Yesterday, National Geographic ran a piece designed to once again whip us up into a frenzy over the possibility that a male contraceptive might finally be developed and released unto the world. Color us unconvinced. Similar pieces seem to run every few years, yet our prayers are never answered. And, now that we think about it, this initiative's continued failure might actually be a good thing.
Here are my resolutions for 2010: to go to Bikram yoga three days a week, to get in touch with friends I haven't seen in awhile, to pursue a new hobby (maybe photography), and to take two really awesome vacations. Oh, and I have a few sex resolutions too. Last year I vowed to give less blow jobs (achieved!), but 2010 is here, I'm back on the blowie train, and I'm ready to make a few new sexy vows for the next decade. After the jump are 25 sex resolutions—a few of them are mine, but I'm not telling which. What are your sex resolutions for the new year?
Women try to stay focused during sex. We really do! Some nights our minds wander to more mundane things in life; other nights we get a little existential. Can you really blame us for not being fully present every second? We're busy women with work, friends, a softball league, and seven seasons of The West Wing to watch! After the jump, 30 things women think about during sex ... you know, other than how your big boy is rocking our world right now.
While the IUD has long reigned supreme as the world's most widely used form of birth control, you'd be hard-pressed to find an American woman under 40 who's familiar with the intrauterine device. In the U.S., less than two percent of women use the IUD, which has been overlooked as a mainstream birth control option. If you haven't though seriously about the IUD, there are benefits to consider.
After I decided to stop using The Pill, my husband and I got our hands on a variety pack of condoms from Babeland and started our search for the Perfect Condom. We weren't too thrilled about using condoms as our main method of birth control, but maybe we could find a one that could trick us into believing that we weren't using a condom at all.
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Not to get all TMI on you—we're all friends here, though, aren't we?—but my husband and I are thinking about changing up our birth control to the ol' pull-out method. Actually, correction: I'm thinking about it and he's biding his time, not saying too much, hoping I come to my senses before my prescription for the Pill runs out. Think I'm crazy?
Kourtney Kardashian, like a lot of reality stars, has chosen to be open about almost everything in her life, and her recent unplanned pregnancy is no exception. But while some people have chosen to criticize her bun-in-the-oven candidness in recent weeks, we can't help but applaud it. In fact, we think there's a lot we can learn from Kourtney Kardashian and her situation.
This year to mark World Population Day, the Indian Minister of Health and Welfare, Ghulam Nabi Azad, made an interesting comment regarding population control in the subcontinent. To paraphrase, he thought that if they could get electricity to the villages that locals may be too tired to baby-make thus reducing overcrowding. Not everyone thought it was brilliant.
The very astute crew over at The Frisky (I only get 40% of my news from them) have some wonderful news for us: according to science, pulling out is almost as effective as condoms. While the effectiveness I refer to is exclusively applicable to birth control, the findings are a little shocking. Per these scientists, "typical use" of condoms results in pregnancy slightly less frequently than "typical use" of pull and pray (also called the withdrawal method). "Typical use" for both coitus interruptus and raincoat-wearing includes some degree of incorrect or neglectful use; i.e. condom coming off, guy finishing earlier than expected, etc.
Often, a woman's birth control choice is based on word-of-mouth from friends (which pill relieved monster cramps; which procedure was covered by insurance), familiar routines unchanged since college (same old pink pill case) or even TV commercials (seen the ones that make taking birth control look like boarding a Caribbean cruise?). But as women cross over into the years beyond 30, there are new options that go beyond basic oral contraception and condoms.
The UK's NHS is handing out pamphlets to school children touting "An Orgasm A Day Keeps The Doctor Away." The pamphlet asks the question: why promote healthy eating and exercise and not the maintenance and upkeep of one's sexual organs? They are also saying sex is good form of cardiovascular exercise.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Wednesday that it had approved the first-ever generic form of the emergency contraceptive pill known as Plan B (levonorgestrel), manufactured by Watson Laboratories, Inc. At the current time, however, the generic version of Plan B will be made available only to young women ages 17 and younger and will require a doctor's prescription.
The study, by sex researcher Rachel K. Jones, indicates that "if the male partner withdraws before ejaculation every time a couple has vaginal intercourse, about 4 % of the couples will become pregnant over the course of a year." With an 18% failure rate, the pull-out method comes pretty close to matching up with that of the condom’s 17% failure rate.