Safer sex just got sexier

The FC2 condom is a great alternative to the male, aka external, condom. The FC2 works for both male and female bodies, and it is often used for anal sex.
Have you ever used an internal condom like the FC2?




Safer sex — It’s kind of big deal

Communication can be tricky. Check out these sample conversations on how to make those “awkward” exchanges easier,  from Scarleteen.

Check out the video below for some very important tips on effective condom use.

Click here for a quiz that narrows down birth control options that might work well for you.

And here is a great idea from Sex Nerd Sandra. Come make your safer sex kit at Self Serve.



If you’re in Albuquerque and need to get tested, check out the Stanford Clinic on the University of New Mexico’s North Campus. The majority of their services are FREE. Click here for a PDF of their offered services. You can call them at 505.841.4100 or visit them at 1111 Stanford Dr. NE.



And finally, have a little fun with this Human Sexuality Map. Try it with a partner for some stimulating conversation.


One Catholic reconciles religion, sex and birth control

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Don’t diss it if you haven’t tried it.

That’s one message I came away with after reading Jo McGowan’s piece on But McGowan made several other interesting points about the birth control debate in the Catholic church. She herself is a Catholic and thinks the church’s stance on birth control is an example of juvenile thinking.

“One of the surest signs of youth—in any profession—is an unswerving adherence to literal interpretations,” she wrote. “New teachers cling to the curriculum, whether or not the class is getting it. Young doctors focus on the clear x-ray, unable to see the patient in front of them writhing in pain. Parish priests preach the letter of the law, while their parishioners refuse to follow rules created without reference to the reality they know.”

Another interesting point she made is that  one of the church’s major priorities is for you to procreate, which starts with sex. It’s crucial for people of faith to learn about sex and how it plays a role in your life and how it affects each person.

“It is unsettling when men who may never have experienced sex feel qualified not just to speak about it but to pronounce on it with certainty,” she wrote.

Each woman should decide for herself when she wants to have a baby.

See the full story here

The cost-effective birth control for males

In India there is a possible option for male birth control that could last up to ten years and is a quick, easy procedure that still allows men to have regular ejaculations. According to the new birth control method was developed by “maverick Indian scientist named Sujoy Guha.” The procedure is called reversible inhibition of sperm under guidance, or RISUG.

“(He) has spent more than 30 years refining the idea while battling bureaucrats in his own country and skeptics worldwide,” according to the Wired article. “He has prevailed because, in study after study, RISUG has been proven to work 100 percent of the time. Among the hundreds of men who have been successfully injected with the compound so far in clinical trials, there has not been a single failure or serious adverse reaction. The procedure is now in late Phase III clinical trials in India, which means approval in that country could come in as little as two years.”

If you really want to see what’s up with the procedure, there is a video of it on the article.

The procedure involves injecting a polymer into the vas deferens, the tube that carries ejaculate into the penis for emission, but due to the polymer’s pattern of negative/positive polarization it destroys the sperm.

The website has a an interesting article and graphic about the procedure and why it’s going to have a hard time coming to the United States. Basically the procedure is extremely inexpensive. Even the chemicals used in the polymer, styrene maleic anhydride and dimethyl sulfoxide, cost less than the syringe a doctor would use to give the treatment, according to the article. All of that means there probably isn’t a good profit for pharmaceutical companies.

The article at reads, “Thanks to a novel collaboration between Guha and a San Francisco reproductive health activist, RISUG could soon be on the road to FDA approval in the US.”