Sex Ed http://www.frontiersla.com/Health/Sex-Education/home.aspx/Health/Sex-Educationen-usCopyright 2014, Frontiers_Publishing-NAWed, 04 Jun 2014 02:00:24 GMThttp://emmisinteractive.comThe Healthy Humper<img src=”http://www.frontiersla.com/Pics/Channels/3412/Thumbnail/kama%20sutra%20monkey.jpeg” align=”left” vspace=”2″ hspace=”10″><p><img class=”image_align_center” src=”http://www.metronews.ru/_internal/gxml!0/2qijkhn0ctpwx8acoz5fxkpvtmr4nbh$ffmroaq4koji36rw1s18pguvccdxunk/slide_308463_2695700_free.jpeg” alt=”” width=”600″ /></p> <p>From tantalizing fatty foods to creative cocktails, the world is full of tempting but risky vices. It seems the more pleasurable the indulgence, the more hazardous it can be to your health. Fortunately, one of the greatest joys known to man is not only devoid of negative side-effects but is also one of the most wholesome.</p> <p>It turns out that the health benefits of sex go way beyond the obvious release of tension. Getting busy between the sheets just once or twice a week boosts immunoglobulin A, the antibody that provides a shield against colds and other infections.</p> <p>Also, because most sex positions require the continued thrusting of the body trunk, they emulate some pretty strenuous exercise routines. Sex is a “great mode of exercise,” according to <strong>Patti Britton, PhD</strong>, a Los Angeles sexologist and president of the American Association of Sexuality and Therapists.</p> <p>While it isn’t a valid substitute for a regular cardio routine, having sex is physically strenuous and “doing it” for 30 minutes burns at least 85 calories. In fact, studies have shown that men who have sex twice or more a week, compared to those who engage in sex less than once a month, can reduce their risk of heart attack by half.</p> <p>Behind those moans of ecstasy and beyond the more obvious physical dividends, there are also some perks to sex that you might not have thought of. Whether you’re a casual sexual contortionist or a Kama Sutra practitioner, you’re bound to use some positions that work and stretch the same muscles as those of a yoga enthusiast. Anyone up for the lotus?</p> <p>There are even greater mind/body benefits for those who have delved into the Indian art of Tantric sex. It is believed that by focusing on the avoidance of climax for as long as humanly possible, Tantric couples can achieve a heightened mind/body experience. </p> <p>Another good excuse for having either a roll in the hay or a solo bout of self-gratification is what happens when you do neither. The lack of sex can, when compounded with other life stressors, actually lead to sexual dysfunction. When men experience stress, normal hormonal release is slowed. This, in turn, impacts the master male hormone, testosterone. The result can be the death of even the strongest of sexual appetites.</p> <p>On the other hand, according to a study by Scottish researchers who reported their findings in the journal <em>Biological Psychology</em>, sexual activity leads to overall stress reduction and lowers blood pressure. The study involved 24 women and 22 men who kept records of their sexual activity. When subjected to stressful situations, those participants who had intercourse responded to stress better than those who abstained.</p>http://www.frontiersla.com/Health/Sex-Education/story.aspx?ID=2179305Jim Larkinshttp://www.frontiersla.com/Health/Sex-Education/story.aspx?ID=2179305Wed, 04 Jun 2014 02:00:00 GMTThe Trouble with Toys<img src=”http://www.frontiersla.com/Pics/Channels/3412/Thumbnail/asteia_big-for-14.jpg” align=”left” vspace=”2″ hspace=”10″><p><img class=”image_align_center” src=”http://www.bestfun.gr/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/asteia_big-for-14.jpg” alt=”” width=”600″ /></p> <p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″>Today’s choices of sexual toys are as diverse as the playfully curious public using them. Unfortunately, there’s more to electro penile proxies and strings of anal beads than meets the (brown) eye. Many of these goodtime gadgets get their comfortable pliability by mixing specialized plastics or rubber components into the manufacturing mold. The downside to these insertables is that the materials can break down, causing toys to separate and leak while in use. </span></p> <p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″>As if having man-made products free-ranging through your circulatory system wasn’t bad enough, many of these dildos, ben wa balls and other sexual supplements are composed of phthalates, which cause liver, kidney and testicular damage in rats. </span></p> <p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″>In a test of numerous adult entertainment devices, German chemist <strong>Ulrich Krieg</strong> discovered that many had