When it comes to sexual pleasure and fulfillment, the clitoris is undoubtedly a major deal. In fact, it’s actually the only organ in the entire human anatomy known to exist solely for the purposes of sexual stimulation. It also has a greater concentration of nerve endings than anywhere else in the male or female body. Essentially, there’s no area of greater importance for the purposes of enjoying sex, and yet it remains a mysterious and often unexplored part of the body for a great number of people.

The Clitoris: What You Should Know About This Mysterious Organ

This clitoris is a complex thing, much more intricate than it’s often thought of being. Though it’s only 3 or 4 centimeters, or possibly up to 7 centimeters when erect, there are thousands of cell structures working to make it what it is. Only a small portion of it is actually visible from the outside, while the majority of its parts are actually internal.

External Parts:

  •     Clitoral Hood
  •     Glans Clitoris

Internal Parts:

  • Body
  • Crura
  • Bulbs
  • Root

Clitoris structure

On the very outside is a flap of skin known as the clitoral hood, which covers and mostly surrounds the glands. Though technically considered a part of the labia, it’s still associated with clitoral anatomy and also pretty important as the part that most people initially see. The glands below it, known as the glans clitoris, are packed with a dense cluster of nerve endings.

The internal parts of the clitoris are where you’ll find most of its erectile structures, meaning the parts that become engorged with blood when you’re aroused. At the very center is the body, which splits into two branch-like structures on either side called the crura. Behind the body, just between the vaginal wall and the labia, are the bulbs. At the very base is the root, which is where all the nerves of the clitoris come together, making it an incredibly sensitive place.

Clitoris Research & The G Spot

As you may know, the issue of the female orgasm remains mysterious, to say the least. According to biologists like Elizabeth Lloyd, no one really knows what really causes them or why it’s easier for some to experience than others. What we’re left with is the experiences of women themselves, along with a little survey data from the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy to gain perspective. It’s no surprise that a majority of cis-gendered women, about 36%, said that clitoral stimulation is necessary for them to experience orgasm. Another 36% reported they could orgasm with vaginal penetration alone, but the experience was less pleasurable. Only 18% of women reported that they could orgasm from penetration exclusively.

More enigmatic than even the female orgasm is the infamous G-spot. Though it’s generally accepted to exist, there is still no firm consensus as to its actual location. The most common assumption is that it’s located on the anterior wall about 5-8 centimeters into the vagina, somewhere in the tissue surrounding the urethra. Also controversial is how pleasurable the G-spot actually is. According to polls, the issue is about half and half. Some love G-spot stimulation, while others find it simply uncomfortable.

Clitoris
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Can You Squirt From Clitoral Stimulation?

According to the latest statistics, about 10% of people with vaginas can squirt from having contact with their clitoris alone. It’s actually much more likely to happen when applying pressure to the G-spot, but not impossible otherwise. The best and only way to find out is to experience it for yourself.

How To Stimulate The Clitoris For Maximum Pleasure

It’s an incredibly important fact that not everyone likes their clitoris to be touched the same way. What feels amazing to some may be irritating or uncomfortable to others. If one thing isn’t working out for you. you should probably try a different motion or technique. There are several ways you can go about it, so don’t be afraid to experiment a little to find what works best.

Above all, the thing most vagina havers prefer is Rhythm. 75% say they prefer a constant and repetitive motion like the beat of a song with light to medium pressure applied. Some may prefer being touched directly on their clitoris, but for others, this might be overstimulating and unpleasant. In fact, a significant amount enjoys being stimulated on the skin around the clitoris or an occasional touch to it without any pressure. It’s even possible to prefer no contact with the clitoris whatsoever.

How to stimulate clitoris
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Paths Of Motion

In addition to pressure and the area it’s applied, the path you take to apply the pressure can make all the difference. Tracing different patterns on and around the clitoris is a great place to start discovering what feels right.

Types Of Motions You Should Try:

  • Up & Down
  • Side to side
  • Circular
  • Pulsating
  • Flicking
  • Wide ovals
  • Long ovals
  • Diagonal
  • Squeezing
  • Pulling
  • Pushing/pressing

Trying these in different combinations of intensity and in different places will give you a range of sensations, some of which are likely to cause that delightfully ecstatic response you’re searching for. It’s possible to love any, all, or none of them. As is usual with sexual gratification, the possibilities are numerous and your personal favorites are bound to take some exploring to find.

Making The Most Of Clitoral Excitement

Now that we’ve covered the basics, you should have a firm grasp of the pleasurable potential clitoral stimulation can provide. Of course, there are plenty of ways to enhance the power and enjoyment of clitoral orgasms with the help of the right toys and sexual positions. The best orgasms are often the ones that come from finding something new that you’ve never felt before.

