Bodies & Body parts

Can you get pregnant when you’re on your period?

Yes, your body can ovulate (release an egg) at any time during your cycle, even when you’re having your period.  To protect yourself from becoming pregnant, it’s best to use birth control and condoms every time you have sex.

What’s happens if a guy takes two sephra pills? I am curios and need to know asap!

We can’t give medical advice or diagnoses over the Q&A service.

Contact your medical provider if you have questions about a medication; you should never take anything without talking with a health care provider first.

If you’ve taken something that you think could hurt you, call poison control right away: 1-800-222-1222.

is it possible to give yourself a blow job?

only if you’re reallllllllly flexible. most human bodies probably won’t bend enough to make this possible.

can I jump off a home and fly?

no– and please don’t try it! humans can’t fly.

my vagina gets wet all the time why is this?

the vagina is a self-lubricating part of your body. it’s normal for some amount of discharge or moisture to be present all the time. a person’s vagina also “gets wet” or lubricates when that person is sexually aroused or excited.

Is it normal for teens to masturbate?

Masturbation is normal, healthy, and can be a safe way for teens (and people of any age) to experience sexual pleasure without having to worry about pregnancy or STDs.

how do UTIs happen?

UTI stands for urinary tract infection (which is sometimes called a bladder infection). It’s caused by bacteria getting into the urethra (the hole where pee comes out) and causing an infection. UTIs can be cured with antibiotics.

Some people (and gender) are just prone to getting UTIs — drinking plenty of water and urinating when you have to go (don’t hold it!) can help prevent UTIs.

Female-bodied people have a higher chance of getting a UTIs after vaginal or oral sex, because bacteria sometimes gets into the urethral opening. Urinating after sex can help prevent a UTI.

If you think you might have a UTI you should visit a health care provider– they don’t go away on their own and can get much worse if untreated. Maine Family Planning clinics can treat UTIs for people of any gender.

uti treatment?

We’re not sure exactly what this question is about, but since you mentioned UTI treatment, here’s what we can tell you:

UTIs (urinary tract infections) CAN be treated. You’ll need to see a medical provider so they can diagnose whether you do, in fact, have a UTI and determine the best kind of antibiotic to treat it. The provider will then write a prescription for antibiotics that will cure the infection– symptoms usually improve within 24 hours of starting medication.

Family Planning clinics can diagnose and treat UTIs. Click here to find a clinic near you. If you can’t get to a Family Planning clinic or your regular doctor, you can go to an urgent care center or an emergency room.

It’s very important to get treatment for a UTI as soon as possible. UTIs can be very painful, and the infection can also spread to other parts of your body (your bladder, kidneys). UTIs don’t go away on their own and can NOT be cured with home remedies like cranberry juice or supplements.

What’s chest binding?

Chest binding is when a person flattens or otherwise restricts their breasts/ breast tissue in order to appear to have a flatter chest. Chest binding is most commonly practiced among transgender men and people who were born with a female body but who want to present as more masculine or androgynous to the outside world.

There are safe and unsafe ways to bind. You shouldn’t use duct tape or ACE bandages, and you shouldn’t bind for more than 10 hours a day or while sleeping. There are several kinds of binders (an undergarment made especially for binding) and some types of sports bras that are safer and more comfortable options.

More information on chest binding, binders, and physical (and mental!) health can be found here.

How do I persuade a sexy girl to show me her naked body?

You should never try to persuade or push anyone to do anything (sexual or otherwise) that they don’t want to do. Consent and mutual respect are two of the most important things when it comes to being intimate, naked, or sexual with another person.

It’s important that both you and your partner feel ready and comfortable being naked, intimate, or sexual with each other and that neither of you feels pressured to do anything before you’re ready.

I’m planning to take pills but I’m male. Some of my guy friends take pills and they gained weight. Because I want to gained weight and to get fat. Is it possible?

We can’t tell from your question what kind of pills you’re thinking about taking, but we can say this: you should never take any prescription medication that a medical provider didn’t prescribe to you directly.

It seems like you might be talking about birth control pills, even though you’re male. Birth control pills are prescription medicines that DO have certain risks, so if a doctor didn’t prescribe them to you directly, you should not take them. Weight gain can sometimes be a side effect of birth control, but it’s usually a pretty small amount of weight if it happens at all.

If you’re concerned about your weight or body size, you should talk to a health care provider. There are safe and effective ways to put on weight, and your doctor will be able to help you figure that out.

Why is my vagina really dry with no discharge, red, and itchy?

We can’t diagnose any medical conditions over the question & answer line, but if you’re experiencing unusual changes with any part of your body, including your vagina, the best thing to do is to see a health care provider. You could be having anything ranging from a reaction to a new soap, a rash, or a more serious infection.

Your local Family Planning clinic can help you figure out what’s going on.

is it normal to have bumps or small skin growth on labia minora or around your vagina? not sexually active so don’t think they are genital warts.

If you’re not sexually active, it’s unlikely that these bumps would be due to an STD. Keep in mind that some STDs, including genital warts and herpes– can be spread by skin-to-skin contact or oral sex, though, so there’s still a risk of infection even if you’ve only fooled around without having sex.

We can’t diagnose anything on the Q&A site, so the best thing to do is to see a health care provider if you notice bumps or other changes. It could be an ingrown hair, just the way your body is made, or it could be a sign of an infection. The only way to know is to get it checked out, which you can do at your local family planning clinic.

what is an anus?

the anus is the opening from the rectum through which feces (poop) leaves the body.

i’m 7 and i masturbate every night, is this a problem?

masturbation is normal and healthy, and you don’t have to be any certain age to enjoy or touch your own body.

masturbation only becomes a problem if it gets in the way of your normal life– if it causes problems with your relationships with other people or gets in the way of things you need to do (like homework, eating, or sleeping).

why do we have two testicles?

That’s a good question!

The simplest answer is that it seems to be beneficial for humans to have two of many important organs (kidneys, lungs, ovaries, testicles)– even though we can function with just one. We don’t know a lot about why this happened as we evolved, but it seems that it gives humans a better chance at reproduction and hormone production.

That said, people with only one testicle can still produce adequate amounts of testosterone and sperm. You can read more here.

 

Will hormonal birth control pills make me a woman? I really want to be a woman.

The short answer is no– no matter what your sex or gender is. The hormones in birth control pills are not strong enough to change your physical characteristics, feminize your body, or help you medically transition. Hormonal medications do have some risks, and it’s very important that you only take hormones under the supervision of a medical provider.

If you’re a person who was assigned female at birth (you were born with a vagina, uterus) and you’re asking because you want to speed up puberty and grow up faster, hormonal birth control pills don’t offer a high enough dose to speed or significantly impact development. If you’re concerned about your development, it’s a good idea to see a medical provider to discuss your concerns.

If you’re a person who was assigned male at birth (you were born with a penis, testicles) and you’re asking because you want to medically transition your gender, birth control pills don’t have a high enough dose of hormones to help with transition. If you are interested in hormonal therapy for gender transition, it’s very important to do this with the guidance of a medical professional. You would need a medication to suppress your body’s natural hormones, a therapeutic dose of hormones (higher than birth control), and regular blood tests to make sure you’re healthy and safe.

If you’re an intersex person and you’re asking because you want hormones for feminization or medical transition, the dose of hormones in birth control pills is not strong enough to feminize or aid transition. If you are interested in talking about hormonal therapy, it’s very important to do so under the guidance of a medical professional.

I’m taking estrogen gel caps for about one and a half month to get breast can I take progesterone too?

We can’t give medical advice online.

Any time you’re taking medication, especially hormones, it’s important to have the guidance of a medical professional. They can help you figure out the right dosing, monitor your body’s hormone levels to make sure you’re getting the right amount through medication, and can help manage any side effects or reactions your body might have to the meds.

If you’re 18 or older, you can get hormonal therapy at Lewiston Family Planning. You can also check out Maine TransNet for more information and resources.

What do I do and what does it mean if I have been having vaginal bleeding after sex?

you are right to look into this. bleeding & discomfort after sex could be due to a number of things– it could be nothing serious, or there could be medical issues that need attention.

pain and bleeding after sex can be a sign of a sexually transmitted infection, especially chlamydia.  it is easy to test for this and very easy to treat. it could also mean that you’re not lubricated enough during sex, which is something that can be addressed with communication, lube, and/ or engaging in different forms of sexual activity. the only way to figure out what’s going on is to see a health provider.

we can’t diagnose anything on MTH, so call a Family Planning clinic for a confidential visit. we do same day and next day appointments: www.maineteenhealth.org/clinics

What if a man accidentally swallowed morning after pill?

If a male were to take just one morning after pill (also called emergency contraception), the chances of anything at all happening would be very slim– possibly  just some nausea or a headache. This pill is similar to birth control pills and contain a relatively low dose of hormones, and because it’s just one dose, wouldn’t have long-term effects.

Hormonal medications can be complicated and do come with risks, and hormonal medications shouldn’t be taken long-term by anyone without talking to a medical provider first.

What are steps to grow penis about average length?

There’s really nothing a person can do to grow or increase penis size.

The penis will continue to grow throughout puberty, which can start as early at 10 -12 and end as late as 16 – 18 years of age.

Where does AIDS enter the body?

HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, is spread when blood, semen or vaginal fluids from an infected person enter another person’s body.

Through sexual contact the virus may enter the body through the vagina, urethra or mouth, or through a tear in the lining of the rectum. About 80% of all cases of HIV are transmitted by sexual contact. Using condoms greatly reduces the risk of HIV transmission.

HIV can also be spread through infected blood when a person shares needles or other equipment used for injecting drugsor steroids. It can also be spread when a person is accidentally stuck with a needle or other sharp item that is contaminated with HIV.

It is now extremely rare in the United States for HIV to be transmitted by blood transfusions or organ transplants. Blood and organ donors are screened for risk factors. All donated blood and organs are screened for HIV.

If you are concerned about your risk for HIV, you can get tested at your local family planning clinic.

i took some female contraception pill what would that mean if i took them every day for the next 30 days?

It depends on whether you were born with biologically male or female anatomy.

If you were born with female anatomy (you have a uterus and ovaries), taking birth control every day for 30 days would be a way to prevent pregnancy. Some side effects could include tender breasts, headaches, and changes in your period.

If you were born with male anatomy (you have a penis and testicles), taking birth control pills every day for 30 days would probably not do a lot, but there could be some slight effects. While your body is still making “male” hormones (testosterone and androgen), the small amount of hormone in the pills probably wouldn’t have a big effect. Over enough time (probably longer than 30 days), taking birth control pills could lead to some increase in fat around the hips and chest/ breasts.

If a person wants to take a hormonal medication–to transition, for birth control, or for any other reason–they MUST see a medical provider to make sure that they are taking the right medications in the right dose, because hormones can have serious risks and side effects.

If you think are a transgender teen, we recommend that you connect with a good support person/network. Do you have a trusted adult you can talk with about your gender identity? If not, is there a local LGBTQ youth group in your area? A really good place to start is Maine TransNet, which offers information on local support groups and other resources; they can even connect you with a counselor who you can talk with. If you’re 18 or over, you can call Lewiston Family Planning to talk about hormonal transition.

If a pregnant woman is infected with diseases such as diabetes and others, can she infected her child as well?

Some diseases caused by bacteria or viruses can be passed from a pregnant woman to her baby during pregnancy or childbirth– some examples are HIV or chickenpox.

Other diseases have an increased chance of occurring in both mother and child because they share genes.  Some examples are Type 1 Diabetes and Sickle Cell Anemia.

There are other diseases that either mother or child may have because of environmental factors, lifestyle, or exposure to infection– but they aren’t necessarily related to genes or transmitted during pregnancy. Some examples are Asthma and Type 2 Diabetes.

If you are concerned about a health condition or disease, or health during pregnancy or childbirth, you should talk with your physician. They can help you learn more about prevention and treatment.

Whats a Boner and what does it mean for a guy to get and/or feel hard?

“Boner” is another word for erection. An erection is when the penis fills with blood to become enlarged and stiff, which is what is happening when a person gets or feels hard. An erection may happen due to sexual arousal or for no reason at all. Erections can happen at any time and are normal.

 

when is a good age to start shaving?

A good age to start shaving is when you start having hair on your face or body that you don’t want there (and when you can safely use a razor!). This is going to happen for different people at different ages– generally, sometime after puberty.

Some people never shave, wait a long time between shaving, or only shave certain parts of their bodies (like men who shave their faces but not their legs, or women who shave their legs but not their armpits).

could my penis snap in half?

