many men do not find this stimulation to be satisfying. And many people find it very difficult to do, because they start to gag or choke. If you do try this, you may be able to suppress your natural gag reflex by relaxing and breathing through your nose. If you ever start to gag, stop right away, because the next natural reflex is vomiting, and no one wants to even think about that happening during sex! • Focus on the head of the penis., Focus on moving your mouth up and down just on the head of his penis. For variation, you can pucker your lips firmly as you suck the head of his penis. Also, you can hold the head of his penis in your mouth, and then at the same time your mouth is covering it, run your tongue around and around the head. • Use your hands in conjunction with your mouth. While your mouth is focusing on licking and sucking the head, move your hand up and down the shaft of his penis for a combo hand job-blow job. Make sure your hand and his penis are wet. Keep up a steady rhythm with both your mouth and your hand. Also, even if you are not moving your hand, you can always just hold the base of his penis so the penis is staying in one place when your mouth is on it., • Involve his testicles. Some men like to have their testicles stimulated as well. First find out if he likes this, since some men do not like their testicles to be touched at all! If this is something that he likes, hold or massage his testicles in your hand. Or take your mouth off of his penis and gently lick his testicles, and gently hold them in your mouth. Then go back to his penis. • Touch him everywhere. While your mouth is on his penis, touch and caress his thighs, nipples, chest, or anywhere else you can reach on his body. Rest your breasts on his thigh, or rub them on his genital area. Touch gently around his anus, or slowly slide a lubricated finger inside his anus (only if you already know for sure that anal contact is something he likes). • When he gets close to ejaculating, keep doing what he likes the most. Either he will tell you when he is close to orgasm, or he will be thrusting, moving his hips, or moaning in a way to let you know. At that point, keep up a rhythm in the place and in the way he prefers. Sometimes if the man is very excited he may try to guide your head in the rhythm he likes. If that's okay with you, then that's fine, but if he is too rough, tell him not to push your head! • Figure out where he is going to ejaculate. The section below, “Spit or Swallow?,” explains in more detail your options for handling this sticky situation. • Ease up after orgasm. After an orgasm, sometimes a man's penis becomes so sensitive that he does not want it touched at all. So if that is the way your partner is, then ease off his penis. You can touch him in other places, cuddle, or when he's ready, initiate other sex acts. You can kiss, if he is okay with that. Many men prefer to wait a while before they kiss their partner after receiving oral sex., As I described, oral sex on a man is mostly about licking and sucking and using your hands. While some men like the way deep-throating feels, most men have orgasms from the rhythm of sucking on the head, combined with the rhythm of the hand on the shaft and base of the penis. However, every man is different. There may be many men who prefer another type of stimulation during oral sex. So check with your man. Talk about all this to find out what he likes the best. Then you'll be an amazing oral lover for sure!, Spit or Swallow? If you are performing oral sex on a man, you have to decide where you want him to ejaculate. If you don't want him to ejaculate in your mouth, let him know, or when you sense he's close to ejaculation, take your mouth off of his penis, and “finish him off” with your hand. Then have him ejaculate in a towel or tissue, on himself, or on you. However, if he ejaculates when his penis is in your mouth, then you have to decide if you are going to spit it out or swallow it. The first issue should be the issue of safer sex. Having semen in your mouth, or swallowing it, carries the risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV, the virus that cause AIDS. If you want to be totally protected from STDs and HIV, then you should be using a condom on the man during oral sex. Yet if you absolutely know that your partner is HIV negative and has no STDs (which is not always easy to be sure of, as you'll find out from reading Chapter 26 of this book), you may choose to swallow his semen. If you are not sure if he has any STDs, then do not risk it. Either use a condom the entire time you have oral sex, or don't let the end of his penis in your mouth at all (because even pre-cum can carry diseases) or just pull away before he ejaculates. If you do decide to let him ejaculate in your mouth, it should only be because you want to, not because you think you should. There is more on “safer oral sex” later in this chapter., [PU]Alpha Books[/PU][DP]1998[/DP], Some men report that it feels better to have mouth-to-penis contact while they're having an orgasm, and they say that they feel more “accepted,” or even more loved, if their partner swallows their semen. You could talk to your partner about this to find out how he feels about it. If you decide to swallow, it's usually easiest to let the semen pool in your mouth as your partner is ejaculating, and wait to swallow until after he's finished. But make sure that this is what you want to do, and you are not putting yourself at risk for any diseases. If he ejaculates in your mouth and you do not want to swallow, just find a place to spit it out discreetly. Remember, the expression “spitters are quitters” is just not true! In fact, spitters can be winners, because you should always be making your sexual choices based on what you think is best for your health and happiness.,

Photo by Barnaby Hall

[PU]Alpha Books[/PU][DP]1998[/DP], Safer Oral Sex Many people do not practice safer sex during oral sex because they do not think that the risk of contracting an STD or HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, is that great from oral sex. But it is still a risk! That's why it is a good idea to practice safer sex during oral sex. You may wonder how much of a risk there is. This should give you a basic idea: In order to get HIV from oral sex, HIV-infected blood, semen, or vaginal secretions would need to get into a cut in your mouth, a canker sore, or maybe a part where you gums are open (like from brushing teeth). As you can imagine, that is possible. If someone has an STD, the secretions do not always need to get into your bloodstream for you to get the STD. In many cases, such as with herpes, all that has to happen is that your skin has to come in contact with herpes-infected skin. Some people have herpes on their mouth and some have it on their genitals. That means that in the case of herpes, whether you are the giver or the receiver you could get it. To protect yourself during oral sex, you should use condoms on the man, or a piece of latex (called a dental dam) or a piece of Saran Wrap over the woman's vulva. It might not sound too appealing to have oral sex on a piece of latex or plastic. But it does not have to be that bad. You can use flavored condoms, like mint or chocolate. Or you could use any water-based food on top of the Saran Wrap or dental dam. Foods such as jams and jellies that don't contain oils will be fine and tasty. Even though you will be sacrificing some sensation if someone has oral sex on you while you are protected, it will be safer for your partner, so it's worth it. More details about safer sex are in Chapter 26 of this book. More Oral Sex Variations You don't always have to be stuck in the same old position to get the full pleasure of oral sex. There are ways to enhance your experience, and add variations to your sex life. The following sections describe how you and your partner can get extra oral indulgence., Lying Down, Standing, Sitting Up, and Squatting It is possible to give and receive oral sex in almost any position. Most importantly, however, it should be one that both you and your partner find relaxing as well as stimulating. For instance: • Place a pillow under your partner's butt when he or she is on his or her back. This will make it so that his or her genitals are raised closer to your mouth. • Instead of your partner lying on his or her back, both of you can lie on your sides, with your head down between your partner's legs. This is a good position for a receiver who enjoys butt stimulation., • One of you can stand up while the other kneels at the level of his or her genitals. • One you can sit down while the other of you kneels at the level of his or her genitals. The person can sit on a bed, chair, sofa, table, counter, or the edge of a bathtub or sink, or anywhere you can think of. • Your partner can lie down while you straddle your partner's head and squat over your partner's face. You can even slightly (and ever so gently!) sit down in this position. The slang expression “sit on my face” is derived from this position; however, if the person were to completely sit down, it could be unpleasant, so be careful. Sixty-Nine Is So Fine Having oral sex on each other at the same time is deeply gratifying to some people. This position, also called sixty-nine, allows a couple to get turned on by giving and receiving oral sex at the same time. The most comfortable sixty-nine position is often when the couple is lying side by side. It also works with one partner kneeling or lying on top of the other., Some people do not like the sixty-nine position because they find it distracting; they need to focus when they want to have an orgasm, or they can't concentrate enough to give oral sex the way they want. If this is the case, you and your partner can remain in position, but take turns giving and receiving. That way, you can enjoy the mutuality of sixty-nine, without the distraction. As with any sex act, it's fun for some people to sixty-nine for variation or foreplay, even if they do not have an orgasm. So, baby, wine me, dine me, sixty-nine me. Exotic Locations You can have oral sex anywhere…well, at least anywhere you won't get caught. Some people would love to have intercourse in daring locales, but don't want to risk being discovered. Oral sex in an exotic location may be easier because you don't have to fully undress, and you can do it in more positions, and in more confined spots. You can have oral sex in any room of the house—in the shower, in the kitchen, or in the basement. And, don't rule out public places. People have been known to engage in oral sex in public bathrooms, at work, on trains, on planes, in alleys—even in the Oval Office! Hot and Cold Sensations Playing with hot and cold temperatures can be fun during oral sex. You can put an ice cube in your mouth while you go down on your partner. Or you can run the ice cube over your lover's breasts or chest while you go down on him or her. Try putting a glass of ice water and a mug of warm or hot (not too hot) water next to the place where you'll be having oral sex. Swish the cold water in your mouth, then go down on your lover. Then swish your mouth with the warm water, and go back down again. Some people like the surprise of the different temperature sensations during oral sex. For another warm surprise, use your breath to warm up your lover. Press your open mouth on his or her crotch, even before your clothes have been taken off, and exhale deeply and repeatedly. You'll feel the heat build up, so your lover certainly will. This type of heavy breathing can be a fun prelude to oral sex. (Although, I must note that it is never safe to blow air directly inside the vagina. Some doctors say that it could cause an embolism, which means that air bubbles could cause a dangerous blockage in a blood vessel.) Playing with Food Some people find that mixing food and oral sex can create new and exciting feelings. It has even been said that putting a mint, like an Altoid, inside their mouth gives their partner a tingling sensation during oral sex. Really any kind of food can be fun for the giver to lick off the receiver's genitals. You can use whipped cream, honey, and chocolate, to name a few. Don't put any food too far inside the vagina because it could cause an infection. And you might want to be careful with stickier foods, which can get caught in pubic hair. Also, if you're planning on having intercourse after oral sex, and you're using a condom, you should only use water-based foods, like flavored jelly nothing with oil in it. Otherwise, you should shower or wash off before using condoms for intercourse. Keep these cautions in mind and you can have fun with almost any kind of food during oral sex. For more on food and sex, check out Chapter 16., Using Sex Toys During Oral Sex Some people like to use sex toys like dildoes and vibrators during their oral lovemaking. A dildo can be used to penetrate a woman's vagina while her partner's mouth is focusing on her clitoris. Or a vibrator can be used on her clitoris while her lover's fingers and tongue lick in and around her vagina, inner thighs, or anywhere that feels great. Similarly, during oral sex on a man, dildoes and vibrators can be used in or around his anus, or anywhere he desires. You and your lover can experiment with these sex toys to see what feels good to both of you. For more on sex toys, read Chapter 19 of this book., Oral-Anal Contact Did I just hear you say “lick”? Or was that “mmmm” that I heard? For some people, the thought of oral-anal contact, which is also called annilingus or rimming, is completely vile and disgusting. For others, though, just thinking about it makes their mouths water! There are many nerve endings surrounding the anus, and some people love the way it feels to have a tongue playing around there. Some people enjoy basic oral-anal contact. It can involve licking around the perimeter of the anus, up and down, circling the tongue around the anus, or pointing the tongue and flicking it rapidly around the anus. It may also include darting or probing the tip of the pointed tongue a little bit inside the anus. While rimming and probing the anus with the tongue, someone can begin moaning or humming aloud. This gives some people a good vibration. Another option that some people enjoy is licking the perineum. This special area is located between the anus and the testicles on a man, and the anus and vulva on a woman. Many people enjoy stimulation of this highly sensitive area. Some people prefer licking the perineum to rimming, because there is less of a risk of contracting bacteria from this area., If you enjoy giving or receiving this kind of pleasure, the major caution I have is this: Keep clean to avoid bacteria and parasites. If you shower immediately before receiving oral-anal contact, you'll be less likely to pass anything on to your partner. You can also use a dental dam or Saran Wrap to cover the anus and avoid this problem. (See Chapter 26 for more information about sexually transmitted bacteria and parasites.) All-over Oral Pleasure The genitals are not the only areas that are sensitive to oral stimulation. Your tongue and mouth can be used to give oral pleasure anywhere on your lover's body. You can explore your lover's body with your mouth anytime before, during, or after sex. Or while you're giving oral sex, move your kisses, licks, and sucks to other areas of your lover's body. For example: • Ears and necks can be very sensitive. Try licking or gently biting on your partners neck and ears. Find out how well they respond to these licks and nibbles. You can do this as part of kissing or foreplay, or anytime during sex if your head is near your partner's neck and ears., Page: Photo by Barnaby Hall • Some people love to have their fingers sucked. You can suck on someone's fingers almost anytime his or her hands are near you. It can be highly erotic, because your partner's face can be up close watching you suck. Sometimes it's sexy to suck someone's fingers as a prelude to oral sex, almost saying “If you like what I am doing to your fingers, just wait until I get to your genitals.” • For some people, having their toes sucked is a nearly orgasmic feeling. You can lie down near your partner's feet and just give him or her a “toe job.” Or you can both lie in sixty-nine position, but forget about putting your mouths on each other's genitals and just go for the toes. If you want, at the same time you can stimulate each other's genitals with your hands., • Some men and women have especially sensitive nipples that can feel amazing when they're stimulated. They contain many nerve endings that can be easily aroused by sucking or licking. This can be fun to do either on its own, or during intercourse. Go wild, and have oral fun anywhere.,

PART 4 POSITIONS AND PLAYTIME

Variety is certainly the spice of sex, and it most definitely accounts for ongoing passion. In this part, you'll find out that sex is so much more than the old in-out and that could change your erotic life. I'll explain how you can experience sexual intercourse in many different positions, such as standing up, sitting, and from behind. Also, I discuss the sensitive world of anal sex in this part. Once you know the basics, it's time to spice sex up with variations on the theme, and I'll show how to vary sex with different thrusts, as well as how getting outside the bedroom, and especially outside the house, can be wildly erotic. This section actually explains what it would be like to have sex in more than 25 different locations. Add to these possibilities how you might turn props (like food and feathers) into pleasure, and how you can vary the time of day you have sex, and you'll have a rich sex life for years to come…and come. Last but not least, this part discusses the pillow talk that follows sex, to help you make it more exciting than merely deciding which side of the bed you're going to sleep on.,

Chapter 14 Sexual Positions

When you picked up this book, were you hoping to find a bunch of illustrations of people having sex in all kinds of unique sexual positions that might be great to add to your sexual repertoire? Well, I hope so, because you have reached the chapter which is intended to show you many creative sexual positions that you can master., Trying to find creative positions to enhance sex is nothing new. For centuries, people have tried to learn positions that they hope will make them better lovers. From the Kama Sutra, the 4th-century Hindu sex manual that diagrammed sexual positions, to The Joy of Sex by Alex Comfort, the first best-selling mainstream American sex manual that was published in 1972, people have looked to books to find the answers., Here you won't find any magical keys to better sex. But what you will learn from this chapter is which positions fit for which people at which time. The key to enjoying different sexual positions is simply to express your creativity without trying to force your body into new positions that are not right for you. Different techniques produce different sensations. You don't have to like them all. And you don't have to repeat them all. That's the beauty of sexual experiences. You can find the ones you really love and expand on those, while chalking up the ones that weren't so great as something you were willing to give a whirl. Some of you might be reading this chapter to see if you are “doing it” right, but there is no wrong way to have sex! Just do what feels natural and pleasurable. And while you're figuring that out, have fun experimenting! Man-on-Top The man-on-top, woman-on-bottom position, also called the “missionary position,” is the most traditional of all the sexual positions. Yet it is not at all boring or old-fashioned. It's still the most frequently used and enjoyed of all the sexual positions. In this position, the woman lies on her back with her legs spread apart, and the man gets on top of her. Either the man or the woman guides his penis into her vagina. He can support his weight on his arms. As the man thrusts into the woman, she can raise her hips and pelvis to meet his thrusts. The man has most of the control of the pace and rhythm of thrusting. But for many women, this is not a bad thing—it allows her to relax and enjoy it, while he does the work., Photo by Barnaby Hall Page:, To alter the angle and depth of penetration, the woman can spread her legs wide, raise them up in the air, or wrap them around his waist or butt for some control over his thrusting. For deeper penetration in this position, they can also place a pillow under the woman's butt, to raise her up at an angle. For maximum penetration, the woman can pull her knees close to her chest or put her feet on the man's shoulders. This position can give the woman plenty of clitoral stimulation if the man leans forward, and they grind their groin areas together, or she grinds her clitoris against his pelvic bone. Either partner can also reach down to manually stimulate her clitoris. This man-on-top position is great for couples who crave intimacy during sex, because they can remain face to face while making love. It allows for lots of eye contact during sex, and you can see what your partner looks like as he or she reaches orgasm. If you like a lot of kissing and touching during sex, this is a good position for you. The man can reach the woman's body to touch her in many places, including her breasts, and she can touch and rub his head, shoulders, back, and butt., Although this position is ideal for a woman to get pregnant, it's not always a comfortable position for women once they are pregnant, especially if they are far along in their pregnancy. It's also not comfortable for couples in which the man is obese. Also, men who suffer from premature ejaculation may find this to be a difficult position for them to hold off on ejaculating before they want to, because it often feels so good that they don't want to stop., The reason why this position is so popular is simply because it seems the most basic. Some people like the way sex feels in this position. Other people just get into man-on-top naturally, even though it is not their favorite position. Then they often try to find other more creative positions by rolling around and shifting into other positions. Woman-on-Top Some people think that woman-on-top is just for the take-charge kind of woman, and while some women who love it are very assertive, the second most popular of all sexual positions is for anyone. The most common woman-on-top pairing occurs when she straddles the man's hips, taking his penis inside her, and then lies on top of him, either with her legs bent behind her, or stretched out along his sides. She can support her weight on her arms. Photo by Barnaby Hall, The woman-on-top position allows the woman to more actively control the sensations, both for herself and her partner. This position also allows her to control the speed at which thrusting occurs. The man has limited mobility and the woman has control over the angle and the depth of penetration. Also, to be sure she has an orgasm, she can lean forward slightly to rub her clitoris against his pelvis as she thrusts. The slang term for this is called “riding high,” because the woman is said to be riding the man while she controls the thrusts. If the woman sits up slightly, her partner can have a full view of her breasts, and he can touch and caress them, which can be extremely arousing for both of them. He can also stimulate her clitoris and rub her buttocks and anus. Or she can stimulate her own clitoris with her own hand. She can touch his chest and reach around to caress his scrotum and testicles. They can kiss freely and make lots of eye contact. As with man-on-top, it allows, for them to see what they each look like during orgasm. Sex can be loving in any position, but when you can look at each other, sometimes it is more romantic. Sex from Behind Sex from behind, or rear entry, also called “doggy-style” (because it can look like the way dogs look when they are mating), is when the woman is on her hands and knees while the man enters her from behind. The man can hold on to the woman's shoulders, hips, thighs, or waist in order to move her to meet his thrusts. By lowering herself down onto her elbows (instead of her hands), the woman can change the angle of her pelvis and vary the depth of penetration and the sensation for both of them. For variation, the woman can even lie completely flat, face down on the bed with her legs open, as her partner lies on top of her back, entering from behind., Photo by Gen Nishino, Some people love this position because it allows for deep penetration. He may enjoy this feeling, because he has more distance to thrust. She may enjoy the feeling as his penis presses against the back of her vagina. It may provide stimulation of the G-spot in the woman. Men may enjoy the feel of a woman's butt against their thighs. This position allows him to caress his partner's clitoris, breasts, back, and butt. A woman in this position can also stimulate her own clitoris and bring herself to orgasm while he's penetrating her. However, some people do not like sex from behind at all. It does not allow for face-to-face intimacy. Also, some women find it painful when the man's penis penetrates very deeply, and she feels pressure against her cervix. As with any sexual position, if this is one that you don't like, then don't do it. But if you like it, then go for it. Woof! Side-by-Side The side-by-side position is similar to the “on top” positions, except that the partners lie on their sides. In this position, the couple embraces, with both of their legs apart just enough to allow penetration. Or they can have their legs spread wider, with one partner's leg resting over the other partner's leg. Sex side-by-side can be slow, gentle, and relaxing. It provides for great intimacy and it often allows for prolonged intercourse. The couple can kiss, caress each other's faces, chests, and all over each other's bodies. They can look at each other before, during, and after orgasm. After orgasm, the two lovers may want to stay in this comfortable position, providing even more emotional closeness and relaxation during afterplay., Side-by-side can also be done in a “spoons” position, in which the woman faces away from the man and he enters from behind. The woman may pull her knees up and lift one leg slightly to allow easy penetration. In this position, the man is free to caress her breasts and genitals. Because side-by-side positions are such relaxed positions, they're great for couples when they are sleepy, during the late stages of pregnancy, after an illness or surgery, or in old age. Side-by-side is also great for anyone one who likes to be able to have full-body contact with his or her partner during sex. Sitting In the sitting position, the man and the woman face each other, and sit with their legs open with one partner's legs on top of the other's. The sitting position allows both partners to control the tempo of thrusting, as they can each pull back from the other, and push forward toward each other. Couples who choose the sitting position can position their bodies for deep penetration by lifting up their butts and pelvises. In this position, partners can lean back and support themselves on their own arms, allowing themselves to experience a different sensation while they both thrust towards each other. Or if they prefer to have a more relaxing lovemaking session, they can sit close together and hold each other while barely thrusting., Photo by Barnaby Hall, Photo by Barnaby Hall Like most positions, sitting can be done in a variety of locations: the bathtub, the car, or even in a rocking chair. The sensations of sex in the sitting position will change based on the location. This position is good for caressing most places on both partners' bodies—the breasts, chest, buttocks, and face. If they're sitting with a little space between the two of them, they can gaze into each other's eyes and look at each other's bodies. If the couple leans forward, they can kiss freely, and easily give each other a loving hug. Standing, This position often makes people think of the “quickie” or highly erotic yet risky sex in elevators or alleys. Standing is actually one of the more difficult positions to achieve. In order for the man to be able to be at the proper height and angle to insert his penis into the woman's vagina, the shorter of the two partners—usually the woman—needs to find a way to be at just the right level. She might need to wrap her legs around his waist, or have the man hold her up, or stand on a step or something else to gain a little height. If you're a woman and you anticipate one of these stand-up encounters, you could try something sexy and show up wearing really high heels. No matter how they do it, for couples who are different heights, it often takes great flexibility and balance to enjoy sex in this position., A couple can also have sex in the standing position from behind. The man can penetrate the woman from behind as she leans against a wall, or bedpost (or shower stall, or refrigerator, or…you get the point). In this position, the penis can easily enter the vagina, which is angled right at his lower body. If the woman bends over before he enters her from behind, it's even easier. When a couple is in the standing position, their hands are usually busy trying to hold the woman in the proper position. And if they're doing it while standing from behind, she is faced in the opposite direction. Therefore, this is not the best position for caressing or contact. Because it's usually associated with hot, steamy encounters, it can be an exciting variation that you might want to try., Photo by Barnaby Hall, Strange Names for Sexy Positions You wanted to learn something new from reading this book, huh? Well, maybe some of these positions will do it for you. There are tons of positions that can be reached from variations on the basic man-on-top, woman-on-top, side-by-side, from behind, sitting, and standing positions. If you use your body and your creativity, you can shift into these new positions. With the help of some sexy illustrations, I'll describe five positions which are rather interesting, to say the least! Some of these more creative positions take a little practice. But, you know, practice makes perfect. So get going. Check these out: Scissors Starting from the woman on top, the woman sits up a bit and moves away from the man slightly (while his penis is still inside her) so that she is between his legs on an angle. That way, she is penetrated from the side. They can also attain this sideways contact if they slide at an angle away from each other (or lay down) from a sitting position, so that their legs are at angles to each other and they look like a pair of scissors., The Crab The man lies flat on his back. The woman has her back to him, and faces away from him as she sits down on top of his' penis, with her legs straddling the outside of his thighs. When the penis is inside her from behind, she leans back on her hands which are at his sides and then onto her feet, lifting up her body, and putting her head back, striving to face up toward the ceiling. In this crablike position, she almost looks like she is doing a back bend. The Snake The woman can lie down on top of the man, or the man can lie on top of the woman, without spreading their legs at all. The penis is in the vagina, while their entire bodies, from the toes on up, are flat on top of the other, and in full contact, so it looks almost like two snakes on top of each other. That sounds sssssexy!, The Rabbit From the man-on-top position, as the woman has her legs spread outside his thighs, she arches her back up off the floor (so that the only parts of her body that remain on the floor are her head, arms, and feet). With his penis still inside her, he kneels up on his knees, while he grasps her back and holds her up. He supports her raised body with his hands as he thrusts into her. If this position excites you, then hop to it!, The Wheelbarrow The man stands up while the woman is in front of him, upside down (as if she is about to do a handstand) with her hands on the floor, and her feet around his waist or on his shoulders (depending on their height). He inserts his penis in her vagina from this position. This one is probably the trickiest of these exotic positions. Most people who try this are probably in for an adventure, just finding out if they can get into this position at all! These are just a few variations. For even more creative positions, take these basics, and just move around a little, experimenting with wherever your body happens to end up. Feel free to make up your own positions, and for added fun, you can even make up cute names for your new positions!, Anal Sex Anal sex is something that some couples may enjoy whether they are men or women, gay or straight. For some people, the thought of anal sex is simply disgusting. They may think that it would be unclean and immoral. Others are intrigued by the thought of trying it. And some who have tried it simply love doing it! Anal sex is not just anal intercourse. Anal sex includes penetration by your own or your lover's finger, oral stimulation of the anus (see Chapter 13 for more information on that), and penetration with a vibrator or a dildo, sometimes called a butt plug (there's more about butt plugs in Chapter 19). Because HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, is most easily transmitted during anal intercourse, many people have been mislead to believe that anal sex is always dangerous. In fact, if a couple uses condoms and lubrication very effectively, then the risk is reduced. You must always use condoms during anal sex. For more information on avoiding HIV transmission, see Chapter 26. Some people enjoy anal sex simply because it feels good to them. Some men say that the anus feels like a tighter fit than a vagina when they penetrate it with their penis. And when it comes to receiving, because the anus contains many nerve endings it may feel good for both men and women. Besides just stimulating those nerve endings, men who receive anal sex may also feel a great deal of pleasure when their prostate gland is stimulated. The prostate gland can be located by inserting a finger about 3 inches inside the anus then moving the finger in the direction of the navel. To stimulate it, it should be stroked, not poked. For other people, anal sex is more about the psychological thrill than the physical pleasure. The thought of doing something that's considered to be unconventional or taboo can be exciting, and many people are interested in exploring this “forbidden” territory., Whatever your reasons for trying anal sex, there are three important things that you should keep in mind: 1. Use condoms at all times. This is a must! 2. Use plenty of water-based, “condom-compatible” lubricant. 3. Relax and take it slowly. Because the anus is not elastic, like the vagina, it will probably be uncomfortable or painful the first time you try anal sex. You'll notice that the muscle at the entrance of the anus, called the anal sphincter, will tighten if the receiving partner is not relaxed. To get the muscle, relaxed and ready to be penetrated by the penis, the couple should first try to slowly insert a well-lubricated finger into the recipient's anus. After the recipient is accustomed to the feeling of the finger in the anus, they can try two fingers. If gentle thrusting of two fingers feels good to the recipient, then you may be ready to proceed to anal intercourse. While people often envision anal sex as taking place with the man inserting his penis from behind his partner, that's not the only position that works. Sometimes, especially for the first time, anal sex can be more comfortable if the recipient is on top, squatting over the penis. The penis sometimes slides in more easily this way, and the recipient can have more control. Whatever position you choose, remember to use lots of lubrication both on the condom on the penis and on the anus. And take your time. Enter slowly and thrust slowly. Vigorous thrusting (especially without enough lubrication) won't just hurt, it will also tear the lining of the anus, and could tear the condom, which is dangerous and may put you at risk for infection or STD transmission. Anal sex should not have to equal pain. The high concentration of nerve endings in the anus means that mistreatment can be painful, but it also means that with careful treatment, it can be pleasurable. Anal sex can become painless once a couple is used to it, and they have settled into a pace that they both enjoy. Both people can get to the point where they enjoy anal sex as much as any of the other sexual variations. However, if you try it and don't like it, then anal sex probably isn't for you. That's fine. Remember: If it doesn't feel good, don't do it. That goes for every sexual position and sexual variation. Of course, so does the opposite: If it feels good, do it!,

