Sexual Health. Safe Sex
Fuck better: A Simple Guide to Superior Sex
Conrad J. Ainsley
Sexual Health. A few quick things to keep in mind:
- 50% of sexually active people will contract an STI by 25.
- About 1 in 8 people in the US have genital herpes.
- HIV is still a thing among hetero and homo sexual communities.
- You’re probably not going to get herpes from a toilet seat.
- Cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis in the US are at record highs.
- You can get/give STIs through oral as well as vaginal and anal sex.
Sexual Health. The point here is that you need to take precautions to protect yourself, not to scare you into never getting laid. Everyone knows condoms just don’t feel the same, but they need to be an absolutely essential tool in your sexual arsenal with any partner who you do not trust fully. Many STIs can go unnoticed and without testing your partner may have no idea they’ve contracted something. Play it safe and wear a condom. If you slip up, get drunk, and don’t wear a condom, get tested soon after. The rates of STI infection far outpace STI testing. Most insurance covers testing. Some diseases, like chlamydia and HPV, don’t always have visible symptoms but can have long-term negative effects including cancer. Practice safe sex every time! Most commonly this entails rolling a condom on. Condoms are highly functional at preventing both pregnancy and STIs, with an ideal theoretical 98% success rate. Sexual Health.
Sexual Health. The “actual” effectiveness is usually considered to be around 82%-85%. This doesn’t mean that if you follow these instructions and use condoms perfectly that 2-15 out of 100 times you’re going to knock your partner up; the consensus is that these numbers represent an annual spread, so that over a year between 2 and 18 percent of women using condoms as birth control every time will get pregnant. This ranks below birth control pills in effectivity, with the most successful contraceptive aside from sterilization being IUDs. It’s nice to have a partner who is on some form of birth control, but it’s always smart to be safe and use protection regardless of the situation unless you’re sure your trusted partner is using highly effective birth control. Be considerate of the fact that every form of female birth control has side effects ranging from somewhat annoying to full-blown traumatizing. Be grateful to your girl for dealing with that so you don’t have any little rascals running around. We won’t discuss female condoms here, as they are generally regarded as less effective and are rarely used. Sexual Health.
Sexual Health. One of the oldest documented uses of what we could consider a condom lies in Greek mythology dated to 3000 BC in the tale of King Minos. You may remember Minos as the father of the minotaur, but your school’s Greek myths primer probably didn’t go into Minos’ strange condition of ejaculating poisonous scorpions and snakes, killing his mistresses. His wife Pasiphae is said to have inserted a goat bladder into her vagina and subsequently survived intercourse with the true Scorpion King. The Ancient Egyptians used linen sheaths, the Chinese silk, and the Romans animal bladders with the primary intention of stemming the spread of disease, not realizing the contraceptive qualities of these early jimmys. Meanwhile, the Japanese utilized the kabuto-gata, rigid sheaths made from tortoise shell or horn that also served as an early precursors to penis extenders. The European Middle Ages and Renaissance saw continued and proliferating use of condoms made from animal intestine, which remained the material of choice until the process of vulcanizing rubber was invented during the Industrial Revolution. Sexual Health.
Sexual Health. Increased production still didn’t lead to widespread use until the mid 20th century, and venereal disease remained rampant. In the 1920s, the use of latex for making condoms became the standard, and along with increased sexual education allowed a decrease in rates of venereal disease as well as accessible effective birth control in the latter half of the 20th century. While the condom is now synonymous with contraception, its predecessors throughout history were often primarily used in disease prevention. In the tale of King Minos, the goat bladder sheath actually allowed Pasiphae to become pregnant eight times, with the early female condom apparently passing the semen while catching the scorpions and serpents. Mythology or not this would reflect the thinking of the Ancient Greeks and Romans for centuries. While ancient condoms did provide some successful contraception, other methods of birth control were often more varying in their success. Sexual Health.
Sexual Health. The Ancient Egyptian Ebers and Kahun papyruses from 1550 and 1850 BC respectively both detail recipes for contraceptive “pastes”, made from such ingredients as honey, acacia leaves, and lint to form a sort of cervix cover when inserted into the vagina. Acacia gum does in fact have spermicidal qualities and remains an ingredient in contraceptive gels today. The most famous example of crazy birth control methods from history is the Egyptian use of a paste made with crocodile dung, which is not only disgusting but has since been found to have likely increased the probability of pregnancy due to its effect on pH levels in the body. Meanwhile, the Old Testament promotes the good ol’ pull out method. We’ll discourage the use of this technique in a moment, but it was probably the most effective contraception of antiquity. Meanwhile, the Chinese utilized the similar technique of attempting to control ejactulation completely, both as a means of birth control and as a way to preserve the man’s Yang, considered the male life force in Taoism. The Ancient Greeks and Romans used a variety of herbs, cervix plugs, and oils to varying effectivity. Sexual Health.
Sexual Health. From the Classical period through the Middle Ages, herbs to both prevent pregnancy and induce abortion in the early stages of pregnancy were commonly used, often effectively if with the potential for lethal side effects. This knowledge passed through oral tradition and allowed women to retain some aspect of control over their reproductive agency during the suffocating Church control in the Middle Ages, which declared any attempt at contraception immoral. In 1484, a papal bull was issued by Pope Innocent VIII specifically encouraging the hunting of “witches” accused of promoting the use of abortive and contraceptive techniques. In the late Renaissance and 18th and 19th centuries, prophylactic barriers such as condoms and diaphragms came to be recognized as functional birth control. The search for effective birth control came to be closely tied to feminist movements in the early 20th century as women sought to take more active control over their reproductive rights. This movement, led by nurse and founder of Planned active control over their reproductive rights. This movement, led by nurse and founder of Planned Parenthood Margaret Sanger, led to higher rates of contraception use and education, though it sparked a backlash among conservative groups that continues in various forms today. Sexual Health.
Sexual Health. In the 1960s, the first birth control pills using a combination of estrogen and progestogen (hormone medications to eliminate ovulation) became available to the public and gained widespread acceptance. The latest available report on contraceptive use in the United States from the CDC covers the period of 2006-2010 and concludes that 62% of women of reproductive age were using some form of female contraceptive (not condoms), primarily the pill or sterilization with an increase in IUD use. It’s highly likely that these rates have increased since, with a specific uptick in the use of IUDs and implants (the most effective contraceptive techniques, along with sterilization). A 2015 UN report found that contraceptive use is increasing worldwide, albeit with the highest rates of use in the most developed countries and vice versa. There are several different materials used in modern condoms, with latex being the most common. Latex condoms are made from a type of rubber and are flexible, stretchy, and usable in pregnancy and STI prevention. The advantage to latex is that there are so many different varieties it’s easy to find the right size/shape, and there are also a lot of fun bells and whistles to make sex more enjoyable for both of you. Most flavored, numbing, and textured condoms are latex. Sexual Health.