Not exactly. There are no bones or cartilage in the penis, so it can’t “snap” or break, but if the penis is forcefully bent while erect, it can result in a serious injury (called a rupture). This is something that would be very painful and would require urgent medical attention.

What if someone hasn’t had sex but thinks she is pregnant from jacking a guy off and touching her self?

Many a person’s first sexual activity, masturbation isn’t only for solo play — it may be even more fun with company! Masturbation with more than one person is often referred to as mutual masturbation. Whether solo or social, this activity is one of the safest forms of sex play. Yet there are a few helpful precautions for preventing pregnancy and STIs.

For pregnancy prevention, try to avoid getting cum and precum on or near the vulva. Even though the risk of pregnancy is significantly reduced if semen comes into contact with only the external parts of the vulva, there’s still a potential risk of pregnancy. Contact with mucous membranes (such as the inner labia, clitoris, vagina walls, or anus) allows for risk of transmission of STIs.

Because genital contact with fresh sperm carries a slight risk of pregnancy, washing and drying your hands thoroughly is your best bet. If this isn’t practical, keep a towel by the bed and dry your hands thoroughly. It may also be beneficial to wait an additional few minutes, which you may creatively spend exciting your partner without your hands.

 

how can I tell if my nuvaring is still inside of me?

The best way to check is to use your fingers to find the NuvaRing (the same way you would insert or remove the ring). After washing your hands, insert a finger into your vagina and feel for the ring. If you’re having trouble, do your best to relax your muscles and try different positions (you could try crouching or laying down).

The NuvaRing can NOT be pushed too far up in the vagina or get lost inside you, because the cervix (the lower end of the uterus) will block it from going any farther. The NuvaRing can accidentally slip out of the vagina while removing a tampon, during sex, or straining when going to the bathroom, though– so it is important to check to make sure the ring is still there.

If you can’t find your NuvaRing because it’s fallen out, contact your doctor or local Maine Family Planning clinic. You’ll need a new one in order to be protected from pregnancy.

should my boyfriend use contraceptive pills?

Probably not.

If you boyfriend is a cisgender man and wants to prevent getting anyone pregnant, taking contraceptive pills won’t work. The only effective birth control options for cisgender men (right now) are condoms and vasectomy/ sterilization.

If your boyfriend is “biologically” a man but is interested in transitioning using hormones (maybe identifies as transgender), contraceptive pills would not be a good option. The hormones aren’t strong enough for transition. It’s also very important that medical/ hormonal transition is done under the care of a medical professional. Lewiston Family Planning can help those 18 and over.

If your boyfriend is a transgender man and wants to take contraceptive pills to prevent pregnancy, he should talk to his health care provider. This could be a good option depending on his goals, what works for his body, and other medications he’s taking.

My boyfriend doesn’t nut every time we have sex.. is there something wrong? He’s had this problem for about two years.

It’s normal for people NOT to have an orgasm or ejaculate every time they have sex, regardless of their sex or gender. Our culture tells us that men always orgasm during sex, but that’s unrealistic and a gendered stereotype.

It’s only a problem or “something wrong” if your boyfriend is unhappy with this or if he has pain or discomfort that prevent orgasm/ ejaculation. If he’s frustrated or unhappy, the two of you should communicate about what feels good, what’s realistic, and how to make sure both of you are comfortable and no one feels pressured during sexual activity. If he has pain, he should see a health provider to rule out STDs or other health problems.  A Maine Family Planning clinic is a good place to start.

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what would happen if a man took multiple birth control pills then testosterone — what would happen?

The effects of a male taking birth control pills and/or testosterone really depends on the doses (how much hormone) is taken.

If a male were to take just a few birth control pills, the chances of anything at all happening would be very low, because birth control pills contain a relatively low dose of hormones. However, if a male took birth control pills that contain estrogen over a period of time, he might experience larger breasts, smaller testicles and a decreased sex drive.

There are serious cardiovascular (heart health) risks that come along with taking testosterone and/or estrogen; this is true for people of any gender. Both hormones may also have a negative effect on the prostate.

Hormonal medications can be complicated and come with risks. No one should ever take any prescription medication that wasn’t given to them by a medical professional. If you are interested in taking hormones for any reason, it is important that you talk to a health care provider to make sure it’s safe for you to take these medicines and to make sure you get the right dose (the right amount for your goals).

Whenever I’m on my period I feel constipated, is this a normal thing?

Constipation during your period (or even in the week or so before your period) is a normal symptom of PMS and/or menstruation. Not everyone will experience it, but it’s not unusual or concerning.

To try to ease constipation during your period (or any time), eat lots of high-fiber foods, fruits and vegetables, drink lots of water, and try to be physically active.

Can sperm be yellow? Or a different color? If so, is it because the male is unhealthy?

Typical, normal semen (the fluid that contains sperm) is usually white or whitish-clear. A change in color can indicate health problems or an infection, so if you or someone you know notices a change in the color of semen, it’s best to see a health provider.

Maine Family Planning provides confidential, affordable STD testing and other reproductive health services– find a clinic near you at www.maineteenhealth.org/clinics

i am a male / female, i dress as female everyday and i would like to start to use tampons when it get close to the end of the month as i feel like a female all the time so i would like to wear a tampons i am wondering if there is any risk of using them?

While it sounds like your gender identity is female, it’s not completely clear to us from your message what kind of body parts you have.

If you have biologically “female” body parts (a vagina, a uterus), it’s safe and normal to use tampons during your period.

If you have biologically “male” body parts (a penis, testicles), it would not be safe to use tampons. Tampons are made to be inserted into the vagina during menstruation, and are not meant to be inserted into the anus or other body parts. Because of the sensitive tissue inside the anus and the fact that it does not self-lubricate, tampons could cause irritation, tearing, or other damage to your body.

It’s important for people of all genders and with all kinds of body parts to find safe ways to express their gender identities.

what happens when you get a vasectomy?

A vasectomy is a simple medical procedure in which the vas deferens is cut, tied, or otherwise blocked in order to ‘sterilize’ a person with a penis. This procedure prevents pregnancy by keeping sperm from being able to get out of the male body.

Vasectomy does not affect sexual performance. The only difference post-vasectomy is that the semen he ejaculates will no longer contain sperm.

One of my breasts is bigger than the other, is that normal?

Yes, it’s very common for one side of the body to be different than the other. Some people have one foot or one eye that’s slightly bigger than the other, and the same can be true for breasts.

Is it possible for a penis to be too big?

Like all body parts, penises come in all shapes and sizes– and all of those sizes are normal. Penis size has no effect on how effective a person is at pleasing his partner or other physical actions (like peeing or masturbating).

scince my breasts started growing i’ve been getting really bad stretch marks there , i’m only 14 and i was wondering how this happens and how i could stop it?

Stretch marks are normal and common on any area of the body where growth happens quickly; they happen when your skin “stretches” to make room for the growing body part. Stretch marks can (and often do) appear other areas too, such as the hips, thighs, or on the stomach during pregnancy.

There’s no way to get stop stretch marks or get rid of them completely, but some people find that they appear less dramatic if you use lotion every day (to keep the skin moisturized), especially if it contains Vitamin E or Cocoa Butter. Tanning can make stretchmarks show up more dramatically.

Stretch marks are not dangerous or unhealthy. Some people don’t like the way they look, and other people appreciate them as just another feature of their bodies.

my pee has been white and thick

Any time you notice unusual changes in your bodily fluids (including urine/ pee), you should see your doctor or another medical provider immediately. You can come to any Maine Family Planning clinic for sexual and reproductive health care, including STD testing and treatment.

My friend is cutting herself, what should I do?

This can be very frightening and confusing for a friend to discover.  First off, stay calm and tell your friend that you care about her and that you don’t want her to get hurt.  If she will talk about it, be an active listener and stay supportive.  Don’t push, but encourage her to get help.  Ask her if she will consider telling an adult or if she will go to the school nurse or guidance for help from a caring adult.  She might go if you walk her to the door.  Be careful to not go behind her back and talk about her to others. Kidshealth.org has some good articles on how to help a friend who is cutting.

Can a man with hyper-androgen take birth control pill to reduce acne, sebum in face and body hair?

Some types of birth control pills can help reduce acne in (cis) women and girls. Birth control really doesn’t have any effect on body hair.

“Male” hormones (like androgen and testosterone) would likely cancel out any effect of that the “female” hormones (estrogen and/or progesterone) in birth control would have in a man, so this wouldn’t be a good way to reduce acne.

Hormonal medications do come with risks, and because birth control pills aren’t meant for (cis) male bodies, there are much safer and more effective options to control acne. Talk with your medical provider to find an option that could work for you.

There aren’t really medications to control body hair, but there are other ways to change the amount of hair you have (such as shaving, waxing, plucking, or more permanent methods like electrolysis).

(We put male/ female hormones in quotation marks, because people of all genders have some amount of all of these hormones in their bodies.) 

So my vagina burns and its like swollen. And I have no idea why. Can birth control cause this. Cause I missed a day and when I missed a day of my pills my vagina started getting itchy and it started burning and now its swollen.

This probably isn’t a side effect of birth control. We can’t diagnose anything over the Q&A line, so it’s probably worth seeing a health professional to get this checked out.

Burning and swelling could be the result of a number of things, from an STD, to a yeast infection, to an allergy to soap or clothing detergent. The best way to figure this out is to see a health provider. You can see an expert at any Family Planning clinic in Maine; all of our services are confidential and affordable.

how long can a male be on female birth control before his breasts grow and how long before his prostate is in danger?

Generally if a male starts on estrogen, including that in regular birth control pills, he should start to see breast development in 3 to 6 months.  These hormones do not put his prostate in danger.

The estrogen in birth control pills is ethinyl estradiol and that is not considered the best kind of estrogen for a male who wants to transition to a female to be on.  There seem to be more risks and potential complications with that kind of estrogen rather than the usual estradiol that we use.

We would suggest that any male who wants to transition to a female make an appointment with a provider who is skilled and comfortable providing hormones and guidance to help them transition as safely as possible.  We provide that service to people 18 years and older at our Lewiston and Waterville family planning clinics.  In addition to estrogens, we also prescribe testosterone blockers that help make for a smoother faster transition than using just estrogens. Click here for more information.

I’m a girl and I have never had an orgasm, how can I make that happen?

Most females need clitoral stimulation, (ie: rubbing or stroking of the clitoris) in order to have an orgasm (to come).  In the movies, it often seems like the woman comes after a few minutes of vaginal penetration, but in reality the cycle of arousal is much longer for women (around 30 or 40 minutes).  Let’s face it, the movie would have to be four hours long… Masturbation or self-touching is a way to get to know what your body responds to.  Communicate directly with your partner about what you like and don’t like.

what happens if a man takes premak c?

We think you might mean Prempak-C, which is a hormone replacement medication meant for people with biologically female bodies (usually taken by women after menopause).

Over time (if taken regularly), there’s a chance that taking this kind of hormonal pill could lead to some weight gain (mostly around the hips and chest), but while a guy is still producing testosterone naturally, adding female hormones may not result in any changes at all.

If a person wants to take a hormonal medication because they are interested in transitioning genders, they MUST see a medical provider to make sure that they are taking the right medications in the right dose, because hormones can have serious risks and side effects. A man who wants to transition to female by taking hormones would also need to take a medicine to BLOCK the male hormones that his body already produces, otherwise there wouldn’t be much of an effect. Our providers at Lewiston Family Planning can  answer questions about hormone therapy for transitioning.

Hormonal medications can be complicated and do come with risks. The best thing to do is to talk with a health care provider– a provider at Maine Family Planning could help answer your questions. Because of health risks due to side effects or combining medications, you should never take anything without talking with a health care provider first.

I have been masturbating since age 5. is this normal? I am now almost 15.

It’s normal for people of all ages to explore their own bodies and to masturbate. As long as masturbation doesn’t get in the way of relationships or other aspects of your life (like doing homework or getting enough sleep), it’s a perfectly safe, healthy, and  normal thing to do (privately, of course).

i took my girl friend birth pill for a bet, what would happen to me after taking it?

If a male were to take just one birth control pill, the chances of anything at all happening would be very slim. Birth control pills contain a relatively low dose of hormones.

However, if a male took birth control pills that contain estrogen over a period of time, he might experience larger breasts, less facial hair, smaller testicles and a decreased sex drive. High levels of estrogen may also increase a man’s risk of an enlarged prostate and prostate cancer. There are cardiovascular risks that come along with long-term estrogen use that apply to people of any gender.

Hormonal medications can be complicated and do come with risks. No one should ever take any prescription medication that wasn’t given to them by a medical professional.