Chapter 15 Pillow Talk

If the first thing you hear after sex is always the sound of your partner snoring, then neither one of you is getting everything you can out of the experience. Some people share a cigarette or a pizza after sex. Others talk about their innermost thoughts or just look at each other without saying a word. And plenty of people are content to fall asleep in their lover's arms. No matter what happens in your bedroom after sex, the time you spend together can make you feel closer to each other than you've ever felt. Some of the most romantic and meaningful moments can happen during afterplay, the time immediately following sex., After sex, it takes a while for your blood pressure, heart rate, and sexual excitement to get back to a base level. It's a time to catch your breath—literally and figuratively. That's why you have a great opportunity to unwind and bask in the afterglow., People may feel more vulnerable to each other after sex than at any other time. The tenderness of afterplay is one of the keys to enhancing a couple's intimate bond. It can be as important, as sensual, and as erotic as the sex act itself. Afterplay helps people reconnect after losing themselves in the throes of passion. Orgasms After Intercourse Usually, intercourse is considered over after the man ejaculates. But what if the woman has not yet had an orgasm, and she wants to? Many women do not have orgasms every time during intercourse. So, she and her partner may decide to keep up the sex play so that she can have an orgasm. If sex play still has a ways to go before afterplay can begin, there are so many things that a couple can do: • The man can masturbate the woman until she has an orgasm. • She can masturbate herself. • He can have oral sex on her. • She can have oral sex on him. He may get hard again quickly, and then they can have intercourse again., • They can play with sex toys. Maybe she can have an orgasm easily with the help of a vibrator. Of course, orgasm does not have to be the end of sex. It can end whenever they are ready for it to end. Once both partners are completely satisfied, they may assume that sex is done (or ask, “Was it good for you?”), and afterplay can begin! Aftercare You may not always be in the mood to be close, to fool around more, or to even cuddle immediately after sex. You may want to take care of some little chores. Here are some examples: • Throw away the condom. After sex some people like to make sure they get rid of the condom. Sometimes it's to clean up the “evidence,” so they don't forget about it and let someone else find it the next day. Other times, they just want to be clean and tidy. • Get up to pee. When you have to go, you have to go. Sex often gives people the urge to urinate, so they often want to get up to go to the bathroom right after sex. In fact, it's a, good idea to urinate immediately after sex, especially if you're a woman, because it clears the urethra of any bacteria that could have entered it, and that helps prevent urinary tract infections. • Get something to drink. If you get thirsty after sex, it's because you were expending energy, just like during any sort of cardiovascular activity. If you go into the kitchen to get some water, be generous and bring back a glass for your partner. • Get something to eat. Do you find yourself standing in front of an open fridge after you've done the deed? You're not alone. Afterplay sometimes means ordering in from a Chinese restaurant, cooking together, or going to the kitchen to grab a bag of cookies to bring into bed. • Straighten the sheets. If you want to go to sleep after sex, sometimes the bed is too messed up to sleep comfortably. That means it's “Everyone up, and could you grab the end of the sheet and help me make the bed!” • Shower together. Some people like to shower after sex because they have gotten sweaty or sticky. Showering together can be a sexy way to have afterplay. With so much to do during afterplay, who has time to sleep?, What If You Want to Fall Asleep? Falling asleep in each other's arms, or even on opposite sides of the bed, certainly can be part of amazing sex. In fact, many people use sex to help them relax before bed, and they enjoy the feeling of falling asleep right after. Falling asleep can be the culmination of the tension-releasing aspect of sex. On the other hand, some people think that falling asleep after sex is downright rude and inconsiderate. There are times when one partner will feel ignored if the other falls asleep. There is an old stereotype that after sex, the man rolls over and goes to sleep while the woman is left wide awake, staring at the ceiling. That has led some people to wonder if a man's orgasm makes him fall asleep. And if it does, why doesn't a woman's orgasm make her as tired? In fact, having an orgasm does not need to make you sleepy. During the resolution phase of the sexual response cycle (see Chapter 9), you may feel tired as your body recovers from orgasm. However, your body doesn't automatically fall asleep. You choose to sleep when you feel tired, that's all. If you always fall asleep after sex, and your partner thinks you're being inconsiderate, you can change your ways. Try having sex when you're not tired to begin with, and you should be able to stay awake after. Yet if you and your partner want to fall asleep after sex, then say “Good night” and fall asleep together. What's There to Talk About? You might have some romantic image that an amazing lover stays awake all night after sex, discussing Proust, Mozart, and the meaning of existence. But talking after sex does not have to be so deep or moving. The best conversations after sex are simply the ones you enjoy, that are relaxing, and that keep up the high level of sexual intimacy that you experienced while having sex. After sex is not the time to bring up issues that you fight about, or to talk about work or your in-laws. In fact, if one of you brings up something that doesn't make you feel good after sex, you can nicely say, “Let's talk about that another time. Since we just made love, I'd rather that we talk about something else.” Then you can segue into talk about what you feel is more romantic and more sensual., Some of those topics might include, but are certainly not limited to: • Discussing how close you felt during sex. • Daydreaming about romantic things you want to do together. • Reminiscing about the first time you met. • Talking about the little things you love about each other. • Telling each other jokes. Laughing is very sexy., • Sharing what was good about the sex you just had, and how you can make it better next time. • Just saying, “I love you.” Whatever you talk about, take advantage of those cherished moments after an intimate encounter to talk about some things that make you both feel good., Photo by Susan Rubin Encore! Encore! For some couples, the answer to the question “When should we do it again?” is an easy one: “As soon as he's hard!” On the other hand, if the couple doesn't have sex very, often, they might be reflecting on what just happened, and wondering how long it will be until next time. Or if they're new lovers, they might wonder if their relationship will even last long enough for them to have a “next time.” You might want to have sex again right away, but you'll have to wait until your bodies are ready. Physiologically, both the men and women need a little time to recover that's the resolution phase of sexual response that I mentioned earlier. It usually takes women less time than men to be ready to go again. However, sometimes a woman's vagina might feel sore, and she might opt to wait longer. Some men can get hard again in a matter of minutes; others take hours and hours. That often depends on the man's age, as well as many other issues, such as if he's been drinking, if he's on medication, or if he's tired. But if you're determined to have a repeat performance soon after intercourse, you can make desire and arousal part of your afterplay. Sometimes the afterplay is so erotic that it leads to foreplay, which leads to having sex again. If repeated sex is something that you enjoy, then you can make it happen. Start with tender stroking of each other's bodies, until you feel turned on again. Then move on to a more intense rhythm of touching, kissing, and exploring each other's genitals with your hands or mouths, until you both feel ready to make love again. Sex on the Run It has almost become a cliché that when a person has intimacy problems he (or sometimes she) cannot spend the night with a lover after sex, and must immediately get up and leave. But cliche or not, if you will not stick around to talk, touch, cuddle, or fall asleep after sex, then you might have some issues with intimacy., If you grab your clothes, jump out of bed, and run out of the house after sex, leaving your partner there, then you're sabotaging this time to be close to your partner. To improve your sex life, and your relationship, you should take advantage of afterplay, or at least stick around for a while. Even if you or your partner just wants sex for sex's sake without deep intimacy or love, you can still have fun with afterplay. Give it a chance. I bet you'll find that it can make your sexual experience more amazing. Creative Afterplay Activities If you are wondering what else you can do for afterplay, then I have some ideas for you. There are so many things you can do after orgasm to prolong the intimate experience. Afterplay is, after all, about play! [PU]Alpha Books[/PU][DP]1998[/DP], Some fun things to do afterwards include: • Give back or foot massages. • Listen to music while you cuddle. • Write down the story of your romance, how you fell in love. • Take turns reading from a book to each other. • Watch a romantic video that holds special meaning for you. • Go out for a walk. • Watch a porn movie until you get turned on enough to have sex again. • Turn afterplay into “in-between play” and touch each other until you get turned on enough to have sex again! Even if your orgasms felt great during sex, people can sometimes feel distant after sex if they don't stay close and enjoy afterplay. Sex is about intimacy, affection, pleasure, closeness, and, yes, love. That's why afterplay is an integral part of amazing sex., Chapter 16 Variety Is the Spice of Sex, Sometimes sex is just sex. You put it in, move around a little, have an orgasm, and that's that. But hold on! You know you can be much more creative than that! If your sex life feels like “just sex” most of the time, that's your cue that you need a change of pace or position or location or time of day that you have sex. Come to think of it, why should you wait to add variety until you have a boring sex life? You should spice things up long before your sex life gets monotonous, so it is always exciting. Considering that the variations on the theme of sex are endless, there's no reason why you shouldn't be able to wholeheartedly enjoy a rich and diverse sex life for many years to come (and come and come). All it takes is a willing partner, and a little imagination. In this chapter, I've done some of the imagining for you, so it's that much easier. But remember, these are just suggestions, not rigid, prescribed rules. You can take a little of this, a little of that, and come up with your own twists and turns. The possibilities are limitless. Have fun jazzing up your sex life!, All the Right Moves Part of the reason why sex may feel fundamentally the same after a while with the same partner is because you both have the same body parts that you've always had. Yet even though it may feel like the same old penis or the same old breasts time after time, there are creative ways to use what you've got so you don't get bored. The most obvious changes that you can make to your routine sex life involve trying new sexual positions. Chapter 14 of this book should have helped you expand your repertoire of sexual positions. If you've been with the same lover for years, sometimes new positions can almost make you feel like you are having sex with a new person, since you are coming at each other from all new angles. Once you have a few new positions to add to your fun, you can start modifying the way you thrust and move to change the way sex feels in any position. Push It, Push It Real Good To modify what sex feels like, you can learn to vary the way that you thrust during intercourse. Following are examples of ways you can try to change the way sex feels to you and your partner: • Change the depth of penetration. If you and your partner usually go for deep penetration, then try it shallow for a change. Or vice versa. • Change the speed or intensity of thrusting. If you normally thrust hard and fast, try it lighter and slower. Or vice versa. • If your thrusting is normally like a “one-way only” sign just before orgasm, break that pattern. Thrust for a while, then stop and wait. Hold each other, kiss and touch then go back to thrusting. • Vary the rhythm you use when you thrust. If you usually thrust in a rhythm that is “in-out, in-out, in-out” you can change that. Try two short thrusts in, then one long thrust in, then out. So it would be “in-in-innnn-out, in-in-innnn-out.” Experiment with as many rhythms as you can come up with., • If you usually just concentrate on the way you are thrusting by moving your groin area and your butt, then focus on other parts of your body instead. Feel how the thrusting changes when you arch your back. Or when you put your arms up over your head. So there you have it. You can add so much zest to your sex life just by changing the way you move. So get moving!, Body Double For another variation, you can try to make physical changes to your body. I'm talking about the natural kind—nothing you'd need to see a doctor to do! You can try to change the way your body looks and feels by losing or gaining weight. If you've been thinking about dieting or exercising, today would be the perfect day to start. Sex will feel different as your body gets thinner, and as you build new muscles, you will move differently during sex. If you are already on the skinny side, then try to bulk up to change the way you feel during sex., Other, often more easily accomplished changes, like a new haircut (on your head or even somewhere else!) can make you look and feel different. Get to the barber, or get out the scissors yourself; it's time for a trim. You don't want to change your hair for good? Try a wig. It can give you a whole new sexy look, and it might give your partner a big thrill to pretend that he or she is with a redhead, brunette, blond, or raven-haired beauty for a change. You can add even more wild changes to your sex life by adding some variety to your sex organs. No, I do not mean going to the plastic surgeon for new T&A (you don't need 'em!) or a tricky penile enlargement procedure (don't do it!). What I do mean is that there are a few toys that you can play with during sex for some not-so-subtle changes., For women, you can buy silicone implants that go in your bra (not in your body!). You can find them in the bra department of many major department stores. You can buy a bigger bra than you would usually wear, and then fill it up with the implants to become about two sizes bigger. As long as you keep the bra on during sex, you can have big boobs bouncing around that will look natural in the bra and feel almost real when your partner squeezes them. Guys, you can go to a sex toy store, and buy a plastic “penis extension” just for some variation in your sex life. There are a couple of types to choose from. One kind looks like a big, hollowed-out dildo that you put your penis inside before you have intercourse. The women will feel your size difference, but because it is so thick, you probably won't feel a thing while you are having sex. A similar sex toy looks like a really thick, long condom. These sheaths can be made of sensitive silicone through which you may still feel the sensations of having sex. Remember, these toys are for variations, intended for partners who know each other well and just want to add some new sensations to their sex life. These types of toys are not for strangers trying to trick each other! Prop to It! There are so many sex toys to play with that your toy chest need never be empty! You can use any of the sex toys described in Chapter 19 to help add a kick to your sex play. Or for more variation, you can use other props for pleasure. Some of the toys described in the next sections are tantalizingly tasty, while others are slick and slippery, and some are furry and fuzzy. Have fun experimenting., Incredible Edibles “Eat me, baby” takes on a whole new meaning when you mix food and sex. Whatever you have in the fridge can make your sex life so much tastier. While almost any food can be sexy, some are more traditionally erotic than others. To make sex feel like a, special occasion, you can pour champagne on your lover, then make a toast with your bodies. Spray whipped cream all over your lover, then put a cherry on top. Act like your lover's personal servant, and feed him or her grapes or figs. Slurp a strand of spaghetti from opposite ends, like those darling dogs in Disney's The Lady and the Tramp. Or for a sweet thrill, pretend you are Oompa Loompas at Wonka's Chocolate Factory, fill the bathtub up with chocolate pudding, and go for a swim. And don't forget your vegetables. Carrots and cucumbers make great penile substitutes, if what you're interested in is penetration. Remember the rule of thumb: If you put a condom on it, and it's smooth and pliable, you can probably use it as a dildo. Check out your freezer, too, because ice can be nice for sexual thrills and chills. You can tease your lover by running a piece of ice along your lover's chest, nipples, face, and arms. Or if you want to be really adventurous, you can use a popsicle as a dildo. (Put a condom on it first.) It'll give new meaning to the expression “deep freeze.” Just don't leave it in for more than a few seconds, because sex organs can get freezer burn! Have fun with all the kinds of food you can think of. It will add zip and zest to your sex life., Wet and Wild For a slick sensation, you can have some fun with oils and lubricant. Here's a way to slip-slide into ecstasy. Lay a big piece of plastic (a shower curtain or tarp) on the floor and then cover your nude bodies in baby oil or massage oil. The sensation of rolling around together covered in slippery, sexy oil will be amazing. The only problem here is that you cannot use latex condoms if you are using petroleum-based oil. It will cause the latex to break, rendering it ineffective in the prevention of STDs and pregnancy. So this game is just intended for two people to roll around together, and do some slippery heavy petting. If you do want to have fun with lube during sex, you can use water-based lubricants. They are great during mutual masturbation, too. Some water-based lubricants—Wet, Astroglide, Aqualube, Probe, or K-Y Liquid (not K-Y Jelly), to name a few—are formulated specifically for on-going sex play and can last as long as you., What's the best lubricant? That's based on personal preference. Some like it thick, some like it runny. I recommend Astroglide, but plenty of people love other brands. Most sex stores sell trial-size bottles of lubricants, so buy a sampler collection and try them all! Paint-by-Touch Nudes have long been celebrated in the art world. Include this bit of culture in your sex life by “painting nudes” yourself. All you artists or would-be-artists can check out novelty shops, sex shops, and art supply shops that sell water-soluble paints you can apply safely (and sensually) to the human body. You can write enticing messages, like “enter here” above your lover's genitals, or you can draw sexy pictures. Have fun highlighting and brightening your partner's best assets and then enjoy a long, hot shower together. Soft Touches and Tickles Stroking something soft and sensual all over your lover's body can be a real turn on. Try a piece of velvet or fur (fake fur works just as well and can keep politics out of the bedroom). Tickle your lover with a feather, or two feathers, or with a whole feather duster (what did you think I was going to say, a whole chicken?!). If you have long hair, you can slowly drag the ends of your hair across your lover's back for a similar sensation. Fuzzy touches and tickles will add new sensations to your lovemaking, and might make you both feel amazingly turned on. Timing Is Everything For most people, sexual intercourse only lasts a few minutes. Although the sex act itself is quite short, the amount of time that you allocate for foreplay, sex, and afterplay can be incredibly varied. You can do it for a few seconds, a few minutes, a few hours, or even a few days. The Quickie, Most people think that sex is better when it lasts a long time, and when both people have orgasms. However, quick, frenzied sex, affectionately known as a quickie, can be amazing. It breaks up the predictability of your sex life, not just because you're having sex on the run, but also because the circumstances that can surround quickies can be thrilling. Many quickies take place in exotic or semi-public locations, or occur when one or both people are still wearing some of their clothes, or have not showered, or have skipped the foreplay. [PU]Alpha Books[/PU][DP]1998[/DP], You might feel a heightened adrenaline surge when you “slip it in under the wire.” Many people love the thrill of squeezing in a sexual encounter when they're late for work or trying to catch a plane, or when guests are due to arrive at any minute. The quickie is worth trying—and trying again! But don't make quickies your bread and butter. The point is to break up your routine. Quickies should be the variation, not the theme, of your sex life. The Sex Weekend You work hard all week. Why not play hard all weekend? Stay in bed from Friday night until Monday morning, alternately having sex, sleeping, and having your favorite foods delivered. Then start the whole cycle over again! Relax and enjoy the decadence of it! Or you can keep score: Just how many times can you have sex? Can you do it in every position, at every time of day, in every room of the house, and keep doing it until Monday morning? If you're really loving your sex weekend, maybe you can even skip work on Monday to stay in bed one more day, and play “nookie hookey.”, Rocking 'Round the Clock Sex at bedtime is so typical. Sure, it's great to have sex before you go to sleep. Sex can help you sleep peacefully and feel close to your partner all night long, but bedtime shouldn't be the only time for bonzo. Don't get into a rut that goes something like, this: turn off television, walk dog, brush teeth, get into bed, have sex, go to sleep. To avoid that, take advantage of the fact that every day has 24 hours, each of which has 60 minutes. That's 1,440 minutes, any (or many) of which you could use for sex. Sex in Dreamland You're half-asleep when your mouths find each other and start working their magic, and before you're truly conscious of it, you're making love. Sometimes that semi-conscious state in the middle of the night when you fade in and out of full awareness can make for an almost hallucinogenic sexual experience. Making love in the middle of the night can be a real dream date. Touch Me in the Morning He wakes up with “morning wood” anyway, so on days when you're both in the mood, morning sex can be very appealing. Feeling stressed about the upcoming day, or about getting to work on time? Relax, having sex in the morning can help make your worries disappear. Later on during the day, as pressures mount, all you have to do is think back to the mounting earlier that morning—you'll be surprised how stress just melts away. Now that's a great technique for stress reduction. Lunch Box Special, Imagine you're hard at work, in more ways than one. Spontaneously, your partner calls you to say, “Honey, drop what you're doing, let's have lunch together today. Meet me at The No-Tell Motel.” You meet for lunch, but there's only one kind of eating going on, and I don't mean food. Taking a break from work to go have sex can feel great, and is so much better for your health and productivity than the two-martini lunch., Open House Unless you live in a one-room apartment, you should have an easy time finding exotic locations to have sex right in your own home. To make your sex life more exciting, make it a goal to have sex in every room of your house! Bathroom Bawdiness, Bathrooms are not just a place to “go,” they're a great place to come. All those mirrors in the bathroom let you see you and your partner in all your glory, plus the steaminess creates a sexy effect. You can get sexy sitting on the edge of the tub, or do it in a tub full of bubbles. Or for a real treat, jump in the shower, and use that removable massaging showerhead like you would a vibrator. Try having sex from behind, bending over, holding on to the towel rack or shower door, or standing up in the shower (be careful not to fall!). You can both get sparkling clean, then have oral sex on the bathroom floor, right on that tiny mat. Maybe it's even time for a trim, and you can style, or completely shave, your mate's pubic hair. There's lots of wet and steamy fun to be had in the bathroom. Now You're Cooking Sex in the kitchen captivated millions in movies such as 9½ Weeks, in which Kim Basinger was hand-fed by Mickey Rourke on the kitchen floor, and Fatal Attraction, in which Michael Douglas propped Glenn Close up in a sink full of dishes (dirty dishes never looked so attractive). So go ahead and let your kitchen captivate you in real life. The kitchen offers clean, sturdy surfaces for erotic encounters and lots of food that can be used as impromptu sex toys, as I mentioned earlier., Eating In Picture this: You've just prepared a decadent feast for your lover. You eat dinner by candlelight and you've set the stage for seduction with a nice bottle of wine and romantic music playing in the background. When your lover asks, “What's for dessert?” you clear off the table (in one dramatic swoop, of course) and make love on the dining room table. Sounds good, doesn't it? But you don't have to wait until dessert. If you feed your lover during dinner, you might find yourselves so turned on that you straddle each other right there in a dining room chair. Loving in the Living Room You live in it, right? So have sex in it. On the couch, on the coffee table, on the floor—you can give a whole new meaning to the phrase “entertainment center.” If something on television creates a twitch of sexual desire, don't bother moving into the bedroom. Do it right there on the couch. Sex in the living room is so thrilling because no one really expects it. So the next night, when you have guests over and you're sitting on the very same couch, you and your lover can exchange knowing glances and smiles. They'll wonder what you're up to, but they'll probably never guess your secret. Just make sure that you pick up after yourselves. It would be mighty embarrassing if your guests (or your kids!) found your panties or a condom wrapper (yuck!). Stairway to Heaven What could be hotter than leading your lover upstairs to the bedroom? The answer: Stopping to make love before you even make it all the way up the stairs. The urgency of wanting your lover so badly that you can't wait a single step more is highly erotic. Sometimes sex on the stairs means doing it in a stairwell at work, or even on a fire escape—when things get hot enough! Don't forget to take advantage of the different positions that the multi-level steps provide. You can probably easily do it standing up, since with the use of the stairs, you can be about the same height. You can do “doggy-style” on an angle with the woman on her knees on one step and her hands on a step above (or below—then she'd be upside-down) and the man straddling her and entering from behind. Whatever position you find, you may see your partner at a whole new, exciting angle. Attic Antics, If the smell of musty old clothes and the feeling of sticky cobwebs gets you going, then the attic is just the place for you. Lure your lover to the loft under the guise of helping you find some long lost treasure. Once you're both up there, you can really turn up the heat. You might be lucky enough to find an old quilt on which to make love, or maybe you'll just do it on the top of an antique trunk. And what about all those old clothes? They're perfect for dress up, role-playing, and fantasies. Bet your great grandma never had that in mind!, Basement Basics The cold, dark, damp basement might not sound too sexy at first. But when you realize how easily you can get locked down there without anyone knowing, you can definitely concoct a great sexual fantasy. You can be the furnace repairperson, and your partner can seduce you. Or maybe you're the exterminator, but instead of finding any bugs, you find your partner completely nude. Whether you role-play or not, the basement can be a new, private place to have sex. It also could be thrilling to have sex in the basement when there are other people in the house directly above you. You can hear their footsteps, maybe even their voices, but they have no idea what you're up to down below. Pull On In Some people think that men look really hot when they're wearing their work clothes and fixing the car. If that's you, envision yourself in the garage, surrounded by all those tools. It shouldn't be hard to find one more hard tool, with your man standing there, looking so sexy! Sex in the garage can rev your engines. You can do it on the hood of the car, in the back seat, or on the cold concrete floor. You can even act out a fantasy that involves a hunky mechanic who comes to the aid of a woman stranded by the side of the road, and then fixes her flat, if you know what I mean. No Vacancies, Maybe you've already had sex in every room of your house, so you want to find an entirely new room. Some people think that vacation sex is the most amazing sex, because you have more time and more privacy in a hotel room than you would in your own home. Why wait for a vacation? Rent a hotel room tonight or maybe just for the afternoon. Whether you rent a room for a business trip, on your honeymoon, or just on a lark, if you're in a hotel, you don't have to worry about who hears you moaning,, or how dirty the sheets get. Plus, you can enjoy the luxuries of room service, snacks in the minibar, adult channels on the television, an ice machine around the corner, and lots of clean towels. If you're really lucky, maybe you'll even get one of those wild, vibrating beds. Sex in the Great Outdoors The fresh air, the birds singing, the smell of newly cut grass, the open blue sky, or the bright full moon may be just what you need to set the stage for some back to nature nookie. Having sex outdoors can give you a whole crop of possibilities. You can have sex al fresco in your own backyard or you can go to more exotic locales. The whole outdoors can be yours. Some places, just cry out “Have sex here!” Well, if they're asking for it, why not? Backyard Parties If your yard is surrounded by a high fence or tall trees, then you can have all the privacy you want if you have sex in the backyard. You can do it on the ground, or on a lawn chair, or you can even climb a tree and do it while you're perched on a limb. If your yard is not all that private, then your best bet is to do it quietly at night for the sake of your neighbors. But if exhibitionism is part of the turn on, then by all means, have your backyard party at high noon. Woody the Wood Pecker, Sex in the forest or in the woods is another great experience for nature lovers. It's usually romantically shaded, and you can lie down on a bed of pine needles. The biggest problem that people seem to encounter in the forest is that nature can sometimes put a cramp in your style. Many would-be “naturalists” have walked away from romps in the forest covered with ticks, poison ivy or poison oak, or mosquito bites., The best way to protect yourself is to plan ahead, and put on every type of repellent first. To avoid those hassles altogether, bring a tent with you. Zip it up, then unzip your pants, take off all your clothes, and make love in your own private, tented world in the woods. Mountain Highs Whether you're skiing the slopes of Killington in the winter, or hiking in the Berkshires in the summer, the majesty of mountain scenery can make you want to celebrate life. And what better way to celebrate than with your partner, helping each other to reach all sorts of peaks. You can do it on the ski lift, or in a snowdrift, or on a mountain path. Just be very careful to hold on and don't look down (but you can go down on your partner all you want). Sand, Surf, and Sensuality Some people say that intensely romantic sex can take place on the beach. The feel of the wind, the sound of the surf, the rhythm of the pulsating waves, the blue sky, or the bright full moon—it's all very alluring and romantic. One tip: Bring a blanket so you don't get sand in all the cracks and crevices of your body. Whether you do it horizontally, vertically, at an angle, or at all four corners, with this type of beach blanket bingo, you're both winners., Photo by F. Issaque, Playing Around on the Playground At night on a deserted playground, your sexual fantasies can run wild. You can slide down the slide right into your lover's arms, feel very merry as you go 'round, or you can give new meaning to the word “swinging,” and make love on a swing. There may even be a baseball diamond for you to play around on, so there's no reason not to go to third base or even score a homerun, now is there? Jump in the Deep End, Making love in a swimming pool can be extremely romantic and sensuous. The feeling of the water, the way your partner looks when he or she is dripping wet, and the way you can float as your bodies flow together are all part of the sexy ambiance of skinny-dipping. Because of the buoyancy of your bodies, you can easily experiment with new positions. For example, the man can stand up while the woman floats on her back, and he can angle her waist down slightly and enter her while she's still floating. So dive in, go for a refreshing swim, and then enjoy the thrill of sex in the pool. Hot Stuff in the Hot Tub They're warm, bubbly, and steamy, so it's only logical that you'd want to have sex in them. Whether it's an indoor Jacuzzi or a hot tub out by the pool, these are the perfect places to get all hot and bothered. You can take a seat on the little ledge and go to it while jets of water massage you all over. You can make love sitting face to face while the bubbles wash over you. It could be relaxing, or it could be totally hot. A Bird's Eye View Imagine how exhilarating it could be to peer over a balcony looking down from several stories up while your lover has sex with you from behind. You can also get the sensation that you're having sex on top of the world if you sneak off to a rooftop. Lying down, you'll get a great look at the stars and the thrill of knowing that you're doing it while other people are going about their business on the floors below. But if you're on a roof, or a ledge, or a balcony, be extremely careful to hold on tightly!, Photo by The Picture Book When Intimate Isn't Necessarily Private Spontaneous sex in semi-public places can be a thrilling way to add variety to your sex life, if it's something that you have the courage to try. The sense of danger and the possibility of being caught in the act heightens excitement and arousal for some people. So next time you're feeling horny, consider your surroundings. They might not seem like the most obvious choices for a romantic encounter, but if you use your imagination, you just might be able to envision it—and you might be pleasantly surprised. Just don't get caught, because you wouldn't want to surprise anyone else. Going Up, Going Down, Have you ever realized how erotic elevators can be? They often have fully carpeted floors, handrails conveniently positioned for added leverage, mirrored ceilings, and even a soothing soundtrack of Muzak classics to help get your interlude off the ground. Push the stop button between floors and go, go, go at it. When you're finished, smooth your skirt, tuck in your shirt, then release the stop button and enjoy the rest of Page: The Complete Idiot's Guide To Amazing Sex - Location Amazing Sex PART 4 POSITIONS AND PLAYTIME Chapter 16 Variety Is the Spice of Sex Sex in the Great Outdoors A Bird's Eye View [PU]Alpha Books[/PU][DP]1998[/DP], the ride. Just keep in mind that some elevators nowadays have security cameras in them, so your semi-private elevator sex might be more public than you'd like. What a Way to Make a Living You obviously wouldn't want to try having sex on the job if you work in a little cubicle with your co-workers surrounding you on all sides. But if you have your own office, with a door that locks, you have it made. Throw the papers off your desk, and make love right there, or maybe on the little black leather sofa in the corner. Wherever you choose to have sex at work, you'll definitely be turned on by the excitement of the quickie, mixed with the excitement of doing something you know you shouldn't be doing. Who says you can't mix business with pleasure? School Spirit Have you ever walked around your alma mater on a weekend, noticed all those empty classrooms, and imagined acting out any teacher-student fantasy that you've ever had? Well, if you can slip into one of the rooms unnoticed, you can! You can enjoy doing something exotic and forbidden between those little desks. Or you can find a secluded spot back in the stacks of the school library. What would the Dewey Decimal number be for this subject? Just don't get caught—you're likely to get expelled. Let's Get Physical, Those hot little workout outfits, those strong fitness pros lifting weights—it's no wonder that people feel turned on at the gym. But acting on it can be another story. If you go to a gym where there's always a lot of people around, you can try to find a vacant corner, stairwell, or even a shower in the locker room. You might not be able to do it right out on the bench press or the inner thigh machine (unless you're lucky, enough to get into the gym when no one else is around), but you can probably find a more private part of the gym to seduce your workout buddy into doing a few reps with you. Just like the rest of your workout, try to push hard, feel the burn, and sweat it out. It's so good for you! Sex on the Move Trains, planes, automobiles, even motorcycles—they can all take you places you've never dreamed of. Sex in or on a moving vehicle may take some maneuvering, but you're adventurous, aren't you? Why not give some of these ideas a try? You might be in for the ride of your life! Frequent Flyer's Smiles Almost everyone has heard of The Mile-High Club, the fictitious club that people say they have become members of once they've had sex in an airplane. If you've ever been on a plane and noticed two people leaving the bathroom at the same time, then you know that they probably just joined that club. But having sex on a plane doesn't always mean that you have to do it in the cramped, stinky bathroom. It's easy to hide a hand job under one of those little airplane blankets. If you're really sneaky, you can “rest” your head in your partner's lap and just happen to have oral sex. But try not to let your head bob up and down too much; you don't want to be spotted by the flight attendant. Fly the friendly skies! You Drove Me to It, Think back to when you were in high school. Do you remember how exciting it was to go “parking”? Fooling around in your parent's borrowed car was a thrilling way to learn about sex. Now that you're an adult, it can still be fun, but this time you can, steam up the windows in your own car. But keep the car parked (some things never change). Sex in any moving vehicle is very dangerous, and I do not recommend it! (However, there are some people who do take that risk. They enjoy the added thrill of sex on the go by manually or orally stimulating the driver.) Staying on Track In some cities, cars aren't the only means of transportation—and they're not the only places where you can get a little action. Remember that hot scene from the movie Risky Business, in which Tom Cruise has sex with Rebecca DeMornay in a deserted subway car? If you can't find a deserted train or subway car, you can always grope each other while you're standing amid the other passengers. Just make sure that's not a stranger's ass you're grabbing. Try to get two seats together and make the long commute home something really special. Taxi Trysts, For a little more privacy in a moving vehicle, you can try having oral sex or manual stimulation in a taxi. Maybe when you get the idea to get sexy in the taxi, you'll be on your way somewhere with your lover, or maybe you'll be sharing a cab with the gorgeous stranger who you met on the curb. In cities like New York where taxis are plentiful, it's easy to hail a cab and get busy in the back seat. It's preferable that you do this at night, of course. Give the driver a destination that's a suitably long enough ride away. Once en route, sneak a hand or your mouth into your partner's crotch. (Your jacket will come in handy as a stylish drape.) Most taxis have large dividers that separate the passengers from the driver, so you don't have to worry about offending—or titillating—the driver. Hop on the Harley Rev up your engine and get ready to mount and ride a hot, hard throbbing machine. Motorcycles offer a special thrill to both men and women. The power and the vibration of the motorcycle, the hot chrome, and those leather outfits are sure to turn you on. If you two usually ride the motorcycle together then you already know how sexy it can feel when your bodies are pressed up against each other butt-to-genitals while your, riding the bike. For a sexual adventure, park the bike, hop on, and pop the clutch together—if you know what I mean. Well, maybe you don't have a motorcycle, or an attic, or a swimming pool, or the time to have sex for days on end. But at some point in your life you might! As you can tell, the examples in this chapter are things that you could definitely do with your lover to add spice to your sex life! It may take you years to do everything that was in this chapter (unless, of course, you've already done most of these things). As long as you keep trying all the variations in the wide world of sex, you will always have plenty of erotic, amazing variety in your life.,

PART 5 SEXUAL ADVENTURES

Sex itself is a real adventure, but when you pack sexual fantasies, dildoes, vibrators, the Internet, porn magazines, porn videos, phone sex, and more into your suitcase, the trip becomes even more amazing. Everyone's sexuality is unique. You're the only one in the world who has ever licked your lips and shaken your hips in those special ways that you do. And for some people, their unique sexuality makes them prefer certain types of sex over other types. Whether it's group sex, S/M, Tantric spiritual sex, or crossdressing, this part will help you explore and the diversity that makes each person's sexuality unique. You might even decide that you want to add some of these variations to your sex life if you are looking for some adventure., Chapter 17 Imagine That! Your Sexual Fantasies, You're walking along the beach in East Hampton. It begins to drizzle. You notice a radiant, curvaceous, brunette woman wearing a long white dress, walking alone at the shore. The breeze gently guides you in her direction and the rain, which has turned steady and warm, washes you toward her. Her dress, now quite wet, reveals the outline of her nipples, her waist, her hips, her things. As you approach her, she looks up at you, and you notice her eyes, so dark and consuming. Without a word, you fall into them. Your lips clasp hers, and your hands touch every curve of her body, arousing all your senses. You lift her lithe body into the air, then lay her gently on the sand at the edge of the water. As the tide glides over, you slip deep inside her body, becoming one with her. You're making love, so in love. Rolling with the waves you come and come and—whoops, looks like I got lost in fantasy for a moment there! Sexual fantasies have a habit of wiggling their way into our minds. The great thing about fantasies is that you can call on them whenever you need to. You can conjure up a sexual fantasy to become more sexually aroused when you're masturbating, or when you're having sex with your partner. But sometimes a sexual fantasy pops into your mind when you least expect it (like when you're trying to write a book!). A fantasy is, nothing more than a capricious wish, a picture or story you carry in your mind. Fantasies can be relaxing, exciting, or arousing, and you can have them anytime, anywhere. There are plenty of people who receive intense sexual pleasure simply by using their imaginations. And there are even more people who use their imaginations and fantasies to add excitement to their sex lives. Fantasizing about anything at all is totally normal. Choosing to act out your fantasies is based on using good judgment to determine if what's in your head will be as great if it becomes a reality. Whether you have sexual fantasies all day long, but would never want to act them out, or whether you're just waiting for the right person, the right place, and the right time to act them out, sexual fantasies are a great way to keep your mind (and maybe your body) stimulated. In Your Dreams! If you wanted to be 6 feet tall, have long blond hair, and make love to Mel Gibson and Halle Berry at the same time in a cabin in the woods in the middle of a snowstorm in July, you couldn't do that, now could you? Sure you could—in your fantasies. You can play the lead role in your fantasy, and cast anyone you want to be your costar. You can look any way you want: beautiful, exotic, tall, short, buxom, well-endowed, thin, fat, black, white, young, old—anything at all. You can write and direct the scene to play out any way you desire. The only thing you're limited by is your own imagination, and you have plenty of that, don't you?, Fantasies can be triggered by your imagination, or by external stimuli, such as an attractive stranger, an erotic picture, a book, or a movie. Whatever tips you off, as long as it's something that gets you off, it's fine to fantasize about it. Fantasies allow you to express your creativity in a sexual way. You may fantasize about things that you want to do, but haven't done yet. You can fantasize about things that you did in the past that still turn you on. Or maybe there are some things that you know you'll never want to do, but they're still fun to think about. You can revisit your fantasies as often as you like. You can take refuge in them as if they are your own personal sex retreat. (Assuming, of course, that you don't take a permanent vacation there.) Some other pluses of sexual fantasies are that AIDS, pregnancy, and sexually transmitted diseases do not have to exist. In your imagination, you don't have to use condoms or birth control. You can feel truly liberated in your fantasies. Masturbation and fantasies often go hand in hand (so to speak), but fantasies also accompany sex for many people. If you are slow to orgasm with your partner, you can call on your favorite sexual fantasy to give your lovemaking a little kick. Fantasies help you focus on the erotic, thus making it easier to reach the point of no return., If you daydream about how you want to make love, fantasies can give you good ideas, plus they can give you more confidence when you decide you're ready to put your ideas into action. Fantasies are also great for you if you think that you'd like to try a certain sex act, but you're not totally sure. You can experience it in your fantasies to find out if it turns you on before you ever consider acting it out. Sex therapists have even found that fantasy can be useful in helping people overcome certain sexual problems. If you put positive, sexually liberating thoughts in your mind, it's possible that you'll become less inhibited about sex. Through fantasy, you can confront your fears about sex, and learn to enjoy your sexuality on your own, so you can enjoy it with someone else., Fantasies are all normal, but they can sometimes get out of hand. If you're fantasy life falls into any of these categories, it's time for you to seek professional help from a therapist: • The fantasy makes you feel guilty or out of control, and you can't get past those negative feelings. If you are extremely worried about your fantasies, and you cannot put those worries behind you, then you can work with a therapist to find out why something that should be harmless upsets you so much. • You are obsessed with the fantasy to the point that it interferes with your life. For example, if you think about the fantasy so much that you can't concentrate at work, you don't want to talk to your friends and family, or your real love life suffers because all you care about is your fantasy., • The fantasy causes sexual problems for you or in your relationship. For example, if you cannot have sex with a real person because the fantasy is so much better. • You have participated in (or you are sure that you want to participate in) risky, dangerous, illegal, or threatening behavior because of your fantasy. This is when it is never okay for fantasies to become reality! Tonight's Top 10 List People have fantasies about everything! And during all of my years as a sex educator, I've heard 'em all. Yet, there are some things that people fantasize about more than others. I've come up with a list of what I consider to be the most popular sexual fantasies. Following is that list of top 10 sexual fantasies. Check it out to see if your favorite fantasy is one of these. Top 10 Sexual Fantasies 1. Threesomes or Group Sex Imagine one mouth on your mouth, one mouth on your genitals, and one mouth on your nipple, while six hands touch your body all at once. There certainly is a lot to imagine if you think about a threesome, also called ménage à trois, or group sex. Maybe you've done it before, and the excitement of remembering that time really turns you on. Or maybe you hope to try it someday, and the thoughts of what you'll do fuel your fantasy. (If you want to know more about threesomes and group sex, check out Chapter 20.) If you don't think you could handle the emotional intricacies of group sex in real life, the fantasy could still thrill you. And perhaps best of all, group sex fantasies are the only way you can fit a dozen people in your double bed., Photo by Voller Ernst, 2. Sex with a Famous Person Maybe someday you'll meet Jennifer Aniston or George Clooney, and you'll get to have mad, passionate sex with him or her. But probably not, so in the mean time, if you fantasize about Jennifer or George, then at least you can have either one anytime you want. Sometimes it's the fantasy of having sex with someone powerful that gets people off during these celeb fantasies. Other times, it's just the fact that we all share a common pool of sexy celebs, whose images we can easily toss into our fantasies. Whether it's Brad Pitt making love to you in a hot tub, or Drew Barrymore fondling you when you're romping around on her bed, it can be fun to fantasize about celebrities. Unless you do run with the rich and famous, usually these fantasies will never become reality. And that's a good thing—otherwise, Pamela Anderson would be mighty sore from all the guys she's had to have sex with in real life. 3. Sex with a Friend or Someone You Have a Crush On Each morning when you walk past her desk at work, the smell of her perfume triggers your endless stream of fantasies. You don't think you should ask her out, because you work together. But it sure is great to have her in your fantasies each night. You've know him for almost a year, and even though you say that you and he are “just friends,” and even though you're not even all that attracted to him, sometimes it's still fun to put him in your fantasies when you masturbate. The only problem is sometime when you're together, he catches you looking at him funny, when you are remembering the position that you imagined him in the night before! It is so common to fantasize about the people in our lives. You see them and think about them all the time anyway, so why not add them to your fantasies? 4. Sex with a Stranger, You're standing on the subway during rush hour and pressed tightly against you is a tall, red-haired stunner. You feel your bodies rocking together with the motion of the train. Then suddenly your object of desire starts to move. Oh no, you're not getting off at the same stop! Once on the other side of the closing glass doors, your beauty looks back at you with bedroom eyes, and smiles. But you're not sad that you missed meeting each other, because you know that you can find each other anytime in your fantasies. Whether it's the sexy stranger you spotted on the subway, the waiter at the restaurant when you're out with your spouse, the shy woman who lives in the next apartment, or simply a person you conjure up in your imagination, the common fantasy of sex with a stranger allows you to have the thrill of anonymous sex, without the risks. [PU]Alpha Books[/PU][DP]1998[/DP], 5. Sex with Someone of the Same Gender Your breasts rubbing against her breasts. Or your penis in your left hand, and his penis in your right hand. Sound like a fun fantasy? Whether you are gay, straight, or in between, fantasizing about someone of the same gender is natural and normal. It can be fun to imagine a type of sex that you may never have, or to fantasize about a sexual alternative that you already enjoy or might want to try. Either way, you can experience new ideas and new sensations when you fantasize about someone of the same gender. By the way, if you're straight, your fantasies do not make you gay. And if you are gay and you fantasize about someone of the opposite gender, that doesn't make you straight. 6. Force Fantasies, Being Tied Up, and Being Spanked Would you ever want someone you barely know to rip your shirt off, grab you by the hair, throw you down on the floor and have sex with you? Most people have no desire to be forced into sex, or to force someone to have sex in real life; however, force fantasies are extremely common. These are fantasies that should never be acted out. (Unless of course you have your partner's complete consent!) However, it's perfectly fine to imagine force fantasies. If you fantasize about forcing someone to have sex with you, then it could mean that you feel like you have no control in your real life, so you like to be controlling in your fantasies. Or if you like to fantasize about relinquishing control, then maybe you are powerful in real life, and you live to give it up in your fantasies., Would you ever want your lover to tie your hands behind your back and then put your over his or her knee for a good spanking? People who fantasize about being tied up often crave a “guilt-free” sexual encounter. They fantasize that they can't resist the sex, because they are tied up. Those who fantasize about being spanked might be into S/M in real life. Or maybe they just like the way it feels in, their fantasies. Sometimes it makes them feel as if they are bad and need to be punished, and for them, being bad feels so good. (I'll tell you more about S/M in Chapter 20.) 7. Sex While Someone Is Watching You unbutton your shirt slowly and unself-consciously, but you feel a certain thrill, because you know that you are really showing off. You touch your chest, slide your hand down your body, and, as you grow more excited, you begin to masturbate. For some people, being an exhibitationist can be very exciting, at least in fantasy. You can pretend you are a sexual performer, showing off for the observer and turning the observer on, too. You could fantasize that you are having sex with a stranger and your partner is watching, or that you are having sex with your partner and your neighbor is watching. In reality, you might find it embarrassing to actually have someone watch, but it could work great for a fantasy! 8. Sex in Public, Can you imagine that you are having sex from behind, bent over the bar at your favorite club, or having sex standing up on the dance floor of a crowded nightclub, or doing it while rolling around on a crowded beach, or doing it sitting on the highway divider during rush hour? Sex in public is risky in real life. Yet in fantasy, while it carries a similar feeling of risk, you don't have to worry about being arrested for indecent exposure. Whatever thoughts turn you on, you can go for. No one can catch you in public if it's only in your mind. 9. Sex in an Exotic Location Some people can make it to the Grand Canyon to give a blow job to their lover, while others just fantasize about it. You may never be able to go down on a woman who's laying on top of your desk at work, or give a hand job on the top of the Empire State Building, or do it with a UPS guy in the back of his truck, but those are easy fantasies to conjure up. Your fantasies of sex in exotic locations can take you places you've never been. Or they can transport you back to places you've already been or plan to visit. If you've had sex in your backyard, anytime you want you can fantasize about gallivanting in the geraniums, without ever having to go outside. If you plan to make love on the beach during your vacation to Cancun, you can fantasize about Page:, that even before the plane has taken off. Maybe there's someplace where you'd never have the nerve to have sex, like on a roller coaster. Your imagination can put you there, and you won't even have to wait in line for the first seat! Wherever your mind takes you, it is safe and fun to put yourself in exotic locations in your fantasies. 10. Sex with a Former Lover If you had the most exciting sex of your life with your ex, then why not let him or her into your fantasies? Some people can't stand fantasizing about an ex, because after their orgasm, they get depressed about the break-up, or grossed out by the fact that the ex was around, even in a fantasy. But for others, sex-with-the-ex-fantasies are easy to call on anytime. It's sex that you can remember, and you know what it felt like. You are just calling on your past to get off in the present. Whatever you fantasize about, you should simply enjoy the thoughts and images that arouse you. Whether it is a totally unique fantasy, or whether it is one of the “top 10,” all that matters is that it works for you., Photo by Barnaby Hall, Sharing Your Fantasies Before your imagination takes over and you get lost in your favorite sexual fantasy, let's talk about whether you should tell your partner your fantasies. You and your partner might decide to talk about your fantasies so you can both learn intimate things about the other. The more you share about your sexual fantasies, the more your partner gets to understand your thoughts on sex. Perhaps your partner never knew you had such a wild imagination, and he or she would love the chance to explore some of your fantasy scenes with you. These are positive reasons to talk about your fantasies. But before you do, you need to keep a few things in mind. First of all, you should only tell you partner your fantasies if you think he or she can handle hearing them. You must be sure that he or she already understands that fantasies are natural and normal and harmless. If your partner has a conventional approach to sex, then telling your fantasies could be upsetting to him or her. If you think that your partner would freak out if he or she learned, for example, that once in a while you have same-sex fantasies, then there's no need to tell. It might be interesting to tell a fantasy like that one just so your partner can learn what your imagination holds, but it is never worth telling if you think your partner can't handle knowing. If you really, really want to tell this person, then just be sure that you tell your fantasies carefully. What I mean is, tell your mild fantasies before you tell your wild fantasies., Second, if you tell your partner your fantasies, you might want to explain that they are things that you fantasize about while you are masturbating, or just things that you daydream about, rather than what you think about while you are having sex with him or her. It is perfectly normal to occasionally think about other things or other people while you have sex with a partner. (That, in fact, even helps keep some people from cheating, because it gives them an outlet to pretend they are with others.) Yet your partners could get jealous, or even feel threatened, if he or she learns that you are fantasizing about someone else while the two of you are having sex., The third thing to keep in mind if you share your fantasies is that sometimes your partner might not be able to shake that image from his or her mind. Your partner might even think that all you want to think about during sex is that fantasy. In other words, if you say that you fantasize about having your hands tied with a scarf during sex, your partner might misinterpret this as meaning that you always pretend you have your hands tied during sex. Be sure to explain that the fantasy is just one aspect of the things you like to think about. You still like all the same things you have been doing. Fourth, remember that when you tell someone something, that person often wants to respond by telling you the same sort of thing. So, if you tell your fantasies, your partner might begin revealing his or her secret desires to you. Therefore, you should only tell your fantasies to your partner if you are fully prepared to hear what fantasies your partner might want to share as well. There is one final thing, and it's very important to keep in mind before you start telling your fantasies to your partner. Make sure that you explain whether your fantasies are things that you do or don't want to act out. Stress to your partner that people do not always want to live out their fantasies! Make sure that this is completely understood. Sometimes, people think that if their lover has a particular fantasy, he or she absolutely wants to enact it. This can obviously be a problem—some fantasies can be threatening to your partner and acting them out may actually be unpleasant for you. This can make things downright annoying for you, and may put a real crimp in your otherwise healthy sex life. Only you know (or you may find out!) how jealous or insecure or confused your lover may be about your sexual fantasies., Here's an extreme example of how telling a fantasy to someone who doesn't get that you're telling it purely for the sake of sharing something unique or interesting about yourself can backfire. Strange as it may sound, some people actually have fantasies about having sex with an animal, but never in a million years would they want to act [PU]Alpha Books[/PU][DP]1998[/DP], this out. So let's say that a woman tells her husband that she's fantasized about having Roger, their Golden Retriever, go down on her. She has no intention of ever having sex with Roger, or any other animal for that matter. But her husband doesn't quite understand that fantasy doesn't equal desire. So the husband becomes obsessed with keeping the dog away from his wife! Another, perhaps more common example, would be that a man tells his wife that he has had sexual fantasies about having sex with their attractive, single neighbor. At this point, the wife becomes so upset that she confronts the neighbor, telling her to keep away from her husband! The man had no intention of ever cheating on his wife—he was just sharing a fantasy. The wife's misunderstanding of this situation turned a fantasy into a major issue (not to mention the talk of the neighborhood)., What makes having a fantasy different from sharing one is that you have the fantasy all to yourself and you are entirely in control. It's only when you choose to share your fantasies that things change. Maybe things will change for the worse, and you might not want to even think about your fantasy anymore after you tell. On the other hand, if you tell your fantasies, you might find that your partner is into the same fantasy, and acting it out could be great for both of you. If you both think that you might want to bring your fantasy to life, then read on. When Fantasy Becomes Reality Fantasies don't always make easy transitions to reality. If you conjure a fantasy when you masturbate, it can be just what you need to get you off, but if you try to act it out, it could be a dud. I once interviewed a woman who would masturbate every Friday night to the fantasy of having sex with a stranger she picked up in a bar. Then one Friday night, instead of crawling into bed with her vibrator, she got all dressed up, went out to a bar, and picked up a guy. She had sex with a stranger, and found that the fantasy was much better than the sex. In real life, the sex was awkward and boring. So the following Friday night, she went back to her bed and her vibrator—and her fantasy. If you have a fantasy about a stranger when you masturbate and you want to try to act it out, don't feel obligated to tell this fantasy to the stranger. All you need to know is that he or she has desire to have sex with you. However, things get more complicated if you want to act out a fantasy with your partner. You have to talk about it, decide if it would work for you both, and have each other's full consent., Let's say that you and your partner have talked about your fantasy of having a three-some—two women and a man. You think you want to act it out, but you're wavering. You two have a lot of talking to do, and a lot of steps to follow before you decide if you want to go through with it. If you're thinking about trying to act out any one of your fantasies, there are some things that you should do first: 1. Talk about the positive and negative consequences with your partner. (For example, a negative consequence of a threesome might be jealousy. A positive consequence could be that you have a liberating sexual experience.) 2. While you and your partner are having sex, say a few things out loud—almost as if you're acting out the fantasy—and see how it feels. (Keeping with the example of the threesome, pretend that there is a third person in the room, and role-play the scene. Pretend you are talking to the imaginary third person.) 3. Watch a porn movie together that depicts the kind of sex you're interested in acting out. If what you see in the movie turns you both on, then you are that much closer to realizing that it might work for you. If the movie turns you off, it might not work for you in real life. (Note: If your fantasy is that the two of you watch a porn movie together…you should save this step for later.) 4. Talk out the details of what you expect to happen if you act out the fantasy. If you create a sort of script, you'll know what to expect, and you'll feel safer and more confident about what comes next. 5. Assure each other that when you're acting out your fantasy, you'll both stop if one or both of you doesn't like it. 6. Talk about it again to be sure you both really want to try it. 7. If you both feel ready, then give it a try when you have the time and opportunity. Good luck! Remember, if you act out a fantasy and you don't like it, you never have to do it again. If this is the case, you can still enjoy it as a fantasy—just stop trying to make it a reality., But if you enjoyed acting out your fantasy, then you and your partner have added a new and thrilling aspect to your sex life. Some couples find that acting out their sexual fantasies is an integral part of their sex lives, and it gives them the extra excitement that they don't get every day. Fun with Fantasies If you and your lover have been successful in bringing your fantasies to life, you'll really enjoy Chapter 20 of this book. It's all about role playing, crossdressing, group, sex, and S/M—all things that lots of people fantasize about. If you want to try any of those things, that chapter will give you info on how to get started. Come to think of it, you'll find things you might want to try in many other chapters of this book too, such as info on Tantric sex, sex toys, gay or lesbian sex, and exotic sexual positions. Looks like you have your work cut out for you if you are looking beyond your imagination for new sexual fantasies to act out! For more fun with fantasies, try the following “homework” assignment to spark your sexual imagination, creativity, and fantasies. You and your partner can each write a list of 12 things that you have fantasized about trying. Sit down with your lists, then write them all on a Fantasy Worksheet. Each week choose one fantasy to act out. If you both had different things on your lists, then this could last you 24 weeks—that's almost half a year of sexy fun! Fantasy Worksheet Your Fantasies Your Partner's Fantasies,

