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by Sam W
Tue Apr 16, 2024 8:06 am
Forum: Ask Us!
Topic: questions about sperm
Replies: 8
Views: 693

Re: questions about sperm

It may help to think of it this way: in order for a pregnancy to happen, a lot of different, biological things have to happen all at once. An ovum has to be available, sperm have to not only make it into the body but then make it to the ovum and join up with it, etc. And for each of those things, th...
by Sam W
Tue Apr 16, 2024 7:53 am
Forum: Bodies
Topic: What to do with pubic hair
Replies: 2
Views: 177

Re: What to do with pubic hair

Hi Gender Gay,

I do want to say that hair removal creams aren't recommended for use on the genital area, as they carry a risk of chemical burns.
by Sam W
Tue Apr 16, 2024 7:06 am
Forum: Scarleteen Updates
Topic: Hi, Bi Guy: Coming Out to Your Friends
Replies: 0
Views: 80

Hi, Bi Guy: Coming Out to Your Friends

The latest piece in our series by Adam England: https://www.scarleteen.com/read/identit ... ur-friends
by Sam W
Tue Apr 16, 2024 6:50 am
Forum: Sex & Sexuality
Topic: Struggling with guilt after reading dubious/violent erotica
Replies: 7
Views: 239

Re: Struggling with guilt after reading dubious/violent erotica

I'm glad my reply was helpful!

If you know you have a family history of OCD and you suspect you may be showing some signs of it, have you been able to check in with a mental healthcare provider, either to get a diagnosis or just to have some support around those feelings of guilt and worry?
by Sam W
Tue Apr 16, 2024 6:44 am
Forum: Ask Us!
Topic: I realize I’ve made a mistake
Replies: 9
Views: 464

Re: I realize I’ve made a mistake

You're very welcome! And if you have question about those articles or want to talk more about specific things that come up in them, we're happy to talk about that.
by Sam W
Mon Apr 15, 2024 2:18 pm
Forum: Ask Us!
Topic: Indirect contact with pre-cum
Replies: 4
Views: 211

Re: Indirect contact with pre-cum

Hi Jrjamwswright74, Since a condom was used for all of oral sex, I would go ahead and assume that you had the protection it offered from STIs; transfer of pre-ejaculate to the outside of a condom just doesn't seem to be a way STI transmission occurs. That being said, if STIs are a concern for you, i...
by Sam W
Mon Apr 15, 2024 1:53 pm
Forum: Ask Us!
Topic: questions about sperm
Replies: 8
Views: 693

Re: questions about sperm

I'd add that there's also the fact that sperm also need the "push" that comes with ejaculation to be most effective, which is another reason why indirect transfer just isn't going to pose a risk.
by Sam W
Mon Apr 15, 2024 1:48 pm
Forum: Sex & Sexuality
Topic: Struggling with guilt after reading dubious/violent erotica
Replies: 7
Views: 239

Re: Struggling with guilt after reading dubious/violent erotica

Hi koh123, I'm sorry that engaging with these fantasies or sexual media has left you feeling this way, and that you're struggling to feel okay, or at least neutral, about the fact you consumed it. I think that a helpful question to start with is: when you read those things talking about how plenty o...
by Sam W
Mon Apr 15, 2024 12:32 pm
Forum: Ask Us!
Topic: I realize I’ve made a mistake
Replies: 9
Views: 464

Re: I realize I’ve made a mistake

Okay! Here are a few to start with if you haven't already read them. Hello Sailor! How to Build, Board, and Navigate a Healthy Relationship] Supermodel: Creating and Nurturing Your Own Best Relationship Models Does Your Relationship Need a Check Up? I know we've spoken in previous posts about you st...
by Sam W
Mon Apr 15, 2024 11:51 am
Forum: Ask Us!
Topic: I realize I’ve made a mistake
Replies: 9
Views: 464

Re: I realize I’ve made a mistake

Would it be helpful to have some resources on how to build and navigate a healthy relationship, since being a good partner is built into that process? Too, if something you struggle with is self-worth, then tackling that may also help you feel more secure in relationships and in your actions overall...
by Sam W
Mon Apr 15, 2024 10:42 am
Forum: Ask Us!
Topic: I realize I’ve made a mistake
Replies: 9
Views: 464

Re: I realize I’ve made a mistake

Got it. I think it's sound to recognize that this is more about that deeper fear that you're being a bad partner without meaning to than it is about the specifics of this conversation. Too, to reiterate, it's really, really common and okay to talk about our relationships or our partners with our fri...
by Sam W
Mon Apr 15, 2024 7:49 am
Forum: Ask Us!
Topic: Smoking fetish
Replies: 3
Views: 182

Re: Smoking fetish

Hi Mika, I want to note that a fetish refers specifically to an object that someone needs in order to feel sexual gratification. This sounds more like you find it attractive when a person smokes, so referring to that as a preference or as something you like is a bit more accurate than calling it a f...
by Sam W
Mon Apr 15, 2024 7:44 am
Forum: Ask Us!
Topic: I realize I’ve made a mistake
Replies: 9
Views: 464

Re: I realize I’ve made a mistake

Hi Skybushh, You know, I don't actually think there's anything inherently wrong with needing to talk with other people about problems you're having with a partner. Sometimes we need a moment or two to vent, or to talk through something we're struggling with, and friends are people we can do that wit...
by Sam W
Mon Apr 15, 2024 7:27 am
Forum: Sex & Sexuality
Topic: Tips and Notes for masturbation?
Replies: 1
Views: 131

Re: Tips and Notes for masturbation?

