Despite the fact that we’re 13 years into a new millennium, when it comes to self-pleasuring – otherwise known as masturbation - we seem to still be in the Dark Ages.
Many women I counsel about sex feel and believe that masturbation is only for men or people without a sex partner. This couldn’t be further from the truth. 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.
“You don’t have a penis, Mommy!?”
Even though I’ve worked in HIV, sexual health, and education for over 20 years, I never imagined I’d be having a conversation like this with my 3-year-old son.
20 million new sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the U.S. each and every year.
ASHA recognizes each April as STI Awareness Month and an appropriate theme this year might be STIs By the Numbers.
Simply put: No. Duh.