I have a girlfriend and she and i have kissed. and when we did shes says that she felt “moist” what does she mean?

we can’t know exactly what your girlfriend meant by this– in the future, you should ask her if you have questions about how she feels or something she’s told you!

she may have been talking about the kiss itself (if it was sort of a wet kiss), or she may have been talking about the “moisture” that happens in the vagina when a female is turned on. either situation can be a normal part of kissing or being intimate.

So….. Recently My girlfriend and I made out and when we were making out she made me hold her leg up with my arm. Why do girls like that???

Different people like different things, and something that might feel good to one person might not feel good to another. The best way to find out what a particular girl (or any other person) likes something is to ask them.

I had sex with my boyfriend four days ago, he came inside me. But when he did it burned which it never has so I was confused. After my vagina just hurt. But I was thinking it was just from all the friction. But its been four days and my labrium minora feels like its swollen. If burns. And it just hurts. I don’t know what’s going on. And I don’t wanna tell my mom cause its embarrassing.

Some amount of swelling and soreness after sex isn’t unusual, but it sounds like you’re having a lot of discomfort–maybe even pain. Between what you’re feeling physically and the fact that it’s been four days, it’s probably best to talk with a healthcare provider about this. We can’t diagnose anything over the Q&A line, and this could be anything from an STD to a yeast infection to an allergy.

You can talk with a Nurse Practitioner at any Family Planning clinic in Maine— we’re experts in sexual and reproductive health, so we’re used to talking about this stuff. You can schedule your own appointment and come to a clinic without your parents’ knowing (and you don’t have to get their permission).

It sounds like you’re not using condoms with your partner, so we can also discuss birth control and STD protection, if you’d like.

 

does it make your penis smaller if you take the birth control pill?

If someone with a penis takes the birth control pill just once or twice, probably nothing much will happen because of the relatively small dose of hormones. But if that person were to take hormonal birth control pills over an extended period of time, the estrogen in the pills can have an effect on their hormone levels and body.

Some effects of estrogen in a biologically “male body” can be shrinkage of the testicles and/or additional weight gain around the hips and breasts. It’s unlikely that penis size would be effected, though it could become more difficult to get an erection.

Hormonal medications come with health risks, so a person (of any gender) who wants to take a hormonal medication for any reason (to transition, as birth control, etc.) MUST consult with a medical provider. If you have questions about transitioning or effective birth control, click here to find a family planning clinic near you.

I just had anal but my friends told me that it can mess up my anus and stretch it out to the point where I won’t be able to hold things in anymore. Is this a false statement. Should I be worried.

As long as you take things slow, use plenty of lube (the anus is not self-lubricating), and don’t continue to push through pain or discomfort, anal sex won’t “mess up” your anus.

You do run the risk of tearing or injuring the lining in or around the anus if you don’t use enough lubricant, if an object (a penis, a finger, etc.) is inserted forcefully or very roughly, or if you continue even after you feel any pain. It’s very important that you and your partner communicate, that both of you consent to any activity, and that you’re both clear that you can stop at any time.

There’s an increased risk of STD transmission with anal sex, so be sure to use condoms and water-based lube if you have anal sex.

i am a boy age 25, by mistake i take one women’s birth control pill, is there any side effect or any any change in me?

If a male were to take just one birth control pill, the chances of anything at all happening would be very slim. Birth control pills contain a relatively low dose of hormones.

However, if a male took birth control pills that contain estrogen over a period of time, he might experience larger breasts, less facial hair, smaller testicles and a decreased sex drive. There are cardiovascular risks that come along with long-term estrogen use that apply to people of any gender.

Hormonal medications can be complicated and do come with risks. No one should ever take any prescription medication that wasn’t given to them by a medical professional.

If you ever take something that you think could hurt you, call poison control right away: 1-800-222-1222.

When I have sex it hurts—is that normal?

Ideally, vaginal, anal, and oral sex doesn’t hurt.  If it hurts it could mean a few things like not having enough lubrication, or that you aren’t aroused enough yet.  Try taking more time to become aroused and use a water-based lube.

However, when sex hurts it could be more serious.  It could be that you have an untreated STD.  See your health care provider to rule out any STD infections or other medical issues.

It could also be that you are not feeling ready to have sex.  If you are being pressured to have sex by someone but you’re not feeling ready, talk to someone and get help.

It stings after I pee, my breast are tender and I’ve been peeing and sleeping a lot more than usual also, sometimes I have really bad cramps and I feel sick in the morning. But I haven’t missed my period… And I think I’m pregnant.. I have no idea what’s going on.. Every time I google the symptoms they all say early signs or pregnancy.

It can be upsetting not to know what’s going on with your body.

The symptoms you describe could be related to pregnancy, or they could be symptoms of an STD. They could also be symptoms of one or more completely different things, like endometriosis, a UTI, or something else completely. The only way to know if you’re pregnant is to take a pregnancy test, and the only way to know if you have an STD or a UTI is to get tested. Your local family planning clinic can do both of these tests.

We can’t diagnose anything over the question & answer service, but it sounds like there’s enough going on with your body that you should see a medical provider.

 

I am a male. If I used birth control pills i will get woman breasts? How long would it be before I see results?

If a person wants to take a hormonal medication–to transition, for birth control, or for any other reason–they MUST see a medical provider to make sure that they are taking the right medications in the right dose, because hormones can have serious risks and side effects.

Over time, there’s a chance that taking a very low dose of estrogen, as found in birth control, could lead to some weight gain around the hips and breasts, but while your body is still producing androgen and testosterone (“male” hormones) naturally, the small amount of estrogen found in these pills probably wouldn’t result in any changes at all. Most people who take hormones in order to transition also have to take medications to block the hormones (testosterone) that their bodies are already making, otherwise additional hormones (like estrogen) won’t have much of an effect. Again, it is very important to talk with a medical provider before taking any medications, because taking the wrong kind of hormone(s) in the wrong amount could lead to serious risks without any of the benefits.

If you think are a transgender teen, we recommend that you connect with a good support person/network. Do you have a trusted adult you can talk with about your gender identity? If not, is there a local LGBTQ youth group in your area? A really good place to start is Maine TransNet, which offers information on local support groups and other resources; they can even connect you with a counselor who you can talk with.

Hormonal medications can be complicated and definitely come with risks. The best thing to do is to talk with a health care provider– for those 18 and over, Lewiston Family Planning does offer hormonal transition therapy.

Best natural way for a man to grow female breast?

“Natural” means different things to different people, but we don’t know of good, effective, safe ways to grow breasts without taking medication or having surgery.

People who are assigned male at birth often grow breasts by taking hormones and hormone blockers. It’s very important to see a health care provider for hormonal therapy; the type and dosage of hormones will depend on your own body, health, and goals. Hormonal medications also have some risks, so it’s important to have a health provider tracking your health.

Some people add breasts or increase breast size through surgery. You’d definitely need to see a health provider if interested in surgery.

For those 18 years old and over, Maine Family Planning can provide hormonal therapy for gender transition.

if I a man take female hormone pills will I develop breasts like a female?

Over time, there’s a chance that taking a very low dose of estrogen, as found in birth control, could lead to some weight gain around the hips and chest, but while your body is still producing androgen and testosterone (“male” hormones) naturally, the amount of estrogen found in these pills may not result in any changes at all.

It is very important to talk with a medical provider about why you want to take any medication, because taking the wrong kind of hormone(s) in the wrong amount could lead to serious risks without any of the intended benefits.

A person taking any hormonal medication for ANY reason MUST see a medical provider to make sure that they are taking the right medications in the right dose, because hormones can have serious risks and side effects. The best thing to do is to talk with a health care provider– a provider at Maine Family Planning could help answer your questions. Our Lewiston clinic specializes in hormonal therapy for transgender patients.

I’m 14 and I haven’t hit puberty yet because I’m really small and I don’t eat a lot. If I don’t eat enough and i don’t go through puberty will i die?

A person who doesn’t get enough food or doesn’t get proper nutrients may go through puberty later than other people their age who eat a healthy, balanced diet. For example, teens with anorexia often lose so much weight that their bodies can’t develop properly. Girls’ bodies especially require a certain amount of fat before they can go through puberty or get their periods.

There are other reasons why puberty may be delayed, including hormone imbalances, medical conditions, or simply genetics.

Delayed puberty won’t necessarily hurt you on its own, but the reasons behind why development is delayed CAN be very dangerous to your health. For example, if the reason that puberty is delayed is an underlying medical problem like kidney disease, thyroid problems, or an eating disorder, your health and life could be at risk.

If you are concerned about your body’s development, puberty, or your eating habits, you should see a health care provider. This is the only good way to know what’s going on with your body and the best thing you can do to take care of yourself.

Can a girl use a tampon if she hasn’t had sex yet?

Yes, many girls are able to use tampons because the hymen ( a membrane that covers or partially covers the opening of the vagina) becomes thinner or loosens during puberty.

I’m worried that I’m masturbating too much. How much is too much?

Masturbation or self-touching for pleasure is something many people do.  It’s a safe, healthy way to be sexual with no risk of STDs or pregnancy since you’re the only person involved. Masturbation can help you figure out what kind of touch you like and don’t like, before you are sexual with a partner.

There’s no set rule about how much masturbation is too much. When it comes to sexuality, it’s a good idea to trust your gut feelings. If you’re uncomfortable with how much you are masturbating, it might help to talk with a trusted adult about your feelings. You can also make an appointment at your local family planning clinic, where you can get confidential support for taking care of your sexual health.

 

What is a pussy?

Well, one definition of ‘pussy’ is a kitten or cat, but that’s probably not what you’re asking.

Because people are often uncomfortable talking about sexuality and sexual health issues, there are a whole lot of slang terms for male and female genitals. ‘Pussy’ is one of those words, referring to female genitals. Depending on how it’s used, the term can be considered offensive, so it’s best to be careful how you use it.

Although lots of people use slang, it’s a good idea to learn the correct words for all body parts so that you’re less likely to be misunderstood or to offend someone.

I am feeling sore near my right hip and down to my ovary, but sometimes it hurts in my lower right back and my right leg. What could this be?

We can’t make a diagnosis online. Please go to your health care provider or contact your nearest family planning clinic to make an appointment to get this checked out.

Why are my nipples so big?

All bodies are different. Some people have bigger noses or hands or ears. That’s one of the wonderful things about human beings – we come in all shapes and sizes! If you’re really worried about this issue, talk with a parent or other trusted adult. If that’s not possible, you can also visit your nearest family planning clinic.

Can guys get pregnant?

Pregnancy requires a fertilized egg and a uterus where a fetus can grow and develop. For most of the population, this means being a female.

However, some female-to-male transgender people can become pregnant, while still identifying and living as men. This is possible for individuals who still have functioning ovaries and a uterus.

When my penis is erect, I am able to move it without touching it, but I cannot move it when it is not erect. What causes this to happen?

The muscles in your pelvic floor are what allow you to move your penis. The flow of blood in an erect penis makes the results of moving these muscles much more noticeable. To understand this better think about the difference between holding a pencil or a rubber band between your fingers and moving your fingers slightly. The movement of the pencil is much more pronounced than the movement of a loose rubber band.

If a person has a Herpes Simplex 1 cold sore and then has oral sex, can they transmit the virus to the genitals and will it become Herpes 2?

This is a really good question!

It used to be that medical professionals thought of herpes 1 as primarily infecting the mouth and herpes 2 as primarily infecting the genitals, but we know now that is just not the case.  Herpes 1 can be transmitted orally to the genitals but it does not become herpes 2, it is herpes 1 of the genitals.

You can learn more about herpes here. If you need to talk with a health care professional, visit your nearest family planning clinic.

 

I think I am having way too much discharge in my vagina. It seems like a lot. Is that normal?

The vagina serves as a passageway between the outside of the body and the inner reproductive organs.  A healthy vagina produces secretions to cleanse and regulate itself, similar to how saliva cleanses and regulates the environment of the mouth. These vaginal secretions are normal vaginal discharge.

All women have some vaginal discharge. Normal discharge may appear clear, cloudy white, and/or yellowish when dry on clothing. It may also contain white flecks and at times may be thin and stringy. Changes in normal discharge can occur for many reasons, including menstrual cycle, emotional stressors, nutritional status, pregnancy, usage of medications and sexual arousal.

If you are worried that something may be wrong, you can visit your nearest family planning clinic and get it checked out.

Are the “lips” of the vagina different sizes for different girls? I feel like mine are too big.

Just as everyone has a unique personality, every body is different. There is no “right” size for any part of the body — and that includes genitals. Girls’ and women’s labia (lips) come in different shapes, sizes, colors and textures. They are as unique as each individual woman.