dangerously high concentrations of phthalates. But in the U.S., sex toys are marketed as ‘novelty items,’ which are not really meant to be used. Therefore, government agencies are not required to regulate their materials. </span></p> <p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″>Politicians haven’t been much help, either. There aren’t many interest groups or legislators who want to be identified as sex toy proponents. Thus, with no ‘watchdog’ groups to oversee production, companies are free to pop out boxcars of tainted ticklers and fake phalluses. </span></p> <p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″>So what’s a safety-minded kinky consumer to do? Well, you can start by inspecting the bedside companions you already own. If they have a jelly-like consistency or if they smell like your newly purchased shower curtain, it’s a pretty good guess they contain phthalates. </span></p> <p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″>Also, be a smart shopper—you probably wouldn’t buy some questionable food product without reading the label, so apply this same scrutiny on your next adult shopping trip. If a company is shy about divulging all components of its products, it’s likely those items (and the companies producing them) can’t be trusted. </span></p> <p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″>In an effort to take the guesswork out of sensual shopping, one company, San Francisco-based Good Vibrations, now carries only phthalate-free products. </span></p> <p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″>“Phthalates were banned from children’s toys both in the United States and Europe for toxicity,” says <strong>Nicole Evje</strong>, <a href=”http://www.goodvibes.com/main.jhtml”><span class=”s2″>Good Vibrations Sex Educator</span></a>. “If they shouldn’t be in children’s toys, they shouldn’t be in toys for grown-ups either.”</span></p> <p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″>If you’re still not sure what your anal intruders are made of, treat them like you would any one-night stand. It is highly unlikely that prophylactics are injected with phthalates, so build a barricade of security by wrapping your faux phallus in the safety of a rubber. </span></p> <p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″>Also, don’t forget that what goes in must come out, so follow the golden rule of big boy toys: “Never insert anything anally unless it has a flange,” says Evje.</span></p>http://www.frontiersla.com/Health/Sex-Education/story.aspx?ID=2153081Jim Larkinshttp://www.frontiersla.com/Health/Sex-Education/story.aspx?ID=2153081Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:00:00 GMTChoke and Croak<img src=”http://www.frontiersla.com/Pics/Channels/3412/Thumbnail/heroes1.jpg” align=”left” vspace=”2″ hspace=”10″><p><img class=”image_align_center” src=”http://hurricanevanessa.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/heroes1.jpg” alt=”” width=”600″ /></p> <p>Bagging, scarfing, choking, erotic breath play—the ritual of cutting off oxygen to the brain for increased sexual sensation is known by many names.</p> <p>Beyond caressing, sucking and biting, after your heart kicks into high gear and blood rushes to your rapidly growing erection, your breathing naturally becomes heavier. It’s the interruption of this last part—the breathing—that some men have discovered adds fuel to the erotic furnace.</p> <p>While it’s very rare that serious injury or death occurs when there are two of more participants (nicknamed “gaspers”) involved, it goes without saying that being choked to near unconsciousness isn’t a risk-free venture.</p> <p>“One can start reducing oxygen in the blood fairly quickly and get a rush by limiting breathing, but it’s doubtful that both will pass out,” says Kathryn Ando Ph.D, sexologist and board member at San Francisco’s Center for Sex and Culture. “If they do, they’ll just break apart, start breathing again and wake up.”</p> <p>The risk factor increases dramatically, though, when sexual smothering is performed solo. Cutting off one’s air supply, usually by hanging while masturbating, is called auto-erotic asphyxiation (AEA), and it has been deemed a seriously perilous gamble.</p> <p>Like two-partner breath play, AEA allows the individual to stir up a sense of euphoria by stemming the flow of oxygen to the brain. But without a trusted partner to cut him loose and get him breathing again, the erotic adventurer can easily go from getting all choked up to checking out for good. </p> <p>The unaccompanied choker relies on specialized knots that are supposed to release under pressure, but even the best of these twisted knot knitters can be tripped up. All too often the sophisticated hangman’s noose gets tangled. </p> <p>According to a report presented to the American Alliance for Health, PE, Recreation and Dance National Conference and Exposition, Andrew P. Jenkins Ph.D. noted that in nearly all cases of AEA-related accidental strangulation, there was some failure in the operation of the “safety” or “escape system” built into the strangulation tool.