VibePlanet has the tools you need to reach the heights of ecstasy you need to quench your desires. Our specially designed clitoral vibrators are perfect for hitting the right spot in just the right way to leave you ideally drained and content. Be sure to take a look at our selection and remember that there are many paths to orgasm, but there’s always a way for more!

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What Is Squirting?

While conversations around the female body and sex have grown over time, there are still several questions about female ejaculation and female squirting, and if all women experience this. In this post, we answer, “What is female squirt?”

During the peak of sexual activity, females may release a clear fluid from the vulva. This fluid is usually a mixture of uric acid and creatinine that is postulated to come from the Skene’s glands. These glands are the female equivalent of the male prostate and are responsible for the production of fluid that lubricates the urethral opening.

Sometimes, squirt is confused with pee. It’s not uncommon for women to pee during sex, especially after stimulation of the clitoris and g-spot. However, pee isn’t squirting. Peeing may happen due to the relaxation of muscles that control bladder movements.

What Causes Squirting?

If you’ve never experienced squirting or seen anyone squirt, you may have questions such as “Why do women squirt? “What makes a woman squirt? or “Is squirting real?”

First, squirting is real. Many women squirt due to stimulation on the g-spot, which is about 3-5 cm into the vagina. The area feels slightly more textured than the surrounding vaginal walls. However, instead of a single spot, the g-spot is an area. Due to its proximity to other regions inside the vagina, the stimulation on one part causes general stimulation of the Skene’s glands, hence the squirting.

While most people with vulvas can squirt, it’s not mandatory. It’s best to experiment with different sexual positions and masturbation to squirt.

Squirting
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What Does Squirting Feel Like?

For many women, female squirting may come with an urge to urinate. You may have been withholding squirt because of the intense peeing sensation. However, it’s possible to squirt and pee. Accepting the urge and letting go allows squirting to happen.

It feels relieving and requires you to let go of the tension in your vagina to release the built-up pressure. However, squirting isn’t a clitoral orgasm. If you’re still learning about your body, it may be slightly embarrassing, but it’s nothing to be embarrassed about.

Also, the amount of squirting varies for all women.

How to Make a Woman Squirt

The best way to achieve squirt sex is to stimulate a woman’s g-spot, primarily through fingering. However, arousal before penetration, whether with fingers or a toy, can help with vagina squirting. Let the pressure increase in preparation for the big moment.

Make a beckoning motion with your finger either slowly or quickly, depending on what the woman wants to intense stimulation. It may also help to stimulate the clitoris simultaneously to help with squirting. Using sex toys can also help create intense vibrations.

Sex Positions to Help You Squirt

Besides masturbation, sex can also help you squirt. The g-spot is only a few centimeters into the vagina. Therefore, you may only need 2-3 inches of penetration, accompanied by the necessary pressure on the g-spot.

Try the following positions:

  • The g-spot position
  • The launch-pad positions
  • Downstroke position
  • Jockey position

How to squirt

Conclusion

Squirting during sex provides excellent relief and can improve your sex life. Try to relax and enjoy overall stimulation before attempting to stimulate the g-spot. Most importantly, don’t focus too much on the squirting, instead, enjoy the sexual experience and let it happen on its own.

What Is a Rabbit Vibrator?

Sexual stimulation, occurring both internally and externally, is the best way for vagina owners to have an orgasm. While there are ways to enjoy both G- spot and clitoral stimulation, accessories and toys can make the process easier and more enjoyable. A rabbit vibrator is one of the most popular sex toys in the market. It’s not the name but the design of the rabbit sex toy that makes it appealing. Essentially, the gadget has a dildo, a smaller shaft shaped like bunny ears that act as the clitoral stimulator. It’s a great sex toy and works well for both personal and partner needs.

How Does a Rabbit Vibrator Work?

How to Turn on Rabbit Vibrator

Like other electronic sex toys, a bunny vibrator comes with a power button that switches on instantly. Some vibrators connect to smartphone devices, making it easier to control them remotely. The controls also come with several features depending on the vibrator model.

How to Charge Rabbit Vibrator

A rabbit vibrator can come with a battery casing, which saves on the charging front. However, most come with USB charging, which means rechargeable.

How to Clean a Rabbit Vibrator

Keeping a sex toy clean is critical because it ensures that you keep the infections away. The toy will also last longer when it’s clean and maintained. Antibacterial cleaners, especially those designed for personal toys, are excellent for cleaning toys. Please go over the shaft and the ears and keep it clean. You can also use spray cleaners and wipe them down with a clean microfiber towel. However, antibacterial soap, a thorough rinse under clean running water, and air drying will keep your rabbit vibrator just as fresh. Be sure to avoid soaking the toy if it isn’t waterproof and storing it in a clean drawer, preferably with soft lint-free cotton.

