The relative health benefits of different sexual activities

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[This is an abstract. We haven't yet seen the full study.]

Brody, Stuart
J Sex Med. 2010 Apr;7(4 Pt 1):1336-61. Epub 2010 Jan 15.
School of Social Sciences, University of the West of Scotland, High Street, Paisley PA1 2BE, UK.

INTRODUCTION: Although many studies examine purported risks associated with sexual activities, few examine potential physical and mental health benefits, and even fewer incorporate the scientifically essential differentiation of specific sexual behaviors. AIMS: This review provides an overview of studies examining potential health benefits of various sexual activities, with a focus on the effects of different sexual activities. METHODS: Review of peer-reviewed literature. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Findings on the associations between distinct sexual activities and various indices of psychological and physical function.

RESULTS: A wide range of better psychological and physiological health indices are associated specifically with penile-vaginal intercourse. Other sexual activities have weaker, no, or (in the cases of masturbation and anal intercourse) inverse associations with health indices. Condom use appears to impair some benefits of penile-vaginal intercourse. Only a few of the research designs allow for causal inferences.

CONCLUSIONS: The health benefits associated with specifically penile-vaginal intercourse should inform a new evidence-based approach to sexual medicine, sex education, and a broad range of medical and psychological consultations.

Side note on anal intercourse

The new Indiana University study shows more women engaging in anal intercourse. At least one sexologist (German Jakob Pastötter) ascribes this to the influence of porn:

When Kinsey did his studies in the 40s, not even gay men practiced anal sex
frequently. The first changes occurred during the 70s in the gay scene and
then, especially under the influence of the so-called gonzo pornography,
also in heterosexual circles. Suddenly, anal sex seems to have become quite
a common practice. And accordingly, sex counselors report that not too long
ago the first boys enquired, "How can I persuade my girlfriend to have anal
sex?" Then, a few years later, came the first girls, "How can I dissuade my
boyfriend from anal sex?" Now, the girls come and ask the sex counselors,
"What pills can I take to prevent it hurting like hell?" All this in a
period of only fifteen years, which began when anal sex was introduced in
pornography as a common sex variant, in the mid-90s approximately.

anal nonsense

[quote=Marnia]The new Indiana University study shows more women engaging in anal intercourse. At least one sexologist (German Jakob Pastötter) ascribes this to the influence of porn:

When Kinsey did his studies in the 40s, not even gay men practiced anal sex
frequently. The first changes occurred during the 70s in the gay scene and
then, especially under the influence of the so-called gonzo pornography,
also in heterosexual circles. Suddenly, anal sex seems to have become quite
a common practice. And accordingly, sex counselors report that not too long
ago the first boys enquired, "How can I persuade my girlfriend to have anal
sex?" Then, a few years later, came the first girls, "How can I dissuade my
boyfriend from anal sex?" Now, the girls come and ask the sex counselors,
"What pills can I take to prevent it hurting like hell?" All this in a
period of only fifteen years, which began when anal sex was introduced in
pornography as a common sex variant, in the mid-90s approximately.

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wow! this is so true! it is almost exclusively from porn. the thought did not ever occur to me until a guy told me about it. guess where he got it from!

i've never hit a girl up the ass and never wanted to. the whole concept makes me nauseous. literally. in a classic case of Floy Allport's "pluralistic ignorance" most all men feel they have to do this. guys will actually call each other a 'homo' if they never engage in (what is in fact a form of gay sex) anal with their girlfriend. in school both genders were highly pressured to engage in this nonsense. all the rap music promoted it too. i was explicitly against it and stood my ground without reservation. guys didn't say much to me about, but perhaps they felt i would punch them over the matter. in which case they would be correct!

i've even denied women, on two occasions, anal sex that they themselves requested. they begged and i, in no uncertain terms said f-k off! oh, is that "prude" of me "dr." berman. f-k you too! vile activity.

""What pills can I take to

""What pills can I take to prevent it hurting like hell?"" That is one thing worrisome of the future, especially I look toward the medical field. People keep arguing that anal intercourse is safe, when they have no idea of the short term, and long term effects. The brainwashing of hetero couples is also astounding, as it seems many are under the illusion that is like porn. A rude awakening occurs of course. I personally have always been extremely turned off at the thought of anal play in any form, but I hope people finally get a reality check.