</p> <p>The danger of getting one’s kicks by solitary asphyxiation is reflected in the data. It is estimated that between 250 and 1,000 people (mostly young men) die each year in the U.S. while attempting AEA. In actuality, this figure is probably even higher, as many crime scenes are tampered with by embarrassed lovers and relatives of the deceased.</p> <p>In the long run, erotic breath play—like any other sexual variation—is going to be attempted by those who are a little more curious than cautious. Remember that if you attempt to get turned on by tying off, don’t go it alone. It’s just not worth it.</p>http://www.frontiersla.com/Health/Sex-Education/story.aspx?ID=2151627Jim Larkinshttp://www.frontiersla.com/Health/Sex-Education/story.aspx?ID=2151627Tue, 08 Apr 2014 02:21:00 GMTPumped Up Prostates<img src=”http://www.frontiersla.com/Pics/Channels/3412/Thumbnail/austin-powers.jpg” align=”left” vspace=”2″ hspace=”10″><p><img class=”image_align_center” src=”http://www.jasonbondpicks.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/austin-powers.jpg” alt=”” /></p> <p class=”p1″>Before their debut on thousands of seedy websites, negative pressure vacuum pumps had the noble duty of giving life to the limp. The transparent tubular mechanisms drew blood into penis capillaries, creating otherwise impossible erections for men with chronic diabetes or circulatory disorders.</p> <p class=”p1″>But it wasn’t until shady profiteers began promoting these peter pumpers as tools for permanently increasing the size of one’s manhood that they started to get a bad rap. There was just never any scientific proof to support the claims of such colorfully tagged devices as the Big Bazooka, Blue Veiner, Fireman’s Pump and Bull Fighter.</p> <p class=”p1″>With the help of a pump, a man can temporarily elevate from the hamster-hung set, but that glory is short-lived. Once the pressure is released, the newly transformed stud’s member will return to its former disappointing dimensions. </p> <p class=”p1″>So considering they haven’t done much more than dupe the desperate into handing over a substantial chunk of their paychecks with no real hope for return on investment, you might ask why even give these cocky contraptions any thought or promotion. Well, penis pumps may have found redemption as serious aids in at least one important area of medical science. </p> <p class=”p1″>Surviving prostate cancer is certainly grounds for celebration, but, sadly, along with the loss of the prostate can come the inability to produce and maintain an erection. Because it is virtually impossible to perform radical prostatectomy surgery without disturbing nerves that control the erection process, erectile dysfunction (ED) is an almost guaranteed byproduct of the procedure. </p> <p class=”p1″>This is insult to injury for those men who probably experienced some degree of ED due to the cancer in the first place. The good news is, with the help of vacuum therapy, the prostateless masses may not have to endure a flaccid future. A growing number of studies indicate that vacuum therapy has an important role to play in prostate surgery recovery. <strong>Run Wang</strong>, Director of Sexual Medicine at Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital in Houston, Texas, and Kenneth Jacobsohn at the University of Texas Health Science Center recently published data on the use of vacuum therapy to help prostate surgery patients regain erection capabilities. </p> <p class=”p1″><strong>Dr. Vipul Patel, MD</strong>, Director of Robotic and Minimally Invasive Urological Surgery at Ohio State University, is another proponent of phallic pumps. Dr. Patel, who has overseen nearly 1,000 surgeries, routinely prescribes vacuum therapy for post-prostatectomy patients. </p> <p class=”p1″>All things considered, prostate cancer may not currently be high on your list of urgent issues.  But just keep in mind that, considering the lifetime risk for prostate cancer is one out of every six men, a penis pump might someday become your new best friend.