Using a Rabbit Vibrator

First Time Using a Rabbit Vibrator

If it’s your first time, you may wonder how to use a rabbit vibrator. Begin by familiarizing yourself with the control buttons to avoid fumbling when you need it. Most rabbit vibrators offer a dual rotation and vibration feature for the shaft and vibration for the bunny ears. Some come with reverse rotation and different levels of vibration and rotation to ease you into the moment before setting it to higher speeds.

How to Use Rabbit Ears Vibrator

In case you’re wondering how to use a rabbit vibrator for intense orgasms, begin by understanding your body. Find other sources of stimulation besides the genitalia. Caress yourself or read and watch something erotic to get into the mood, before bringing your vibrator out. Remember also to find a lube that works with your vibrator and with your body.

Tips for Enjoying a Rabbit Vibrator

You can use a pillow to tilt your waist slightly upwards when using a rabbit vibrator. You can also use it in the shower or use it for clitoral stimulation during sex with a partner. What’s more, you can use your vibrator and have a partner caress you or penetrate from the back.

When it comes to sex, kick the rules out, and find new ways to enhance it. A rabbit vibrator is a great way to enjoy back-to-back orgasms, whether alone or with a partner.

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What Is Masturbation?

Before we start talking about it, we should make sure that we understand what masturbation is. The textbook definition tells us that masturbation is the stimulation of the genitals for sexual pleasure by various means, excluding sexual intercourse. When someone masturbates, they pleasure themselves to achieve orgasm. 

Masturbation Side Effects

People have heard all kinds of things about masturbation, but it can be challenging to separate fact from fiction. While some people believe that masturbating is a healthy practice, others insist there are adverse side effects of masturbation. Some believe that excessive masturbation can have significant side effects that can affect one’s relationship, health, and lifestyle. Below, we will delve into some of these side effects and attempt to distinguish between myth and fact. These include: 

  • Masturbating often leads to erectile dysfunction
  • Committed couples do not masturbate
  • Masturbation has no health benefits
  • Masturbating can lead to prostate cancer
  • Masturbation is harmful during pregnancy

Penis Owners Who Masturbate Regularly Will Have Erectile Dysfunction

Does masturbation cause erectile dysfunction? The short answer is no. There is no scientific evidence that proves masturbating causes erectile dysfunction. Some believe masturbation has the opposite effect on erectile dysfunction. Some studies have suggested that abstaining from sex and masturbation may lower your sex drive and lead to erectile dysfunction. Erectile dysfunction has many risk factors, one of the most common being anxiety. Still, research shows us masturbating is not one of those factors.

People in Relationships Do Not Masturbate

While women regularly masturbate, it is something that society traditionally associated more with men. So, a common question people ask is why men in relationships masturbate? This question has a more complex answer than “It feels good.” People who ask this question generally tend to believe that because the man has a committed partner, they should not need to masturbate anymore. Their partner should fulfill their sexual needs. However, solo sex is an important, healthy experience. It gives us time to ourselves. Masturbating also comes with less pressure because you do not have to worry about pleasing your partner or your partner pleasing you. It is just about you.

It is perfectly natural for men and women to masturbate, even if they are in a committed relationship. In fact, including masturbation in your relationship is a great way to maintain a healthy relationship. Studies have shown that solo sex can increase your sex drive and the likelihood that you will orgasm during sex.

There Are No Health Benefits to Masturbation

One of the big myths of masturbation is that there are no health benefits. This is indeed a myth, as masturbating has several health benefits for all of us, including:

  • Relieves stress and tension
  • Helps you fall asleep
  • Can help boost your mood
  •  Helps to relieve pain and cramps
  • Improves libido

Not only does masturbating offer these benefits, but it is also a safer option than sex. Masturbation comes with no risk of pregnancy or STDs. It also has specific benefits for older women going through menopause, as it increases the production of vaginal lubrication and reduces vaginal dryness.

Masturbation Causes Prostate Cancer

It is harder to tell if this potential side effect is fact or fiction, as different studies have had conflicting results. Right now, there is no conclusive evidence that masturbating leads to or prevents prostate cancer. A 2008 study has shown that it increases the potential for developing prostate cancer. However, a 2003 and 2016 study showed the opposite. It suggested that men who masturbate often have reduced chances of getting prostate cancer. 