Chapter 18 Sexy Sights and Sounds

Imagine yourself in the arms of your lover. You both feel mad, passionate lust for each other, and you're totally lost in the excitement of this moment. Your lover's nude body feels so amazing. You're touching each other all over. You start kissing when all of a sudden, in no uncertain terms, your lover describes to you in the most raw, sexually explicit words exactly what types of sex you two could be having. What do you do? Rewind or fast-forward? Would this be a turn on—something that would make you rip off your clothes and say “Take me, I'm yours!”? Or would you be totally turned off and grossed out?, What if your lover popped an X-rated video in the VCR, and suggested that you watch it together? What if he or she sent you a steamy e-mail, filled with erotic dialogue? How would you feel if you found a nudie magazine stashed under your partner's bed? How would you feel if you found charges to a phone sex line on the phone bill? It's natural to become aroused by looking at sexy pictures, or reading sexy writing, or talking sexy to someone in person, over the phone, or online. In fact, for some people, these methods of sexual expression can be fun, and very satisfying., Many people love using sexy talk or erotic images to enhance masturbation, to get aroused before sex, or to spice up their sex life with a partner. But other people don't like porn at all, and even find it offensive. If you don't like explicit talk and sexy pictures, then you should avoid them; you don't have to force yourself to try to like anything. But if dirty talk and pornography make you hot and horny, by all means, go for it. Aural Sex Sexy talk during sex, or “dirty talk” as it is commonly called, runs the gamut, from something like “Oh, your body is so beautiful,” to the more down and dirty, as in, “You like it when I give it to you hard, don't you, you horny slut?!” But make no mistake: There's really nothing “dirty” about dirty talk. It's just a way of using language and your imagination to express your sexual desires, or to feel more turned on. We could even call it “sexy talk” instead! If your idea of sexy talk is whispering sweet nothings, then you don't have to use four-letter words or expletives to be sexy. Obviously, there's more than one way to say “vagina” or “penis.” You may want to ask your partner which words he or she likes to use for casual day-to-day use, which words he or she finds erotic, and which words are a total turn off. For example, maybe your partner generally likes to call his penis a “penis,” and finds the slang “cock” to be a sexy turn on when you say it to him, but thinks that the word “dick” is a big turn off. If you didn't know that, and you'd been calling it a “cock” when discussing condom use and a “dick” when trying to get him aroused with sexy talk, then you are way off base! That's why you should find out your partner's turn-ons, preferred terms, and also be sensitive to words that he or she finds offensive. The most important rule about talking dirty to your partner is that you must know him or her well enough to know what's erotic and what's offensive. An episode of the television show Seinfeld centered on this issue. Jerry was on the sofa in his apartment kissing his date, when she whispered something sexy in his ear. To try to “keep up with her,” as he later explained, he asked, “Are those the panties that your mother laid out for you?” She found that so offensive that she stormed out of his apartment and never wanted to date him again. The moral of the episode: If you want to talk dirty, first talk to your partner about what he or she likes to hear., In addition to talking dirty, some people get turned on by the moans and grunts that they or their partners make during sex. Often these are natural sounds that just come out of your mouth when you are having sex. But sometimes, they are exaggerated to add to the mood of sex. If you truly let yourself go during sex, then you should just let out any sounds that are impulsive or uncontrollable. If you or your partner gets turned on from hearing more groans and shrieks and squeals during sex, then by all means, overemphasize your usual sounds, and make as much noise as possible., Once you know where to draw the line about how much sexy talk and sounds your partner likes to hear and likes to make during sex, then you can start getting creative during sex. Here are some suggestions to get the ball rolling: • Talking dirty during sex basically means using slang or “dirty” words to explain what you're doing, what the other person is doing, what you want to be doing, or what you want to have done to you. Just be verbal and descriptive. • You can prepare for talking dirty by making a list of all the slang synonyms for sexual body parts and memorizing them. That way, if your lover wants you to talk dirty during sex, you'll have all sorts of colorful expressions on hand. See how many different and daring ways you can say, “I'd like to have intercourse.” • Call a recorded phone sex line to hear how the pros talk. You can even take notes. If it's a live phone sex line, you can ask the professional for some pointers. • Read the porn letters in magazines such as Penthouse Letters. They're filled with dirty dialogue that should give you some good ideas. • You can vary the way you moan, grunt, or scream during sex. Try making a slow, deep, guttural moan, or a loud shriek. Do whatever you and your partner think is sexy. Most importantly, let yourself go during sex. Don't be afraid of what sounds and words might come out of your mouth. It's only natural and quite normal to express yourself when something feels so amazing. Just be sure you don't disturb your neighbors!, Call of the Wild “What are you wearing?” Those four little words could be the start of something really sexy—a phone sex encounter. Phone sex between lovers can be a great way to keep things hot when you're far away from each other, or when you just want to spice up a boring work day. Photo by Gen Nishino So how does it work? Well, all you need is a phone, your lover's number, some privacy, some time, and lots of sexy thoughts. (Oh, yes, and your lover's consent, because without consent, phone sex is affectionately known as an illegal “obscene telephone call”!) Once you have your lover eager and willing on the other end of the line, then just say anything erotic that comes into your mind, so to speak. Just so you're not at a loss for words, I've listed a few possible phone sex variations which will make a good starting place for you. You can either stick with one of the following methods for an entire conversation, or flip-flop between methods:, • Create a mental picture of your encounter, and give a blow-by-blow (pardon the pun) narrative as you pretend what's happening. For example: “Right now, you're slipping your hand between the buttons of my soft silk blouse.” • Explain what you would like to happen: “I wish you were here to flick your tongue over my nipples.” • Narrate while you masturbate: “I just slid my finger into myself, and oh, it feels so good.”, • Explain exactly what you would like to be doing to the other person: “Right now, I am holding your balls in one hand, stroking your chest with my other hand, and licking the head of your penis.” For more help, you can also rent some movies that feature phone sex scenes, such as Girl 6 (R) and The Truth About Cats and Dogs (PG-13). Also, look back in this chapter to the previous section that gave tips for talking dirty; it has some more pointers for you. One issue that some people have with phone sex is that you can't really be sure if the person on the other end has had an orgasm. It's easy to fake an orgasm when no one's watching. Your lover can make all the sounds of “completion,” but you can't see what's going on. That can either add to the mystery of the experience, or it can make you feel very frustrated., There is even more to wonder about if you have phone sex on a pay phone sex line, such as by calling a 900-number, or a live phone sex operator. Many newspapers and porn magazines list phone sex numbers accompanied by pictures of sexy women and men of all shapes, colors, and sizes in provocative poses. The ad may promise “Large and Lovely,” but the person who's breathing heavy on the other end may very well be small and scrawny. You really have no idea what the phone sex operator looks like. You have to have a great imagination to get off on the phone with a stranger like that. And besides, phone sex from the professionals, both live and recorded, is very expensive. On average, it costs about $3.95 for each minute. That's why if you have a partner, it can be great to learn how to do it yourselves! Nude Pictures It's hard to avoid sexual pictures, because they are virtually everywhere. On television, billboards, and in advertisements, titillating images abound. Even general interest magazines feature scantily clad models in provocative poses. Porn magazines are so prevalent that you can see them on newsstands almost every place you go. Practically everyone has, seen a picture of a Playboy Playmate or Penthouse Pet right there on the newsstand at the local 7–11. And if you peek behind the counter at some newsstands, you might even find more hard-core magazines, such as Hustler, Leg Show, Oui, Swank, and High Society. Many people like to look at porn magazines for the sexual thrill of seeing others nude. Millions of people enjoy masturbating while looking at a nude picture. Years ago, sex research had found that men would become more aroused by photos of sex than women would. However, today's research proves that is not true. Both men and women can get equally turned on from seeing sexy pictures. If nude pictures of people you don't know aren't your idea of a turn on, you and your partner can take your own shots of each other. Get together with a Polaroid camera, and then you can have some fun posing sexy. Just make sure that you both agree ahead of time what will happen with the pictures after you're done enjoying them. Decide whether one of you will keep them or you'll throw them away. Sexy Stories At newsstands or magazine stores that sell porn magazines you can find varieties of porn magazines that just contain erotic writing, not sexy pictures. These are often called “letters” magazines, such as Penthouse Letters, Kinky Letters, or Fetish Letters, Besides erotic magazines, you can read steamy dialogue in books. Authors such as Anaïs Nin, The Kennisington Ladies, and Susie Bright write softer porn that's usually referred to as “erotica for women,” and is available at most major mainstream bookstores. Gay bookstores sell books that are aimed at gay men. Sex shops also sell books that feature stories of graphic S/M. Sexual writing has been brought further into public view, by Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr in his investigation of President Clinton. Even people who choose not to look at porn may have read the details of The Starr Report, which disclosed juicy details of Monica Lewinsky's affair with President Clinton. The Starr Report was published in every local newspaper, major magazines, on the Internet, and as a book for everyone to read. If you missed it, here's a sample of what it said about President Clinton's sex life:, “According to Ms. Lewinsky, they kissed. She was wearing a long dress that buttoned from the neck to the ankles. ‘And he unbuttoned my dress and he unhooked my bra, and sort of took the dress off my shoulders and…moved the bra…. [H]e was looking at me and touching me and telling me how beautiful I was.’ He touched her breasts with his hands and his mouth, and touched her genitals, first through underwear and then directly. She performed oral sex on him.” Whether you're reading The Starr Report, Penthouse Letters, a book of erotica, or something sexy that you wrote yourself, it's only natural to feel aroused. The genre you prefer is simply a matter of personal taste. So use whatever type you like—enjoy it during masturbation, to get aroused before sex, or to share with your partner., Porn Flicks Millions of people get aroused from seeing porn movies, which are also called X-rated movies, adult movies, or porno. They allow you to watch people having sex without having them watch you back. If you rent a porn video, you can rewind or fast-forward to the parts that interest you the most, and you can even have sex at the same time you're watching—all in the privacy of your own home., Very few people watch an entire porn movie. The stories aren't usually compelling enough to keep you on the edge of your seat. There's only one kind of climax in a porn movie, and it has nothing to do with the plot. Most people fast-forward past the boring scenes and ridiculous dialogue, unless they have a particular fetish for bad acting. They'll skip right to the sex scenes (which doesn't take long), and if they're masturbating, odds are they'll probably end up turning the movie off as soon as they have an orgasm. That's the basic point of porn—its only job is to get you off. Besides just arousing you, you can learn a few things about wild sex from watching porn videos. Just keep in mind that the actors are “sexual celebrities”—people who usually have surgically enhanced bodies and who are just acting like they're enjoying the sex. They have the advantage of a script, a director, and editing. If you can look past all that, you might pick up some sex tips. Check out their sexual positions, and listen to how they moan or talk during sex. You can watch porn for a crash course in sexual fantasy., Renting You don't have to put on a trench coat and visit a dark, dingy, unmarked shop to find a porn movie. It's not such a big deal nowadays because many stores that rent regular, mainstream videos also rent porn videos. You can rent a copy of Titanic at the same store where you can rent a copy of Titanic Tits! The “adult” section is usually tucked in the back corner of the store. That way, you get some privacy when you're looking at the box covers. If you want to suggest to your lover that the two of you could watch a porn video together, then the next time you go to a mainstream video store, you can just wander over into the porn section. Your partner will probably get the hint that you're in a sexy mood, and that a porno could really spice up the evening. One hint: You cannot do this at Blockbuster Video, because they don't carry porn., When you arrive at the porn section, you'll find an amazing selection. New titles seem to pop up on the shelves on a daily basis. So what kind of porn movie will suit your fantasy? The key is to look for a movie that includes the type of sex that turns you on. The boxes will tell you what to expect, and the titles often make the theme crystal clear. For example: Anal Taboo is most likely about anal sex; Three's Company is probably about a threesome; and I would guess that Big, Black, and Beautiful is about large-sized black people making love. Many times, porn movies take titles of well-known movies or television shows and make them sound sexual, such as: Pornocchio (it's not his nose that grows), Romancing the Bone (a sexy take off of the movie Romancing the Stone), The Fanny (picture an X-rated version of The Nanny, but you can bet it's not starring Fran Drescher), or The XXX Files (FBI cases that are too hot for even Mulder and Scully). [PU]Alpha Books[/PU][DP]1998[/DP], There's incredible variety in porn movies, and there's something for everyone's desires. You can even find “amateur porn,” starring regular people, rather than porn actors. If you want more information about the variety of porn videos available, you can go to an adult bookstore and check out a copy of The Adult Video News, a magazine that reviews porn movies, or you can look for one of several books that reviews them. If you really want to watch a porno, but you're embarrassed about looking for one in your neighborhood video store, then here's a simple little trick that may help relieve your anxiety when you are browsing in the adult section: Pretend that you're picking a movie for a friend's bachelor party. That might make you feel less self-conscious if the video store clerk is watching you while you're looking for the perfect movie. If you want to bypass the video store entirely, you can order adult videos from catalogue companies, such as Good Vibrations, which you can find listed in Appendix B of this book. Or you can order them from many sites on the Internet, which you can find by searching online for “adult videos,” “porn videos,” or “X-rated videos.” With luck, you'll find everything you're looking for. Making Your Own Some people want to see themselves having sex on video so they try to make their own home porn movies by using a camcorder to videotape their sexual escapades. If you and your partner decide that you want to try this, here are some tips that might help:, • Before you begin, both of you should be 100 percent sure that this is something you really want to do. You must have full consent from your partner. Never videotape anyone without his or her explicit knowledge and consent. Also, make absolutely sure that you and your lover agree ahead of time about when and if you will tape over, or destroy the tape after you watch it a few times. • Lock the door, turn off the phone's ringer, and make sure you have complete privacy for your lovemaking-videotaping session. • You will need enough lighting so that the camcorder can capture a good image of the two of you. Ordinary light or daylight is fine, but candlelight will enhance the mood, send flickering shadows across your bodies, and give it all a sexy glow. • Use a wide shot, not a close-up. Most people's nude bodies look better a little farther away, and the wide shot allows you to see more of your action. If you are close up, you'll end up out of frame when you move around., • Hook the camcorder up to a television set while you're recording to monitor the way it looks. That way, if you don't like the way it looks, you can make changes while you're recording rather than having to wait until you see the finished product. • As you watch yourselves on the monitor, experiment with which positions look best. Some people think that they never look good if the camera catches them from behind. • Once you are positioned at a good angle, you can either make love as usual, or exaggerate your moves and use dirty talk, in the style of hard-core porn. • Watch the video together. I'm hopeful that you'll enjoy it! After you watch it, you must follow through with your agreement to tape over the video, destroy it, or do whatever else you decided you'd do with it. It is very important that you are both honest and trustworthy when it comes to handling the final video. It's never a good idea to have a sex video of yourself floating around—just ask Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson. Theirs showed up on the Internet, and there's no telling who could get their hands on yours if you leave it around. Byte Me and Suck My Hard Drive If you've ever surfed the Net, then you've probably noticed that there are millions of sexual sites online. Just type in the word “sex,” and you'll find sites that promise to show you things like: “PICTURES OF HOT XXX SLUTS,” “Horny Coeds NUDE NUDE NUDE,” “uncensored hot hard-core sex acts,” “free anal sex pictures,” or “Asian Beauties Nude and Wet.” If you want to discover sex online, there is plenty to choose from. Computers have become a huge new playground for sexual material. Online you can: • learn about everything from sexual health to sexual oddities • read steamy stories about people's wild sexual adventures • look at porn pictures and real-time porn video clips, • have sexual conversations with strangers in chat rooms • send sexy or romantic e-mail to your lover There's so much sex to explore online, and you don't have to be a computer nerd to figure out how to find sex sites, sex chats, and more. All you need to do is know the basics and then log on! Sex Sites: Chasing the Links Anyone who logs on to the Internet can visit any of the millions of sex sites any time of the day or night. Some offer accurate sex education and answers to frequently asked Page:, questions about sex, which online are referred to as FAQs (short for Frequently Asked Questions). Most of the sex sites, however, are not for educational purposes. Sex sites usually contain nude or erotic photos that are much more explicit than Playboy or Penthouse. Some show video clips, just like porn movies. And a few even show live cameras that are aimed directly at real, hot action. But not all of these things are offered for free. In fact, often once you get to a site, it only displays one or two sample pictures, then tells you to type in your credit card number to see more. Then you have to decide if it's really worth it! To find these sex-related Web sites, as I mentioned before, on any online provider or Internet search engine, you can search with words such as “sex,” “oral,” “orgasms,” “nude pictures,” or really any sexual terms that appeal to you. Hundreds, thousands, even millions of sites will appear with each search. Or instead of searching with individual words, you can go directly to Web sites that contain links to hundreds or thousands of XXX sites. The problem with links to sex sites is that often they lead you around in circles from one link to the next, always promising that you'll see free nude pictures when you seldom do. One of the most popular sites that lists links is www.persiankitty.com For an extensive list of the sites that contain links to sex sites, you can look on Yahoo! at http://www.yahoo.com/business_and_economy/companies/sex/directories/., Instead of looking for sites that way, you can search for bulletin boards that are related to sex, or groups of bulletin boards which are arranged into areas called Internet newsgroups. Each bulletin board contains messages people posted about a particular topic. Although they are called “newsgroups” you won't be finding the kind of news you'd read about in the New York Times. Some of the posted messages contain people's personal sex stories, or personal nude photos. The big advantage to newsgroups over Web sites is that they are more likely to provide free sexy pictures, rather than ads that ask for your credit card number. You can find sex-related newsgroups by going to any Internet search engine, then typing in addresses such as alt.sex or alt.binaries.pictures. You'll be provided with a list of bulletin boards to choose from. As you start exploring this arena, you may also discover other addresses of smaller newsgroups that you can also easily access. Remember, as with anything online, if you want to be anonymous, use a screen name that does not reveal your real name, and only post messages if you don't mind getting mail (including junk mail) to that screen name., Sex Chats: The Sound of One Hand Typing Some people prefer the interactive features of sex chats online instead of just reading or looking at sexy images on sites on the Internet. There are many sex chat rooms that cater to a variety of interests. You can use a fake screen name, so once you enter one of these rooms, you can anonymously send sexual messages. You can try to get aroused by the words you are typing and reading. If you have a laptop, you can take it into bed with you. Or you can just sit in front of your computer at your desk, get turned on and start typing with one hand. Not everyone goes into sex chat rooms to get off. Some people just have fun making up fake identities and trying to keep up with the sexy talk. Here's a stereotypical example: a teenage guy might go into a lesbian sex chat room with the screen name “HotWtPssy,” pretending that he's a horny lesbian, and then try to have sex online with a woman. Of course, there's always a chance that the “woman” he's having sex with online is another teenage boy! Some people may join chats to get more information about a sexual lifestyle. If you're into any type of alternate sexual lifestyles, from bisexuality to group sex to S/M, sex chat rooms can give you a forum for discussion—not just a place to read sexy writing. For example, if you want to learn more about bondage, someone in a bondage-related chat room will probably offer you an online lesson. Although you have to be careful not to believe everything you read online. You never know who is behind any screen name., Each online service has its own method for you to find sex chats, but no matter what online provider you have (AOL, Prodigy, CompuServe, or any local provider), finding chats is about the same. For example, on AOL, you would go to the main screen and click on “People Connection.” Then click on “Find a Chat.” Then click on “Member Chats” where you will see lots of lists for chats that you can immediately enter, such as “men4men,” “hot tub,” or “married and flirting.” For more information on how to find a chat, talk to your online provider or other people who have the same provider that you have., Once you get into a chat room, there will be a group of people already typing. Some chat rooms only allow small groups of a dozen or so people; others have no limit to the number of participants. Often the conversations are slow, consisting mostly of people typing their age/gender/hometown. If you want to have sex online in a private sex chat, you often have to be very forward and come right out and ask for it. Just type in something like, “If anyone wants to talk about sex, send me a private message.” Then you or the other person can set up a private chat, and the two of you can chat about sex as much as you want. If you have trouble knowing what to say once you are in a private sex chat, then reread the sections in this chapter about talking dirty and phone sex. Having a sex chat online is just like any kind of sexy talk, except that you have to type instead of talk. A sex chat ends up just looking like erotic script when it's finished. If you want to save the chat, maybe to read again (or to masturbate to later), you can usually print it out, or copy it and paste it into a blank file on your computer. (Sex chats: the gifts that keep on giving.), All in all, dirty talk and dirty pictures can be arousing and entertaining to many people. You can use any of the things described in this chapter to expand your fantasies or bring a little diversity into your sex life. Looking at or reading about sex exposes you to a wide range of sexual behaviors, and may even help you get in touch with your own desires.,

Chapter 19 What Would Barbie Think? Fun with Sex Toys

Raindrops on roses, and whiskers on kittens; bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens. Are these a few of your favorite things? Now that you're a grown-up, isn't it time to find some new favorite things? Adult pleasures offer distinctly different methods of arousal. From ben wa balls to handcuffs, silicone dildoes to electric vibrators, sex toys have increasingly titillated—and penetrated—people's sexuality when they are looking for extra fun., Almost anything other than the equipment you're born with that's introduced into sex play qualifies as a sex toy. Simply put, a sex toy is any object that's brought into sex play with the purpose of enhancing the pleasure of the players. So whether you're having sex with a lover or flying solo, adding toys to your sex life can be amazing. If you keep your mind open, you just might be able to avoid feeling ho-hum about sex, and keep the standard in-and-out from becoming just another mundane experience. Remember, you're never too old for toys. Barbie knows best—whoever has the most toys, wins! [PU]Alpha Books[/PU][DP]1998[/DP], Is That a Dildo in Your Pocket or Are You Just Glad to See Me? A dildo is an artificial substitute for an erect penis. It may be artificial, but sex with a dildo is still a real thing. Dildoes are designed for vaginal or anal insertion. They do not vibrate. In fact, they do not move at all unless you move them. Some people find the sensation of fullness that an inserted dildo provides to be highly pleasurable, and they don't ask for anything more than that from the dildo experience. On the other hand, you may move your dildo in and out, if what you're yearning for is the old wham-bam. Dildoes are a lot like cars—they take you where you want to go! You see, dildoes are stiffer than a lot of penises, and they never go flaccid. Because dildoes range in size from that of a pinky finger to larger than life, chances are you'll be able to find one to fit in your garage. So for good, hard fun, go for a ride!, People use dildoes for a variety of purposes. Though most women reach orgasm through clitoral stimulation, having the feeling of something hard and thrusting inside them often adds to the pleasure, especially during masturbation. Many men, gay or straight, feel the same way, and like to use small (or large if you prefer) dildoes for anal penetration, with or without a partner. When a dildo is strapped on with a harness, it gives a woman a penis—for a change of pace—that she can use to penetrate a female or male lover. For a man, strapping on a dildo allows him to penetrate a partner, male or female, even when his real penis isn't erect. Dildoes can be made to resemble a penis, or they can be double-headed, or they can even look like a whale!, Dildoes are made of silicone, rubber, or latex. They come in many different styles, sizes, colors, and textures. Sometimes they are shaped like penises, sometimes like animals, or bananas, or many sorts of odd things. Some are straight and some are curved to direct pressure towards a woman's G-spot. Silicone is the most ideal material for dildoes, because it's easy to clean, resilient, and it retains body heat. So it can feel almost like the real flesh. Rubber or latex dildoes are less expensive than silicone, and they come in a wider variety of styles. You forego the heat sensitivity of silicone with the rubber models, but you save some bucks that may then be spent on more toys. Many people have happily used their rubber and latex dildoes for many years, so there's nothing wrong with choosing the economy model. Just remember, as with most things in life, you get what you pay for with sex toys, too., When you're buying dildoes, comparison shop with your hands, your eyes, and your fantasies, but keep in mind a few rules of thumb: Look for length, thickness, hardness, and texture. The most important thing to remember is that you should start small. Buy a dildo you know you can handle, rather than one you hope to be able to handle. When buying a dildo, consider whether you want a hand-held model, or one that will sit in a harness, freeing your hands for other activities. If you plan to wear a dildo in a harness, keep in mind that once in the harness, the dildo will seem about a half inch shorter. Another alternative that you are sure to find if you go dildo shopping is the double-headed dildo. These allow for variations on positions and entry that a real penis just can't provide. In other words, it can fill up two holes at once. That means that it could be used by two women at once, a man and a woman at the same time, or by two men butt to butt. Or if it's a bendable double-headed dildo, by one woman at the same time. Did you get all that?, Vibrators: Getting a Buzz On Vvvvvvibrators offer a different kind of pleasure—one with a real charge! There are both plug-in and battery-powered models (that's right, AC/DC) available, which provide plenty of genital stimulation. If you have ever used a vibrator, you know that it feels good on most parts of your body—shoulders, neck, back, buttocks, belly, hands, and feet. But when you place it against your genitals, vroom vroom vroom! The difference between using a vibrator or using your hands to masturbate is that the vibrator moves faster and never gets tired. Vibrators come in three distinct types. The most common is the classic penis-shaped, battery-powered plastic shaft. These, however, suffer from a lack of power and frequent battery death. They may have their heart in the right place, but they don't have the staying power of the plug-in types. The second style is the wand type, a large, club-shaped model that plugs in and provides lots of stimulation. The best selling of these is the Hitachi Magic Wand. Their high power make them perfect for total vibrating satisfaction. These are also the type that is most recommended for women to use if they have never had an orgasm. Most wand types are labeled “personal massagers” rather than sex toys, and their clumsiness reflects the manufacturers' hesitancy to embrace the fact that their product is used as a sex toy. Although for people who are prone to get embarrassed when they shop for sex toys, the fact that the package is discreet makes it easier to purchase. The third type of vibrator is the coil type, which resembles a small hair dryer. It is not as popular as the other types. However, some people prefer these, because they have soft plastic or latex heads and a large variety of different attachments., Vibrate your way to orgasms using a battery-operated penis style, the Magic Wand, or the coil type., Two may be company, but three's not necessarily a crowd when that third party happens to be your vibrator. You may want to keep your lover and your vibrator as separate pleasures, but it can be an amazing experience when the two meet. If you decide to introduce your partner to the vibrator's pleasures, here are some steps you may want to follow:, 1. Allow your partner to watch you use the vibrator on yourself. Then once your partner is comfortable watching you use it, try it on your partner. 2. Begin experimenting by applying it to areas other than the genitals first, to get a sense of your partner's response. 3. Have your partner put the vibrator on your genitals. Let your partner know exactly what feels best. There is no way your partner is going to know what angle, pressure, or movement you like until you say so. 4. Next you can try using it while you're having intercourse, and explore different positions until you find the one(s) that are comfortable for both of you. Take care of your investment to prolong its life and your sex life. The following are some hints for taking care of your vibrator:, • Don't drop it, even in your post-orgasmic relief. Parts break easily. • Store your batteries outside the vibrator, so that both vibrator and batteries will last longer. And you lessen the risk that the batteries will leak inside the vibrator and corrode components. • Never put a vibrator in or near water. If it is electric it can cause electrocution. Even if it not, water will damage it by corroding the metal parts. • Never pull or tug on the electrical cords or wires. Use an extension cord if you need length. • Don't lie on the vibrator or battery pack. You could get burned from the heat. • Don't fall asleep with your vibrator on. • Unless exhibitionism is your thing, don't leave it out in plain view when the in-laws come to visit (they may want to borrow it and you'll never get it back), nor should you pack it in your carry-on luggage—the metal components of some models look suspicious in the x-ray scanner and the security guards may need to take it out and have a look-see. And There's More!, Dildoes and vibrators may be the most common sex toys, but they certainly aren't the only feel-good products out there. There are so many other toys that both men and women can play with, including butt plugs, ben wa balls, cock rings, and more. I Like That, Butt This Feels Great! Many women and men find anal stimulation just as arousing as genital stimulation, and anal toys can give them that little extra pleasure they crave. A butt plug is a type of small dildo that is designed to be inserted into the anus and rectum. For safety, butt, plugs must have a smooth, seamless surface and a flared base to keep them from slipping completely into the rectum. They often have a spindlelike bulge in the middle, so that once inside the rectal cavity, the butt plug rubs directly against the nerve clusters. Also, the tip of the butt plug rubs against a man's prostate when he moves, sending more pleasurable signals to the brain. While women do not have a prostate gland, they still can get great anal pleasure from all nerve endings in their anus. As with all sex toys there is a large variety in the types of butt plugs available. Besides the spindlelike style, another type of butt plugs is the “doorknob,” a round sphere of latex or rubber mounted on a narrower shaft. Also, some people find pleasure from using “anal beads,” which are a series of linked spheres that can be anywhere from a quarter inch to 3 inches in diameter that can be insert into the rectum to create a feeling of fullness and a repeated pleasurable feeling of release as they are slowly pulled out, one by one. Diamond-shaped plugs are designed to be left inside the anus for short periods of time, without having to hold it in place. Of course, you should never wear one for extended periods of time, and you should never fall asleep with any toy inside you! Ancient Chinese Secret? Ben wa balls are solid metal balls that are said to cause a woman sexual pleasure when they are both inserted inside her vagina. Do they work? Only a woman who tries them can know for sure! But I will tell you that biology points to the fact that they might not get you too worked up, because there are few nerve endings deep inside the vagina. Also, some women find that rather than rubbing together inside the vagina and causing pleasure, one of the two ben wa balls creeps up and rests on the cervix, which can make it a hassle to remove. In case you were wondering, ben wa balls are not intended to be put into the anus., Cock rings, butt plugs, and ben wa balls are some of the stimulating toys you won't find at Toys ‘R’ Us., Toys for Boys At the top of the list of boy toys is the cock ring. A cock ring is a steel ring, or rubber gasketlike object, or an adjustable leather strap that typically goes around the penis, or the base of both the penis and the scrotum. It is intended to help keep a man's erection strong. Because veins are closer to the surface of the skin than arteries, the cock ring has the effect of allowing blood to flow into the penis while restricting its ability to flow outwards. Placed on a non-erect penis before arousal, the cock ring helps make a penis get—and stay—hard. Many men find the pressure that the cock ring places on their penis and scrotum is pleasurable in and of itself, regardless of how long the erection lasts. Remember, cock rings work by restricting blood flow, so caution in their use is warranted. Some words of advice about cock rings:, • Don't ever place them over swollen, infected, or desensitized areas. • They are not good toys for men who suffer from blood-clotting disorders or who bleed easily, or those who suffer from nerve or vascular disease, including the millions who have diabetes. • Don't use cock rings if you are taking aspirin, anticoagulants, or other blood-thinning medications. • Stop using the cock ring immediately if you suffer discomfort or pain, or if unexpected changes occur such as bruising, bleeding, or loss of sensation., • Do not use a cock ring to treat impotence. A cock ring is a sex toy, not a medical treatment. See a doctor or sex therapist if you have trouble getting or maintaining erections. Blown Up or Tied Up Sex toy stores are crammed with even more toys than I've had a chance to mention in this chapter. The best way to find out everything they have is to take a shopping trip. You'll see that they sell lots of novelty toys, which sometimes make better joke gifts than anything. These include things like blow-up dolls or blow-up sheep. It's not very common for people to actually make love to plastic dolls or animals, but I estimate that you'll find them gift-wrapped for the groom-to-be at about 7 out of 10 bachelor parties., If you're interested in moving away from the joke gifts and into some more hard-core sex toys you can check out the S/M type of toys. These include: blindfolds, hanging seats or slings (which suspend you in midair), leather buckling bonds (so you can clip your lover's wrists or ankles together in one motion), slappers (for a friendly spanking), whips (for a more intense spanking), nipple clamps (to tease or pinch the nipples), fleece paddles (which soften the sting of your love taps), and wrist and ankle restraints (which may release, rather than restrain, your lover's inhibitions). The fact is, those crafty (and horny!) sex toy manufacturers are coming out with new products every day. You can never have enough toys, can you? So go ahead and fill up that shopping cart today. Do-It-Yourself Sex Toys Don't feel like shopping? Well, you may have just what you need in your very own home to make for a sexy evening. For starters, check your dresser. Open your drawers and remove your collection of scarves, or take a few ties from your tie rack. These silky items can be used to blindfold or tie up your partner, so that some especially sensory fun can be had. And what's that on top of your dresser? It's a hairbrush, isn't it? You can use it to brush your lover's hair, and then have yours brushed, before you turn the other cheek, bend over, and enjoy a spanking., Not into spanking? Well, then masturbate with the brush (the smooth handled end, of course). Almost any shaft-shaped, smooth object can be used for penetration, but not all of them should. Before using a homemade sex toy, make sure that there are no sharp edges, and no burrs or protrusions on the surface that could scratch or cut your flesh. For added comfort and protection from bacteria and possible infections, put a condom on the “toy.” Remember that the stiffer it is, the more likely it is to cause pain instead of pleasure. The vagina and anus are not straight canals, so sex toys used for insertion will work and feel much better if they're pliable. In the kitchen, of course, you find food, glorious food. Forget what your parents told you about not playing with your food. Now that you're all grown up, you can play with your food in wild ways that you never dreamed of. Check out Chapter 15 for detailed tips on how to use all different kinds of foods as sex toys. Lovin', Not Druggin' Some people feel a desire to add drugs to their sexual interaction. Although many drugs do, of course, affect both mental and physical states, they are not toys and should not be played with. Drugs and sex do not mix in ways that are positive for most people. You should very carefully examine why you may want to add drugs to your life and sex life before you start experimenting. You can most certainly find safer, better, legal ways to give you a natural high during sex. Alcohol, a legal drug, is often used in a sexual context to “loosen you up,” but it is actually a depressant. While a drink or two may help you overcome your inhibitions, more than 4 ounces can become a depressant, causing temporary impotence for a man. It can most certainly impair your decision-making abilities about whether and how you want to have sex, and about whether you are using condoms and birth control properly. It can also limit your abilities to slow down or halt sexual activities that you would otherwise not choose to participate in. So enjoy a drink or two, but make that your limit. Marijuana, while touted as a powerful aphrodisiac, cannot create passion where none exists. It makes some people feel hornier, as they report more intense, longer-lasting, increased arousal when under the influence. But others find that marijuana has the opposite effect of tranquilizing them. In any case, don't forget, it is illegal, and like any drug, it can be dangerous!, Amyl nitrite (a.k.a. poppers), an illegal drug, is said to cause a temporary relaxation of muscles in the vascular system, creating oxygen deprivation and a “rush,” that relaxes anal and vaginal muscles. However, poppers create vicious headaches, and can be damaging to the nervous system. Pills like Ecstasy, as well as hallucinogenic drugs like LSD and mushrooms, are also illegal drugs that are said to affect sexual desire. Yet as with any drugs, they can be dangerous and unpredictable. Cocaine is said to elevate the level of perceived arousal, for both men and women, but it also is said to lead to some powerful after-high depression. On-going use of cocaine may lead to paranoia, physiological dependency, and impotence, as well as financial and criminal consequences. Why mess up your life because you think drugs can give your sex life a buzz? Instead, try to enjoy the natural highs of sexual arousal. If you are looking for something extra, some good old-fashioned sex toys should give you the buzz you need.,

Chapter 20 Swingers and Dominants and Men in Skirts, Oh My!