Hi dayedin, I'm glad you feel comfortable enough on the boards to ask about this! So, my biggest piece of advice around all this is that there isn't really a way to masturbate "wrong;" there are just the ways that feel best to your body. Too, you're also doing the main thing we recommend w...
by Sam W
Mon Apr 15, 2024 7:03 am
Forum: Sex & Sexuality
Topic: Masturbating with a vulva and autism
Replies: 1
Views: 93

Re: Masturbating with a vulva and autism

Hi GenderGay, It's entirely possible autism and sensory needs are playing a role here! I know I've spoken with people before who find the feeling of their genitals unpleasant, and in some cases that's been because it's just not a good sensory experience for them in ways that seem to be tied to autis...
by Sam W
Mon Apr 15, 2024 6:55 am
Forum: Sexual Health
Topic: Query about sex and pregnancy
Replies: 3
Views: 272

Re: Query about sex and pregnancy

Hi Dhruval, I do want to point out that unless she's tracking her cycle consistently and with things like basal body temperature and cervical mucous, her knowledge of where she is in her cycle is probably pretty limited (since a lot of cycle tracker apps don't ask for all the relevant information). ...
by Sam W
Sat Apr 13, 2024 10:13 am
Forum: Got Questions? Get Answers.
Topic: Tight feeling in chest while masturbating?
Replies: 7
Views: 537

Re: Tight feeling in chest while masturbating?

How strange! Here's what I wrote: "Got it. We can't say for certain what's behind this, but it sounds like it may just be part of how your body responds to the exertion and other physical changes that come with masturbation and arousal. As frustrating as it may be, this may be one of those inst...
by Sam W
Sat Apr 13, 2024 8:18 am
Forum: Scarleteen Updates
Topic: Wonderings About HRT
Replies: 0
Views: 269

Wonderings About HRT

We're so excited to have nurse and comedian Kelli Dunham answering advice column questions for us! https://www.scarleteen.com/read/identit ... -about-hrt
by Sam W
Sat Apr 13, 2024 7:39 am
Forum: Ask Us!
Topic: questions about masturbation
Replies: 1
Views: 199

Re: questions about masturbation

Hi Human Guy,

To make sure I'm understanding you correctly, do you mean you're not noticing any ejaculate or pre-ejaculate, even if you orgasm? In other words, is it that your penis is not producing any liquid at all when you masturbate?
by Sam W
Fri Apr 12, 2024 9:14 am
Forum: Sex & Sexuality
Topic: I feel like I'm going crazy
Replies: 7
Views: 543

Re: I feel like I'm going crazy

You're very welcome!
by Sam W
Fri Apr 12, 2024 6:42 am
Forum: Sex & Sexuality
Topic: I feel like I'm going crazy
Replies: 7
Views: 543

Re: I feel like I'm going crazy

Hi Suomi, If I recall correctly, I think we talked about ways you could safely explore this fantasy in a past thread. I do have to say that, while Latha made a sound point about harm reduction, from a safety standpoint, we can't recommend that you actually do anything that would involve cutting the ...
by Sam W
Thu Apr 11, 2024 11:05 am
Forum: Ask Us!
Topic: how to seperate religion and facts?
Replies: 1
Views: 248

Re: how to seperate religion and facts?

Hi naurmi008,

I think it's really sound to have recognized that religious messaging is playing a role here! One really good starting place for addressing pregnancy fears that come from religion is this piece from our Impurity Culture series: Pregnancy and Fear
by Sam W
Thu Apr 11, 2024 10:47 am
Forum: Ask Us!
Topic: How do I make it less awkward to ask my mom about toys?
Replies: 3
Views: 359

Re: How do I make it less awkward to ask my mom about toys?

Hi Kitties774, From the sound of it, it seems like if you wanted to ask your mom for help getting a sex toy, the conversation would be awkward but survivable. She seems to be pretty supportive of you being able to learn about sex and your own body on your own terms, and like she's fairly sex positiv...
by Sam W
Thu Apr 11, 2024 10:10 am
Forum: Got Questions? Get Answers.
Topic: Tight feeling in chest while masturbating?
Replies: 7
Views: 537

Re: Tight feeling in chest while masturbating?

Got it. We can't say for certain what's behind this, but it sounds like it may just be part of how your body responds to the exertion and other physical changes that come with masturbation and arousal. As frustrating as it may be, this may be one of those instances where when this happens, if it's t...
by Sam W
Thu Apr 11, 2024 7:58 am
Forum: Sex & Sexuality
Topic: Experimentation with myself
Replies: 2
Views: 329

Re: Experimentation with myself

Hi Fullcloser, In addition to what Willa said, I want to point out that, at this point, basically any sex toy or similar item is going to come with instructions on how to use it safely. So when or if you do start trying out different items, you have a pretty straightforward way to make sure you're u...