Discovering the World of Lube

Have you ever checked out the local Walgreens’ “sexual wellness” section? It exhibits condoms, vibrators, and LUBE galore! I’ve never seen such an amazing display at other regular stores.  While I was expressing my amazement that they sold Reality condoms, my friend was voicing her share of astonishment in the lubricant section, asking what’s up with all the different kind of lubes. How do you pick one?!

I can confidently say that there is a lube for everyone. Water-based, silicone-based, oil-based, warming, cooling, menthol, vegan, organic, pareben-free, flavored, long-lasting, silky, etc.  You name it! Multiply it by dozens of different brands, and you have an overwhelming selection. So which lube is the right one?

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At home, every Christmas Day meal begins with a big plate of oysters, which is a traditional food for many French families at Christmas. Ever since I’ve learned that oysters are considered an aphrodisiac, I have been questioning our oyster tradition. There is probably no relationship, but sometimes I can’t help but wonder. After all, the same feast will likely abound in chocolate, garlic, truffles, etc… which are considered aphrodisiacs as well! I’m sure you’ve heard (although probably not as much as I have) the jokes and references alluding to the French’s innate disposition to embrace sexuality (and food too – especially if the food is an aphrodisiac). Continue reading

Fertility uncertainty: risk of unplanned pregnancy?

Allow me to set the record straight — if pregnancy does not result from an incident of unprotected sex, it does not mean that you are unable to get pregnant. A recent survey found that 19% of women and 14% of men believe that they are infertile, when in fact national estimates indicate that less than 10% of individuals are experiencing fertility problems. I’m not suggesting that concerns about infertility are invalid or not important. It would be a downright heartbreaking experience, no doubt. All I’m trying to say is that there is a tendency to underestimate the likelihood of pregnancy from unprotected sex, which can lead to the idea that contraception is not necessary. I’m assuming that for most of us the baby plan is on hold, so I’m going to exploit the old cliché better be safe than sorry! Continue reading