Wigs, paddles, blindfolds, high-heeled shoes…sound intriguing? If it does, then perhaps you could be turned on by alternative sex. Maybe you have already experimented with some of these things, and you may not even realize it. What about that sexy feeling that you get when you're wearing new silk panties or boxers? Or the rush you get when you and your partner act out one of your sexual fantasies? Or what about the “love tap” that you give to your partner's butt? Those are all small aspects of alternative sex., Alternative sex consists of role playing, crossdressing, group sex, fetishism, or S/M. Perhaps you have thought about trying some of these things, but you just didn't know where to start. Well, it's easy. All you have to do, is talk about it with your partner, gain knowledge of what you'd like to do, and then get creative., Role Playing: Make-Believe and Make Out Do you ever feel like you are stuck playing one role throughout your entire life? Does your career role define who you are, and are you tired of playing doctor, teacher, accountant, or writer? Are you sometimes exhausted by always playing the same role to your family, and you wish that for one day you could switch roles with your mother, father, husband, wife, son, or daughter? If the idea of playing a different role in life interests you, then perhaps you and your partner would enjoy pretending that you are other people when you have sex. For some people, assuming a different role during sex can be a highly erotic experience. As I discussed in Chapter 17, you should not always act out your fantasies. Because role playing is acting out a fantasy, you and your partner need to talk it out first. When you talk, you can create a kind of “script” of what you want to do. Talking gives you the chance to discuss your feelings, fears, and expectations. You should also be able to completely agree on what sorts of behaviors you'll be participating in before experimenting with role playing., So how can role playing work for you if you decide to try it? For one thing, it may free you from the everyday roles you already assume. For example, if you're a doctor, you might choose to play the role of a patient who is being examined, enabling you to experience vulnerability. Or you may want to act out roles that remind you of what you were like when you were younger, like pretending you are both virgins, or that one of you is a high school cheerleader and the other is the captain of the high school football team. Role playing can allow you to experience hidden parts of yourself and your lover. Then you can experience new sexual feelings with the excitement of each new role. The number of roles you can assume is limited only by your imagination. To give you some help with your imaginative endeavors, consider the following sampler of the role play possibilities: • Service-oriented roles: playing a maid, butler, slave, geisha girl, harem girl, or prostitute to a partner who is in the role of master of the house, sheik, or john. • Power-based roles: playing casts one partner in a structurally higher position of authority, based on recognized familial or professional roles, such as “teacher/student” or “mother/baby,” “police officer/criminal,” and the favorite among Republicans and Democrats alike, “president/intern.” • Force fantasies: leading to roles of “aggressor” and “victim” and including acting out fantasies of domination or rape. Remember, these are just role plays; they are always consensual and no one is hurt!, • Celebrity-based roles: assuming the persona of a famous person, who may be famous for seemingly positive things, e.g., Marilyn Monroe, or negative ones, e.g., the Marquis de Sade. • Animal roles: include pretending that you are a puppy that needs to be trained as well as played with, a horse that needs to be broken and ridden, or a sheep that has wandered away from a disciplining but caring shepherd. As you can see, there's a lot to choose from. You can act out almost any role you can think of. Just make sure that you and your partner talk it all out and agree on all of the terms before the role playing begins. If you are both into it, try a little role playing to add some theatrics to your sex life. Photo by Patricia McDonough Crossdressing: What's Under That Skirt?, Dustin Hoffman in Tootsie. Robin Williams in Mrs. Doubtfire. Dennis Rodman in a wedding dress. Howard Stern as Miss America. Or some of the guests on the Jerry Springer show. You have probably seen many images of crossdressers and transsexuals portrayed in the media. But do you know who these people really are, and why they enjoy looking or feeling like the opposite gender?, Crossdressers are people who wear clothes of the opposite gender to satisfy their emotional, erotic, or cultural needs, or even just for a special occasion, like for Halloween or for a role in a movie. There is nothing abnormal about a man putting on women's clothes or a woman putting on men's clothes. Most crossdressers are heterosexuals, and they may be men or women. Sometimes you also hear the word “transvestite” to refer to crossdressers. That means the same thing. In fact, trans in Latin means “cross” and vest in Latin means “dress.” However, people who live this lifestyle prefer the term “crossdresser,” because they may think that “transvestite” has a more clinical, or even pejorative, tone. Just because a man is a crossdresser it does not mean he's gay, or that he even wants to have sex. If a woman crossdresses, it does not mean that she is a lesbian. Being a crossdresser is about gender—not sex. Gender is the way you perceive yourself as a man or woman. Sex is more about your sexual orientation, or who you want to have sex with. Put simply: Gender is between your ears and sex is between your legs., Crossdressers want to look like the opposite gender, but that does not have to hurt their relationships. In fact, most crossdressers are married and have children. As I said, crossdressing is generally not about sex at all—it's about breaking away from the roles that society forces people to play. For example, a man who feels confined all day at work in his suit and tie might feel a great release when he gets home and changes into a dress. Or a woman may want to “pass” as a man one night so she can feel the power that a man may feel when he wears a business suit. Also, some crossdressers love to, look at the way they appear in mirrors when they are dressed as the opposite gender. They may admire themselves (unless they have partners who shower them with compliments) to feel good about the way they look when they feel more at ease with their gender. Don't confuse crossdressers with transsexuals. They are not the same! Transsexuals believe that the gender they were born with is not the one they were meant to have. To remedy this, some transsexuals choose to undergo hormone therapy and/or sex reassignment surgery. But a person does not have to undergo sex reassignment surgery to be a transsexual. As long as that person thinks that he or she was meant to be in the body of the other gender, that person is still a transsexual, operation or not. To remember the difference in these terms, think about Latin roots of the words. Trans-means “change” and sexual means “sex.” So transsexuals want to change their sex, as opposed to crossdressers who only want to change their clothes., Photo by Mariette Pathy Allen, from her book Transformations: Crossdressers and Those Who Love Them, Here's one more term for you: Transgender is the umbrella term that includes all people who have a desire to experience some or all of the qualities of the opposite gender. That includes both crossdressers and transsexuals. Once someone figures out that he or she is transgendered, it is not always an easy issue to deal with. For example, if a man wants to dress like a woman, and for his whole life he has been hiding that fact from everyone who is close to him, he may feel very isolated and confused. Maybe when no one is at home, he secretly crossdresses, just to feel good for himself. But he may feel so guilty afterward that he throws away his dresses and vows never to crossdress again. This man should understand that there is nothing wrong with him, and that crossdressing is just a normal, natural part of his identity. However, to get to that point, and to be able to tell the people in his life, first he may need to talk to others in the transgender community or to a therapist who specializes in these issues. Many transgender people are happy with themselves and this unique aspect of their identity once they accept and understand it! For more information, you can find reference numbers in Appendix B of this book. In addition to people who enjoy experiencing life as the opposite gender, there are also people who are not transgendered, but who like to have sex with those who are crossdressers or transsexuals. As with any sexual orientation, this is just another variation of sexual expression, and it's as normal as anything else. Whether you're a man or woman, a crossdresser or transsexual or not, the way you express your gender is unique to you, and you should enjoy that uniqueness and the pleasures you derive from it., Fetishes: May I Touch Your Feet? Would you think that it was odd if you were flirting with someone and before you had ever kissed, the person asked to touch your feet? If that were to happen, you could probably assume that the person has a fetish. A fetish is an attraction to a nonsexual object or body part that arouses one in a sexual way., When a body part is fetishized, the person feels more aroused by that seemingly nonsexual part than he or she would from a typical sexual body part. It's easy to imagine a man who has a breast fetish—that is, a man who needs to touch or kiss a breast in order to achieve orgasm. Now stretch your mind a little, and you can probably imagine a person who has a foot fetish—who needs to touch or lick or suck or kiss a foot in order to soar to orgasmic heights. For many people, an object can become a fetish accidentally in childhood. For example, if an 11-year-old boy sees a woman undressing for the very first time in his life, and she is taking off a red silk tank top, then it's possible that for the rest of his life, he will be most aroused when he sees a red silk tank top. Sometimes fetishes develop during the teen years and are often associated with a person's first sexual experiences. Maybe the smell of leather makes a girl's nipples stand at attention because her first boyfriend was wearing a bomber jacket the first time he kissed her. Or if the first girl a guy has sex with had her hair in a ponytail, he might need nothing more than a glimpse of a ponytail to become instantly erect. Fetishes may include certain items of clothing. Bras, garter belts, stockings, lingerie, and high-heel shoes are considered erotic by many people. When someone has a fetish for this type of clothing, he or she may need to see it, touch it, or wear it to get aroused. Some people have fetishes for seeing their partner in a uniform from a particular job, such as a policeman, maid, cheerleader, marine, or military officer. Some other common fetish outfits include clothes made of leather, latex, or rubber that are cut in a style that displays the body in a sexually provocative fashion. This type of “fetish wear” is available (and expensive) from sex stores and catalogs., Fetishes are a normal aspect of human sexuality. The fact is that some things are just more arousing to some people than they are to others. Fetishes are extremely individual. The only time that a fetish is problematic is if it gets in the way of someone's life or love life. For example, if a woman can't enjoy sex unless she's having it on an oak desk in a man's office, then her fetish for oak desks might become a problem. She might get caught having sex at work, or maybe she will cheat on her partner every time she happens upon someone with an oak desk. However, most people can control their fetishes enough to enjoy sex and relationships, and hopefully, they are able to share their little eccentricities with their partners in a fun and healthy manner. Group Sex: All Together Now Imagine the thrill of being touched all over by three sets of hands. Or kissing someone, while someone else is having oral sex on you and a third person is giving you a back, massage. Or watching your partner have sex with someone else while you are also having sex with another person. Group sex is sexual interaction involving three or more people. It can be a threesome, ménage a trois, foursome, an orgy, or it can be called “swinging.” Swinging is the term used for recreational sex that usually involves two or more heterosexual couples (often two married couples). Swingers make group sex more of a lifestyle than those who just try group sex once or twice. If you feel the desire to have more than one sexual relationship at once, you're entering complicated territory. As with any sexual choice, there are pros and cons to having group sex. Some of the pros are: • You will add a large network of friends and lovers, thus easing the pressure to find that one, right “Mr. or Miss Perfect” who meets all your needs. • You may stay friends with ex-lovers, which lessens a feeling of abandonment after the sexual relationship ends., • There is no such thing as an “affair” to threaten your primary relationship. Neither you nor your spouse will have to be tempted to end your relationship with each other simply to date or have sex with another person. On the negative side: • You may find that when you have multiple lovers it is hard to manage your time effectively. More lovers mean less time with each of them as well as less time for you to be alone. • These lifestyles are not widely accepted. Practicing one may expose you to criticism and arguments from monogamists who consider your behavior “cheating,” even if you and your partners don't. • You may have deep issues surrounding jealousy and mistrust that do not surface until you get into group sex. Then once these issues surface, they could hurt your primary relationship. If you decide to broaden your sexual experiences and get involved in group sex, there are many ways to start. Swinging couples often meet at swinging clubs and parties. These arrangements can be either “on-premises,” which means you can engage in sexual activities right there, or “off-premises,” which means you leave the party or club to go to a hotel room or the home of one of the couples. It's also common for swingers to meet through newsletters, personal ads, and Internet bulletin boards and chat rooms. Check Appendix B in this book for some resources., Photo by Voller Ernst Although there are many different types of group sex activities, there are some common arrangements and activities and some standard rules of the game. Sex during threesomes may or may not involve same-sex interaction. A typical threesome involves a man, his female partner, and another woman. Threesomes involving two men and a woman are not as common, yet they do occur and are as normal as any type of alternative sexual behavior. Group sex certainly allows for voyeurism, so even if not all three of you are having sex with each other equally, at least you can see everything that's happening to each of you. In some group sex situations, the man wants to see the two woman together (every man's fantasy, right?!), or the woman wants to see her man with another woman, while she's there to supervise. Some people just want to grope each other without even having intercourse at all., If a man wants to be with two women at once, he has to realize that for the women, this is a bigger deal than just having group sex—it also means experiencing some aspects of bisexuality that she may or may not be comfortable with. The same goes for a situation in which a woman wants to watch her man with another man. Decide for yourself if this is something you want to try. Don't let someone else talk you into something you have no interest in participating in., How do you know if group sex is right for you? Well, it's not a panacea for sexual tension or trouble between couples. If you and your partner are having trouble communicating on any level, you should see a therapist, not join a swinging club. Group sex is also not for those who just want to cheat on their spouse. In addition, it certainly is not for those who suffer from jealousy, mistrust, or who feel at all unsure of their partner, themselves, or their relationship. Of course, safer sex is a must for people who engage in group sex, so if you try it, you must be committed to using condoms and other precautions. Group sex is only right for couples who are mature enough to handle the physical and emotional aspects of the lifestyle, and both members of the couple should want to try to enjoy it. S/M: Taking the Blindfold Off, Did you ever fantasize about what it would feel like to be spanked, tied up, or blindfolded? Have you ever imagined how you would feel if you were to totally give up all control to your lover or maybe take total control over him or her? You and your partner may have already done a lot of talking about your sexual fantasies and have a good idea of which ones will stay in your imagination, and which ones you'll act out. Maybe at some point, though, you found that you're both interested in exploring some activities and fantasies that involve an exchange of power or pain. I stress both, because that is the first rule of sadomasochism, or S/M: It must be consensual. Otherwise it is abusive and harmful. As long as it is consensual, S/M is as healthy, valid, and erotic as any sexual choice that turns a person on. The biggest buzzwords involved with S/M are not whips, chains, and pain. They are safe, sane, and consensual. In fact, the expression, “safe, sane, and consensual,” has been adopted as a slogan by the S/M community as a means of educating the general public about the fact that S/M activities can and should be just that. Although it's no surprise that leather, handcuffs, whips, chains, and pain may come to mind when S/M is mentioned (because it does sometimes involve those things), underneath it all, S/M is really about power. S/M is about an exchange of power in which one partner agrees to be, dominant over the one who agrees to be submissive for the sexual relationship, and sometimes in other aspects of their relationship. Roles are integral to an S/M relationship, and they allow power to be delegated and enacted by the participants. The roles that are assumed during S/M are the roles of who will be in charge and who will follow the commands. The “S” in S/M stands for sadist, and the “M” stands for masochist. Other terms for the sadist are master or mistress, dominant, or most commonly, top. Other terms for masochist are slave, submissive, or most commonly, bottom. The top (dominant partner) in an S/M relationship, is passionate about taking control of exactly what is, and is not, going to occur during the sexual experience. The bottom (submissive partner) consents to allowing the top to take control, and in fact derives great pleasure from relinquishing control. A male or female can play either role, and while in some relationships these roles remain steadfast, they could also be fluid and changeable. Photo by M. Toyoura, Once a couple determines who's the top and who's the bottom, they then figure out which S/M behaviors they might like to experience. Most people consider spanking and restraint to be basic forms of S/M. An increased practice of spanking may lead to using whips, chains, paddles, cat-o'-nine-tails (a special S/M toy that looks like a bunch of small whips tied together) or even a horseback-riding crop. Some people may also get into scratching, pinching, hair pulling, or anything else they can think of. Similarly, if restraint interests them, they may start by holding their partner's hands above his or her head during sex. If this is enjoyable to them, they may move on to tying up, their partner using scarves, ropes, handcuffs, or chains, and also using blindfolds. Another large part of S/M for some people is verbal humiliation, which means that the top says derogatory, cruel, or degrading things to the bottom. If people choose to practice verbal humiliation, it may go on at the same time as any other S/M behavior. When people practice S/M, sometimes they engage in intercourse, oral sex, anal sex, masturbation, or mutual masturbation, and sometimes they just engage in S/M behaviors without having sex. Sometimes they have sex after the S/M behaviors are finished. It's all a matter of personal desires, and it could vary with each encounter., As people get more involved in S/M, they may explore a greater variety of S/M practices, some even rather hard core practices. You can read more about these practices in books that specifically deal with S/M, or you can learn how to do them from sessions offered at S/M organizations. Some of these include: fisting (skillfully inserting a hand in the rectum until the fingers form a fist); piercing (getting rings pierced into genitals, tongue, or any body part); hot wax (dripping hot wax on one's lover); watersports (urinating on one's partner); and sensory deprivation (covering the mouth, nose, eyes, and ears so that no senses in these areas can be felt). You must never try any of these S/M activities without having detailed, accurate knowledge of exactly how to do it safely. And as always, you must have your partner's complete consent if you want to do any of these things! Once you and your partner decide what types of things you want to do when you practice S/M, you have to talk about, or script out, what you want to do during the S/M, scene. S/M is meant to be consensual: Partners agree on the boundaries and behaviors ahead of time. While you are scripting out what you want to do, if you decide that you want to experiment with any sort of play where one of you wants to pretend to resist or to pretend not to like what's happening, it's a good idea to establish a “safeword.” The safeword is uttered when either of you becomes uncomfortable, or just needs a break. Using a word like “stop” for your safeword is not a good choice, because it's so common—and one of you will probably start using it when what you really mean is “don't stop!” A word like “red” or “camel” is a better bet—unless you're doing a harem girl scene! Photo by David Perry, Although safewords can be a good way to differentiate between pretend distress and real distress, you should not rely on them too heavily to protect you. No safeword can eliminate the need to be sure you can trust your partner to stop. If you're playing these S/M games with someone you don't know well and who might be abusive, then saying “camel” isn't going to make him or her stop anymore than saying “no” is. Before you you and your partner begin any S/M activity, always be sure you can trust each other to stop when either of you wants to stop. Safety is extremely important for beginners. It is most important to be aware that S/M is powerful stuff. If you want to get involved with S/M first you have to educate, yourself. You have to completely understand that these behaviors are only meant to be consensual. You should then learn about how your body works, and how your partner's body works. Read up on the practices you want to explore. If you want to try them, first get detailed instructions from reliable, trustworthy people who already practice S/M. If you live in a medium to large city, there's probably an organization around with the mission of educating people on safe ways to fulfill their S/M desires. If you want to learn more, find that organization, attend their meetings, and ask them lots of questions. You can also ask more about S/M at sex toy stores that sell S/M toys, and you can check on the Internet for more information and support groups in your area. Some are listed in Appendix B of this book. You can also find nightclubs where people who are into S/M can get together, so you can enjoy this sexual lifestyle in the company of others who share your preferences. The world of S/M is as big as you want it to be. Just don't let your fantasies get too far ahead of your knowledge—for the sake of both you and your partner! Can Alternative Sex Go Too Far?, There's an old saying: “Erotic is when you use a feather; kinky is when you use the whole chicken.” It's true that many people judge sexual lifestyles that are different from their own, especially when they don't understand the sexual practices that are part of those lifestyles. If you're into any of the behavior discussed in this chapter, people might say that you are “kinky.” Yet for the most part, no matter how exotic your individual sexuality is, it is normal and natural for you., We all have individual personalities and therefore, our sexuality is unique. There's nothing wrong with enjoying crossdressing, or fetishes, or group sex, or pain or domination or role playing. There's also nothing wrong with not enjoying any of those things. The only times that your sexual interests are not healthy—the times when things go too far—are when you're putting yourself in danger or hurting someone else. If you ever force or manipulate anyone to participate in any sex act against his or her will, then you must get help from a therapist to treat your problem immediately. (If the police don't get to you first!) As far as not hurting your own life because of your sexuality, you need to make sure that your sex life does not take over your entire life. If you are obsessed with your sexual lifestyle, then you probably need to see a therapist to gain some perspective on why this is happening to you. Sex should be one aspect of your life—not an all consuming idea that absorbs you every second. So enjoy your individual sexuality, but keep it as only one aspect of who you are., Chapter 21 Tantric Sex: The Big Om, Have you ever fantasized about what it would be like to feel totally connected to your partner? Imagine feeling so close that it seems as if your energies are combined, and you are one. Well, this kind of togetherness doesn't have to be just a figment of your imagination. There are sexual expressions that can put you totally in touch with your lover in such a way that it elevates your level of intimacy. Some of you are probably saying “Connectedness? Energy? Enough with the mystical promises of passion! Give me straight old sex any day.” But if you're into learning how to release the pressures of day-to-day life, and make a sexual-spiritual connection with your partner, then read on—this chapter is for you!, We live in a fast-paced world, and we do many things on the run—including sex. Many people realize the importance of slow and intimate lovemaking and are looking for more sensual ways of being sexual. This chapter will help you understand what it means to be fully aware of your sexuality and sensuality. I'm not describing some strange religion or quick-fix tip, but rather a way of being sexual through emotional closeness and spirituality. This chapter will expose you to the basics of harmonized breathing and the idea of energy, which flows all around us. If you approach this subject with an open mind—without writing it off as flaky or too touchy-feely—then you might just find some new ways to enhance an already amazing sex life or add some spice to a bland one. What Is Tantra? Tantra is a spiritual means of sexual expression that is said to heighten and prolong the connection that exists between lovers. Tantra originated from Taoist and Buddhist philosophies. Followers of Tantra take much of their learning from yoga to discover a connection between the body and the spirit. They say that they become in tune with the energy in their bodies by using breathing techniques and meditation. When they make love in Tantric sexual positions, they breathe in sync with their partner, and look directly into their partner's eyes. They say that during this type of sex, they can feel their sexual energies combine with their partner's, and as they orgasm, their combined energy lifts up to the heavens and they become one with the universe. The bonding is said to create a deep divine experience for both of them., One of the basic Tantric philosophies is that sex—like life—is not about the destination, it's about the journey. People who practice Tantra believe that to have amazing sex, you should not concentrate on your expectations or your partner's expectations, and sex should not be goal-oriented. In other words, the concept of “achieving” an orgasm, and the notion that an orgasm is the “climax” of sex, is contrary to the Tantric philosophy. Orgasm is not the most important part of Tantric sex. What is important is experiencing deep love and acceptance, and a feeling of a whole-body connection. In Tantra, sex is not just something you do with your body. Tantric sex celebrates the mind-body-spirit connection and teaches that sexuality is an essential part of your whole self. Is Tantra for You? Tantra is not for everyone. If you answer “yes” to the following, then Tantra might be right for you. You know you are ready to try Tantra when:, • You don't chuckle or guffaw at the idea of learning about Eastern philosophies • You enjoy setting the stage for long, lingering sensual and sexual encounters • You can relax completely, enjoying all of the sensations that come from touching and being touched • You don't start giggling if you try to sit quietly and look into your lover's eyes. • You enjoy orgasms as much as the next person, but you can enjoy sex without worrying whether or not you'll have one • You are open to discovering your spiritual side Although all of this talk about Tantra may seem completely otherworldly, it can be quite grounded. It involves some level of commitment, at least in terms of the time you have to spend to cultivate the kind of intimacy that practitioners claim is possible. If you're willing to take it slowly and set aside some time to practice (it's better than piano lessons!), then Tantra just might be for you. The Tantric Way Tantric sex is the polar opposite of “wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am.” Much of Tantra is about lovingly touching each other, because as the Taoists believe, the energy in your body is recharged when you are touched for a long period of time. Part of the Tantric sex ritual involves sexual positions that can help prolong the sexual interaction and provides a fuller, whole-body, sensual experience. You can expect to be delighted for hours during the sex ritual, and you may even find that you feel an intense, intimate connection to your partner for days afterward. Before you start any of the exercises, here are a few tips: • Start slowly. Don't push yourself beyond what feels good or natural. • Practice Tantra in a room that's warm, comfortable, and inviting. • Eliminate distractions. Unplug the phone, lock the door, turn off the television., • Take the time to rest and enjoy being close to each other after you've finished. Remember, it's not a quickie. Breathing in Harmony Harmonized breathing is an integral part of Tantric sex. Just like in all yoga disciplines, breathing helps the participants establish a kind of meditative state. When you're practicing Tantra, your breath should consist of four parts. Try this: 1. Inhale slowly. 2. Hold the inhalation for a few seconds. 3. Exhale slowly. 4. Hold the breath out for a few seconds., Tantric couples practice breathing together in sync to help them achieve harmony within their bodies, which is said to lead to greater harmony within their relationship. Here's a basic exercise that will help you and your lover get in sync: • Assume the spooning position, with both of you on your left sides, facing in the same direction. According to Tantric wisdom, this position is conducive to energy flow. • Close your eyes and relax into this nurturing position. Try to focus on your breathing, using the steps I just described. When you feel comfortable with the rhythm of your own breath, move your concentration to your partner's breath. • Then, try to get your breathing in sync with your partner's. Relax. Breathe in and breathe out at the same time. Continue this synchronized breathing for 5 minutes. This breathing exercise can be done anytime. It's a great way to start your day! There are other breathing exercises that you can do once you've mastered the basics. Check out one of the many books about Tantra at your local bookstore for more information. How You Balance Each Other As you start to get physically close, notice the opposition of the male and female energy and body parts that go together for a perfect balance. This is called the yin and yang. By holding, caressing, and slowly kissing, a man and a woman can feel how they are different from each other. They can feel the obvious gender differences in their bodies and how they complement each other for balance., People who practice Tantra believe that the perfect sexual balance is achieved between a man and a woman because of this opposition. This is not to say that gays and lesbians cannot practice Tantra. It is just that it is not part of the ancient traditions of Tantra, because of the belief of ying and yang, male and female, energies combining to create one form. However, today anyone can practice Tantra. Whatever your gender or sexual orientation, the most important aspect of creating balance with your partner is having the desire to feel more connected! Beginning Tantric Sex Tantric practitioners typically begin each encounter by creating a scene that's conducive to intimacy. The following steps can bring you and your partner close together:, • You and your partner can sit nude and cross-legged on a rug or pillows on the floor in a darkened room. You can use soft lighting, candles, and either have the room silent or use New Age-type music to set the mood. • You should begin looking deeply into your partner's eyes. Not staring—really looking to try to see your partner for the wonderful person that you think he or she is. • While looking into each other's eyes, next you should each state how much you cherish and respect each other, and how you want to become closer. You can say something like, “I feel you are an important part of my world. I worship the love inside you and the love we share. I respect you. I want our love to combine with the universe.” • Then, while still sitting cross-legged and still looking into each other's eyes, hold each other's hands and start breathing in sync, breathing together deeply, in and out, as described earlier. • Once you are breathing in the same rhythm, you can start trying to feel the energy flowing within yourselves and between your bodies. With your eyes closed, you and your partner simultaneously begin tracing your hands around each other's bodies, without actually touching at first; in fact, your hands should be about 2 inches away. This way, after a few minutes, you'll be able to feel the heat and energy that is radiating from the other's body. • Once you're in tune with the energy that's flowing off of your partner, open your eyes, look into each other's eyes, and gently hold hands, while you keep breathing in sync. Concentrate on feeling the energy that's flowing back and forth between you and your partner—through your hands, your breathing, and your eyes. The longer you stay in this state, the more connected you may feel. Some people stay this way (silently, not talking!) for between 30 and 60 minutes, just enjoying the closeness., • After this point, you may begin engaging in foreplay by touching each other's genitals in slow, rhythmic ways. Tantrics say that a couple must have a harmonious steady flow of the “inner elixir” in order to be ready to have intercourse. In other words, the woman should be very wet and the man should have a firm erection. At this point, the couple can have intercourse, if desired. Riding the Wave If you've gotten this far, you probably understand that couples who practice Tantra are striving for heightened sensory awareness. But if you're a practitioner, you'll not only feel increased sensations during sex, you can also prolong the sex act. In Tantric sex, the buildup to the actual genital orgasm will be lasting and intense, because the foreplay and genital touching stage continues for a long time, even up to 2 hours if desired. In traditional sex, a couple most often gets into a thrusting rhythm that will lead to orgasm. In Tantra, you can stop and start in order to prolong the feelings. Some describe it as “riding the wave” of sexual energy. Riding the wave allows you to let the sexual energy build up, so that when you're finally ready to share the energy—to orgasm—the feeling is intensified because the energy is so ready to be released. It's as if every pore of your body is waiting for orgasm. The following steps illustrate what it means to “ride the wave”: • The man inserts his penis just an inch or so inside the woman's vagina, without thrusting. • He just rests his penis inside her for a few minutes to feel her body and her energy. • Then he withdraws his penis from her vagina and uses it to gently massage her clitoris and vaginal opening. • After a few minutes of this massage, he slides back inside her vagina again. • This cycle should be repeated several times. Most of the time, you should each feel as if you're hovering on the brink of orgasm., • When you finally decide to release into orgasm, the penis should remain inside the vagina, thrusting gently until climax. The man can also use his penis to massage the woman's clitoris until orgasm. Unlike traditional Western sex, in Tantra you should refrain from moaning or writhing around during heavy-petting and intercourse. Instead, it's important to always “stay present,” keeping your eyes open, your breathing deep and conscious, and really paying attention to the feelings in your body. People who practice Tantra say they feel the sensations of sex much deeper because they focus in this way. This will allow you to feel closer to each other and more spiritually connected to the universe around you., Tantric Sexual Positions Once you've mastered the Tantric art of prolonging the sex act, you may want to experiment with some of the hundreds of Tantric sexual positions. The positions that couples use for Tantric sex are as varied as the positions for any type of sex. Yet all of the Tantric positions have one basic similarity: They all allow the couple to feel close and connected. In these positions, you will be able to look into each other's eyes and touch each other to feel the security, trust, and love that comes through your Tantric connection. Lotus Sex Positions, A popular Tantric position is the “Lotus Sex Position.” In this position, the man and woman sit facing each other, with the man's penis inside the woman's vagina. The woman's legs would be wrapped around the man's butt, while his legs are either wrapped around her, or outstretched. In this position, a couple can have full eye contact. Also they can hold hands, or touch each other freely anywhere., Clasping Position Even the traditional man-on-top position finds a more spiritual way for the man and woman to connect. The “Clasping Position” looks just like man on top except for one difference: The woman keeps her legs wrapped around the man's waist. This allows for more body contact, as well as a slower pace for the sex. The man does not thrust hard or repeatedly (as some men do in traditional man on top) because her legs are there to guide him more gently instead. They can also look at each other and touch each other, too. Cupped Position Another position is the “Cupped Position.” In this position the couple lies side by side and face to face, with his penis inside her vagina. But rather than thrusting, as a couple would usually do in this position, they would each move their thighs up and down and back and forth to create friction. This rubbing can feel good and even bring on orgasm. This is a good way of being sexual for a couple who wants a calmer and more meditative, lasting way of having sex. If desired, this can lead into gentle thrusting. In any position, the couple should remember to focus on the feeling of the energy of the penis combining with the energy of the vagina, and focus on feeling the energy rising up through their bodies, into their minds, and out into the universe. The basic tenants of Tantric sex apply no matter what position a couple is in. That means that sex should be sacred—enjoyed and shared by a couple as a beautiful act that gives great pleasure and brings two people closer together., The Full-Body Orgasm In traditional Western sex, when a woman has an orgasm, she usually feels it originate from her clitoris, or sometimes from inside her vagina. When a man engages in, traditional sex, he most often feels the orgasm originate in his penis and testicles, as his ejaculation shoots out. But when you're practicing Tantra, you can feel the orgasm all over your body in a prolonged, peaceful, warming way. The orgasm in Tantra is part of the feeling of the energy exchange—the mystical feeling of connectedness that radiates throughout the body. The “full-body orgasm” is the sensation that every part of your body is vibrating in orgasm. It will occur when you're in tune with your energy and your partner's energy. Here are the most important things you need to do to have a full-body orgasm: • Look. Open your eyes and look at your partner to experience the moment of orgasm. • Relax. Let your body ease into orgasm, and let it move any way that feels natural. • Breathe. Take deep and conscious breaths in and out, in and out, while you are having your orgasm to be more aware of the sensations in your whole body. • Focus. Pay attention to how the nerve endings stimulated in your genitals send quivers of good feelings throughout your whole body. Be aware of where you feel every sensation. You cannot block out the world, or clamp your eyes shut when you are coming, as people often do. If you stay present and aware of yourself and your partner, then you will feel your whole body tingle. Being in love helps facilitate all of these feelings even more. When people are in love, they will feel an even more intense love when they are looking deeply into each other's eyes during orgasm. Thus leading to a more loving connected feeling, and a full-body orgasm during sex. Withholding Ejaculation, According to some ancient Tantric beliefs, men may be able to add another dimension to the full-body orgasm by trying to have orgasms without ejaculating. What's that you say? Well, let me explain. It was thought by some people who practiced ancient Tantra that when a man ejaculates, he expends energy that he preciously needs. They thought that if a man can retain his semen, then he would have more energy for his orgasm, and would be able to continue being sexual with a woman for a longer time. Today we know that this ancient logic is flawed! It is a myth. Even if a man ejaculates it certainly does not mean that he has lost his energy, or that he has lost all hope of continuing that sexual encounter. In fact, it is perfectly fine if a Tantric couple (or any couple) continues sexual stimulation for a long time after a man ejaculates and loses his erection. Yet, that having been said, some men who are devout followers of Tantra still strive to separate orgasm from ejaculation and withhold ejaculation. Then the big question is: Can this really be done? The answer is maybe. As you might remember from Chapter 7 of this book, which describes how the male sex organs work, orgasm and ejaculation, are two separate functions. It is therefore possible that a man is capable of having “dry orgasm,” orgasms without ejaculation. In order to try to do this, he would probably have to have years of advanced training in Tantra. He would have to master meditation techniques to help bring him to a level where he could focus on separating these two functions. And he would also have to train his body to physically withhold ejaculation, which is a major challenge, because it is not a naturally occurring state. The ability to withhold ejaculation is not a normal function of most men's bodies, so if you do want to try this, you should consult a doctor first. Trying this can cause bladder or prostate problems in some men. It can also cause sexual problems, psychological issues, or frustration and anxiety from “trying” to do this while having sex, rather than just enjoying sex. If this is still something you want to try, then you should go to a bookstore or New Age store to find more specific books on Tantric sex, which would explain this technique in detail. What you will probably find are descriptions of meditation techniques, as well as physical exercises that are similar to the “squeeze technique” used in sex therapy for men who ejaculate before they want to. (See Chapter 28 for more on that.) If you try any of these techniques, and you find that it doesn't work for you, do not worry about it, and don't try to force yourself to keep trying. Even if this separation of orgasm and ejaculation is not something that you want to do or something that you can do, you can still have a full-body orgasm. All you have to do is what I discussed in the last section: Pay attention to feeling the orgasm throughout your body, not just as some force that spurts out semen. During sex, be sure to breathe, focus, relax, and look at your partner, and you will feel orgasm intensely, even when you ejaculate. The main point of Tantric sex is to enjoy the pleasure of sex. Therefore, just enjoy what feels good instead!, How Tantra Can Improve Your Sex Life There are some people who choose Tantra as a complete sexual lifestyle. These people are most likely involved in other Taoist or Buddhist practices as well. However, the majority of Americans find that to solely practice Tantric sex seems, well, to use the most appropriate expression, foreign to them. But if you like the basic ideas about Tantric sex—such as feeling a closer, more connected, more spiritual bond with your partner—then you can use some of the aspects of Tantra in your own sex life. Tantra can improve your sex life by teaching you to: • Be in the moment during sex and stay present. Don't let your mind wander, or distractions interfere with your pleasure or your partner's. • Respect and appreciate your partner. • Have sex when you are completely ready, and do not to rush foreplay. • Orgasm is an important point, but it is not the point of sex. • Take advantage of all you can experience, and keep your eyes open to look at your partner during sex. You can take these ideas and incorporate them into any sexual lifestyle. Improving the amount of spirituality that you have in your sex life can only bring you closer to your partner, and maybe even closer to connecting with all the energy of the universe.,

PART 6 UNIQUE SEXUAL ISSUES

People are sexual in such diverse ways in all stages of life. There's a lot more to sexuality than the average male-female coupling. For some people, it's easy to accept that others may be gay, lesbian, and bisexual, but some folks approach this topic with fear or prejudice. In fact, being gay, lesbian, and bisexual is just a natural, wonderful part of sexuality for many individuals, and this part will help you understand that it is just a normal part of life. Sex and pregnancy, of course, is a completely different matter. Facing the many physical, emotional, and sexual challenges associated with this miraculous condition can sometimes be overwhelming. I'll show you how to make the most of your sex life during and after the 9 months. As for sex and aging, experience really does count—but if aging people face changes without knowing what to do to make themselves more comfortable, they can lose sight of what's important. Information provided here can help you keep it all in perspective regardless of how farsighted you may have become. You can have an amazing sex life throughout your entire life, for as long for as you live.,

Chapter 22 Happy to Be Gay

If I mention the names Ellen and Anne, and Elton, you most likely know exactly who I am talking about, and exactly why I am bringing them up. Today, we are on a first name basis with many gay, lesbian, and bisexual celebrities. But only a couple of decades ago, gays, lesbians, and bisexuals in our country were treated with much less acceptance. Of course, nowadays, things are not perfect. Gays, lesbians, and bisexuals are still discriminated against and are still sometimes misunderstood. That's why it is so important that you understand the simple fact that this is just a normal way of life for millions of people., Being homosexual is normal. It's just the way that at least 10 percent of our population happens to be. The term “gay” has become synonymous with homosexual, but don't forget that it also means happy. Be happy that being human provides so many ways to live and love. [PU]Alpha Books[/PU][DP]1998[/DP], This chapter is intended for gay readers and straight readers—and any readers who are in between. It'll help you understand your own sexual orientation, and it will help you gain a better understanding of how you love people of the same or opposite gender. Labels Are for Cans Because most people want to try to explain who is attracted to whom, we often try to label people's sexual orientation. But just because we use labels, like “straight” or “gay,” that is not the determining factor in what makes up someone's sexuality. The Encyclopedia Britannica simply isn't big enough to encompass all of the possible variations of human sexual orientation., If someone's sexual orientation happens to be gay, lesbian, or bisexual, it means that the person has the tendency to fall in love with people of the same sex (for bisexuals there is room for diversity). Your sexual orientation refers to how you think of yourself in terms of who you are sexually and romantically attracted to. Pure and simple, it's about who you love, desire, and in some cases, pine for. Every person has a unique sexual orientation—people are not just gay, lesbian, straight, or bi. The best way to explain the subtle differences in people's individual sexual orientations is to help you view sexuality as a continuum, that is, a range of all of the possible sexual orientations that change gradually from one orientation to the next. The next section will explain more about what I mean. The Sexual Orientation Continuum In the 1940s famed sexologist Alfred Kinsey developed The Kinsey Scale for Sexual Orientation, which is still the most used source for distinguishing different sexual orientations by describing the range of possibilities. It's a helpful starting place as you examine the wide range of sexual expressions that are often represented too simply by the words “gay,” “lesbian,” and “bisexual.” Kinsey advised that we not characterize people as either heterosexual or homosexual, but rather as individuals who have certain amounts of heterosexual and homosexual experiences., Take a look at the Kinsey scale below, and decide for yourself just where you fit in. To apply the Kinsey scale, you should consider not only your past and present sexual behavior, but also your past and present emotional attachments and your sexual fantasies. As you look at this scale you will no doubt be thinking about the attractions you feel and have felt. Remember, there is no right or wrong place to be on this scale. If you want to truly understand your sexual orientation, then you need to be honest with yourself, that's all. (There are no “bad” numbers, but isn't it interesting that the zeroes on the Kinsey scale are heterosexuals?) No matter what number you are, you are a unique person., From Zero to Six—Cruising the Kinsey Scale Kinsey # Orientation Preference (Consider your erotic, emotional, and fantasy life.) Zero Exclusively heterosexual Only members of the opposite sex need apply. You only feel desire, feel attracted to, fantasize about, and have sex with people of the opposite sex. One Predominantly heterosexual You are hetero, but you occasionally think someone of the same sex would be a fun, exciting, desirable sex partner. This may only be in your fantasies and fleeting desires. Two Bisexual, but leaning toward heterosexual Although you like vanilla and choose it more often, chocolate tastes good too. You have had some sexual contact with people of the same gender, even if you are mostly heterosexual. Three Bisexual Six of one, half dozen of the other—this is an expression, not an inventory. You feel attracted to men and women and desire them, or have them equally as sex partners. (table continued on next page), (table continued from previous page) Kinsey # Orientation Preference (Consider your erotic, emotional, and fantasy life.) Four Bisexual, but leaning toward homosexual. Most days, blue is your favorite color, but there's nothing wrong with pink, either. You prefer people of the same sex, yet you sometimes get turned on by people of the opposite sex. Five Predominantly homosexual Occasionally you think, hmmm, maybe someone of the opposite sex can ring my bell, and maybe they do. But you are most often with people of the same sex. Six Exclusively homosexual Only members of the same sex need apply. Wherever you think you fall on the scale, your heart knows you best. So listen to it, and acknowledge that your feelings of love and attraction are real, instead of trying to convince yourself otherwise. Listen to your libido, too—it knows some parts of you pretty well. Bi the Way As you may have noticed on the Kinsey scale, there are many ways for people to be bisexual. On the scale, people who seem to be 2s, 3s, or 4s are bisexual. That means that there are many different types of bisexuals. That often leads people to wonder: • Do bisexuals have sex with a woman one night and a man the next? • Does a bisexual enter an extended relationship with a man, and then when that ends, enter an extended relationship with a woman? • Do bisexuals ever have extended relationships with both men and women simultaneously? • Can someone call him or herself bisexual if the person feels attracted to people of both genders but has never (or rarely) actually had sex with someone of the same gender?, • Do some people call themselves bisexual only for a short period of time, simply because it is convenient to be with people of the same sex at a particular time in their life, i.e., if they are at a single-sex boarding school, in the army, or in prison? • Are some people bisexual, and then realize that they are gay, lesbian, or straight and change their sexual identity?, The answer to all those questions is “yes.” There are many possibilities of ways that people are bisexual. There are no rules for being bi. You don't get kicked out of the “bisexual club” if you have two male lovers in a row before you have a female one, or if you never have relationships simultaneously, or if you only label yourself as bisexual for a short period of time. Everyone's sexuality is unique. Every way of being bisexual is unique. And because of all these differences, there are many ways that people discover that they are bi. Some people become bisexual as a form of experimentation that spices up their love lives. For others, it's a deliberate choice that allows for whatever feels good. Some don't care about the gender of their partner because they're concerned with their own physical needs. Others gravitate towards a lover because of his or her personality—and it has nothing to do with sex or gender. Whatever the reason that causes someone to realize that he or she is attracted to both members of the same sex and the opposite sex, bisexuals should try to accept that this is just the way they are. But that is not always easy. Some people in the gay and lesbian community do not accept bisexuals. Some gays and lesbians think that bisexuals should choose if they are homosexual or heterosexual instead of being both. Much of the general public reacts to bisexuality with confusion. The media frequently portrays female bisexuality as something hip, sexy, and even sophisticated. But male bisexuality is usually portrayed negatively. (Have you ever heard Howard Stern talk about how much he loves bisexual women? Do you think he loves bisexual men as much?!) Some people fear that bisexual men could bring AIDS from gay men into the straight community. But that's not true. Practicing safer sex may prevent transmission of HIV, whether the people having sex are gay, lesbian, straight, or bi. AIDS does not discriminate based on sexual orientation., Being a bisexual man certainly does not double your chances for a date. In fact, stereotypically, if a bisexual man tells a straight woman that he is interested in her, she might have a tough time deciding if he is right for her; she may prefer a straight man. On the other hand, still stereotypically speaking, if a bisexual woman told a straight man that she was interested in him, he might think that her sexual orientation is a big turn on. Within the gay community, a gay man might prefer to be with a gay man, not a bisexual man, and a lesbian might prefer to be with a lesbian rather than a bisexual woman. Some bisexuals think that their life will be easier if they call themselves gay or lesbian around the gay and lesbian community, and call themselves straight around the straight community. But then if their worlds collide nothing has been made easier at all!, Even though they “play on both teams,” bisexuality is no “easier” than being gay or lesbian or straight. That's why bisexuals may benefit from seeking out specific support groups for bisexuals (rather than for gays and lesbians). Also, it can help to have friends who understand their desire for either gender. If you are bisexual, the more you surround yourself with people who accept you, the more likely you are to enjoy your individual sexuality. Why Are People Gay? I keep telling you that being gay, lesbian or bisexual is just a normal way that some people are. That might lead you to wonder why some people are the way the are. The fact is that no one really knows. Many people wonder: Is it a voluntary choice? A lifelong condition over which someone has no control? Is it a response to the role models a child is exposed to at home or school? Or is it a way some people are born, a result of genetics or prenatal hormones? There are a number of possible explanations for why some people are gay, lesbian, or bisexual. Some of them are: • Genetic predisposition: Dr. Dean H. Hamer found in his research in 1993 that there may be an area on the X chromosome that is responsible for homosexuality in some people. • Brain structure: Doctor Simon LeVay concluded from his research in 1994 that there may be a difference in brain structure in an area near the hypothalamus when he compared the brains of heterosexual men and gay men. • Exposure to hormones as a fetus: Some researchers believe that when a fetus is exposed to high levels of androgens, it could lead to heterosexuality in men and heterosexuality in women. • Early sexual experiences: Some behavioral psychologists theorize that sexuality is a learned phenomenon. They say that people's early sexual experiences may steer them toward homosexual behavior as a result of pleasurable same-sex encounters or a traumatic heterosexual experience., • Social conditioning: Some social psychologists think that if a man is effeminate, or a woman is tough, then he or she may be inclined to become gay, lesbian, or bisexual because he or she feels like maybe that community is where he or she “belongs.” Those are some possible explanations, but as you can see they are quite varied, and none of them have actually been proven to be completely true or false for all people. Therefore, the bottom line is nobody really knows why people are gay, lesbian, bisexual—or straight, for that matter!, Discovering and Accepting Homosexuality Discovering you are gay, lesbian, or bisexual may be tricky, because no single pattern fits everyone. Some people have suspected they might be gay, lesbian, or bisexual because they had childhood same-sex contact. (But that may or may not be true, because plenty of straight people had a same-sex experience in a bathtub or during a kissing game when they were children.) For others, the discovery process occurs only after trying to fit into the expected “straight” mold, and feeling like a square peg in a round hole. They may realize after trying to date people of the opposite sex that they just don't feel attracted to them, and suddenly they start to notice their attraction to people of the same sex. Other people say that they just knew their whole lives that they were gay, lesbian, or bisexual. They can remember things like having crushes on actors, like a guy who had a crush on Greg Brady when all his buddies were into Marcia., But these realizations do not come easily, since we live in a world that too often tries to force people to think that heterosexuality is the only normal way to be. Sometimes parents contribute to the confusion that their children feel about their sexual orientation when they are growing up. Some parents are so fearful that any “feminine” interests of their son's may lead to a gay life that they are quick to provide him with toy guns or model trucks, even if he's uninterested in those items. “Masculine” girls, or tomboys, who play with trucks or toy guns may be forced to wear ribbons in their hair and play with dolls. Situations like these further complicate the acceptance of self for any child. No matter how someone comes to the realization that he or she is gay, lesbian, or bisexual, there is, of course, a big difference between discovering it and accepting it. For many people, it's a deeply troubling area, filled with conflict and uncertainly over the implications of what it means to be homosexual in a heterosexual society, while others feel relieved and grateful to finally acknowledge a part of themselves perhaps long simmering., Come Out, Come Out, Whoever You Are When most gays, lesbians, or bisexuals decide that they want to come out of the closet (tell people in their lives that they are gay), they do it with a lot of forethought and care. They don't do it over a loud speaker like Ellen did on her television show, nor do they do it on the cover of Time as she did in real life. But when they do tell, they often feel as liberated as if they had done those things. An open declaration of your sexual orientation isn't a requirement, of being gay. You won't have your gay-ID revoked if you're closeted. Yet coming out has many advantages. Some of them are:, • You do not have to keep a major secret from your family and others you love. • You can date and socialize at gay bars freely, without the shame of sneaking around that you may have felt before. • You might find out that some of your friends or family members are also gay! • You can learn more about what it means to be gay if you are able to do things such as subscribe to a gay news magazine (such as the Advocate) or attending gay-related events (such as gay pride marches). • You can start feeling proud of who you are, rather than feeling guilty about it. Coming out can be a wonderful step toward living an open, honest, and fulfilling life, but coming out can also be a challenge. The process of “coming out” first involves recognizing and accepting that you are exclusively or predominantly—and continuously—oriented, toward members of the same sex. Then, once you accept yourself as gay, lesbian, or bisexual, you may decide that you are ready to come out to people who are close to you in your life, or even to reveal your sexual orientation to people who you do not know well at all. There is no doubt that many people find it easier to come out in the gay world than to share this truth with their heterosexual friends and family. They may even split their existences in two, “passing” for straight in the heterosexual world while choosing to keep this essential aspect of themselves private. Clearly, it's a road often taken, and one that should be viewed without judgment—for facing the risk of losing friends and family, along with social disapproval and economic hardship, is a harsh (and altogether too real) risk indeed. Regardless of just how far a person is willing to come out, some repercussions usually do occur. Many parents and family members (and some friends, of course) may be upset that their child or sibling is gay, lesbian, or bisexual, and hope that they can change him or her. They may urge their child to seek professional help to “straighten up.” In some cases, parents may strive to accept their child while remaining very uncomfortable, and in very unfortunate cases, may go so far as to disown their child. That's why if you are thinking about coming out, you take great care in when and how you tell people you suspect may not react as well as you would hope. Here are some things to keep in mind if you are going to come out to family and friends:, • Prepare to come out at a particular time. Never just come out in the middle of another conversation (or worse, in the middle of an argument). Arrange to talk with them when you can do it privately, without interruptions. Do not choose a stressful period, such as during a holiday or family event., • Before you say anything, tell these people how much you love them, and that you know you might surprise them with what you need to talk about, but you do not want them to get upset. • Expect that you might get a variety of reactions, ranging from anger or shock, to someone saying, “Are you joking?!” Also, realize that the initial reaction (positive or negative) often changes over time. Be prepared to deal with those changes. • After that first conversation, bring it up again in a day or two, so you can answer any lingering questions, or even just to check to make sure everything is okay. • Remember that it sometimes takes people time to accept it when they find out that someone they care about is different from what they had thought. (Hey, it probably took you some time to accept it when you realized you were gay!) So give it time. But do not let it affect your self worth if someone does not accept you. Have another support system of friends or a therapist who can be there for you if you need it. Although some gays, lesbians, and bisexuals may suffer undue discrimination, most are satisfied with their lives, and accept that their sexual orientation is just part of the way they are. That's why today, you don't always have to guess about people's sexual orientation. Millions of gays, lesbians, and bisexuals proudly come right out and tell you. Pride and Prejudice A big reason people have trouble resolving conflict over their sexual orientation and may have a tough time coming out is the very real consequences of homophobia. Homophobia is the hostility and fear that many people have about gays, lesbians, and bisexuals. Some psychologists believe that homophobia is partly a defense that people use to insulate themselves from something that strikes too close to home. In other words, they have such a fear that they might be attracted to people of the same sex that they are cruel to them. Whether that is the case or not, homophobia is expressed in many ways in our society. Derogatory terms like “faggot,” or “queer,” or “dyke” are commonly tossed around and meant to be insulting. Gays have been largely banned from the military and ostracized by the church (though there are an increasing number of church denominations that welcome gays, lesbians and bisexuals). Some have also been denied housing, jobs, bank loans, and the benefits of marriage (though “domestic partnership”, laws—laws that help couples of any sexual orientation obtain some of the rights of married couples—are being adopted in more and more cities). Because homophobia is basically a narrow-minded view of sexual orientation, it is no surprise that some of the “straight” world, particularly the so-called religious right, thinks homosexuals should “convert” to heterosexuality. The shadow of the AIDS epidemic has further challenged the gay, lesbian, and bisexual community. The fact is that AIDS is not a “gay disease.” All people who have sex are at, risk—straight, gay, lesbian, or bisexual. The gay community has not caused the spread of HIV or AIDS. In fact, the gay community, through organizations like the Gay Men's Health Crisis, has provided a tremendous amount of support for AIDS research, help for people with AIDS, and education to teach the general public about the prevention of HIV and AIDS. But news in the gay community is not only about prejudice—it's also about pride. Today, there are increasing numbers of gay, lesbian, and bisexual organizations that provide new meeting grounds and supportive environments. “Gay Pride” is a concept celebrated annually in most major cities like Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Boston, and New York. As part of gay pride, thousands upon thousands of gay, lesbian, and bisexual women and men publicly converge and celebrate, showing each other support for their culturally, politically, and racially diverse lifestyles. Also, all year long, on any given day, you can see gays, lesbians, and bisexual displaying their pride by wearing T-shirts, hats, or pins that display positive symbols of the gay community, such an upside-down pink triangle or a rainbow emblem. These are all signs that acceptance is greater than ever before, and increases every day., You can help increase this acceptance. Before you judge people based on your ideas of how and with whom they should be having sex, remember that this might just be the way that some people are born. Accept and enjoy the diversity—it's what makes the world go 'round (not straight, get it?). So, What Exactly Do You Do in Bed? A separate presentation of the sex lives of gays, lesbians, and bisexuals seems superfluous. The actual sexual acts are no different for gays than for heterosexuals. It's just a different combination of who's doing what to whom with which sex parts. If you have a penis, you may enjoy having it stroked, fondled, and orally stimulated. You may also enjoy penetrating your partner. If you have a vagina and a clitoris, you may enjoy having your vagina penetrated and your clitoris stimulated—manually and orally. And, well, everyone has an anus, so anal sex and oral-anal contact are options for any human—gay or straight, male or female. Heterosexuals kiss, fondle, stroke, lick, suck, and have intercourse—vaginal and anal. It shouldn't be surprising or shocking that gays, lesbians, and bisexuals do, too., Photo by Arthur Tress But it's important to explain that not all gay men are into anal sex, and not all lesbians run around with strap-on dildoes. This can be a part of sex for some people, but it is not something that people automatically do because they are attracted to people of the same sex. There are, in fact, gay men who never ever want to have any anal contact at all, and lesbians who never want to have vaginal penetration with sex toys. Just like with anyone, the sex acts that gays, lesbians, and bisexuals choose to practice are highly individual and vary in every relationship., Some people think that gays, lesbians, and bisexuals could be more sexually adventurous than some straight people, simply because they may have thought a lot about their sexual interests when they were in the process of discovering their sexual orientation. In other words, because straight people do not usually go through a conscious process of “discovering” that they are straight, they sometimes just become sexual without giving it as much thought. This could be true. However, being attracted to people of the same sex does not make one automatically more imaginative or adventurous. So, again, some straight people are very sexually creative, and some gay, lesbian, and bisexual people are not. It's all individual. Most people who are gay, lesbian, or bi do not see their homosexuality as a sexual lifestyle. They just think of it as a lifestyle. Or more simply put, they see it as a “life”—one of those inalienable rights. They experience being gay as just a part of their personality, part of the way that they exist in the world. In other words, it's not just Page:, about sex. But the truth is also that having sex with someone of the same sex is part of being gay, lesbian, or bisexual. (Not that there's anything wrong with that.) In fact, that part of their lifestyle can be amazing, too! Photo by Barnaby Hall,

Chapter 23 Sex and Pregnancy: What Are You Doing for the Next Nine Months?