Labia are the outer and inner lips of the vulva. The outer lips, or labia majora, are two fatty pads, usually covered with pubic hair. Between are the inner lips, or labia minora, two folds or flaps (like butterfly wings) of skin that join at the sensitive clitoral hood at the top, and thin out near the vaginal opening. Both the labia majora and minora help to keep bacteria out of the vagina and their concentration of nerve endings increase genital sensation during sexual encounters.

Whatever your labia are like, they are perfectly normal for you!

After my period and sometimes before ovulation, my discharge is brown in color and stringy. Is this normal? Why does it happen? Should I be concerned?

This type of question can’t be answered here on our website.  A complete answer requires a more in-depth conversation. You should see your health care provider or visit your nearest family planning clinic for a more involved discussion and health assessment.

What is pre-cum?

During sex the penis releases two kinds of fluid, pre-ejaculatory fluid (pre-cum) and semen.

When some men become sexually aroused, pre-cum may be visible as a clear liquid at the tip of the penis. Pre-cum is a fluid released by the Cowper’s glands, which are located at the top of a man’s urethra, just below the prostate. Pre-cum appears to neutralize the acid from urine in the urethra and to provide lubrication, paving the way for sperm.

Does the pill Plan B hurt your ovaries?

Plan B is a form of emergency contraception that’s basically a higher-than-usual dose of birth control that a woman can take after unprotected sex to prevent a pregnancy. Nausea is a common side effect of Plan B and some women will have start their period early and have some associated cramping, but Plan B does not harm the ovaries in any way.

How many times can a person cum?

The ability to have repeat orgasms is different for males and females. After men ejaculate, they enter a refractory period during which they can’t be restimulated to orgasm. A man’s refractory period can last anywhere from one minute to an hour or more. Much of it depends on age, physical fitness, and a healthy lifestyle.

Women do not have a refractory period, and may be stimulated to another orgasm immediately after having had one. Because of this, women can have many more orgasms than men in a twenty-four hour period.

 

Why do my boobs hurt?

There are many reasons for breast soreness. It might be just a normal part of growing to adulthood or there might be another underlying cause. It’s best to get it checked out. You can talk with someone at your local family planning clinic.

What is a borner?

According to UrbanDictionary.com, this is an erection “caused by boredom. usually during math or history class”

Why does my penis get big when I am looking a pretty or sexy girl?

When you see someone that you find attractive, you may experience an erection even though you may not even be consciously thinking about sex in any way. And having an erection doesn’t have to lead to having sex.

Erections mean that you’re mentally and physically responsive, full of naturally produced, stimulating hormones. And that is very, very normal.

How long does it take to make a male sperm cell?

What an interesting question?

Sperm cells are produced through a complex process that takes about 100 days to complete.  But don’t worry about not having enough because they are produced at a rate of many thousands per minute.

Just another example of how amazing human bodies are!

Can you run out of sperm?

The short answer is no.

Although a male releases hundreds of millions of sperm each time he ejaculates, the testes (balls) are very efficient at quickly making large numbers of new sperm cells. That’s why using birth control is so important if you want to prevent a pregnancy.

The head of my penis has little white bumps, almost like you get with dry skin. Should I be worried?

Good for you! You’re paying attention to your body and asking questions about your health.

We can’t really diagnose medical problems online. If you’re concerned that there might be something wrong, you should visit your nearest family planning clinic and the Nurse Practitioner can talk with you and do an exam to see if you have a health issue that needs attention.

My left testicle is longer than the right and it looks different too. Is that normal or is there something wrong with it?

Similar to breasts, hands, and feet, testicles can be of different sizes in the same person. It’s common for men to have one testicle that is slightly or noticeably larger or that hangs a bit lower, than the other. Usually, there is nothing to worry about.

If anything changes or starts to cause you pain, you should get it checked out by your health care provider or your local family planning clinic.

Why is my friends vagina loose even though she has never had sex.

Like any other part of the body, all vaginas are different!  “Looseness,” shape, size and appearance of different vaginas have a lot more to do with a person’s own body and genes than with their sexual experiences.

Is it a better feeling if the guy has a bigger head on his penis?

Your question raises a whole lot of questions.  Is what a better feeling?  Do you mean having sex?  And better feeling for who – the guy with the bigger penis or his sexual partner?

It’s really common to have questions about body parts – are they too big, too small, shaped wrong, and on and on.

The truth is – size and shape of reproductive organs is much less important than what’s going on inside your head and your heart when you’re having sex with someone. The best feelings come from being intimate in a way that is totally consensual and trusting. In other words, talking about things in advance so you have decided together whether and how you and your partner will be sexual is way more important that size or shape of body parts.

 

Me and my girlfriend had sex one week ago. I didn’t ejaculate inside her but she thinks I might have pre-cumed inside of her. She is also on the implant, but she says shes getting head aches. Is she pregnant?

It’s smart for you both to be aware that pre-cum can carry some risk of pregnancy. There’s also a risk of STDs with pre-cum, so if you haven’t both been tested for STDs, it’s a good idea to use condoms.  The implant is very effective at preventing pregnancy (99% effective), so there is a very, very small chance that she could be pregnant. There’s also a chance that the headaches are either a side effect of the hormones in the implant or not related to her sexual health at all.

Bottom line is, we can’t diagnose pregnancy through our website, so if your girlfriend is concerned about pregnancy, side effects from the implant or other health issues, she could talk with someone at a family planning clinic near her.

what happens if a guy takes a birth control pill?

Most birth control pills are made from two hormones: estrogen and progestin (or progesterone).  Estrogen and progesterone are hormones that are made by the female body; however, low levels of these hormones are also made by the male body—estrogen for sperm development and sex drive, and progesterone to make testosterone.

If a male were to take just one birth control pill, nothing whatsoever would happen.

However, if a male took birth control pills that contain estrogen over a period of time, he might experience larger breasts, less facial hair, smaller testicles and a decreased sex drive. High levels of estrogen may also increase a man’s risk of an enlarged prostate and prostate cancer. According to a study published in Journal of the American Medical Association, achieving certain estrogen levels may protect men from heart disease and heart attack.

Until that time when medical science develops a birth control pill for males, it’s a good idea for guys to stick with using condoms for pregnancy and STD prevention.

 

I can’t get hard lol 😉

We all go through phases of feeling more or less sexual at different times of our lives.  Sometimes it’s completely normal not to be able to get hard; other times, it can indicate that there are other things going on with your body or your brain.  If you’re concerned, you can talk with someone at a Family Planning clinic near you.

 

 

Can being around women who are on their period affect mine, other than causing them to sync?

You are right that women/girls who spend lots of time together can have periods in sync with each other. However, there is no research we know of that shows there are other affects of being around women who are on their period.

Me and my boyfriend were fooling around and he was rubbing his penis on the outside of my vagina. He said there was no precum and it didn’t go in but it was wet down there. Then I got up and went to the bathroom and used tissue paper and dried everything out. Can I get pregnant? I’m really scared

There is a very slight risk of pregnancy from pre-ejaculatory fluid. You may want to get EC (emergency contraception) from your nearest family planning clinic. EC can be taken up to 5 days after you have had unprotected sex, but it’s more effective the sooner you take it. In addition to getting EC, you could also talk with a family planning specialist about getting on a regular form of birth control, if you want to prevent a pregnancy at this point in your life.

how can you make your penis bigger?

There are all kinds of ads claiming to have methods for penile enlargement. The fact that there are so many different types of “proven” methods is a pretty sure sign that none of them work.

Methods that rely on exercises or hanging weights from the penis are based on the premise that the penis is a muscle that can get bigger from working out, like your biceps. But that’s just not true, the smooth muscle of the penis will not grow from exercise.

Penile enlargement surgery is a very new procedure that has many risks associated with it, including: cut and damaged nerves, large areas of scar tissue and an erection that points downward.

While it’s certainly easier said than done, developing positive feelings about your body and its many parts is a much better goal than trying to change a part of you that isn’t really meant to change.

why does it feel good to have sex?

This is a great question that can be answered in many different ways.  From a physiological perspective, sex feels good because our bodies are designed for sexual pleasure. The combination of nerve cells and hormones, working with and through our brain, are responsible for the good feelings that usually accompany sexual activity.

Sexuality is physical and sensory, but it’s also chemical, emotional, psychological, intellectual, social and cultural. All of these things are processed through our brain, making it the most important sex organ in the human body.

For a more in-depth look at sex and how all the parts work together with the brain, check out this great article from Scarleteen.

I started my new pack of birth control pills two days late, on Wednesday. I took two pills as soon as I received my new pack, then Wednesday’s pill at the regular time. My period (?) came shortly after I took the two pills, but lasted only a few hours. The same thing happened the next day. What’s going on?

Missing birth control pills and then making them up can cause irregular bleeding.

Because you forgot to take some of your pills, it’s possible you didn’t have effective pregnancy prevention during the time you missed those pills. You many want to consider getting a pregnancy test if you had sex without a condom during this time.

 

What is the average penis size for age 14 – 15?

Since you asked about average size, we’ll start here ~ the average length of a flaccid, or unaroused, penis is between three and four inches and the average length of an erect penis is between five and seven inches.

But there’s more to it than the average. Like most body parts, flaccid penises come in different shapes and sizes. However, erect penises are pretty much the same size, falling somewhere in the average. That’s why you shouldn’t believe any of the ads that promise penis growth – they just don’t work.

When it comes to healthy sexuality, there are many more important factors than penis size.  It’s what you do with your body, mind, and penis that matters to most sexual partners.

 

Do condoms make you pregnant?

Pregnancy results when a fertilized egg settles into a uterus where a fetus can grow and develop.

Condoms, used correctly, do a pretty good job of making sure that sperm can’t reach the egg to fertilize it.  So, no, condoms do not make you pregnant.

Did you know you can get free condoms at your local family planning clinic?

Is it ok that I haven’t had my period yet and I’m in 9th grade? All of my friends have there’s and I’m worried I’m not normal.

When it comes to bodies and body parts, there is a very wide range of what it considered ‘normal.’

Generally speaking, girls have their first period anytime between the ages of 8 and 15, with the majority of them starting  when they are about 12 years old.  As a 9th grader who hasn’t had a period yet, it’s understandable for you to feel out of place (sort of like Margaret!) among friends who have already started menstruating. But you’re still within the ‘normal’ range.

If you are really worried, talk with an adult you trust about how you’re feeling. If you haven’t had a period by your sixteenth birthday, you may want to visit a health care provider to make sure everything’s okay. You can always visit your local family planning clinic to talk with our experts in the field.

Hi, there. I’m a 17 year old male student but I really want to have my breasts enlarged.What should I do?

Many people wish their bodies were different in certain ways. No matter what gender you are, it’s normal to feel like there are things you’d like to change. While society has a lot of expectations about how men and women’s bodies should look, it’s your body and if you want to make some changes, that’s okay!

Because you are under the age of 18, your parents have to be involved in body modifications you might make, so you’ll need to have a conversation with them about any changes. Know that your body is still maturing and will continue to change in the coming years. You may find that by the time you reach full maturity, you’re actually pretty comfortable with your body just the way it is.

 

What is an average size penis in girth?

According to Wikipedia, in a study of penis size where measurements were taken in a laboratory setting, the average adult penis circumference when erect was 4.8 inches.

But it’s important to remember that when it comes to healthy sexuality, there are many more important factors than the size of your genitals.  Your brain is your most important body part when it comes to safer sex.

How do i know if i broke my hymen or not? I haven’t had sex.

The hymen is a thin, stretchy piece of skin that covers part of the opening to the vagina. Hymens can be torn as a girl’s body grows. Using tampons, masturbating, or playing sports can also break it. Some girls are born without a hymen, and some hymens stretch, tear, or dissolve on their own over time. There’s no definite way to know if or when the hymen is torn, and it’s impossible for you, your partner(s), or even a doctor to know HOW it broke.

Because all bodies are different, some people never notice their hymen tearing and feel no pain at all; others experience some discomfort or even bleeding. If you feel truly ready for sex (or even for using tampons!) and are able to relax your body, communicate with your partner, and take things slow, there’s no need for this normal part of development to be scary, even if it does end up being uncomfortable.

I practice good personal hygiene and I’m not sexually active, but my vagina smells almost unbearably bad. Why is that? Should I talk to my doctor?

Yeast and bacterial infections can to happen to even the most hygienic of us, and they can occur whether you are sexually active or not. Luckily, they are treatable.

It’s always a good idea to visit a medical provider if things smell, look or feel not-quite-right to you. Maine’s family planning health centers are experts in this sort of thing and we are happy to help.

