WATCH: These Are The Best Sex Positions For Your Health (PHOTO/VIDEO)
First Overview What Is Sex?
Sex means different things to different people. Above all, it is a healthy and natural activity. It is something most people enjoy and find meaningful even if they create meaning in different ways.
Whether you are straight, lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer or questioning, you have the right to decide what sex means to you.
Are you unsure about your sexual interests? Are you curious about what you might enjoy? Are you wondering if you are ready for sex? These kinds of questions are perfectly normal!
Sex is not just vaginal* intercourse. Sex is pretty much anything that feels sexual. How YOU choose to define sex might be a moving target during your teen years. Your sexual interests may change over time, and that’s okay too.
I find it hard to talk about sex. Is there anything I can do to make it easier?
A simple place to start the chat is with yourself.
Take some time to privately explore all parts of your own body. While you are at it, think about what thoughts, fantasies and sensations feel good for you and how you might like to experience sexual pleasure with someone else.
Sex just doesn’t feel right for me. Is that okay?
Yes, this is definitely ok. Only you can decide what feels right for you when it comes to sex.
You have the right to say no to sex. No one can or should force you to do something that doesn’t feel right.
If, for example, vaginal sex is not something you want to do, there are many other ways to explore your sexuality and enjoy a fun and loving relationship with someone else
Sexual activity is any activity that is considered sexual by the people who are involved. It can include the following activities and more:
any sexual touching
exposing your body to another person
taking sexual pictures of another person
showing somebody pornographic images
Sex In Medicine
Sex differences in medicine include sex-specific diseases or conditions which occur only in people of one sex (for example, prostate cancer in males or uterine cancer in females); sex-related diseases, which are diseases that are more common to one sex (for example, systemic lupus erythematosus occurs predominantly in females); and diseases which occur at similar rates in males and females but manifest differently according to sex (for example, peripheral artery disease). Sex differences in medicine should not be confused with gender differences. The Institute of Medicine recognizes sex differences as biological at the chromosomal level, whereas gender differences are based on self-representation and other factors including biology, environment and experience. Sex differences in medicine should also not be confused with sexually transmitted diseases, which are diseases that have a significant probability of transmission through sexual contact.
Historically, medical research has primarily been conducted using the male body as the basis for clinical studies. The findings of these studies have often been applied across the sexes and healthcare providers have traditionally assumed a uniform approach in treating both male and female patients. More recently, medical research has started to understand the importance of taking sex into account as evidence increases that the symptoms and responses to medical treatment may be very different between sexes.
WATCH: These Are The Best Sex Positions For Your Health
Are there sex positions that are good for your health?” my friend asked. “Or are there just some that are least prone to kill you?” We laughed, though is true that sex-related injuries are pretty common. To be honest, I had no idea — what would a sex position that is also super healthy and good for you even look like? Would it be super difficult? Would there be acrobatics involved? How would you know if it was working? I wasn’t really sure what positions could qualify as being beneficial to one’s health, so I asked a relationship expert, psychologist Nikki Martinez, to weigh in about the healthiest sex positions.
“There are a number of positions that are considered to double as exercise,” Martinez tells Bustle. By exercising during sex, you wind up working your core, which means that you’re focusing in on our cardiovascular health, however inadvertently that may be. Score. This makes sense: It’s never a bad idea to up your cardiovascular health game, and if you can do it with a partner, all the better. Below, Martinez revealed four top-notch sex positions that are good for your health. Keep in mind, these positions work with two women as well.
1. Woman On Top
Being on top is where it’s at, says Martinez. “The cardiovascular system and core get worked with the women on top. [You’re] going up and down, holding [yourself] up. [You’re] working all sorts of areas of muscles.” Stamina helps here: If you keep moving, you’ll get your “heart rate to the rate for workouts,” Martinez says. Don’t stop, indeed.
This position is great for your core, Martinez says. And you don’t have to think about it too much: “We naturally tighten the core in this position — it is almost a natural reaction — so the core gets that workout,” she says. So doggy style is a no-brainer sex position that doubles as exercise. Word.
“What we call lotus style has physical and exercise benefits for both, due to both being so consistently active,” says Martinez. Though it has been billed as a great morning sex position, lotus is not for the faint of heart: “There is a lot of up and down motion to maintain balance and stability,” says Martinez. “Again, we are looking at that core,” she says. Lotus tones the muscles, and is a cardio workout as well, she says. “The Lotus is very similar to woman on top, except the couple is slightly more intertwined with each other.”
Martinez bills this position as one of the best. One particularly nice health benefit of the lunge position: flexibility. With your knees up, you’re on top of your partner, pushing back and forth and moving up and down while simultaneously holding yourself up. “[It’s] a great test of flexibility, not to mention strength and balance as well,” says Martinez. Lunges boasts many different “systems used” at once, so it’s best for muscle fitness flexibility, and cardiovascular health, she says.