3 Condom Myths Debunked

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3 Condom Myths Debunked!

Condoms are an affordable and effective way to prevent pregnancy and STI transmission but despite their benefits, they still get a bad wrap. (See what we did there?) We’ve heard all kinds of erroneous reasons to not use a condom; from “They’re not my style” to “My dick can’t breathe,” the list of avoidance tactics can go on for days.

But did you know that many of our most popular excuses aren’t exactly true? See how these three common complaints get debunked with science and enjoy better safer sex in no time!

1. Condoms Cause Erectile Dysfunction
NOT TRUE! It’s a common misconception that the act of ripping open a wrapper and stretching one on causes a penis to stand at half-mast. But a group of seven researchers just published results of a study that found no direct association between erectile dysfunction and condom use.

A group of almost 500 hetero men between the ages of 18 and 24 were surveyed according to how condoms affected their performance. The men who reported having erection issues when using a condom were more likely to report having the same or similar issues when NOT using a condom, which led researchers to conclude that the condom isn’t the common denominator. In other words, lackluster hard-ons are more appropriately attributed to performance-anxiety or other mental/emotional roadblocks rather than the rubbers they’re trying to rip open without killing the mood.

2. “I Can’t Feel Anything!”
Now it’s not totally crazy to believe that putting a barrier between two (or more) people’s skin will ultimately affect sensation. But there’s a good chance that the level of pleasure you feel during condom-protected sex has more to do with your mindset.

Researchers at the Indiana University School of Medicine and the Center for Sexual Health Promotion collected data from about 1,875 men (presumably heterosexual) to analyze their sexual behavior and condom use. The results showed an interesting correlation between level of pleasure/sensation and several factors that actually had nothing to do with condoms. Men who reported feeling more pleasure while wearing a condom tended to be older in age, had sexual intercourse for longer periods of time, reported positive perceptions of their erections, and/or felt the condom itself fit comfortably.

These findings suggest that wearing a condom isn’t the only reason why sexual sensation might be negatively affected, so think about what else might be getting in your (and the condom’s) way before you toss those rubbers aside.

And if you’re still not convinced, try strapping on a vibrating ring or vibrating cock ring to give yourself an extra buzz. There’s no way in hell you won’t be able to feel that through the condom.

3. “Condoms Just Don’t Fit Me.”
One of the most common complaints about condoms is that they don’t fit. They’re uncomfortable. Too tight. Too loose. They fall off. All kinds of issues. And they’re all legit! But the problem isn’t the size or shape of your penis – you’re buying the wrong brand!

Believe it or not, finding the right condom is almost like shopping for jeans. Every brand has a different fit and style and there’s no universal sizing grid for manufacturers to follow. (Frustrating.) What might be magnum for one kind of condom could end up being medium-sized for another and the only way to find out is through trial and error.

Condoms are sized according to length (duh) but ALSO according to the diameter of their base, the part that essentially keeps the condom in place at the base of the penis. If that part doesn’t fit the girth of your Johnson, then it doesn’t matter how perfect the rest of the condom might feel. Every millimeter makes a difference, so we recommend buying a small box from a range of brands and trying them on as though you were in the dressing room of a clothing store.

Some stores sell single condoms (convenient!) and others stock variety packs, which can keep costs down as you experiment. But we assure you that it’s worth the time and effort to find the condom that’s right for your cock. It’ll make having safe sex a whole lot easier – and it’ll probably feel better, too!

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Become a Cunnilingus Pro in 9 Simple Steps

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Become a Cunnilingus Pro in 9 Simple Steps

Cunnilingus. Muff-diving. Good ol’ oral sex. It’s a common concern among men and women eager to please their partners with their “linguistic” skills and understandably so! The vulva (the accurate term for female genitalia) can be complicated to navigate, especially knowing that no one woman enjoys the same series of oral events. But if there’s one thing that women appreciate most, it’s effort and eagerness to please. Getting into the groove (and learning the dance moves she responds to best) comes much easier when both parties are enthusiastically open-minded and excited to get down to business.

So here’s a primer with tips and tricks that take the guesswork out of pussy-eating and give you and your partner something fun to try together – maybe even tonight!