Masturbation During Pregnancy

Pregnancy can have various effects on a woman’s libido. Some experience lowered sex drives and lost interest in sex, while others have an increased sex drive. One common question pregnant women ask is whether masturbation is bad for pregnancy. While it is important to talk to your doctor about such matters, generally speaking, masturbation during pregnancy is completely safe, including using sex toys. However, it is imperative to make sure they are clean. Masturbating has a lot of health benefits that pregnant people might find extremely helpful, including reducing stress, inducing sleep, and relieving discomfort/pain. Masturbation is also generally safe during late pregnancy as well, though you may experience cramps similar to Braxton-Hicks contractions after orgasm. This is entirely normal and is not a cause for concern.

Summary

Sex and masturbation have been a taboo topic for hundreds of years. However, these topics are slowly but surely becoming less taboo, and there have been more and more studies done on them. Because masturbating was seen as immoral and forbidden, a lot of myths have sprung up around the topic. We must determine what is myth and what is fact. Masturbation is a healthy, natural part of life. There is no scientific evidence that suggests it causes erectile dysfunction. Some studies have shown that masturbating may prevent it. Masturbating is also a normal part of any relationship, with studies showing that couples who masturbate have higher sex drives and more pleasurable sex.

Masturbating has plenty of health benefits; some of the most common are relief from stress, pain, and tension. Speaking of health and masturbation, no evidence masturbating frequently will lead to prostate cancer. There is also no evidence that masturbation decreases the risk of prostate cancer. What there is evidence for is the benefits of masturbation during pregnancy. Unless you have a high-risk pregnancy, masturbating is a safe way to release tension and can help reduce stress and alleviate pain in pregnant women. It can also help them fall asleep, something many women struggle with during pregnancy.

Overall masturbating is a natural process and something that should not be discouraged. It is important to remember that if you have questions or concerns, you can always seek medical advice from your doctor. That being said, there is no evidence that masturbation is harmful to our relationships, lifestyles, or work lives. 

As parents raising young children and pre-teens, we know that kids are naturally shying away from conversations about sex. Kids learn very early that the topic is taboo.  It’s something mysterious going on between their parents, it’s where babies begin, and there are so many unknowns for them. We also know that even if their adults talk to them about sex, it may not become a normalized or easy conversation right away.  In general, it may not necessarily relieve their outward awkwardness or horrified looks when faced with the topic. Perhaps at least not in the presence of adults. But what we may not see, until the later years, is how the kids whose adults have the ‘sex talk’ with them often, behave with their peers. More informed kids, who have received accurate and fact-based sex education, will have more mature conversations and make better decisions regarding sex and their relationships. 

What is Sex Education?

Sex education, as defined by Merriam-Webster, is the education in schools about sex. But the issue is, only 24 states require sex education between Kindergarten and 12th grade, and only nine states require to talk about consent.

In California, the Healthy Youth Act defines what sex education is for children, including teaching students about birth control, consent, sexual assault, and human trafficking. Part of this Act also includes having material available and used in lessons for LGBTQ+ people. 

How to Explain Sex to Children?

Before you even start to have “that talk”, reiterate that it’s a safe space. Some children may worry that they are in trouble for asking questions about sex. Some tips on how to explain it are: 

  • Keep it simple- this is overwhelming, so it’s best to keep it simple
  • Be prepared- there are going to be new words for them, so be ready to know how to explain things such as sperm and STDs
  • Have them ask questions 
  • Explain more than just sex- other topics include: condoms, STDs, consent, and sexual assault 
  • Explain that sex should be enjoyable, it’s a normal act that should feel good for both parties

Why Sex Education Is Important

The importance of sex education goes beyond how to have sex. Sex education does teach safe sex and different methods of birth control and even talks about how to safely obtain birth control and resources that are available to them. It should also hit on the fact that sex is enjoyable and shouldn’t be painful for either party. 

But sex education also talks about consent: “No means no. Yes means yes.” Consent is an essential part of safe sex and should never happen without it. 

For many, when sex education begins, the student’s bodies are going through new and scary changes. An excellent way to normalize what may be happening and help them be less scared or worried about their body’s changes is to prepare them for it. 

Benefits of Sex Education

Sex education is as beneficial as any class, if not more. It is a natural human experience that many students will be doing for the rest of their lives. The ample benefits include: 

  • Being able to normalize and talk about sex in an open and positive 
  • Removing any negative stigma toward sex
  • Showing children that this is a safe space to talk about any issues they may have
  • Knowing the importance of consent will help keep others safe

What Is An Appropriate Age to Start Sexuality Education?