</p>http://www.frontiersla.com/Health/Sex-Education/story.aspx?ID=2144833Jim Larkinshttp://www.frontiersla.com/Health/Sex-Education/story.aspx?ID=2144833Wed, 26 Mar 2014 23:30:00 GMTBionic Boner Blues<img src=”http://www.frontiersla.com/Pics/Channels/3412/Thumbnail/Priapus-620×350.jpg” align=”left” vspace=”2″ hspace=”10″><p><img class=”image_align_center” src=”http://d8b3398a800daddc1690-da74a8269948a1d40033dc64a4f7b126.r90.cf3.rackcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Priapus-620×350.jpg” alt=”” width=”600″ /></p> <p>The guy who brandishes an iron-clad erection for hours on end might seem like a dream come true, but as the evening progresses and the pumped up pumper doesn’t seem to be going anywhere but up, the dream can gradually turn to a nightmare. The condition characterized by an erect penis that doesn’t return to a flaccid state within four hours despite a lack of both physical and psychological stimulation is known as priapism.</p> <p>If left untreated, this type of erectile dysfunction could have serious consequences, including thrombosis, which is clotting of the blood trapped in the penis. Damage to penile blood vessels—or, in serious cases, gangrene, which could require the removal of the penis—are also possibilities. Thus the origin of priapism’s namesake—the syndrome was coined after the Greek god Priapus, who was punished by other gods for attempting to rape a goddess and was given a huge—but useless—set of wooden genitals.</p> <p>Males of all ages—including infants—can develop priapism, but it usually hits those between the ages of 5 to 10 years and 20 to 50 years. Priapism is brought on by a variety of causes. Medical conditions such as leukemia (cancer of the blood) and sickle-cell disease can be culprits. Medications such as antidepressants and antipsychotics—as well as illegal drugs—can lead to the phallic malady. While somewhat remote, the syndrome has also been linked to bites from black widows and the Brazilian wandering spider.</p> <p>There are two categories of priapism listed in medical journals: low-flow and high-flow. Low-flow priapism is the result of blood being trapped in the erection chambers. This most often occurs in otherwise healthy men without a known cause, but can also affect men with sickle-cell disease, malaria or leukemia.</p> <p>High-flow priapism is rarer than low-flow and for the most part is less painful. The cause can be a ruptured artery from an injury to the penis or the perineum (fleshy area between the anus and the scrotum). When these areas are damaged, blood in the penis doesn’t circulate normally, which causes an irregular erection.</p> <p>To correct priapism, the attending physician will likely release blood from the corpus cavernosa section of the penis. If this fails, intra-cavernosal injections of phenylephrine are used.</p> <p>Depending on one’s party drug of choice, dabbling in illicit chemicals or in some cases alcoholic beverages can come with the unwanted side effect of a perpetual penis. Cocaine is one such drug and has produced what at first seems like a godsend of sexual stamina when applied directly to the penis. When the hard-on far outlasts the buzz of the blow, however, the fun is pretty much over. </p>http://www.frontiersla.com/Health/Sex-Education/story.aspx?ID=2136731Jim Larkinshttp://www.frontiersla.com/Health/Sex-Education/story.aspx?ID=2136731Mon, 03 Mar 2014 08:00:00 GMTPrecarious Positions<img src=”http://www.frontiersla.com/Pics/Channels/3412/Thumbnail/frattura.jpg” align=”left” vspace=”2″ hspace=”10″><p><img src=”http://www.macosa.it/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/frattura.jpg” alt=”” width=”600″ /><br /><br /></p> <p>Whether you’re a Kama Sutra advocate, a fan of Tantric antics or you just like to twist torsos into standard sexual positions, you’ve probably put the boundaries of human agility to the test on more than one occasion. Unlike the rest of the animal kingdom, humans like to explore all kinds of sexual positions. But if your luck runs out somewhere between the first exciting sensations of foreplay and the final throes of orgasm, you could soon learn why most animals favor doggy-style.<br /><br />All it takes is a slight misjudgment of rhythm (you zig, he zags) and you could go from being ridden cowboy-style to taking a ride in an ambulance. Many a man has found himself hobbling into the ER with a seriously twisted piston.<br /><br />The erect penis operates on a principal similar to a mechanical crane. Having received a message of erotic stimulation from the nervous system, the two sponge-like penile chambers called corpora cavernosa begin filling up, causing the phallus to thicken and rise. A strong attachment coming from the corpora chambers then works like an anchor, steadying the erect penis and preparing it for insertion. In the case of blunt trauma, this attachment—along with other parts of the penis—can be damaged. <br /><br />There are generally two positions that are the riskiest for sex—standing while cradling your lover and the dual sitting position. The former might make you feel like your lover’s own personal superhero, but if your grip slips, you’ll discover that that