I have a lump on my inside wall. my mother wants to to talk to my doctor but i know her to well and I want a gynecologist. where can I find one?

If you are uncomfortable talking to your regular doctor, you can always visit your local family planning clinic. Our nurse practitioners are experts in women’s reproductive health care.

If you’d prefer to see a gynecologist, you can check out this online listing of Maine providers.

When I masturbate I can’t seem to reach orgasm. How can I fix that?

We’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: masturbation is a safe way for a person to experience sexual pleasure without having to worry about pregnancy, STDs or relationship dynamics.  It’s normal, it’s healthy and it should be a source of pleasure (and not stress!).  It CAN be tough for lots of people to reach orgasm (with a partner OR alone), and while there’s no “right way” to masturbate, there are some things worth remembering when you’re spending quality time with yourself.

 Masturbation is all about YOUR pleasure, so try to relax: if you’re putting too much pressure on yourself or focusing purely on a goal, you may be too tense or stressed to enjoy yourself.  Because you’re the only one involved, this is a good time to figure out what YOU like, so keep in mind that you may need to try different things as you get comfortable with your own body. 

Finally, there ARE a few health reasons that someone might not be able to reach orgasm.  Some people have a difficult time with arousal and/or orgasm because they’ve experienced abuse, assault, or other trauma in their past. In these cases, it can be really helpful to talk with a counselor or other mental health professional.  There are prescription medications that can make it difficult to orgasm (especially antidepressants), and in much rarer cases, there are medical conditions (like Multiple Sclerosis, hormonal disorders, or spinal cord injuries) that can affect the nerves and/or hormones that allow for arousal and orgasm.  If you’re worried about any of these, it’s important to talk to a nurse or doctor about what’s going on with your body.  Family Planning clinics can be a good place to start, since we’re really comfortable talking about sexuality without judgment. 

is it okay to enjoy being pooped on during sexual intercourse or could you get a disease?

As long as everything you and your partner do during sex doesn’t hurt anyone and is consensual — meaning that both people want to participate in that activity, it’s okay to enjoy whatever you like during sex.

That said, there are precautions people should take to protect their health when dealing with bodily fluids, especially with feces (poop). There are a lot of viruses, bacteria, and other microorganisms live in feces, and many of them can cause very serious health problems (anything from fever & vomiting to Hepatitis A) if they get into the body. For this reason, it’s smart to use rubber gloves, condoms, and/or dental dams to protect the hands, mouth, vagina, and/or anus from contact with feces. Both partners should be sure to wash their bodies and hands thoroughly after any activity that involves feces.

how old do you have to be to start your period?

On average, most girls with start their first period between the ages of 12 – 13.  However, some girls start going through puberty at age 8, and others may start later, even starting their first period at age 15. Each girl goes at her own pace, and it’s not weird or unhealthy for someone to start puberty a little earlier or a little later than other people their age.  However, if a girl hasn’t started her period at 16, her doctor may want to check to make sure that her body is releasing the right hormones.

does sex hurt?

As long as the sex is consensual (both partners agree that they want to have sex) and both partners are aroused, sex shouldn’t hurt.  However, there are times and reasons that it can be uncomfortable or even painful. 

Sex can be painful for either partner if the genitals aren’t lubricated (“wet”) enough, so using a water-based lubricant and making sure both partners are ready and relaxed can help.  STDs (like herpes or genital warts) can make sex uncomfortable for both men and women, and for women in particular, pelvic inflammatory disease (an infection of the female reproductive organs), and other infections (like a yeast infection or urinary tract infection) can cause pain.  The best way to resolve this kind of pain is to get tested and treated for any infection or disease. 

Vaginismus is a condition where the muscles surrounding the vagina spasm and tighten up, and this can also make sex uncomfortable for females in particular.  It can’t be treated with medicine, but it’s often triggered by stress or anxiety, so building trust and comfort between partners is an important way to ease vaginismus.

For most people, pain or discomfort during sex is usually a result of being tense, worried, or not ready to have sex. It’s important that anyone thinking about having sex makes sure that they are using birth control (if their partner is of the opposite sex), are using condoms or that both partners have been tested for STDs, and that both partners communicate openly and honestly.  

If you’re concerned about pain during sex, it’s a good idea to talk to a medical provider.  family planning clinics offer non-judgmental, confidential care.

what if you don’t have a penis?

Not everyone has a penis.  Women, for instance, usually don’t have a penis.

While most males have penises and most women do not, that’s not true for everyone.  Some people are transgender, which mean that they might identify as a gender that doesn’t match up with all their body parts– so a transgender man might not have a penis, and a transgender woman might have one.  About one in a hundred people are Intersex, which means they were born with biological differences that do not fit neatly into the typical definitions of male or female, and their genitals may look different from what most people expect. These differences may be noticed at birth or later in life when the person has tests for other medical reasons.

No matter if you’re male, female, transgender, or intersex, a penis is not necessary to have a healthy and normal sex life.

Can I pop my warts?

Nope. People can get warts on any part of their bodies, and there are medicines you can use to get rid of warts, but you can’t pop them or pick them off. 

If you’re talking about genital warts, you can talk to someone at a family planning clinic about how to treat those.

when i masterbate will my penis get smaller?

Nope.  Masturbation is normal and healthy and won’t effect the size of your penis.

What if a guy takes a lot of birth control, will he grow boobs?

Most birth control pills are made from two hormones: estrogen and progestin (or progesterone).  Estrogen and progesterone are hormones that are made by the female body; however, low levels of these hormones are also made by the male body—estrogen for sperm development and sex drive, and progesterone to make testosterone.

If a male were to take just one birth control pill, nothing whatsoever would happen.

However, if a male took birth control pills that contain estrogen over a period of time, he might experience larger breasts, less facial hair, smaller testicles and a decreased sex drive. High levels of estrogen may also increase a man’s risk of an enlarged prostate and prostate cancer.

Until that time when medical science develops a birth control pill for males, it’s a good idea for guys to stick with using condoms for pregnancy and STD prevention.

When I was littler I used to hump my chair. Why did I do that?? I did it for a long time until I feel this sensation. What is that called? I’m a girl.

That’s called masturbation, and it’s a normal and pleasurable part of each person’s sexuality, regardless of their gender.  Some people use their hands, some people use chairs, some people use toys– as long as it’s something you do in private and it doesn’t get in the way of other relationships in your life, it’s a perfectly healthy thing to do. 

How does sex feel?

Sex can feel lots of different ways depending on the situation.  If the people involved both truly want to do it, and they respect each other and can communicate with each other, then it can feel really good. But if a person is feeling pressured into doing it, is worried about pregnancy or STDs, or just isn’t into the person they are with, then it might not feel as good or could even feel bad.

It’s important to keep checking in with yourself about sex—is it what I want? Am I feeling pressured to do something I don’t really want? Am I pressuring my partner? Being able to talk with your partner about what you like and don’t like – and to feel empowered to stop or change what’s happening at any point, will help ensure that sex is a positive and pleasurable experience. Before, during and after sex happens – it’s good for you and your partner to talk, talk and talk some more!

Although sex can feel good, it comes with responsibility. Having a plan for a birth control method that will protect you against pregnancy and STDs will also make sex more worry-free and therefore more enjoyable. 

im 14 and when i masterbate i dont ejaculate. should i be worried?

Different guys begin to ejaculate at different times. At age 14, you’re still in your younger teen years and just at the beginning of puberty. It isn’t unusual for you to masturbate and even have an orgasm without ejaculating. 

There are some medical issues that can lead to a lack of ejaculation. Hormonal factors, certain medications, nerve damage, and some diseases (like diabetes or vascular disease), as well as alcohol or drug use, may all lead to a difficulty having an orgasm and/or ejaculating. Things like mood disorders, stress, anxiety, relationship difficulties, and/or past traumatic events could all keep someone from being able to have an orgasm, but wouldn’t necessarily effect the ability to ejaculate.

We can’t diagnose any problems or give medical advice through maineteenhealth.org, but given your age, this isn’t something to be too worried about.  However, if any of the medical or psychological issues above are a concern, or if you were able to ejaculate in the past and are no longer able to, it would be a good idea to see a health care provider. They can evaluate you for medical causes and suggest appropriate treatment, if necessary.

why does my penis get straight when i am looking at a hot girl?

When you see someone that you find attractive, you may experience an erection even though you may not even be consciously thinking about sex in any way. And having an erection doesn’t have to lead to having sex.

Erections mean that you’re mentally and physically responsive, full of naturally produced, stimulating hormones. And that is very, very normal.

can two lesbians get pregnant?

A lesbian couple can definitely get pregnant– they’ll just need to go about it a different way than most heterosexual couples.  Because pregnancy requires both sperm and an egg, and because women’s bodies don’t make sperm, many lesbian couples who want to get pregnant often use alternative fertilization methods, like artificial insemination or in vitro fertilization. 

If two women were to have sex together can one of them have a baby if one of them stuck their finger up the other ones vagina? or does one of them have to get sperm in order to do that?

Pregnancy can only occur when sperm meets an egg — so penetration with fingers alone, no matter what the gender of the people involved — won’t result in pregnancy.

However, there are lots of *methods* of joining sperm and egg in order to become pregnant, including intercourse, artificial insemination (sometimes called alternative fertilization), and in vitro fertilization– so you’re right to recognize that all kinds of couples can have babies.

Is it normal to masturbate?

Masturbation is normal, healthy, and can be a safe way for a person to experience sexual pleasure without having to worry about pregnancy, STDs or relationship dynamics. 

I’m 15 years old and i haven’t started my period at all! I have ADHD and i have anxiety. are my medications effecting my hormones? all the girls in my family had there periods at 12. why haven’t i had mine?

Sounds like you have a lot going on. At maineteenhealth.org, we can’t diagnose medical issues, but we do know that ADHD medications or anti-anxiety medications generally should not have an effect on your period.

It’s totally normal for some girls to start their periods as last as 16, but since other women in your family started at age 12, it might be worth talking with your doctor about this. Other factors that can affect your period include stress, diet, weight or other medical conditions.

You can make an appointment to talk with someone at family planning about this. If you have a “regular” primary care doctor, that person might be a good choice for talking about how all of the issues you mentioned might be affecting your body.

 

I had unprotected sex this morning and the guy didn’t use a condom but he came on my stomach. is there a possible chance some sperm went inside me?

It sort of depends on when the guy pulled out.  The “pull out” or withdrawal method– when the guy pulls out and ejaculates (cums) somewhere other than inside the vagina– can be an effective way to prevent pregnancy, but only if it’s done correctly every time. The penis releases two kinds of fluid, pre-ejaculate (pre-cum) and semen– if a guy doesn’t pull out in time and any fluid is released while the penis is still inside the vagina, there’s a chance that some fluid could make it into the vagina.

Although pre-cum by itself does not contain sperm, if a male has had a recent ejaculation there may still be some sperm left in or around the urethra. So, if a male has masturbated or already had sex earlier, there may be some leftover sperm in his pre-ejaculate fluid. It’s also worth noting that there’s a risk of transmitting STDs through pre-cum, so the withdrawal method is even less effective.

Risk of pregnancy is pretty low if your partner pulled out in time (before ANY fluids were released), but if you think that he ejaculated inside of you at all, there’s a chance some sperm made it inside of you.  If you think this happened and are concerned, you can call one of our Family Planning clinics to talk about EC (emergency contraception).

It’s also always a good idea to use a condom if you want to prevent pregnancy and STDs– Family Planning clinics can provide those, as well!

I have a high hormone level or so I think. However, I need to masturbate everyday but for some reason I can’t seem to come. I am worried because I was adopted and my birth mother was only 13; is it normal to have feelings like this?

Sounds like there’s a lot going on for you.

It’s not unusual for a teenager to feel like masturbating every day. Your hormones ARE kicking in around this time in your life, but masturbating daily doesn’t necessarily mean that you have high or unusual levels. If you’re concerned about your hormone levels for other reasons, it’s best to talk to your doctor about what’s going on.

We can’t tell from your question how old you are or what your gender or sex is, but it’s normal for many teens (especially teens under 16 years old) of any gender to masturbate without having an orgasm (coming). There are some medical issues that can lead to a lack of orgasm or ejaculation. Hormonal factors, certain medications, nerve damage, and some diseases (like diabetes or vascular disease), as well as alcohol or drug use, may all lead to a difficulty having an orgasm and/or ejaculating. We can’t diagnose any problems or give medical advice on this website, but assuming that you are still a teen, this isn’t something to be too worried about.  However, if any of the medical or psychological issues above are a concern, or if you were able to have an orgasm in the past and are no longer able to, it could be a good idea to see a health care provider. Your local family planning clinic can help.

