Elizabeth, an information technology manager at a local government agency, is an athletic woman, efficient in her movements. So begins the fifth session of Our Whole Lives (OWL): Sexuality Education for Adults, at the First Unitarian Church of Austin.
"It was just nice to be touched at all," says Judith.
They can also recommend treatments for conditions that can affect your sex life, such as incontinence.
Effective treatments for vaginal dryness include over-the-counter moisturizers and lubricants, and prescription estrogen creams, tablets, and rings that you insert vaginally.
The women are a flurry of activity, practically tripping over each other to scribble—"played doctor," "found a pubic hair," "menstruation," "kissed a boy," "kissed a girl," "touched by a cousin," "fell in love," "lost my virginity," "had an abortion," "had a baby," "breasts sagging," "menopause," "discovered sex without love." The men look on and appear intimidated.
A person can have an STI and not know it because the symptoms are not obvious.
And some symptoms of STIs or HIV, such as tiredness, can be mistaken for age-related health problems.
Put the condom on after the penis is erect, leaving a 1/2 inch space at the tip. Your healthcare provider can offer additional advice about protecting yourself from STIs and when sex is safe with certain medical conditions such as after a heart attack.
Hold the condom at the base (open end) as you remove it. Your provider can also recommend treatments for common sexual problems such as vaginal dryness and erectile dysfunction (difficulty getting an erection, also known as ED).