1. Get Groomed

There’s some general tidying up that should be done prior to going down – and we’re not talking about her. If you’re planning on going face-deep and getting your fingers involved, you must make sure there aren’t any stray pokey bits that could result in a less-than-pleasurable experience.

Trim your nails short. Cut away any hangnails or scratchy stuff. And wash your hands before you touch any parts of her precious pussy. Also, keep in mind that your 5 o’clock shadow might feel like sandpaper against certain sensitive areas, so if shaving smooth isn’t an option, take care with how hard you press your face between her legs.

2. Get Excited!

Keep in mind that while you might be raring and ready to dive in, she might be feeling a little shy. Or nervous. Or even afraid. Some of the most common concerns women have when receiving oral sex include fear that their partners aren’t into it, that their vulvas look weird or smell funny, and that oral sex is just an obligatory precursor to “hitting home.”

Nothing gets a women going faster than hearing how much she’s wanted. How you can’t wait to taste her, smell her, feel her and that your No. 1 priority is giving her pleasure. Letting her know how eager and excited you are to be with her will help calm her mind and prevent pesky thoughts and anxiety from getting in the way of you going down.

3. Get a Good Look

It’s important to see what you have to work with before you attempt to make her come. Every vulva is unique – some have large labia, some have tiny clitorises, others have different-colored skin – and the only way to get comfortable is to get acquainted.

For some women, the most important part of the female pleasure process is the clitoris and much of the cunnilingus process involves this important organ, so be sure you know where it is before you move onto the next steps. Fortunately, the clitoris can always be found in the same general place: the “top” of the vulva, typically between the folds of the inner labia. And if she’s turned on a bit, the tip of the clitoris (called the glans) might actually poke out a little and make it easier to find.

Check out this crash course in all things clitoris before you get started – it’ll help you understand just how powerful and special this seemingly small piece of sexual anatomy can be.

4. Get a Slow Start

She may be lying on her back with her legs spread, but that doesn’t mean you should immediately dive between. There are a slew of important erogenous zones that could use attention to help spark the arousal process – think of it as oral sex foreplay. The less attention you pay to her nether regions, the more sensitive they’ll get and by the time your tongue makes contact, she’ll be writhing and wriggling in anticipation.

5. Leave the Clitoris Alone! (For Now.)

Once you’ve paid attention to her body and she’s warmed up to your touch, it’s time to get down to business – sorta. As mentioned above, every vulva (just like every woman) is different with various sensitive spots and no-go zones that can only be discovered through trial and error and talking to each other. Map out her pleasure points by gently touching or licking various areas and asking if she likes how it feels. She should be able to respond verbally (or at least with a moan of approval) when she enjoys what you’re doing and, most importantly, give you a heads up when she’s not feelin’ it. This kind of communication takes the guess work out of giving good head and relieves a lot of the pressure to perform – and makes it a LOT easier to just have fun.

6. Test Out the Clit

While the clitoris plays a key role in cunnilingus, it’s important to note that not all women respond to stimulation the same way. For some women, touching or licking the clit feels downright painful but for others, the only way they can get off is with hard vigorous flicking. So, like you did in #5, see how she responds to different kinds of clitoral stimulation and let her tell you what she likes and doesn’t.

It’s important to note that the glans of the clitoris is often slightly (and sometimes completely) covered by a hood of skin. Many women prefer to be licked and touched over that hood because the clit is just too sensitive on its own. Some women enjoy having their clitorises exposed and stimulated directly. And others can only handle licking near and around the clit.

Oral sex for women is sort of like ordering pizza. She likes extra cheese, a little bit of onion, and only eat the crust when she feels like it while that girl over there wants the works with chili flakes and a side of ranch. The only way to know what kind of pizza your partner likes is to ask her. (And she’ll probably feel pretty damn good knowing you cared enough to inquire.)

7. Lick, Suck, etc.

Now it’s time to experiment with different tongue motions, strokes, speeds and pressure. You’ve probably heard of the alphabet technique (writing out the 26 letters with your tongue) but there’s a better way to find the right rhythm. Circles, up-and-down licks, tickling the tip, side-to-side sweeping, firm pressure, soft flat strokes – the options for pleasurable motions are almost endless and it’ll be relatively easy to tell which ones she wants you to do more of. Women often respond well to repetitive motions, so when you learn the movement she likes, keep doing it at a steady pace. It’s a surefire way to get her closer to orgasm.