You're pregnant! Does that mean it's time to sit back for 9 months, and put your life—and sex life—on hold to wait for the big day? Hardly. This can be a wonderful time to celebrate all of life, including your sex life. Although it's true that some women experience a decrease in libido during pregnancy, it is also true that some women experience an increase. Life is full of surprises, isn't it? Another surprise is the human body itself, and how its changes during pregnancy affect a woman's view, of her body and her sex life., Some women may think that they are sexy, glowing, and beautiful during their pregnancy. Yet others may think that they are bloated and practically asexual during their pregnancy. In addition to their attitude about themselves, their sex lives during their pregnancies are also, of course, affected by their partners' feelings. Some find their pregnant partners to be sexy, while others feel completely turned off or even afraid to have sex with their partners while they are carrying their child. But if both partners can overcome their inhibitions and fears, then they can have a great sex life during pregnancy. Of course there are some facts you should know and some new positions you might want to try, so read on., Changing Shape The first step in getting the pregnant woman, as well as her partner, to accept the changes in her body is to understand how the changes affect her. The two most noticeable changes to a woman's body during pregnancy are weight gain and that big pregnant belly that all people, including strangers, feel they have a right to touch. But other changes within her body may also have a dramatic affect on her. The amount of blood in her body increases in order to provide enough to the growing fetus. The added blood flow in the vaginal area—similar to the vasocongestion that men and women experience during sexual excitation—may make some women feel aroused during pregnancy. Women, when you're pregnant, the greater blood flow to your skin may make you feel warmer than usual. And, lucky girl, because of that, you may even experience that “glow,” which makes some pregnant women look so radiant. Also, you can expect your breasts to become big and full, which some women enjoy because they look more buxom. Sometimes the changes are not so pleasant. Nausea and vomiting in the first trimester can put a crimp in a once satisfying sex life. “Morning sickness,” despite its name, is not limited to the morning hours. The effects can extend throughout the day, not only affecting a woman's sexuality, but how she feels about the rest of her life, too. Some women become understandably preoccupied with maintaining control over their bodies in hopes of avoiding situations that will worsen the nausea. For some, this includes sex—any aspect of sex., Another thing that may inhibit sexual pleasure during those early months of pregnancy is breast tenderness. Some women's breasts become so sensitive that they may even feel bruised. Even if you enjoyed an energetic, roughhousing kind of sex before, you're probably not going to now. The word “gently” may become a large part of your vocabulary. Just as these physical changes start to make their mark on a pregnant women, the emotional changes that accompany pregnancy are certain to set in as well. As a woman's body changes, the very last thing she may feel is attractive, especially if she's feeling nauseous and bloated during the first trimester. The tiredness that many women experience during the first trimester only compounds this. Every cell in a mother-to-be's body is involved in adapting to meet the challenge of helping the baby develop. It makes sense that the heroic work that's occurring inside a woman would have an effect on how she feels about what's going on outside. Before, during, and after pregnancy, exercise should be a way of life. It will help a woman maintain a healthy pregnant weight (which means gaining about, 25 pounds) without gaining too much weight. Exercise helps improve the body, and can even help reduce depression. There's really no excuse these days (as hard as you may search for one) not to exercise, especially because many gyms have special classes for pregnant women (not to mention the two-for-one deal on the membership fees, so you and your partner can stay in shape together!). Some fortunate women, of course, feel only positive about the way their bodies are changing. Actresses Demi Moore and former Melrose Place actress Lisa Rinna were two of them. Lisa Rinna felt so good about herself during pregnancy that she took it all off for Playboy in 1998. And Demi Moore posed semi-nude on the cover of Vanity Fair while 8 months pregnant in the early 90s. These women can serve as positive role models of how fit and beautiful women can be during pregnancy. However, unlike airbrushed images of self-promoting actresses, if you're a woman who doesn't look or feel that great, don't let it get you down. Most women do not feel comfortable with the level of exhibitionism that Lisa and Demi displayed. Whatever your feelings about yourself during pregnancy, it's a good idea to keep in mind that your feelings—like your body—will continue to change. Sex During Pregnancy Some couples worry that by having sex they could harm the developing baby, but sex during pregnancy is generally safe. It's physically impossible for a man's penis to come into contact with the fetus, which is absolutely protected within the amniotic sac inside the uterus. So don't let that unfounded worry get in the way of sex., If you want to be totally sure about how safe sex is during pregnancy, please talk to your doctor. Doctors may advise against sex during pregnancy when a woman experiences “spotting” of blood during the first 12 weeks, or in some cases, if she has miscarried before., Hormonal changes in a pregnant woman may influence her sex drive. Related emotional factors also play a role. The sex drive of some women decreases during the first trimester. This is an understandable side effect if she is experiencing tiredness or nausea. Some women abstain because they feel it's “not right” for a mother to enjoy sex. Hopefully, that problem will disappear on its own over time as she adjusts to her new phase of life. If any of you women are grappling with this guilt and it doesn't go away, see a psychologist or counselor. Becoming a mother does not mean leaving the other joys of being a woman behind. You are a sensual woman, even when you are pregnant or a mother, and because your sex drive can actually increase during the next 3 months, second trimester, you should take full advantage of the pleasures you deserve. Photo by Doug Plummer, On the other side of the coin, some couples find the freedom of lovemaking without having to worry about contraception to be a great aphrodisiac. Many newly pregnant woman feel utterly confident about their suddenly voluptuous figures, which can make them feel sexier than ever. Increased blood flow to the vulva makes arousal quite easy, so much so that some women even experience better and more frequent orgasms. If you can learn to relish these changes, you'll probably enjoy sex during pregnancy., The last 3 months, or final trimester, of pregnancy can tax the sexual intimacy of any couple. The pregnant woman's blossoming body makes many sexual positions impossible. Many women find that penetration at this stage of the game creates an uncomfortable pressurized feeling in her pelvis. Deep penetration may cause mild vaginal bleeding by irritating the many vessels of the ripening cervix. Orgasm causes contractions, which are harmless, and research indicates that they do not cause labor, but they can be uncomfortable. Toward the end of the pregnancy, the breasts may leak colostrum during sex. Colostrum is a clear liquid that will nourish the newborn for several days before the true breast milk comes in. Finally, because many women are focused on the baby's arrival more than anything else, she may lose interest in sex completely. (Sorry, guys. But look on the bright side: You don't have to go through labor.), If you are one of the couples who discover that you don't want to or have been advised against having intercourse during any phase of the pregnancy, don't give up on the opportunity the pregnancy offers for increased intimacy on other fronts. And nothing rules out physical closeness or cuddling. This can be a great opportunity for you to relearn—or learn for the first time, in many cases—lots of other ways of giving and receiving pleasure. Regardless of which trimester it is, mutual masturbation may be a very satisfying method of lovemaking, which should not be overlooked. Masturbation allows for both partners to achieve orgasm from a variety of positions, and allows for physical intimacy even when intercourse is to be avoided. You can use most of the masturbation techniques described in this book. (Check out Chapters 10 and 12 for more details.) The Right Position at the Right Time During pregnancy, the couple should experiment with which sexual positions are the most comfortable for them. It becomes increasingly difficult to make love in the missionary style; the man's body puts too much pressure on the woman's abdomen. Starting around the fourth month (though it's is earlier for some) it's is more user-friendly for the couple to take the woman-on-top or rear-entry approaches to lovemaking. Women, if it's most comfortable for you to be on top, you'll probably be most satisfied lying on top of your lover, with your legs either between his or outside them. Kneeling astride him may also be a good position. If you're going for the rear-entry positions, your big belly won't get in the way. Lying on your side, or “spooning,” also allows your partner's penis easy entry., Taking a hint from the game Twister (left hand, blue, right foot, red), the following positions should help you get it together during pregnancy. Who knows—you may enjoy them so much that you continue to use them even after the kid's in college: • The man on his knees, behind the woman down on all fours, for rear-entry: The weight of the baby is suspended on the abdomen in this position. If you're a woman who suffers backaches, this may be the right position for you. Also, it will give your partner the chance to give you clitoral stimulation very easily. • The woman on her back and the man on his side, for side entry: You can adjust the angle of your back and pelvis with cushions behind your head and shoulders. • Both partners on their sides (“spooning”), with the man behind, for rear-entry: The woman is able to move freely while her partner stimulates her breasts. No pressure is put on her back or abdomen. • The man sitting with the woman facing him, for front entry: Although this position may be difficult in the more advanced stages of pregnancy, it gives you the advantage of facing each other, and allows you to be upright and active. Sex Do's and Don'ts When it comes to sex in general, rules are usually counterproductive and can, in fact, do more harm than good. However, with regard to sex during pregnancy, I feel just fine about offering the following list of do's and don'ts: Dont's Do's Do try to accept the changes in the pregnant woman's Don't worry if you feel differently toward the pregnant body, without letting it negatively affect her body body; a change shape can upset a woman's body image. images or her partner's attu\itudes about how sexy she is. Do be willing to participate in sexual alternatives to Don't be afraid to touch and caress each other's bodies intercourse if intercourse is not advised or desired. everywhere. Do have the man keep his body weight off her Don't be afraid to experiment during sex to find abdomen and her sore breasts. positions that will work for the pregnant woman. Do prepare her nipples for breast-feeding by giving Don't ever blow air into the vagina. It can have the them loads of oral stimulation. serious, albeit rare, result causing an embolism and harming the woman and the baby. Do enjoy sex, but be aware of your limitations. Don't think there's something wrong with her if she's not in the mood for sex., Although I've focused on intercourse in this section (because of the obvious obstacles involved during pregnancy), as I mentioned earlier, it's certainly not the only kind of sex you'll be having. Oral stimulation is a sexy way for both of you to achieve both intimacy and sexual satisfaction. Fellatio and cunnilingus are both safe during pregnancy—as long as your partner does not blow into your vagina. Reread Chapter 13, which offers some sexy ways to give and receive oral pleasure. More Ways to Enjoy Each Other Lingerie and lace don't always win the race when it comes to feeling sexy. In fact, revealing teddies may be just the opposite of what you want during and after pregnancy. If you're looking for other ways to “slip into something comfortable,” you might try some of the following ideas: • Shower together. If it's wet, it can be wild and wonderful (but be extra, extra careful not to slip). • Give and receive a full-body massage. Seem like too much? Then rub each other's feet or rub cocoa butter across that big, beautiful belly (some people think that it helps minimize stretch marks!)., • Insist on time for just the two of you. That's right, lock the door, and shoo grandma out of the house. • Exercise together. Exercise alone. Just exercise. It's good for everybody. • Kiss like that's all you're going to do—not like it's just a precursor to sex—and you may find it's all the stimulation you need. • Talk to each other about all those feelings and thoughts bouncing around in your heads. How Do Men Feel About Sex During Pregnancy? Though the impregnated half of the relationship may be experiencing a rosy glow, her partner might not be feeling quite so peachy. All too often, the emotions of both partners are quite volatile during the first few months of pregnancy. At this time feelings may range from ecstatic moments over this shared experience, to utter trepidation about the possible loss of sexuality as the roles of “parenting” subtly surface. Later in the pregnancy, especially in the last trimester, for the man, the thought of having sex with his pregnant partner could be a total turn off. It's quite common for a, man to start thinking of his partner as a mother rather than a lover. (Maybe he's stuck with Oedipal baggage, you know, fear of wanting to have sex with his mother.) His partner may turn him off, because he has trouble remembering that she's the woman he loves who has always turned him on—not just the woman who's carrying his child. He might not want to have sex because of his irrational fear of harming the baby. Of course, since most men are raised to think that they should always want to have sex, they might be embarrassed that now they don't want to. On the other hand, for the man who still wants to have sex, he might also miss the sexual positions, such as missionary, (if he used to like that position a lot) that he now has to give up to accommodate his pregnant partner. What can happen when intercourse stops for a time can be very tricky. Take sex away and suddenly the man may feel quite deprived. It's important that a couple reevaluates ideas about what constitutes love and learns that there are means other than sex (like talking!) that demonstrate love and caring just as clearly. Finally, after the baby is born, he might have even more changes to adjust to. A man who watches the delivery may feel awkward when the time comes to have sex again, because he used to think of her vagina as the area where he was excited about putting his penis, but now thinks of it as the place where his child came out of., But having a pregnant partner is wonderful for some men. Some men feel pride that their “powerful” sperm got her pregnant. All that machismo is enough to get them turned on. Men also might love the fact that the woman's breasts are bigger now. Plus, the fact that they don't have to use birth control (because she's already pregnant!) may feel like a great luxury for many couples. If they do have less intercourse, or stop it all together, toward the end of the pregnancy, many woman add more hand jobs and blow jobs to the sexual menu during pregnancy, for times when they don't want to have intercourse but still want to satisfy their partner. So hopefully, he'll enjoy that added variety and stimulation, and be able to adjust to all the changes in his sex life, and in his life., Mother Lovin': Sex After the Baby If you've learned anything from this book, it's that sex is so much more than intercourse. The transition period following delivery (called the postpartum period) is a time in which a woman discovers the changes in her body, her and her partner's sexual responses, and their relationship to each other and the baby. This can be a time for exploring the many options for arousing and satisfying sex, instead of “waiting it out.” Vaginal intercourse may be painful and undesirable for women, but it doesn't mean that sex is out of the question. As with all sexual interaction, you need to talk to your partner about how you feel about each other's bodies, what's pleasurable and what's not, your fears, your concerns, and your desires. Women, if pain continues long after the birth, see your doctor. How long is long? This, like so much about sex, is unique to you, but most women find that some, if not all, sexual activities can be resumed by 6 weeks following the birth. Physical Challenges As if the doctor's bills, mother-in-law's visit, and the presence of a new little person in your home were not enough, the delivery and postpartum body processes add their own unique challenges to getting back in the saddle. At the top of the list are episiotomies (the surgical incision made at a woman's vaginal opening so the skin does not tear between the vagina and anus during delivery). Any woman who has had an episiotomy is very unlikely to feel relaxed about sex until the wound has healed. You literally have to give the tissue time to repair before intercourse (or even digital or oral stimulation) produces any reaction other than “ouch!” Even though their doctors probably told them that they can have intercourse 6 weeks after delivery, some women who have undergone an episiotomy hesitate if they still have any discomfort. While the swelling, pain, and possible build up of scar tissue at the base of the vagina may make your vagina and labia feel alien to you, this is a time to pay close attention to them, look at them, and check on the healing process., If you're a woman who has undergone a Cesarean, weight or pressure on your abdomen may be very uncomfortable or painful and you may even have the sensation that the scar will “burst open.” Make sure you talk to your doctor if you think anything related to your episiotomy or Cesarean is not going as smoothly as possible. The fact that women lactate is not a surprise—most of us are aware of and are probably prepared for this amazing feat that the female breasts, accomplish following childbirth. But you may not be prepared for all the other fluids the female body produces and these can make some women feel unsexy. Following childbirth, the woman can expect to shed the excess fluid that was acquired during the pregnancy. This is accomplished through lochia bleeding (the discharge of leftover blood and uterine tissue as the uterus returns to pre-pregnancy state) and by urination and excessive sweating. This, along with milk discharge from the breasts, is normal. On top of fluid rebalancing, the female body also has to rebalance its hormones and menstrual cycle, something that may take 2 months or more. To accommodate the still tender tissues and healing scars, some sex positions (like the standard missionary) are not good options. In general, positions that allow the female to control the angle and depth of penetration are best. Also, positions that rock her pelvis forward and keep the pressure from the penis against the top of the vagina can be winners. If she's had a Cesarean, be extra careful not to put your body weight on the scar., As soon as she feels able to, a new mother should start exercising again. It will help get her body back into shape, and it will be good for her mind. As I mentioned earlier, exercise helps reduce depression. Some gyms even offer “Mommy and Baby” exercise classes so a new mother can bring her baby along. In addition to regular exercise, after childbirth women should remember to do their vaginal exercises, that is, their Kegel exercises, to tighten their vaginal walls. You can read how to perform Kegels in Chapter 10. Emotional Challenges Most of the physical challenges of sex following childbirth diminish and disappear solely with time. The emotional challenges require honest communication and patience. Becoming a parent affects your self-image and sex your drive. Unfortunately, our society desexualizes motherhood. Don't buy into this constructed notion. Having a baby does not turn you into your mother (or your mother-in-law). You have all the same parts, hormones, and abilities that you did before and your right to enjoy them has not diminished. Remember, there are plenty of sexy moms out there—Madonna and Susan Sarandon to name a couple—and there's no reason why you can't be one of them. They may be celebrities, but they're no different than you when it comes to giving birth and getting back into shape. Unfortunately, some women aren't just feeling unsexy, they are feeling depressed after they give birth. They might suffer from “postpartum depression.” It occurs in about, half of all women who have babies. It occurs between 3 days and 6 weeks after delivery. It's not known exactly what that cause is; it could be linked to the fluctuations in hormones, or to the social and psychological issues of becoming a mother. If depression persists beyond 6 weeks after the birth, talk to your doctor or see a therapist. Of course having a baby is one of the most joyous aspects of life. And there are many wonderful things that can happen in a relationship after the birth of the child. You may find that having a child together increases intimacy. You are the two people who created this new life together. You are the “Mommy” and “Daddy” and that can be an incredibly intimate feeling! Too Pooped to Pop? The trick to beating the postpartum-no-time problem is to allow for the possibility that sex can happen outside the bedroom and at times other than just before sleep and just after the alarm clock sounds. You may be exhausted from taking care of your new baby, and not in the mood for sex at the times when you do have a break. However, if you're interested in getting your sex life back on track and maintaining an intimate relationship with your spouse, you may need to work on getting turned on when you do have quiet time. Your baby may not sleep often, but when he or she does, try to take advantage of that time to have sex. Or when you feel ready to have a baby sitter or family member watch the baby, splurge and go for a hotel room. A new setting away from cribs and diapers might be just what you need. Then, oh baby, you can have some real sexy fun. Quality Time So, by now you realize that your sex life is going to change during pregnancy and the few months following the birth of your child. Instead of letting your frustrations with what you can't do get the best of you and your partner, concentrate on what you can do. And remember, it's quality, not quantity that counts. You may be tired, cranky, and sore, but you can enjoy a satisfying sex life if you keep these tips in mind: • Give it time. Lot's of romance and touching can help. • Relax and ease into it. You are just trying to get back into it, not trying to prove anything., • Change positions as your body changes. Get comfortable and don't force it if it doesn't feel right. • Accept and enjoy a more rounded, womanly form—breasts, hips, belly, and all. • Keep it honest. As always, communication is key. • Find alternatives. This chapter gives you plenty of sexy advice for how to make the best of it. • Be supportive of each other during this special time., Having a child is one of the most wonderful aspects of life. While it changes your life in innumerable ways, it does not have to hurt your sex life!,

Chapter 24 Experience Counts: Sex and Aging

You're not just getting older. You're getting better. Aging leads you into many amazing life experiences. And that includes amazing sexual experiences., People over the age of 50 are the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population and their sexual interests and activity levels are some of the best-kept secrets in the world. The natural aging process puts the brakes on some activities, but certainly not sexual activities. Older people who maintain an active participation in life in general tend to be more sexually active in their later years. The older years are finally time to do the things you've always wanted to do. Rather than filling this time with negative “end of the road” kinds of thoughts, you can fill it with new people, old friends, new skills (bungee-jumping, anyone?), and of course, more sex. For many people, sex does get better as they age. For those of you who want some pointers on how to make sex better as you get older, this chapter may help., Women and Aging While handing out trophies at the Emmy award ceremony in 1998, actress Jane Curtain joked that the prestigious trophy was 50, yet still desirable even at that age. As women age, in order to stay sexual and sexy they need to feel desirable, even after 50. Their attitudes toward issues like menopause and their changing body image are important factors in how they approach those golden years. With a positive outlook, women can have more fun with sex than ever before. But before I get into explaining all the fun they can have, I'll first explain how they can overcome the issues that might be affecting them. Her Good Old Body In America, youth is revered as an outstanding and sexy characteristic. Many women are just starting to accept their bodies when the time comes for all the changes of aging and menopause to begin. Menopause is not only the cessation of menstruation. It also causes physical changes in a woman's body. Wrinkles, weight gain, hot flashes and night sweats, a bloated belly, and sagging breasts—any of these changes can make a woman feel very unsexy. Wrinkles are against the laws of fashion, but not against the laws of nature. They give people more character, and make each person truly unique. Women, as you age and wrinkles set in, you have to learn to keep a positive attitude. You've earned your wrinkles and your face tells a story. Keep this in mind as you work toward loving your bodies all over again. Weight gain is another sign of aging that affects a woman's body image. A woman's metabolism slows us down as she ages. It's extremely important for women to stay physically active at this turning point in their lives. Even if you have never exercised before, now is the time to get into it. Many gyms offer low-impact exercise classes that won't be too hard on your joints. Yoga and tai chi are also great ways to keep your body limber (and your head clear). And don't forget walking, which will keep you in shape at any age. Exercise will make you feel better, improve your body image, and it can also help keep you active, which can increase your desire to be sexually active. When you feel good about your body and yourself, you are more likely to share those good feelings with your partner., Because the media leads us to believe that a young body is a beautiful body, older women have to learn to ignore those images and appreciate their own bodies. Here are some do's and don'ts that can help: • Do look at your nude body in the mirror several times a week. Rather than focusing on all the things that have aged, simply look at how beautiful you are. • Don't dress “old.” Have a young personal shopper at a department store (this is a free service at most major department stores) choose some outfits for you that are fun, more youthful, and tasteful. You shouldn't be dressing like a flashy 19-year-old, but you should be wearing the contemporary styles for people your age, rather than those polyester pants suits that you bought in the '70s., • Don't keep the same hairstyle you've had for the last decade. Change your 'do and color with the times. Go to a hair stylist who can “make you over” with a tasteful, up-to-date, fashionable cut and color. • Don't pay attention to young actresses who flaunt their taut 20-something figures. Instead, become a fan of Raquel Welch, Jane Fonda, and Vanessa Redgrave—all sexy women in their 60s. • Do get fit by exercising. I know I've said this before, but I can't emphasize enough how much exercise will help your mind and body. Join a gym, and find a workout buddy, or hire a personal trainer who can help you get in shape. Women who stay active and keep up with the changing times are the ones who feel better about their bodies, better about their sex lives, and better about aging in general. The Change of Life Menopause is the time in a woman's life when the hormone levels in her body change, so she eventually stops menstruating and can no longer have children. It occurs during a 2-year period usually between ages 45 and 60. No matter what age you are, if you're a woman, this is something that will affect your life and your relationships. Prior to menopause, in a time called perimenopause, the ovaries produce fluctuating amounts of estrogen. Think of it as driving a car with a clogged carburetor, knocking and stalling, and sometimes leaving you stranded. The closer she gets to menopause, the fewer periods she has, until they finally stop altogether. There are many annoying symptoms that occur during menopause. Seventy-five to 85 percent of menopausal women suffer hot flashes, night sweats, dizziness, heart palpitations, and joint pain. These symptoms can lead to sleepless nights, insomnia, chronic fatigue, irritability and depression. The symptoms reduce sex drive for many women. Additional symptoms such as vaginal dryness and thinning of the vaginal walls may even make sex painful., Sometimes a treatment for these issues is Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)—taking synthetic hormones after the ovaries stop making enough of the female hormones estrogen and progesterone. For some women, it can be beneficial in the following ways: • It can reduce the risk of osteoporosis, a condition that causes the bones to become thin and fragile. • It can relieve symptoms of menopause, such as flushing, night sweats, and vaginal dryness. • It can decrease the risk of heart attack., But hormone replacement therapy is not for every woman. There are risks. • Estrogen can increase the risk of cancer of the uterus, endometrium, or breasts. • Progestin can cause tender breasts, fluid retention, moodiness, and cramps. • Women who have had uterine cancer, endometrial cancer, breast cancer, blood clots, stroke, unexplained vaginal bleeding, or liver disease are not candidates for HRT. Women going through menopause should talk to their doctors about all the options they have for staying healthy and happy during this time. The change of life doesn't have to change everything. Quite the contrary. Women can still feel sexy and desirable. Menopause does not mean men-on-pause! Think positively about the freeing benefits of menopause: no more periods, no more cramps, no more bloating, no more PMS, no more worrying about getting pregnant. You can have sex anytime, anywhere! Male Issues About Sex and Aging, As men age, they can expect to undergo some physical changes that affect their sexuality. But unlike women, who have to deal with their feelings about not being able to reproduce after menopause, men can produce active sperm well into their golden years. Changes that occur in men are: • It may take longer for a man to obtain an erection because of hardening of blood vessels that lead to his erectile tissue. • The urge to ejaculate weakens, so it may take him longer to ejaculate. • The resolution time in his sexual response cycle becomes longer, so it will take him longer to get another erection after he ejaculates. • Scrotal tissue sags and wrinkles, and testes shrink and lose their firmness. • The prostate gland often enlarges and its contractions can become weaker during orgasm. • Sperm production declines in old age. By age 80, less than half of men have sperm in their ejaculate. However, men as old as 90 have fathered children. Male sexual responsiveness may become somewhat slower after age 40. As I mentioned in the list above, it may take him longer to get an erection, and he may need more stimulation in order to ejaculate, and after he ejaculates, it may take him longer than usual to get another erection (from 1 hour to up to 12 hours, depending on what has, been typical for him in the past). You may have heard the joke: “Sometimes it takes me all night to do what I used to be able to do all night long.” Well, that's how some men feel about it. But many women consider this a blessing, and view their guys as better lovers once they are older. A more mature man may quickly become hip to the joys of extended foreplay, which he may need to get hard. And because he takes longer to ejaculate, sex lasts longer, which can mean lots more fun for both partners. Then even if he can't get hard again until the next day, they can both feel satisfied knowing that they had some good, long amazing sex. You Can't Keep a Good (Old) Man Down Perhaps the sexual issues that aging men have to cope with the most often are erectile difficulties. Impotence, the inability to get an erection, may be physically or psychologically induced. When it is caused by psychological issues, it is most likely because a man who fears aging may worry that he won't get hard. All that worrying causes him to lose his erection. Then what fails to go up can really get him down, and it can become a vicious cycle in which he frequently worries, then frequently cannot get an erection., However, more often, when a man cannot get an erection because of his age, it is due to physical factors. The physical ability to achieve an erection is affected by age, often because of the changes in circulation and blood pressure. It takes longer to achieve an erection, and once achieved, it will most probably lack the extra-firm staying power of those experienced in youth. But there are things he can do to resolve this issue. Here are some of his options: • Increase manual and oral stimulation. For some men, firmness can still develop, but it's the result of more direct manual and oral stimulation prior to attempting intercourse. • Get a “hump start.” Some couples find it helpful to place the flaccid (non-erect) penis inside the vagina as a means of stimulation. Then the man may become more erect once inside., Amazing Sex PART 6 UNIQUE SEXUAL ISSUES Chapter 24 Experience Counts: Sex and Aging Male Issues About Sex and Aging [PU]Alpha Books[/PU][DP]1998[/DP], Page: • Use a penis pump. Some men find that their erections may be prolonged with the help of a penis pump that can be prescribed by a doctor or sex therapist. It is a plastic tube that is put around the penis prior to sex. It helps to pump more blood into his penis. • Use the drug Viagra. This prescription drug works for some men by increasing blood flow to the penis and helping some men achieve erections, though it is not for everyone, and it can have side effects. As I said, those are just a few of his options, for more information, check out Chapter 28 of this book, and, of course, see a sex therapist or medical doctor. It's realistic to expect your sexual response and experience of orgasm to go through some changes over the course of your life. You're far more likely to benefit from these changes if you go with the flow, instead of thinking that what happened during adolescence—when all you had to do was think of sex and your penis rose to the occasion—is the only way sex should be. Do keep in mind that many women are happy when a man takes it a little bit slower. Does My Hair Look Better If I Part It This Way?, An expensive new sports car may take the curves tight and fast and let you feel the wind in your hair (what's left of it), but it won't do anything about reducing that spare tire around your waist. It's true. Wrinkles, weight gain, loss of muscle tone, hair loss, and other changes in physical appearance can lead to restlessness, dissatisfaction, and depression. Men have to learn to adjust to their changing aging bodies much in the same way that women do: with positive thinking, physical activity, and good nutrition. Aging men should not watch professional athletes on television and wish that they had bodies like those youthful, strong, highly trained bodies. Aging men should work to accept their bodies as they are now. Your body is all you have to work with. While you may no longer be striving to break Olympic records, the gym is a good place to stay fit, and release some of that stress. And, lest we forget, if you're single, it's a great place to meet new sex partners. Health and Sex for Aging Men and Women Although it is true that most older men and women are able to lead active, satisfying sex lives, sometimes illness or disability can affect their lives and their sex lives. Knowing how illnesses associated with aging might affect your sex life can help ensure that you are not taken (sexually or otherwise) by surprise:, Page: • Stroke can be devastating to some, but for others it does not damage their sexual function. Many people fear that sex will cause another stroke, but this is unlikely. Finding sexual positions in which you can relax more during sex, such as side-by-side, can help compensate for weakness or paralysis that may have occurred. You can still fondle, kiss, and yes, stroke. • Heart attack leads many people to consider giving up sex for fear of causing another heart attack. But the risk is low. In fact, some think that an active sex life is healthy for the heart because it provides moderate cardiovascular exercise, equivalent to climbing up two flights of stairs. Talk to your doctor about what he or she recommends. • Diabetes can cause sexual problems because it may be difficult or impossible for a man to get an erection. When diabetes is treated, ability to get erections is often restored. Regardless, you don't have to give up your sweet tooth for sex play. • Arthritis pain may inhibit sexual activity. Surgery or medication helps some people, while others find massage helpful. To make sex feel comfortable, arthritis sufferers should find sexual positions that take the stress off affected areas. And remember, there are no bones or joints in the penis, the vulva, or the tongue. • Mastectomy, the surgical removal of a breast or breasts because of breast cancer, does not harm sexual functioning, yet it may strongly affect a woman emotionally and affect her body image. Many women who receive breast reconstruction at the time of the mastectomy have an easier time coping with the loss. Although as with any woman who undergoes major surgery and is diagnosed with a life- threatening disease, she may experience periods of depression, which can cause her sexual desire to wane. Time, a supportive partner, and counseling can help., Page: The Complete Idiot's Guide To Amazing Sex - Location Amazing Sex PART 6 UNIQUE SEXUAL ISSUES Chapter 24 Experience Counts: Sex and Aging Health and Sex for Aging Men and Women [PU]Alpha Books[/PU][DP]1998[/DP], • Hysterectomy, the surgical removal of the uterus, should not interfere with any sexual functions. Women are not “less feminine” after this surgery. A woman's internal organs do not define her sexuality. And besides, she still has all the parts she needs to enjoy sex: the clitoris and the mind. • Prostatectomy, the surgical removal of prostate tissue, should not affect a man's sexual performance. Some men have sexual side effects such as retrograde ejaculation, which is when the ejaculation goes up into the bladder instead of out the penis. But otherwise they should function the same as always. New surgical techniques usually save the nerves going to the penis so that the patient is still capable of erection. • Cancer treatments for all types of cancer may affect sexual desire. Radiation and chemotherapy make patients very tired and often quite ill. Also, the stress of coping with cancer and the change of focus in one's life to medical appointments often adds to lack of interest in sex. In most cases, after the treatments are over, sexual desire reappears. If sexual desire does not come back to normal, consult your doctor or a sex therapist. • Medications such as antidepressants, tranquilizers, and certain high blood pressure drugs can cause an inability to get an erection or failure to ejaculate in men, and reduced sexual desire in women. These effects can sometimes be altered if the doctor also prescribes a second mediation to counter the drug's side effects, or the side effects can be reversed entirely when the medication is stopped. If you experience sexual side effects from any medication, talk honestly to your doctor, and he or she will tell you your options., Finally, remember your doctor knows that these medical conditions can cause sexual side effects, so talk to your doctor openly about your concerns about your sex life. And if you need more help, see a counselor or sex therapist. Men and Women Are Using It, Not Losing It Growing old isn't just about learning to cope with your medical problems and the changes in your body. It is also about learning to be daring, and doing all those things that you've been waiting your whole life to do! When someone enjoys sex, he or she enjoys life, and wants to live a long healthy life. People of any age can still experience total joy and pleasure from their sexuality. The sexual organs remain sexually sensitive for life and so can you. Page: The Complete Idiot's Guide To Amazing Sex - Location Amazing Sex PART 6 UNIQUE SEXUAL ISSUES Chapter 24 Experience Counts: Sex and Aging Health and Sex for Aging Men and Women [PU]Alpha Books[/PU][DP]1998[/DP], Page: The best way to keep your sex life exciting in old age is to try new and exciting things. Here then are some sex tips for golden-aged lovers: • Use lubrication. Keep a lubricant like Astroglide near the bed (or wherever you have sex). The added lubrication can be very useful for post-menopausal women who have reduced vaginal lubrication, and for men who need a bit of manual stimulation before they can become fully erect. • Have sex at different times. Finding time for sex may have been difficult because of conflicting schedules, a house full of children, and demanding careers. Maybe sex was something you squeezed in only at night right before sleep. Well, you've got the time now, so make the most of it. If you're exhausted at night, find times during the day when you feel energetic and alert. • Try some new and interesting sexual variations. Watch a porn movie together, start talking dirty, use some sex toys, act out a sexual fantasy. You can teach an old person new tricks! Check out all of Part 5 of this book. • Change positions. Just for diversity, changing positions can spice things up at any age. Or if you need to try new positions because of your physical changes, then try ways that take the strain off of your bodies. Men who have trouble getting an erection might want to try being on top. Women who have experienced a thinning of the vaginal walls might prefer to avoid deep penetration, such as sex from behind., • Enjoy lots of loving physical affection, such as holding hands, hugging, and kissing. If your frequency of lovemaking has to decrease at times because of your age or medical conditions, the satisfaction derived from affection never has to! • Talk to each other about sex. Talk about what feels good and what doesn't. Talk about your fantasies and desires. Talk about all the sexual things that you've been waiting your whole life to do. Then talk about whether you can do them. Page: The Complete Idiot's Guide To Amazing Sex - Location Amazing Sex PART 6 UNIQUE SEXUAL ISSUES Chapter 24 Experience Counts: Sex and Aging Health and Sex for Aging Men and Women Men and Women Are Using It, Not Losing It [PU]Alpha Books[/PU][DP]1998[/DP], • Compliment your partner. Plenty of aging men and women feel young and sexy, but they just happen to look older. Try to keep making each other feel sexy, with compliments, flirtatious remarks, and sexy advances. • Realize that sex is about what goes on in your mind, not only your body. At any age, sex is about connecting with yourself and another person, not about doing acrobatics. Some older people find that companionship, understanding, love, and the joy of living create a stronger bond than sex ever could at their age. As always, stimulation begins in the mind. And with all those years of experience and all that imagination, there's no reason why you shouldn't be maintaining a satisfying sex life if you choose to. While your body is changing, your attitude should be changing. At this stage of life, you are freer now than you've ever been! With a realistic and positive attitude, you can enjoy sex for years to come—and come.,

PART 7 TO YOUR SEXUAL HEALTH

In order to have amazing sex, you have to be responsible. Taking care of your sexual health is not only a good idea, it's a matter of life and death. This part will teach you what you need to know about birth control, sexually transmitted diseases, AIDS, sexual self-exams, and what to expect when you visit a doctor for a sexual exam. Finally, this section explains all about sexual dysfunctions that you may have to cope with, as well as telling you how to find a sex therapist and what happens in sex therapy. Here's to your sexual health!,

Chapter 25 Get in Control: Birth Control

Crocodile dung, honey, carbonate of soda, sponges soaked in brandy—these are a few of the world's ancient forms of birth control, which were used as early as 1850 B.C. Of course, we know today that these methods are not effective. Today we have many advanced, very effective methods of birth control. For thousands of years, millions of men and women have dreamed of living their lives free of the burdens of unintentional pregnancy. Now, that freedom is a reality, as long as you use your chosen form of birth control consistently and correctly., But the reality is, a high percentage of contraceptive failures occur not because a drug or device has failed, but because the user didn't use it properly. That's almost as bad as not bothering with contraceptives at all. You should know better! And you will, after you read this chapter. Take a deep breath, contraception seekers, because birth control is more than just a job—with all the choices offered these days, it's an adventure. Asking Your Partner to Choose and Use Don't ever assume that your partner has single-handedly shouldered the responsibility of protecting against pregnancy. Thinking that the other person must be taking care of birth control is not only insensitive, it's irresponsible, and may lead to your participating in a method that's not really the best for you, or worse, participating in an unplanned pregnancy., Although there's certainly no rule about how intense the birth control discussion should be—it can be as simple as “Let's use a condom!”—the conversation should come before you do. Sex is about intimacy, and communication is part of being intimate. Discussing birth control options before you have sex will help make the sexual experience more relaxed and pleasurable for you and your partner. If you're not sure how to start the conversation about birth control with your partner, reread Chapter 5 of this book about talking about sex. Then, before you talk to your partner, get as much information as you can about your birth control options. This chapter should help give you the information you'll need. Are There Ever “Safe” Times of the Month? “Knowing” that you won't get pregnant when you have sex is not a safe form of birth control. But many people wonder: Aren't there ever “safe” times of the month to have sex without using hormonal or barrier methods of birth control? The answer is no. If you're thinking that a woman can't get pregnant during her period, or when she thinks she's not ovulating, you're wrong. It is possible for a woman to get pregnant during her period. A woman gets pregnant when one of her eggs is ready to be fertilized by the man's sperm. When a woman is having her period, her body is supposed to be in between the times of the month when the egg is ready—that's why many people think that a woman can't get pregnant during her period., To understand this better, it's important to know that a woman can get pregnant at any time during her cycle. Think of the first day of menstruation as Day 1 of the cycle. Most women's periods last until Day 5 or Day 7. The most likely time to get pregnant would be between Day 10 and Day 20, because that's when an egg is released inside a woman's body, ready to be fertilized by a sperm. Sperm, however, can live for up to 5 days inside a woman's body. So if sperm is inside her during or at the end of her, period—let's say on Day 7—and her ovulation starts on Day 11, then it would be possible for the sperm to be alive and fertilize the egg. So, the woman could get pregnant. (For more information on this, refer to Chapter 8.) If you don't want to get pregnant, don't take any risks, ever. If you have sex, use birth control every time! Choosing Birth Control Which method should you use? This is a very personal decision, one you make based on your medical history and your lifestyle. Only you (in consultation with your partner and your doctor) can make the right choice. Some aspects of your life and health that you should consider are: • Do you want to have a baby? If yes, when? • Do you have more than one sexual partner? Does your partner have more than one sexual partner? • How often do you have sexual intercourse? • If a method may interrupt the flow of foreplay, would you prefer not to use it? • How do you feel about routine? Would you remember to take a pill at the same time each day? • Are you uncomfortable with the idea of introducing hormones into your body? • Are you uncomfortable touching your genitals or inserting something inside your body? • If you are a woman, do you have a history of breast cancer, abnormal menstruation, high blood pressure, PID, fibroid tumors, or vaginal infections? After you think about those issues, you need to learn which birth control methods would be best for you. There are so many methods to choose from that it can boggle the mind. The following sections will help you review your choices. Whichever method—or methods—you decide is best suited for you, you have to use it the right way each and every time., It's a Hormonal Thing Because hormones regulate a woman's body and her ability to become pregnant, they can be affected and manipulated by certain birth control methods so that they can actually prevent a women from becoming pregnant. The most common hormonal method is the birth control pill, yet as you will see in this section, Norplant, Depo-Provera, and the IUD are other effective methods of birth control that utilize hormones to help prevent pregnancy., Birth Control Pills Birth control pills, commonly referred to as “the pill,” contain hormones (estrogen and progestin) that prevent a woman from releasing an egg or ovulating. To effectively be “on the pill,” the woman must take one pill at the same time every day no matter what—whether she plans to have sex that day (or the next day or the one after that) or not. A doctor prescribes the type of birth control pill that is best for you. There are two types of pills: combination (estrogen and progestin) and mini-pills (progestin only), which work in different ways. Combination pills prevent a woman's ovaries from releasing eggs, while mini-pills make it difficult for sperm to meet and unite with an egg by making changes in a woman's cervical mucus and lining of the uterus. Mini-pills are less effective than combination ones. The pill is one of the most effective methods of birth control available, and is considered safe for many—but not all—women. History of blood clots, heart disease, unusual vaginal bleeding, history of stroke, breast, uterine, cervical, or ovarian cancer all preclude its use., Advantages: Ninety-nine percent effective. The most effective contraceptive available, besides sterilization or total abstinence; does not interfere with sexual spontaneity; relieves menstrual symptoms for many women and premenstrual symptoms for some; can reduce irregular bleeding as menopause nears and also provides protection against osteoporosis; reduces risk of endometriosis, endometrial cancer, ovarian cancer, and cysts; may reduce risk of ectopic pregnancies. Disadvantages: No protection against STDs; must be taken every day at the same time; if you forget to take your pill for 2 or more days, you will need a back-up birth control method; if you're over 35 and smoke, there is an increased health risk; effectiveness may be lowered when combined with certain other medications, such as antibiotics; women over the age of 30 who have never given birth and get off the pill to become pregnant may take longer to conceive; must visit a doctor to obtain. Minor side effects could appear with pill use; however, now that birth control pills contain lower doses of hormones than ever before, sometimes there are no side effects. If there are, they usually disappear within, 3 months. They may include: mild nausea, spotting, missed periods, headaches, mood changes, 5 to 10 pound weight gain. Some possible major side effects are: risk of blood pressure elevation, and cardiovascular and cardiovascular risks; may aggravate diabetes and epilepsy. Pills are not the only hormone method available to you. Others not only exist, but can also offer freedom from the daily pill-popping routine. Like the pill, these other hormone methods work by introducing pregnancy-inhibiting hormones into your bloodstream and are very effective. Norplant, Implants (the trade name is Norplant) slowly release a hormone (levonorgestrel) into your bloodstream. The hormone prevents pregnancy by inhibiting ovulation and thickens cervical mucus, which keeps sperm from joining the egg. Norplant is surgically implanted under the skin of the upper arm in the form of six small matchstick-shaped capsules. The amount of hormone in these capsules is enough to prevent unwanted conception for up to five years. Advantages: About 99 percent effective; allows for sexual spontaneity; can be used by some women who cannot take the pill; can use during breast-feeding starting 6 weeks after delivery. Disadvantages: Often has severe side effects such as much irregular bleeding, nausea, headache, depression, nervousness, dizziness, weight gain or loss, possible scarring where the capsules were inserted; the implants may be visible beneath the skin; does not prevent STDs; must visit a doctor to obtain. Depo-Provera: The Birth Control Shot Another alternative to the pill, Depo-Provera is a progestin-only hormone shot administered by a doctor or a health-care professional by injection in the arm or the buttocks once every 3 months. Like implants, the hormone in Depo-Provera prevents the release, of eggs. It also prevents a fertilized egg from implanting in the uterus. Advantages: Effective 99 percent of the time; one shot protects against pregnancy for 12 weeks; can be taken by some women who cannot take the pill; reduces menstrual cramps; protects against cancer of the lining of the uterus; protects against anemia; can be used during breast-feeding starting 6 weeks after delivery. Disadvantages: Similar to the pill; unlike the pill or even Norplant, whose effects can be regulated fairly quickly by withdrawal of usage, Depo-Provera's side effects will last the entire 12 weeks; not useful for women who cannot tolerate injections; risk of osteoporosis due to depletion of stored minerals in the bones; after a year or so, most women stop having periods (of course, some women see this as an advantage); may result in decreased interest in sex; does not prevent STDs; must visit a doctor to obtain. Intrauterine Device (IUD), An IUD is a small piece of plastic approximately one inch long and frequently shaped like a “T.” It is inserted into the uterus through the vagina and cervix by a doctor or a health-care professional. The IUD prevents pregnancy by keeping sperm from joining the egg and by making it difficult for a fertilized egg to live within the uterus. Some IUDs contain hormones, copper, and other chemicals that are absorbed into the bloodstream and slow down the production of hormones needed for a fertilized egg to implant itself within the uterus. Advantages: Ninety-eight percent effective; copper IUDs may be left in place for up to 10 years; IUDs with hormones may reduce menstrual cramps and may be left in place for 1 year. Disadvantages: Increased chance of tubal infection for women who risk STDs; not effective against STDs, and may in fact make some women more susceptible, especially to Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID); pregnancies that occur during IUD use, although they are rare, are more likely to be ectopic (occurring in the fallopian tubes); cramps, spotting between periods, and heavier periods; must visit a doctor to obtain., You can protect yourself by using a diaphragm, IUD, or birth control pills. Putting Up Barriers The diaphragm, cervical cap, condom, and spermicidal products are all barrier forms of birth control, designed to block live sperm from entering the uterus. Most of these devices work in conjunction with a spermicide, such as nonoxynol-9, which kills sperm. Some people argue that taking the time to don a condom or insert diaphragm can kill the mood. Well, think about the damage a screaming baby could do to the mood, and then take a few minutes to protect yourself. His Condom A condom is a sheath that is most often made of thin latex, or sometimes lambskin. It is worn by a man so that when he ejaculates, sperm stays in the condom, and therefore cannot enter the vagina. Condoms are more effective for pregnancy prevention when used together with a spermicide or other barrier method, such as a diaphragm., But condoms are not just for birth control. In fact, you must use a condom every single time you have sex to prevent transmission of sexually transmitted diseases., Condoms come in a multitude of styles, sizes, and colors. They can be ribbed, lubricated, and even flavored. Make sure you find the style that's just right for you—that way, you're more likely to use it. Condoms must be put on just before intercourse and carefully removed shortly thereafter. Advantages: Ninety percent effective when used alone; when used with another method, approaching 100 percent effectiveness. Available without a prescription at drugstores and supermarkets; can help relieve premature ejaculations; can be put on as part of sex play; latex condoms must be used to significantly decrease risk of STDs and HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Disadvantages: Possible reduced sensitivity for some men; may slip off or break; possible latex allergies. Condoms work very effectively when you use them correctly. Protection is as easy as 1, 2, 3…4, 5, 6, 7: 1. When the man is fully erect, and ready to have sex, open the condom package, using your fingers, not your nails or teeth, which can puncture or tear the condom., 2. Look at the condom. Without unrolling it, check to make sure that it will unroll down. You don't want to put it on inside out and then find that it will not roll down. (If you make that mistake, you'll have to throw it away, as it has touched the end of the penis which may have pre-ejaculatory fluid on it.) 3. Put a drop of water-based lubricant (like Astroglide) inside the tip of the condom. Not too much. Just a drop will help the condom feel better against the penis. 4. Place the rolled-up condom over the tip of the erect penis, leaving a half-inch space at the tip (see illustration). 5. Roll the condom down over the penis, smoothing out any air bubbles as you go (see illustration). 6. Run your hand down the length of the penis once the condom is on to make sure all the air bubbles are out. Bubbles can cause breakage (see illustration). 7. After the man ejaculates, he should immediately withdraw his penis, then remove the condom, holding the base to prevent leakage., 1. Place the condom on the head of the penis so it will roll down. 2. Roll the condom down, smoothing out any air bubbles as you go., 3. Run your hand down to make sure all the air bubbles are out. When condoms are used properly, they rarely break. If the condom breaks during use, it usually means you are doing something wrong. You may be leaving air trapped between the condom and penis, or you might not be using enough lubrication, or you might be using the wrong type of lubrication. Here are some other tips to avoid breakage: • Never unroll the condom before you roll it on the penis. • Use lubrication. Condoms can break during use if they dry out during sex. Use a water-based lubricant only. (Two kinds are K-Y Liquid and Astroglide; they are available in drugstores near the condoms.) Never use anything with oil in it, because it will deteriorate the condom, and it will definitely break. • Be careful that your fingernails don't rip the condom when you are putting it on. • Check the condom every once in a while during sex, by pulling out and looking at it or feeling it to make sure it has not broken. • Change the condom if it is an extra-long session. Condoms can wear out if sex goes on for a long time. • Do not store condoms in a place that's too hot or too cold. It should be between 50 and 85 degrees. Your wallet, or your car glove compartment, is too hot. • Make sure the expiration date hasn't passed. • Change brands if you are still having problems., Fun with Condoms Once you learn the basics, you can learn a fun trick to do with condoms. Here's how to put a condom on your partner using only your mouth:, • Open the condom package and make sure that the condom is going to roll down. • Place the condom in your mouth, gently holding the edges with your lips. • Make your mouth into an “O” shape, still holding it in your mouth. • Without letting your teeth touch the condom, use your lips to push the condom over the head of the penis and roll it all the way down the shaft, still only using your lips. • Run your lips up and down the shaft to squeeze the air out of the condom. • Be very careful not to let your teeth come in contact with the condom. • Check with your hands to make sure it is on properly. As you can see, condoms are quite simple to use, and can even be fun to use once you get accustomed to them. And you should use them, because besides being a method of birth control, they are the only way to stay protected against sexually transmitted diseases and the HIV virus. Her Condom Not nearly as well known as its male counterpart, the female condom is a tube made of polyurethane plastic with two rings to anchor it in place. The smaller ring fits inside the vagina over the cervix (the same way a diaphragm does) and the larger one hangs outside the vagina. Because it protects the tissues of the labia as well as the vagina, the female condom provides broader coverage against STDs than the male condom. The female condom cannot be used in combination with a regular condom for men! Advantages: Available without a prescription in drugstores and supermarkets; offers women a new way to protect themselves against STDs without depending on male partners to use condoms; can be used when one of the partners is allergic to latex or spermicide; can be inserted ahead of time or just before intercourse., Disadvantages: May slip around during sex; may irritate the vagina or penis; the outer ring may slip into the vagina during intercourse; may be difficult to insert. Vaginal Spermicides Foam, jelly, cream, film, or suppositories inserted into the vagina to cover the cervix can prevent pregnancy because they contain a spermicide. Spermicides are chemicals that kill sperm. Advantages: Spermicides are usually 80 percent effective when used alone and 98 percent effective when used along with condoms. Can be purchased without a prescription in drug stores., Disadvantages: Possible allergic reactions to the chemicals and spermicides; spermicides must be inserted no more than 30 minutes prior to intercourse and a repeated application is required before the next act. Diaphragms and Cervical Caps The diaphragm looks like a small rubber saucer (and makes a dandy hat for your pet rabbit should you opt for abstinence instead). It measures between 2 and 4 inches across. It is prescribed and fitted by a doctor. It is inserted before each time you have intercourse. To use, apply spermicidal cream or jelly to the side of the diaphragm that will face the cervix, fold the diaphragm in half, and insert into the vagina. Once inside, the rim of the diaphragm will unfold and make a seal against the vaginal walls, completely covering the cervix and blocking sperm from entering the uterus. You must be refitted by a doctor to see if you need a different sized diaphragm following a pregnancy or a weight change—gained or lost—of 10 pounds or more. The cervical cap, though smaller and thimble-shaped, is similar to the diaphragm in many ways. It is also prescribed only by a doctor. Once inserted into the vagina, it fits snugly over the cervix. Both the diaphragm and the cervical cap must be used in conjunction with spermicides. The rubber barrier alone is not enough protection. Advantages: You can insert a diaphragm up to 6 hours before intercourse and insert a cervical cap up to 48 hours before intercourse; when used with condoms, both are good protectors against STDs. Disadvantages: Both the diaphragm and cervical cap must be individually fitted by a health-care professional; you must leave the diaphragm in for 6 hours after intercourse and the cervical cap in for 8 hours after intercourse; more spermicide must be inserted into the vagina, using a plastic applicator, each successive time you have intercourse; possible allergies to latex or spermicides may make some women more prone to urinary tract infections; neither the diaphragm nor the cervical cap can be used during menstruation. More Methods for Consideration, The following methods are not hanging on the wall behind the cashier at the drugstore like condoms. But for some people, these methods may be useful or even necessary. Sterilization Sterilization is the most popular and most effective method of birth control (except for total abstinence). Sterilization means that surgical operations can be performed on males (vasectomies) or females (tubal ligations) to prevent future fertility. Vasectomies are safer and simpler procedures than tubal ligations., During a vasectomy, the vas deferens, through which the sperm travel from the testes to the penis, are cut and blocked. Although the man still produces sperm and erections and ejaculation are still possible, fertilization is not. Therefore, the man's sexual functions are in no way affected. Vasectomies are performed as an outpatient procedure using local anesthesia. In a tubal ligation, the fallopian tubes are closed (or “tied”) so that the egg cannot travel from the ovaries to the uterus. No egg released, no baby can be conceived. The surgery is performed in a variety of ways, some of which are outpatient procedures. Having her tubes tied does not interfere with sexual functions in any way, and does not affect a woman's ability to have orgasm. Advantages: Covered by many medical insurance companies; both vasectomies and tubal ligations are 100 percent effective; no further concern about contraception; no known long-term health effects; no effect on sexual pleasure in men or women., Disadvantages: This method is (for all practical purposes) forever. In vasectomies, minor complications include swelling, discoloration, discomfort, and pain; in tubal ligations, complications include possible temporary bruising where the incision is made, rare injury to blood vessels; no protection against STDs. Fertility Awareness Methods (FAMs) At the beginning of this chapter, I said that there are no safe times of the month. I need to sort of contradict myself now. If you're willing to pay close attention and stay focused, if you're willing to learn to use a speculum and take meticulous notes on your body's cycle, then maybe sometimes you can tell when a woman will not get pregnant. Timing is everything, especially if you are depending on the Fertility Awareness Methods (FAMs), also known as the Rhythm Method, Natural Family Planning, Periodic Abstinence, the Body Awareness Method, or the Billings Method. Whatever name you give it, it all comes down to being acutely aware of the cycles of a woman's body so that pregnancy can be a planned event rather than an accident. You'll need a professional nurse practitioner or doctor to teach you how to predict the fertile period, relying on changes in cervical mucus discharge and body temperature to let you know when—and when not—to have sex. This is an extremely difficult method to properly perform, and it often fails. Advantages: If practiced perfectly, failure rate with FAMs is minimal, only 10 to 15 percent; however, it is most often not used correctly because it is so difficult, and in those cases, failure rate can be as high as 90 percent. There are no medical or hormonal side effects and most religions condone periodic abstinence., Disadvantages: You have to know when you are in a fertile period and you have to avoid sex during that period. Some women have trouble identifying the telltale changes in their mucus. You will need to record body temperature and cervical mucus daily, and record your menstrual cycles. Your partner may become uncooperative—what may be a bad day for you to have sex, may seem the perfect time to him. FAMs do not offer any protection against STDs. You must visit a doctor to learn how to do FAM. Abstinence Unless you're Madonna (and I mean the original Madonna, who was literally “like a virgin”), abstinence is the only way to absolutely avoid the risk of pregnancy. Abstinence—or completely refraining from sex—can be a way of life or a temporary situation. Not having sex is just as normal as having sex—and results in far fewer unwanted pregnancies! If you're going to abstain, you have to be honest with yourself and your partner, and really and truly say “no” to sex., Advantages: No STDs. No pregnancies. Nothing to insert. More time for masturbation! More time to develop meaningful relationships. Some religions encourage abstinence as a means of enhancing spirituality. So while avoiding a little piece, you may find a little inner peace. Disadvantages: Depending on the reason for choosing abstinence, possible loneliness, horniness, or boredom. Which Method Is Best for You? As you've read, there are many choices for birth control and many of them might work just fine for you. However, when choosing something this important and this personal, you want to consider and then reconsider and then talk with your partner and your doctor, and consider some more. Then when you choose, use the method properly every time you have sex. To help you narrow down the many choices, the following table asks some basic questions about you and how you have sexual intercourse. Answering these questions can help you narrow down your choices., What's the Best Method to Use? The Question to Ask The Birth Control Options Are you male? Condoms Do you want to be ready for intercourse anytime? Birth control pills, Norplant, Depo-Provera, IUD You can't stop yourself once the action starts? Birth control pills, Norplant, Depo-Provera, IUD Are you uncomfortable touching your genitals or Birth control pills, Norplant, Depo-Provera, IUD inserting something inside your body? You do not want to take hormones, or there are health Condoms, spermicide, diaphragm, cervical cap reasons why you should not? Do you have intercourse infrequently? Condoms, spermicide, diaphragm, cervical cap Are you trying to have a baby? FAMs, none Do you want total freedom from using birth control, and Sterilization are you sure that you never want to have a baby? When All Else Fails, You Still Have Options If your birth control method failed or if you did not use birth control, even though you knew you were supposed to, and you are pregnant, you have a serious decision to make. If you decide that this is a happy accident, then enjoy your pregnancy and baby. If you decide that adding a baby to your life is not a viable choice at this time, then you still have options. Depending on how quickly after conception you become aware of the pregnancy, you might consider emergency contraception, such as the morning after pill or RU486. If not, then see your doctor or a family planning clinic to get more information about adoption or abortion. The Morning After Pill The morning after pill is an emergency measure that involves relatively high doses of synthetic hormones (estrogen or a combination of estrogen and progestin) that are taken for 1 to 5 days within 3 days of unprotected intercourse. The morning after pill prevents or terminates pregnancy by interfering with implantation of a fertilized egg in the inner uterine lining., Advantages: Highly effective if taken strictly as prescribed; offers the chance of avoiding an unwanted pregnancy even after the fact., Disadvantages: Some people are morally opposed to this method, since conception may have occurred prior to use; Requires at least two doctor visits within 48 to 72 hours of unprotected intercourse; may cause severe side effects such as violent nausea, vomiting; may be followed by heavy, irregular menstruation; the closer to ovulation a woman is during unprotected intercourse, the less likely the method will succeed. RU486 The so-called “abortion pill” is best known by its French name, RU486. Although widely, effectively, and safely used in France, Sweden, and Great Britain, RU486, or Mifepristone (as it's also called) is not yet commonly used in the U.S. It contains an antiprogesterone and synthetic steroid that interferes with the action of the body's progesterone, a hormone that builds up the uterine lining to prepare for pregnancy. It therefore terminates a pregnancy. Advantages: Effective 96.9 percent of the time; less intrusive, painful, and traumatic to body than surgical abortion; fewer side effects than the morning after pill. Disadvantages: Some people are morally opposed to this method, since conception has occurred prior to use; Minor cramping, possible nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea; requires several visits to the doctor; bleeding can last 8 to 10 days; may not work if combined with other drugs, such as Ibuprofen; mifepristone is not an option for women with liver or kidney problems, anemia, diabetes, Rh-negative blood, or who are very overweight. Abortion, Abortion is the surgical removal of the fetus (or the uterine products of conception). It will end the pregnancy. Because of personal or religious convictions, abortion may be a difficult (or impossible) choice for you, but it is still a legal choice. If it is the right choice for you, it should be performed within the first 12 weeks of the pregnancy., Waiting longer than 12 weeks may result in having to undergo procedures that carry a greater risk to the mother and, depending upon where you live, may be subject to legal and/or insurance restrictions. It is recommended that if you are considering undergoing an abortion that you receive counseling prior to making your choice. You should only have an abortion if you will be able to cope with the emotional and moral consequences. Terminating a pregnancy could have a severe, lasting psychological impact. Adoption If you are opposed to ending your pregnancy, but you are not prepared to raise a child, then putting your child up for adoption may be the best choice for you. If you decide on adoption, you should be prepared for the emotional and physical demands that being pregnant and giving up the baby will present. Please get counseling prior to, during, and after this process to help you cope with the flood of emotions you may feel. In Appendix B of this book, you'll find referrals that can help you with all your choices about birth control and pregnancy. If you have any further questions, please see your doctor.,

