Think you’re a sexual expert, at least when it comes to your own body? Let’s just see about
True or false: You can break your penis.
True — While there’s no bone in the penis, it is possible to rupture tissue within the penis.
Intercourse, specifically woman-on-top positions, is most often the cause. Pain, a popping
or cracking sound, and bruising are all indications of this injury. Seek immediate medical
attention (fortunately, this is rare).
True or false: Men don’t need the vaccine for cervical cancer since they don’t have cervices.
False — The vaccine that prevents infection of the strains of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
most likely to cause cervical cancer also protects against the strains of HPV that are most
likely to cause genital warts. Both men and women can get genital warts. Talk to your health
care provider for more information about the HPV vaccine.
True or false: Condoms can improve your sex life.
True — For men who are prone to orgasm quicker than they (or their partner) would like,
condoms can sometimes “take the edge off” just enough to slow things down. For men
who have trouble keeping an erection, the snug fit of a condom may help keep things firm
longer. For best results, practice first on your own with condoms and water-based lube.
True or false: Pregnancy isn’t something you need to worry about.
False — Once you ejaculate, your choices are done, guys. If she decides to keep the pregnancy,
DNA testing will prove paternity and child support will follow. To help prevent pregnancy
and sexually transmitted infections, use condoms every time. They’re safe, simple, and
True or false: “Cold sores” on the mouth can be transmitted to the genitals during oral sex.
True — We might not want to call cold sores herpes, but that’s what they are. Different
strains of the virus prefer different environments, around the mouth or the genitals. But if
introduced with direct skin-to-skin contact, cold sores can be transmitted to the genitals.
Feeling something a little itchy? A little tingly? Got a spot that looks like a pimple or blister?
“When in doubt, check it out.” Get to a health care center.
True or false: Women are more likely to orgasm during intercourse with a partner who has a large penis.
FALSE — Some women prefer larger penises, some prefer smaller, but almost all prefer
clitoral stimulation. The clitoris is that little nubbin outside and north of the vagina. It’s the
center of her universe.
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