PRO TIP: Don’t be afraid to try something and have it not do the trick, because there’s a good chance she might not exactly know what she likes yet and this is a great opportunity to learn together. And heck, you might end up introducing her to something new!

8. Add Penetration (if She’s Into it)

Many women find they can come faster with the addition of vaginal penetration, so check with your partner to see if she’s one of them. If she is, wait until she’s aroused, engorged and excited. Lube up your fingers using her own wetness (or you can use your saliva) and gently insert one finger (start slow!) and try adding a second if she seems ready. Move your finger(s) slowly in and out while you move your tongue on or around her clitoris and adjust speed and movement according to how she responds with her body. Chances are, the sounds she’ll be making will be enough of a sign that you should keep going – and not stop.

9. KEEPGOINGDONTSTOP!

It’ll be relatively clear when you’ve gotten into the right groove and she’s on her way to reaching orgasm. Her breath will deepen, her hips might rock and move to meet your face, she might even grab your head and tell you some form of “Oh god, don’t stop!” And if you’ve received one or more of those signs, it’s time to keep the pace and try not to lose it. She’s building her way to an orgasm and it’s your job to ride – and enjoy – the wave!

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4 Things We Bet You Didn’t Know About Your Penis

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4 Things We Bet You Didn’t Know About Your Penis

Your penis. It knows you better than your best friend (for some of you, it might BE your best friend) and is always between your legs by your side ready and waiting for your next adventure. But how well do YOU know your Johnson, your Peter, your Willie?

This important appendage is capable of many great things but there are a few you may not have heard of, so we’ve compiled them here for you to study and remember forever. Try whipping out one of these factoids next time you’re at a loss for dinner date conversation!*

* Not actually recommended

1. Penises Can Fire Up to 8 Feet

Many guys keep personal score of their ejaculatory prowess and feel the farther they can “shoot” their ejaculate, the better or more powerful their penises are. But studies show that’s not actually true!

Alfred Kinsey, the pioneer sex researcher who paved the way for sexologists today, spent much of the 1930s and 1940s studying human sexuality with the help of thousands of human subjects (and caused all kinds of controversy doing it). One of his studies involved measuring the ejaculatory distances of 100-or-so men and found that some of the subjects were able to make it up to the 8-foot mark!

There hasn’t been a TON of follow-up research regarding this lower-priority sex topic, but we did find that another set of sexology pioneers did their own masturbatory measuring with less impressive results. William H. Masters and Virginia E. Johnson, the duo behind Master and Johnson (and inspiration for the recent Showtime hit Masters of Sex), studied human sexuality and sexual response from the late 1950s up until just a couple of decades ago and found that their male subjects ejaculated up to barely 2 feet.

But before you whip out some lube and a tape measure, keep this in mind: researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College later found that the force of ejaculation is NOT related to your penis’ physical abilities. The distance one can ejaculate is actually dependent on how satisfied he feels about his orgasm. So keep your head in the game and stay positive next time you release!

2. Your Penis Needs Exercise

Without regular erections, it’s possible for the muscles of the penis to atrophy and lose their tone. These muscles require regular oxygenation (which happens when blood rushes into the shaft when erect) and without regular stiff ones, the penis can become less malleable and even shrink in size. So for men who find difficulty getting hard on the reg and want to keep their dicks in healthy condition, doctors recommend the use of sexual aids like penis pumps. These gadgets use suction to swell the penis with blood and help ensure that it stays in shape. Gives a whole new meaning to “use it or lose it”!

3. You Can Shoot Even When You’re Soft 

Your penis doesn’t need to be rock-hard to ejaculate. In fact, it can happen when you’re completely flaccid! The ejaculation response center is actually in your spine, which sends signals to and from your brain and genitals during sexual stimulation and ultimate tells the muscles at the base of your shaft to contract. (Which ultimately forces semen out of you.) It’s these muscles that are responsible for ejaculation regardless of whether or not the penis is engorged.

