Outside the confines of the parent-child awkward moment sex talk (for the ‘privileged few’), very few get to actually talk or have proper conversations about sex, yet everyone has their opinion on sex. Our individual predispositions (which is mostly informed by our knowledge + experience) determines to what degree you’d feel free to talk about sex. The bottom line remains that accurate knowledge is key and being well informed will always trump ignorance any day, any time… And if there is one area you really don’t want to stay ignorant on, it is about SEX!
There are tons of info about the health benefits of sex, some true and a few others possibly myths –like Calorie burning effect of sex.
So we decided to make it this a little easier for you. We bring you a “smiley face” 🙂 compilation of 5 basics that you absolutely need to know about SEX.
#SEX -WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW WHEN:
1. Sex makes you feel LOVESTRUCK
One of the many benefits of sex is that it releases the ‘feel good’ hormones in the brain called Endorphins. Endorphins are best described as chemical substances in the brain and as part of the effect of its action, it naturally helps you feel more relaxed and eases off tension.
2. Sex makes you SAD
Some days ago, we asked a question on our Facebook Page: Does sex mean a guy loves a girl? One thing that is for sure is that sex will make you SAD if it is devoid of a positive and respectful approach or if it only exploits your sexuality. Beyond the act of the sexual intercourse, a sexual relationship must feel safe enough to make you enjoy the sexual experiences as well as be free from coercion, discrimination and violence.
3. Sex makes you SICK
Oh yes, even the pleasurable sex can make you sick with physical symptoms of fever, abdominal pains, penile or vulva discharge (or varying colors and odours) depending on the specific type of infection picked up (e.g. Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, Syphilis, HIV, etc). They are collectively known as SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS (STIs) and when they become full blown with consequent disease syndromes, they are called SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES (STDs). In more recent times, clinicians have shifted their vocabulary from STI/STD to Sexually Shared Infections just to remind folks that pleasurable sex can actually make you sick! Bottom line is: with #Sex, Terms and Conditions Apply*!
4. Sex makes you CRY
Can sex make someone cry? YES! In fact, a whole lot of women get to cry after sex because of the accompanying deep-seated pain they experience from sexual intercourse. In medical lexicon, painful sex is called Dysparunia. There are different possible causes ranging from congenital/birth defects to complications from acquired sexually transmitted infections (STIs) to even cervical cancer.
In our culturally conservative part of the world where we typically don’t talk about sex, we are losing a lot of women to complicated stages of Cervical Cancer and STDs (which commonly leads to infertility) because they missed out on the opportunity of early clues as painful sex.
5. Sex makes you feel COOL
Again, everyone has their opinion about sex… So whatever sex means to you- whether you see it sacred, or as something to be explored, or it’s just a plain fun thingy: BE SAFE & STAY PROTECTED! And this definition of being “safe” encompasses all the emotional attachments of Happiness, Love, Love struck, Sad, Sick, Broken Heart to literally wearing on some shield of physical protection like using a CONDOM! Did you know that condom is currently the only method of contraception that has a dual purpose of not only prevention unwanted pregnancies but also directly protects you from sexually shared infections?
There is absolutely nothing cool about NOT having SAFE SEX!