A mini-tsunami of publicity has been generated by the actor Michael Douglas asserting his throat cancer is due to HPV and, by extension, oral sex. ASHAâ€™s HPV Resource Center has increasingly been fielding questions around oral sex and HPV, and this latest round of publicity has triggered even more interest. So whatâ€™s the scoop here?
Despite the fact that weâ€™re 13 years into a new millennium, when it comes to self-pleasuring â€“ otherwise known as masturbation - we seem to still be in the Dark Ages.Â
Many women I counsel about sex feel and believe that masturbation is only for men or people without a sex partner. This couldnâ€™t be further from the truth.Â In fact, research about self-pleasuring habits has revealed that men and women in couples are more likely to masturbate than single people. So why the blushing and nervous giggles whenever someone mentions it? Because few people find it easy to talk about sex openly and this is what causes the red-face and reticence when conversation turns to sex on our own steam.