Let’s talk about sex

2010-09-18 08:11

The first week of this month marked World ­Sexual Health Day. Don’t worry if this is the first time you’re hearing about it as this was the first annual event hosted by the World Association for Sexual Health to “encourage open and respectful discussion on sexual matters”. The theme was: Let’s talk about it.

Well, the one place where you can ­certainly feel free to talk about everything related to sex is at the upcoming Sexpo, which takes place from September 30 to October 3 at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand.

Before you rush off to buy your tickets, get updated on the latest trends and news from across the world about sex and sexual health.

The male contraceptive pill
As the female contraceptive pill as ­instrumental in revolutionising women’s sexuality.

As it turned 50 this year, advances in medical technology have led to a pill for men, arguably the best thing in male birth control since the invention of the condom.

According to www.askmen.com, researchers at Edinburgh University’s Centre for Reproductive Biology have developed a pill that suppresses daily sperm production while maintaining normal testosterone levels.

The pill contains desogestrel – a synthetic hormone that is the main component in the female pill – and the male hormone, testosterone.

This combination blocks the ­production of sperm while maintaining male characteristics and sex drive.

Just like the female contraceptive pill, The pill must be taken daily.

The question remains: Will men use it?

And will women trust their partners to remember to take one everyday?

Visit www.netdoctor.co.uk for more information on the male pill.

After checking into a sleep disorder clinic, a group of people found that they had a peculiar night-time habit: sleep sex.

The study, presented two months ago in Texas during the annual ­Associated Professional Sleep Societies conference, found that more than one in 10 male and 4% of female interviewees admitted they had ­engaged in “sleep sex”.

Dr Sharon Chung, a scientist from the University Health Network in Toronto, says people who suffer from this generally have no recollection of engaging in such ­activity.

“We were surprised at how common it was.

“We thought we’d get just a handful of people, yet it was ­almost one in 12 people,” she says.

Whichever way you look at it, this is one creepy habit.

10-minute sex is best
The Society for Sex Therapy and Research in the US, which counsels and treats couples with sexual problems, suggests 10 minutes as the perfect period to engage in carnal activity.

Apparently, between one and two minutes is too short, three to seven minutes is acceptable, and anything more than 13 minutes is too long.

Having sex for seven to 13 minutes is “desirable”.

Eric Corty, a researcher and associate professor of psychology at Penn State University, says: “Many people believe the fantasy of all-night-long intercourse, a situation ripe for disappointment and dissatisfaction.

“We hope this survey will dispel fantasies, and encourage men and women, with realistic data.”

The findings were published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Shopping arousal
Shopping has a similar effect on the brain to watching pornographic films, a study has indicated.

Consumers offered discounts or other promotions on a range of products showed a mental ­response similar to that of sexual arousal, the research has found.

Scientists from the University of Westminster in London wired up 50 volunteers and monitored their eye movements and emotional ­responses to the products, and graded them on a scale from one to 10.

A high of 10 is the equivalent to severe trauma, which is rarely seen and can be dangerous.

But a score of between five and seven is the kind of excitement a body has to erotic images such as pornography.

For example, a Marmite promotion that promised a free gift registered a score of up to 5.8 among the consumers.

The research, commissioned by The Institute of Promotional Marketing and yet to be completed, was revealed in this month’s issue of The Grocer, a UK trade journal.

Imaginary sex
If you think you’ve heard it all, then you must have missed the one about the World Air Sex Championships set to go down in New York on October 9.

Contestants in the competition get to dress up in whatever fetish clothing they like and get on stage to make love with an imaginary sex partner while their soundtrack of choice plays in the background.

The participants have to act out a full sexual experience – including simulating the act and facial ­expressions – to impress judges.

This includes meeting their “partner”, seduction, foreplay and intercourse.

A tip from the experts is to have a game plan.

“Have a costume, have a plan and commit 100% to whatever you’re doing,” says Air Sex host Chris Trew.

»?Sexpo takes place on Thursday 11am to 11pm, Friday and Saturday 11am to midnight, and Sunday 11am to 9pm. Tickets cost R130 (R220 for VIPs) at Computicket.

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