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Talking About Sex During Sex Is Good For Sex

People who communicate well with their sexual partners during sexual encounters tend to have more satisfying sex lives overall according to this article from Live Science.

New research finds that comfort with sexual communication is directly linked to sexual satisfaction. People who are more comfortable talking about sex are also more likely to do so while having sex, the researchers found. Nonetheless, that difference doesn’t fully explain why the sexually chatty are happier with their erotic lives.

It can also lead to a safer and healthier sex life.

How people talk about sex is an important topic for public health researchers. After all, people who are uncomfortable asking their partners to wear a condom may be at higher risk of having unprotected sex and exposing themselves to sexually transmitted infections. Communication is also key to having enjoyable sexual encounters, Babin said.

We at The “Oh!” Face are committed to to better and more open communication about sex, in and outside of the bedroom (or wherever you happen to be having sex). The more comfortable you are about talking about sex in your day to day life the more comfortable you will be talking to your partner with your pants around your ankles. Opening up the dialogue about sex and sexuality is key to safety, wellness and most of all happiness and satisfaction.

Via Live Science

 

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Too Few Girls Getting HPV Vaccine According To CDC

Human Papillomavirus is the most common STI and is the cause of almost all cases of cervical and anal cancers. At least 50% of sexually active people have one of the 40 different strains. The great news is that there is a vaccination for people to protect themselves from HPV. Unfortunately, according to the American Center for Disease Control, too few girls are opting to get the vaccine.

Last year, significantly more U.S. teens were vaccinated against meningitis and whooping cough (pertussis) than in 2010, while increases for the HPV vaccine were far less significant, according to researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The conversation between parents and their teens about sex really needs to be open so that people can make an informed decision in regards to prevention. Peoples squeamishness around sex may lead to cancer later in life (as crazy as that sounds).

“Stronger health-care provider recommendations for HPV vaccination, implementation of reminder/recall systems, elimination of missed opportunities for vaccination, and education of parents of adolescents regarding the risk for HPV infection and the benefits of vaccination are needed to protect adolescents from HPV-related cancers,” Dr. Christina Dorell and her CDC colleagues wrote.

Via US News

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Sperm Quality And Quantity Declining, Mounting Evidence Suggests

It appears that sperm counts in developed nations are significantly down over the past 10-15 years. Not only are there fewer little guys per load but the quality of them is also below par. What this means for the quality of the people they turn into, I have no idea but one feel that it can’t be great.

For instance, one sperm bank in Israel says that when it opened its doors 1991, it turned away about a third of the applicants for low quality. Using the same standard today, it would reject more than 80 percent, according to an article in the LA Times. And while the jury is still out on whether there is a real “sperm decline” and what that means for fertility, scientists say if the little swimmers are truly changing, it may be a red flag for harmful environmental toxins or even physiological changes in the human body.

It’s hard to tell what is causing this decline but one cant help but look at the way in which we live in the west and wonder. Perhaps we’ll start paying more attention to our sperm, who knows weather or not they’ll be a canary in the coal mine of greater physiological changes in the species.

“Rapid changes in reproductive function may indicate serious changes in our environment, which may be affecting our health in so far undetectable ways,” said Deonandan. So, while the global decline in sperm quality may not stand up to rigorous testing, “it’s definitely worth taking seriously, since it may open the door to deeper insights into other ways in which changes to our environment, behavior and lifestyles are negatively affecting our biologies.”

Via NBC

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Is Removing Pubic Hair is Bad For Your Health?

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It seems these days that women and men alike are removing hair from their bodies, especially around their genitals. Turns out that may not be the best idea. That being said I’m not convinced that this article will change too many peoples habits. But this quote may may make you think twice before microwaving that take home wax.

Pubic hair removal naturally irritates and inflames the hair follicles left behind, leaving microscopic open wounds.  Rather than suffering a comparison to a bristle brush, frequent hair removal is necessary to stay smooth, causing regular irritation of the shaved or waxed area.  When that irritation is combined with the warm moist environment of the genitals, it becomes a happy culture media for some of the nastiest of bacterial pathogens, namely group A streptococcus, staphylococcus aureus and its recently mutated cousin methicillin resistant staph aureus (MRSA).   There is an increase in staph boils and abscesses, necessitating incisions to drain the infection, resulting in scarring that can be significant.   It is not at all unusual to find pustules and other hair follicle inflammation papules on shaved genitals.

Yeesh.

Via Alternet

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