Once a student hits 7th grade, most schools will start sex education, and some will reiterate it in highschool. Sex education for teens is essential because this is when they are most likely to begin either engaging in or hearing about sex and other sexual activities. So, it can never hurt to start sex conversations early. If you believe your child is having sex, then it’s better to be safe and initiate the conversation. 

Unfortunately, memories of sex education are often remembered with embarrassment since these are pretty valuable conversations. These early sex ed classes may be the first time children learn about STDs and STIs and that they are more common than you think, which is why you needed to practice safe sex.

While sex education is a nerve-wracking discussion for parents, teachers, and kids, it’s an important one to have. There is no shortcutting the topics, and it’s a conversation that’s needed. Everyone needs a safe space to talk about sex and learn about the new chapter in their lives. Appropriate sex conversations should happen freely and not seen as shameful. So keep in mind, sex is not something to be ashamed of or scary, and with the right sex education, it’ll help normalize sex in the long run.

What Is LGBT?

One of the most common questions people have about LGBT is, what does LGBT stand for? LGBT stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender. These describe the sexual orientations of people who are LGBT. It is a term that was adopted because it is a more inclusive and friendly way to describe people who identify themselves as one of these sexualities. Gay is a limited term and just because someone doesn’t identify as straight doesn’t mean that they are gay. LGBT is an apter term to use because it recognizes various sexual orientations.

 

What Is the LGBT Community?

The LGBT community is a group of people who support LGBT rights. This name does not include everyone that is part of LGBT, as the community includes many other sexual orientations. It also includes the Straight Allies, which are people who identify as heterosexual and support LGBT rights. Some sources may use LGBTQ or LGBT+ due to the growing support of LGBT rights and the inclusion of other sexual orientations.  The LGBT community includes people who identify with a sexual orientation other than heterosexual, heterosexuals who support LGBT rights and various LGBT organizations.

How Many People Are LGBT?

So, how big is the  LGBT community in the US? According to a survey taken in 2017, about 5.1% of the population identifies as LGBT. Around 4.5% of the population identifies as gay, lesbian or bisexual, while 0.6% identify themselves as transgender. These numbers might not sound that impressive, but the US has one of the biggest populations in the world. This survey tells us there are about 11.7 million people in the US that identify as LGBT. Surveys also show that, from least to greatest, San Francisco, Chicago, LA and New York are the cities with the highest LGBT populations.

Is LGBT Legal in the US?

The LGBT community has had some major legal victories in recent years. Homosexuality was banned in the US until 2003 and in 2015 gay marriage became legal across the country. For those who are transgender, it is legal to change your gender on your birth certificate and other important documents. It is also legal to have gender reassignment surgery. Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was repealed in 2011 and the ban against transgenders serving in the military was lifted in 2016.

However, the LGBT community is still fighting for certain rights. For example, while it is legal in many states for same-sex couples to adopt, there are still limitations. In some states, couples have to be married to adopt. In others, they have to be single. Some states leave the laws ambiguous, so it is unclear whether or not same-sex couples have a legal right to adopt. While it is legal to change your gender identity, some states require proof that you have already undergone gender reassignment surgery. There are no explicit laws against housing discrimination. These laws vary from region to region and could potentially leave LGBT people at risk.

Summary

The LGBT community is a group of people who either identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, etc. or support LGBT rights. It also includes LGBT organizations, including the Human Rights Campaign, PFLAG, Lambda Legal, GLAAD and many more. The US has a pretty large LGBT population, with around 11.7 million people identifying as either gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. The community has made major legal strides in recent years. People in the LGBT community are legally allowed to be married across the US, LGBT can openly serve in the military and transgenders are legally allowed to change their gender. That being said, the LGBT community is still fighting for equal rights.

 

There are a lot of people and organizations in the LGBT community. If you or someone you know is struggling with sexual identity or discrimination, there are resources out there to offer you advice and assistance.

What Is Pansexuality?

What does it mean to be pansexual? Pansexuality is one of the lesser-known sexual identities. Someone who is pansexual feels attraction towards people regardless of sexual or gender identity. How can someone tell if they are pansexual? Here are some signs:

  • Pansexuals do not consider gender to be a major factor in a relationship.
  • They can be attracted to a person who is transgender, cisgender, intersex, gender-neutral, etc.
  • Someone who is pansexual also feels attraction regardless of sexual identity as well, so they might feel attracted to someone who is gay, lesbian, bisexual, omnisexual, asexual, etc.

People who are pansexual recognize others’ sexual/gender identities and are open to having relationships with people despite their identity. Pansexuals often feel attraction for who people are. For a pansexual, a person’s personality holds much more weight in a relationship.

