Basically everything you need to know about having fun with your penis in a safe and healthy way.
You and your penis probably have a ~special~ relationship, but do you actually give it the love it deserves?
The penis might seem like a simple enough body part to use and take care of, but making sure it's healthy and ~strong~ can take a little more effort, and that's where BuzzFeed Health comes in. No, we're not going to take care of your penis for you, BUT we can provide you with some of our best articles — full of expert tips and insight — about why the penis works the way it does, how to use it to its fullest potential, and how to keep it healthy and safe. Let's go!
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For when you want to last a little longer in the sack.
While the amount of time it takes to orgasm ranges from person to person, the average time is still only about five to seven minutes. For people with premature ejaculation, it's closer to one to two minutes. Fortunately, in Here's How To Last Longer During Sex you'll find a few strategies for prolonging the time till you orgasm.
Example tip: There's the squeeze-and-pause strategy. This is when you get yourself right to the point of nearly orgasming, but then you stop, pull out, and squeeze your penis between the head and shaft to essentially hit pause. If you do it right, you might feel a few little orgasmic contractions in your pelvis and release a little bit of pre-cum, but you won't have a full orgasm.
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For when you haven't gotten tested for a sexually transmitted infection (STIs) in a while, and start wondering what you're waiting for.
Having a ~healthy~ sex life means regularly getting tested for STIs and HIV regularly. After all, it's not just your health that's on the line every time you have sex — it's also your partner's. 17 Things Anyone With A Penis Needs To Know About Getting Tested lays out everything you need to know about STI testing so that you (and your partner) will only have to worry about one thing: having phenomenal sex.
Example tip: Most of the time, STIs are totally symptomless. So just because you look/feel OK, that doesn't mean you're in the clear. In fact, the vast majority of people with genital herpes don't know they have it, and some research has shown that up to 90% of men with chlamydia had no symptoms at all. So if you only get tested when something is up with your penis, you're waiting too long.
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For when things are heating up, and you're not sure if you should use a condom.
Condoms are the only contraceptive method that can actually protect against STIs and HIV, and prevent pregnancy. That said, there will be times where you might not be sure if using a condom is necessary — and we can assure you that there are other situations besides penetrative sex where they're a great idea. Take this interactive quiz, Here's How To Know If You Should Use A Condom, to figure out if your situation is one of them.
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