As for the age your birth mother was when she had you, that shouldn’t have any effect on your hormone level, your health, or your sexuality in general.

It’s normal to be curious and even worry about all of these issues, but you should know that it’s also normal to be going through all of the physical and psychological things you are experiencing.

 

I feel a small lump on the outside of my vagina — could it be a pimple if its not round or could it be cancer?

There are a number of things this could be. Most often, a bump on the outside of the vagina is either a pimple, an ingrown hair (from shaving or waxing), or it could even be a cyst (a fluid-filled lump).

However, some STDs could also cause a lump on the outside of the vagina, and you don’t always have to have intercourse to spread those STDs — they can be passed from person to person through hand-to-genital contact or through oral sex (as well as through vaginal or anal sex).

The chances of the lump being cancer are very, very low.

We can’t diagnose anything over the internet, so it’s best to see a healthcare provider when there are changes with your body that you’re worried about. Family Planning providers are experts in reproductive and sexual health and could do an exam that would tell you what’s going on.

At what age can you stop having kids?

People can use birth control, abstinence, or surgical methods to prevent pregnancy and stop having kids at any age when they feel ready!  Some people may never want to have kids and so might use some combination of these methods for many years of their lives. Others might stop after a certain number of children, or some women may wait until menopause– when their bodies stop producing eggs and are no longer ABLE to become pregnant.

What age do girls stop having periods?

The age at which women stop having periods naturally is called menopause, and it can happen at a wide range of different ages. Most women experience menopause sometime after the age of 50, though it can happen years earlier or later than this.

There are other reasons why a woman might stop having her period temporarily, including pregnancy, using certain forms of birth control, or extreme weight loss. Some women stop having periods before they reach natural menopause because they’ve had surgery to remove their uterus and/or ovaries.

Why do girls have cramps when they’re on their period?

Cramps happen during a period because the uterus is contracting (kind of like it’s “flexing” its muscles) to help push the blood and tissue out of the body. Cramps can be really uncomfortable for some people, and other people won’t have them at all.

There are lots of ways to ease the discomfort of cramps, including getting exercise, taking hot baths, and taking over-the-counter medicine like ibuprofen (Advil) or acetaminophen (Tylenol).  It’s uncommon for cramps to be so bad that they interfere with going about daily activities, but if that were to happen, it would be a good idea to visit a doctor to find out what’s going on. Your local family planning clinic can be a great resource for issues related to your period.

should i see a doctor for excessive masturbation?

Masturbation or self-touching for pleasure is something many people do.  It’s a safe, healthy way to be sexual with no risk of STDs or pregnancy since you’re the only person involved.

There’s no rule about how much masturbation is too much. When it comes to sexuality, it’s a good idea to trust your gut feelings. If you’re uncomfortable with how much you are masturbating or if it’s getting in the way of normal activities in your every day ife, it might help to talk with a trusted adult or health care provider. You can also make an appointment at your local family planning clinic, where you can get confidential support for taking care of your sexual health.

I really want to masturbate. How do i do so?

We don’t give tips on sexual technique at maineteenhealth.org, so we can’t really say “how” to masturbate—you’re going to need to do some exploring for yourself!

As sexual health experts, there are a couple things we WOULD like to highlight, though. First, it’s important to know that masturbating is a perfectly normal, healthy thing to do. No one should feel ashamed of masturbating, but it’s also a very private thing, so only you can figure out what feels right for you. Finally, it’s important to use the same sort of hygiene that you would for any other activity—be sure to wash your hands before and after, and make sure anything you use on your skin or inside your body is clean and safe for contact with your body.

I had my period like 1 week and a half ago, and i am still cramping (like period cramps) so bad, which is not normal for me. i am also having pain during sex. is this a sign of an std?

Anytime you’re having pain or discomfort that isn’t normal for you, the best thing to do is to get checked out by a health care provider. Cramping and pain with sex could be signs of several different things, including pregnancy, a urinary tract infection, or an STD. It could also be a response to stress, or it could be nothing—but the ONLY way to know is to see a medical professional.

We can’t diagnose anything over maineteenhealth.com, so call your doctor’s office or make an appointment at a family planning clinic near you—most of them can see you on the same day (or next day) that you call, and all of our services are confidential and affordable.

how do I stop having nocturnal emissions?

“Nocturnal emissions,” also called wet dreams, are when semen (cum) comes out of the penis when a guy is sleeping. Wet dreams are totally normal, and many guys have them (though some don’t, and that’s normal, too). Wet dreams are just the body’s way of getting rid of semen that has built up. There isn’t a way to stop wet dreams entirely, though a guy who ejaculates on a regular basis—either during sex or masturbating—is less likely to have wet dreams. Guys start to have fewer wet dreams as they get older, too, though adults also have them.

can boys get pregnant?

Pregnancy requires a fertilized egg and a uterus where a fetus can grow and develop. For most of the population, this means being a female.

However, some female-to-male transgender people can become pregnant, while still identifying and living as men. This is possible for individuals who still have functioning ovaries and a uterus.

is it ok if the boy pees in the condom while it’s inside of the girl?

When a guy has an erection (gets hard), he can’t pee. The body “shuts off” certain valves, and so the only fluids that can come out of the urethra (tube in the penis) while a guy has an erection are pre-cum and ejaculate (cum). That’s the first part.

Condoms only work at protecting against pregnancy and STDs if they are used WHILE the guy is hard, so leaving the penis in the vagina after it gets soft, even if there IS a condom, puts both partners at risk for STDs and puts the woman at risk for pregnancy. Since the penis should be withdrawn before it gets soft (withdraw immediately after ejaculation), and because a guy can’t pee while he has an erection, it would not be safe to pee inside a condom while it’s still inside his partner.

Is it okay if your dick starts to peel?

You could have an infection that’s causing dry, flaky, or peeling skin. It could be anything from “jock itch,” which is a common fungal infection, to a yeast infection (yes, men can get yeast infections, too!), to an STD.  A medical provider would need to do an exam to figure out if it’s any of these, and they can all be treated with medications.  It could also just be dry skin. This can happen if a guy masturbates frequently without using lube (or lotion).

We can’t diagnose anything on this site, so the best bet it to get the peeling skin checked out by a medical provider– contact your local Family Planning clinic to set up an appointment.

can you have sex while in labor?

It depends on the pregnancy, the pregnant person, what stage labor is in, and the type of sexual activity.

Hormones, physical discomfort, and the emotions surrounding labor all have different effects for different people; some people are not at all interested in sex while they are in labor, but others may find it comforting or pleasurable.

Digital or manual sex– using fingers or hands in order to stimulate the person in labor– is generally safe and healthy, and some experts even recommend it, because it can speed up labor.

Other sexual activity is generally considered safe, too, as long as there are no other risks with the pregnancy and the pregnant person’s water hasn’t broken. If the pregnant person’s water has already broken, sexual intercourse is NOT recommended, since there’s a risk of infection.

is it normal for kids not to go through puberty?

When it comes to bodies and puberty, there is a very wide range of what it considered ‘normal.’ Generally speaking, girls go through puberty anytime between the ages of 9 and 13; boys often start puberty a little later than girls, but also start to experience changes in their early teens. You can read more about what happens during puberty here: http://sexetc.org/info-center/post/when-does-puberty-happen-and-what-changes-when-does-it-happen/

Like everything with our bodies, different people go through changes at different times– some people may start to go through puberty much earlier or later than their friends, and that’s normal. However, it’s *not* normal for kids to not go through puberty at all. If a person  hasn’t started to go through puberty by their late teens, it could mean that there’s something going on with their hormones or bodies, and it would be a good idea for that person to talk with a health care provider.

If you are worried about your own body or development, talk with an adult you trust. If you haven’t started to see some changes by your sixteenth birthday, you may want to visit a health care provider to make sure everything’s okay. You can always visit your local family planning clinic to talk with our experts in the field.

When you have any kind of disease can you still have sex?

There are some kinds of illnesses that may make it difficult, uncomfortable, or unappealing to have sex, including diseases that cause nerve damage, extreme pain, or difficulty moving certain parts of the body. Some conditions, like depression or anxiety, may make people just not want to have sex often or at all. Some diseases can be passed to another person through sex (STDs), but that just means that it’s important to use protection like condoms and other barrier methods (link)–STDs don’t prevent a person from being able to have sex.

That said, there is no disease that makes it impossible for someone to engage in sexual activity either alone or with a partner. There are many different ways to be sexual, which can include masturbation, vaginal, anal, oral, and manual sex, as well as kissing, cuddling, and even just talking intimately with another person.  People with all different bodies, conditions, and abilities can express their sexuality in different ways that feel good for themselves and their partners.

I gave my boyfriend a handjob and then fingered myself an hour later. My hand was dry, wiped off and i’d been driving in 15 degree temps. Could i get pregnant?

Sperm (the cells that can make someone pregnant) need to be surrounded by semen (the fluid that comes out of the penis when a guy ejaculates), and at a constant temperature to stay alive. If the semen dries up, is wiped away, or absorbed into clothes, the sperm die, and so there wouldn’t be a risk of pregnancy in this case.

Can a male’s testicles split open?

No, testicles will not split open or burst on their own. 

Sometimes people talk about “blue balls,” which is the sensation of pressure that builds in the testicles and/or penis when a guy gets turned on but doesn’t have an orgasm. It can be a frustrating feeling, but it does NOT result in any damage or injury.

Could you get a disease from being peed in during sexual intercourse?

Sex without a condom can result in transmission of STDs whether urine (pee) is involved or not—so, yes, if someone pees while penetrating another person, they can spread STDs.

When a guy has an erection (gets hard), he can’t pee. The body “shuts off” certain valves, and so the only fluids that can come out of the urethra (tube in the penis) while a guy has an erection are pre-cum and ejaculate (cum). Condoms only work at protecting against pregnancy and STDs if they are used WHILE the guy is hard, so leaving the penis in the vagina after it gets soft, even if there IS a condom, puts both partners at risk for STDs and puts the woman at risk for pregnancy. Since the penis should be withdrawn before it gets soft (withdraw immediately after ejaculation), and because a guy can’t pee while he has an erection, it would not be safe to pee inside a condom while it’s still inside his partner.

What does it mean if there are bumps on a male’s testicles?

It depends. Some bumps might just be normal variations in the skin, or if a guy shaves, there could be bumps due to razor burn or in-grown hairs.

However, there are STDs that could cause bumps on the testicles, so it’s best to get something like this checked out by a health provider. Family Planning clinics see males and offer confidential, affordable tests for all STDs.

My girlfriend says she walks weird after sex. is that bad?

We can’t tell from your question what part of your girlfriend’s body feels “weird” after sex. It might be that her legs are sore from being in a certain position, or that her legs fell asleep, or that she’s having some other sensation that comes from sexual activity. Some girls may feel sore after penetrative vaginal sex (sex where the penis goes into the vagina), which could make walking feel a little weird. None of these things are necessarily *bad*, unless she’s in pain.

If your girlfriend is physically uncomfortable after sex, it would be a good idea for the two of you to talk about how to make sex more comfortable. There might be things that the two of you could do, like use lube, try different positions, experiment with other ways of being intimate, or try relaxation techniques to keep from tensing up. She may want to see a family planning provider if the discomfort is worrying her.

Does sperm taste good?

Many people say that semen (the fluid that comes out of the penis and contains sperm) tastes salty, but like everything else about bodies, it varies from one guy to the next. Whether the taste of semen is enjoyable definitely differs from person to person.

However, it’s important to remember that Sexually Transmitted Diseases can be spread through semen, so oral sex can result the spread of almost any STD.  Condoms are the only way to protect against STDs during oral (as well as vaginal and anal) sex.

 

What happens if someone swallows sperm?

Sexually Transmitted Diseases can be spread through semen (the fluid that comes out of the penis and contains sperm), so oral sex can result the spread of almost any STD.  STDs can be transmitted through oral sex even if the person performing oral sex DOESN’T swallow the semen; condoms are the only way to protect against STDs during oral (as well as vaginal and anal) sex.

One thing that CAN’T happen is pregnancy; there’s no way for sperm to get from the stomach to the uterus, so oral sex alone won’t result in pregnancy.

is it bad if your legs are shaky after sex or masterbating?

Your legs might feel shaky from being in a certain position, or they may have started to “fall asleep,” or you may just be having some other sensation that comes from sexual activity. If the sensation is uncomfortable for you, you could try different positions during sex, or try giving your body a little time to recover before getting up and walking around. The shakiness you described is not necessarily *bad*, unless you are in pain. If your legs don’t start to feel normal again after walking around for a while or if there’s any pain, you may want to check in with a healthcare provider.

