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Sex Terms Beginning with I

IImpotence – Intercourse – Intersex – Italian Method – IUD (Intrauterine Device) – IUS (Intrauterine System)

 

 

Impotence

The inability of a man to get an erection when he is sexually stimulated, or to sustain an erection long enough to penetrate a partner and/or reach orgasm. It affects men of all ages but becomes more common as men grow older. There are a wide variety of treatments, but before treating it is important to learn whether the cause is physical or psychological. If is occurs once in a while, it is not considered a problem and does not need treatment, but when it becomes common, it is important to check out with a physician, because it often indicates much more serious health problems such as diabetes, heart disease and blood pressure problems.

Impotence is an old term, and is today more often referred to as Erectile Dysfunction. More on Impotence

Intercourse

Any type of sexual activity that involves the sharing of body fluids. Some people use this term to describe only penis-to-vagina penetration, but it can also include oral and anal sex. It is also referred to as Sexual Intercourse.

Intersex

A group of conditions in which a person is not typically male or female. They may have genitalia that is mixed, such as an enlarged clitoris or shrunken penis, or appear to be female but have a male internal reproductive system. This is caused by chromosomes which are not clearly XX or XY, creating atypical hormonal exposure to a developing fetus. Intersex anatomy may not always be clear at birth. In some cases it becomes apparent when the person begins puberty or even later when they discover that they are infertile. Sometimes a person isn’t found to have intersex anatomy until she or he reaches the age of puberty, or finds himself an infertile adult, or dies of old age and is autopsied. Some people live and die with intersex anatomy without anyone (including themselves) ever knowing. More on Intersex.

Italian Method

A method of placing a condom on a male’s penis using just one’s mouth. The Italian Method is a highly sensual skill, but needs practice and great care not to break or weaken the latex with one’s teeth.

IUD (Intrauterine Device)

A small plastic or copper contraceptive device, placed inside the lower wall of the uterus in order to prevent the sperm and egg from meeting or a fertilized egg from settling. The devise which has a coil shape, sometimes makes the woman’s periods heavier and more painful, but can be removed at any time if it is not comfortable. It offers medium to long-term protection (3 – 10 years, depending on the of IUD selected). An IUD must be fitted by a competent physician or family planning nurse. If fitted correctly it can be 98% to 99% effective. It does not protect against STIs. Family planning practitioners prefer not to use an IUD on a woman who has not yet given birth. More about the IUD

IUS (Intrauterine System)

A small plastic contraceptive device which is placed inside the lower wall of the uterus; it releases the hormone progestogen, thickening mucus from the cervix to stop the sperm meeting an egg. It can also stop an egg settling in the uterus or stop ovulation. It works for up to five years, but can be removed at any time if there are harsh side effects or if the woman decides to try to conceive. An IUD must be fitted by a competent physician or family planning nurse. It is over 99% effective if used correctly, which is even marginally higher than a IUD (without hormones). The IUS does not protect against STIs.


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