Eye to eye contact even with clothes on, has always been the hottest thing in my book. Almost no one will talk to someone eye to eye anymore, and when it is a lover then mmm.

future?

[quote=trumpet12345]""What pills can I take to prevent it hurting like hell?"" That is one thing worrisome of the future, especially I look toward the medical field. People keep arguing that anal intercourse is safe, when they have no idea of the short term, and long term effects. The brainwashing of hetero couples is also astounding, as it seems many are under the illusion that is like porn. A rude awakening occurs of course. I personally have always been extremely turned off at the thought of anal play in any form, but I hope people finally get a reality check. [/quote]

worrisome future? that is the present and the recent past my friend. it will only go in one direction. this is the culmination of "liberation."

you're free to be abused. thank the "revolutionaries" for that one.

I think you're

right that the dangers of regular anal intercourse are underplayed in today's media. I just read that more and more porn stars are damaging their rectums, leading to incontinence. And I remember years ago a close gay friend saying he had no intention of receiving anal intercourse, because he had talked to an older gay man in a bar who was in diapers for the same reason.

Guess the anus is not actually a "sexual organ" despite the spin. Seems it's an excretory organ. Wink Exploration is one thing, but a steady diet of such behavior could yield more than the recipient is bargaining for in terms of permanent damage. *sigh*

duhh!

[quote=Marnia]Guess the anus is not actually a "sexual organ" despite the spin. Seems it's an excretory organ. Wink [/quote]

Seems obvious to me, but I've never tried it.

lol!

[quote=Jesse][quote=Marnia]Guess the anus is not actually a "sexual organ" despite the spin. Seems it's an excretory organ. Wink [/quote]

Seems obvious to me, but I've never tried it.[/quote]

yeah, NO SHIT right?

excretory, ya don't say

[quote=Marnia]Guess the anus is not actually a "sexual organ" despite the spin. Seems it's an excretory organ. Wink Exploration is one thing, but a steady diet of such behavior could yield more than the recipient is bargaining for in terms of permanent damage. *sigh*[/quote]

a steady diet of this behavior and then some is exactly what most young people feel pressured into engaging in as much as possible. i knew a guy back in the day who used to give his girl anal every time they had sex. just like in porn. oral, vaginal, anal. they even put it at the end like it's supposed to be the dessert. how clever. now there is even a behavior know as ass-to-mouth where the woman gives oral to a man that's been up her ass. but i'm sure that's got no negative repurcussions.

no kiddin'

yeah, and this guy had sex with his girl each day and at least twice per day bare minimum. and he gave her anal every time. they were together at least two years that i knew of then. and he was definitely into ramming it in hard as possible, especially for anal. i can't imagine what this did to her rectum. and he never wore a rubber either.

it's only gonna get worse people.

Anal Sex

Yikes...directly from ass to mouth! never seen that
My anus is very sensitive. To be touched there feels like acceptance of my whole self. I like being stretched, entered, and filled. It is a special ritual to prepare myself to receive that gift.
This is the second day of cleaning up my 94 year old mother's shit (antibiotics). It's a humbling experience....get's ya off whatever high horse ya been riding.
'Tho I grew up in the SF Bay Area and was exposed to a lot of gay men, I was introduced to anal sex through porn.

the porno people are

the porno people are aggressively pushing anal. it has had the effect of socially re-engineering people into that and moving away from "boring" vaginal sex. yes, the ass-to-mouth thing is extremely popular in porn and hence, in real life too.

to said to be touched there feels like acceptance of your whole self. i don't get that, what does that mean.

Touch

that most repulsive side of me. Touch me in a place that all others shun. Dare to love all of me....every part of me.

???

[quote=Aphrodites Chela]that most repulsive side of me. Touch me in a place that all others shun. Dare to love all of me....every part of me.[/quote]

and that would prove love?

They say

The best way to get it is to give it. It's so easy for dogs to love this way and sometimes I try to think like a dog, lol. All happiness and no worries.

rediscovered

Gives new meaning to doggy

Gives new meaning to doggy style. It might not be chance that these various word choices have come about.

Do you actually know that dogs love this way or do we humans give dogs higher ability than our own?

There will always be some level of judgment even if only the choice to love. Unconditional love seems like even it has road bumps.

LOL

I like that play on words!

All I know is my dogs are *always* ecstatic to see me, don't care what I look like or whether I've had a bath, and give lots and lots of cuddles and kisses.