Can girls have wet dreams? This question came up in our class question box. Thanks!

Wet dreams can happen for people of any gender, and may never happen for others. We usually hear about wet dreams happening to boys, but girls can definitely get turned on and even orgasm in their sleep—and it’s completely normal. Sometimes, a girl might not even know it happened, and other times, she might wake up noticing that there has been a release of vaginal fluids (resulting in the “wet” sensation that gives “wet dreams” their name).

can a penis be 15 inches long?

The average penis is between 5 and 7 inches when erect (hard) and the longest erect human penis ever recorded is 13.5 inches. So, 15 inches is highly unlikely!

When it comes to healthy sexuality, there are many more important factors than penis size.  It’s what you do with your body, mind, and penis that matters to most sexual partners.

What if my cock turns blue?

This probably wouldn’t happen to a real person, but if it did, you would definitely want to see a medical provider right away!

Sometimes people use the term “blue balls” to refer to the sensation that guys sometimes have if they get aroused (turned on) but don’t have an orgasm (cum). It can be an uncomfortable feeling, but it’s not harmful and a guy’s genitals don’t ACTUALLY turn blue.

What if a person swallows their own sperm?

Swallowing someone else’s sperm can result in spreading STDs, but since you can’t spread a disease to yourself, probably nothing really would happen– maybe a stomach ache at the worst.

what’s the biggest penis in the world?

We’re guessing that the biggest penis in the world belongs to a whale or an elephant!

Human penises are usually between 5-7 inches when erect (hard), though bodies come in all shapes and sizes, so penises can be much smaller or larger.

When it comes to healthy sexuality, there are many more important factors than penis size.  It’s what you do with your body, mind, and penis that matters to most sexual partners.

why do guys like boobs so much?

People of all genders find themselves attracted to all kinds of different body parts!

It may seem like the guys you know are particularly interested in boobs, and part of that might be because these are body parts that are almost always covered up, which can make anything more fascinating (think about how much more interesting some piece of information becomes if it’s a secret!). Even though breasts have other functions (like producing milk for newborn babies), we live in a culture that portrays breasts as a very sexual part of the body, and that can make people feel even more attracted to them.

Okay, this isn’t really sexual..but what does it mean when you have blood in your stool? For me it’s only a tiny little bit of bright red blood. I’m scared though, could it be something bad? Should I see a doctor?

Here’s what the Mayo Clinic website says:

Rectal bleeding can refer to any blood that passes from your anus, although rectal bleeding is usually assumed to refer to bleeding from your lower colon or rectum. Your rectum makes up the last few inches of your large intestine.

Rectal bleeding may show up as blood in your stool, on the toilet paper or in the toilet bowl. Blood that results from rectal bleeding can range in color from bright red to dark maroon to a dark, tarry color.

Rectal bleeding may occur for many reasons, including constipation and hemorrhoids.

We would definitely recommend that you check in with your health care provider about this.

Can taking Plan B twice in one month harm a girl with PCOS?

We can’t give medical advice here at MaineTeenHealth, but we do know that, as long as it’s okay for you to EVER take Emergency Contraception (Plan B), it’s perfectly safe to take it multiple times, even within the same month.

There may be reasons why your medical provider wouldn’t want you to take Emergency Contraception (EC) or other hormonal birth control, especially if you are a smoker, over thirty-five years old, or have other medical issues that put you at risk of blood clots or other complications. IN GENERAL, people with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) are usually able to take EC and other hormonal birth control, though only you and your health care provider can decide what is right for your body.

Even though it’s safe to take EC multiple times, it’s not the most effective method of preventing pregnancy, so it might be a good idea to talk with your health care provider or someone at a Family Planning clinic about a regular method of birth control that you can depend on. Many forms of birth control even HELP some women with PCOS cope with their symptoms!

I’m a transvestite who wants to go on the female pill. I’ve heard they will help me grow boobs. Is this true?

If you think are a transgender teen you might want to start by connecting with a good support person/network. Do you have a trusted adult you can talk with about your gender identity? If not, is there a local LGBTQ youth group in your area? A really good place to start is Maine TransNet, which offers information on local support groups and other resources; they can even connect you with a counselor who you can talk with.

If a person wants to take a hormonal medication–to transition, for birth control, or for any other reason–they MUST see a medical provider to make sure that they are taking the right medications in the right dose, because hormones can have serious risks and side effects.

Over time, there’s a chance that taking a very low dose of estrogen, as found in birth control, could lead to some weight gain around the hips and breasts, but while your body is still producing androgen and testosterone (“male” hormones) naturally, the amount of estrogen found in these pills may not result in any changes at all. Most people who take hormones in order to transition also take medications to block the hormones (testosterone) that their bodies are already making. Again, it is very important to talk with a medical provider before taking any medications, because taking the wrong kind of hormone(s) in the wrong amount could lead to serious risks without any of the intended benefits.

Hormonal medications can be complicated and definitely come with risks. The best thing to do is to talk with a health care provider– a provider at Maine Family Planning or a counselor at Maine TransNet could help answer your questions.

Is it normal to get acne on breasts and your back?

Yup. People can get acne anywhere they have skin, including the breasts and back.

Do you have to shave pubic hair to have sex?

Absolutely not! People have been having sex WITH all of their pubic hair for thousands of years. Pubic hair is normal and natural; whether or not to shave any part of your body is really about whether you like the way it looks or feels.

I have a small penis at 15 what should I do?

First of all, it’s important to remember that bodies and body parts come in all shapes and sizes. There’s no right or wrong way for a body to be, and there’s no size or shape that’s better or worse than another.

Second, your body is still growing at age 15. You’ve probably gone through a lot of changes already, and there will be more to come. The size of your penis (or nose, or feet, or hands) may still change as you continue to develop.

There’s nothing you can do to change the size or shape of your penis (or other body parts), but it’s worth pointing out that penis size doesn’t affect how satisfied people are in their relationships or with sexual activity throughout their lives.

I’m a male taking female birth control. Will breasts and larger thighs develop?

Over time, there’s a chance that taking a very low dose of estrogen, as found in birth control, could lead to some weight gain around the hips and chest, but while your body is still producing androgen and testosterone (“male” hormones) naturally, the amount of estrogen found in these pills may not result in any changes at all. It is very important to talk with a medical provider about why you want to take any medication, because taking the wrong kind of hormone(s) in the wrong amount could lead to serious risks without any of the intended benefits.

Hormonal birth control can be complicated and definitely come with risks. Anyone taking hormonal medication for any reason MUST see a medical provider to make sure that they are taking the right medications in the right dose, because hormones can have serious risks and side effects. The best thing to do is to talk with a health care provider– a provider at Maine Family Planning could help answer your questions.

Does a nurse practictioner dialate the cevix before putting in an IUD?

Most of the time, a Nurse Practitioner does NOT need to dilate the cervix in order to insert an IUD. We often recommend that people get an IUD inserted when they are having their period, because the cervix is already a little “soft” and dilated during that week.

Occasionally, if the opening to the cervix (called the os) is too tight to allow the provider to measure the size of the uterus), she or he might use a small plastic dilator to try to get it to open up just a bit. Even in this case, the cervix would only be dilated a millimeter or so.

IUD insertion can be uncomfortable and sort of crampy, but most people tolerate the procedure just fine and the sensation goes away quickly (most people feel like they just have regular period cramps by the time they walk out of the office).

I have been on the shot for a month now & I have been really cranky & I don’t know if it is because of the shot or not?

Because hormones and hormonal changes can affect mood (for people of any gender), it’s not unusual to experience some mood swings when you start the Depo Provera shot or any other hormonal birth control method (including the pill, patch, ring, or implant).

Once you’ve had a depo injection, the medicine is in your body for 12 -13 weeks. That’s good news for preventing pregnancy, but it also means that the side effects of the shot may not “shut off” until your body adjusts or the medication works its way out of your system.

We can’t say for sure whether your crankiness is related to the shot or to other things going on in your life, but if side effects of the shot are making you uncomfortable after two shots in a row (sometimes it just takes your body a little while to get used to the new medication), it might be a good idea to talk to a medical provider about finding a different method that will work for you.

If you’re experiencing sadness, depression, or other negative feelings most days over the course of a couple weeks or more, it’s a good idea to talk to someone about the way you’re feeling. You could talk to an adult you trust, a mental health professional, or you can come to a Family Planning clinic to talk about how your birth control and relationships are making you feel and where to find more support. If you’re in crisis or just need someone to talk to, the Maine Crisis Hotline can help.

Can you get pregnant from dry humping?

Dry humping is usually defined as going through the motions of sex (rubbing fully-clothed bodies, especially genitals) against each other, but without actually having penetrative sex (where the penis goes into the vagina or anus).

As long as each partner has their clothes on, there is no risk of pregnancy from dry humping. A pregnancy can only occur of sperm are deposited onto the vaginal opening or inside of the vagina, and sperm cannot get through clothing.

If both partners are NOT wearing clothes while going through the motions of sex, this is a type of “outercourse,” and if semen (cum) gets into or onto opening of the vagina, there is a risk of pregnancy.

When does a girl stop growing? My dad who is a doctor says females stop growing around 18-21 but my uncle who is also a doctor say females stop growing 2 years after their period. Help???

When it comes to growth and development, every person is different, and all of our different body parts are different, too.

In general, the changes associated with puberty (for girls)–like growing breasts, body hair, changes in sweat glands, and getting taller—tend to happen during a girl’s teen years, though changes can start as early as 8 and continue until their late teens or early 20s. Other parts of the body develop at a different rate, though—experts say that the brain isn’t fully developed until around age 25, and the hip and skull bones will continue to grow (very slowly) throughout your entire life.

Even when the development associated with puberty is over (usually in a woman’s teens or early twenties), our bodies really never stop changing. Most people notice differences in the size and shape of their bodies, as well as how their body feels and functions, throughout their lifetimes. These changes can be due to changes in hormone levels, physical activity, the kind of food a person eats, onset of a disability, pregnancy, or other factors. If you notice that your body continues to change even after age 21, that’s totally normal!

I’m 15 and haven’t had my period yet. I have ALL the symptoms of going through puberty but I’m just really scared that I’m not normal. I’m really active but don’t know if that has anything to do with it. Is there a way I can know when I start?

It sounds like your body is developing normally and your period might simply be the last big change you’ll go through during puberty. Most girls start their first period sometime between 10 and 15, but every person’s body has its own schedule, and some people will start their period earlier or later than those ages.

There’s no way to predict when your period will come, but the fact that you’re going through other developmental changes suggests that it’s on its way. If your period still hasn’t come by the time you’re 16, it would be a good idea to see a medical provider to figure out if there are any health reasons that you haven’t started your period. You can always make an appointment to see a healthcare provider at a Family Planning clinic, even while you’re still 15, to talk more about your body and your concerns.

I’m horny all the time lately but yet I don’t have a partner.

We’re not sure what your question is, but you should know that it’s totally normal to feel that way!

Masturbation or self-touching for pleasure is something many people do.  It’s a safe, healthy way to be sexual with no risk of STDs or pregnancy, since you’re the only person involved. Masturbation can be a good way to figure out what kind of touch you like and don’t like, helps you get comfortable with your own body, and can be a source of pleasure when you don’t have partner (or even when you do!).

It’s also important that you’re clear with yourself and with any future partners about what you’re looking for in a relationship. From your message, it seems like you expect sexual activity to be a part of your future relationships. That is completely fine and normal, but you’ll want to communicate with your future partners to make sure that you are both on the same page in terms of what you want out of a relationship.

Hello, I’m 12 years old and a little nervous about getting my first period. I’ve had vaginal discharge for almost 3 years now. I’m a 34A for bra size. I have to to shave my legs and underarms, and have been doing so for almost a year. For the past two months I’ve experienced spotting on the same day each time. Could that already be my period (it only lasted for a day at a time) or if not when to do you think I will get my first menstrual period. Should I start carrying a pad around? Thanks for any advice you can give <3

It’s totally normal to be nervous about getting your period and to have questions about puberty in general. It sounds like your body is changing a lot, and those changes are normal and healthy.

Everyone develops at a different rate, and different parts of your body will change at different ages. It’s not unusual to go through one or more developmental changes at an earlier age (growing body hair, for example) and for others to take a little more time (like getting your period). No matter what changes you’ve already gone through, it’s always a good idea to keep a pad with you, just in case!

There’s a chance that the regular spotting you’re having COULD be your period and that you’re just going to have a very light period for a while—it will likely become heavier and last more than one day as you get older.