Chapter 26 Better Safer Than Sorry

Sex is not all fun and games. Sex carries the risk of transmitting infections from one person to another through the exchange of body fluids, or sometimes even just from skin-to-skin contact. Numerous diseases caused by bacteria, viruses, or parasites may be transmitted through intimate sexual contact., That's the bad news. The good news is there are plenty of ways to have “safer sex.” Safer sex doesn't just feel good to your body; it can also contribute to your psychological, social, and emotional well-being. Safer sex means learning to decrease the possibility of a nasty or downright traumatic disease from ever infecting you, even before you reach out and touch someone. To accomplish this, you need to play by two main rules: don't take risks, and if you do, be prepared. In both cases, you'll need two things: common sense and condoms. Not so bad, right? Now, let's get specific., Talking About Safer Sex Nobody talks about “venereal diseases” anymore. Today the term is sexually transmitted diseases or STDs. Unfortunately, not enough people are talking about STDs either. It's awkward, it's personal, and it's embarrassing. But it's also essential to your health and happiness, and ultimately to whether or not the sex you have is truly as amazing as it can be. How to Talk About STDs You should talk about STDs and safer sex before you become sexual. In fact, you should have the conversation before you ever get into bed. Talk when you are not fooling around; just when you have the time and privacy to talk about your soon-to-be sex life. (For more on how to talk about sex, read Chapter 5.) To start the conversation, all you need to do is say something like, “Since we are going to be having sex soon, I'd like to talk about the diseases that sex can bring. I know it's not the most thrilling topic to talk about, but if we get this stuff all talked out now, then hopefully it won't ever interfere with our sex life.” It does not need to be a heavy conversation in which you rehash your sexual history. You just need to talk a bit about your medical history, as well as how you both plan to avoid getting STDs. You need to talk about: • if you are putting your partner at risk for any STDs and if he or she could be putting you at risk. • if you both want to get tested for STDs and HIV so you know that you are probably starting your sex life together with clean bills of health. • the fact that you will use condoms every single time you have sex, no matter what. You can also talk about what types of condoms you like to use. You might also want to talk about being completely monogamous. Having sex with only one partner will reduce your chances of contracting an STD (if you and your partner are disease-free). However, millions of people say that they are going to be faithful, then they secretly have an affair. That's why I advise using condoms every time you have sex, no matter what your partner promises., Also, you need to use condoms every time you have sex, even if you both test negative for all diseases. Who's to say that a disease that was dormant won't appear a day after the negative tests? Or who's to say that you or your partner won't cheat and get a disease? No matter what, use condoms. Your health is too important to risk it. You can read all the details about how to put on a condom and what to do if a condom breaks in Chapter 25., What If You Know You Have an STD? As I mentioned earlier, you don't have to tell your entire sexual history to your partner. But if you know you have an STD, you need to tell your partner, especially if: • he or she might have the same STD. You could have given it to your partner, or he or she could have given it to you. Just because your partner does not have any symptoms (or does not mention any symptoms to you), he or she could still have the disease. Many STDs are asymptomatic in one partner, so both partners need treatment. • if you have an STD that can still be transmitted, especially by skin-to-skin contact from places that might not be covered by condoms, such as herpes or genital warts. • if you have an STD that will affect you for your lifetime and may become life-threatening, such as HIV/AIDS. Even if you will use condoms and practice safer sex, if you have an STD, you owe it to your partner to tell him or her. To understand this better, just put yourself in his or her shoes: How would you feel if your partner had an STD and did not tell you! If you care about each other then you should talk about sexually transmitted diseases. And if either of you has one, you should both see a doctor. The ABCs of STDs, It's a daunting list, but better to be acquainted with the names than face the diseases themselves. Most STDs are both his and her infections, but some are experienced mainly by women. That's all explained in the following information., Chlamydia The most common STD in the U.S., chlamydia affects about 4 million women, men, and infants annually. Chlamydial infections are caused by bacteria, which, if left untreated, may have serious consequences, such as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) and infertility in women, urethritis in men, and pneumonia in newborn infants of infected mothers. Symptoms: Unlike other STDs, you may not know you have chlamydia, because it often has no symptoms. When symptoms are present, they may be mild. In women, painful urination, vaginal discharge, and lower abdominal pain. In men, a burning sensation with urination, and a watery discharge from the penis. Treatment: The antibiotics tetracycline or doxycycline. Though the symptoms may subside in a few days, the infection may take up to two weeks to clear up. It is important that all partners be tested and treated to prevent reinfection. Herpes, Genital herpes is caused by a sexually transmitted virus that develops as painful blisters. There are two types of the virus: Type-1, which often causes cold sores or fever blisters and does not necessarily affect the genitals, and Type-2, which causes genital sores that spread during intercourse. Herpes may spread to other sites through oral-genital, oral-anal, or anal-genital contact. Even after treatment, herpes can recur because the virus remains in the body. Any time herpes sores are present, you should not have sex, because you can become infected or infect your sex partner. Once the sores heal, you can safely restore sexual activity. Symptoms: Painful, fluid-filled blisters. Initial attacks last for 2 to 3 weeks. Most patients develop recurrent attacks at irregular intervals. Other symptoms include fever, tenderness and itchiness near the penis or vulva, swollen lymph glands, and flu-like symptoms. Treatment: No cure. It lasts a lifetime, but may not always cause outbreaks. To reduce outbreaks, an effective medicine called acyclovir helps. Some people take acyclovir on a daily basis., Genital Warts (HPV) Caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV), genital warts are sexually transmissible skin warts. In men, warts commonly appear on the penis; in women, they are found around the vagina and/or cervix. Symptoms: In men, warts are hard, small, and yellow-gray; in women, warts are usually pink or red and soft, with an indented cauliflowerlike appearance. Treatment: Topical treatment, which may be very uncomfortable, such as freezing, laser therapy, or surgical removal. After removal, the warts may reoccur, and would need to be removed again, since the virus remains active in your body for the rest of your life. Gonorrhea, One of the most serious STDs, gonorrhea is an infectious disease that can result in sterility, arthritis, and heart problems. It affects about a million men and women each year in the U.S. Even without treatment, the burning and itching associated with gonorrhea may go away, and the discharge may stop, too. But gonorrhea can continue to spread inside the body and pose a risk for your sex partners for months. However, according to the American Public Health Association, with effective treatment, communicability ends within hours. Symptoms: Symptoms are often not obvious, but include: a burning or painful sensation during urination in both men and women; in women, vaginal discharge and pelvic pain; in men, a discharge from the penis. Treatment: Antibiotics. Syphilis A serious infection transmitted by any type of genital, anal, or oral sex, syphilis affects the entire body and blood system. Symptoms: Initially, a painless sore that appears where the germ entered the body. The second stage occurs weeks later, usually causing a general body rash. The rash heals without leaving scars. Symptoms then disappear, yet the disease is still present. Treatment: Must be detected by a blood test. Penicillin will cure it in the early stages, but once it reaches the tertiary stage (in which cardiovascular and nervous system complications are the most common causes of death), penicillin, even in its most potent forms, has limited effectiveness., Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) PID is an infection of the uterus sometimes involving the upper genital tract (cervix, endometrium, fallopian tubes), and is almost exclusively a disease of sexually active women. It is caused when bacteria migrate from the vagina or cervix higher into the female reproductive system. PID is very dangerous to the reproductive organs, and can cause infertility. PID is usually the result of untreated cases of gonorrhea and chlamydia. (That's why you must get treated early if you think you have an STD!) Symptoms: Severe abdominal pain, fever, tenderness of the uterus and ovaries. Other symptoms may include abnormal mucous discharge; longer, heavier, more painful periods or bleeding between periods; fatigue, weakness, nausea, vomiting, and painful intercourse. Treatment: Antibiotics and bed rest. No sexual activity during this time. If left untreated, tubal scarring and sterility can occur. Urinary Tract Infection A urinary tract infection is the result of infection from bacteria trapped inside the urethra. It's common in sexually active women engaging in frequent sex with a new sexual partner. Symptoms: Pain and burning during urination, an urgency to urinate, cloudy or odorous urine. Treatment: Antibiotics., Vaginitis In women, vaginitis is characterized by inflammation of the vagina and may be accompanied by discharge, itching, and/or burning, and a strong odor. Both sexes can be affected, though men are generally free of symptoms., One type of vaginitis is the yeast infection, which can bloom and fester because of poor hygiene and, believe it or not, wearing outfits that are tight around the crotch (like pantyhose) for long periods of time. Use of antibiotics, birth control pills, diabetes, and pregnancy may also disrupt the vaginal pH balance, and promote the growth of candida bacteria. This infection can be spread through oral sex or intercourse. Other types of vaginismis are Bacterial Vaginosis and Trichomonas. A doctor will be able to determine which type you have. Symptoms: In women, symptoms may include a thick white or yellowish vaginal discharge, pungent odor, vaginal itching, and irritation of the vulva; men may suffer from irritation and itching of the penis and testicles, and possible discharge from the penis. Both men and women could experience painful intercourse. If it is transmitted orally, men or women may have a whitish, yellowish, or greenish film on their tongue, which may be painful., Treatment: Over-the-counter vaginal creams for women, topical creams for men. To prevent these infections, women should avoid wearing tight pants, non-cotton underpants, pantyhose, and wet bathing suits. Also, they should not use scented soaps, douches, or feminine hygiene sprays. Crabs Crabs, also known as pubic lice, are spread primarily through close contact with an infested person, particularly during sexual intercourse. The lice may dwell in pubic hair, hair on the upper legs, and on the abdomen. These parasites may also be transmitted through clothing, bedding, and toilet seats. Symptoms: Itching, mild fever, swollen lymph glands, muscle aches. Treatment: Prescription or over the counter topical medication. All bedding, towels, and clothing should be washed in hot water and dried on a hot cycle. Internal Parasites There are a number of infectious parasitic diseases that, although more commonly associated with poor hygiene, sewage system failures, or bad food handling, can be passed along during sex. The intestinal parasites giardia, cryptosporidia, and amoebas are among them. These diseases can be transmitted through oral-anal contact. Note that while not parasitic, E. coli and hepatitis A infections can be passed along at the same time., Symptoms: Diarrhea, abdominal cramps, bloating, fatigue, and weight loss. Treatment: Medication—Metronidazole for giardiosis; none for cryptosporidiosis; metronidazole followed by other antiparasitics, such as iodoquinol, for amoebic infections. Hepatitis B Hepatitis B is a bloodborne virus, transmitted through sexual contact and/or the use of contaminated needles and blood transfusions. Like hepatitis A, C, and D, hepatitis B is more common in homosexual men. The incidence is highest in individuals who participate in anal sex, and those with multiple sexual partners. Symptoms: In most cases, symptoms are fever, fatigue, headache, abdominal discomfort, loss of appetite, jaundice. In other cases, a severe inflammation of the liver results in bleeding, coma, and frequently death. In remaining cases, it takes a chronic, debilitating course., Treatment: Mild hepatitis sufferers need bed rest and a high-protein, low-fat diet, and should avoid alcohol and drugs. In more serious cases, steroid drugs are sometimes used. While there is no known cure, hepatitis B can be prevented with a vaccine (HBIG—hepatitis B immunoglobin). People with multiple sex partners, or those who fall into other high-risk groups, like occupational exposure to doctors, nurses, and lab technicians, are urged to get vaccinated. Chronic cases can be treated with alpha interferon. Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) AIDS is a life-threatening, epidemic disease caused by the HIV virus that suppresses the body's immune system, rendering it unable to fight off illnesses. After someone has AIDS, primary infections such as pneumonia (Pneumocystis carinii) and cancer (Kaposi's sarcoma) attack and ultimately destroy the body. AIDS is caused by the HIV virus. HIV is transmitted to someone when HIV infected blood, semen, vaginal secretions, or breast milk comes in contact with that person's bloodstream through a cut in their skin, or through a mucous membrane like the vagina or penis. It can be sexually transmitted from vaginal intercourse,, anal sex, or oral sex (although oral sex is less of a risk; you can read about the risk in Chapter 13.) Nonsexually, it is easily transmitted if infected blood from a needle gets into someone's bloodstream, such as if people are sharing intravenous drug needles. Symptoms: HIV the virus that causes AIDS usually does not have any symptoms. However, as soon as someone get the HIV virus from another person, he or she immediately has and can transmit this life-threatening virus. Unless the person gets tested for HIV, he or she may never know that he or she has it, until it becomes full-blown AIDS. It may take months or even up to 10 years for the first signs of AIDS to appear. (I must repeat, that during that entire time the person has and can transmit HIV.) The first signs that HIV has become AIDS are when a person develops AIDS-related pneumonia, Kaposi's sarcoma, fungal infections, night sweats, fatigue, or noticeable weight loss. These symptoms often lead to chronic, worsening conditions., Treatment: There is no cure to stop the HIV virus. There is no vaccine for HIV or AIDS, but there is evidence that the medicines such as AZT and protease inhibitors, when utilized early after someone gets HIV, may slow the virus. Once HIV turns into AIDS, there are medications to treat the various diseases that will occur, yet many of the diseases are life-threatening no matter what., What Are Your Symptoms? It's easy to take a healthy body for granted. That's because when your body is working right and you're not sick, you're barely aware of how it carries you through your daily life. However, built into this wonderful machine are all sorts of warning signals and alarms that let you know when something needs maintenance or repair. In a fastpaced, overworked world, it's all too easy to ignore these alarms or just brush them off. You've got to pay attention to your body, especially when it comes to STDs. Early detection methods are available for most STDs and prompt treatment can mean the difference between being inconvenienced and being incapacitated or worse. Although I already explained a little bit about different STDs the following table offers a quick-look summary of the symptoms. Think of it as a do-it-yourself diagnostic kit. But do not do it by yourself! If you're suffering itches, aches, or pains, make an appointment with a doctor pronto. The Itches, Aches, and Pains of STDs Lesions or Pain or Frequent No ChlamydiaXXXItching Discharge sores burning urination Flulike symptoms HerpesXX

X

Genital Warts X

X

GonorrheaXXSyphilis X PIDXXXUrinary Tract X Infection Vaginitis YeastXXinfection Crabs

X

Internal Parasites X HepatitisB X HIV X Checking for STDs, STDs can and will affect both sexes in most cases, and can affect anyone who is sexually active regardless of age, number of partners, or sexual orientation. All it takes is one sexual encounter to get a disease. It can happen to you. If it does, there is nothing to be embarrassed about. It is just an unfortunate problem of sex. As soon as you notice your symptoms, you need to see a doctor. You will have to give a full description of how you feel and what you have noticed. It is essential that you, pose any and every question you have about STDs to your doctor. The doctor can then look for telltale signs, and take blood, cell, or tissue samples in order to run tests for specific STDs. Blood tests are required for diagnosis of syphilis, hepatitis B, herpes, and HIV (see the following section on testing for HIV). Clinical, visual examinations are used to diagnose crabs and genital warts. Special samples, such as cell or discharge samples, smears may be required to determine if you have gonorrhea, parasitic diseases, PID, or vaginitis. What you don't know can hurt you. So be candid about chlamydia, and get hip to the signs of hepatitis. If you suffer the symptoms, get to a doctor and get tested. Remember, most STDs can be successfully and quickly treated if diagnosed early. For more information about STDs, call the National STD Hotline at 1-800-227-8922. Testing for HIV HIV testing is a good idea for anyone who feels he or she maybe at risk, or may be putting his or her partner(s) at risk. Getting tested is scary, because if the results are positive then it will certainly change your life in many ways. You should make sure that you will be prepared to deal with the results if they are positive. Private doctors may not provide pre-test and post-test counseling: However, most clinics and testing sites generally provide pre-test and post-test counseling, which is highly recommended to help you deal with and understand your test results. Also, it's best to get tested at an anonymous testing site or clinic rather than at a doctor's office. Anonymity is indeed a relevant concern for anyone searching for absolute confidentiality. There is simply no way to be sure that your name, or the name and address on your check (remember to pay for your AIDS test in cash!) will not end up in unknown, untrustworthy hands. Some people have been denied health insurance, or even fired from their jobs once others knew that they had HIV or AIDS. Most cities have anonymous testing sites where results are available in anywhere from 2 hours to 2 weeks., The actual blood test does not look for AIDS. (There is no test for AIDS, because AIDS is the name for a specific group of diseases that people get once they have HIV.) The blood test is intended to detect the presence of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Yet the test does not actually notice the HIV itself. Instead, the lab looks for specific antibodies to HIV in your blood. The presence of these antibodies shows that you have been infected with HIV and your body is trying to fight it. These antibodies to HIV show up about 3 to 6 months after one has gotten HIV. That means that if you have sex with someone who is infected today, and you get HIV today, then you have it today and can transmit it today. But it will not show up in the test for 3 to 6 months, even though you've had it all that time. A positive test result means that you have HIV, and can give it to others. It might not mean you have the diseases of AIDS, but it does mean you will develop AIDS at some point. A negative test result is no license to stop practicing safer sex., Remember, this is serious stuff. Don't be shy about asking serious questions, getting retested, or seeking out a sex therapist if there are no test centers that include pre-test counseling in your area. It is, after all, your life. For more information and counseling about HIV, AIDS, and to find out where you can get tested in your area, call the National AIDS Hotline at 1-800-342-AIDS. Condoms and Safer Sex I have mentioned many times throughout this book that the only way to prevent sexually transmitted diseases is to practice safer sex. That means that you must use latex condoms every single time you have vaginal-penile intercourse or anal-penile intercourse. To be totally safe, you must also use condoms on a man during oral sex, and dental dams or Saran Wrap to prevent disease transmission during oral sex on a woman or oral-anal contact on a man or woman. Practicing safer sex does not have to be all bad. You can have fun with condoms once you know how to use them properly. Review the section in Chapter 25 that explains step-by-step with a diagram how to use condoms properly. Then go out to the store, and buy a variety of different latex condoms. You and your partner can have fun trying all the different sizes, shapes, and colors of condoms that are on the market. You may find one that you especially like, and you may want to use that one all the time. Also, for variety, you can use different types of water-based lubricants with condoms, which I discuss in Chapter 16. You can have fun experimenting with all different types of lube, as well as using water-based food on your condoms or dental dams or Saran Wrap (like flavored jellies that do not contain any oil). The more you get used to using condoms, the more you won't mind using them. There are even ways to make sure that they do not reduce a man's sensitivity so much, such as finding condoms that fit him well, and putting one drop of lubricant inside the condom before you roll it on so it adheres better to his skin. Read Chapter 25 for more details on these topics, including how to put a condom on a penis using only your mouth! Safer sex can be fun, but at the very least it is a fact of life that you have to get used to. Protect yourself and your partner. Use condoms every single time you have sex!,