the term “love muscle” is just a cliché. <br /><br />The other perilous sex pose, the dual sitting position, is fine unless you slip out and come down hard on the tip of his schlong with your pelvic bone. If it does happen, with strong pressure your lover could experience a penile fracture. You’ll know this is the case when you hear a loud pop followed by an even louder scream. <br /><br />Every year, according to hospital records, about 1,000 men across the United States stumble into emergency rooms with just such injuries. But according to Dr. Stephen Lamm, clinical assistant professor of medicine at New York University and author of The Hardness Factor, this figure is distorted by humiliation. “Penile fracture is fortunately uncommon, but more common than is actually reported because people are embarrassed about it,” says Lamm. “If this happens to you, don’t be embarrassed. Make sure you get medical attention right away, because it’s an overwhelming likelihood that you’re going to need surgery.” <br /><br />So go forth, you proponents of alternative positions and enjoy the fruits of human nimbleness. Just remember that your carnal calisthenics never come without some degree of disabling risk.</p>http://www.frontiersla.com/Health/Sex-Education/story.aspx?ID=2135085Jim Larkinshttp://www.frontiersla.com/Health/Sex-Education/story.aspx?ID=2135085Wed, 19 Feb 2014 08:07:00 GMTRubber Blunder<img src=”http://www.frontiersla.com/Pics/Channels/3412/Thumbnail/magnum-condoms-475×350.jpg” align=”left” vspace=”2″ hspace=”10″><p><img class=”image_align_center” src=”http://www.essence.com/sites/default/files/images/embed/magnum-condoms-475×350.jpg” alt=”” width=”600″ />><br />So you’re doing the right thing and practicing safer sex with your preferred prophylactic. But there’s a little more to wrapping your manhood than you hear about on those Trojan Man commercials.<br /> <br />First of all, it makes sense there would be some risk of slippage when stretching a latex sheath over a liquid-producing projectile and thrusting repeatedly into a tight orifice. So don’t let your pride get in the way of your condom purchases—XL condoms really are for the generously endowed, and if your penis isn’t fit with a snug, unyielding condom it can actually come off during sex.</p> <p>Another thing to consider is the age of your rocket raincoat. Rubbers, unlike fine wines, do not age to perfection with long-term storage. Breakage can occur if they have been gathering dust on a medicine cabinet shelf for far too long, have been improperly stored or are exposed to certain oils.</p> <p>“The best indication of the ‘potential effectiveness’ of a condom is the expiration date,” says Dr. Dana Nelson, pharmacist and owner of HealthPlus Pharmacy in San Luis Obispo. “Yes, condoms do have an expiration date. It’s on the wrapper.”<br />One of the most common problems with condoms is simply a lack of knowledge on when and how to use them. Put a rubber on prior to any insertion.</p> <p>“There are substantial risks associated with ‘pre-ejaculate’ or ‘pre-come,’” says Dr. Nelson. “A guy can release small amounts of semen—which can carry infectious diseases—prior to orgasm. If the condom is not on and the semen enters the partner … well, I guess you know the rest of that story.”</p> <p>Just as important as what goes in your rubber is what goes on it. For a smooth, painless ride—and to avoid condom breakage—use a generous amount of lube, but use the right stuff. Do use any of the many great water-based lubricants such as Sylk, KY gel, Wet Stuff, etc. Don’t use lubes with local anesthetics—you and your partner both need to know if it’s hurting. Also, avoid Vaseline, which is non-water based, and save the cooking oils for the frying pan, as these can cause condoms to disintegrate.</p> <p>Don’t put your health in the hands of the condom company’s quality control guy, either. All products are subject to manufacturing defects, but not all products stand between you and a host of ugly sexually transmitted diseases. Granted, you may not have a lot of patience (nor good lighting) at the point when you reach for a rubber, but take the time to inspect anyway. The last thing you want to do is ‘get busy’ with a perforated prophylactic.</p>http://www.frontiersla.com/Health/Sex-Education/story.aspx?ID=2113976Jim Larkinshttp://www.frontiersla.com/Health/Sex-Education/story.aspx?ID=2113976Tue, 21 Jan 2014 06:06:00 GMTPhallic Fraud<img src=”http://www.frontiersla.com/Pics/Channels/3412/Thumbnail/smilingbob.jpg” align=”left” vspace=”2″ hspace=”10″><p><img class=”image_align_center” src=”http://fazapops.