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Let’s talk about sex

Tomorrow, i.e. on 12th Feb is the Sexual Reproductive Health Awareness Day. This brings a serious question: In a country that reports high rates of teenage pregnancies and sexual abuse, one would think that the need for a curriculum focusing on gender equality, importance of consent, and boundaries, would not be a matter of debate. However, the irony is sex education is still a taboo in many parts of the country.

Sex education in India is a highly controversial topic. It is also considered as an offense to Indian ethics and values and the belief that it might lead to risky sexual behaviour and vulgarity. A common matter of worry is ‘everybody will talk about sex then’.

Thinking practically, every teenager has his/her own questions and confusions about sex and they have few reliable sources to look for answers. If they do not get answers from the right person and on right time, they might get improper advice from not so good sources like porn. Hence, if you too find yourself among confusions regarding sex, here is what you can do.

Firstly, never ask for sexual advice or concern to a fellow teenager, he/she might be having their own set of confusions. Look for advice from parents or any teacher whom you have an understanding with.

Many teens find it awkward to “talk” about sex. If you are too one of them, then go for age-appropriate books, articles and videos on the same. Just make sure the sources are authentic and are doing so for the sole purpose of education and not entertainment.

If you’re thinking of talking to your parents try to keep it casual. Don’t make talking about sex a special, solemn occasion. It would be easier to discuss sex when your parent and you are occupied doing everyday tasks such as cooking, washing the car or walking the dog etc.

If you find it embarrassing to bring out the topic on your own, try using the cues around you.  Romantic scenes in movies on television are good conversation starters. You can start by asking open-ended questions like ‘What should I do if you find me in that situation?’ A general conversation based around a hypothetical situation is an easy starting point, and gives both you and your parent a chance to express your thoughts and beliefs.

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Does masturbation has adverse effects?

You might have heard many times that masturbation doesn’t affect your growth at all. Which is true but do you know when does it become harmful? Read on to know more.

Many researchers suggest that masturbation is unrelated to height and growth. They also claim that masturbation as such is not harmful, though, it must be done correctly and in a healthy way. If it is done just to avoid stress, or secondary to watching porn, it can risk you for development of sexual problems like premature ejaculation and erectile dysfunction. These problems are very commonly associated with incorrect way of masturbation.

As far as frequency of masturbation is concerned there is no specific frequency of masturbation which is regarded as healthy. However, excessive masturbation is sure to have damaging effects on your health as it will affect the normal testosterone level and which may affect growth. You lose your proper amount of aggression that is required while working out in the gym, heavy lifting and other activities that require muscle power which comes from testosterone.

According to a research, restraining from masturbation for a week led to a hyper boost of 145 % in Testosterone levels. Sadly, though, the levels automatically started declining from the 8th day. In short, masturbation will never greatly affect your physical activity, it is totally on you if you want to do it or not but it will make you lose the aggression.

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