 

What is the Difference Between Bisexuality and Pansexuality?

People often confuse bisexuality and pansexuality or think they are the same thing. The truth is that they are two different identities.  So how is being pansexual different from being bisexual? Below, we’ll go over some of the differences between bisexuality and pansexuality:

  • Bisexuality implies there are two genders, whereas pansexuality implies there are more than two genders.
  • Bisexuals feel attraction towards men and women, while pansexuals can feel attracted to someone of any gender.
  • Bisexuality is well-known. However, there is not as much awareness as pansexuality.
  • Someone who is bisexual is attracted to men and women. A pansexual can be attracted to someone who is transgender, cisgender, intersex, etc.

There are some similarities between bisexuality and pansexuality. Someone who is bisexual can feel attraction to the same genders as someone who is pansexual. Because there is less awareness of pansexuality, people who are pansexual often identify as bisexual first. However, after learning about pansexuality, they decide that they identify more closely with that label. However, being similar does not mean that they are the same and it is important to recognize people who identify as pansexual separately.

OmniSexual vs. Pansexual

What is the difference between omnisexual and pansexual? Omnisexual, like pansexual, is a relatively new label. Omnisexuality and pansexuality are often confused with each other. Both omnisexuals and pansexuals can be attracted to people of all genders. However, gender does not affect whether or not a pansexual will begin a relationship with someone. To a pansexual, another person’s gender does not affect their ability to love someone.  Omnisexuals do care about gender identity. However, they will still date someone of any gender. A good way to explain it is that pansexuals care about who someone is on the inside, not who they identify as. Omnisexuals will care about how someone identifies, but they may choose to have a relationship with them anyways.

 

Do Pansexuals Have Relationships?

Someone who is pansexual has the ability to be in a relationship and fall in love with many different types of people. There are some people out there who assume that pansexuals do not participate in relationships. However, this is not true; pansexuals can have healthy, happy relationships just like anyone who is straight, or bisexual or gay. Also, while they have the capacity to have a relationship with someone, that does not mean they will want to. Just because someone is pansexual does not mean they will be attracted to everyone. A pansexual tends to be attracted to someone based on their personality. What is important to them is who the person is. Pansexuals are perfectly capable of having happy monogamous relationships.

Summary

Pansexuality is a lesser-known sexual identity. Because there is not as much awareness for pansexuality as other gender identities, there are many misconceptions about people who are pansexual. For example, many think pansexuals are “gender-blind” or dismiss other people’s gender identities. Pansexuals will recognize someone’s gender identity, but that does not affect their desire for a relationship with that person. Another misconception is that pansexuals do not have relationships. The truth is, someone who is pansexual is just as likely to be in a happy, healthy, monogamous relationship as someone of any other sexual identity.

Pansexuality is often confused with bisexuality. Being pansexual means you have romantic, emotional, or sexual attractions to people no matter their gender or sexual identity. People who are pansexual are attracted to others based on who they are, not what they identify as.  Pansexuality is not the same as bisexuality. A bisexual is someone who is attracted to either gender, whereas a pansexual can be attracted to someone of any gender. Pansexuality can also be confused for omnisexuality, which is the attraction to people of all genders. Unlike pansexuals, omnisexuals do care about others’ gender identity, but they feel attraction towards people of all genders.

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What Is Transgender?

There are around 1.4 million transgender adults in the United States. While most people generally tend to understand the terms gay, lesbian or bisexual, there are many who are not entirely sure what it means to be transgender.

So, what does transgender mean? A transgender person is someone whose gender identity is different from the sex they were assigned at birth. So transgender men are people who were assigned as female sex at birth but identify as male, and vice versa for transgender women. Transgender people can also have gender identities that fall outside of male/female labels.

To understand transgender people, it is important to understand the difference between sex and gender. Sex is assigned at birth and is based on a person’s biology. Gender is the roles, behaviors, activities, etc. that society uses to distinguish between men and women. So sex is biological and gender is how people dress and behave. It is also important to remember that gender identity is different from sexual orientation. Transgenders can be gay, straight, bisexual, pansexual, asexual, etc. Gender identity is how someone identifies their own gender, whereas sexual orientation is the emotional, romantic, sexual attraction they feel towards people of other genders.

 

Understanding Why People are Transgender

The fact is, science has no clear cut answers for why people are transgender. Like most other discussions of gay rights, there tend to be two groups in this argument. The first operates under the belief that people are transgender due to external factors. Some say that people who are transgender experienced hormonal imbalances while they were developing in the womb. Some say that being transgender is psychological. Others say that our society and gender roles are major factors in someone being transgender.

