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by Sam W
Sat Apr 20, 2024 10:24 am
Forum: Got Questions? Get Answers.
Topic: Pain/pink cum when masturbating??
Replies: 9
Views: 241

Re: Pain/pink cum when masturbating??

Oh goodness, I'm so sorry you went through that, and I can absolutely see how that kind of trauma would make you wary of ever seeking medical care again. Have you ever received any kind of counseling or other support around what happened?
by Sam W
Sat Apr 20, 2024 9:25 am
Forum: Ask Us!
Topic: Hiv risks
Replies: 1
Views: 21

Re: Hiv risks

Hi Luciefer, So, if the condom came all the way off in vaginal canal without either of you noticing until you pulled out, then that does introduce the chance of fluid exchange. However, I think the important thing here is that SHE didn't tell you she was HIV positive; some other person did. So your ...
by Sam W
Fri Apr 19, 2024 12:23 pm
Forum: Et Cetera
Topic: attracted to a fictional animal from a popular children's show
Replies: 3
Views: 118

Re: attracted to a fictional animal from a popular children's show

Got it. So, I think a helpful thing to remember is that, from what you're describing, you have a crush on the more human parts of this character, rather than the dog-likes ones. Which suggests the parts of it you're interested in aren't the animal ones. Too, things like our fantasies and crushes don...
by Sam W
Fri Apr 19, 2024 11:42 am
Forum: Et Cetera
Topic: attracted to a fictional animal from a popular children's show
Replies: 3
Views: 118

Re: attracted to a fictional animal from a popular children's show

Hi Lyle Lanley, You know, I don't think having a crush on a fictional character, even one that's a talking animal, is anything to see a therapist for or feel ashamed of. Not to put too fine a point on it, but if working in sex ed for a decade AND being on the internet for much longer than that has t...
by Sam W
Fri Apr 19, 2024 7:19 am
Forum: Sex & Sexuality
Topic: I can't orgasm if I'm not thinking about my kink
Replies: 3
Views: 176

Re: I can't orgasm if I'm not thinking about my kink

Hi Shimotsuki, It sounds like it's worth talking with him about then! And you know, lots of parts of sex are silly or awkward, especially if we were to zoom out. But in my experience, embracing the fact that sex is silly or awkward is a big step towards being able to see sex as a form of play, which...
by Sam W
Fri Apr 19, 2024 7:03 am
Forum: Sex & Sexuality
Topic: Help to better masturbate
Replies: 1
Views: 99

Re: Help to better masturbate

Hi Mika, So, when it comes to finding ways of masturbating that feel good to you, a lot of it is just about exploration and trial and error, because bodies are so varied in what they enjoy that there's no one, set group of methods of masturbating that will feel good to everyone. That being said, if ...
by Sam W
Fri Apr 19, 2024 6:55 am
Forum: Got Questions? Get Answers.
Topic: Pain/pink cum when masturbating??
Replies: 9
Views: 241

Re: Pain/pink cum when masturbating??

Hi anonnymous20, With your mom, if your end up needing to go to a healthcare provider and need her help arranging that, you could say that you think you might have a yeast infection or a UTI. Those can happen for lots of reasons, so you wouldn't have to disclose the masturbation part to her if that ...
by Sam W
Fri Apr 19, 2024 6:46 am
Forum: Ask Us!
Topic: Ovulation bleeding?
Replies: 1
Views: 138

Re: Ovulation bleeding?

Hi Hedera, Since this came around the time you expected to be ovulating, and you know that ovulation bleeding is something you tend to experience, I would assume that that's exactly what it is. Ovulation bleeding, like menstrual flow, can have at least a little variation to it without it being a sig...
by Sam W
Tue Apr 16, 2024 8:06 am
Forum: Ask Us!
Topic: questions about sperm
Replies: 8
Views: 858

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: 282

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: 144

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: 293

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: 542

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: 280

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: 858

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: 293

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: 542

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: 542

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: 542

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: 244

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: 542

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: 178

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: 117

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: 411

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: 917

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...