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/smilingbob.jpg” alt=”” /></p> <p>Despite the $100 million generated annually from phallic-enhancing pharmaceuticals, there is no scientific or medical proof of their effectiveness. Yohimbe, gingko biloba and various other ingredients are the stuff of these penis enlargement pills, and while they may give your pocket rocket a serious boost, there has never been any evidence that they permanently increase penile length or girth.</p> <p>Remember the creepy Cheshire grin on “Smiling Bob,” the TV commercial mascot for the popular penile supplement Enzyte? Just as Bob seems to have faded into commercial history, so too did any artificial man meat growth of Enzyte customers once the concoction wore off.</p> <p>But what penis pills don’t accomplish isn’t nearly as disconcerting as what evils lurk in their inert ingredients. A joint analysis venture conducted by Flora Research of California and the University of Maryland has revealed a number of harmful contaminants in various “penis enlargement” pills.</p> <p>Mold, lead, pesticide residues and E. coli from animal waste are among some of the non-herbal elements that have turned up in some supplements. The lead content of some pills even exceeds the limit set by California’s strict labeling laws for chemicals causing reproductive toxicity. As for E. coli buildup, investigators believe this is the result of animals depositing substantial doses of fecal matter as they graze near herbs that are used as ingredients.</p> <p>“The real problems are in contamination of the products, mislabeling, misbranding and just the fact that they’re not regulated, so you don’t know what you’re getting,” says Dr. Dana Nelson, a pharmacist in San Luis Obispo, Calif. “There are no clinical trials done on any of these pills, so basically a company can put anything they want in them.”</p> <p>There doesn’t seem to be much regulation when it comes to internet-based companies that peddle these modern ‘snake oil’ supplements, either. Word has traveled fast among those who prey on the naiveté and desperation of men who seek to wield a mightier sword, and the web is awash with companies promising to make that happen. One company—C.P. Direct, before its collapse in 2002—peddled over $70 million worth of penis enlargement pills called Longitude.</p> <p>Although corporate spokesmen claimed on their website that the product had gone through scientific testing and reviews from experts, it was later discovered that neither had been conducted. Before the company’s founders were busted for illegally charging customers’ credit cards, more than 350,000 consumers bought bottles of the well-known phallic up-sizer.</p> <p>In the end, as long as there are those who dream of someday sporting a bigger bulge, there will presumably be companies claiming they possess the magic ingredients to make that dream a reality. </p>http://www.frontiersla.com/Health/Sex-Education/story.aspx?ID=2107046Jim Larkinshttp://www.frontiersla.com/Health/Sex-Education/story.aspx?ID=2107046Tue, 07 Jan 2014 22:00:00 GMTCan’t Get No Satisfaction<img src=”http://www.frontiersla.com/Pics/Channels/3412/Thumbnail/satyr.jpg” align=”left” vspace=”2″ hspace=”10″><p><img class=”image_align_center” src=”http://www.artclon.com/OtherFile/Diana-Endymion-and-Satyr-Date-unknown-xx-State-Russian-Museum-Russia.jpg” alt=”” width=”500″ /></p> <p>Do you have a healthy sexual appetite or a problematic obsession with sex? In the past, those who had erotic cravings considered beyond the norm were diagnosed as having satyriasis. The preferred tag of late is ‘hypersexuality.’ But no matter what label you apply, being consumed with carnality is a relative condition. There are no specific tests to diagnose hypersexuality, and since sex drives can vary widely among individuals, who’s to say what is a normal sexual appetite? </p> <p>Although if may be difficult to pin down and identify the hypersexual person, it is necessary to understand the condition because it can interfere with daily life. The hypersexual person has a need for some form of genital stimulation frequently enough that it becomes incapacitating in some way. He fails to achieve the long-term sexual or emotional satisfaction that ordinarily comes with a healthy sexual experience. This leads him into a vicious cycle of eroticism. The dissatisfaction fuels the need for more sexual contact more often and even leads to other physiological and neurological problems.</p> <p>Hypersexuality is sometimes an unavoidable consequence of having bipolar disorder. People have been known to exhibit extreme swings in sex drive during periods of mania, which are characteristic of the disorder. There are frenzied bouts during which the person has an insatiable hunger for sex beyond what they would consider normal and other times when cravings dangle toward the frigid end of the libido scale.