Sex Ed From A to Z
If you're like most ThirdAgers, you never had Sex Ed 101. Luckily, ThirdAge's glossary catches you up on things you might have missed during the Sexual Revolution -- when ignorance was bliss (or maybe just ecstasy). You'll be pleasantly surprised by what you discover about having great sex, and best of all, you can consult our glossary in the privacy of our own home.
Below are the top three terms to get you started on your at-home education. When you're ready for more, check out the entire glossary.
Libido: It's a biological fact that in both sexes, the sex drive is powered by the hormone testosterone, but emotions and attitudes will always be stronger than any hormone. Create a positive attitude toward your own sexual pleasure, and you'll have the most important engine of the sex drive working in your favor.
If you're a woman using hormone replacement therapy (HRT), check out your emotional and physical health before you have your testosterone levels boosted with synthetic testosterone. (For more hints on improving libido, take a look at the entries for DHEA, orgasm, and testosterone.)
Orgasm: Find a way to have one, and you'll enjoy an explosion of endorphins and oxytocin in the brain as well as the involuntary contraction of genital muscles that produces intense pleasure. Orgasm brings waves of the body's natural pain killers, circulates fresh blood in the genitals, releases tension in muscles, and can even help heal ailments and relieve headaches.
For men, orgasm can happen without an erection or ejaculation. For women, orgasms can cause ejaculation. Many over-the-counter and prescription drugs, as well as alcohol, can inhibit the ability to orgasm. Poor health, emotional problems, and our attitudes can, too.
Testosterone: Created from cholesterol that floats abundantly though the blood, testosterone is the hormone that sensitizes the erectile tissue in the nipples and genitals of both men and women. Like other hormones, testosterone controls several bodily functions, including libido in both sexes. The high level of testosterone in the testicles encourages sperm development and brings on male characteristics.
Testosterone is destroyed by alcohol, while exercise may be better preparation for a sexual experience.
Ready to take your knowledge to the next level? Check out the entire glossary, from A-spot to vulva.
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