Chapter 27 Take a Good Look—These Exams Save Lives

This book has given you plenty of information about how to protect your body and ensure your sexual well-being. You know how to avoid unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases. You learned how to take responsibility for your own wants and needs by saying “yes” when something feels right and “no” when it doesn't. But there's still more that you can do, even if you're not sexually active. Your sex organs—specifically breasts, testicles, and prostate glands—are also susceptible to diseases like cancer, which can kill., You can take responsibility for your sexual health by checking yourself out, and getting checked out by health-care professionals. Taking care of your sexual health should be as normal to you as taking care of your pearly whites. You wouldn't let a day go by without brushing your teeth (several times even), would you? Well, you shouldn't go a day without thinking about your sexual health either. Even if you're not using them for sexual pleasure, you should make it a point to take a look at your breasts and genitals to see that they look healthy and normal. The more you get to know what your body looks like when it's in good health, the more likely you'll be able to tell when it's not., Some of the exams described in this chapter are self-exams, which you should do once a month. The other exams require you to make an annual appointment with a gynecologist (if you're a woman) or a general practitioner or urologist (if you're a man). These exams should be as much a part of your routine as your yearly visit to the dentist for a checkup. But remember, if you notice anything out of the ordinary, you don't have to wait. Get to a health clinic or doctor's office at the first sign of any problems with your sexual health. Your Healthy Breasts Statistics show that an American woman hasa1in 8 chance of developing breast cancer sometime in her life. Every 3 minutes, a woman living in the U.S. is diagnosed with breast cancer, and every 11 minutes a woman dies from this disease. Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women in the U.S. Over 150,000 cases are diagnosed each year, and close to 50,000 women (and almost 300 men) die each year from the disease. Usually, breast cancer affects people who are over 40, but it can strike women in their 20s and 30s, too. It's not only a good idea to examine your breasts on a monthly basis, it's essential. Like most cancers, if it's detected early, breast cancer can be treated to stop it from spreading, and it can frequently be cured. In fact, over 90 percent of the women who detect and start treating the breast cancer early in its development survive at least 5 years. If you're a woman, your chances of developing breast cancer are high and get higher the longer you live. There are certain risk factors associated with breast cancer: gender, age, personal or family history of breast cancer, early periods, late menopause, and not having had children. However, the overwhelming majority of women who develop breast cancer don't fall into the recognized high-risk groups, so you can't rule out the risk of breast cancer just because no other women in your family have had it. It's also unlikely that you will decide whether or not to have children as a means of avoiding breast cancer, and you have no control over when you start or stop menstruating. You can however, exercise regularly, eat a healthy diet, maintain a healthy weight, quit smoking, and minimize your alcohol intake. Luckily, breast cancer's symptoms are usually detectable, with symptoms like lumps, nipple discharge, and changes in the shape of the breast easily discernible. Although most breast lumps are not cancerous, you must still get them checked out. That means you have to examine them, at the very least, once a month., How to Perform a Breast Self-Exam (BSE) Women should perform a breast self-exam every month, as a way to check for any changes in their breasts that may be signs of breast cancer. The best time is 2 to 3 days following your period, if you menstruate. If you no longer menstruate, do the exam on the same date every month. To perform a breast examination:, • Start by looking at your breasts. Note any changes in their size, shape, or texture. If there is any puckered or dimpled skin, changes in the nipple such as scaling skin, clear or bloody discharge from the nipple, inverting of the nipple, or noticeable change in the contour of the breast, like one being higher than the other, call the doctor immediately. • If you don't see any changes, next begin the physical examination of each breast individually. You will be feeling for lumps or thickening of the breast tissue. • Use the fingers of one hand to press firmly against the opposite breast, with the other hand behind your head. (See the following illustration.) • Rotate your fingers using small circular motions, searching for lumps or abnormalities. • Cover all areas including the breast tissue leading to the underarm area. • Repeat the procedure with the other hand and the opposite breast. • Don't forget to squeeze each nipple to check for discharge—there shouldn't be any., Some women prefer doing the breast self-exam in the shower, since they can more easily move their hand along the smooth surface of the breast when it is wet. Also, it is recommended that you do the exam both lying down and standing up if you detect any changes. What If You Find a Lump? If you do find a lump, or a change in your breast of any kind, consult a doctor immediately. The self-exam, while very important and critical to early detection, is not a substitute for doctor's exam. Only a doctor can determine if a lump is cancerous and the best course of treatment. In addition to the manual breast exam, women over age 45 or women who have a history of breast cancer in their families should get a mammogram each year. A mammogram is an x-ray of the breast that can show any lumps. If a lump is found, the mammogram cannot detect if it is cancerous. The lump, or a biopsy of it, must be removed and analyzed to determine that. If a woman has a cancerous breast lump, there are a variety of treatments for breast cancer. These may include chemotherapy, radiation, and/or surgery such as a lumpectomy (surgical removal of the lump and some surrounding cells), or a mastectomy (surgical removal of a breast or breasts). Because of all of the new advances in the treatment of breast cancer, today women who have the disease can have lots of hope for a full recovery. For more information on breast cancer, please look in Appendix B of this book for referral phone numbers., It Only Comes Once a Year: The Gynecological Exam If you're a woman, three things in life are certain—taxes, death, and pelvic exams. The last may not seem as big or important as the first two, but it may help you stave off the, death part and reduce the taxes part. (Remember, some medical expenses may be deductible!) It only comes once a year, and it's not Santa Claus. It's the “annual.” Once you understand the importance of and the steps involved in a gynecological exam, it should make you more at ease with the fact that you should have this exam once a year. A woman should start the routine of a yearly exam once she's over 16 years old or becomes sexually active (regardless of age). Of course, it does not matter how old you are or whether or not you are sexually active; if you're a woman and you're experiencing any of the following conditions, make an appointment to see a health-care professional as soon as possible: • Missed period(s) • Pregnancy • Exposure to or symptoms of an STD • Severe menstrual cramps or irregularity • Breast lumps or discharges • Vaginal pain, swelling, itching, or unusual discharges • Blood in your urine • Severe pain in your lower abdomen Even if you are perfectly healthy and your body seems normal to you, you still need to see the gynecologist once a year. When scheduling the yearly exam, don't forget to make the appointment for a day that falls approximately midway between your periods. Menstrual blood can make it difficult to obtain an accurate Pap smear, so the exam should not take place while you are menstruating. Also, don't use any vaginal creams or douche during the 72 hours prior to your exam. And you might as well go into the visit knowing the exact date of the first day of your last period, because the doctor or nurse always asks., During a routine gynecological examination, a doctor (or other appropriate health-care provider such as a nurse practitioner) will perform a breast exam, a Pap smear (cancer test), and an STD check. When you enter the exam room, you will be asked to undress completely (panties and all) and to put on an exam gown. First, the doctor will examine your breasts by feeling them for any lumps or abnormalities. Then the vaginal exam will be next. You will lie down on an examination table and the doctor will say the standard and almost universal line, “Slide down.” As you do this, you'll bend your knees up and put your feet in “the stirrups,” which are just really foot holders that help you keep your legs spread., Then the doctor will do a vaginal-digital exam by inserting a gloved, lubricated finger inside your vagina to feel for any abnormalities. He or she will also push on your abdomen from the outside to feel your uterus. Then the doctor will insert a speculum—a narrow metal instrument that holds the vagina open—into your vagina. This way, he or she can see your cervix, search for any cervical infections, and take a Pap smear, a sample of cells to test for cancer. Because there are few nerve endings near the cervix, a Pap smear should not hurt. The doctor collects cells from the cervical walls by gently rubbing them with a long, thin flat wooden implement that is like a skinny version of a tongue depressor. Collecting the cells for this test only takes a few seconds. The cells are smeared across a glass slide and ultimately checked under a microscope for abnormalities. Within a week you should receive your results of your Pap smear. Positive results are common. A positive result may mean that you have some “dysplasia,” which means that there are some abnormal cells in the cervix. This may not be cause for alarm, since abnormal cells do not always indicate cancer. In fact, sometimes the abnormal cells go away if retested after a few weeks or months. However, a positive test may also reveal that you actually have cancerous cells on your cervix. In that case, your doctor will test you further and determine the course of treatment., You all know that communication with your partner is the key to good sex. Well, discussing your body, hygiene, and sexual practices honestly with your doctor is just as crucial. Be sure to talk to your doctor about any other concerns—such as STDs—so that appropriate tests can be taken and diagnosed. Also, make sure you discuss birth control, and what method is best for you. Your doctor is the only one who can prescribe certain birth control methods, like birth control pills and diaphragms. Asking questions and providing complete answers to the questions that the doctor will ask you about drugs, alcohol, weight patterns, diet, sex, and your relationships may seem personal or even embarrassing, but it's the best way to get the advice, treatment, and counseling that's right for you. Don't worry—the conversation is confidential. Your doctor has heard it all before., Men and Sexual Health If you're a man, you can't always count on your penis to be in tip-top sexual health, unless you take care of it—and the rest of your reproductive system. Unlike women, most men haven't gotten into the routine of visiting their doctors once a year for a checkup. But that doesn't mean they're not necessary. All men should also get a physical each year. And, men, if you notice any changes in your sexual health (a foul discharge perhaps, or pain during urination), you should see a doctor immediately, because it could be a sexually transmitted disease, or something worse. The only way to know is to get checked out. The Testicular Self-Exam: You've Got Balls, Check 'Em Out While it's common knowledge that women should see a gynecologist on a yearly basis for a Pap smear and for pelvic and breast exams, it's much less common for men to be aware of their own need for regular testicular and prostate exams. Just what is a testicular self-exam (TSE)? It's a simple, painless, free method of identifying STDs and testicular cancer, a curable disease—if caught early., Ideally, all men should perform a monthly testicular self-exam, starting at the onset of puberty. The best time to do the exam is when the scrotal skin is most relaxed, say, after a bath, shower, or sex. To perform a testicular self-exam, take a look at the preceding illustration and follow these simple steps: • Place the index and middle fingers of each hand under your testicles and your thumbs on top. • Roll each testicle between your thumb and fingers, noting its weight and texture. Keep in mind that the testes are not the only thing inside the scrotum. The, epididymis is set at the back of the testes—and lumpy as it is, it does belong there. Aside from the epididymis, which can feel like a thin cord, your testicles should feel smooth and firm. • If you feel a hard lump, it's time to make an appointment with your doctor. Becoming familiar with how your body and genitals look and feel, will help you recognize when something changes. In addition to doing that testicular self-exam, also keep an eye on your penis. Watch it for any abnormal discharge or inflammation. If anything seems out of the ordinary, see a doctor. Find a doctor you're comfortable with, who can answer questions and treat your symptoms before they turn into something worse. Just Relax, It's the Prostate Exam If you've been seeing your doctor once a year for a physical, keep it up. If you haven't, you should starting making a habit of these annual visits. For men over age 40, the doctor's examination will supplement the testicular self-exams and will include one exam that only health-care professionals are qualified to do. I don't mean the “turn your head and cough” test, either. (That's a test for hernias.) I mean the “lie down, and close your eyes” prostate exam. You may have to lie down for the exam, but don't lie down and accept the all-too-common prostate cancer. Prostate cancer, which claims the lives of over 40,000 males a year in the U.S., is easily detected and effectively treated if diagnosed early. To make sure you have all the advantages against prostate cancer that you can have, you can undergo a prostate exam. This exam will also alert you to other possible complications, such as an enlarged prostate or pre-cancerous lumps., The hole in the donut-shaped prostate gland, located below a man's bladder, surrounds the urethra—the tube that carries semen and urine. Any disease that affects the prostate may also affect the urethra. The private parts are all in it together. Problems with the prostate can result in:, • The sensation that the bladder is never empty and/or a feeling of urgency to urinate. • The feeling that you need to push or force urine out. • Disrupted sleep because of an increased need to urinate during the night. • Uneven flow or stopping and starting of the urine flow. All it takes for the prostate to enlarge is testosterone and aging. If you're male and human, it's hard to avoid those two things. Isn't this enough to make you commit to a yearly exam? Okay, men, here's what happens during the exam. A doctor can easily examine the prostate by inserting a gloved, lubricated finger into your rectum, through which he can feel the prostate gland. It only takes a moment or two, and it should not hurt. Though you may not be comfortable with this idea, it can save your life. The doctor can do a blood test for this, too, although it does not replace the need for the digital prostate exam, since it cannot detect lumps or nodules. It's called a PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) test, and it determines the amount of a protein produced by cells in a man's prostate gland. If the level of this antigen present in the prostate gland is problematic, then it indicates prostate cancer. If your doctor does find a problem (and he might, because as many as 4 out of 10 U.S. males develop enlarged prostates), many options are available ranging from “watch, wait, and see” to oral medication to surgery., The threat of any kind of disease is scary. But if you know your body—how it looks and how it feels—and you check it regularly for any lumps, bumps, or strange discharge, you're taking a proactive approach to your health. Remember, early detection means you can get the treatment you need to live a happy, healthy, and sexually fulfilling life., Chapter 28 Overcoming Sexual Problems, At some time in your life, you can expect to suffer from some kind of sexual problem. I'm not being pessimistic; I'm being realistic. It might be a problem that's simple to solve, such as not being interested in sex at the same time as your partner. That can usually be worked out through negotiation and compromise. But sometimes the problems are more complex; for instance, some women have never had an orgasm, and some men ejaculate before they want to. If these or other seemingly more complicated sexual problems are affecting your sex life, do not despair. If you are committed to improving your sexuality, then you can resolve many common sexual problems on your own, or with the help of your partner. For the problems that are most challenging, it might be time to visit a sex therapist. They're specially trained to deal with sexual dysfunction, and can help you get a new lease on your sex life. That's why when it comes to sex, you should never get too worried about your difficulties. Sexual problems are solvable problems. Help is on the way!, Not in the Mood: Lack of Desire “Honey, I have a headache.” Those words are often just an excuse used by someone who's not in the mood. If you're not in the mood for sex once in a while, that's not a big deal. But if your lack of sexual desire persists, then you might have a problem that needs to be remedied. Sometimes lack of desire means lack of desire for a partner. Sometimes it means lack of desire for sex in general. If you don't feel turned on by your lover, but you still want to masturbate or have sex with someone else, then the problem is probably more of a relationship problem than a sexual problem., If you desire sex, but you have lost desire for your partner, then you need to explore why you're not interested in having sex with him or her anymore. Sometimes the answer is simply that sex has become routine, and you need more excitement to spice up your monogamous sex life. If that's the problem, then reread Parts 4 and 5 of in this book, which feature many chapters describing new sexual positions, new locations for sex, and alternative sexual lifestyles. With luck and a little work, you and your partner will be able to find some new ways to put some zing back into your sex life. Some couples find that although they have desire for each other, they experience it at different times. Their general level of sexual desire may differ in these cases. To explain, consider this scene from Woody Allen's classic Annie Hall. When Annie's therapist asks her how often she and Alfie have sex, she says, “All the time, three times a week.” But when Alfie's therapist asks him how often they have sex, he says, “Hardly ever, three times a week.” Couples can stay together despite this problem, if they find times to have sex that satisfy them both. The partner with the higher sex drive can also add masturbation to his or her sexual routine to make up for the “down times.” If your level of sexual desire does not match your partner's, then the two of you can work together, or with a sex therapist to find a compromise about how often you will have sex. Check out Chapter 5 of this book for more creative ideas for compromises. If you don't feel any desire for sex, and no desire to masturbate, then you may have a sexual desire disorder, which needs to be treated in sex therapy. Some causes of inhibited sexual desire may be medical. Therefore, you, should also be checked by a physician for this problem. Some of the common reasons why you may lose sexual desire include: • Hormonal imbalances • Illness or injury of yourself or partner • Medication, such as anti-depressants like Prozac • Adultery committed by you or your partner • Stress at work or with the family • Resentment about power issues in your relationship, such as a controlling spouse • Financial problems in your relationship • Last trimester of pregnancy, or new baby in your house • Death of relative or friend All of these issues can be resolved either by medical or psychological treatment. So get help if you have a desire disorder., Photo by Elke Hesser Waiting for the O: Women Who Have Never Had an Orgasm If you know how indescribably amazing it feels to have orgasms, then you probably can't image what it would be like if you had never had them. Yet there are some adult women who have never had orgasms, even though they feel sexual pleasure. All women can have orgasms. They just have to learn how., If you're a woman who's never had an orgasm, the best way to learn is to commit yourself to spending a little time each day working on it, until you reach climax. The following steps may help. Ten Steps to Orgasm 1. Analyze your sexual influences. Try to determine whether or not you have been exposed to any negative messages about sex while you were growing up. Sexually repressive parents or a strict religious upbringing are important factors to consider. Also, some women who have never had an orgasm were victims of child sexual abuse, incest, or rape. You may want to work with a therapist to understand how these issues could be affecting your enjoyment of sex. 2. Examine your body. When you have some time alone, check out your naked body. In a well-lit room, take a hand mirror and look at your vulva. (If the light in the room is not bright enough, use a flashlight.) You may want to lie down with your legs open and prop your head up with pillows to get a better look. Or you could even try squatting over the mirror. Notice the way each part of your genitals looks: your pubic hair, your labia, your vaginal entrance, your clitoris. Accept this as a special and beautiful part of your body. While you are looking, acknowledge that your clitoris is there for only one reason: to give you pleasure. When you are looking at it, believe that it can and will help you have an orgasm., 3. Enjoy pleasure without having a goal. Try the following activity to start accepting that your body can give you pleasure. When you have the night alone, all to yourself, take a long bubble bath with candles around the tub. After you get out of the tub, spend time drying your body, and applying lotion or powder. Then lay down on your bed naked, and touch your body all over. Massage your feet, your hands, and your shoulders., Stroke your breasts, your waist, and your thighs. Enjoy the feelings of touching yourself. At this point you are not masturbating, just touching yourself. 4. Learn to relax and breathe. When you're alone and naked, lie down, close your eyes, and concentrate on your breathing. Take ten deep breaths in and out. While you are doing this, imagine that you are in a safe, beautiful place. Feel every part of your body relaxing, from your toes to your fingers to the top of your head. Remember what this feels like, so you can call on this relaxed feeling anytime. 5. Masturbate without a goal. Some women have never had an orgasm because they have never masturbated. Now is the time to learn to masturbate to feel good. First, find at least 30 minutes when you can be alone. Then repeat the relaxation, breathing, and touching exercises that I just described. Then begin masturbating. Touch your clitoris in a circular motion, and insert a finger in your vagina; massage the entire area. Touch your breasts, or neck, or legs, or anywhere that feels good. At this point do not think that you are masturbating to have an orgasm. Just do it to become familiar with the pleasurable feelings that it can bring. (For information on many more ways to masturbate, check out Chapter 10.) 6. Masturbate with a goal. Once you have learned to masturbate just to feel good, then you can begin masturbating to have an orgasm. Find at least 30 minutes when you can be alone. Repeat everything you did in the previous activity. But this time, focus on stimulating your clitoris and pushing yourself past the point of no return. When you feel as if your body is reaching some peak of sexual excitement, don't stop. Keep masturbating. Increase the intensity. Don't stop. You may feel the good feelings getting more intense, then keep going until you roll those feelings beyond where you have taken them before into the feelings of orgasm. 7. Use a vibrator., If you are having trouble making it to that point of no return, then you should start using a vibrator to push yourself a little bit further. Buy an electric vibrator, preferably the Hitachi Magic Wand (or try one of the other vibrators described in Chapter 19). Hold it on your clitoris when you masturbate, and try to keep it there while you move and touch your body. Keep trying to bring yourself to orgasm, but stay relaxed. 8. Involve your partner. When you are with your partner, repeat the relaxation and breathing activities. When you are being sexual, focus on how good it feels to be with him or her. Make sure that you are getting lots of clitoral stimulation. Then try to allow yourself to go beyond those feelings and to allow yourself to let go and have an orgasm., 9. Fantasize and role play. During masturbation or sex with your partner, fantasize that you are a sexy, powerful woman who loves sex and who has orgasms easily. Role-play that you are very into the experience. Move your hips, gyrate your body, and try to move like a sexy woman who is going to have an orgasm. 10. Let yourself go. To have an orgasm, you need to let yourself go entirely. You can't try to control your body. You can't worry about how you will look when you have an orgasm, or what sounds will come out of your mouth or body. Don't worry—just let yourself go. If you often come close, but fail to climax, you may be trying too hard. To have an orgasm, you have to lose control, and let your body do whatever it is going to do. If you let the feelings flow over you, you might even orgasm faster than you would if you were “trying.” It's like Frankie says, “Relax…when you want to come.” Intercourse Without Orgasms, There are many women who do not have orgasms from intercourse. This is more a function of sex, rather then a sexual problem. Here's why: During intercourse, the clitoris is not always stimulated, because much of the focus is on the back-and-forth motion of the penis thrusting in the vagina (the motion that the man needs to have his orgasm). To have an orgasm, women need direct stimulation of the clitoris by rubbing it, usually in a circular motion or whatever motion the woman uses when she masturbates. If a woman wants to have an orgasm during intercourse, while his penis is inside her, she may need to also do one of the following: • use her hand or his hand on her clitoris • rub her pelvis against his pelvis or pubic bone to get the friction and motion she needs for an orgasm. Premature Ejaculation While some women are still trying to have their first orgasm during intercourse, there are some men who wish they could control how fast they have theirs. Some men think that they ejaculate too quickly. If you're a, man who experiences premature ejaculation, and you and your partner are okay with this, then it's not a problem. However, it is a problem if you're not getting satisfaction from sex because your encounters are too short or you immediately ejaculate once you're inside your partner. Many men who ejaculate before they want to may have actually learned to come quickly from an early age. From the time they were preteens or teens, they may have gotten used to masturbating to orgasm quickly in order to have a fast release, without focusing on the good feelings of masturbation itself. Then as they started having sex, if they were teens, they may have had rushed sexual encounters in an attempt to finish before their parents came home, or before the police knocked on the car window. Also, many young men come quickly because sex feels so good that they do not know how to hold off and wait a while before ejaculating. If you're a man who suffers from premature ejaculation and it's interfering with your sex life, you need to learn how to be more in tune with your body and your excitement, and you need to learn to recognize when you're about to ejaculate. Then you need to learn how to control or delay the process. The following techniques should be useful to help treat premature ejaculation. 5, 6, 7, 8—Now's the Time to Stop and Wait, You can try to treat your premature ejaculation with the counting and stop-start technique. It will allow you to learn how to pin-point your level of sexual excitement, and keep it at a level that will give you pleasure without bringing you to the point of no return. To control ejaculation, a man must be able to recognize the feeling before the point of no return, and relax just enough that he does not reach the point of no return until he is ready. Your sexual excitement increases as you get closer to orgasm. In order to understand how to control the level of excitement, first you have to label each level. Think of your sexual excitement as being on a scale from 0 to 10. Zero means that you don't feel any arousal. Ten would be what you feel during orgasm. Try to get your body and mind to stay at an even level of excitement during sex (around level 7 or 8) without getting to the “point of no return,” which would be around level 9. You can practice this technique while you're masturbating: • Each time you notice that your sexual excitement has increased, label each stage with a number from 0 to 10. As I said, zero is how you feel just before you start masturbating; ten is orgasm. Try to figure out where 7 and 8 are for you., • When you feel like you're getting close to level 8 of arousal, try to keep it down a notch, remaining at 7 so you don't lose control and reach level 9, which would put you on the brink of orgasm. • The best way to do this is to stop masturbating when you reach about level 8. Take a break for 30 seconds or a minute or so. Then start again when your excitement gets down to about 5 or 6. You should practice this at least several times each week, so that you eventually can masturbate for about 30 minutes without ejaculating until you're ready. Once you've mastered these counting and stop-start skills, you can try the same sort of thing during intercourse. When you're having intercourse, stop thrusting and ask your partner to stop moving for a minute until your excitement mellows out a bit. You can also remove your penis from the vagina and change sexual positions to give yourself a little time to slow things down. Having an understanding partner with whom you can talk about this activity is helpful. Please Me, Squeeze Me A more advanced technique is the squeeze technique. To do this, you still need to become familiar with the feelings that you get when you're close to orgasm. Then, when you're having intercourse and you feel very close to the point of no return, you should stop thrusting and tell your partner not to move so that your ejaculatory response is not triggered. Next, you or your partner should squeeze your penis using a thumb and one or two forefingers in one of two places: either at the very base, or at the ridge under the head of the penis. (See the illustration.) Putting pressure in either of these places will cause your excitement to decrease, and the feeling of getting close to ejaculation will be reduced., Squeezing under the head of the penis during the squeeze technique. If reading about these techniques is not enough to help you, then seek the help of a trained certified sex therapist. Because this is a very common (and solvable) problem, you should not be embarrassed to get help. I'll give you more information on how to find a qualified therapist at the end of this chapter., When It's Hard to Get Hard Although it's true sometimes that the ship itself may have some trouble starting up before it enters the ocean, this does not have to be a Titanic problem in a man's sex life. The word “impotence” sounds like it must be some kind of chronic problem if a man does not have an erection. But this does not have to be true. In fact, all men at some time have trouble getting an erection. That's why sometimes sexologists don't call it “impotence”; they simply say someone has an “inability to get or maintain an erection.”, If you're a man who cannot get an erection during sex, think about whether or not you can get erections at other times. For example, if you can get erections when you first wake up and when you get aroused to masturbate, and if you can even sometimes get them with your partner, and you are not on any medication, you do not have any illness, and you do not drink alcohol or use drugs, then your problem is most likely psychological, probably something that has to do with an issue in your relationship. It's extremely common for a man to be unable to get an erection once in a while. Maybe you are too tired, in an uncomfortable situation, or have other things on your mind, or you're just not totally in the mood for sex. In these cases, you should just ignore the fact that you're not hard. Do something else sexual that does not involve an erection. The, next time you want to have intercourse, you probably will be hard! However, if you become consumed by the fact that you couldn't get an erection that one time, then it could start a vicious cycle in which the next time, you still might not be able to get one, basically because you're too worried about it. That's why it's important not to dwell on it if it just happens once—or once in a while. However, if you're a man who never gets erections, then you most likely have a biological problem. It could be because of a hormone deficiency, poor circulation, or a nerve disorder or nerve damage (especially from diabetes or prostate cancer), or it could be the result of medication (especially blood pressure medication). If you think your problem is biological, you should see a doctor. You can also see a sex therapist, to talk about your feelings, and to learn about ways to find sexual pleasure that don't involve erections. Viagra: The Great Blue Hope?, There are several treatments available for men who cannot get erections. The most talked about treatment is the prescription medication Viagra, which made its debut on the medical scene in 1998. Viagra, which is a diamond-shaped blue pill, can be taken 30 minutes to 3 hours prior to intercourse to affect the blood flow in a man's body and to allow him to have an erection. It can only be taken when a doctor prescribes it. Viagra does not increase sexual desire—it only helps the physical response that leads to erection. Like any medication, Viagra is not right for every man who can't get an erection. Men who have blood pressure problems, sickle cell anemia, or leukemia probably shouldn't take it. Men who take medicines that contain nitrates, such as nitroglycerin should not use Viagra because taken together, they can severely lower the blood pressure. Also, some men may experience side effects of the drug. These could include: headache, facial reddening or flush, upset stomach, stuffy nose, and visual changes such as increased sensitivity to light and blue-tinted vision. Yet despite the side effects and complications, there are many men who use Viagra, and who love it. Some men, especially those who have medical conditions that had prevented them from having erections, say that that little blue pill has transformed their lives. It's so loved by some men, that even former U.S. Senate Majority Leader and former Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole has become a spokesperson for Viagra., Pump It Up Viagra is such a major medical advancement, because the treatments of impotence that existed prior to it are somewhat clumsy and often not so simple to use. However, these methods are still used by men who cannot, or who choose not, to use Viagra. Men who suffer from impotence can use a penis pump to help them with their inability to have an erection. The pump is a plastic tube that is attached to a mechanism that provides suction to draw blood into the penis when the pump is used. The man places the tube over his penis, then pumps (similar to how one would use a bicycle pump) until his penis becomes engorged with blood. Many men can use the pump just prior to intercourse to attain a firm enough erection for penetration. Other treatments include hormone injections or surgically implanted plastic penile implants. The implants can be used in one of two ways. Either a semi-rigid piece of plastic is surgically implanted in the penis, to put it in a constant state of erection, which can be bent downward so it can be hidden, such as when the man is wearing clothes. Or a limp piece of silicone is implanted in the penis, and it is connected to a small pump that is implanted in the scrotum so the man can “inflate” it when he wants an erection. Interesting, huh? Painful Intercourse Even though intercourse should feel great, some people experience pain during it. Painful intercourse, also called dyspareunia, manifests itself in different ways. It could be a burning sensation, a constant, sharp, searing type of pain, or sudden cramping. It could be external, within the vagina or penis, or deep in the pelvic region or abdomen. It can be related to a sexually transmitted disease, an illness, or another physical problem. Pain may also be commonly caused by: • blisters, rashes, yeast infections, or inflammation around the vaginal opening, the vulva, or the clitoris, or on the penis or scrotum • disorders of the vaginal opening, such as scarring from an episiotomy, an intact hymen, or remnants of the hymen that stretched but did not entirely break, or inflammation or infection of the penis, the foreskin, the testes, the urethra, or the prostate gland, • thinning of the vaginal walls or vaginal dryness, which is most often because of menopause or estrogen deficiency • irritation from chemicals that are found in contraceptives, such as foam, jellies, condom lubricants, or from the use of douches • certain medications, such as antihistamines and tranquilizers • disorders such as sexually transmitted diseases, infections, tumors, or abnormalities of the external sex organs or internal reproductive organs, To get a proper diagnosis, you must see a doctor immediately. Because a gynecologist or urologist specializes in issues of sex and the reproductive system, he or she can probably give you the best diagnosis. However, they might refer you to other types of doctors for further testing if they can't find the cause of the problem. Also, sometimes it could be a psychological problem based in a fear of sex, which can be dealt with in sex therapy. Vaginismus Another troubling sexual condition that affects some women makes it so that a penis cannot penetrate their vagina at all. Women who have this condition, called vaginismus experience a tightening in their vaginas whereby the muscles in the vagina involuntarily contract at the beginning of sex., To get over this condition, a sex therapist can explain how to do exercises that help “train” the vaginal muscles to open and relax during sex. The doctor gives the client “vaginal trainers,” which are plastic cylinders (essentially, they are medical versions of dildoes) that come in sizes that gradually get larger. A woman begins the exercises—using the smallest cylinder for the first week—while she is alone masturbating. Then over a period of weeks, she can gradually insert the larger ones until she can comfortably accommodate the one that's most similar in size to a penis. During her sessions with the therapist, she would be asked to talk about her progress, as well as discuss the issues that could be at the root of her problem. Male and Female Performance Anxiety When sexual play begins, it should feel natural and spontaneous. However, some people, feel “performance anxiety,” which is a fear of failure during sex. They worry that they have to be a “good lover.” They put pressure on themselves to perform. They become preoccupied with every move they make, and they may even feel as if they are spectators, watching themselves perform the sex act, rather than being part of it. Performance anxiety often leads to more sexual problems. A woman might not be able to have an orgasm if she is worried about her performance. The man may lose his erection, or ejaculate too quickly. If you have performance anxiety, there are some steps you can take to get over it. You can try the following steps alone or with your partner: • Examine your views about sex. You need to start feeling that sex is a normal, healthy, positive part of life. You have to believe that you deserve to have amazing sex., • Relax. You need to start working on relaxation techniques, so you can call on them when you need to calm down and enjoy the pleasure of sex. Relaxation techniques include meditation, closing your eyes, or breathing to stay calm. • Become more familiar with your partner. In theory, the more you know someone, the more comfortable you should be having sex with that person. Get to know each other well enough that you are not so embarrassed or self-conscious around each other. • Enjoy the pleasure of being touched by your partner without feeling guilty or over anxious. Try getting a back massage from your partner to get used to enjoying pleasure. These steps may seem simple, but they can really help you get a grip on your anxieties. We all deserve a full and exciting sex life, but if yours needs a little extra work, don't be afraid to take charge. Although you can try to work out these issues on your own or with your partner, full recovery can be most effective if you see a sex therapist. Sex Therapy: Getting Professional Help If you have been reading this chapter and realizing that you could seek professional help to resolve your sexual problems, then you should try to find a good sex therapist. But first, you might wonder exactly what goes on in sex therapy., What Happens in Sex Therapy? At the start of the first session, you can expect the therapist to ask you to describe your problem. Then, the therapist will ask you about your sexual history in order to assess the background of your problem. It may be awkward for you to reveal so many personal details about your sex life to someone you've just met. However, the more, honest information you give the therapist, the better he or she can help you. After these initial conversations, you and your therapist will decide on a plan of treatment. Sometimes the sex therapist will also suggest that you visit a medical doctor to be sure that your problems are not physical. If you only need short-term sex therapy to get over some sexual problems, you'll probably see a therapist once a week to talk about the issues. Yet for some people, sex therapy is more involved, lasting years. You will know that you are ready to leave sex therapy when you—or you and your partner—feel as if you have conquered your sexual problem, and you now see sex as an amazing part of your life. Whether it is long term or short term, in between each session, your therapist will probably ask you to also do some activities on your own at home. Often these involve “sensate focus,” which I describe below. Sensate Focus, When couples have problems with their desire for sex, or if they have performance anxiety, a sex therapist may put them through homework activities called sensate focus. Sensate focus activities teach the couple how to touch each other so they feel sexy and aroused, without actually having sex. The therapist assigns the activities to the clients over a period of 6 to 8 weeks. Each week, the clients are told how they should touch each other. For example, in the first week, they would be told to massage each other, but not touch each other's genitals at all. The next week they'd be told that they could touch each other's genitals, but sexual intercourse is still off limits. The point of the activity is to teach the couples to enjoy the feeling of touch. They are focusing on their sense of pleasure, not their sexual performance. What Is a “Sex Surrogate”? You may have heard the term, “sex surrogate,” which some people think is a sex therapist who has sex with his or her clients. The truth is that most of the time when you see a sex surrogate advertised (like in an ad in the back of a local magazine or newspaper) that is really just an ad for a prostitute. There are a very small number of actual certified sex surrogates who will have physical sexual contact with a client to help the client overcome a sexual problem. In fact, there are probably fewer than 50 in the entire United States. They are certified through an organization, called International Professional Surrogates Association in Los Angeles, California. Yet these people would only be referred to you through your certified sex therapist to work in conjunction with your therapist. You cannot even get to a real sex surrogate unless you are already seeing a therapist. You must understand that sex surrogates are almost never used. One would only be used in cases when someone does not have a partner and wants to overcome a severe issue (such as someone who is 40 years old, afraid to be touched, and is not only a virgin but has never even held hands with another person). That's why you should avoid ads for people who claim to be sex surrogates. It's not sex therapy. If you have a sexual problem, you should go to a sex therapist. You should not look for a “sex surrogate.” Sex therapy is about talking about your issues, and learning how you can overcome them on your own. Sex therapists will not have sex with a client to help him or her overcome an issue! Choosing a Sex Therapist To find a sex therapist in your area, call AASECT, the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, at 319-895-8407, or look at their Web site at www.ASSECT.org. They will give you a referral to a certified sex therapist in your area. You can also call the major hospitals in your area to find out if they have a list of referrals for sex therapists. Once you have a list of names to choose from, the next step is knowing how to find the therapist who is best for you. Choosing the best therapist for you is about choosing someone you feel comfortable talking with and who can help you. There are some things, however, that you should always look for. You should choose a sex therapist who: • is trained specifically in sex therapy (not just marital therapy, family therapy, or general therapy). • is certified by the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists. • has either a Master's degree, Ph.D., or MD in sex therapy., • is open to talking with you on the phone the first time you call, and will describe to you what to expect during your first session (but will not actually conduct therapy over the phone). Each session usually is from 45 minutes to 1 hour long. The amount of time and the fee should be established prior to your first visit. Fees for sex therapy are usually around $100 per hour, yet may be as low as $50 per hour or as high as $200 per hour. It depends on the therapist and the location (well-known therapists in big cities usually charge more). Many sex therapists will reduced their rates for people who do not have the means to pay, so always ask if their rates are “negotiable” or “on a sliding scale.” Your health insurance may or may not cover therapy, depending on your policy., As you can tell, you should be careful when you are choosing a sex therapist. You need to find someone who is certified, and who has credentials and experience you can trust. With other types of doctors, like dentists, for example, friends are quick to give you a referral to their doctor. How many times have you heard someone say, “I needed a root canal, and I used a great dentist, so if you ever need a dentist, just ask!” However, I doubt you'd ever hear anyone say, “I was a premature ejaculator, and I went to a great sex therapist, here's the number.” You have to find a sex therapist on your own. If you call AASECT, they should be able to help.,

APPENDIX A AMAZING SEX FROM A TO Z

Abortion Medical or surgical termination of a pregnancy before the fetus is sufficiently developed to survive outside the uterus. Abstinence Refraining from sexual intercourse for a period of time. Acquaintance rape Sexual assault, or forced sex, that is committed by someone who was known to the victim prior to the assault. Acyclovir A drug used to treat herpes infections. Adoption A legal process in which a child becomes part of a family to which he or she was not born. Adult store A euphemism for a store that sells sexually explicit books, magazines, videos, or sex toys. Adultery Sexual intercourse of a married person with someone other than his or her spouse. Some people may define adultery as any type of intimacy with someone other than the spouse, without the spouse's consent., Afterplay The affectionate time that occurs after intercourse or orgasm, usually consisting of caressing, cuddling, talking, laughing, eating, cleaning up, getting ready to make love again, or falling asleep. AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) A life-threatening disease caused by the HIV virus which lowers a body's T-cell count, and thus lowers immunity. Transmitted when infected blood, semen, vaginal secretions, or breast milk comes in contact with a person's bloodstream. AIDS is characterized by the appearance of certain diseases, such as a respiratory disorder called pneumocystitis carnii pneumonia and a type of skin cancer called Karposi's sarcoma. Anal sex Sexual contact with the anus. Usually this term specifically refers to a penis penetrating an anus in anal intercourse. But some people may consider it any sexual contact with the anus, such as digital or oral contact. Annilingus Oral stimulation of the anus. Sometimes referred to as “rimming.” Aphrodisiac A substance that is alleged to stimulate or increase sexual desire, although in actuality it may not have a physical effect on the person., Areola Pigmented area that surrounds the nipple on the breasts. Depending on the person's skin coloring, it could be pink, brown, black, or any skin tone that is a darker shade than the color of the person's breast. Arousal Stimulation of sexual interest. Also, the second stage of the sexual response cycle. Barrier method The diaphragm, cervical cap, condom, and spermicidal products are all barrier forms of birth control, designed to block sperm from entering the uterus. Bartholin's glands Small glands in a woman located on either side of the labia minora, which secrete small amounts of fluid that may add to a woman's lubrication when she is sexually aroused. BDSM A term that merges three expressions: Bondage and Discipline, Dominance and Submission, and Sadism and Masochism. This term is most often used today in the S/M community, especially in the many chat rooms and sites on the Internet. Ben wa balls Small solid metal balls that are inserted into the vagina to supposedly provide sexual stimulation by rubbing together. Birth control Regulation or prevention of the birth of a child by using a device or technique to prevent pregnancy. Usually thought of as methods such as the birth control pills, IUD, diaphragm, Norplant, condoms, and so on. Birth control pills Commonly referred to as “the pill,” hormones (estrogen and progestin) that are prescribed by a doctor, and taken daily to prevent a woman from ovulating and, thus, from becoming pregnant. Bisexual Someone who has erotic attractions to and sex with people of both the opposite and same sex. Bloodborne Diseases that require contact between infected blood or body fluid (like semen and vaginal secretions) and blood for transmission of the disease. One cannot acquire a bloodborne disease through casual contact with another person., Blow job Slang for oral sex on a man, even though blowing is not part of oral sex. Body image A person's self-image, or mental picture, of his or her own body, and the attitudes and feelings he or she has toward his or her appearance. Body image determines how attractive a person thinks he or she is. Bondage Physical restraint. Participants may use rope, chain, scarves, ties, pantyhose, leather straps, or other restraining devices. Bondage should always be completely consensual. Bottom A term used in the S/M community to refer to someone who derives erotic pleasure from temporarily and consensually relinquishing control to another person. Breast self-exam A procedure used for the detection of possibly cancerous lumps in the breasts, performed by palpitation of the breast area once a month. Breasts The secondary sex organs that are located on the chest. In women, they are responsible for lactation. Male and female breasts may become sexually stimulated by touch., Butch Masculine or macho behavior or dress; both men and women can be butch. Butt plug A dildo that is specially designed to be inserted in the anus for anal and rectal pleasure. Candidia A fungal or yeast infection of the vagina, mouth, foreskin, or rectum. In women, this would appear as a thick, white, curdy discharge that causes irritation. Men are often asymptomatic. Cervical cap Thimble-shaped, rubber method of barrier contraception prescribed by a doctor. It is inserted into the vagina prior to sex and fits snugly over the cervix to prevent sperm from entering. Cervix The neck of the uterus, which is the passageway from the uterus to the vagina. Cesarean section Delivery of a fetus by surgical incision through the abdomen and uterine wall. Derived either from the Latin, caedere meaning “to cut,” or from Julius Caesar, who was supposedly taken from his dead mother's womb when he was born. Chlamydia An infectious disease that is transmitted sexually. May cause minor pain and discharge, or may be asymptomatic. If left untreated, it may cause infertility. Circumcision The surgical removal of the foreskin of the penis. Clitoris A bundle of nerve endings located on the vulva that has the sole function of giving sexual pleasure and orgasm to the woman. Cock ring A rubber, leather, or metal band worn at the base of the penis to encourage blood flow to stay in the penis, or simply for adornment. Often used by people who practice S/M. Coming out A term used to refer to gays, lesbians, or bisexuals who are becoming open about, not concealing, their sexual identity. Also referred to as “coming out of the closet.”, Compatibility The condition of being well matched with a partner for a sexual or non-sexual relationship. Condom A disposable sheath of thin latex worn by a man to prevent sperm from entering the vagina during sexual intercourse. Used as birth control or as protection against STDs and the transmission of HIV. Cowper's glands Two pea-sized glands located below the prostate gland in men, which release an alkaline fluid that makes up part of the seminal fluid. Also known as the bulbourethral glands. Crossdressers People who wear clothes of the opposite gender to fulfill their emotional, cultural, or sexual needs, or even just for fun, such as on Halloween. Most crossdressers are heterosexual, and they can be men or women. Crush An intense feeling of affection for someone the person hardly knows. Characterized by lustful feelings, worries that feelings will not be reciprocated, and sometimes, feelings of jealousy. Also known as infatuation. Cunnilingus Oral stimulation of a woman's vulva, clitoris, and/or vagina. From Latin, cunnus meaning “vulva,” and lingere meaning “lick.” Some people refer to it in slang as “going down on a woman,” or “eating her out.”, Date rape Sexual assault, or forced sex, perpetrated by someone whom the victim was on a date with at the time. Deep-throat A form of oral sex in which the penis is voluntarily penetrated deeply into the recipient's throat. Depo-Provera Progestin hormone shot that acts as birth control when administered by a doctor once every 3 months. Desire Refers to a strong interest in sex. Also the first stage of the sexual response cycle. Diaphragm A rubber device that covers the cervix and blocks sperm from entering the uterus. A doctor must prescribe and fit a woman for a diaphragm. Dildo An artificial substitute for an erect penis, made of silicone, rubber, or latex, designed for vaginal or anal insertion for sexual pleasure. Douche A rinse that can be used in the vagina that is supposed to make women feel “cleaner” by washing away vaginal secretions. However, it is not advised that women use these. Drag queens Gay men who dress as men in their day-to-day life, but who dress as women (often Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli, or Marilyn Monroe) when they perform at clubs. Dyke A term for lesbians that was historically used in a derogatory fashion, but has been reclaimed by the lesbian community. Dyspareunia A medical term that refers to painful intercourse. Egg The female reproductive cell, also known as the ovum, which when united with a sperm, can become fertile and create life. Ejaculation The expulsion of semen from the penis. Semen most often spurts out in conjunction with orgasmic contractions., Ejaculatory ducts Ducts in the penile shaft that carry sperm and seminal fluid from the prostate through the urethra. Ejaculatory inevitability The point at which a man can no longer control the fact that he is about to ejaculate. Also known as “the point of no return.” Epididymis Coiled tubelike structures located on the side of the testicles that carry newly developed sperm. Episiotomy A surgical incision through a woman's perineum, performed to enlarge the vaginal opening for delivery of a baby. Erection Natural enlargement of the penis when blood flowing to the area causes it to become engorged. Erogenous zones Areas of the body that respond to sexual stimulation. Erotica Any sexually explicit writing, or visual images such as photographs, drawings, and films that arouse sexual interest or are used to enhance a sexual experience. The term usually refers to material that also contains loving interaction. Estrogen Hormone that regulates secondary sexual characteristics in women and regulate the monthly cycle., Fallopian tubes Two delicate tubes in the female reproductive system that lead to the uterus. The usual site of fertilization. FAMs Fertility Awareness Methods, also called the Rhythm Method, Natural Family Planning, Periodic Abstinence, the Body Awareness Method, or the Billings Method. Method of predicting a woman's fertile period based on changes in cervical mucus discharge and body temperature. Fellatio Oral sexual stimulation of the penis. Derived from the Latin word fellare, meaning “suck.” In slang, it is also called “going down on a man,” “sucking him off,” or a “blow job.” Female condom A disposable tube made of polyurethane and plastic rings (which anchor it in the vagina over the cervix) that extends outside of the body. The female condom provides birth control and coverage against STDs. Also known as the condom for women, or by the brand name Reality. Fetish Attribution of sexual significance to a nonsexual material object, such as a shoe or garter belt, or a part of the body, such as a foot. Fimbriae Tiny fingerlike projections at the ends of the fallopian tubes that catch the egg and lead it into the tube. Fisting The skillful insertion of an entire hand into the vagina or rectum. Foreplay Sexual stimulation that occurs prior to intercourse. Includes kissing, caressing, and sometimes oral sex. Foreskin A fold of thin skin that overhangs the glans of the penis in uncircumcised men. French kiss A kiss in which both partners' mouths are open and their tongues are in contact with each other's. Frenulum An indentation or tiny fold of skin located in the ridge under the glans of the penis., Gag reflex The biological reflex that causes one to gag when the back of one's throat is stimulated. Gay Popular term referring to being homosexual; most often used to refer to male homosexuals, with female homosexuals being referred to as lesbians. Gender identity How a person thinks of himself or herself based on his or her gender (masculine or feminine). Genital warts Skin growths that can be sexually transmitted and found on the penis, anus, vulva, vagina, or cervix. Caused by the human papaloma virus (HPV). Glans The head of the penis. Gonorrhea A bacterial infection of the vagina, penis, rectum, or throat. Symptoms may include pain in the infected area and greenish or yellowish discharge. Group sex Sexual interaction involving three or more people at the same time. G-spot (Grafenburg spot) An area located on the front of the inner upper wall of the vagina that may (or may not) be highly erogenous. First described by Ernst Grafenburg, a German obstetrician and gynecologist., Hand job Giving manual stimulation to a man. It can also be called “masturbating him” or “jerking him off.” Heavy petting Sexual stimulation that does not include sexual intercourse. Most often refers to rubbing against each other in a sexual way, or engaging in mutual masturbation. HepatitisBAvirus that can be transmitted from infected blood, semen, or vaginal secretions that find their way into one's bloodstream through injection or sexual contact. Herpes A viral infection that produces cold sore-like blisters on the mouth, vulva, penis, and/or rectum. Remains in one's body for a lifetime, and can be reactivated by stress, hormones, allergies, or fatigue. Hickey A bruise that occurs when someone uses suction from his or her mouth to suck in as he or she kisses sensitive skin. HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) The virus that causes AIDS. Homophobia An irrational fear or hatred of homosexuals. Homosexual A term for men or women who have a preferential sexual attraction to people of the same sex. Hormones Substances in the body that control and regulate functions and behavior. Not all of the hormones are directly involved in sexual function, but many are. Hot flash The sensation of sudden warmth in a woman's body, related to the change in hormone production that occurs during menopause. HPV (Human Papaloma Virus) The virus that causes genital warts. Hymen A membrane at the entrance to a woman's vagina. This membrane usually breaks or tears during first intercourse. Hysterectomy The surgical removal of the uterus and sometimes the ovaries., Impotence A man's inability to achieve or maintain an erection of sufficient firmness for penetration during intercourse. Infatuation May be the first stage of falling in love, or an intense feeling of affection for someone one hardly knows. Characterized by lustful feelings, worries that feelings will not be reciprocated, and sometimes, feelings of jealousy. Also know as a crush. Infertility The inability to become pregnant. This term applies after a couple has been trying to conceive for over 1 year. Inhibited sexual desire When a person feels no desire or a diminished desire to have sex. IUD (Intrauterine Device) A small plastic device, usually combined with copper or hormones, which is inserted into the uterus by a doctor to prevent pregnancy. Kegel exercises Repeated contractions and release of the pubococcygeal (PC) muscles to strengthen them and increase sexual sensitivity. Developed by Dr. Arnold Kegel. Labia majora and labia minora External female sex organs that extend from the clitoris to the perineum, and enclose the vaginal and urethral opening. Sometimes referred to as vaginal “lips.”, Lesbian A term that is commonly used to describe a homosexual woman. Love A strong kinship, bond, devotion, admiration, or attraction. Lust An intense desire for sexual contact with someone. Mammogram A soft-tissue x-ray that is designed to show the presence of a tumor in the breast. Marquis de Sade French aristocrat of the late 1700s who was imprisoned for sexually dominating women, and who wrote several novels about his sadistic needs and behaviors. The term “sadist” is derived from his name. Massage A soothing technique of rubbing the body (often the back), which incorporates gliding and kneading strokes that improve circulation and relax muscles. Mastectomy The surgical removal of all or part of the breast as a treatment for breast cancer. Master/mistress A person who derives erotic pleasure from assuming temporary, consensual control over another person. Also know as “top,” or “dominant.” Masturbation Self-stimulation of one's own genitals for sexual pleasure, most often to reach orgasm. Masturbation can also include touching of other body parts, such as breasts, chest, thighs, lips, buttocks, and anus. Ménage à trois Sexual contact among three people at the same time. Also known as a threesome. Translated in French as “household of three.” Menopause The cessation of menstruation in women and the natural decline in female sex hormones, which usually occurs for most women during a 2-year period between ages 45 and 60. Menstrual cycle The hormonally controlled monthly cycle of ovulation, egg development, and sloughing off of the uterine lining that causes blood and tissue to be expelled from the uterus through the vagina., Menstruation Discharge of blood and tissue from the lining of the uterus through the vagina for about 3 to 7 days each month. Occurs during the years from puberty to menopause, when a women is not pregnant. Also called a “period.” Missionary position The sexual position in which the man is on top of the woman. Monogamy A sexually exclusive relationship, usually as part of a committed relationship; usually expected to be part of marriage. Mons veneris The soft area above a woman's vulva that is covered with pubic hair. In Latin, the word mons means “mound” and veneris refers to Venus, the Roman goddess of love, meaning, “mound of love.” Also known as mons pubis. Morning after pill An emergency method to prevent conception that uses high doses of synthetic hormones taken for 1 to 5 days within 3 days after unprotected intercourse. Mucous membranes The soft, wet linings of one's eyes, nose, mouth, anus, and vagina. The mucous membranes are not nearly as effective a barrier against infectious organisms as skin., Mutual masturbation Sexual contact in which people manually stimulate each other's genitals at the same time. Naked Without clothes, often implying that one was stripped of one's clothes. Nipple The tips of the breasts in men and women that contain erectile tissue, and may provide sexual pleasure when stimulated. In women, they are connected to milk ducts, which are used to nurse a child during lactation. Norplant Matchstick-sized pieces of plastic that contain progestin, and are surgically implanted under the skin of the upper arm in a woman as a method of birth control that slowly releases the hormone into her body to prevent pregnancy. Nude Without clothes, usually implying that one is without clothes voluntarily. Oral sex Sexual stimulation of the male or female genitals using the mouth. Orgasm Sexual climax, marked by blood flow to the genitals, involuntary rhythmic contraction of the pelvic muscles and erotic pleasure. In slang, this is referred to as “coming.” Ovaries The two almond-sized glands in the female reproductive system that produce eggs during the monthly cycle and hormones that are involved in sexual responses and the development of secondary sex characteristics. Ovulation Release of the egg from the ovary. Ovum The female reproductive cell, also known as the egg, which when united with a sperm can become fertile and create life. Pap smear A gynecological examination of the cells from the cervix that is used to detect cancerous conditions. Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) Inflammation of the uterus and fallopian tubes in the female reproductive system, often caused by an untreated case of chlamydia or sometimes gonorrhea. May be treated, but often causes infertility., Penis The male reproductive and sex organ, made up of the shaft, which is the body of the penis, and the head, which is also called the glans. When the spongy tissue inside the penis fills with blood, the penis becomes erect, and the man can have intercourse. Semen is ejaculated from the penis. In addition to being used for sexual and reproductive functions, a man also urinates through his penis. Perineum The area of skin between the genitals and the anus in both men and women. Phallic Relating to or resembling a penis. Plateau The third stage of the sexual response cycle in which the excitement maintains a high level prior to climaxing to the orgasm stage. Pornography Written, spoken, or visual material that stimulates sexual feelings. The term “pornography” comes from the Greek word porneia, which means “the writings of and about prostitutes.” Also known as porn or porno. Pre-ejaculatory fluid Fluid that is secreted by the man's Cowper's glands and is discharged from his penis during arousal, but prior to ejaculation. This fluid may contain sperm. Also called “pre-cum.”, Premature ejaculation Ejaculation before the man wants it to occur. It could mean that he ejaculates only seconds after his penis goes into the vagina, or he could even ejaculate prior to penetration. Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) Disturbances that may occur in women 3 to 7 days prior to their period. Marked most often by moodiness, irritability, bloating, headaches, and depression. Can be treated or managed to reduce symptoms. Progesterone An important female hormone, one function of which is to build up the uterine lining to prepare for pregnancy. Progestin A synthetic progesterone-type hormone. Prostate exam The exam that a doctor performs on a man by inserting his gloved, lubricated finger into the man's rectum to feel his prostate and detect abnormalities. Prostate gland The walnut-sized gland that is located below the bladder in a man. It produces the majority of the fluid that combines with sperm and other secretions to make up semen. Prostatectomy The surgical removal of excess prostate tissue, or in a radical prostatectomy, the removal of the prostate gland. Pubic lice Parasitic insects that infest the pubic hair of men or women. May be transmitted sexually, or through contact with infested hair, bedding, towels, or clothing. Also called “crabs.” Pubococcygeal (PC) muscles Pelvic muscles that extend from the pubic bone in the front, around both sides of the sex organs, and back to the tailbone. Control over the PC muscles can enhance sexual response in women and men. Queer A reclaimed, derogatory term for homosexuals that is used by (particularly younger) gays, lesbians, and bisexuals to describe themselves; some homosexuals are not comfortable with this term, and if it is not used by someone who is gay, it is usually derogatory., Quickie A brief sexual encounter that is often accompanied by spontaneity and some degree of risk. Rape A forced sexual encounter. Rear entry The sexual position in which the man enters the woman's vagina from behind. Also called “doggy-style.” Resolution The final stage of the sexual response cycle, which occurs after orgasm. During this stage, the body returns to the stage that it was in prior to excitement. Rimming Oral-anal sexual contact. Also know as “annilingus.” Role playing Acting out different roles, often for variety in sexual play. RU486 The so-called “abortion pill,” also known as Mifepristone, is a non-surgical method of abortion. It is a series of pills that contain anti-progesterones that expel the fetus, along with the uterine lining and heavy bleeding, out through the vagina. Sacher-Masoch, Leopold von Austrian novelist of the 1800s who wrote about his behaviors and needs to be sexually submissive in his books, most notably Venus in Furs. “Masochism” is derived from his name., Sadomasochism (S/M or S&M) A broad term applied to a number of activities typically involving exchange of power or pain between consenting partners, often during role playing, and often including toys, tools, and methods for restraining and exerting physical tension and/or erotic pain. Safeword A word or words used as a signal between partners to halt a sexual activity during an S/M scene. Scrotum The pouch of skin that hangs below the penis and contains the male testes and epididymis. Secondary sexual characteristics Physical characteristics that develop during puberty to distinguish men from women, such as facial and body hair in men, and breast development in women. Seduction The act of enticing someone into feelings of sexual desire. Self-esteem The way one feels about one's self. Semen Fluid containing sperm and seminal and prostatic fluids that is expelled from the penis during ejaculation. Also called “ejaculate” or, in slang, “cum.” Seminal vesicles Two pouches in the male reproductive system which secrete about 30 percent of the liquid portion of semen. Sensate focus A series of specific sex therapy exercises for couples that encourages partners to take turns paying increased attention to their own sexual senses, without putting any demands on themselves to perform sexually. Sex addict A misnomer referring to someone who has a sexual compulsion. Sex education Formal or informal lessons that people learn about sex. Informal sex education is what people learn about sex from friends, parents, siblings, television, movies, magazines, newspapers, music, and the culture all around us. Formal sex education may include classes provided in a school or in a religious setting. Sex education, formal and informal, may contain information about biology, psychology, social issues, cultural issues, moral issues, and ethical issues., Sexologist A sexual scientist. May also refer to a sex therapist, sex counselor, or sex educator. Sexology The scientific study of sexuality, which includes, but is not limited to, studies of psychology, sociology, biology, psychiatry, anthropology, ethics, medicine, law, and education. Sex toys Objects that are brought into sex play with the purpose of giving additional pleasure. Sexual compulsion A disorder marked by complete preoccupation with sex, so much so that the sexually compulsive person spends all of his or her time and money on sex. Sometimes mistakenly called sex addiction. Sexual desire disorder, or inhibited sexual desire Loss of or inability to have the desire to want to have sex. Sexual fantasy An image or sexual scenario that one creates with one's imagination and may or may not act out., Sexual identity How a person thinks of himself or herself in terms of who he or she finds sexually and romantically attractive. Sexual orientation A person's pattern of attractiveness toward the opposite or the same gender. Sexual response The stages of physical and psychological changes that men and women go through in relation to sexual stimulation. These are: desire, arousal, plateau, orgasm, and resolution. Sexuality All aspects of one's personality and behaviors that are affected by one's being male or female. Sixty-nine Mutual oral sex, so named because the couple participating resembles the numbers 6 and 9 when they are in this sexual position. Sperm The male reproductive cell that is contained in semen, released during ejaculation, and may be united with a woman's egg to cause fertilization and to create life. Spermicide Chemicals that kill sperm, usually referring to foam, jelly, cream, film, and suppositories inserted into the vagina to cover the cervix and prevent pregnancy. STD The abbreviation for sexually transmitted disease, which is any disease that can be transmitted through sexual contact. This was formerly referred to as VD, or venereal disease. Sterilization Medical operations performed to prevent the possibility of reproduction. In males, the procedure is called a vasectomy; in females, it's called a tubal ligation. Sterilization is the most popular and most effective method of birth control. Swinging Sex with a person or people other than one's partner that takes place with the consent, and usually the participation of, one's partner and may occur in private, or at a swing party or swing club., Syphilis A sexually transmitted virus that may first appear as sores and rashes, and be accompanied by flu-like symptoms. Tantra The term applied to a broad range of principles and practices of sexual union between a man and a woman based on Eastern philosophies of spirituality. Sanskrit for “woven together.” Testicles (testes) The two small, oval glands in the scrotum that produce sperm and male hormones. Testicular self-exam A monthly test that a man can perform on himself to determine if he has any abnormal lumps in his testes. The exam involves palpitation of the testes. Testosterone The most influential male hormone. It is produced in the testicles. Top A person who derives erotic pleasure from assuming temporary, consensual control over another person. Also known as “dominant” or “master” or “mistress.” Transgender The umbrella term that includes all people who have a desire to experience qualities of the opposite gender; includes crossdressers and transsexuals. Transsexual A person who feels that the sex he or she was born with is not the sex he or she was meant to have. To rectify this, some transsexuals choose to undergo hormone therapy and sex reassignment surgery., Transvestite Someone, usually a heterosexual, who feels the urge to dress like someone of the opposite sex. People who practice this sexual lifestyle prefer the term “crossdresser.” Trichomoniasis An infection that can cause vaginal discharge, itching, and odor in women. It is often asymptomatic in men. Tubal ligation A surgical method of permanent birth control—sterilization—in which a woman's fallopian tubes are tied so that the egg cannot travel from the ovaries to the uterus. Unrequited love One-sided love; a crush or infatuation. Urinary tract infection An infection of the urinary tract that causes burning during urination and urgency to urinate. Uterus An internal organ of the female reproductive system; also known as the womb. Vagina The muscular passageway that leads from the uterus to the vulva. The birth canal, the passageway for menstrual flow to leave the body, and the area that receives the penis during sexual intercourse. Vaginismus A sexual dysfunction in which a woman's vaginal muscles contract so tightly that nothing can penetrate. Can be treated in sex therapy. Vaginitis A general term for a vaginal inflammation. Vas deferens Two narrow tubes that convey sperm to the point where it can mix with the other constituents that make up semen. Vasectomy A surgical method of permanent birth control—sterilization—that involves cutting and tying the vas deferens so that a man does not ejaculate sperm, yet he still ejaculates semen., Vasocongestion A physical result of sexual arousal in men and women. In women, vasocongestion involves swelling and reddening of the inner vaginal lips. In men, it is marked by engorgement of blood in the penis that leads to erection. Breasts may also swell. Vibrator An electric or battery-operated vibrating device that is usually intended for stimulation of the genitals, but can also be used to massage anywhere on the body. Voyeur A person who gets erotic pleasure from watching others engage in sexual acts or nudity. Vulva The term that collectively refers to all of the external female sexual structures: the mons veneris, the labia major and minora, the clitoris, the Bartholin's glands, the urethral opening, and vaginal openings. Yin and yang Words from the Chinese Taoist tradition that represent the concept of complete balance in the universe. Taoists believe that yin energy, which represents the woman, is needed to balance yang energy, which represents the man.,

APPENDIX B GET IN TOUCH WITH YOUR SEXUALITY

Listed below are the phone numbers and Web sites for organizations that can give you more information and referrals to help you get in touch with your sexuality.