</p> <p>There are other underlying physiological demons that sometimes plague the overly promiscuous as well. Neurological conditions such as epilepsies, Alzheimer’s disease, frontal lobe tumors and Klein-Levin syndrome can make one hypersexual. Early exposure to sexuality could also contribute to hypersexual behavior later in adult years, but research in this area has been inconclusive. </p> <p>Rooting out the biological causes of hypersexuality isn’t necessarily the solution, though. Sometimes people are simply mismatched in terms of sexual appetite. Sex drive, just like any other individual interest, should always be considered when seeking a mate.</p> <p>Hypersexuality is sometimes triggered by drugs like crystal methamphetamine. A first-ever study of crystal meth use among gay men in South Florida revealed that the drug may be linked to a jump in HIV/AIDS in recent years. Participants in the survey claimed the drug gave them a decrease in inhibitions and an increase in artificial feelings of intimacy. The men shared how they attended weekend-long parties where they engaged in unprotected sex with multiple partners, some of whom were anonymous internet hookups. “Anecdotally, everyone knows this is going on,” claims Kevin Garrity, executive director of the South Beach AIDS Project in Miami Beach. “This gives us the scientific proof of the hypersexuality that crystal meth can cause.”</p>http://www.frontiersla.com/Health/Sex-Education/story.aspx?ID=2096916Jim Larkinshttp://www.frontiersla.com/Health/Sex-Education/story.aspx?ID=2096916Mon, 23 Dec 2013 14:00:00 GMTHorny Ho Hum<img src=”http://www.frontiersla.com/Pics/Channels/3412/Thumbnail/kama%20sutra.jpg” align=”left” vspace=”2″ hspace=”10″><p><img class=”image_align_center” src=”http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-5fwRm1sadlM/TpKl1ujC36I/AAAAAAAAADo/hLSmrwn-Ltg/s1600/6857954.jpg” alt=”” width=”500″ /></p> <p>It’s another Saturday night, you’ve rested up from the busy work week and you know tomorrow you can snooze through the morning. This was once the point where a sexual pleasure-fest wasn’t even a question—it just happened. But as weeks turned to months, and months dominoed into years, your relationship developed a yawn that left you reaching for the remote rather than your lover.</p> <p>The problem is, a mutually compatible, healthy sexual appetite is a key part of an intimate relationship, and neglecting it can drive a serious wedge between the closest of partners. But before you beat yourself up over letting the sexual embers cool down, consider that you could be fighting a physiological uphill battle.</p> <p>“There’s biological evidence that novel experiences cause the release of dopamine, the chemical messenger that affects the pleasure center in your brain,” says OB/GYN Renee Horowitz, founder of the Center for Sexual Wellness in Michigan. “That’s why it’s so much easier to get excited in a new relationship—everything is novel, and your brain responds accordingly.”</p> <p>But unless you plan to switch partners every time the excitement slips into low gear, you might want to consider throwing a little changeup into your sexual routines. Adjustments to your erotic protocol can be as simple as trying a new position, exploring a different lovemaking location or enjoying some spontaneous sex.</p> <p>There are some carnal contortions that may look uncomfortable and defy the laws of gravity, but they can be well worth the trouble (think Kama Sutra meets Cirque du Soleil).</p> <p>Choosing the exact location of your next animal tryst can be just as important as how you do it. When was the last time you shared a shower with that special someone? Just remember that while it’s OK to bend over for the soap, it’s not OK to slip on it (anti-slip shower floor decals are highly recommended). Other areas of your domain could prove interesting as well. Try working up an appetite with a spontaneous romp in the kitchen.</p> <p>Another issue that can produce the great divide in your sexual relationship is time. Most couples probably don’t want to limit their sexual romps to the weekend anyway, so with busy schedules, housecleaning and other time consumers, what’s a happily horny duo to do?</p> <p>This is where the quickie comes in. Sure there’s nothing like the explosive orgasms that extended foreplay can produce, but where time is an issue, sampling your partner’s love sausage on the fly has its benefits as well. You still get the intimate connection necessary to keep your relationship in check, you get that stress-relieving physical release and you have time and energy enough to barbecue up your favorite beast.</p>http://www.frontiersla.com/Health/Sex-Education/story.aspx?ID=2091249Jim Larkinshttp://www.frontiersla.com/Health/Sex-Education/story.aspx?ID=2091249Mon, 09 Dec 2013 14:00:00 GMT