I try to be this way with my lover and find it is very easy now that we are making love the way we do.

rediscovered

Is your perception of

Is your perception of receiving unconditional love different than giving unconditional love? Say you don't feed a dog. It must get grumpy and wonder why you're not feeding it. That doubt even if fleeting would seem to mean the love isn't unconditional all the time. You also have to do things for a the dogs to secure its love.

I wonder about the wisdom of mixing sexuality into the unconditional love question even if it is karezza. Sex can blind us. I don't see how karezza is different as there is still a neurochemical soup moving around.

Not sure

How to respond and since the space is getting tight, I think this might be a good time to end this rabbit trail~~

rediscovered

If you're giving

living love, receiving/getting isn't important. It's irrelevant.
Karezza is a very different flavor of soup than revved up sex.
I've done the puppy-dog-glad-to-see-you thing and it's allright unless I hold the teensiest bit of expectation of a certain outcome

"the ass-to-mouth thing is

"the ass-to-mouth thing is extremely popular in porn and hence, in real life too."

I keep hearing from my dear sister that an intellectually profound conversation about this takes place in some "Clerks" movie... hrm.

clerks

those movies promote such activities as "authentic" low-brow prole activities that only acerbic "hipsters" know the real deal maaaaaaan.

Fascinating

I find it fascinating that penis-in-vagina intercourse has shown to be beneficial from a health standpoint and masturbation has shown the opposiite to be true. This post by Marnia brings up a question for me:

Does the brain give some men a particularly strong urge to masturbate as a means to PREVENT us from regular penis-in-vagina intercourse?

I have seen and read of so many cases of "copulatory impotence" derived from masturbation. Men seem to know this hurts their ability for "P.I.V. intercourse" yet masturbate all the more.

For example, there is a masturbation support group of men who continually talk about their copulatory intercourse and most make mention of having a small penis and an overall lack of sexual potency. Could this be the brain's way of keeping certain men from procreating?

Please refer all those men here!

Size absolutely does not matter. Erection doesn't even matter.

You could help these men a great deal by suggesting that they read Marnia's book, Cupid's Poisoned Arrow and Diana and Michael Richarson's books, Tantric Sex for Men and Tantric Orgasm for Women.

You can quote me about size and erection. I am sorry that they are suffering so. It is unnecessary.

"Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience."
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Did this study consider any

Did this study consider any other reasons for this? For example, maybe couples engaging in PVI are otherwise better bonded. This study sort of suggests that any old PVI has health benefits. Maybe, but that would seem a bit odd based upon what we know about bonding. Perhaps there is underlying hard wiring that treats all PVI the same. Or perhaps PVI is just an indicator.

Chicken or the egg? I do

Chicken or the egg?

I do think that most PVI has benefits - even if there's a dopamine receptor hangover from the orgasm, and/or the Coolidge effects at some point. Bonding behaviors don't have the same level of deep connecting ability that the genital contact has - as Marnia has said, there doesn't have to be penetration or even an erection for Karezza, just genital to genital contact. Our limited experiments (4 times in the last month or so) with non PVI Karezza, have led me to believe that it needs to be moist/wet contact. Dry contact doesn't seem to allow the fully satisfying connection to happen, which is why I think it's bio-electrical on some level.

Quizure

A thoroughly beautiful woman and a thoroughly homely woman are creations which I love to gaze upon, and which I cannot tire of gazing upon, for each is perfect in her own line. Mark Twain

Even with clothes on

Our experience is that, if the energy is high enough, we feel it even with clothes on. Genital contact doesn't seem to be needed.

"Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience."
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Hmmm

We're not so lucky, as least as far as I can tell. Does it happen immediately, or do you need to spend some significant amount of time 'building' the energy level to make it through clothes?

Quizure

by the way, i've tracked

by the way, i've tracked down the Pastotter report Marnia mentioned and forwarded it to people including some women. did anyone want to face this? hell no. they just frittered over the shocking statements, especially about the anal. especially the women. nobody wants to face this.

Good for you

People usually need time to reflect on a new idea. "Instant converts" are rare. Smile Thanks for doing your bit to make the planet a safer place.

Marnia, this type of thing

Marnia, this type of thing is generally known and folks engage in it themselves. they don't like to see it spelled out for them. it isn't about instant converts. besides, how much longer? how much worse does it have to get for them?