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Jun 8

Michael Douglas Got Oral Cancer From Doing What!?!

Posted on Saturday, June 8, 2013 in Sexy Saturdays

Ms. Robin, Sex Goddess LogoOver this past week well-known actor Michael Douglas has made quite a splash in the media with his confession that he has throat cancer which he believes may have been caused by HPV and oral sex. With his confession there has been so much mis/information that has come out about HPV and whether or not Michael Douglas was really able to get an oral cancer from performing oral sex on a woman, presumably not his wife – reportedly she doesn’t have HPV. Putting the gossip aside, this Sexy Saturday article will address the issue of oral cancer and HPV infection with the understanding that the sexiest thing about HPV is knowing enough about it to prevent it.

Human papilloma virus (HPV) is a viral infection with more than 100 strainsimagesCAXYF3BR that may potentially affect the genitals or throat. Of the more than 100 strains of HPV some of these may lead to genital wart infections while others may lead to dysplasia and various cancers including cervical, vaginal, penile, anal, and oral cancers infecting the throat, tongue, and/or tonsils. HPV is found in bodily fluids such as saliva, semen and genital secretions of both males and females making transmission through  oral sex totally and completely possible. Michael Douglas may be right as it is entirely possible that he did get oral cancer from eating an HPV infected vulva.

Recent studies have identified HPV type 16 as a culprit in most cervical cancers and now in oral cancers as well. As it turns out the moist tissues of the mouth, vagina, and cervix are similar and this particular type of dysplasia causing HPV is highly attracted to such tissue. Dysplasia is not cancer itself, but refers to abnormal cell changes that often lead to cancer(s).

HPV is a pretty common infection. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates more than 2,300 new cases of HPV related oral cancers are diagnosed annually in women, while men are diagnosed more often with over 9,300 new cases annually.[1] White men are more likely to be diagnosed with HPV related oral cancers than are non-white men and womenimagesCA9LAQTL in general.[2]  Bad news for college students and others who like to drink as drinking and smoking cigarettes is associated with increased risk of oral HPV transmission. With this in mind, think twice about dining at the “Y” without a bib – especially if you’re under the influence of alcohol.

Unfortunately, there is no standard medical test to detect HPV, however, you can screen for cell changes which may be indicative of HPV. In some cases abnormal cell changes, or dysplasia, may be seen using a high-powered microscope. More often than not, oral cancers are found in the back of the throat. If you notice any new lumps in your throat or neck, or if you think there’s a chance you may have contracted an oral HPV, it is recommended that you make an appointment with your primary care provider to be assessed. If you’ve completed the 3-series HPV vaccine treatment you may be immune to the types of HPV likely to cause oral cancers. In a later article, I’ll write all about other types of HPV and vaccine options. Until next Saturday…

Keep it safe ‘n sexy,

Ms. Robin, the Sex Goddess

Have a topic or question you’d like me to address in a future Sexy Saturdays article? Send it to me at RMills@sexucation.org.

 


Mar 30

Mmm, Tasty!

Posted on Saturday, March 30, 2013 in Sexy Saturdays

Ms. Robin, Sex Goddess LogoWelcome to the last Sexy Saturdays on sexual debuts. Today I’ll look at concerns and expectations with oral sex debuts. Oral sex includes mouth to vulva, penis, or anus. Mmm, tasty!  Or is it? That brings me to the most common concern I’m asked about: what do genitals smell and taste like? I’ve cleaned up the way this question is usually posed. This question of smell and taste is often both a concern and an expectation. The person who is experiencing the receiving side of oral sex is usually the one concerned about what their genitals may smell or taste like to their partner.  How considerate. On the flip side, the person experiencing giving oral sex for the first time may have expectations that their partner’s genitals are going to smell or taste a certain way. More often than not, I find people are shocked to discover that vulvas don’t smell sweet like roses and taste like candy despite what several feminine hygiene products spend money trying to get you to believe.

If you are planning an oral debut soon and you’re concerned about the smell and taste of your genitals I suggest cleaning your lady or male parts beforehand. Genitals are located in a rather hot spot – no pun intended. As a result, some genitals tend to have a salty taste and smell. A little cleaning may also be good for a penis that has been “shaking” urine off all day. I’m just saying…If you are having this debut with a female there may be vaginal discharge present which may have a slight odor to it. For the record discharge is a good thing, so no need to douche it away – it lets you know the vagina is working and has cleaned itself out just for you. If you don’t mind or even enjoy the smell of hot sweaty genitals don’t let me yuck your yum. I know many people who prefer their partner “au natural.”

If your concern is with the taste of your bodily fluids, you can make them taste better by choosing to eat healthy foods. This is true for ejaculate and other bodily fluids secreted during sexual play.  Fruits and vegetables have been shown to make bodily fluids taste sweeter. Certain foods work better for this such as pineapples, melons, cinnamon, parsley, and celery. Drink water daily. Consider cutting down the amount of red meats, junk food, and heavy spices you eat as these foods tend to make bodily fluids taste a bit more pungent.

The second most common concern is related to technique. Specifically, I’m asked about deep throating penises and where exactly to lick a vulva or anus. If you are interested in a “deep throating” debut, like many other behaviors, I suggest starting small and working your way up to the penis size of your choice. One quick tip for this is to use your toothbrush to relax the muscles associated with your gagging. Each time you brush your teeth include your tongue and go a little farther back each time. This will gradually help to relax your gag reflex. When you’re ready to deep throat a penis or phallic object, try leaning backwards over a couch or bed that allows your throat to be open at a straight angle. With practice this gets easier and you can try different positions.

As for where to lick or suck a vulva, penis, or anus during oral sex, the best advice I can give is to ask your partner. Some peopless13 oral sex debut prefer to have partners focus on particular parts such as the clitoris or head of the penis, while others prefer minimal direct stimulation of these parts. If your partner is unaware of which parts they’d like stimulated orally, this can make for a fun debut! The two or more of you can explore what feels good where and how much of a good thing your partner can take. For safer oral sex debuts remember to use flavored condoms on penises and phallic toys. Dental dams are great for practicing safer oral sex on vulvas and anuses.

We’ve covered quite a few debuts this month however; there are several more debuts a person can have with regard to sex. For any sexual debut remember that communication and planning is generally a good idea. Until next Saturday…

Keep it safe ‘n sexy,

Ms. Robin, the Sex Goddess

Have a topic or question you’d like me to address in a future Sexy Saturdays article? Send it to me at RMills@sexucation.org.

 

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