The second group believes that people are transgender because that is the way they were born. Transgenders are born to be the gender they identify as. For example, a transgender woman is not a man in a woman’s body, she is a woman. Being transgender is natural and transgender people were born to be that way.

Categories and Types of Transgender People

Transgender is considered to be an “umbrella term”, meaning that it refers to several different types of people. Below are some of the categories of people that fall under transgender:

  • Transsexual – a person that goes through the physical transition from male to female or female to male
  • Trans Man – a person whose assigned sex is female, but gender identity is male
  • Trans Woman – a person whose assigned sex is male, but gender identity is female
  • Gender Fluid – someone whose gender identity changes over time; someone with this identity may feel male one day, and female, both or neither the next day
  • Gender Non-Binary – a person whose gender identity falls outside of male/female
  • Genderqueer – someone whose gender identity is not male or female

What Does It Mean To Be A Transgender Person?

Most of the time, we think about transgender in a traditional gender binary sense. When most people hear the term transgender, they think of a male to female or female to male transition. However, this isn’t always the case. Not all transgenders go through surgeries or hormone treatments in order for their bodies to match their gender identities. Also, not all transgenders are men or women. There is a wide variety of transgender people and the ways they express their gender are just as varied. These could include:

  • Undergoing hormone therapy
  • Gender affirmation surgery
  • Using gender-specific pronouns (he/him or she/her) or non-binary pronouns (they/them)
  • Changes in behavior
  • Dressing as a man or woman or dressing in an androgynous manner
  • Participating in activities related to a specific gender

Transgender Is Not a Mental Illness

Science doesn’t have a direct answer, but medical professionals can tell us a few things. For example, transgender is not considered a mental disorder. Many people confuse gender dysphoria’s meaning, thinking it refers to someone being transgender. This isn’t the case; gender dysphoria refers to the stress, depression and anxiety a transgender person might experience because of the disconnect between their body and gender identity. Being transgender is not an illness, but it can cause distress and that distress is classified as gender dysphoria.

Transgender Vs. Transsexual

As mentioned above, transgender refers to many different types of people. One of these is transsexual. Not all transgenders are transsexual. A transsexual is someone who has transitioned from one sex to another. They have gone through the process of making their bodies match their gender identity. This doesn’t necessarily always include surgery. Some transsexuals may just use hormone therapy. However, others may go through gender affirmation surgery. It is important to remember that not all transsexuals use this term after they have transitioned, as some prefer to refer to themselves as men or women.

Summary

Because there are so many different kinds of individuals included in the term transgender, conversations around transgenders can be confusing. It can also be difficult to know what to call someone who is transgender. The best thing to do would be to go on an individual basis. If someone you know is transgender, you might want to ask how they want to be addressed.

Generally speaking, a transgender is someone who has a different gender identity than the sex they were assigned at birth. This gender identity could fall under traditional male/female or it could fall under gender non-binary, gender fluid or genderqueer. There are many different gender expressions, so it is important that we do not group all transgenders as transsexuals.

If you want to know more about transgenders, there are organizations and resources out there that provide assistance and advice. If you are transgender and are suffering from gender dysphoria, you should consider seeking medical advice and support.

What Is a Sexual Fetish?

A sexual fetish is an unusually strong sexual attraction to an object, activity or body part.  Someone who has a sexual fetish will feel an intense sexual desire or need for their particular fetish. It’s important to recognize that sexual fetishes can be part of a healthy relationship. Fetishes are often shown in the media to go hand-in-hand with deviance or mental disorders. However, a sexual fetish is not considered a disorder on its own. However, it can develop into a disorder if it causes distress and endangers others.

Types of Sexual Fetishes

There are many different types of sexual fetishes. In fact, some people say that people can, and have, fetishize anything. Below, we will go over some of the most common categories and types of fetishes:

Body Part Fetishes

  • Foot fetish – By far one of the most well-known and popular sexual fetishes.
  • Plus Size fetish – Strong feelings of sexual desire focused on people who are overweight specifically because of their size.
  • Piercing/tattoo fetish

Clothing/Material Fetishes

  • Stocking/skirt fetish – The most common type of clothing fetish.
  • Footwear fetish – The most common type is towards high heels; the person could feel intense desire towards someone wearing them or towards the objects.
  • Underwear fetish – Could be caused by someone wearing it or the object itself.
  • Leather/rubber – The most common type of material fetish, it could be feeling a need to feel and wear it, or a need to see others wear it.

Activity Fetishes

  • Voyeurism – The desire to see others naked or watch them have sex.
  • Anal sex – Someone who has this fetish derives intense pleasure from participating in anal sex.
  • Role-playing – Someone with a role-playing fetish feels strong desire when they are pretending to be someone else, such as doctor-patient role-play.