In RARE cases, some girls have a blockage at the vaginal opening (called an imperforate hymen), where there is very little or no opening for menstrual blood to come out. If you can’t insert one finger into the vaginal opening, you may want to see a health care provider to find out more.

Chances are that you are developing normally and that your period is just getting started slowly. However, we can’t diagnose anything online, so if you are worried, it would be a good idea to talk to an adult you trust about your concerns. You can also come to a Family Planning clinic, where services are confidential and affordable.

I need a little help. I am eleven years of age, and I got my first period when I was ten. My breasts are not flat, and my nipples are getting darker and more sensitive all the time. I also have loads of discharge and pubic hair for years now. I am getting worried. I am afraid there is something wrong me. I feel I am too mature for the other kids my age around me. I recently confessed to my parents I depressed. Is this normal? Do you have any advice?

Although most girls will go through puberty between the ages of 8 and 15, every person is different. Some girls will start to notice changes earlier than others, and everyone’s body will change in different ways.

All of the physical changes you describe are totally normal and are signs of healthy and normal puberty– please don’t worry! It can feel scary and confusing when other kids your age are not going through the same things as you, but that’s just because they are developing at a different pace (they’ll start going through their own changes soon, as well!).

It’s normal to feel emotional during puberty. However, depression is more serious, and while it is something that many people go through, it shouldn’t be ignored or brushed off. You were right to talk to your parents about this, and hopefully they can help you find the support you need. If you need more help, you could talk to your guidance counselor, a health care provider (like a nurse or doctor), or another adult you trust. If you are in crisis and need to talk to someone, you can call the Maine Crisis Hotline at 1-888-568-1112.

is it possible to have ear sex?

We’re not sure exactly what you mean by “ear sex.” Some people use this term to refer to talking dirty with a partner (which is possible and is also a way to be intimate without the risk of pregnancy or STDs). Penetration of the ear by a penis is theoretically possible, but it’s NOT safe: this can damage the ear and cause infection.

It is possible to be sexual or physically intimate using any part of your body (and/or your partner’s body). The most important thing is that both partners consent to any sexual activity and that you protect yourselves from pregnancy and STDs or other infections.

 

I’m going to the gynecologist for the first time tmrw because I have severe period cramps. I never had sex before… so I’m really nervous. What exactly would she do?

It’s normal to be nervous about your first trip to the gynecologist! It’s also okay for you to tell her that you’re nervous and to ask her to explain everything that’s going to happen during the visit, so you know what to expect.

While we can’t make promises about what will happen at the visit, chances are that you won’t need to have a pelvic exam. The gynecologist will ask you questions about your cramps and your period, and then talk about different ways to prevent severe cramping and/ or help manage the discomfort you feel during your period. One way to make cramps less painful is to take birth control pills, so your doctor might recommend this option– this is safe and it doesn’t mean anything about whether or not you’re having sex! The gynecologist will probably want to schedule a follow-up appointment with you to see whether your cramps improve after a few months of using the strategies the two of you agree on.

Severe period cramps can be really awful, but keep in mind that they are not unusual. Your health care provider’s job is to work with you to help you feel as healthy as possible, so we hope things get better for you soon!

What happens when a guy takes hormonal pill and what is the most effective hormonal pill?

Seems like there are two questions here.

The first is what happens if a guy takes a hormonal pill– we’re assuming you mean a hormonal birth control pill.

Over time (if pills are taken regularly), there’s a chance that taking a super low dose of estrogen, as found in birth control, could lead to some weight gain around the hips and chest, but while a guy is still producing testosterone naturally, pills may not result in any changes at all.

However, if a person wants to take a hormonal medication– for birth control, because they are interested in transitioning genders, or for any other reason–they MUST see a medical provider to make sure that they are taking the right medications in the right dose, because hormones can have serious risks and side effects.

Your second question is what is the most effective hormonal pill– we’re not sure what kind of effectiveness you’re asking about, but we usually talk about effectiveness in terms of preventing pregnancy. Different pills will work differently for different bodies, and because birth control pills require a prescription, the best way for a person to know what will work best is to meet with a health care provider.

If you are talking about effectiveness for a different reason (like transitioning genders), birth control pills would NOT be effective. Our providers at Lewiston Family Planning could answer questions about hormone therapy for transitioning.

Hormonal medications can be complicated and do come with risks. The best thing to do is to talk with a health care provider– a provider at Maine Family Planning could help answer your questions.

Is my penis girth small average or big for my age? My girth is 4.7″, and my length is 7 1/2 “

Penises, like all body parts, come in all different shapes and sizes. You’re perfectly normal.

Why do guys loves to touch boobs?

Being interested in bodies and being sexual a normal and healthy part of being human, so it’s natural for teens (and adults!) of ANY gender to be interested in different body parts– including boobs. Not all body parts are interesting to all people, either, so there’s nothing weird about a boy who DOESN’T love boobs. 

We live in a culture that tells us that breasts are very sexy and that it’s okay to comment on them (although it’s not actually very respectful to objectify other people or their body parts). Everyone gets these messages, including boys, so it makes sense that some boys are outspoken about “loving” boobs.

 

If a girl had her period once, then after her period is done she doesn’t know that she can get pregnant on any day but she has sex with a guy that did not have a wet dream yet, and the girl since that day did not have her period does that mean she is pregnant?

There’s a lot to this question! You can also read a little more about pregnancy here.

If a girl has started her period, she’s (most likely) capable of getting pregnant, and that can happen any time during her cycle. Women can get pregnant right after their period ends or right before it’s supposed to begin– every body is different and there’s no time during the menstrual cycle when a person is completely “safe” from getting pregnant.

You might be specifying that the guy in question hasn’t had a wet dream yet because sometimes people think that means that he isn’t fertile or isn’t producing sperm yet. That’s not the case, though– some guys might never have a wet dream, even though they are producing sperm and are capable of getting someone pregnant.

If the girl has missed a period or is late for her period, that COULD be a sign of pregnancy. However, there are other reasons for irregular or missed periods, too; the only way for a person to know if they are pregnant is to take a pregnancy test at home or at a Family Planning clinic. In this situation, it might be a good idea to talk with someone at a Family Planning clinic about birth control, condoms, or just understanding how your body works.

is masturbating healthy? and why do boys get addicted to masturbation?

Masturbation is normal, natural, and healthy. It’s a good way to get to know your own body and to explore your sexuality without any risk of pregnancy or STDs.

Masturbation itself is not unhealthy–even if done frequently. There are a couple scenarios in which it can become unhealthy, though.

One is when masturbation harms the body– for example, when it causes painful, broken skin or if unsafe objects are inserted into the body.

Another is when it gets in the way of a person’s regular life– for example, when a person masturbates so much that it interferes with relationships, homework/work, or getting enough sleep. This is usually what people mean by “addiction” to masturbation, and it can happen to boys AND girls.

What happens if I masturbate thrice a week for 2 months?

Masturbation is a normal, safe, healthy way to be sexual with no risk of STDs or pregnancy since you’re the only person involved. There are really no negative “side effects,” and it can have the positive effect of helping you figure out what kind of touch you like and don’t like.

There’s no rule about how much masturbation is too much or too little. As long as what you’re doing works for you and your body, and doesn’t get in the way of other relationships or obligations, you’re fine!

What pills can I take to transition to a female?

Fortunately, there are safe, effective medications that transgender people can take in order to medically transition. Some trans* people decide to transition using hormones so that their appearance will more closely match their gender identity. These medicines usually include a combination of hormones and hormone blockers (which are needed to block some amount of the hormone your body already makes– otherwise, the hormones themselves won’t do much to help with transitioning).

Transitioning from one gender to another—whether medically, socially, or otherwise—is a complicated process. Every person’s body and naturally-occurring hormone levels are different, so it’s very important that anyone who wants to take hormones see a health provider for transition-related care. A health care provider can help figure out which hormones you’ll need, how much you’ll need, and can help you adjust levels depending on your body’s reactions.

Hormonal medications always have risks– even hormonal birth control has risks. That’s why it’s so important that you work with a physician to make sure you find the right balance for you. If you’re 18 or older, you can make an appointment to discuss hormonal transition at Lewiston Family Planning. If you’re under 18 or still need more info, Maine TransNet a good place to start.

how many orgasms can a person have in one hour?

it completely depends on the person– they could have zero orgasms or several orgasms over the course of an hour, and the number can (and probably will) be different every time they masturbate or engage in sexual activity. every person’s body is different and there really is no “normal” number.

How long would it take a guy that taking birth control pill to start change to a girl and start getting breasts?

If a person wants to take a hormonal medication–to transition, for birth control, or for any other reason–they MUST see a medical provider to make sure that they are taking the right medications in the right dose, because hormones can have serious risks and side effects.

Over time, there’s a chance that taking a very low dose of estrogen, as found in birth control, could lead to some weight gain around the hips and breasts, but while your body is still producing androgen and testosterone (“male” hormones) naturally, the amount of estrogen found in these pills probably wouldn’t result in any changes at all. Most people who take hormones in order to transition also take medications to block the hormones (testosterone) that their bodies are already making. Again, it is very important to talk with a medical provider before taking any medications, because taking the wrong kind of hormone(s) in the wrong amount could lead to serious risks without any of the benefits.

If you think are a transgender teen, we recommend that you connect with a good support person/network. Do you have a trusted adult you can talk with about your gender identity? If not, is there a local LGBTQ youth group in your area? A really good place to start is Maine TransNet, which offers information on local support groups and other resources; they can even connect you with a counselor who you can talk with.

Hormonal medications can be complicated and definitely come with risks. The best thing to do is to talk with a health care provider– for those 18 and over, Lewiston Family Planning does offer hormonal transition therapy.

i am a male. can i use tampons up my bum?

You probably shouldn’t. Tampons aren’t made to be used in the bum (anus), and you wouldn’t want it to get lost! Because the anus is not self-lubricating, there’s also a risk that the cotton could irritate or scratch the membranes inside your anus.

As I’m getting older my period cramps seem to be getting worse. Is that normal?

It could just be your body, but it’s not necessarily “normal” or something we’d expect.  If the cramps are becoming a big problem and making it so that your period is interfering with your life (keeping you from doing the things you’d normally do), it would be a good idea to see a health care provider. Hormonal birth control can make a huge amount of difference when it comes to cramps and other things that come along with your period (like heavy bleeding or acne).

If you are sexually active, you should get tested for STDs, because chlamydia and gonorrhea can make periods worse. Both can be cured, but only once you’ve been tested!

You can talk with a provider at Maine Family Planning about your cramps, hormonal birth control, and/or STD testing; our services are confidential and affordable.

Now that I started my period, my doctor said she has to prick me– what does that mean?

We’re really not sure! Maybe she wants to test your hemoglobin (a protein found in your blood) now that you’re menstruating.

You should always feel free to ask your doctor why she wants to do any test or procedure. She’s there to help you take good care of your body, and you have a right to know everything about your own health and healthcare.

Is cocaine bad for you?

Above the Influence and the National Institute on Drug Abuse are experts on drugs and substance abuse, and they would say yes– cocaine is bad for you.

Above the Influence says:

“Using cocaine or crack-even only once—is dangerous, and the more you use, the worse the effects are on your brain and heart. Continued use can make you depressed, agitated and manic. Cocaine-related deaths are often caused by cardiac arrest or seizures, followed by respiratory failure (meaning, you stop breathing).”

If you or someone you know needs help or someone to talk to about drugs or alcohol, you can find several websites and 24-hour hotlines here: abovetheinfluence.com/resources/

 

Do girls have more then one hole? If so, what if I put my tampon in the wrong one?

Yes. All people, regardless of sex or gender, have at least two holes in their genital region: the urethra (where urine [pee] comes out) and the anus/ rectum (where stool [poop] comes out). People who are biologically female will also have a third hole, called the vagina. This is the opening to the uterus, and it’s where menstrual blood comes out during your period.

Click here for more on female body parts. The vagina is in the middle and is surrounded by labia (or “lips”). The best way to make sure you’re inserting a tampon into the right hole is to get to know your body and to get comfortable with all of your body parts. Just like we learn the names and locations for all of the parts of our face or hands, it’s important that we all know our own bodies.

Finally, it’s important to note that 1 out of 100 people are born intersex, which means that they have genes and/or physical characteristics that are a blend of male and female. All bodies are different, and not everyone is going to have the exact same anatomy. Talk to a health care provider if you’re worried about your own body.

Is my penis too small?

Like all body parts, penises come in all shapes and sizes (and all parts of teens’ bodies are still growing, so things may change)– and all of those sizes are normal.

Penis size has no effect on how effective a person is at pleasing his partner or other physical actions (like peeing or masturbating).

 

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