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Sex Ed 102: Spermicides

Since I create videos on the topic of being sexually educated I feel it is always important to inform you of all the pros AND cons when it comes to the decisions you make.

What is Nonoxynol-9?

N9 itself, it was originally thought that it could be used for the prevention of STD’s/STI’s however about 10 years ago it was discovered that spermicides actually INCREASE the chances of contracting infections like HIV by creating lesions on the layers of skin cells in the vagina or rectum walls, which can potentially facilitate infection. **remember what I said above, they “work by disturbing the cell membrane”

Not only that but there are other downfalls or potential dangers to using N9:

  • Nonoxynol-9 offers no protection against sexually transmitted infections such as gonorrhea or chlamydia.
  • Nonoxynol-9 can damage the cells lining the rectum providing entry for HIV and other STD/STI’s
  • If used regularily Nonoxynol-9 can increase a womans chances of contracting Bacterial Vaginosis
  • If used regularly there are increased chances of developing a yeast infection
  • There have been reports of vaginal bleeding after intercourse due to misuse of spermicides containing Nonoxynol-9
  • Increased chances of vaginal dryness or itching after use of spermicides.

The product is so bad for you that the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) issued a final rule in 2007 that requires manufacturers of spermicidal products containing nonoxynol 9 to post the following warnings to its products; “N9 can irritate the vagina and rectum, which may increase the risk of getting HIV/AIDS from an infected partner

The CDC (Center for Disease Control) conducted their own study to research the effects of N9 and found that it was ineffective in the prevention of STD’s and in fact increased the risk of transmission by 50% *report can be found here: CDC N9 Aids research

As I stated I have done my best with this video to remain non-judgmental, unbiased and factual. Having said that, my Sex Ed 102 article (linked below) will be biased.

Please always look at both sides of the coin before choosing to place something in or on your body. It will save you in the long run.

For more information about Spermicides check the following links:

Sex Ed 102 Website (Biased)
Spermicides, help or hinder?

World Health Organization Website
http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/who55/en/index.html

Center For Disease Control Letter
http://www.condomdepot.com/non9/cdc-letter.cfm

Your Contraception.com Side Effects of Spermicide
http://www.yourcontraception.com/birth-control-methods/spermicides/possible-side-effects-of-spermicides.html

Coalition For Positive Sexuality
http://www.positive.org/JustSayYes/SpermicideInfo.html

Duke University
http://healthydevil.studentaffairs.duke.edu/health_info/Spermicide.html

 

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Oil and Latex, do they mix?

After receiving two years worth of messages on whether or not you could use an oil lube with Latex Condoms, and why or why not? I thought I would finally put out a video strictly dedicated to the subject.

The answer quite clearly is NO.

When attempting to have safe sex it is best to stick with water or silicone based products that are 100% oil.

 

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Sex Ed 102 Q&A: Can You Get Pregnant From Anal Sex?

For all of my viewers who have sent questions regarding this subject I thought I would finally answer it in video format so that there is no confusion.

Can you get pregnant from Anal Sex? – For the most part no, you cannot. However nothing is impossible.

Yes, but it is rare. If semen or pre-ejaculate (pre-cum) comes into contact with the opening of the vagina or the vulva, the sperm may survive and travel up the vaginal canal, through the cervix, uterus and fallopian tubes. If a girl or woman is ovulating, or about to ovulate, there is a possibility that the sperm can fertilize an egg in the fallopian tubes, resulting in pregnancy. The best way to keep sperm from fertilizing an egg cell is to make sure that no semen gets below the belly button or above the thighs.

Quick Anatomy Lesson

The anus is part of the digestive system which begins in a person’s mouth, and ends with the anus. Since the reproductive system and the digestive system are not connected, sperm that enters anally cannot swim through the body to reach an egg in the reproductive system. Pretty straight forward, right?

That said, you CAN get pregnant from the after effects; if  semen or pre-ejaculate seeps, leaks, or drips from the anus and manages to make contact with the vulva/vaginal opening, there’s a chance the sperm can survive and make its way up the vaginal canal, through the cervix, uterus, and finally end up in the fallopian tubes, and if the person is ovulating/about to ovulate, it could theoretically fertilize an egg.  Again, the likely chance it would happen is minimal.

To minimize any chance of this happening, I’d suggest you engage in safer sex practices like using a condom during anal intercourse.

With so many b.s. myths floating around I’m stressing that you please take this opportunity to learn about your bodies, how they work, the reproductive systems of the female and safe sex so that you can answer these questions with common sense based on the information that you already have.

 

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Sex Ed 102 Q&A: Can you get pregnant from oral sex?

can you get pregnant from oral sex?I’m not sure exactly where this one started, but one of the questions I’m asked far to often is, can you get pregnant from oral sex?

The short answer, no.

Brief Anatomy Lesson

In order for a pregnancy to occur, sperm must make its way into the vagina, travel through the cervix into the uterus, and make contact with an egg in the Fallopian tubes. Because the digestive system (starting at your mouth and ending with your anus) and the reproductive system don’t meet in the body, there is no way for sperm to swim through one system to the other and make contact with an egg.

Having said that, although getting pregnant isn’t possible with oral sex, contracting a sexually transmitted disease like gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, warts, herpes, or HIV is.  To keep yourself safe from an unplanned pregnancy or STD, I suggest using a condom no matter what type of play you’re getting into, including oral, vaginal, or anal. If you choose to go the route of cunnilingus, I’d suggest using a dental dam to protect against STD’s.

If the taste of latex isn’t your thing, there are flavored condoms and dental dams made specifically for oral sex.

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