You can see for yourself next time you’re in the mood to experiment – try stimulating yourself in ways other than stroking (vibrator to the frenulum or taint can help!) and see what might happen!

4. Quitting Smoking Might Make Your Dick Bigger

Researchers have found that men who quit smoking cigarettes (without relapsing) end up having thicker and more rigid rods over time! You see, cigarette-smoking calcifies blood vessels and dramatically stifles circulation – and that counts for your penis, too.

Hard, strong erections depend on steady blood flow, so doctors and sex educators alike recommend trading in Camels for condoms to keep your penis in firm working condition. Strong circulation means bigger erections, to quit those smokes and start having better sex (and better breath)!

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Lasting Longer in Bed Has Never Been So Easy!

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Lasting Longer in Bed Has Never Been So Easy!

July 24, 2015

Worried you might not last long enough in bed? Well, you’re not alone; this is one of the most common concerns of men of all ages, regardless if they actually have issues with premature ejaculation. Whether you’re a “one minute man” or simply want to wait until your partner comes first, there’s a new solution to longer-lasting, more satisfying sex – and it’s literally only a spray (or two) away.

Dynamo Delay is a brand new male desensitizing spray, the first and only FDA-compliant delay spray proudly made in the USA using a concentrated 13% lidocaine formula, which means men can improve stamina, increase endurance and prolong pleasure with just a few sprays and barely any extra effort. Gone are the days of counting backwards, thinking about baseball, and every other mental trick to keep from coming – now you can stay present and focused on your partner’s pleasure without worrying about whether you’re about to explode.

Compared to other leading delay sprays, Dynamo Delay is 35% more concentrated, contains 50% more product and twice the number of sprays per bottle – all at about half the cost per spray! At $14.95 a bottle, Dynamo Delay is now the most affordable, most effective and most powerful male genital desensitizing spray available.

“There’s a lot of snake oil out there and it was time to create a delay spray that follows the strict guidelines of the FDA, a true over-the-counter medicine that men and their partners can trust,” The Screaming O Account Executive Conde Aumann said. “Studies estimate that 70% of men will experience premature ejaculation of some form at some point in their lives; we believe that they deserve a fast, effective and affordable solution without an embarrassing prescription, nasty side effects or fear that it won’t actually work.”

Like all real U.S. medicines, the lidocaine used in Dynamo Delay is tested against strict U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP) standards to ensure strength, quality and purity. Chosen over for its more powerful numbing ability, lidocaine is one of the most studied drugs on the market and has shown effective in men aged 23-70 – meaning men of all adult ages can benefit from the effects of a product like Dynamo Delay.

With so many desensitizing options on store shelves, but so few of them legal and with FDA-approved indications, The Screaming O urges men and their partners to trust Dynamo Delay for their intimate needs.

Visit DynamoDelay.com for more information and to place an order today!

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Lenny Kravitz #Penisgate Sparks New Conversation About C-rings

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Lenny Kravitz #Penisgate Sparks New Conversation About C-rings

Aug. 6, 2015

In case you’ve been asleep or living in a wifi-free cave, you may have missed what’s been deemed #penisgate: famously sexual rocker Lenny Kravitz split his leather pants during a festival concert on Monday and gave fans a seriously full frontal view. (He was going commando.) And a flash of metal at the base of his dick sent the Internet ablaze – was this 51-year-old rock star sporting a cock ring on stage? And if so….why?!

Rumors quickly were squashed by clarification that the glint of silver was actually from a penis piercing and NOT a cock ring (Kravitz has talked about it before) but questions still arose: Why would he wear a cock ring under his clothes? Aren’t cock rings meant for sex?

Well, yes! But there’s a lesser-known (but supremely awesome) benefit to strapping on a cock ring before a night on the town – especially if you’re going sans underwear. They make your junk look BIGGER.

Cock rings typically fit tight around the shaft and testicles right at the base. This constricting action can actually turn your package into a full-on bulge and the longer you wear it – as long as it feels comfortable and NOT painful! – the bigger everything will get. You won’t necessarily get a boner, but you’ll definitely look bigger below the belt. So pair a bulging package with tight leather pants à la Lenny Kravitz (maybe keep the undies on, though) and you’ll leave a lasting impression on your audience.

The more you know…

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