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Talking about Sexual Pleasure on the Podcast

Talking about sexual pleasure on the podcast

Featuring interviews with medical professionals and experts in the field of sexuality, ASHA’s Sex+Health podcast aims to offer information and resources to with the goal of helping people take charge of their sexual health.

Could Monkeys’ Behavior Explain Why Men Masturbate?

Tissues used after a person masturbates

A new paper suggests that there are biological and evolutionary reasons that we masturbate and looks to our ape ancestors for evidence. There is evidence starting around 40 million years ago that the ancestors of all monkeys and apes did indeed masturbate.

Understanding Mpox and Your Sexual Health


Mpox is an infection caused by a virus. The mpox virus can be spread through close skin-to-skin contact with a person who is infected. Given that, mpox can be passed on by intimate sexual contact.

Your Self Image and Your Sexual Health

Self image

Because sex involves both the body and the mind, our self-image can have a strong affect on our sexual health. It’s important to realize – and remind yourself every day – that just as you have a unique mind with its own gifts to offer the world, you also have a unique body that is one-of-a-kind.

Understanding Consent

a happy couple

Consent is an agreement that is willfully given without any external pressure or factors. In order for someone to consent to sexual activity participants must continuously communicate—before, during, and after sexual activity.

Sexual Health in the Military

Couple in military boots

Health and fitness are important for everyone, of course. But for active duty members of the military, staying healthy and physically fit is not just important for your life—it’s part of your job. But what about your sexual health?

Celebrating Sexual Health in September

September is Sexual Health Month Let’s Talk Pleasure! Each year, the World Association for Sexual Health (WAS) celebrates World Sexual Health Day on September 4th, and the theme for the 2022 observation is Let’s Talk Pleasure. WAS developed the Sexual Pleasure Declaration as a call to action. It defines sexual pleasure as “the physical and/or […]

Working Toward Sexual Health Promotion

Eli Coleman

Recently, there has been a significant leap in the recognition of sexual health as a central component of overall health. Our understanding of sexual health has moved slowly from a purely disease perspective to a broader perspective of what it means to be sexual healthy.