What Makes Someone Have Sexual Fetishes?

As mentioned above, a sexual fetish alone is not an indicator of mental illness. So, why do people develop sexual fetishes? Unfortunately, we don’t have a definitive answer.  However, there are a few factors that may lead to someone developing a fetish. These include:

  • Sexual diversity – A large variety of sexual interests could lead to a variety in fetishes; there are also people who get more easily aroused, which could mean they are more open to develop a fetish.
  • Personality – A person’s personality could have an effect on the kind of fetish they develop.
  • Early sexual experiences – Because of the influential nature of teenagers and young adults, sexual experiences around puberty can lead to fetishes. If a certain object caused pleasure during one of these early experiences, it could become something that the person associates with sex.

Summary

Someone who has a sexual fetish feels strong, intense desire and need for a certain object/body part/activity. There are many different types of fetishes; likely too many to count. They generally tend to revolve around certain objects, body parts or activities. Some of the most common types are foot and footwear fetishes. Experts are not entirely sure why people have sexual fetishes, though they do have an idea of some things that might make it more likely someone will develop a fetish.  These include sexual diversity, personality and having sexual experiences around puberty.

Having a sexual fetish is not a bad thing and should not be alarming. People live happy, healthy lives and have healthy relationships with their fetish. It does not mean they are mentally disturbed or they are a sexual deviant. That being said, if a fetish is causing someone distress or endangering them or others around them, it is important that they seek professional help.

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    Masturbate Regularly

    Is regular masturbation a good thing? Yes, shout it from the rooftop, masturbation is good for your health! It has some great health benefits and is good for your sexual wellness. So, what are the benefits of masturbation?

    • Induces sleep
    • Decreases stress
    • Relieves pain and cramps during menstruation
    • Can be used to treat sexual disorders
    • Releases tension, both sexual and physical
    • Helps you love yourself and your body

    Masturbation is good for your sexual wellness as well. First of all, it’s about as safe as sex can get. You don’t have to worry about pregnancy or STDs. It also helps you discover what you like.  You can experiment with pressure and speed in a safe environment. Once you decide to bring in a partner, knowing what you like can make the experience easier, more fun and less awkward because you already know what makes you orgasm.

    Do Kegel Exercises

    What are Kegel exercises? Kegels are an exercise where you clench and release the muscles in your pelvic floor. Many people use them to strengthen these muscles. The great thing about these exercises is that they benefit both men and women. The benefits of Kegel exercises can really help your sexual wellness. For men, they can help with premature ejaculation and erectile dysfunction. For women, Kegel exercises can be very helpful during pregnancy and after childbirth, both of which can weaken your pelvic floor. In general, Kegel exercises can also boost orgasms and help with incontinence.

    Get More Sleep

    Sleep and sex are actually pretty tightly connected. If you’re lacking in one area, there’s a good chance that you are in the other as well.  So, how does a lack of sleep affect your sexual wellness?

    • Increases the risk of developing anxiety and depression, both of which can cause sexual dysfunction.
    • Decreases your body’s production of sexual hormones.
    • Increases stress, which can impede your sexual desires, cause infertility and make men struggle to keep an erection.
    • A more obvious side effect is that it makes you too tired to have sex.

    Studies have proven that getting more sleep increases your sex drive. If you don’t get the right amount of sleep, you won’t be interested in sex.

    Practice Mindfulness

    Mindfulness is an awareness and focus on the present moment. Not just going through the motions, but experiencing what life has to offer in that very moment. Practicing mindfulness is very important to your sexual well-being, as it helps you connect with yourself and/or your partner. So, how do you practice mindfulness? Well, one way to practice mindfulness includes getting out of your head. Many people worry about how they look or if they are being a good partner while having sex, and the more you focus on those feelings, the less likely you are to orgasm. Mindfulness is the difference between thinking and feeling. If you are spending the whole experience thinking, you are not going to do a lot of feeling. Mindfulness takes practice and the best way to practice is to integrate it into your day-to-day life. Get used to living in the moment in your daily life and incorporate that feeling into your sex life.

    Summary

    Masturbating regularly, doing Kegel exercises, getting more sleep and practicing mindfulness are four great habits for increasing your sexual well-being. Sex is a big part of our health, so it is important to make sure we keep our sexual wellness in mind. Having great sexual wellness makes us feel good and makes us healthy. It decreases the risks of sexual dysfunction and can also help treat or prevent other medical conditions as well. Taking care of your sexual-well being helps to ensure yourself a happy, healthy lifestyle.

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