Information About Sari Locker

You can read more about Sari Locker, her books, lectures, and television projects at http://www.sarilocker.com

Sex Therapy Referrals

American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists 319-895-8407 http://www.AAASECT.org

Relationship and Family Therapy Referrals

, American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists 202-452-0109 http://www.AAMFT.org

Sexuality Education Information

Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States 212-819-9770 http://www.SIECUS.org

Sexual Health, Birth Control, and Pregnancy Options Counseling and Referrals

Planned Parenthood 1-800-230-PLAN http://www.Plannedparenthood.org,

Reproduction and Infertility Information and Referrals

American Society for Reproductive Medicine 205-978-5000 http://www.asrm.com

Sexual Abuse, Rape and Incest Counseling and Referrals

Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network 1-800-656-HOPE http://www.RAINN.org Child Help USA 1-800-4-A-CHILD http://www.childhelpusa.org

Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Counseling and Referrals

Gay and Lesbian National Hotline 888-THE-GLNH http://www.ginh.org Parents Friends and Families of Lesbians and Gays 202-638-4200 http://www.pflag.org

AIDS Information, Counseling and Referrals to Testing Centers

, National AIDS Hotline 1-800-342-AIDS http://www.ashastd.org

Sexually Transmitted Diseases Information and Referrals

National STD Hotline 1-800-227-8922 http://www.ashastd.org National Herpes Hotline 919-361-8488 http://www.ashastd.org,

Breast, Ovarian, Testicular, and Prostate Cancers Information and Referrals

American Cancer Society 1-800-ACS-2345 http://www.cancer.org National Cancer Institute 1-800-4-CANCER http://cancernet.nci.nih.gov

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Counseling and Referrals

National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information 1-800-729-6686 http://www.health.org

Eating Disorders Counseling and Referrals

American Association for Anorexia and Bulimia 212-575-6200 http://members.aol.com/amanbu

Teen Counseling

Teen Counseling Help Line 1-800-621-4000 http://www.nrscrisisline.org, National Youth Crisis Hotline 1-800-442-4673 http://www.cra-us.org

Crossdressers and Transsexuals Information and Referrals

International Foundation for Gender Education 781-894-8340 http://www.IFGE.org

S/M Information and Referrals

The Eulenspiegel Society 212-388-7022 http://www.tes.org,

Group Sex Information and Referrals

Lifestyles Organization, NASCA 714-229-4870 http://www.lifestyles.org

Tantric Sex Information

707-823-3063 http://www.tantra.com

Mail Order Sex Toys, Books, Videos, and Condoms

Good Vibrations 1-800-289-8423 http://www.goodvibes.com Adam and Eve 1-800-765-ADAM http://www.adameve.com Condomania 1-800-9-CONDOM http://www.condomania.com,

INDEX A

AAMFT (American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists) Web site, AASECT (American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists), Web site, 385 abortion, 333–334 abortion pill (RU486), 333 abstinence, 331 acquaintance rape, 49–50 acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, see AIDS acting out sexual fantasies, 221–222 Fantasy Worksheet, 223 acyclovir, 338 Adam and Eve Web site, 388 adoption, 334, adult movies, 231–234 making at home, 233–234 ordering, 233 renting, 232–233 Adult Video News, The, 233 after-sex conversations, 184–185 afterplay, 181–187 creative ideas, 186–187 falling asleep together, 184 intimacy problems, 186 repeated sex, 185–186 showering together, 183 talking, 184–185 aging and sex female issues, 308–310 body image, 308–309 menopause, 309–310 male issues, 310–312 body image, 312 erectile difficulties, 311–312, medical problems, 313–314 tips for enjoying sex, 314–316 AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome), 342–343 challenges to gay community, 290–291 HIV testing, 345–346 National AIDS Hotline, 346, 386 preventing condoms, 325–328, 346 female condom, 328 oral sex, 154, 156 see also HIV; STDs alcohol, 50, 124, 248, 365 Allen, Woody, 28 alternative sex, 251–265 crossdressing, 253–256 drag queens, 254 transgender issues, 256 fetishes, 256–257 going too far, 264–265 group sex, 258–260, role playing, 252–253 S/M (sadomasochism), 260–264 safety issues, 262–264 safewords, 262–263 American Association for Anorexia and Bulimia Web site, 387 American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT) Web site, American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT), American Cancer Society, 387 American Society for Reproductive Medicine, 386 amyl nitrate (poppers), 248 anal beads, 245 anal sex, 178–179 annilingus (rimming), 159 butt plugs, 244–246 HIV transmission, 178 Kinsey Institute statistics, 178 precautions, 178 sexual positions, 179 stimulation of the prostate gland, 178, Annie Hall, 358 antibodies, 345 aphrodisiacs, 123–124 areolas, 87 arousal phase (sexual response cycle), 95 arthritis, 313 Astroglide lubricant, 326–327 attic sex, 198 attitudes toward sex, 18–19 adjusting your attitude, 22–23 influences, 19–21 discussing your influences, 23–24 popular misconceptions, 21–22 attraction, 31

B

barrier birth control methods, 325–329 cervical caps, 329 condoms, 325–328, avoiding breakage, 327 foreplay trick, 327–328 latex vs. lambskin, 325 proper usage, 326–327 diaphragms, 329 female condom, 328 spermicides, 328–329 Bartholin's glands, 83 basement sex, 199 Basic Instinct, 232 bathing together, 136–138 bathroom sex, 197 beliefs about sex, 18–19 adjusting your attitude, 22–23 influences, 19–21 discussing your influences, 23–24 popular misconceptions, 21–22 ben wa balls, 245–246 Big Easy, The, 232 Billings Method (birth control), 330–331, birth control, 319–333 alternate methods, 329–331 abstinence, 331 Fertility Awareness Methods (FAMs), 330–331 sterilization, 329–330 barrier methods, 325–329 cervical caps, 329 condoms, 325–328 diaphragms, 329 female condom, 328 spermicides, 328–329 choosing, 321, 331–332 discussing birth control options, 319–320 emergency birth control Morning After Pill, 332–333 RU486, 333 hormonal methods, 321–324 birth control pills, 322–323, Depo-Provera, 323–324 IUD (intrauterine device), 324 Norplant, 323 method effectiveness, 324 safe times of the month myth, 320–321 bisexuality, 284–286 challenges of AIDS epidemic, 290–291 coming out, 288–289 discovering and accepting, 287–288 gay pride, 291 homophobia, 290 possible explanations for, 286 sexual habits, 291–293 slang terms, 285 bloodborne virus, 342 blue balls, 97 Body Awareness Method (birth control), 330–331 Body Heat, 232 body image, 58–59 aging, effects of, 308–309, 312, improving, 59–67 activities, 65–66 determining causes of poor body image, 61–62 issues to overcome during sex, 64–65 nudity, getting comfortable with, 62–64 quiz, 60–61 Body of Evidence, 232 breasts, 86–87 areolas, 87 breast cancer lumpectomy, 350 mastectomy, 313, 350 self-examinations, 348–350 changes during pregnancy, 297 nipples, 87 breathing in harmony (Tantric sex), 269–270 BSE (breast self-exam), 348–350 lump detection, 350 bulletin boards (online sex), 235, Burns, Robert, 28 butt plugs, 244–246

C

C-section (Cesarean), 303 cancer breast cancer lumpectomy, 350 mastectomy, 313, 350 self-examinations, 348–350 prostate cancer, examinations, 354–355 testicular cancer, self-examinations, 353–354 treatments, effects on sexual desire, 314 candida bacteria, 341 casual sex, 34–35 dangers of, 35 Center for Disease Control, 343 cervical caps, 329 cervical os, 82 cervix, 82, Cesarean (C-section), 303 chat rooms (online sex), 236–237 Child Help USA, 386 chlamydia, 338 circumcision, 73 Clasping Position (Tantric sex), 274 Clinton, Bill, 230 clitoris, 85 cocaine, 248–249 cock rings, 245–247 colostrum, 299 combination pills, 322 communication after-sex conversations, 184–185 birth control options, 319–320 finding time for sex, 52–53 foreplay, 125–126 initiating sex, 48–51 compromising, 50–51 “maybe” as an answer, 49, “no” as an answer, 49–50 nonverbal vs. explicit communication, 48–49 topics to discuss, 45–46 phone sex, 228–229 safer sex issues (STDs), 336–337 sexual history, 23–24 sexy talk (dirty talk), 226–227 sharing sexual fantasies, 219–221 tips for meaningful discussions, 46–48 compatibility, 37–44 compatibility checklist, 41–42 defining what “sexy” means, 43–44 determining what makes good sex, 39–40 expectations of sex, 41 fundamental elements of compatibility, 38 influencing compatibility, 43 negative qualities, identifying, 39 compromising (intiating sex), 50–51 Condomania Web site, 388, condoms, 325–328 avoiding breakage, 327 female condom, 328 foreplay trick, 327–328 latex vs. lambskin, 325 proper usage, 326–327 safer sex, 346 counting and stop-start technique (premature ejaculation), 363–364 Cowper's glands, 72 crab position, 175 crabs, 341 crossdressing, 253–256 drag queens, 254 transgender issues, 256 cryptosporidia, 341–342 cum (semen), 74–76 nutritional makeup, 154 prostaglandins, 302 spitting vs. swallowing (oral sex), 154–155 cunnilingus, 148–151, performance techniques, 148–151 practicing safe sex, 156 slang terms, 148 word origin, 148 see also oral sex cunnus, 148 Cupped Position (Tantric sex), 274

D

date rape, 49–50 de Sade, Marquis, 262 de Saint-Exupery, Antoine, 28 deep-throating, 152, 154 defining love, 27–29 dental dam, 156, Depo-Provera, 323–324 depression (postpartum depression), 304–305 desensitization (vibrators), 243 desire phase (sexual response cycle), 94 diabetes, 313 diaphragms, 329 dildoes, 240–241 cleaning, 243 dining room sex, 198 dinner as foreplay, 123–124 dirty talk, 226–227 doggy-style (rear entry position), 169–170 domestic partnership laws, 290 douches, 92 drag queens, 254 dressing sexy, 129–130 Drug and Alcohol Abuse Referral Hotline Web site, 387 drugs, 248–249, Durex Condom's 1997 Global Sex Survey, 77, 363 dysplasia, 352

E

E. coli, 341 ejaculate (semen), 74–76 nutritional makeup, 154 prostaglandins, 302 spitting vs. swallowing (oral sex), 154–155 ejaculation, 76–77 during oral sex, 154–155 STD prevention, 154 female ejaculation, 86 pre-ejaculatory fluid (pre-cum), 75, 95 premature ejaculation, 362–364 missionary position (man-on-top), 167 techniques for overcoming, 363–364 woman-on-top position, 169 relationship with orgasm, 76–77 retrograde ejaculations, 76, semen, 74–76 sperm, 74–76 withholding (Tantric sex), 275–276 ejaculatory inevitability, 98 elevator sex, 203–204 emergency birth control Morning After Pill, 332–333 RU486, 333 endometrium, 81–82 epididymis, 71 episiotomy, 303–304 erections, 74 cock rings, 245–247 effects of aging, 311–312 impotence, 311–312, 365–367 penile implants, 367 penis pumps, 367 Viagra, 366 erogenous zones, 134–135, erotic writing, 230–231 erotica, 229–231 estrogen, 322 Eulenspiegel Society Web site, 387 exhibitionist, 217 expectations of sex (compatibility), 41 explicit communication (initiating sex), 48–49 expressing love, 29–30

F

faking orgasms, 100–101 falling asleep after sex, 184 fallopian tubes, 81 FAMs (Fertility Awareness Methods), 330–331 fantasies, 211–223 acting out, 221–223 Fantasy Worksheet, 223 benefits of, 212–213 negative behaviors, 213–214 role playing, 252–253, sharing, 219–221 top 10 sexual fantasies, 214–219 FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions), 234–235 Fatal Attraction, 232 fellare, 151 fellatio, 151–155 deep-throating, 152 performance techniques, 151–154 practicing safe sex, 154, 156 slang terms, 151 spitting vs. swallowing, 154–155 word origin, 151 see also oral sex female condom, 328 female ejaculation, 86 female orgasms, 97–98 female reproductive system, 80–89 breasts, 86–87 areolas, 87 changes during pregnancy, 297, nipples, 87 cervix, 82 clitoris, 85 fallopian tubes, 81 gynecological exams, 350–352 Pap smear, 352 hymen, 83 menopause, 309–310 menstrual cycle, 89–91 menstruation, 90 PMS (premenstrual syndrome), 90–91 safe time of the month myth, 320–321 ovaries, 80–81 pregnancy, process of, 88–89 uterus, 81–82 vagina, 82 feminine hygiene, 91–92 G-spot, 85–86 vaginal opening, 82–83, vulva, 83–85 feminine hygiene, 91–92 Fertility Awareness Methods (FAMs), 330–331 Fetish Letters, 230 fetishes, 256–257 finding a partner, 37–39 fundamental elements of compatibility, 38 negative qualities, identifying, 39 finding time for sex, 52–53 food, 192–193 aphrodisiacs, 123–124 oral sex and, 158 precautions for using, 193 foreplay, 119–120 dressing sexy, 129–130 home enhancements, 121–122 ideas for all-day foreplay, 120–121 kissing, 126–129 French kissing, 128 romantic dinners, 123–124, sexy talk, 125–126 stripping, 130–132 touching, 126 foreskin, 73 French kissing, 128 frenulum, 73 frequency of sex, 10–13 married vs. single, 11–12 young vs. old, 12–13 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), 234–235 full-body stimulation (oral sex), 159–160 full-body orgasms (Tantric sex), 274–275,

G

G-spot, 85–86 gag reflex, 152, 154 gametes, 75 garage sex, 199 gay, see homosexuality Gay and Lesbian National Hotline, 386 gay pride, 291 genital warts, 339 giardia, 341–342 glans, 72–73 gonorrhea, 339 Good Vibrations, 246 Web site, 388 Grafenburg, Dr. Ernst, 86 group sex, 258–260 sexual fantasies, 214, gynecological exams, 350–352 Pap smear, 352

H

hand jobs, 138–140 harmonized breathing (Tantric sex), 269–270 health maintenance breast self-examinations, 348 lump detection, 350 performing, 348–350 gynecological exams, 350–352 Pap smear, 352 prostate examinations, 354–355 testicular self-examinations, 353–354 heart attack, 313 heavy petting, 13 Hefner, Hugh, 19 Henry and June, 232 hepatitis B, 342 herpes, 338, hickey, 128–129 High Society, 230 Hitachi Magic Wand, 242 Hite Report, 312 sex drives during menstrual periods, 90 HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), 342–343 challenges to gay community, 290–291 National AIDS Hotline, 346 preventing (safer sex) condoms, 325–328, 346 female condom, 328 oral sex, 154, 156 testing for, 345–346 transmission, 178 see also AIDS; STDs home enhancements (mood setting), 121–122 homemade sex toys, 247–248 homophobia, 290 homosexuality, 282, challenges of AIDS epidemic, 290–291 coming out, 288–289 discovering and accepting, 287–288 domestic partnership laws, 290 Gay and Lesbian National Hotline, 386 gay pride, 291 homophobia, 290 labels, 282 Parents Friends and Families of Lesbians and Gays, 386 possible explanations for, 286 sexual habits, 291–293 word origin, 282 hormonal birth control methods, 321–324 birth control pills, 322–323 Depo-Provera, 323–324 IUD (intrauterine device), 324 Norplant, 323 Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), 309–310 hormones, 70, 322 hot flashes, 309, hot tubs, 202 hotel rooms, 199–200 HPV (human papilloma virus), 339 human immunodeficiency virus, see HIV Hustler, 230 hygiene feminine hygiene, 91–92 sex toy hygiene, 243 hymen, 83 hysterectomy, 314

I

illnesses (aging and sex), 313–314 implants (birth control), 323 impotence, 311–312, 365–367 treatments penile implants, 367 penis pumps, 367 Viagra, 366 infatuation, 29, infertility in men, 75–76 influences on sexuality, 19–21 discussing your influences, 23–24 inhibited sexual desire, 358–359 inhibitions, 18–19 oral sex, 146–148 initiating sex (communication), 48–49 compromising, 50–51 finding time for sex, 52–53 “maybe” as an answer, 49 “no” as an answer, 49–50 nonverbal vs. explicit communication, 48–49 topics to discuss, 45–46 International Foundation for Gender Education Web site, 387 International Professional Surrogates Association, 371 Internet newsgroups, 235 ordering adult movies, 233 sex sites, 234–237 chat rooms, 236–237, FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions), 234–235 searching for, 235 intimacy problems (afterplay), 186 inverted nipples, 87 IUD (intrauterine device), 324

J-K

Jerry Maguire, 28 Johnson, Virginia, 94–95 Journal of Sex Research, 126 Journal of Urology, 366 Joy of Sex, The, 165 K-Y lubricant, 193, 326–327 Kama Sutra, 165 Kaplan, Dr. Helen Singer, 94 Kegel exercises, 114 Kinky Letters, 230 Kinsey, Alfred, 20 Kinsey Institute statistics, anal sex, 178 masturbation, 109 S/M activities, 260 Kinsey Scale for Sexual Orientation, 282–284 kissing, 126–129 French kissing, 128 origins of the X symbol, 30 kitchen sex, 197,

L

labia, 83–84 lack of sexual desire, 358–359 Ladies Home Journal, 197 lambskin condoms, 325 Last Tango in Paris, 232 latex condoms, 325 Laumann, Dr. Edward, 35 learned sexual attitudes, 19–21 adjusting your attitude, 22–23 discussing your attitudes, 23–24 Leeuwenhoek, Anton van, 75 Leg Show, 230 “letters” magazines, 230 levonorgestrel, 323 Lewinsky, Monica, 230 Lifestyles Organization Web site, 388, lingere, 148 lingerie, 130 living room sex, 198 lochia bleeding, 303–304 Locker, Sari (Web site), 385 Lotus Sex Position (Tantric sex), 273 love attraction, 31 defining, 27–29 effects on sex, 31–35 casual sex/one night stands, 34–35 monogamy, 33–35 expressing, 29–30 theory of love (Richard Sternberg), 29 types of love, 29 love letters, writing, 30 lubricants, 326–327 as a prop, 193–194 K-Y lubricant, 193, 326–327 lump detection (breast self-exam), 350, lumpectomy, 350

M

magazines (porn magazines), 229–231 “letters” magazines, 230–231 male orgasms, 98 male reproductive system, 69–72 Cowper's glands, 72 epididymis, 71 penis, 72–74 foreskin, 73 frenulum, 73 glans, 72–73 penile enlargement, 78 penile implants, 367 size issue, 77–78 prostate gland, 72 prostate examinations, 354–355 scrotum, 71, seminal vesicles, 71 testes, 70–71 testicular self-examinations, 353–354 vas deferens, 71 man-on-top position (missionary position), 166–168 manual stimulation on men, 138–140 on women, 140–142 Marie Claire magazine, 76, 82, 85 marijuana, 248 massage, 135–136 Swedish massage, 136 mastectomy, 313, 350 Masters, William, 94–95 masturbation, 103–114 benefits of, 105 common methods, 107–109 men, 107–108 women, 108–109 exploring types of physical stimulation, 110–111, G-spot stimulation, 85–86 improving your sex life through, 113 PC muscle exercises, 113–114 mutual masturbation, 112, 142–143 orgasms, 109 learning to control, 113 slang terms, 104–105 variations, 109–110 Medical Aspects of Human Sexuality, 121 medications, effects on sexual desire, 314 meeting people, 37–39 fundamental elements of compatibility, 38 negative qualities, identifying, 39 ménage à trois, 258–260 sexual fantasies, 214 menopause, 309–310 menstrual cycle, 89–91 PMS (premenstrual syndrome), 90–91 safe time of the month myth, 320–321 menstruation, 89–91, sex during, 90 method effectiveness (birth control), 324 Mifepristone, 333 Mile-High Club, 205 mini-pills, 322 missionary position (man-on-top), 166–168 name origins, 167 monogamy, 33–35 mons veneris, 83 mood setting dressing sexy, 129–130 foreplay, 119–120 ideas for all-day foreplay, 120–121 home enhancements, 121–122 kissing, 126–129 French kissing, 128 romantic dinners, 123–124 sexy talk, 125–126 stripping, 130–132 touching, 126, Moore, Demi, 297 Morning After Pill, 332–333 Morton Hunt's Survey of Sexual Behavior, 362 movies (adult movies), 231–234 making at home, 233–234 ordering, 233 renting, 232–233 mucous membranes, 342 multiple orgasms, 99 mutual masturbation, 112, 142–143 myths about orgasms, 100 about sex, 21–22

N

naked vs. nude, 62 Narcissus, 66 National AIDS Hotline, 346 Web site, 386 National Cancer Institute, 387, National Herpes Hotline, 386 National STD Hotline, 345 Web site, 386 National Youth Crisis Hotline Web site, 387 newsgroups (online sex), 235 nipples, 87 nonverbal communication (initiating sex), 48–49 Norplant, 323 nude pictures, 229–230,

O

office sex, 204 oils, 193 one night stands, 34–35 dangers of, 35 online sex, 234–237 chat rooms, 236–237 FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions), 234–235 newsgroups, 235 searching for sex sites, 235 oral sex, 145–160 annilingus (rimming), 159 cunnilingus, 148–151 performance techniques, 148–151 practicing safe sex, 156 slang terms, 148 word origin, 148, fellatio, 151–155 deep-throating, 152 performance techniques, 151–154 practicing safe sex, 154, 156 slang terms, 151 spitting vs. swallowing, 154–155 word origin, 151 food, integrating, 158 full-body stimulation, 159–160 hot and cold sensations, 158 in exotic locations, 157–158 inhibitions, 146–148 overcoming, 147 licking the perineum, 159 positions, 156–157 positive aspects of, 146 practicing safe sex, 156 sex toys, 158 orgasm phase (sexual response cycle), 96 orgasms, 97–101, after intercourse, 182 faking, 100–101 female response, 97–98 full-body orgasms (Tantric sex), 274–275 inability of women to orgasm, 359–362 intercourse without orgasm (women), 362 learning to control through masturbation, 113 male response, 98 manual stimulation, 141 masturbation, 109 multiple orgasms, 99 myths, 100 relationship with ejaculation, 76–77 simultaneous orgasms, 99–100 word origin, 96 orgies, 258–260 Oui, 230 outdoor sex, 200–202 hot tubs, 202, pools, 202 ovaries, 80–81

P

painful intercourse, 367–368 vaginismus, 368 paint as a prop, 194 Pap smear, 351–352 parasitic diseases, 341–342 Parents Friends and Families of Lesbians and Gays, 386 parking, 205–206 PC (pubococcygeal) muscle, exercising, 113–114 PEA (Phenylethylamine), 31 pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), 340 penile enlargement, 78 penile implants, 367 penis, 72–74 circumcision, 73 ejaculation, 76–77 pre-ejaculatory fluid (precum), 75, 95, premature ejaculation, 362–364 relationship with orgasm, 76–77 retrograde ejaculations, 76 semen, 74–76 sperm, 74–76 withholding (Tantric sex), 275–276 erections, 74 cock rings, 245–247 effects of aging, 311–312 impotence, 311–312, 365–367 foreskin, 73 frenulum, 73 glans, 72–73 penile enlargement, 78 penile implants, 367 size issue, 77–78 penis pumps, 367 Penthouse Letters, 230 performance anxiety, 368–369 perimenopause, 309, perineum, licking during oral sex, 159 periods, 89–91 PMS (premenstrual syndrome), 90–91 sex during, 90 Perry, Dr. John, 86 Persian Kitty Web site, 235 phallic symbols, 74 Phenylethylamine (PEA), 31 phone sex, 228–229 physical appearance, changing, 191–192 pictures (pornography), 229–230 PID (pelvic inflammatory disease), 340 pill, the, 322–323 Planned Parenthood, 385 plateau phase (sexual response cycle), 95–96 Playboy, 19 PMS (premenstrual syndrome), 90–91 poppers (amyl nitrate), 248 porneia, 229, pornography, 229 magazines, 229–230 “letters” magazines, 230–231 movies, 231–234 making at home, 233–234 ordering, 233 renting, 232–233 word origin, 229 positions, 165–166 anal sex, 179 crab, 175 during pregnancy, 299–301 missionary position (man-on-top), 166–168 origins of the name, 167 oral sex positions, 156–157 rabbit, 176 rear entry (doggy-style), 169–170 scissors, 174 side-by-side, 170–171 sitting, 171–172, sixty-nine, 157 snake, 175 spoons position, 171 standing, 172–173 switching, 170 Tantric sexual positions, 273–274 wheelbarrow, 177 woman-on-top, 168–169 riding high, 168 postpartum period, 303–306 depression, 304–305 lochia bleeding, 303–304, pre-ejaculatory fluid (pre-cum), 75, 95 pregnancy, 295–306 abortion, 333–334 adoption, 334 birth control, 319–333 abstinence, 331 birth control pills, 322–323 cervical caps, 329 choosing, 321, 331–332 Depo-Provera, 323–324 diaphragms, 329 discussing birth control options, 319–320 emergency birth control, 332–333 Fertility Awareness Methods (FAMs), 330–331 IUD (intrauterine device), 324 method effectiveness, 324 Norplant, 323 safe times of the month myth, 320–321, spermicides, 328–329 sterilization, 329–330 changes in a woman's body, 296–297 delivery Cesarean (C-section), 303 episiotomy, 303–304 missionary position (man-on-top), 167 postpartum period, 303–306 depression, 304–305 lochia bleeding, 303–304 process of, 88–89 sex after pregnancy, 303–306 emotional challenges, 304–305 finding time for sex, 305 physical challenges, 303–304 tips for quality sex, 305–306 sex during pregnancy, 297–302 intimate alternatives, 301 list of do's and don'ts, 300–301 male perspective, 301–302, positions, 299–301 premarital sex, 7 premature ejaculation, 362–364 missionary position (man-on-top), 167 techniques for overcoming, 363–364 woman-on-top position, 169 premenstrual syndrome (PMS), 90–91 President Clinton, 230 Prince, 28 progesterone, 322 RU486 (abortion pill), 333 progestin, 322 prolonging the sex act (Tantric sex), 272 props, 192–194 food, 192–193 lubricant, 193–194 oils, 193 paints, 194 soft/furry objects, 194 see also toys, prostaglandins, 302 prostate gland, 72 cancer, 354 prostate examinations, 354–355 stimulation during anal sex, 178 Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) test, 355 prostatectomy, 314 PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) test, 355 Psychology Today, 39 pubic lice, 341 pubococcygeal (PC) muscle, exercising, 113–114 pulling out, 331

Q

quickies, 194–195 quiz (sex quiz), 4–7

R

rabbit position, 176, rape, 49–50 Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network, 386 rear entry position (doggy-style), 169–170 reasons for having sex, 13–15 Redbook magazine, 130 Report On Female Sexuality, 147 relationships compatibility, 37–39 compatibility checklist, 41–42 defining what “sexy” means, 43–44 determining what makes good sex, 39–40 expectations of sex, 41 fundamental elements of compatibility, 38 influencing compatibility, 43 negative qualities, identifying, 39 determining right time to have sex, 35–36 love, defining, 27–29 monogamy, 33–35 renting adult movies, 232–233 repeated sex (afterplay), 185–186, reproductive system female, 80–89 breasts, 86–87 cervix, 82 clitoris, 85 fallopian tubes, 81 G-spot, 85–86 hymen, 83 menopause, 309–310 menstrual cycle, 89–91 ovaries, 80–81 pregnancy, process of, 88–89 uterus, 81–82 vagina, 82 vaginal opening, 82–83 vulva, 83–85 male, 69–72 Cowper's glands, 72 epididymis, 71 penis, 72–73, prostate gland, 72, 354–355 scrotum, 71 seminal vesicles, 71 testes, 70–71, 353–354 vas deferens, 71 resolution phase (sexual response cycle), 96–97 restraints, 247 retrograde ejaculations, 76 Rhythm Method (birth control), 330–331 Richie, Lionel, 28 riding high, 168 riding the wave (Tantric sex), 272 rimming, 159 Rinna, Lisa, 297 role playing, 252–253 RU486 (abortion pill), 333

S

S/M (sadomasochism), 260–264, Eulenspiegel Society Web site, 387 safety issues, 262–264 safewords, 262–263 sex toys, 247 sexual fantasies, 216–217 safe times of the month myth, 320–321, safer sex abstinence, 331 condoms, 325–328, 346 avoiding breakage, 327 female condom, 328 foreplay trick, 327–328 latex vs. lambskin, 325 proper usage, 326–327 oral sex, 156 talking about STDs, 336–337 safewords (S/M), 262–263 Saran Wrap, 156 Sari Locker Web site, 385 scissors position, 174 scrotum, 71 seduction dressing sexy, 129–130 foreplay, 119–120, ideas for all-day foreplay, 120–121 home enhancements, 121–122 kissing, 126–129 French kissing, 128 romantic dinners, 123–124 sexy talk, 125–126 stripping, 130–132 touching, 126 Seinfeld, 226 Seinfeld, Jerry, 38–39, 98 self-esteem (body image), 58–59 aging, effects of, 308–309, 312 improving, 59–67 activities, 65–66 determining causes of poor body image, 61–62 issues to overcome during sex, 64–65 nudity, getting comfortable with, 62–64 quiz, 60–61 self-examinations breast self-exam, 348–350, lump detection, 350 testicular self-exam, 353–354 semen, 74–76 nutritional makeup, 154 prostaglandins, 302 spitting vs. swallowing (oral sex), 154–155 seminal vesicles, 71 sensate focus, 370 sensual massage, 135–136 sex after pregnancy (postpartum period), 303–306 emotional challenges, 304–305 finding time for sex, 305 physical challenges, 303–304 tips for quality sex, 305–306 during menstruation, 90 during pregnancy, 297–299 intimate alternatives, 301 list of do's and don'ts, 300–301 male perspective, 301–302, positions, 299–301 sex chats (online sex), 236–237 sex quiz, 4–7 sex surrogates, 370–371 sex therapy, 369–372 choosing a therapist, 371–372 sensate focus, 370 sex surrogates, 370–371 sex toys, see toys sex trends, 8–10 sexologists, 9 sexual compulsions, 11 sexual desire disorder, 358–359 sexual evolution, 7–8 sexual fantasies, 211–223 acting out, 221–222 Fantasy Worksheet, 223 benefits of, 212–213 negative behaviors, 213–214, role playing, 252–253 sharing, 219–221 top 10 sexual fantasies, 214–219 sexual frequency, 10–13 married vs. single, 11–12 young vs. old, 12–13 sexual health maintenance breast self-examinations, 348–350 lump detection, 350 gynecological exams, 350–352 Pap smear, 352 prostate examinations, 354–355 testicular self-examinations, 353–354 sexual identity, 283 sexual influences, 19–21 discussing your influences, 23–24 sexual inhibitions, 18–19 sexual orientation, 282–293 bisexuality, 284–286 challenges of AIDS epidemic, 290–291, coming out, 288–289 discovering and accepting, 287–288 gay pride, 291 homophobia, 290 possible explanations for, 286 sexual habits, 291–293 slang terms, 285 homosexuality, 282 challenges of AIDS epidemic, 290–291 coming out, 288–289 discovering and accepting, 287–288 domestic partnership laws, 290 gay pride, 291 homophobia, 290 labels, 282 possible explanations for, 286 sexual habits, 291–293 Kinsey Scale for Sexual Orientation, 282 sexual orientation continuum, 282 sexual positions, see positions, sexual problems, 358–372 impotence, 365–367 penile implants, 367 penis pumps, 367 Viagra, 366 inability of women to orgasm, 359–362 inhibited sexual desire, 358–359 lack of sexual desire, 358–359 painful intercourse, 367–368 vaginismus, 368 performance anxiety, 368–369 premature ejaculation, 362–364 techniques for overcoming, 363–364 sex therapy, 369–372 choosing a therapist, 371–372 sensate focus, 370 sex surrogates, 370–371 sexual rehearsal play, 288 sexual response cycle, 93–97, arousal phase, 95 desire phase, 94 orgasm phase, 96 plateau phase, 95–96 resolution phase, 96–97 sexual revolution, 7–8 sexual writing, 230–231 sexuality, 18 sexually transmitted diseases, see STDs sexy talk, 226–227 Shakespeare, William, 28 showering together, 136–138 afterplay, 183 side-by-side position, 170–171 SIECUS (Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States) Web site, 385, simultaneous orgasms, 99–100 sitting position, 171–172 sixty-nine position, 157 size issue (penis), 77–78 Skene's glands, 83 sleeping after sex, 184 Sliver, 232 smegma, 73, 83 snake position, 175 Sophocles, 28 sperm, 70–71, 74–76 spermicides, 328–329 spoons position (side-by-side), 171 squeeze technique (premature ejaculation), 364 stairway sex, 198 standing position, 172–173 Starr Report, 230–231 STDs (sexually transmitted diseases), 337–346, abstinence, 331 AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome), 342–343 challenges to gay community, 290–291 preventing (safer sex), 154, 156, 325–328, 346 HIV testing, 345–346 National AIDS Hotline, 346, 386 Center for Disease Control statistics, 343 chlamydia, 338 crabs, 341 genital warts, 339 gonorrhea, 339 hepatitis B, 342 herpes, 338 National Herpes Hotline, 386 HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), 342–343 challenges to gay community, 290–291 National AIDS Hotline, 346 preventing (safer sex), 154, 156, 325–328, 346 testing for, 345–346 transmission, 178, National STD Hotline, 345, 386 parasitic diseases, 341–342 pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), 340 preventing condoms, 325–328, 346 female condom, 328 oral sex, 154, 156 syphilis, 339 table of symptoms, 344 talking about STDs, 336–337 testing for, 344–346 urinary tract infection, 340 vaginitis, 340–341 sterilization, 81, 329–330 Sternberg, Richard (theory of love), 29 stripping, 130–132 stroke, 313 Swank, 230 Swedish massage, 136, swimming pools, 202 swinging, 258–260 Lifestyles Organization Web site, 388 syphilis, 339

T

talking after-sex conversations, 184–185 birth control options, 319–320 finding time for sex, 52–53 foreplay, 125–126 initiating sex, 48–49 compromising, 50–51 “maybe” as an answer, 49 “no” as an answer, 49–50 nonverbal vs. explicit communication, 48–49 topics to discuss, 45–46 phone sex, 228–229 safer sex issues (STDs), 336–337 sexual history, 23–24, sexy talk, 226–227 sharing sexual fantasies, 219–221 tips for meaningful discussions, 46–48 Tantra, 268–269 Tantric sex, 268–277 beginning steps, 270–272 full-body orgasms, 274–275 harmonized breathing, 269–270 improving your sex life, 277 positions, 273–274 prolonging the sex act (riding the wave), 272 Web site, 390 withholding ejaculation, 275–276 yin and yang, 270 Teen Counseling Help Line Web site, 387 telephone sex, 228–229 testes, 70–71 testicular self-examinations, 353–354 testing for STDs, 344–346 HIV, 345–346, testosterone, 70 The World According to Garp, 157 theory of love (Richard Sternberg), 29 therapy, 369–372 choosing a therapist, 371–372 sensate focus, 370 sex surrogates, 370–371 threesomes, 258–260 sexual fantasies, 214 thrusting variations, 190–191 timing (determining when to have sex), 35–36 top 10 sexual fantasies, 214–219 touching, 133 bathing/showering together, 136–138 erogenous zones, 134–135 foreplay, 126 manual stimulation on men, 138–140 on women, 140–142 massage, 135–136, Swedish massage, 136 mutual masturbation, 142–143 variations, 144 toys, 239–248 Adam and Eve Web site, 388 ben wa balls, 245–246 butt plugs, 244–246 cock rings, 245–247 dildoes, 240–241 cleaning, 243 Good Vibrations Web site, 388 hard-core (S/M), 247 homemade sex toys, 247–248 joke gifts, 247 oral sex, using with, 158 purchasing, 246 restraints, 247 vibrators, 240, 242–244 caring for, 243–244, cleaning, 243 desensitization, 243 Hitachi Magic Wand, 242 introducing to your partner, 243 types, 242 see also props transgender, 256 transsexuals, 255–256 transvestites, 253–256 drag queens, 254 transgender issues, 256 word origin, 254 trends in sex, 8–10, TSE (testicular self-exam), 353–354 tubal ligations, 81, 329–330

U

Unbearable Lightness of Being, The, 232 urethra (in females), 82–83 urethral opening, 82 urinary opening, 82 urinary tract infection, 340 uterus, 81–82

V

vagina, 82 feminine hygiene, 91–92 G-spot, 85–86 hymen, 83 vaginal opening, 82–83 vaginismus, 368, vaginitis, 340–341 varying your sexual experience, 190–191 outdoor sex, 200–202 hot tubs, 202 pools, 202 physical appearance, changing, 191–192 props, 192–194 food, 192–193 lubricants, 193–194 oils, 193 paints, 194 soft/furry objects, 194 room variations attic, 198 basement, 199 bathroom, 197 dining room, 198 garage, 199 hotel rooms, 199–200 kitchen, 197, living room, 198 stairway, 198 sex in semi-public places, 203–205 elevators, 203–204 empty classrooms, 204 gyms, 204–205 offices, 204 sex in vehicles, 205–207 Mile-High Club, 205 motorcycles, 206–207 parked cars, 205–206 public transportation, 206 taxis, 206 thrusting variations, 190–191 time variations, 195–196 lunch breaks, 196 middle of the night, 196 morning, 196 quickies, 194–195, sex weekends, 195 vas deferens, 71 vasectomies, 329–330 vasocongestion, 95 Venus in Furs, 262 Viagra, 311–312, 366 vibrators, 240, 242–244 caring for, 243–244 desensitization, 243 Hitachi Magic Wand, 242 introducing to your partner, 243 types, 242 videos (adult videos), 231–234 making at home, 233–234 ordering, 233 renting, 232–233 von Sacher-Masoch, Leopold, 262 voyeurism, 217 vulva, 83–85,

W

Web sites AAMFT, 385 AASECT, 385 Adam and Eve, 388 American Association for Anorexia and Bulimia, 387 American Cancer Society, 387 American Society for Reproductive Medicine, 386 ASSECT, 371 Child Help USA, 386 Condomania, 388 Drug and Alcohol Abuse Referral Hotline, 387 Eulenspiegel Society, 387 Gay and Lesbian National Hotline, 386 Good Vibrations, 388 International Foundation for Gender Education, 387 Lifestyles Organization, 388 National AIDS Hotline, 386 National Cancer Institute, 387, National Herpes Hotline, 386 National STD Hotline, 386 National Youth Crisis Hotline, 387 Parents Friends and Families of Lesbians an Gays, 386 Persian Kitty, 235 Planned Parenthood, 385 Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network, 386 Sari Locker, 385 sex sites, 234–237 chat rooms, 236–237 FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions), 234–235 searching for, 235 Tantric Sex, 390 Teen Counseling Help Line, 387 Yahoo!, 235 weekend sex, 195 wheelbarrow position, 177 Whipple, Dr. Beverly, 86 Wild Things, 232, withholding ejaculation (Tantric sex), 275–276 woman-on-top position, 168–169 riding high, 168

X-Y-Z

X symbol (kisses), origin of, 30 X-rated movies, 231–234 making at home, 233–234 ordering, 233 renting, 232–233 Yahoo! Web site, 235 yeast infection, 340–341 yin and yang (Tantric sex), 270]
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COMPACT COMPONENT SYSTEM MX-K350V Consists of CA-MXK350V and SP-MXK350V CA-MXK350V SP-MXK350V
Cover.fm Page 1 Monday, July 22, 2002 2:31 PM COMPACT COMPONENT SYSTEM MX-K350V Consists of CA-MXK350V and SP-MXK350V CA-MXK350V SP-MXK350V 3-CD PLAY & EXCHANGE CD-R/RW PLAYBACK SOUND COMPACT COMPONENT SYSTEM MX-K350V REPEAT MODE STANDBY/ON 1 BIT DUAL D/A CONVERTER PROGRAM SLEEPCELASSIC AUX RANDOM S
PARTS LIST [ MX-K350V ] - Contents -
PARTS LIST [ MX-K350V ] * All printed circuit boards and its assemblies are not available as service parts. Area suffix US - Singapore UX - Saudi Arabia - Contents - Exploded view of general assembly and parts list (Block No.M1) 3- 3 CD changer mechanism assembly and parts list (Block No.MA) 3- 5 Ca
COMPACT COMPONENT SYSTEM MX-K350V Consists of CA-MXK350V and SP-MXK350V CA-MXK350V SP-MXK350V
Cover.fm Page 1 Monday, July 22, 2002 2:31 PM COMPACT COMPONENT SYSTEM MX-K350V Consists of CA-MXK350V and SP-MXK350V CA-MXK350V SP-MXK350V 3-CD PLAY & EXCHANGE CD-R/RW PLAYBACK SOUND COMPACT COMPONENT SYSTEM MX-K350V REPEAT MODE STANDBY/ON 1 BIT DUAL D/A CONVERTER PROGRAM SLEEPCELASSIC AUX RANDOM S